Celebrity Style – Why We Love Adele

Adele Adkins.  She’s a maverick woman about town, a well of endless beauty across the realms of the visceral and ephemeral, and a force to be reckoned with.  Possessed equally of polish and punch, it’s easy to see why the world at large is contentedly doting on our latest crush.  She has a voice like a lark and a classically lovely face, but I’ll confess that what has me personally smitten, is her taste in earrings.

Adele's marvelous earrings

Adele’s overall style is undeniably vintage, and in music, maquillage, and general taste, the woman obviously shows a penchant for paired down sixties flare.  But it’s what hangs from those petite, pale, and feminine ears that tells the real fashion story.  In reality this porcelain princess shows a much more grown up and diverse retro aesthetic than many of her American counterparts, effortlessly incorporating designs that encompass everything from 1940’s to 1970’s, and all gently tweaked with a modern twist.

Retro Earring Styles

Perhaps the most empowering aspect of the world’s love affair with the British songstress though, is that in a world where thin is in, she makes no apologies for her vivacious curves, and we couldn’t be more delighted.  Fast becoming considered as one of the most beautiful women in music, Adele shows no signs of slowing down, having graced the cover of every magazine imaginable including Cosmo, Vogue, Rolling Stone, More, Out, Glamour, Scarlet, the Gentlewoman, Elle, Q, and more than one issue of Billboard.

Earrings style like Adele's

So why do we love Adele?  Why wouldn’t we?

11-11-11 – A Centennial Celebration That Rocks

Is today your lucky day?  Whether it is or not it’s time to celebrate one of the funnest unofficial Holidays around: Nigel Tufnel Day.

Nigel Tufnel's unofficial holiday

Nigel Tufnel is the fictional guitarist character from 1984’s rockin mocumentary, “This is Spinal Tap.”  More importantly though, he’s the guy who likes to “turn it up to eleven.”  Turning it up to eleven is most certainly a music reference, “it” being the amplifier attached to his flying V electric guitar, but in the past few days since the holiday has been firmly established, this fiery catch phrase has taken on a whole new meaning.

Turning it up to 11

Turning it up to eleven means giving it your best and then some, getting louder than loud (literally and figuratively), and just having an awesome time.  It’s about taking everything you do and bumping it up that extra notch.  And for those of us who have a stereo and like the metal music that drew us to the Spinal Tap movie in the first place, well, lets hope your model is like mine and has a volume knob that goes higher than ten.

Rock out like Nigel Tufnel

For people who are pierced and tattooed, tonight is the once in a lifetime opportunity to party like it’s full of elevens, literally.  Since the 11/11/11 date won’t come around again until the year 2111, less than one percent of the people currently alive on the planet will live to see it, and most of those were born in the past two weeks.

So rev it up, bring the noise, overdo all things rock and roll, and don’t forget to riff a slammin solo for your man Nigel Tufnel, as you turn it up to eleven.

Celebrity Piercing Style – Why We Love Rooney Mara

Popular Pierced Actress Rooney Mara

When newcomer Rooney Mara won the coveted role of Lisbeth Salander in the English Language remake of 2009’s acclaimed Swedish film “the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” nobody could have guessed what was in the cards for alternative fashion at the hands of this twist of fate.

Rooney Mara's Magazine Cover Shots

Many people may recognize Rooney, 26, from her roles in the 2010 blockbusters “The Social Network” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and those that do will likely remember her looking a little something like this:

Rooney Mara before her transformation

So what’s changed since her days playing a cute, average teenage girl?  Well, for starters, this powerhouse actress took the ultimate plunge to delve into her role as the pierced, tattooed, and mohawked character, Lisbeth: she got pierced.

a pierced Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander

Now, you may be shrugging in that “so what?” kind of way, but when we say “pierced,” we’re actually talking about several rather painful piercings, all at once!  That’s right.  Miss Mara got over a dozen piercings in all, including four holes in each ear and piercings of the lip, nose, septum, eyebrow, and nipple.  And, as aforementioned, most of them were done at the same time.  Prior to her transformation, the budding actress didn’t even have her ear lobes pierced.

Rooney also had her eyebrows bleached, lost a few pounds to allow her a more androgynous look as Lisbeth, and got her hair cut, shaved, and dyed stark black.  Talk about a new look.

Rooney Mara as pierced character Lisbeth

Her real life jewelry style closely mirrors that of her new cinematic persona, except that while the character is often seen in more elaborate and edgy earrings, the actress’s own style is a little more forgiving, often wearing smaller and simpler silver tone hoops.

character Lisbeth's ear piercing styleLisbeth Style EarringsLisbeth Style Spiral Tapers

Rooney Mara Style Hoop Earrings

Although generally not known to show off her lip or nose rings in public, Mara has been seen rocking her eyebrow ring, which again (being more of the same) is a simple curved steel barbell.

Rooney Mara Style Steel Barbell Eyebrow Rings

As for regular jewelry, scenes from the film show Lisbeth wearing dog tag necklaces and oodles of gorgeous circa-1980-punk style bracelets in everything from nylon, to metals, leather, and a cacophony of studs and spikes.

Lisbeth Style Bracelets and Leather Studded Belts

For the most part, it’s hard to tell where Lisbeth ends and the actress begins in the middle of a promotional media frenzy and countless magazine spreads, but whichever way you slice it, it’s hard at the moment not to have a girl crush on Rooney Mara.

Budget Halloween Accessorizing – Alice in Wonderland

This week we do budget accessorizing for one of my personal favorites in the dark fairytale genre: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in Wonderland film poster

To go as Alice:

Accessorizing an Alice costume

Alice’s trademark look is bare ears and minimalism, her only piece of prominent jewelry being the crystal teardrop necklace that you see her in throughout the film.  Rather than splurging on an overdone piece, the better way to go is grabbing something similar in size, shape, and color for less than half the price.  All three of these necklaces are under fifteen dollars, and you’ll never be late to tea wondering what to wear.

Amber Teardrop like Alice'sAlice style crystal teardropColor Changing ALice Style Teardrop Necklace

To go as the White Queen:

Alice in Wonderland's White Queen

Having bare hands and an exquisitely decorative gown, the white queen keeps it simple with a single pearly necklace.  To get the look for less, go for a regular strand that’s long enough to be doubled, or keep it minimal with a classic, gold tone ball chain (at just over $30, it’s affordable and luxe).

Pearly White Queen Style NecklaceGold Ball Chain Necklace

To go as the Red Queen:

Tim Burton's Red Queen

Our queen of hearts has a penchant for rings, and (you guessed it), they’re all in the shape of hearts.  To hit the mark, just be sure you layer at least two per hand and strategically pick your items to foster a look of opulence.  The awesome cocktail rings below all have an awesome price tag to match, and in deep earthy hues and jewel tones, they’ll make any rendition of the red queen steel the show.

Opulent Queen of Hearts Style Rings

To go as the Hatter:

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

Our friend the Mad Hatter is the very vision of coolly cuckoo, and since he wears literally NO jewelry at all, that leaves you free to add your own spin by incorporating generalized wonderland themes like locks and keys, tea cups, drink bottles, crowns, marigolds, and playing card suits.  The sky is the limit and the cost is extremely reasonable, so go nuts!

Lucite Wonderland Style KeyWonderland Style Antique KeysLock and Key Necklace and Earrings

To go as the Cheshire Cat or the White Rabbit:

The White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat

If you’re aiming for the white rabbit, you need only a waistcoat and a pocket watch, but the for the Cheshire Cat (who wears nothing but fur and a smile) a single comical accessory will really drive home the kooky mood, and I found the perfect pick: a fish necklace!  Just $3.99 and full of catty goodness.

Cheshire Cat Accessory Fish Necklace

Time to fall down the rabbit hole into Halloween costume Wonderland.

Budget Accessorizing -Halloween Costumes of Your Favorite Movie Characters: Harry Potter

If you’re anything like me, you might feel like you’ve been in the middle of Harry Potter mania for the past few years, and maybe you’re considering going as your favorite character for Halloween now that the series is finally complete.  Character jewelry replicas and pendants based on the movies have gotten very expensive though; way too expensive for a one time use as part of a Halloween costume.  So instead of paying up to four times as much, why not go for budget fakes and save some serious green?

To go as Harry Potter:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Movie Poster

Our title character doesn’t really wear a lot of jewelry, but there are a few things that can make a slightly lackluster costume really pop.  For example, you could wear a necklace that looks like either a snitch or a philosopher’s stone.  Both of these items are normally fairly pricey (running for up to 75 Euro ((just under$100)) ) but you can get your hands on a budget fake for around fifteen bucks.  Just look at these philosopher’s stone type necklaces, all under $14.99.

Philosophers Stone Style Crystal Necklaces

To go as Hermione:

hermione from Harry Potter

There are a couple things that will let everyone know you’re dressed as Hermione, (even if you can’t get your hair to fluff up quite right): a faux time turner necklace, or a pair of pink posy earrings.  Both can be snatched up for about half the price if you choose pieces that give the overall look and shape instead of an exact replica.

Pink Crystal Flower EarringsFaux Time Turner Style Pendant

To go as a member of Slytherin House:

Harry Potter Characters

The easy way to accessorize is with a snake ring.  Affordable and unmistakable.  Or if you want to go for house colors, just grab a colored enamel band.

Slytherin House Style Snake RingsEnamel Harry Potter Colored Rings

General Potterisms:

When going as a generalized character or adding interest to an existing costume, there are some relatively inexpensive accessory options that will bring the fantasy world to life.  Things like phoenixes, owls, lightening bolts, and magic hats.

Celestial Bird Body JewelryBody Jewelry featuring owls

Lightning bolt body jewelrywizard/witch hat body jewelry

Now you’re good to go at a fraction of the cost.

Fall Trend Report – Hottest Body Jewelry Trends for Autumn

With Fall looming just 24 hours away, it’s hard to be psyched about the impending cold weather.  But there’s one thing that’ll always be cause for Autumn celebration: hot new Fall Fashion.  So without further ado, here it is: the Fall fashion trends body jewelry overview.  Enjoy!

Trend #1: Hot Color

On Trend with super brights for Fall

From hair, to clothes, jewelry, and even lingerie, super-saturated brights are super in for Fall.  Just take a cue from Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj.  Best body jewelry bet: keeping it simple with solid, vivid acrylics.  Love that pink!

Hot Neon Piercing Jewelry

Trend #2: Animal Print

Fall Animal Print and Skin Trend

This isn’t your mama’s same awkward 80’s animal print.  New and interesting faux skins are becoming a huge trend this cold season, and snake skin, monochrome spots, and new takes on zebra are all at the forefront of this update on animal.

Cool Animal Print Fall Jewelry

Trend #3 Chain, chain, chain

Fall Layered Chain Jewelry Trend

Multiple layers of chains are absolutely everywhere, and add interest and shimmer without being blindingly blingy.  Best body jewelry bet: for added interest blend chain styles and add subtle gem accents but stay away from uber-bling to avoid overdoing it.

Cool Multiple Chain Jewelry for Fall

Trend #4 Retro Rockabilly

Sweet Retro Style for Autumn

Retro tattoo art, styles, and motifs continue their rise to the top, bringing a sweet and flirty vintage feel to heavier Fall layers.  For a look at the Rockabilly style in particular, just copycat Dita Von Teese’s vivid colors, retro patterns, and antiqued jewels.

Cute Retro Cherry Body Jewelry

Trend #5 Naturally Neutral

Neutral and Nude Hues for Fall

Flesh tones, subdued pastels, and ultra-neutral bronzes and taupes are the hot ticket for looking pulled together and polished for fabulous Fall occassions.  Even as an unpierced celebrity, Kristen Stewart recently rocked this trend to perfection with a nude dress covered in sequins.  Best body jewelry bets: go for simple shapes and muted tones that are slightly off shade with your skin.  Trés chic.

Skin tone ear plug Titanium Bronze Body JewelryTaupe Colored Faux Pearl Drop Earrings

Super Celebrity Jewelry Trend – Cocktail Rings

Make a statement and show off your remarkable style with gorgeous cocktail rings! These large and flashy rings add feminine flair and fun to any outfit. Cocktail rings were originally worn in the 1920’s during prohibition. Women wore these bold, attention demanding rings as a style of status. They were also worn at cocktail parties to signify that the wearer was drinking illegally, and that they were doing it with style! Either way, these rings were the center of attention.

Flapper Wearing Cocktail Ring

There are many different types of cocktail rings. Styles include antique, vintage, Victorian, exotic, modern and funky. There are also handmade, glass, and graffiti style cocktail rings. The unique designs range from classic to contemporary and from edgy to urban. Cocktail rings can be accented with gold, silver, cubic zirconia, gems, glitter, diamonds and more! Stretch rings are one of the most popular types of cocktail rings, giving you that comfortable fit that can be worn on almost any finger. You’ll never have to worry about sizing with the fashionable flexible band. Other styles include double rings, stack rings and other glamorous rings that are distinctly modern. In addition, the colors, shapes and patterns are endless. No wonder these rings are the top trend in the fashion industry ring now!

Ring Sizing Chart

Celebrities are responsibility for making cocktail rings so popular and trendy. Each ring is unique and chic, making it the focal point of any outfit. Celebrities like Beyonce and Rosario Dawson are wearing them at various events as an instant boost of bling.

Beyonce and Paris wearing Cocktail RingsBeyonce and Paris Hilton rock oversized flowering rings

Rosario and Kristen Wearing Cocktail RingsKristen Cavalleri and Rosario Dawson go for simple chic vintage styles

Cocktail rings can be worn on any finger, but most celebrities in the media wear theirs on the right hand index finger, like Angelina Jolie. Cocktail rings are a great way to add glam to any look. There’s just something fabulous and effortless about the cocktail ring.

Angelina Wearing a Cocktail Ring

With cocktails rings you can be confident in your look. The most popular colors ‘in fashion’ right now are amethyst, emerald and turquoise, but any color can be worn to compliment and spice up your outfit. When it comes to cocktail rings you’ll be sure to turn heads with a style that reflects you. These ‘diva like’ rings are big, bold and beautiful for a reason… so strut your stuff girls!

Kelly Wearing Chanel RingKelly Carlson steps out in a Chanel flower ring

Jewelry and Accessory Fall Trend Watch – Tie-Dye

Cool Tie Dye Trend

What’s the newest vintage 90’s trend to hit the street scene?  Believe it or not, it’s actually tie-dye.  Tie-dye is showing up everywhere; on hats, purses, shoes, necklaces, shades, jackets, and of course on body jewelry.  So why is the tie-dye super trend suddenly taking off?  Well as always, it seems that a mix of urban clothing brands and our favorite celebrities are the ones to blame.

Tyler the Creator in tie-dye

Tyler the Creator rocked the Pitchfork Festival this Summer in a collection of bright tie-dyed shirts, while Emma Roberts and Ashley Greene were seen at Coachella sporting sweet tie-dyed ensembles, and Katy Perry sparkled the People’s Choice Awards in dip dye.

Emma Roberts and Ashley Greene in tie-dieKaty Perry in a dip-dyed dress at the PCA's

And as for branding Levi’s, New Era, and Converse, amongst many others, have all recently come out with tie-dyed items that are absolutely fabulous.

Popular Brands Featuring Tie-Dye

Now check out all the tie-dye body piercings.  I love matching multi-tonal tie-dye style earrings going up the helix, as well as the gorgeous but simple belly ring with a dip dyed look to the gems.

Piercings in tie-dye

Bottom line: hippies aren’t the only ones who have fun with stylish splotching and color blending, and it’s not your momma’s tie-dye anymore!


Magical Celebrity Earring Style – Why We Heart Emma Watson

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris in the Spring of 1990. You may know her as Hermione Granger from the epic series of Harry Potter films, which is currently set to come to a close with the release of this Summer’s eighth and final feature Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2.  But these days, the now grown up British actress is less a child star, and more a thriving adult fashionista.

Hermione and Harry Character Poster Deathly Hollows 1

After trading out her cascade of tousled waves for a prim, yet edgy pixie in 2010, the jewelry animal inside came out with a vengeance, and amongst other countless brooches and baubles, her wardrobe of earrings did as well.  Just check out these adorable danglies she wore to the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 last November:

Emma at the Deathly Hollows 1 Premiere

Dangling pieces that feature a Hollywood sophistication intermingled with a youthful sweetness seem to be a favorite, as Emma has recently been spotted in them again…

Awesome Dangle Earrings

…and again!  If you’re as envious of her polished, yet carefree earring style as I am, listen up, because here are some hints on how to copycat:

Gorgeous Ball Dangle Earrings

Go for simple dangles that show off just one prominent gem or bead in a fun and youthful shape, like hearts, stars, or flowers.

Emma Waston Style Heart Dangle Earrings

Pull out the gem encrusted detailing, but keep the shapes simple, and be sure the dangle itself isn’t too long.

Emma Watson Style Gem Earrings

Or grab the cheapie version and do a direct doppelganger.

Copycat Emma Watsons Ball Dangle EarringsCopy Emma Watsons Black Chain Dangle EarringsCopy Emma's Flesh Tone Teardrop Earrings



Body Mod Wow! – Most Pierced, Tattooed, and Modified People in the World

As body modifications continue to rise and the amount of tattoos and piercings on a single person continues to grow, I had to ask, “who’s got the most?”  And here are the answers!


Most Pierced Person in the World

The Most pierced Person in the World

The world’s most pierced person is Brazilian born former nurse and current citizen of the UK, Elaine Davidson.  Elaine began in the mid nineties with a modest collection of 250 piercings.  By 2000 she had won her first world record with 462, reaching the 1000 mark in 2003, and continuing on at an amazing pace.  Her last reported numbers from Summer of last year were absolutely staggering: over 6,700!  You go, girl!

Guinness Record Holder Most Pierced Woman


Most Pierced Man in the World

Most pierced Man in the World

The world’s most pierced man as of the Guinness Book of World Records 2010 Release is John Lynch.  John’s 241 piercings as of March 2010 stole the title from former most pierced man in the world Luis Antonio Aguero, who boasted 230.

Most Pierced Man Holding 2010 Guinness Book


Most Piercings in a Single Sitting

Man With the Most Piercings Done at Once

This record goes to brit Kam Ma, for his amazing 7 hour and 55 minute piercing session in which he was pierced an unbelievable 1,015 times.  He’s also been given the honorary title of Man With the World’s Strongest Pain Threshold, as during his nearly 8 hour record breaking session no anesthetic of any kind was used.


Most Tattooed Woman

Most Tattooed Woman in the World

The most tattooed woman in the world is Julia Gnuse, with a whopping ninety five percent of her body covered in brilliant tattoo art.  The inclusion of such bright coloring, cartoons, and many celebrity caricatures in her tattoos has earned Julia the nickname “The Illustrated Lady.”


Most Tattooed Man

Guinness Record Holder for Most Tattoos

The current Guinness record holder for most tattooed man had so much competition that he needed to do something amazing: cover literally one hundred percent of his body in tattoos.  New Zealand native Lucky Diamond Rich did just that, tattooing his entire body head to toe including his eyelids, lips, inner ears, and some other places that are extremely sensitive.

Full Body Tattoos With Themes

Lucky’s close runners up, some of them former title holders themselves, included Kentucky born Eric Sprague (a.k.a. the Lizard Man), Canadian model (and “Zombie Boy”) Rick “Rico” Genest who recently became the most tattooed man ever to grace the catwalk, Paul Lawrence (also called “The Enigma”) for his interesting full body jigsaw puzzle, and former record holder Tom Leppard or “the Leopard Man.”

Record Breaking Full Body Color Tattooing


Person With the Most Stretched Ear Lobes

Ma With the Largest Stretched Ears

This one goes to a man who calls himself Bear, and his lobes are stretched to an outstanding size: over five an a half inches.


Most Modified Person

Most Modified Person on Earth

Although there is no official decision on this one, the honorary title has been given to American Pauly Unstoppable, who has modified himself with traditional tattoos, ocular (eye) tattoos, brandings, piercings, stretched piercings, scarification, a split tongue, and several different sizes and types of dermal implants.