MISSION: CHANNEL YOUR INNER DIVA

Glitter: Beauty is in the bangle

You don’t have to go all the way to Bali for a look that is striking and inspired. Designer John Hardy has made the trek for you, bringing back bold jewelry designs sure to get you noticed.

The sterling silver Kali bangle bracelet commands attention with its flowing, organic pattern that evokes the exotic nature of the jungle.

Once you get your hands on one of these sumptuous silver wrist adornments, don’t stop there.  Throw on some more and stack them up to create a layered look that is truly your own.

The repetitive pattern embossed in silver suggests the rhythm of a rushing river. In fact, the word “kali” means “river” in Balinese. The funky pattern is actually inspired by the shapes of polished stones found along a riverbed.

There exists perhaps no better accompaniment than the gleam of sterling silver for your own personal stroll on the wild side than the John Hardy Dot Silver Spring Cuff wide bracelet. The innovative pattern is highlighted by the bold contrast between highly polished and oxidized silver. This artistic play of light and dark makes the design really pop.

Embrace the untamed forces of nature as you accessorize with these finely crafted designer bracelets.

Treat yourself: John Hardy Kali Slim Bangle Bracelet, $225,  Vonbargens.com; John Hardy Spring Cuff Wide "Dot Silver" bracelet, $595, JRDunn.com

—Judy Ann Olsen
 

Fabulous finds under $50

This springy Balinese-style bangle with beads features the contrast of oxidized silver with the ornate twists that are the hallmark of the Bali style. Sprinkled throughout are shiny beads that suggest the river pebble theme. With a graceful "S" hook closure, they are sure to charm your sleeves off.

Treat yourself: Springy Bali Style with Beads Bracelet ZuluMoon.com, $13.86, (877) 237-8015

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: BUY BIG

Goods: Celebs take you shopping

As if stars don’t have enough to do—attend red carpet events, vacation in St. Barts, show up to their Botox appointments—the newest pastime of the rich and fabulous is to open their own shops.

Selling everything from clothes and shoes to spa gifts and home accessories, these celebrities-cum-sales-clerks have eliminated the lag time it takes for Us Weekly to tell us what they love and, therefore, what is an absolute must for the rest of us. Now these notables are selling their faves to their fans directly—and, let's face it, making a bit of a star-sized profit in return. But being able to say that your gorgeous new top was picked out by your favorite celebrity herself is worth the extra pennies.

Here's a round-up of the latest star-owned hot spots, which you can visit online right now:

Lisa Rinna’s Belle Gray

Though she's busier than ever lately, the Soap Talk host, Dancing with the Stars celebrity dancer, wife of actor husband Harry Hamlin and mom of two recently found time to open her second Belle Gray store (named for the two middle names of her kids Delilah Belle and Amelia Gray) in Calabasas, CA.

Showcasing women’s and men's clothing by hot and up-and-coming designers, fellow celebrities swear by the fashion choices Lisa makes. If you want proof—and inspiration for what to buy—Lisa gives you a crib sheet to which Belle Gray fashions are adorning stars like Mary Louise-Parker,  Beyonce and Brad Pitt right now.

Prices vary widely: $30 for a “Not Afraid” T-shirt to the Julee Ann Cashmere Rosette Coat for $1525. Other items include pieces by Diane Von Furstenburg, Citizens of Humanity and Joe Bush.

Treat yourself: BelleGray.com, (866) 423-5534, 4751 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA, 13812 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA

Pheobe Cates' Blue Tree

Known for her roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins as well as for being the wife of actor Kevin Kline, Pheobe Cates recently opened Blue Tree, a quaint two-story upscale gift shop on Manhattan's tony Upper East Side. Offering an eclectic collection of clothing, shoes, jewelry and home items, most items are in the special occasion price range: Oya necklace, $285,  A set of four ink blot dinner plates, $200 (left), Esther Red Velvet shoes, $595 (above),  Vivienne Westwood Monday Dress, $597.50. But you can still find some modestly-priced gifts that would impress any recipient, such as the Soy Champagne Ginger Candle by Kobo, $40 and the La Compagnie de Provence Soap Set, $22. If you make it to New York City, chances are you'll see Phoebe in the flesh, since she's said to be a fixture here most days of the week.

Treat yourself: BlueTreeNY.com, (212) 369-BLUE, 1283 Madison Avenue, NYC

Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess Pavlos of Greece's Marie-Chantal

Dress your little tykes like royalty with clothing designs by an actual princess! In addition to her regal duties as Crown Princess Pavlos of Greece, Marie-Chantal puts her art background to work for her Marie-Chantal boutiques creating classic, timeless clothing designs for babies and toddlers based on the fashions of her own royalty-in-training childhood.

Included in her collections are onesies, dresses, tops, bottoms, hats, sweaters and shoes. Prices start at about $21.

Treat yourself: MarieChantal.com,  (212) 274-1100, 1192 Madison Avenue, NYC; 44 20 7838 1111, 148 Walton Street, London; 30 210 7222 029, 11, Spefsippou St., Athens
 

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