Posts tagged Max & Chloe

Ooh La Lux…For Less!!

After a 3 year stint working for a jeweler, I’ve accumulated some decent knowledge when it comes to gems. Size, cut, color–I’ve got it down. Basket, channel, pavè…check.  I really appreciate the importance & sentiment behind fine jewelry, but I also know that mixing fine and costume is a must! Fabulous statement pieces can cost a pretty penny (and well worth the splurge on occasion) but a great rule of thumb is: if it’s a trend or only going to be worn a few times, then go for costume. Just yesterday while flipping through the pages of one of my favorite mags, People Style Watch, I was reminded of my rule. It’s a great lesson & I thought I’d should share my story…

 Former jewelry publicist Carol Brodie knows her gems & used her passion to launch her own line Rarities on HSN. She has created some knockout pieces all of which I would LOVE to own. This beauty (who is also a tarte fan) often reminds me of a gal worthy of her own “Sex and The City” character.  I often ogle over her collection and I recently fell in love with this incredible pair of turquoise and diamond earrings– $849 or 4 easy payments of $212.47. I’ve been having this internal battle of whether or not I would splurge–they are unique, real & would be a nice, hard-earned present to myself. The question that put on the breaks…After spring/summer when would I really wear these? I closed my web browser and left the idea in the dust (slightly heartbroken).

This leads me back to last night when I was reading PSW. My Carol Brodie turq earrings dream came true—sort of. I’d like to think Michelle Trachtenberg and I have similar taste since we both have a love for turquoise! Her $60 Kendra Scott jewels are strikingly similar to the real deal & with an extra 25% off at Max & Chloe: CHA-CHING!

So my perfect COSTUME jewels are on their way. Since I won’t be wearing them year round (prob like 5 months), they are totally worth the price!



Chain Gang

If you’re a child of the ‘90s like me, the words “chain necklace” can induce some pretty awful images. For instance, the chunky herringbone chain that accompanied hideous then, hilarious now color-block ‘fits. My personal fave was my turquoise, hot pink and purple windbreaker suit!

Jealous? I know!

Well, 2009 has revitalized the chunky chain, but no worries, tartelettes! Keds are no longer required. Instead, you can count on some of the hautest names in the jewelry game- Michael Kors, Max&Chloe and Kenneth Jay Lane!

Still scared of the possibility of looking like a Naughty By Nature video extra? Mimi’s platform for chain to the rescue!
1. Allow the chain to be the showstopper of your look. Yes, Mimi, the queen of costume over-consumption is telling you to go with one statement piece!
2. Wear casual or dressy with the same joie de vivre! Jeans and a white tee? Rock it, don’t stop it! Tailored suit at the office? Hellllo, edgy workin’ girl!
3. Go chunky or go home! Shy away from extra ornamentation, so that your necklace can be funky, yet super versatile.
4. Never be afraid to mix metals. Gold&silver are the new PB&J. Just think of it as an awesome 2-for-1 during this tough economy.
5. Keep the retro influences to a minimum. No need for ‘90s chain, ‘80s bold shoulder and ‘70s platforms! We’re borrowing from the past, not dressing as a “Fashion Through the Years” museum exhibit.
All right, tartelettes, I think you’re ready to join the chain gang! Link up ;)