5 Fabulous Women’s Jewelry Boxes

Many women consider jewelry a major element in their style and fashion and often, we find ourselves looking for wonderful storage to match the collection. Jewelry boxes come in a wide range of styles, sizes, materials and shapes that all make fabulous homes for your pieces. Aside from their utilitarian nature, they also make wonderful accents to your dresser or vanity. Regardless of your style and collection, you are certain to come across one you love. Here are some of my recent favorites:

Treasury
Inspired by the movies “Labyrinth” & “The Dark Crystal”, this fantasy jewelry box was designed by Kristen Hassenfeld for Cerealart and features a musical diamond-shaped storage adorned with a silver-looking chain and held by a “crystal” base. The ornate lid has an inside mirror and opens to reveal a tiny lotus flower and a tiny swan that “swims” around the flower while the music plays. Made from plastic and resin, the interior partitions have a soft lining designed for small pieces of jewelry.

Bubinga Wood Jewelry Chest
The jewelry storage is a product from Chasing Treasure and manufactured by Jere Wright Global Ltd. It features an elm burl inlay with a gloss finish and black enamel accents. With a solid brass lock and key, it comes with an ivory velvet interior lining and an inside lid pocket. The 14 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ x 9 1/4″ box includes 3 pull out drawers (with partitions) and 2 side swing doors with inside pockets and hooks.

Queen’s Court Medium Case
A part of Wolf Designs royal collection, the leather case comes with various jewelry compartments and a removable travel case. It features a soft camel “LusterLoc” treated interior and an inside lid mirror with hidden necklace hangers. It comes in 3 different colors (crimson, bronze, and black), and have a chrome lock with key.

Sliver
A design by John Knott of Bent Fabrication, the 6″w x 15″d x 44″h jewelry box looks more like a spaceship ready to launch or an insect stuck on a piece of metal. This rather “out of the box” design is made from poplar and chrome steel in a camouflage pattern, has 5 pull-out drawers on the front, and sits on a steel stand.

Diamond Ring Packaging
A concept by Alissia Teichroew, founder and creative director of byAMT Studio, the packaging was designed for her diamond ring collection, but it can also be used as wonderful slim storage for your own rings. The boxes are made from museum board with loose layers and come in 3 different thicknesses (for 9mm, 4mm and 2mm rings). Held together by rubber bands, each piece is laser cut while the ring shape is laser etched. The packing orientation is sideways, making the ring lie flat to the engraved ring shape.

There are so many stylish and unique jewelry boxes available nowadays it’s hard to settle on just one. Whether you are keeping an awesome original jewelry packaging or investing in a more costly designer box, keeping your pieces of jewelry organized protects them from getting mixed up and tangled (and scratched!) while they enjoy their own separate “rooms.”

Oscar Party Fashion Advice – Fashion School Tips on What to Wear to an Oscar Party

How fabulous that you’ve been invited to an Oscar party! Okay, so it might not be an A-List soiree where you share shrimp skewers with Leonardo DiCaprio or Britney Spears, but it’s a fun excuse to get all dressed up, nonetheless. What do you wear, though, if you don’t have a celebrity stylist in your entourage? Fortunately, you’ve got some top fashion school students in your corner with some great ideas for Oscar party fashions.

Dust off the formal wear. If you’ve held on to that bridesmaid or prom dress, now is the time to take it out of the closet. Don’t worry if you find it tacky. Has that ever stopped some of today’s starlets? The thrift shop is a good place to start as well. One way to give your dress a facelift (well, this is Hollywood) is by adding sequins or beading. If you don’t want to bother with sewing them on, you’ll find sequined appliqu├ęs at the fabric store that you can just glue on the dress. Stores also carry rhinestones that have been already laid out in a decorative design, and you just iron them on as is.

Wrap yourself in mink. While you’re at the fabric store, grab a yard of faux fur to make your own mink stole. It will up your elegance factor, and hide any unwanted puffy sleeves. Just cut the fur into a long trapezoid shape. (That means it would look like a long upside down boat.) There’s no need to sew the edges, but be sure to remove the loose hairs from where you’ve cut. A quick vacuum job will do the trick.

Remember the accessories. One of the rules of Oscar fashion design is that the little details matter. For old-fashioned Hollywood glamour, don a pair of formal satin gloves. Carry a glittering clutch, preferably with a folded up acceptance speech peeking out. And don’t forget the sunglasses to escape the glare of flashing cameras.

Bling it on. On Oscar night, the stars shine with jewelry, and so must you. You don’t need to wear a lot, just a few pieces; the bigger and danglier the better. If you don’t have any good costume jewelry of your own, here’s a fun do-it-yourself idea to make a truly showstopping ring. Go to the hardware store and buy a clear plastic faucet handle. This is the type of faucet handle that looks like a humongous faceted diamond. The handle comes with a long screw that sits in an opening at the top. Tie the end of a 10″ piece of wire around the head of the screw, and place the screw back in the opening, along with the rest of the wire. Apply a dab of hot glue to where the screw goes in the opening so it stays secure. Then loop the remainder of the wire around your ring finger. Now you’ve got a piece of jewelry that would make Elizabeth Taylor envious.

Go as the paparazzi. If you don’t want to fuss with a dress, go high concept by dressing as paparazzi. That way, you can wear anything you want, as long as you have a camera at all times. And since paparazzi are always sneaking behind bushes for the perfect shot, take a small potted plant with you to hide behind throughout the party.

Dress like a nominated star. Make a big entrance by going as an Oscar nominee, your favorite star, or a character from a movie. (Hint: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an easy choice.) If you’re going with friends, you can all dress as the cast of a nominated film.

Go as the red carpet. Here’s an idea that only a fashion college costume design major would dream up: dress as the red carpet. To create the look, start with a red turtleneck or long sleeve t-shirt and red sweatpants. Sew or safety pin the back of the shirt and pants to a rectangular piece of red felt that is as tall as you, and as wide as your arm span. Be sure to sew the sleeves so your arms will be outstretched, holding up the red carpet on both sides. Red mittens, red shoes, and a red cap will complete the look.

Oscar parties are always a lot of fun because we get to play along with the stars. And with these ideas for what to wear, the winner of Best Dressed will be you!

Fashion Advice and Tips

What’s Hot

Vibrant and bold colours are 2009 must haves, so try and add a touch here and there with exciting accessories. Bright coloured bags, shoes and necklaces will all promote the fashion fever of 2009. Ruffles and ruching are a strong look not only on dresses and tops but on bags too.

If shoes are your next purchase then gladiator strap sandals with open fronts on the shoes and high leg boots are a must have. Wide belts with big buckles and huge necklaces, stacked cuff bangles and tribal jewellery are the fashion essentials

Handbags

These days every woman has a wardrobe full of handbags and most have an array of handbags to match a different outfit. In fact, the average woman owns at least eight handbags and buys a new one every 3 months.

Handbag Tips

To really make your outfit shine always remember to buy a handbag to compliment your figure and in which must have some coordination and balance with your body. So even though its tempting to buy a handbag just to be on course with the fashion trend its still best to coordinate it with your figure to make your outfit really stand out.

When buying a handbag most fashion experts suggest that if your tall and slim then you should avoid smaller bags and go for the mid size, bulky and larger handbags as these will best suit your stature. On the other hand if you have a shorter physique its always best to choose smaller handbags to compliment your figure as larger handbags will make you appear smaller.

When choosing the shape of a handbag is always best to choose the opposite of your body type. Therefore if you’re small and petite it’s best to choose tall and rectangular bags as this will make you look taller. If you are slim and tall then its best to choose rounded bags to compliment your figure.

What’s Hot

At present a large handbag is the way to go which is great for women who need to mix style with functionality. Oversized, multi-pocketed and easy to carry bags have been strolling down the catwalks and in the major cities. Although not one of the largest bags around but still very popular is the clutch bag. Many designers have created these small handbags for carrying the most essential of items and these are a great opportunity to wear something bold and bright for 2009. If you are a bit hesitant at wearing something bright then compliment a small clutch bag with a pair of matching neutral coloured heels is a subtle way to stay top on the trend ladder.

Colours

This spring and summer is the season for bold, bright and colourful designs. A new wave of colours has hit the fashion trend so a palette of earthy and fiery tones like brown, gold, reds, yellows and oranges are a huge hit at the moment and dont forget grape purple and emerald green which are also welcoming additions. Whatever colours you decide there a variety of shades and tones to suit any choice of outfit.

Styles

Chain Bags the classic bag that is again timeless this season.

Oversized Clutches and Totes still a firm favourite this year and works well in the day as well as in the night.

Fringed Bags these are a huge hit for 2009 and can be worked day or night. A neutral tone will provide a longer usage.

Quilted Purses a must have at the moment, either a bright colour or with gold charms and your on to a winner

Ruched Bags and multicoloured woven bags will also give your outfit a truly fashionable edge.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are one of smallest accessories you can wear but yet one of the most important. In fact sunglasses have been known to define an era or start a phenomenon which lasted years. Although sunglasses are worn for fashion they do have a functional side in which stop harmful rays which then can help maintain strong eyesight.

Sunglasses Guide

Oval Face can work with almost any style such as wraparounds, shields and square shaped frames.

Round Face wider and rectangular frames suit this face type best. Its best to minimize the curves as will make the face appear longer

Diamond Face oval, square and rimless will all soften the contour of the face and compliment it.

Square face oval and round will all provide the face with definition which will work well.

Oblong Face frames that are rounded and square will work best and which do not extend the widest part of the face.

Triangle Face rimless bottoms, straight top line and cat eyes will all soften the lower portion of the face.

Whats Hot

At present wrap around sunglasses which extend past the eye to the temple and shields which are one piece are both hot on the fashion runway.

Sunglasses are also not immune to the retro craze and Aviators and Wayfarer have both enjoyed a new wave of success since WWII when pilots favoured this style.