5 Trendy Homecoming Accessories of 2013

November 6, 2013 by  
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Are you looking to make a statement on that special night? Well then, it’s time to complement the homecoming dress with the right kind of accessories. In fact, they should be no-brainers regardless of whether you’re wearing a formal gown or something causal.

Below are some tips on how to get the right accessories to go with your dress while being in line with the latest trends at the same time.


Big earrings, such as hoops and chandelier are quite popular and look dazzling on most occasions, but sometimes they can take the attention away from you and make themselves the center of attention.

So for homecoming this year, go simple and try some smaller studs along with an up-do that makes them visible without stealing the attraction you deserve.

Go for pearls or crystal studs that complement the color of your dress. The up-do you choose to go with the earrings can be of any kind, but some of the latest trends include a sleek bun or a messy chignon.


Finding the appropriate rings for homecoming  can be a challenge since there are so many designs available. Gemstone rings that include stones made from gold and sapphire, or a mixture of both, are quite the rage these days as they complement most evening dresses.

Moreover, the colorful options aren’t as limited as they were a few years ago. The different types of sapphire rings offered by brands that deal in contemporary styles shows that there are a multitude of available colors like blue, yellow, black, etc. Front Jewelers even offers a pretty pink sapphire rings as an option.

On the other hand, if you like gaudy rings, try out something big  and bold with rhinestones and sapphire. A plain band with a single sapphire on it as an adornment would do justice if you decide to go with simple and elegant look.


Statement necklaces might make your outfit pop, but for a formal occasion like homecoming, a short chain necklace would serve the purpose.

You can select something with a delicate chain in gold or silver and a small, delicate charm that goes with your homecoming dress.

For instance, if you’re going with a dress that features some bling, an ideal option would be a necklace with a rhinestone charm.

Hair Accessories

This year, headpieces/ headbands are the most flattering hair accessory. However, avoid something too overbearing for the event.

Instead, you can get a simple and elegant little piece with beading and pearls that add a little elegance to your hair yet completes your outfit with the perfect dose of glamour.

Also, make sure that the elastic of the headband is stretchable and soft enough to fit in with comfort and ease, so that you can enjoy a comfortable experience throughout the night.

Clutch Purses

Clutch purses are perhaps the most appropriate accessory for homecoming to carry the necessities. Among the offerings available, metallic clutches in varying designs are setting the trend this year.

If animal print is your forte, a metallic clutch with an animal print design would be a good option. However, if your dress is very simple in design and doesn’t require anything bold, go with a clutch purse with sequins covering its entire surface–this creates a metallic effect.  It is also important that you consider a small size so that that you can carry it around with ease.

These accessories will give your look some extra personality without looking overdone.




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How To Choose The Right Homecoming Dress

July 24, 2013 by  
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I can’t believe that school starts in less than a month down here in Florida and in September for a majority of others.  It’s gone by way too fast but with the sadness of summer being almost over comes the excitement of some fall favorite’s like football, back to school shopping and for girls shopping for  homecoming dresses!  I have a bunch of boys so I don’t exactly have the pleasure of going out shopping for a pretty dress but I fondly recall my school dances and I do wish I had the selection girls have now a day.  With a little savvy shopping, girls can buy a unique dress as opposed to the carbon copies I found lined in the boutique store fronts in Brooklyn, and most dresses today can be worn a ton of other times (if you don’t go too frilly).

Check out some tips on picking a unique homecoming dress under $200 that can be worn more than once.  I also included some accessories and tips on what to wear them with below.


Look for little details like beading or tulle that make a dress look more expensive and can dressed up now or down later on.


I know girls love a floor length dress because it feels glamorous, but if you want to get the most for your dollar skip them.  If not shop online shops for dresses under $100 and look for simple lines so they won’t quickly go out of style.


Avoid satin.  Yes they look expensive and pretty but they also scream formal and most girls will have some form of satin on.  Instead look for dresses in a matte jersey, with some tulle or if you have to have satin, look for ones with some ruching for a flirty feel.


This is where you can go all out!  There’s a ton of affordable accessories out there so pile it on and have fun!  Try big colorful necklaces for a fun pop of color; add sparkly jewelry to bright dresses or try some simple gold jewelry that you can wear over and over again.


Use online shoe stores to your benefit.  It’s almost impossible not to find a pair of stylish shoes under $100 and in a lot of cases you can even get a second pair free or half off .  But make sure you order early in case you need to exchange them.

Celebrity Copycat: Taylor Swift’s Look for Less!

November 27, 2012 by  
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You really cant wrong with sequins – whether it’s for a prom or just a fun night out – they instantly give off a magical, princess-like vibe that dominated the Spring 2013 runways and will never go out of style.  One of my favorite stars that’s the perfect example off how magical sequins can make you look and feel is Taylor Swift. With her trademark ruby red lips, she’s rocked the sequins on many red carpets and always looks flawless!  Tip:  For a little more glamour and edge, add metallic heels (another huge trend) and a black clutch… and keep the jewelry simple! The dress will do all the work.  Get Taylor’s look for less with pieces from David’s Bridal, Heels.com and many more!

Sequin Dress – at Davidsbridal.com | Crystal Spike Studs – $15 at Missselfridge.com | Rhinestone Cuff – $28 at Whitehouseblackmarket.com | Studded Clutch – $39 at Dorothyperkins.com | Metallic Heels – $50 at Heels.com | M.A.C Lipstick in Swatch – $15 at Nordstrom.com |

Planning for Prom Night

February 13, 2012 by  
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Prom night is one of the biggest events of the year, and planning for the perfect prom can take months. All the prep work is worth it, though, when you have a magical night, one that you will look back on for years and smile. Follow these tips, and you’ll have a night to remember!

The Dress

Other than your date, your prom dress is probably going to cause you the most stress. You want to look perfect, so start looking for your dress well in advance, even if you don’t have a date yet. If you wait until the last minute, you might end up with a dress that’s not quite what you wanted.

Most stores start stocking prom dresses in January, and the best ones will be snatched up quickly. Try on several dresses in different colors and styles – something that you hate on the rack might look amazing on you, and vice versa. Flip through magazines to see what you like, or take inspiration from a favorite movie or TV show.

If you want something truly original, though, look beyond the department stores and formal shops. Scour the racks at vintage and thrift stores. You might find the perfect, unique dress and score a bargain at the same time.

Don’t forget about tailoring. Spending a few extra dollars to get a dress shortened or taken in can take a dress from “blah” to “wow!”

The Accessories

Accessories can make a so-so dress look amazing. Skip the dyed-to-match shoes and choose a blingy sandal instead. Remember that you’re going to be standing around taking pictures and having dinner, so pick something comfortable that you can walk in and dance in. Consider buying a pair of comfy ballet-type flats to stash in your purse; formalwear stores often sell flats that roll up to fit in small bags.

The prom is no place for the giant bag you carry every day. Instead, look for a clutch or evening purse that coordinates with your dress. It should be big enough to carry some cash, your phone and some emergency extras.

While you’re shopping for your dress, think about the jewelry that you want to wear. Diamonds (real or fake) will go with any dress, but try some more unusual pieces, too. Again, vintage and secondhand stores often stock antique costume jewelry that’s perfect for the prom.

The Details

Other than your wedding, the prom is one of the few times in your life when you can go all out with prom hairstyles, makeup and nails. Start your prep a few months in advance. Make appointments for hair, makeup and nails at least two months before the prom – popular salons book up fast. Ask the salon about prom packages. Some offer deals when you get multiple services.

If your dress is strapless, short or sleeveless, think about adding a little extra color to your skin for the big night. Tanning beds aren’t healthy (and you might not even be allowed to use one), so think about getting a spray tan a few days before the prom. Just go a shade or two darker – you don’t want to look like an extra from “Jersey Shore.”

Other details to handle in advance? Tickets – make sure you get them – and transportation. A limo is the most popular choice, and when you’ve got a big group, it’s cost-effective. Like everything else, book well in advance, and be sure to budget for a tip for the driver. If you plan to go out to dinner before the event, make those reservations as well.

Finally, make post-prom plans. Chances are, someone is having an after-party, or you can make plans with your friends to go eat (you’ll be hungry after all that dancing!), or just hang out and watch movies.

Whether you’re a senior enjoying the final days of high school, or a sophomore who was lucky enough to get an invitation, prom is often the highlight of the year. Spend some time planning and taking care of the details beforehand, and your prom can be everything you want it to be.

Celeste Grau is a professional cosmetologist with over 10 years of experience and is always staying on top of the latest hairstyles. Celeste specializes in six different types of hair extensions, as well as color and highlighting techniques. 

Looking Outside the Box: Prom Dresses for All Ages

November 9, 2011 by  
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I don’t know about you but I get tired of going to the same stores and seeing the same limited selection every time.  I was getting so frustrated searching for a dress to wear to my boyfriend’s formal when I stumbled upon the David’s Bridal site (I swear I wasn’t looking at wedding dresses!).  But who knew they had dresses for all kinds of occasions besides weddings?  They actually have a lot of beautiful prom dresses that were suitable and affordable, including the one below that I fell in love with.

This charmeuse dress is a fun twist on the typical little black dress, but still looks classic.  And I know it’s difficult to tell in this picture but there are subtle sequins throughout the flowered skirt that add just the right amount of sparkle.  I can’t wait to wear it!  With winter formals and holiday parties coming up I’m sure you’re all going to be facing the same dress searching dilemma.  I never thought I’d buy another prom dress but look outside the box and you just might be pleasantly surprised!

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Hot Celeb Links

February 28, 2011 by  
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2011 Red Carpet Review (Style Bakery)

83rd Annual Academy Awards Full WInners List! (Celebrity Dirty Laundry)

Charlie Sheen To Appear On A Special Edition Of 20/20 (Daily Stab)

83rd Academy Awards – Worst Dressed (Fit Fab Celeb)

2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party – Justing Bieber & Selena Gomez Go Public PHOTOS (I Need My fix)

Emma Watson’s Final people Tree Collection (Coco Perez)

Celebrity Copycat: Camila Alves’ Oscar Look for Less!

February 28, 2011 by  
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Camila Alves (in my fave dress of the night) walked the red carpet at the 2011 Oscars wearing a Kaufman Franco dress that was simply fabulous! Love how she let the sexy dress speak for itself and kept the jewelry to a minimum.  Get Camila’s Oscar look for less!

Camila Alves Look for Less!

Empire Style Dress – $103.99 at Dressale.com

Jewel Drop Earrings – $8.80 at Forever21.com

Large Jeweled Ring – $6.80 at Forever21.com

Bangles – $14.80 at Forever21.com

Bebe Shoes ‘James’ – $120 at Zappos.com

Celebrity Copycat: Jessica Simpson’s Look for Less!

February 1, 2011 by  
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Prom Season is just around the corner! Find this beautiful copycat look of Jessica Simpson at the 2010 Operation Smile Gala wearing a Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2010 dress. Prom Dresses are hard to find so try to focus on a great cut and pattern like this one for this year’s big ball.  Get Jessica’s look for less!

Jessica Simpson's Look for Less!

Cutout Teardrop Earrings – $2.80

One Shoulder Stretch Satin Multi Print Dress – $199.00 at David’s Bridal

12 Piece Glitterati Bangle Set – $4.00

ONSTOTT Ring – $9.98

Marc Jacobs Quilting Eugenie Leather Clutch

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