Recession Proof Beauty

Recession Proof Beauty

Recession Proof Beauty

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Posted on December 1, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 26 at 5:12 PM

Sarah Shah

The easiest way to creat a new look for the holidays is to combine classic clothing from your closet with on-trend accessories. The trick to making this work is to choose simple clothing, hair, and makeup and let you and the accessories take center stage.

We picked five high-end looks from magazines for inspiration. We recreated them with accessories from Creme de la Gem Jewelry (http://www.creme-dela-gem.com/) and SW Trading (8000 Harwin St. in Houston). Creme de la Gem Jewelry specializes in custom real stone and costume jewelry at affordable prices. SW Trading has a huge selection of costume jewelry and accessories. You can also create similar looks with accessories from your local department or discount store.

Statement Pearls

Create this look by layering at least six strands of pearls of different sizes and lengths. You can use all white pearls or combine different colors to create your own look.

Splurge - Majorica Man-Made Pearls $1800 (the splurge jewelry is FAKE)

Steal - Crme de la Gem Jewelry Freshwater Pearls ($34 - $110) (the steal jewelry is REAL for 5% of the price!)

Option 1 - $34 - $107

triple-strand white freshwater pearls ($34)

single strand white freshwater pearls with crystals ($34)

single strand white freshwater pearls with drop toggle ($39)

Option 2 - $34

triple-strand gold freshwater pearls $34

Option 3 - $109

multi-strand freshwater pearls with semi-prescious stones $109

Option 4 - $109

multi-strand citrine with freshwater pearls $109

Black Pearl Necklace w/coordinating Bracelet & Rings

Create this look with black beads and pearls mixed with a crystal pendant. To keep the look current, coordinate rings and bracelets with the pendant.

Splurge - Mathew Campbell hematite and pearl necklace $1800, bracelets $2450 each, rings $440 & $565 (total or all jewelry in picture $7800)

Steal - Crme de la Gem Jewelry and SW Trading

Option 1 - $105

Necklace - Crme de la Gem Jewelry black & white pearl necklace $49, SW Trading serpent pin $18, Bracelet - SW Trading black and white metal stretch bracelet $10, Ring - SW Trading black and white metal stretch ring $5

Option 2 - $63 - $112

Necklace - Crme de la Gem Jewelry 3-strand black pearl necklace $34, SW Trading multi-colored pin $11, Bracelets - Harwin black with multi-colored stones $13, gold tone with multi-colored stones $48, Ring - Harwin black and multi-colored stones metal stretch ring $5

Gold Chains with Crystal Pendants

A sparkly pendant on a thin chain is the perfect thing to dress up any casual outfit without taking in over the top.

Splurge - Ripka diamond and gold necklaces $2200 to $2400 each

Steal - SW Trading rhinestone and metal necklaces $4 - $12 each

Gold and Diamond Bangles and Rings

An armful of gold bangles with diamonds and semi-prescious stones with matching rings (above) are the perfect thing to turn casual clothing into a party outfit.

Splurge - Gurhan 24-karat bangles $760 - $4,900

Steal - SW Trading gold and silver-tone bangles $5, rings $1, Crme de la Gem Jewelry sterling silver rings with semi precious stones $19, rhinestone rings $7

Diamond heart pendant and diamond earrings & bangles

The key to creating this look is choosing very delicate pieces with pave settings. The accessories in the set should be similar in color, setting, and thickness.

Splurge - Roberto Coin Heart Pendant Necklace, Medium - $3,900.00, bangles $10,700 each, David Yurman gold and pave diamond hoop earrings $7,250

Steal - ($40-$70)

Option 1

Harwin rhinestone heart pendant $6

Harwin Hoop earrings $28

Harwin Bangles $7 each

Option 2

Crme de la Gem Jewelry sterling silver crystal heart pendant $29

Harwin Hoop earrings $8

Harwin multi bangles $27 each

With a little creativity and leg-work you can create any style or trend within your budget. Feel free to call Sarah if you have questions about how to put the elements together. www.sarahshah.com

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