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In a faraway land, there is a magical place called Sophie’s Closet. In this land, accessories roam free and there is plenty for everyone. Its founder Sophie is an ambassador for all sparkly things that women all over the world dream of...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


January Jones in Versace; Kenneth Jay Lane Flower Enamel Ring with Pearl (AED 400)

The Emmys can be just as glamorous as the Oscars and the Golden Globes, and it seems like lately that the best talent in Hollywood appears on the small screen. Take for example, January Jones, the amazingly talented and gorgeous star of Mad Men. She is quickly becoming a fashion favourite by not playing it safe, often dressed in spectacular Versace gowns. She takes the cake for the best dressed as far as we're concerned. January's Versace dress didn't need flashy accessories, just a pretty flower-shaped ring. If you loved January's ring, we suggest giving Kenneth Jay Lane a try.

Leah Michelle in Oscar de la Renta; Siman Tu Cubic Zirconia Bangles (Pre-Order Item, Wide AED 1550, Narrow AED 1250)

Glee's favourite diva, Leah Michelle, wore a ultra-feminine Oscar de la Renta gown with opulent antique-like accessories that echoed Old Hollywood. She just had to make a big entrance for her big Emmy debut. Although we're not sure whose jewelry designs Leah wore, they certainly look a lot like Siman Tu's.

Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen; Melinda Maria Teeny Pod Bangles (AED 350 each); Vita Fede Combina Single Bracelet (AED 340); CC Skye Pave Stud Bracelet Gold (AED 1100)

The runner-up for best dressed had to be True Blood's Anna Paquin in her gorgeous black and gold Alexander McQueen dress. We love the way she matched her bracelets with the dress. For a similar layered look, we suggest mixing Melinda Maria, Vita Fede and CC Skye.

Elisabeth Moss in Donna Karan; Kenneth Jay Lane Antique Drop Earrings (AED 620); Lisa Freede Laser-Cut Swarovski Crystal Bracelets (AED 570)

Another fabulous lady of Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss also went for Old Hollywood glamour by pairing her one-shoulder cream Donna Karan gown with diamond drop earrings and layered diamond bracelets. For those on a budget, we suggest Kenneth Jay Lane's drop earrings and Lisa Freede's crystal wrap bracelets. They are just as shiny as diamonds!

Kim Kardashian in Marchesa; Kenneth Jay Lane Gold & Crystal Flower Earrings (AED 900)

Although we are not sure why Kim Kardashian got invited to the Emmys, we have to agree that the girl is gorgeous! She certainly knows how to work the red carpet and play up her exotic looks. Her Marchesa gown was paired beautifully with diamond flower stud earrings - a much softer look for Kim than the usual femme fatale.

Eva Longoria Parker in Robert Rodriguez; Siman Tu Amethyst Chandelier Earrings (AED 1800)

Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria is a classic beauty that opted for a black Robert Rodriguez column gown. Her look would have been a little boring if not for her purple chandelier earrings. We love our Siman Tu earrings that are very similar in both shape and colour.

Nina Dobrev in Armani Prive; Siman Tu "Black Diamond" Earrings (AED 1650)

Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev also made her Emmy debut with a bang in a sparkly Armani gown. As with Eva Longoria, a classic gown is best paired with chandelier earrings. Again, we would turn to Siman Tu for a stunning pair.

Heidi Klum in Marchesa; Vintage 1950s Christian Dior Earrings (AED 5500, price includes matching brooch)

Heidi Klum's Marchesa mini dress was pretty silly. Yes, Heidi, we get it: you have great legs. Her lavish necklace was really spectacular though. It had the same vintage feel as our vintage Christian Dior earrings. Maybe she should have worn those too to distract from her silly cocktail dress?

Keri Russell in vintage Scherrer and Jennifer Behr; Jennifer Behr "Bella" Flower Comb (Pre-Orders Only, AED 970)

We are excited for Keri Russell's new show premiering in the fall and it's great to see her getting so much attention again. It's also great to see that she wore Jennifer Behr's "Bella" flower comb! We just wish she didn't pair it with a hot pink dress but we give her props for going for a bold colour. But seriously, how cute is Keri?

Emily Blunt in Dior; Ban.dō Crystal Pin (AED 590); Jennifer Behr "Flora" Crystal Antique Flower (AED 950)

Newlyweds Emily Blunt and John Krasinski looked like a happy stylish couple. Emily wore an embellished lilac Dior gown and therefore went light on accessories. A little sparkly comb garnishing her chignon was all she needed. To replicate Emily's hairstyle, we suggest Ban.dō or Jeniffer Behr's stunning "Flora" comb.

Aren't award shows the best? We can't wait for the next award season to start!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

LEATHER... from runways to Sophie's Closet...

Céline, Hermès

Balmain, Prada

Leather -- both in terms of wear and in terms of accessories -- are all the fuss this season, in a range of colours from classic black, brown and tan to saturated reds and yellows. Fall always demands leather: it's soft, warm, and weather-proof. On the runways, Hermès, Prada, Céline, Balmain and Louis Vuitton all rocked leather ensembles and the September issues are just drowning in leather: Liya Kebede in Vogue Italia and Kat Dennings and Jessica Chastain on the cover of W. Leather accessories have expanded beyond bags, to jewelry and headbands. Model Miranda Kerr is wearing an amazing long leather statement necklace in Spanish Vogue.

Miranda Kerr in Vogue Espana (Septmeber 2010)

As much as we wold love to walk around with a half metre long necklace around our necks, we would much rather go for a more realistic leather piece of jewelry like a bracelet or a headband. Chan Luu, Vita Fede and Ettika all offer an assortment of leather bracelets in various sizes and colours.

Chan Luu's wrap bracelets are quite classic and elegant and can be easily paired with precious stones.

CHAN LUU Single Wrap Bracelet (AED 390, available in white, red, aqua blue and pink)

CHAN LUU Wrap Bracelet (AED 840, available in teal, pink and red)

Vita Fede's leather bracelets are definitely a bit on the edgy rock side. They would go great with a casual outfit or with a sexy body-con dress (think Rhianna). How cute is the one with stars? It just screams "Baby, I'm a star!"

VITA FEDE "Capri" Bracelet (AED 770, available in taupe, red, black and navy)

VITA FEDE "Pesci" Bracelet (AED 740)

VITA FEDE Cometa Double Cream Bracelet (AED 520)

Ettika's bracelets are fun and playful, especially the one with charms. It's always fun wearing something that dangles! The crystal deerskin leather bracelet also comes in an array of colours

ETTIKA Deerskin Leather and Crystal Chain Braid Bracelet (AED 330, available in black, tan, white, red, and turquoise)

ETTIKA Braided Wrap Charm Bracelet (AED 450)

Feeling like wearing some leather on your head too? There is no better accessory than Jennifer Behr's headbands. Two beautiful new leather pieces are combined with gold for a glamorous look. The studded headband is beyond amazing! The white headwrap with crystal plays up on a more romantic side of leather, soft and elegant.

JENNIFER BEHR Leather and Chain Headband (AED 550)

JENNIFER BEHR Studded Leather Headband (AED 990)

JENNIFER BEHR Leather Headwrap with Crystal Spray AED 1250


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Monday, August 16, 2010


Isla Fisher wearing Melinda Maria

The newest and hottest designer favoured by Hollywood stars is Melinda Maria. Her design philosophy was born out of an idea of creating fine crafted and detailed costume jewelry that could easily be mistaken for high-end sparklers. Her motto is that one doesn't have to spend thousands of dollars to look like a million. Melinda Maria's pieces have caught the eye of numerous hip celebrities including the pretty woman herself, Julia Roberts. Accessibility and affordability is something that sits at the core of the Melinda Maria label: just because Julia Roberts wears it, it doesn't mean that we can't!

In fact, these pieces are not only stunningly beautiful and meticulously crafted, but are also extremely affordable and definitely deliver Hollywood glamour. Whether going dressy or casual, Julia Roberts absolutely sparkles in her Melinda Maria jewels.

Sabina Infinity Hoop Earrings (AED 820)

Julia Roberts waring the Sabina infinity hoop earrings

Mini Pave Pod Bangles (AED 450 each)

Julia Roberts wearing Mini Pave Pod bangles

Infinity Pod Pave bangle (AED 990 each)

Young Hollywood has also taken notice. The gorgeous Vanessa Hudgens owns multiple pieces from Melinda Maria and is often seen sporting her "Pod" ring. "The Pod Ring is one of my absolute favorites. It compliments every outfit and other piece of jewelry I put on," says Vanessa. We think this adorably hip actress is one of Hollywood's best young talents and a budding style icon.

Vanessa Pod ring (AED 390)

Vanessa Hudgens wearing the Mini Pod ring

Vanessa Hudgens wearing the Infinity Pod pave bangle

Style maven Kate Bosworth and super sassy actress Lucy Liu have both been photographed wearing the Mademoiselle earrings. They are absolutely gorgeous, with a bit of an antique heirloom feel, and come with a matching ring.

Mademoiselle Pave Pod Earrings (AED 750)

Kate Bosworth wearing Mademoiselle Pave Pod earrings

Lucy Liu wearing Mademoiselle Pave Pod earrings and Mini Pave Pod bangles

Mademoiselle Pave Pod Ring (AED 530)

Some other celebrities spotted rocking their Melinda Maria jewels are Lauren Conrad, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez and Oprah, who featured the pieces in multiple issue of O Magazine. With an impressive list of clientele, heads will certainly turn to take notice of Melinda Maria for years to come.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

COLOUR THEORY... from runways to Sophie's Closet...

We know that colour is always in, but for this fall season, one of the biggest trends is monochromatic hues from head-t0-toe. We loved rich shades of red, combinations of deep mustard yellows and army greens, winter blues and luxurious shades of brown and burgundy. Wearing one hue all-over produces a very striking image, one that says "I want to be noticed." Of course, we think accessories should play a part in this colour game, whether matching to an exact hue or choosing from a broader spectrum.


Maison Martin Margiela, Bottega Veneta

Margiela's bright red ensemble is striking and Bottega Veneta's provides a softer mix of red and pink. The brightness of the Bounkit earrings would compliment Margiela perfectly, and both Vita Fede and Ettika bracelets would blend in with Bottega Veneta seamlessly.

BOUNKIT Carnelian earrings (AED 1670)

VITA FEDE Como Single Hex (AED 285)

ETTIKA Deerskin Leather and Crystal Chain Braid Bracelet (AED 330)


Burberry Prorsum, Akris

Green and mustard are both quintessential fall colours. We loved the army theme at Burberry and its mixing and matching of soft and hard elements: for example, wearing a silk dress underneath a military jacket. Akris offered an elegant but androgynous pant-suit. We think Vita Fede's bracelets would compliment both looks, or to dress it up we'd go for Siman Tu earrings.

VITA FEDE Como Wrap Circle Double (AED 360)

VITA FEDE Como Wrap Double Cone (AED 360)

SIMAN TU Green Jade Chandelier Earrings (AED 1700)


Rachel Roy, Oscar de la Renta

We love the almost turquoise shade of blue by Rachel Roy (who says turquoise is for summer only?) and Siman Tu's chandelier earrings or Ettika's braided bracelet would add just a little bit of sunshine to this light blue winter ensemble. In contrast, we love Oscar de la Renta's deep navy blue, also an unexpected shade for fall.

SIMAN TU Aqua Glass Chandelier Earrings (AED 1700)

ETTIKA Deerskin Leather and Crystal Chain Braid Bracelet (AED 330)

VITA FEDE Como Wrap Circle Double (AED 360)


Salvatore Ferragamo, Tse

Fall is not fall without brown or burgundy. Both are easy colours to pull off head-t0-toe. We especially love all the layering at both Ferragamo and Tse: what perfect fall looks! Mix shades of deep brown with gold for the ultimate fall experience. We suggest Vita Fede, Jennifer Behr (in lieu of a hat) and Rachel Leigh's adorable "Olivia" bow bracelet.

VITA FEDE Como Wrap Cone Double (AED 360)

JENNIFER BEHR Sailor's Knot Gold (AED 1100)

RACHEL LEIGH "Olivia" Snakeskin Bracelet (AED 350)


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