Magnificent Monday: Meryl Streep

Magnificent Monday

A woman of almost regal beauty, she’s been delighting audiences with her stage performances since she was in high school. For a long time she didn’t really take her movie career very seriously, preferring instead to stick with the theater. Streep’s focus changed after she saw Taxi Driver & was amazed by De Niro’s acting prowess. Much like many of the women I honor on Mondays, Meryl is a philanthropist as she champions numerous charities & causes (far too many to go into any real detail). There are so many things to admire about this amazing woman.

Meryl Streep(Pics courtesy of Google image search)

Throughout her many appearances, aside from performances, I have noticed that she seems particularly fond of embellished hoops & bold necklaces.  While I haven’t tried to precisely clone her style I have found several treasures that are reminiscent of her fashion sense. Today’s wishlist comes from Tidebuy & as you may or may not recall, whenever I do listing from this shop I always list full price, as everything is always on sale there, but the discount varies. Very few of these items are very expensive, but for those few that are, you are very unlikely to pay more than $10 for any of them. So go on & get your accessories on 😉

Streep Inspired1) Alloy Moon Diamante Pendant Earrings ($23)
2) Pearl & Gemstones Decorated Women Earrings ($22)
3) Water Droplets Diamante Pendant Earrings ($31)
4) Pearl Circle Hollow Design Women’s Earrings ($11)
5) Metal Circle and Ball Design Asymmetric Earrings ($9)
6) Pearl and Rhinestone Inlaid Anti Allergy Stud Earrings ($14)
7) European Double Layer Circle Balls & Pearls Necklace ($15)
8) Punk Style Rivets Design Golden Chain Necklace ($10)
9) Splendid Multilayer Pearls Necklace ($18)

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Fantastical Friday: Spring is Here!

Fantastical Friday

Finally, spring has sprung, though it may still take a month or so for the weather to stop having random bursts of wintry temper tantrums. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited by the wheel’s return to warmer times & I thought it was time to celebrate with a sweet jewelry wishlist. All items in today’s list were found at Target & while I selected one piece based on color alone, all of the others have something else spring-ish going for them, lol. I hope you are all enjoying the seasonal shift & this themed selection of lovelies you can order at any time, though 1 or 2 of them are limited release so “anytime” is probably not that accurate, LOL.

Spring is Here1) Women’s Silver Plated Rose Quartz Genuine Stone Stationed Necklace ($14.99)
2) Silver Plated Flower Freshwater Pearl and Crystal Pendant ($16.99)
3) Silver Plated Cubic Zirconia Dragonfly Pendant Necklace ($16.99)
4) Silver Plated Butterfly Pendant Necklace ($16.99)
5) Women’s Journee Collection Dainty Butterfly Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver ($17.99)
6) Women’s Journee Collection Bird Polished Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver ($18.99)
7) Women’s Journee Collection Three Leaf Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver ($19.99)
8) Sterling Silver Flower Pendant ($19.99)
9) Footnotes Sterling Silver Sandal Station Necklace ($19.99)

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Watermelon Wednesday: And in the Darkness Bind Them

Watermelon Wednesday

So y’all already know, I’m that kind of nerd, LOL. Naturally, when it came to be time to spotlight something from WBShop, I simply could not resist the call of the one ring, we can’t all be nearly immune hobbits. While winter is officially gone, it’s still bound to do a bit of wrestling with spring, rendering it appropriate to have a reminder of the darker season.Without further delay, I bring you the precious……

WW27The Lord of the Rings Gold Plated One Ring on Chain by Noble Collection ($49.95)
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Magnificent Monday: Shakira

Magnificent Monday

This stylish icon has been around for a while, but how much do you really know about her? She comes from a large family with 8 older siblings, while they do come from her father’s previous marriage I loath to use the term “half sibling” (I too come from a large family & while we do not all share the same father, they are wholly my siblings). An early starter, she wrote her first poem at the age of 4, showing herself to be a prodigy. Shakira’s career began when she was an early teen, 2 albums (Magia & Peligro) were released during that time, but have since been (using comic book terminology here) retconned out of her current cannon. She has gone on to become a huge international success, with just one example, her song Hips Don’t Lie hit number 1 status in 55 countries! Her beauty, talent & generosity are really the stuff of legend. Giving to numerous charities that cover a wide variety of causes, her chief crusade centers on the well being & future of children & she is the founder of Pies Descalzos (which works with schools to improve conditions, scholastics, nutrition & community support for the children of Colombia).

Shakira(Pics courtesy of Google image search)

Her style & presentation is glamorous, though often spartan where jewelry is concerned. She does enjoy her dangle earrings, with occasional other bits, like rings & bracelets & sporadic statement pieces. Naturally, I took some inspiration from her fashion sense & found some jewelry picks that are reminiscent of her style without outright copying it. This time I found my wishlist at Walmart & I believe they have some rather lovely treasures at this time. ❤

Shakira Inspired1) Tazza Women’s Silver Teardrop Crysal Earrings ($4.80)
2) Diamond Accent Rhodium Over Brass Marquise Shape Fashion Earring ($10)
3) Pori Jewelers Sterling Silver Drop Earrings ($10.76)
4) Sterling Silver Geometric Triangle Eurowire Drop Earrings ($10.77)
5) Roman High-polished Silvertone Metal Filigree Dangle Earrings ($12.79)
6) Gold Plated Pink Leather Medallion Chain Drop Statement Necklace ($13.37)
7) Pori Jewelers Sterling Silver Swirl 8mm Ball Drop Earrings ($13.51)
8) Sterling Silver Statement Necklace with Swarovski Crystals ($24.88)
9) Tazza Antique Gold-Tone Chain Red/Pink Multi-Stone Fashion Bib Statement Necklace ($30)

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Fantastical Friday: Sweet Review

Fantastical FridayDragon clip art attribution link

It’s well known that I love jewelry & the way the pieces look is often more important to me than the quality of materials used in its production. This leads to several problems, such as quick wearing away of the beautiful outer layer or the terrible color changing effects of skin to item contact. If I had metal sensitivities that would also be a problem & I’m certain that some of my readers do have this issue. I’ve tried various techniques & paint jobs in attempt to protect the treasures I am most fond of, which for a long time lead only to failure. Not one to give up on the things I love, I kept searching for a solution to the problem. Finally, I stumbled on a company that looked to totally understand where I was coming from & it’s called Everbrite, Inc (I am not affiliated with them, so I earn nothing if you follow my links, but if you love your faux pieces as much as I love mine, or want to keep your metals beautiful, you should check them out). They have an amazing product called ProtectaClear, which I ordered a small quantity  of for initial testing & it probably won’t be long before I order a larger amount (there is a wide selection of sizing).

I must note that I have not tried this product on necklaces or any other pieces with moving parts, so I cannot attest to it’s effectiveness under those circumstances (or whether or not it would fuse pieces that are meant to enjoy a certain amount of freedom). However, I have used it on a ring. Let me set the stage, I had purchased a ring, I knew it was not of the highest quality, but it sure was beautiful & captured my heart. Within a week the darker color of the metal began to rub off & within 2 weeks, despite having a coppery look, it began to blacken my finger (would’ve turned green if it were in fact copper), which was a super embarrassing situation. I tried a variety of solutions & found, it was very difficult to find a clear coating so I used clear nail polish (worked very well actually) but the effect was temporary, then looking for something better I considered metal paints, unable to find anything clear I went with black (as the original color of the ring was gunmetal dark), which could not protect the gemstone & started pealing off after a couple of weeks. I started to lose hope, nothing worked for very long & even the gemstone was losing luster. After many, many searches of my favorite sites & Googling of various phrasings relating to what I was looking for I finally found ProtectaClear, given that the product is by it’s very nature clear, I acquired a new copy of the ring, in attempt to preserve it in pristine quality.

ff01ProtectaClear 1 Oz. Can ($12.95)

This little bottle came with instructions, that they warned must be carefully followed for best results. Step 1: Polish the item. Okay, it was already polished & sparkly, it was brand new & obviously beautified for sale. Since that first step was optional & it wasn’t needed given the condition of the ring, I skipped it. Step 2: Clean with a solvent. This step is not optional & is in fact in original form quite wordy with a lot of blah blah blah warnings about things that might go wrong with the coats if you skip it. Luckily, I had some mineral spirits lying around from previous projects about the house, so I went outside (to spare the lungs of sensitive persons & the cats about the house) & set to work on cleaning my pretty, also using one of the sponges they had included in the box. Then I let it dry for several hours, solvents tend to dry quickly, but I was taking no chances & made sure my ring was bone dry before moving on to the next phase. Step 3: Paint, spray, or dip half of the item with the solution. I had planned ahead, the website had warned about the stuff coming into contact with plastic, so noted the small opening under the cap I had a small glass jar with a wide opening to pour the stuff into for dipping, as that was the strategy I had decided on. I also had a metal cup that I had purchased earlier with the idea of dangling the item to dry, so drips would not damage it. I then tore up a paperclip to use for dipping & dangling & proceeded with step 3. Step 4: Wait 2 hours to apply second coat, or wait 3 hours for the solution to be dry to the touch & apply to the other side. While I was letting the first coat dry I had to carefully remove attempts at drips, as I did not want permanent bubbles on my ring. Since I wanted to do both sides I waited 3 hours, it was not dry to the touch, so I gave it 3 more hours & it seemed to be in the right state at that point & I moved the paperclip & dipped the other end. I had to be even more careful while drying the second side as it was the side with the gemstone & metallic goings on, so I had to occasionally not only remove drips, but to also remove the areas where it tried to film over openings. So I waited 3 more hours, thinking I could do the second coat on the first side then…… Step 5: It takes 4 to 5 days for solution to fully cure, do not use the item before this time. The paperclip was stuck…. When I removed it, it had left a chink in the armor. So, what I did was apply the second coat to the top, again carefully making sure there were no drip patterns or films over openings, then I waited 5 days. After the top of the ring was fully cured I cleaned up the bottom of the ring & redid it’s coatings, with appropriate wait times between. I waited another 5 days for the bottom of my ring to cure & have been happily wearing it ever since (except at work, as my work is labor intensive & would damage it regardless). The dark color is still going strong with no sign of wear & tear (it’s been over a month of near continuous wear), it still sparkles just like it did when it came out of the box & my finger has zero hints of blackening.

I would recommend doing the coats on one side of the item(s), with appropriate intervals between, then waiting for that side to completely cure before moving on to the other side. This worked spectacularly well for me, whereas following their instructions about the other side did not work out at all, as the solution is only dry to the touch & not really dry at all until it cures. I am so very happy with my results, will totally use this product again & highly recommend it to others who have faced similar issues with their beloved costume jewelry. Hope this review was helpful & have a fantastical week! ❤

This blog contains affiliate links (to the right or below, depending on the device you’re viewing this with), should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. Not affiliated with Everbrite, Inc, except as a satisfied customer. If you like this post you can subscribe by email, RSS, or Bloglovin’ with the appropriate buttons on this page. You could do me a huge favor & share this too. 😉 You can also give a like to my Facebook page & add Orbb’s Fashion to your GooglePlus circles. Follow me on Twitter @Orbb80 & Pinterest. 😉 As always I wish you, my wonderful readers, happy shopping! – Orbb ❤

Watermelon Wednesday: Sweet Bling

Watermelon Wednesday

It’s time again to find something lovely to spotlight from Billy the Tree & while they have a huge selection of wonderful pieces, it took me a while to find something that resonated with me personally. I am particularly fond of amethyst & not shelling out a fortune for my beautiful treasures, so these earrings made my preliminary list that would eventually be cut down to only them. They look & feel rather versatile, it’s easy to see them as either dressy or sophisticated casual. I hope you like them as much as I do. 😉

ww25Glass and Amethyst Drop Earrings on French Wire 925 Sterling Silver ($19.95)

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Magnificent Monday: Neneh Cherry

Magnificent Monday

This strong woman is perhaps best known for her collaborations than the handful of albums she’s made on her own, but she will always be special in her own right. Some even think that she disappeared from the  scene for 18 years, before her last solo album in 2014, but she has been working with others & helping to establish other groups. It seems so rare for a star to treat the music industry as more of a family, but that seems to be her way. ❤

neneh-cherry(Pics courtesy of Google image search)

She has been known to work with the stylist, jewelry designer & art director, Judy Blame since the late ’80s. Neneh has also cited LL Cool J as a style influence. She’s complicated, eclectic & really appears to enjoy her jewelry. While I was searching around for an appropriate wishlist, I ended up having to use Amazon (again) & had to reject quite a few amazing pieces I thought were better suited to the listing due to being price prohibitive (they ranged from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand), but I think the result is still effective.

cherry-inspired1) Valentines Earrings Goth Red Dagger Earrings Handmade ($8.99)
2) Black Heart Rose Thorns Pendant Punk Goth Metal Heavy Duty Necklace ($9.99)
3) Valentine Red Heart Axe Goth Pendant Punk Gothic Necklace Rave Dark ($9.99)
4) Valentine’s Day Earrings Aurora Borealis Glass Cut Heart Handmade Iridescent Purple Pink ($12.99)
5) Black Sacred Heart Wing Chain Stone Goth Pendant Valentine Gothic Necklace ($12.99)
6) Steampunk Tassel Lace Choker Necklace ($14.99)
7) DaisyJewel Bronze and Purple Heart Angel Wings of Love Pendant Necklace ($20.99)
8) Black Cat Necklace Red Valentine Heart Pendant Handmade Jewelry ($26)
9) Coeur Du Morteur Pendant by Alchemy Empire: Steampunk ($44.96)

This post contains affiliate links, should you choose to follow them to do your shopping I will earn a small commission on anything you may purchase. If you like this post you can subscribe by email, RSS, or Bloglovin’ with the appropriate buttons on this page. You could do me a huge favor & share this too. 😉 You can also give a like to my Facebook page & add Orbb’s Fashion to your GooglePlus circles. Follow me on Twitter @Orbb80 & Pinterest. 😉 As always I wish you, my wonderful readers, happy shopping! – Orbb ❤