Around the World: New Year's Celebrations

Ireland – The Irish are wonderful storytellers with folktales full of magic, faeries, and love that spans the ages. It should come as no surprise that one Irish New Year’s tradition is steeped in the Druid custom of giving a gift of mistletoe twigs.

The Druids believed mistletoe to be sacred and considered a magic source of fertility that would yield a fruitful year of children and crops.

On New Year’s Eve, girls in Ireland will often sleep with a spring of holly, ivy, or mistletoe under their pillow. Just before sleeping, the girls will chant, “oh ivy green and holly red, tell me, tell me whom I shall wed.” While they sleep, they are to dream of their future husband.

Brazil – The celebration for Ano Novo (‘New Year’ in Portuguese) is called Réveillon by the locals and considered a major holiday in Brazil. It marks the beginning of summer holidays. Rio de Janeiro puts on one of the best fireworks displays in the world for this party.

Millions of people will descend on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema and light candles to float them on little boats as an offering to Iemanja, the goddess of the sea.

Traditionally Brazilians will wear all white, which is supposed to bring good luck and is symbolic of peace and harmony. However, you can change the color of your undergarments to represent a different desire.

Besides white, here are what some of the other colors mean: pink is love, red is passion, yellow is wealth, green is for health and hope, blue is power and action, silver means new things, etc. The tradition supposedly is based in Candombe (Afro-Brazillian) religious beliefs that colors attract energy. Which color will you wear in the new year?

For peace, harmony, and good luck: try the Light Gray Pearl and Single Stone Braided Silk Bracelet ($120.00). Or perhaps you’re hoping to find the love of your life, check out my Rose Gold Plated Square Pave Ring ($120.00).

Seeking hope and health: try the Emerald Green Crystal Drop Earrings ($35.00). And for power and action, why not sparkle with my Chunky Clustered Blue Crystal Necklace ($55.00)?

In any case, regardless of what you choose, I’m sure you will all glow. Thank you for checking out my website and blog. Best wishes to all in 2012. Happy New Year!

Around the World: New Year’s Celebrations

Ireland – The Irish are wonderful storytellers with folktales full of magic, faeries, and love that spans the ages. It should come as no surprise that one Irish New Year’s tradition is steeped in the Druid custom of giving a gift of mistletoe twigs.

The Druids believed mistletoe to be sacred and considered a magic source of fertility that would yield a fruitful year of children and crops.

On New Year’s Eve, girls in Ireland will often sleep with a spring of holly, ivy, or mistletoe under their pillow. Just before sleeping, the girls will chant, “oh ivy green and holly red, tell me, tell me whom I shall wed.” While they sleep, they are to dream of their future husband.

Brazil – The celebration for Ano Novo (‘New Year’ in Portuguese) is called Réveillon by the locals and considered a major holiday in Brazil. It marks the beginning of summer holidays. Rio de Janeiro puts on one of the best fireworks displays in the world for this party.

Millions of people will descend on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema and light candles to float them on little boats as an offering to Iemanja, the goddess of the sea.

Traditionally Brazilians will wear all white, which is supposed to bring good luck and is symbolic of peace and harmony. However, you can change the color of your undergarments to represent a different desire.

Besides white, here are what some of the other colors mean: pink is love, red is passion, yellow is wealth, green is for health and hope, blue is power and action, silver means new things, etc. The tradition supposedly is based in Candombe (Afro-Brazillian) religious beliefs that colors attract energy. Which color will you wear in the new year?

For peace, harmony, and good luck: try the Light Gray Pearl and Single Stone Braided Silk Bracelet ($120.00). Or perhaps you’re hoping to find the love of your life, check out my Rose Gold Plated Square Pave Ring ($120.00).

Seeking hope and health: try the Emerald Green Crystal Drop Earrings ($35.00). And for power and action, why not sparkle with my Chunky Clustered Blue Crystal Necklace ($55.00)?

In any case, regardless of what you choose, I’m sure you will all glow. Thank you for checking out my website and blog. Best wishes to all in 2012. Happy New Year!

Got a minute? Why not vote for Youtube's next viral video hit?

A few days ago, Youtube announced on their blog a fun idea created by the brains at Google Research and Youtube (Click HERE for the post).

Each week a new crop of videos battle head-to-head in the following categories: Comedy, Cute, Music, Bizarre, and Dance Slams, where your votes determine who wins the Slam and gets featured on the leaderboard.

The idea is for voters to come up with the next viral video hit. Click on the picture below to go to Youtube Slam.

Got a minute? Why not vote for Youtube’s next viral video hit?

A few days ago, Youtube announced on their blog a fun idea created by the brains at Google Research and Youtube (Click HERE for the post).

Each week a new crop of videos battle head-to-head in the following categories: Comedy, Cute, Music, Bizarre, and Dance Slams, where your votes determine who wins the Slam and gets featured on the leaderboard.

The idea is for voters to come up with the next viral video hit. Click on the picture below to go to Youtube Slam.

Inspiration from "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo"

Based on an international best selling trilogy, published posthumously, this movie has been getting a lot of buzz, even since casting. After all, this is the role all young actresses can dream of. To read some of the hype, check out W’s current article HERE.

And the girl who won the role is New York native Rooney Mara. This film introduces the dark, troubled, and brilliant Lisbeth Salander. Mara was championed for the role by director David Fincher. (As a side note, Mara’s family has long ties with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NY Giants.) The movie is already in theaters. To watch the trailer, click HERE.

But to start channeling the rocker, take-no-prisoners attitude of Salander, check out the following pieces:

Gunmetal Plated and Mesh Links Chain Necklace ($375)

Black Leather Silver Link Wrap Bracelet ($50.00)

Italian Double Wrap Leather Bracelet ($65.00)

Or consider the “Rock Star” Accessory Cocktail specially selected for your inner Lisbeth Salander. It’s available HERE.

 

Inspiration from “Girl with a Dragon Tattoo”

Based on an international best selling trilogy, published posthumously, this movie has been getting a lot of buzz, even since casting. After all, this is the role all young actresses can dream of. To read some of the hype, check out W’s current article HERE.

And the girl who won the role is New York native Rooney Mara. This film introduces the dark, troubled, and brilliant Lisbeth Salander. Mara was championed for the role by director David Fincher. (As a side note, Mara’s family has long ties with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NY Giants.) The movie is already in theaters. To watch the trailer, click HERE.

But to start channeling the rocker, take-no-prisoners attitude of Salander, check out the following pieces:

Gunmetal Plated and Mesh Links Chain Necklace ($375)

Black Leather Silver Link Wrap Bracelet ($50.00)

Italian Double Wrap Leather Bracelet ($65.00)

Or consider the “Rock Star” Accessory Cocktail specially selected for your inner Lisbeth Salander. It’s available HERE.

 

FIVE WAYS TO “RING” IN THE NEW YEAR

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR IN TIMES SQUARE IS A QUINTESSENTIAL NEW YORK EVENT.

FOR THE PERFECT SPARKLE REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU ARE CELEBRATING, HERE ARE FIVE FABULOUS RINGS PRICED AT $25 OR LESS. ORDER TODAY TO WEAR IT AT YOUR NEW YEAR’S PARTY!

GOLD SOLITAIRE OVAL CLEAR or HEMATITE CRYSTAL RINGS ($25.00/each)

GOLD PLATED BEZEL SET AMBER or HEMATITE CRYSTAL RINGS ($25.00/each)

MATTE GOLD WITH BLACK AND HEMATITE CRYSTAL STACKING RINGS ($25.00)

Style Lessons from British Singers Adele, Ellie, and Florence

How to Transform Any Black Outfit with Timeless Jewelry

“Fashion and music are the same, because music expresses its period too.” – Karl Lagerfeld

British women have been dominating this year. First came the royal wedding seen ‘round the world that made Kate and Pippa household names.

But on the music side, Brits have been equally impressive. It’s impossible to not have heard at least one of Adele’s international smash hits like “Rolling in the Deep.”

Watch Adele’s “Someone Like Me”: HERE

Also having a great breakthrough year is Ellie Goulding, who was already successful in the UK, but following her performance at Will & Kate’s wedding reception and electrifying performances stateside on SNL no less, her music is definitely resonating. Personal favorites include “Lights” and “Starry Eyed.”

Watch Ellie singing “Lights” on SNL: HERE

Rounding out the trio is Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine, a singer who is lauded by the critics and was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy’s.

Watch Florence + the Machine’s video for “Cosmic Love”: HERE

Although Adele, Ellie, and Florence all have a beautiful, unique tone to their music, in terms of jewelry, these powerhouse singers share similar styles. Their fashion palate is limited mostly to black or metallic tones, and as such, their jewelry is appropriately elegant and timeless.

Consequently, their look can easily inspire your own style. Make a statement with one spectacular piece, earrings, a couple of rings, or perhaps an “evil eye” bracelet.

Adele-inspired earrings (in the style of her latest “Someone Like You” video):

Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconium Stud Earrings ($60.00)

Ellie Goulding inspired rings (based on her SNL look):

Matte Gold and Clear Crystal Stacking Rings ($35.00)

Thin Band Ring with Black Cubic Zirconium ($48.00)

Florence-inspired bracelet (in the style of “Cosmic Love” video):

Evil Eye Bracelet on Black Cord ($80.00)

Remembering a Legend – Elizabeth Taylor

“I’ve never thought of my jewelry as trophies. I’m here to take care of it and to love it, for we are only temporary custodians of beauty.” – Elizabeth Taylor in her book “Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry”

The auction of numerous jewelry pieces owned by the iconic Elizabeth Taylor at Christie’s in New York will come to an end this week. Check out the link HERE.

Although Elizabeth Taylor’s $2.5-$3.5 million diamond ring given to her by Richard Burton may be over your budget, lucky for you, here are some more affordable options available for the perfect price of under $100.

Sterling Silver and Cubic Zirconium Three Stone Ring ($60.00)

Clear Crystal Three-Row Bracelet ($30.00)

Sterling Silver Drop Pierced Earring ($80.00)

Inspired By: Barney's Gaga Holiday Workshop

Inspiration can come in many forms, especially while I’m in the city. I was absolutely stunned when I saw Barney’s 2011 holiday window display for Gaga’s Holiday Workshop. So fascinating! I’ve chosen a few of my pieces that reflect a similar aesthetic to these gorgeous displays. Enjoy!

Turquoise Teardrop Earrings ($40)

Hematite Tassle Necklace ($40)