MISSION: BE SPONTANEOUS

Glitter: Summer's over, but ice is still nice

Dazzling diamonds may be more affordable than you might think! Check out this exciting pavė Diamond Circle Eternity Pendant for a big look without the big price from Shimmer and Stone.

 
 

Warm 14K yellow gold surrounds a perfect fifth of a carat of 21 fine quality diamonds, “H” color (meaning nearly colorless) and “SI” clarity (meaning slightly visible natural characteristics in the diamonds).

The open design is feminine to the core, and it's a fresh new take on a style that originated in the 1950s. Way back in the middle of the 20th century, young ladies would wear circle pins on their sweaters to subtly advertise their virginity.

Referred to as the “circle of love”, today these trendy charms have been spotted gracing the necks of celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Salma Hayek and Oprah.

While the circle of love can mean many things, one thing for sure is that this is the latest in sparkling neckwear. Getting on board with this emerging trend lets you put your fashion forward style up front and subtly show off your love for the ultimate precious stone.

Treat yourself: 14k Yellow Gold Diamond Circle Eternity Pendant Necklace, $265,  ShimmerandStone.com, (888) 85-STONE

—Judy Ann Olsen
 

Fabulous finds under $50

Wonder why cubic zirconia is such a convincing diamond simulant? It's because both diamonds and CZs have a similar "refractive index", meaning they affect light in much the same way. So, for an uncanny amount of sparkle for a fraction of the price, consider adding the dazzling Circle of Life CZ necklace from Jewelry Temptation to your collection.

Treat yourself: Circle of Life pendant, $29, Jewelry
Temptation.com
, (212) 553-4547, $29

Judy Ann Olsen is a NYC-based author and jewelry expert who's worked for internationally recognized jewelry design houses and is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America. Specializing in diamonds and couture jewelry, Judy Ann has been a fixture in the New York jewelry industry for over 13 years. Website: JudyAnnOlsen.com; Contact: JudyAnnOlsen[at]msn.com
 


 

MISSION: BE IMPULSIVE

Goods: Are you game?

Sure, you miss playing video games. (Boys mistakenly believe they're the only ones with a game gene. And a beer gene.) But the idea of hooking up an expensive online game console and cutting down life-like opponents in a bloody nightmare-themed carnage-fest just isn't the kind of escapist entertainment you were hoping for.

They just don’t make them like they used to, when Ms. Pac-Man zoomed across the screen with her lipstick and red bow or when friends cheered you on as you crossed the finish line in Pole Position. Oh, you could play these games on your laptop, but it’s just not the same without the big screen and joystick (and the Cheetos dust is hell to get out from in between the keys).

Luckily, the Jakks Pacific toy company has heard your plea. They've got a nifty video game device that comes pre-programmed with your favorite old-school '80s games. It's so easy to use, you just plug it into your TV and play! Complete with a retro joystick, all you need is some hair mousse and a Duran Duran CD to make your walk down memory lane complete. About the size of a scrunched legwarmer and almost as light, it's also easy to store.

Choose from three '80s-themed games: Atari Classic 10 in 1 TV Games, which includes  Asteroids, Missile Command, Breakout, Centipede, Adventure, Gravitar, Pong, Yar’s Revenge, Real Sports  Volleyball and Circus Atari; Namco 5 in 1 TV Games, which includes Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaxian, Rally-X and Bosconian; or opt for their latest release Namco II - Ms. Pac-Man - 5 in 1 TV Games which includes Ms. Pac-Man, Mappy, Galaga, Zevious and Pole Position.

Now, that's nostalgia by the bucketful!

Treat yourself: Atari Classic 10 in 1 TV GamesAtari Classic 10 in 1 TV Games, Namco 5 in 1 TV Games, Namco II - Ms. Pac-Man - 5 in 1 TV Games, $23.98 AreYouGame.com, (800) 471-0641

—Heather Pamula
 

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