When it comes to style, I’m no minimalist. I’m not one of those who live by the mantra of “Less is more.” I love and gravitate toward intricate pieces that are a little over-the-top, balancing them with clean lines for a rich yet graceful sensibility.
Of course, there are days and occasions when I practice restraint in my sartorial choices. But I can’t deny that I feel most like myself when I have on a pair of glimmering statement earrings or a conversation-starting collar neckpiece. Sometimes, why not even both?
Nothing spells celebration like some bling, bling, bling! Being the season for merriment, now is the time to load up on some fashion sparklers to increase the mileage of that little black dress. Get into the Christmas cheer. Deck yourself with these stylish extras to ring in the holiday mood.
1Serious danglers —Whether they are fine or costume, beaded or crystallized, what matters is they have length and are face-framing. They will put a swing in your step and announce that you’re ready for some fun.
SHOP TIP: Nicole Whisenhunt at Cura V, Janina Dizon Jewelry, Vida Lim are known for their dangling earrings.
2Embellished extras—Go baroque and rococo! Beaded, embroidered, appliquéd pieces are always fun!
SHOP TIP: Ken Samudio at The Ramp, Vida Lim, Aranaz have a love for beading and embellishments.
3 Gold standard —Attention-grabbing, mirrored metals. Layering of gold on gold with a sleek futuristic feel.
SHOP TIP: Arnel Papa, Michelline Syjuco, Cosmopolitan by Ann Ong
4 Velvet —Lusciously textured and soft to the touch. It is both regal and plush.
SHOP TIP: CMG, Topshop, Adora may have some options.
5 Mixed media—Think patchwork, contrasting skins and polar opposite colors. A blend of leathers and colors.
SHOP TIP: Charles and Keith, Aldo, Adora are reliable sources of shoes.
6 Floral motif —For the true-blue lady. It celebrates your feminine and romantic side.
SHOP TIP: Accessory Lab, Aranaz, Accessorize have an array of decadent feminine pieces.
7 Red—A can’t-be-missed hue. It showcases the festive color of the season.
SHOP TIP: Adora, Rustan’s usually have a wide array to choose from.
8 Emerald—Proclaimed by Pantone as the color of the year 2013. Be first in line to don this stately color.
SHOP TIP: Jul B. Dizon Jewelry for the real deal. Ken Samudio at The Ramp for Swarovski crystals.
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