Styles and Trends of Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

As country music becomes more and more apart of mainstream music, there are some stars that have now found their way onto the style radar. One of those stars is country crooner Carrie Underwood. From songs like Jesus Take the Wheel to her latest single Two Black Cadillacs, Carrie has become a household name.

Career Path

Carrie first found her way into the spotlight on the famed reality show American Idol. In the beginning though, it was not Carrie’s idea to try out for the reality show. It was her family that encouraged her to pursue the opportunity before she finished her education and would no longer have the time to pursue such an opportunity. At the end of the fourth season Underwood was crowned the next American Idol and the rest is country music history.

Style Trends

In her most recent red carpet appearance at the 2013 Grammy Awards, Carrie wowed the crowd in a strapless Robert Cavalli gown. The black dress had a sweetheart neckline that helped to showcase the 381 carat diamond statement necklace that she chose for the occasion. The remainder of the dress was a lace and embroidered, curve-hugging gown that created the perfect hourglass shape for the evening.

Engagement Rings

Carrie got her fairytale ending when she met her now husband Mike Fisher. When it

came time to seal the deal, Fisher extended Underwood’s reputation as a style icon when he presented her with a flawless yellow diamond. The ring is a 5-plus carat round flawless yellow diamond with diamond side stones. The ring has an estimated value of $150,000 and sparked a new trend of choosing colored stones as an option for engagement rings.

The country crooner may have got her start on a reality show, but her reality now includes the role of wife and style icon. The only question is what will she come up with next.

Why Kate Middleton’s Ring Stands Out

The world waited up to watch the fairytale play out as Kate Middleton married the love of her life who just so happened to be a member of the royal family. The ring that she was given as she agreed to commit her life to his was steeped in history and tradition as is often the case when it comes to the royal family. The ring is a 12 carat oval blue sapphire ring that is surrounded by a cluster of 14 diamonds and is set in 18 carat white gold and once belonged to the beloved Princess Diana. Diana who loved sapphires chose it from a selection that was presented to her in 1981 by the then Crown Jeweler in preparation to her engagement to Prince Charles.  How though does the ring stack up to those of royals past?

Princess Grace of Monaco

When you are engaged to a royal, for most the ring must live up to the bigger is better philosophy. Princess Grace of Monaco actually had two rings during her engagement to Prince Rainier of Monaco. He originally proposed with an eternity band that was made of rubies and diamonds, but when others in Hollywood had larger rings, he opted to make another selection. His final selection was a 10.5 carat emerald cut diamond ring that was flanked by two baguettes.

Queen Elizabeth II

Tradition takes many forms in the royal family. As a means to pay tribute to the loved ones of the past, some royals choose to craft a ring that has some historical significance. The ring that Queen Elizabeth II received from Prince Philip was a square cut diamond engagement ring that was created from diamonds that came from a tiara that once belonged to Philip’s Mother.

Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret’s ring was designed with a special significance with a nod to her middle name. The ring was designed as a ruby engagement ring surrounded by diamonds and was meant to resemble a rosebud in honor of her middle name: Rose.

When you are a member of the royal family, the sky is the limit in terms of jewelry options. The choice is yours when it comes whether to honor those of the past or your goals from the future. When life is a fairytale, you alone design your ending.

Phil Jackson and Lakers EVP Jeanie Buss Tie the Knot

After more than ten years together former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and Lakers executive vp Jeanie Buss are finally set to wed.  The Two first began dating in 1999 and live together in the beach town of Playa del Ray, a beach community that is located near the Lakers headquarters. Their romance began over a vodka gimlet after a long day of NBA meetings and was solidified the next day when he boarded the plane in the first class section and she explained that her reason for flying coach was that the Lakers did not need the added expense of her first class ticket.

Phil Jackson’s Career

Phil Jackson has had a career that anyone would envy. He began his career as a player by being drafted in the second round by the New York Knicks. After his playing career ended, Jackson remained in the league as a coach. Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1998. He then moved on to coach the Lakers from 2000 until 2010. Over the span of his career, he won 11 NBA championships. Five of his championships came with the Lakers with two titles coming as recently as 2009 and 2010 with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Having won two titles as a player, he holds the record for the most combined championships with 13.

The Ring

Jackson presented the ring over the Christmas holidays and the couple announced their engagement via twitter as she tweeted a picture of her ring. The ring appears to be an emerald cut diamond ring edged by two smaller emerald-cut diamonds. Of the ring, Buss says, “he finally gave me the ring I wanted.”

Even after the engagement announcement though, the speculation remains about Jackson’s role with the Lakers in future years

The Oscars Jewelry Fashion

For some the Oscars and awards shows in general are about who won what, but in recent years the Oscars and other red carpet events have also become about the over the top jewels that have dominated the red carpet. Celebrities and jewelers alike go above and beyond when it comes to selecting a piece that is red carpet worthy. Now, the name of the game becomes who comes wearing the most valuable jewels. Now, security guards guarding the jewels are as common as handbags and mani-cams on the red carpet.

Viola Davis Oscar Choices

For the 2012 Oscars, Viola Davis made a splash with her fashion choices. She chose a dress that made the entire red carpet green with envy. Davis opted for a natural hairstyle that highlighted her green and diamond drop earrings. Her dress was an emerald green mermaid style by Vera Wang that featured a pleated chiffon train. At the end of the day she may not have taken home the statue, but she definitely made one of the biggest statements of the evening.

Jennifer Lopez Chandelier Earrings

There is no doubt that Jennifer Lopez is viewed as a true style icon of her generation. Nowhere is that more evident than when she steps out onto the red carpet. People look to her a symbol of style and grace, and seek to copy her every move. The latest trend that has been sparked by Jenny from the Block is an increased focus on styling the chandelier earring. No one will forget how she highlighted her earring choice with an off the shoulder gown that many described as pure perfection.

Halle Berry Red Diamond Bracelet 2002

Who can forget the amazing dress that Halle Berry donned for the Oscars in 2002. Berry wore a dark ruby Elie Saab dress with an embroidered net bodice and full taffeta skirt. To round out her look she chose a red diamond bracelet that mimicked the color of her dress. The overall look is still mentioned today anytime someone recaps the best of red carpet style.

Best Jewelry at the 2013 Oscars

The glitterati gathered together to celebrate the 85th annual Academy Awards and while the hot topic before the day of the ceremony may have been the new host, but in the days after the ceremony people have a new topic on their mind: the debate for who wore it best in terms of their jewelry selection.

Jennifer Aniston at Oscars 2013

Vintage Selections

One of those trends that never go out of style is the vintage look. That fact is true even as the fashion elite hit the red carpet. This year one of those stars that opted for a vintage look when they hit the red carpet was Jennifer Anniston. She chose three vintage diamond bracelets to compliment the flowing strapless red dress that she chose for the evening.

Elegant Designs

Mother to be Kim Kardashian chose an elegant approach for her red carpet look choosing an elegant ring design as her statement piece of the evening. The ring extended over two separate fingers and featured one three stone ring and a matching single stone on a separate finger. The ring was shown over and over under the mani-cam along with her deep red manicure.

Jennifer Lawrence and the Backwards Necklace

If anyone got tongues wagging this year on the Oscars Red Carpet it was Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway with their backwards necklace. Both women chose light colored gowns as a means of showcasing their out of the box jewelry selections. Lawrence chose a 74-carat diamond bead necklace that ended at her waist and looked even better going than coming. Anne Hathaway chose a slightly bolder option with a tassel inspired version that ended just below the shoulders.

With Oscar fashion, it is all about what list you end up on the next morning. These ladies demonstrated that they have all the right moves when it comes to landing on the best dressed list.

Your Guide on How to Select Eye Catching Earrings

Every woman wants to have that one moment where she enters the room and all conversations stop. They are looking for that moment when all eyes are on them and they know it.

Pink earrings

Barkev’s pink tourmaline earrings

One surefire way to turn that dream into a reality is to choose the perfect eye catching earring. Think along the lines of Hillary Scott at the 2012 Grammy’s. Her earrings were made up of 26 carats of pink quartz slices. The pink quartz was set in diamonds and pink sapphires in blackened 18 carat gold. So, the question becomes how do you go about selecting a piece like that which will stop the crowd in its tracks? First, look for a piece that has a great proportion. You need a piece that is balanced overall and that is also balanced with the hairstyle and ensemble that you are choosing to wear it with.  Pieces that capture attention are larger, longer statement pieces. Consider a chandelier style or a tear drop style to achieve the greatest impact. Next, look for a piece that has a standout color.  A great color will automatically draw attention. For Hillary Scott, the pink quartz truly made the piece a showstopper.

Ruby earrings

Barkev’s white gold diamond & rubellite earrings.

Rubies, emeralds, or sapphires are always a great choice for the stone in your statement piece. They are rich in color and pair well with multiple colors and styles in fashion. Then, find a piece that has a memorable accent. Look for pieces where your stone of choice is surrounded by diamonds or crystals for added impact. The glitter and glitz from the surrounding stones will work well in order to draw your eyes automatically to the jewels.

Finally, if you really want all eyes on you make the right hairstyle selection to show off your jewel of choice. Go for a high dramatic updo that will naturally draw attention to your earrings. Every woman deserves that moment where she feels like Cinderella. To get that once in a lifetime feeling, you must select the perfect statement piece and then rock it with confidence.

Make a Bold Statement with a Black Diamond Engagement Ring

Black Diamond Engagement Ring

Barkev’s black diamond engagement ring

Color is back and yes, this even includes black. While colorless diamonds will forever be in style, women and men are expanding their jewelry collections to include black—the hottest new color in engagement rings.

Women are now more desirous of looking different—not wanting to conform to the norm. One way to do this is to step away from the traditional engagement ring of a centered, prong set colorless diamond. To do something more unconventional and make a bold statement, they are opting for black diamond engagement rings. They offer brilliance and something very unique with almost a vintage feel to them. It’s also popular to have a ring with smaller cut stones with more of a pave look than a centered stone. It’s original and will certainly make people remember the ring.

Men are also going the untraditional route and purchasing engagement rings with diamonds instead of simple bands. One trendy choice is to use black diamonds instead, which can look very masculine. They are very popular set against white gold or platinum. Because of the darker color, they contrast nicely with a lighter metal.

Black diamond engagement rings are also very dramatic; they offer a shine and brilliance unavailable in other colored stones. They also come in deep hues, which adds a new level of sophistication to a ring.

Black diamonds are very rare, however, and with increasing popularity, they also can be harder to find. If you are picky about cut and size, you’ll need to do your homework when looking for the right black diamond ring. But because of their rarity, you can be assured that black diamonds will hold their value for a long time and will be a priceless heirloom to be passed down to the next generation.

Most Expensive Pieces Worn to Golden Globes

We all watch the red carpet and drool over the exquisite pieces that most of us will never have the opportunity to wear. It is fun however to watch, wish and dream. So, sit back and drift off into dreamland as we countdown some of the most expensive pieces that have ever graced a red carpet.

1) Kelly Osbourne : this year the earrings that she wore were valued at $3 million (the price did not include the optional body guards that they came with)

Kelly Osbourne at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

2) Amy Adams: her diamond earrings and diamond bracelets are valued at $425,000 and if you choose to you can actually purchase those earrings.

3) Jackie Weaver: donned $3 million worth of diamonds for the occasion
4) Stacy Kiebler’s : rings and bracelets were valued at $600,000
5) Hayden Panettiere: her five piece set was valued at $500,000
6) Jessica Alba: her necklace was valued at $5.8 million

Jessica Alba and her 5.8 million dollar necklace.

7) Sophia Vergara: her 100 carats of diamonds were valued at $8 million.

Sofia Vergara at the Golden Globes 2013

You may be wondering what goes into selecting who wears what pieces and how they are transported to and from an event. The answer is fairly simple. Jewelry designers work in much the same way that a fashion designer works. The designer simply wants to hear their name on the red carpet. In order to achieve that goal, a designer must get their piece into the hands of an actor or actress that is either a nominee or a presenter. Those people will be the most sought after actors and actresses of the evening and will get the most television time. The next part of the evening is about the logistics of transporting the piece from one place to another. Depending on the value of the piece, some designers will require a paid escort the entire time that the nominee or presenter is wearing their piece.

For most of us we only wish and dream about a night like the Globes, but even if we never get our own personal red carpet we can still watch and dream along with the rest of the world. And that means the countdown to the Grammy’s is in full swing…

Kate Hudson’s Style

As the daughter of famous actress Goldie Hawn, it’s no surprise Kate Hudson is old Hollywood glam at its best. She epitomizes the beautiful style of the olden days when Hollywood was arguably at its most sophisticated. To copy her style, here are a few ways to do it:

Always wear a smile. When out and about town, Kate Hudson always has a smile on her face. The only exception is when she is acting, and even then, she seems to radiate with love and this rare sunshine. Try smiling more often and your face will radiate and glow.

Wear light jewelry. Because Kate is a blonde and has a natural golden tan, her jewelry follows suit. She typically wears more nude, white and yellows in her jewelry choices. She also favors big rings. You’ll find her fingers almost always have a fat ring. She leaves her neck fairly bare and focuses more on her fingers instead.

Add sunny locks. While Kate is probably a natural blonde, she adds in various highlights to add an extra glow to her mane. It brightens up her face and makes that smile stand out even more. Even if you aren’t a natural tow head, it’s possible to brighten up your look like Kate’s by just adding in a few highlights.

Match your clothes to your jewelry. Kate seems to favor more monochromatic looks by pairing jewelry to the exact same color as her dress. If she’s wearing yellow, she wears gold or canary diamonds. For white dresses, you’ll find her in white rings and white earrings or colorless diamonds. She doesn’t go overboard in her looks.

Play up your eyes. Kate has those small, beady eyes that she plays up and enhances with various eyeshadows. She isn’t afraid to try something new. Whether she uses purple eye shadow, silver or blue, she does it subtle enough that it’s not too dramatic or odd looking.

Kate is a rarity in Hollywood—she exudes happiness in a place where loneliness and narcissism roam.