Thursday, February 26, 2009

Zip It

Say goodbye to the days of hiding your zipper because the new trend is now to show your zipper off. Whether it's on your jeans, skirt, dress, bag, shoes, etc.; exposed zippers are everywhere. These zipper accents are the perfect way to add an edgy feel to an otherwise plain article of clothing. This is another trend that I really love. I own a pair of shorts with exposed zippers on the sides that I enjoy wearing during the summer (unfortunately, it's still too cold in NY to wear them right now). I'm currently looking for more zipper embellished items to buy, so I decided to search online. I will feature some of my finds below:

Cheetah Pant, $19.99, available in sizes 1-13,

Rosalita Boot, $19.99, shown in red; also available in black, sizes 5.5-10,

Zip It Boot, $24.99, available in sizes 5.5-10,

Zipper Cord, $19.99, available in sizes 1-13,

Zipper Legging, $26.50, available in sizes S-XL,

Zipper Jumper, $12.49, available in sizes S-L,

Zippered Satchel, $22.99,

Oversized Zipper Hobo, $18.99, shown in light gray; also available in off white,

Zipper Mini Skirt, $24.99, available in sizes 1-11,

Zipper Chic Pumps, $13.99, shown in red; also available in black, sizes 6-10,

Black Zipper Chain Earrings, $8.00,

Tripp Black And White Zebra Zipper V-Neck Top, $26.00, available in sizes XS-XXL,

Tripp Turquoise Double Zipper Skinny Jeans, $42.00, available in sizes 0-15,

Tripp Black Skinny Lace-Up Denim Pants, $42.00, available in sizes 1, 7, 11, and 13,

Candie's Zipper Clutch, $33.60, shown in fuchsia; also available in black,

4 Gold Buttons With Zippers, $29.99, available in sizes 0-5,

Porkchop Pockets With Zippers, $19.99, available in sizes 0-9,

Scoop Zipper Colorblock, $17.99, available in sizes S-L,

Satin Zipper Jacket, $26.00, available in sizes S and M,

Silver Zipper Pant, $18.99, available in sizes 1, 7, and 11,

V Big Zipper, $7.99, available in sizes S-L,

Zipper Screen Dress, $34.00, available in sizes S-L,

Ransom Zipper Peace Sign Screen Tee, $9.99, available in sizes small, large, and extra large,

Self Esteem Zip Military Vest, $11.99, available in sizes Small-Large,

Plaid Zip Tunic Tube, $21.50, shown in orange, also available in black/white, sizes XS-L,

Zip Detail Skirt, $19.50, available in sizes 3-15,

Zip Front Romper, $24.50, available in sizes XS-XL,

Zipper Front Heel, $26.50, shown in fuchsia; also available in white and black, sizes 6-10,

Zipper Trim Heel, $26.50, available in sizes 5.5-10,

Zipper Velcro Platform Heel, $26.50, shown in fuchsia; also available in silver and black, sizes 6-8.5,

Zipper Back Halter Top, $14.50, available in sizes M and L,

Go International Zip Dress w/ Mesh Uniform Blue, $34.99, available in sizes X-Small-X-Large,

If you find any more items with zipper embellishments and would like to see them in this blog, let me know. Also, tell me if you find any items with exposed zippers that would be good for the winter because I'm still looking to add to my collection. E-mail me at or send a message on myspace.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bling Bling

Since I already wrote about sequins and studs, I thought I should write an article about rhinestones as well. Rhinestones actually provide the best qualities of both embellishments. They're tough like studs, yet glamorous like sequins. While it is pretty easy to confuse rhinestone and studs at first glance, they're actually different. While studs are usually metal and look like nails, rhinestones are jewels and tend to sparkle more than studs do. I'll show you some more examples of rhinestones below:

Bling Wings Graphic T, $24.50, shown in petunia; also available in aqua, sugar, bleach, lime, and black, sizes xxsmall-xxlarge,

Hello Kitty Rhinestone Belt, $10.99, shown in pink; also available in silver, sizes S/M and M/L,

Rhinestone Filigree Earrings, $4.00,

Rhinestone Wire Wrapped Hoops, $4.00,

Ruby Boot Cut Jeans, $38.99, available in sizes 3-7,

Satin Rhinestone Stilettos, $24.99, shown in purple; also available in black, sizes 6-10,

Zebra Heart Necklace, $6.99,

Rhinestone Bracelet, $14.50,

Rhinestone Headband, $14.00,

Rhinestone Hoop Earrings, $9.00,

Rhinestone Turtle Earrings, $6.00,

Rhinestone Wrap in Chain Hoops, $14,50,

Triple Rhinestone Headband, $14.50,

Guitar Rhinestone Tee, $9.99, available in sizes medium and large,

Faceted Rhinestone Bracelet, $3.80, shown in dark grey; also available in black,

Jeweled Geisha Top, $22.80, available in sizes Small and Medium,

Dazzle Jeweled Ring, $8.80, available in sizes 6 and 7,

Jeweled Chain Maille Necklace, $10.80,

Jeweled Flower Compact, $7.80,

Burnout W/ Rhinestone Eagle, $28.00, available in sizes S-L,

Rectangle Rhinestone Purple Band, $18.00,

Rhinestone Cuff Glove, $2.40,

Rhinestone Trim Scarf, $4.20,

Metaphor Pearl and Rhinestone Comb. Silverplate, $20.00,

Golden Rose Vintage Tee, $12.99, available in sizes X-Small-XX-Large,

Rhinestone Flower Ring, $6.00, shown in gold; also available in silver, sizes 6 and 7,

Rhinestone Knit Cabby, $5.99,

Rhinestone Raised Pave Ring, $36.00,

Bling Tote, $29.50,

Sally, $39.99, shown in silver; also available in gold and black, sizes 5-12,

Low Key, shown in black; also available in cream, sizes 5-9 (cream only available in 5),

For a DIY project, buy a pack of rhinestones and some fabric glue from a crafts store, grab a plain pair of jeans or plain t-shirt (or any other plain item you can get your hands on!) and glue on as many rhinestones as you desire. You can also use a bedazzler on your clothes. Another fun idea I have for rhinestones is a way to spice up your usual mani-pedi routine. Paint your fingernails and/or toenails with your favorite nail polish. Then, while your nails are still wet, stick one rhinestone on each nail. Then, of course, wait for your nails to dry with the rhinestones attached. I once did this a while ago and my friends all thought it was really cool. If you want to try this out too, I suggest that you don't use glitter nail polish since you'll want the rhinestones to stand out as much as possible (I used plain red nail polish). Also, for the manicure, you might want to paint your nails and attach the rhinestones on one hand first, then wait a little while for your nails to dry before starting on the other hands. That way, you won't have to worry about any rhinestones falling off in the process. Of course, this can only be done if you aren't pressed for time. This type of mani-pedi would also be fun to do at a sleepover with the girls. I hope you've enjoyed this article and found my tips helpful. If you'd would like me to post any of your crafts or mani-pedis involving rhinestones in this blog, let me know. E-mail all pictures and links to me at Have fun!