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Wedding bells are ringing at our house!

 

Carlos and Christie in Puerto Rico - July 2013 

   

Carlos pops the questions in Steamboat Springs, Colorado 

Welcome to wedding central. You've probably heard me talk about the fact that my oldest son, Carlos, is getting married!  Ever since Carlos proposed to my future DIL, Christie, on a mountain top in Steamboat Springs on Valentine's eve, we've been knee deep in planning a destination wedding in Puerto Rico next February!   Between choosing the caterer, the venue, the flowers, the colors, the dress, the music, (the list goes on) it's mind boggling how many details there are to consider when planning a wedding.  To make a bride's life easier, HSN has a beautiful Bridal Boutique that's filled with great ideas to make shopping for gifts for the wedding party (and for herself) a breeze.  By the way, in a future blog I plan to write about how to choose the right "Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom" dresses  - now that's a whole nother story!  

 

 

 

 

Shop HSN's Bridal Boutique!

All brides are on a budget and one way to save big on the ring is to try out something in Absolute!  More brides are finding that a good way to figure out what ring is right for her, is to buy an affordable ring in CZ first. Not sure of the cut or style you're looking for?  Not to worry - Our affordable Absolute Simulated diamond rings will allow you to try on and wear your dream ring without committing the the huge diamond expense right away.....

 

Take Your Pick . . 

Classic, Modern, 3-Stone or Vintage 

 

 

 

For the classic princess look, Absolute Princess Center with Pavé Sides Ring will be the ring for you.  With its square shoulders, Victoria Wieck Absolute Kaleidoscope 2-Piece Ring Set gives you a clean and modern look - perfect for the fashion forward bride.  For the bride who appreciates high design, there is Jean Dousset 3.14ct Absolute Classics Cushion 3-Stone Ring.  If you are the bride who likes to give a nod to the past, yet is looking forward to your future, Xavier 4.73ct Emerald-Cut And Baguette Sides 2-Piece Ring Set  is just for you!  Along with princess cut stones you'll find round, marquise and pear shapes in many different styles and carat weights.  Also, be sure to check out the wedding band section where you'll find affordable, engravable wedding bands for both the bride and the groom.

 

 

Bridal Party Gifts 

 

A wedding is a celebration of your love for the most important person in your life and a  time when your other loved ones help you make your dream become a reality.  Celebrate them with a gorgeous gift!  For your groom and his groomsman - give a gift  that will last forever in the form of Stainless Steel Oval Engraved Stainless Steel Cuff Links which are even more memorable when engraved.  Speaking of engraving, honor your maid of honor with a spectacular Engravable Heart Mirror Compact which she will look at every day and remember your friendship.  Another great idea for your bridesmaids is the gift of peals.  Imperial Pearls Cultured Pearl Necklace and Earring Set  is a perfect gift for your bridesmaids, plus if you prefer a uniform look for your girls, these pearls are special enough to wear on the big day!

 

Something Blue For You

 

Tradition has it that every bride needs something old, new, borrowed and blue.  Here is something new and blue for you!  How do you match the tears of happiness in your eyes?  With Colleen Lopez 8.8ct London Blue Sterling Silver Earrings.     Colleen Lopez 9.98ct London Blue Topaz Bracelet dainty enough not to overpower your other jewelry, yet deeply colored enough to bring the most elegance out of your wedding look.  For a touch of blue in your up do - check out this lovely Heidi Daus Art Deco hair clip - chic and fabulous, just like you!

 

Finishing Touches

Your dress fits to a T your hair is perfectly coiffed, and your makeup is impeccable.  Now its time to put the icing on the cake!  No matter what your hairstyle, Xavier 4.7ct Absolute Fan-Shaped Chandelier Drop Earrings will bring an extra radiance to an already glowing bride!  What bracelet could possibly measure up to your sparkling engagement ring? Xavier 4.04ct Absolute 5-Row Simulated Pearl Bracelet of course!  The five rows of pearls anchored by the stunning retro piece, makes this a definite heirloom piece.  If you want a necklace that is equally gorgeous, yet simply more understated, the Jean Doussett 40.55ct Absolute 18" Tennis Necklace is perfect for showing off your beautiful face.

 

Bridal Shoes

 

It is time for your Cinderella moment! From first dance to the bon voyage, Betsy Johnson "Bells' Satin Tango Pump with Ankle Strap is a shoe that will go any wedding dress and its ankle strap will allow to you to remain secure in your shoes all night long.  Maybe you have a tall groom on your hands, or maybe you just love the glamour of a platform, but there is no maybe when it comes to the  Betsy Johnson "Wish" Rhinestone Platform Pump which will not only help you have height in your pictures, but will dazzle the platform loving bride as well!  Princess gown?  Sleek silk gown?  The Betsy Johnson Gown Pump with Jewel Bow will go with any gown, plus it is beautiful enough to pass down to your daughter someday!

 

These are just a few ideas to help you look ravishing from head to toe on your big day.  Be sure to check out HSN's Bridal Boutique for more ideas for making your wedding day a dream come true - Here comes the bride!

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Guest — Cheryl Trainor

Wishes to the couple

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Congrats to the BEAUTIFUL M.O....

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02
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Which Jewelry Style Are You!?

When it comes to jewelry we all have our own style.  Some women have a signature look and like to wear the same type of jewelry every day.   Then there are others who like to change their jewelry to match their moods and their outfits.  Are you Classic, Global, Glam or a little of each?  For me, I find I gravitate to the classics, but then I also love lots of sparkle and global inspired designs - so I guess that makes me  "all of the above".  How about you - Which jewelry style are you?

GLAM



 

 

Do you LOVE sparkle?  If the answer is yes, you're style is Glam!  My Colleen Lopez "Spring Party" Sequin Dress is one example of a dazzling, glamourous dress that sizzles with rose gold sequins.  For the perfect jewelry, Joan Boyce "With Style & Grace" Teardrop Earrings give us the million dollar look that Joan has created for celebrities for years at a fraction of the price.  A glam girl's wardrobe needs the right time piece.  My  Colleen Lopez "Glamour Time" Watch adds glitz to your evening wear as well as jazzing up your everyday wardrobe!  If you don't have a Joan Boyce Leopard Kissable Cuff, this is a must for a girl who loves to shine. It adds a completely opulent look on its own, and stacked together or layered with a watch and other bracelets - Look out!

 

 

 

GLOBAL 

 

 

If you find yourself daydreaming about far off exotic locals, Global style is the cure for your wanderlust.  Colleen Lopez "Masterpiece" Maxi has a stunning global print and the slit on the side allows you to show off your well-traveled (or Tan Towel) tan!  For exotic jewlery to match your outfit and mood, Labradorite is one of the most mystical of gemstones and the Colleen Lopez "Dream of the Crop" 36" Labradorite Beaded Necklace looks as if you have traveled to the end of the globe looking for this piece.  Wear it with your office wear to add an eclectic vibe or with a tee or maxi to look like a bohemian beauty!  Speaking of beauty, Colleen Lopez "Dream of the Crop" Labradorite Vermeil Bracelet looks amazing when worn on each wrist.  The look is strong and beautiful which is the global definition of every woman. No one would ever guess that your travels may be limited to your daydreams, when you wear the Colleen Lopez "Dream of the Crop" Labradorite Vermeil Ring which looks as if you have trekked into the most secluded Asian bazaar to find it!  

 

CLASSIC 


 

 

If you're eye is drawn to clean, elegant, tailored designs - You're taste is classic!    This G by Giuliana Rancic Fit & Flare Ponte Knit Dress has your name written all over it. This dress fits like a dream and the peplum flair by the knee makes your feminine figure look like a perfect 10!  What is a classic girl without her pearls?  Imperial Pearls 14K White Gold Cultured Fresh Water Pearl Diamond Drop Earrings add a little sparkle, yet create a ton of radiance by your face.  With its three different colors of pearl, Imperial Pearls Set of 3 Pendants with Silver 18" Chain add a classic look to every outfit.  Every woman needs a classic timepiece.  My Colleen Lopez "Heiress" Crystal Textured Link Watch adds the perfect ladylike touch to your everyday.

Whether you are a glam girl, global goddess, or a lovely classic lady, there is something for every style you crave!  Do you have a favorite?

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Glam all the way!

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Hi Sue!

Shine on, pretty lady!!! Have a great Saturday! XO
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Colleen's Jewelry Steals & Deals Under $20.00

Ahh, the thrill of the hunt.  If there is such a thing as a bargain hunter's gene, I must have been born with it.  As far back as I can remember I've always loved the challenge of shopping for that diamond in the rough.  I'll never forget my first trip to Filene's Basement....I waited in line for over an hour with hordes of other treasure seekers waiting for the doors to open before we all flooded in racing to collect our bounty - It was utter pandemonium!  These days I still love to hunt for bargains, but I like to do it in a more civilized manner! 

Here are some amazing jewelry bargains that I wanted to share with you - most of them are priced between $8.00 and $15.00 - and they are all things that I own and wear!  Here's the good news:  There will be no lines, no elbows and no digging!  But the bad news is - you need to be quick as these steals and deals won't last.  Have fun shopping, Bargain Hunters!

 

Earrings 

 


Are your ears ringing?  Earrings are the ultimate complement to a woman's beauty...Here are five pair that are all perfect additions to your jewelry wardrobe!  Lace is such a trend right now, and the Colleen Lopez Stately Steal "Oh La La" Statement Earrings  look like steel lace!  You really can't help but say "Oh La La!  Everyone needs a great pair of hoops. Jazz up your hoop collection with Colleen Lopez Metallic Hoop Earrings!  The metallic blue of these hoops will look especially great with blue or brown eyes!  The perfect earring for summer has to be Colleen Lopez Silk Wrapped Earrings which add a boho chic touch that is sure to "wow"!  Imagine wearing Colleen Lopez Diamond-Shaped Mesh Drop Earrings  next to your beautifully bronzed skin this summer!  Do you want to amplify these earrings?  Wear them will loose waves in your hair for the ultimate sexy summer look.  If you are tired looking for something soft and subtle yet lively the Colleen Lopez "Pastel Parfait" Earrings  are perfect for you!  Wear them with your hair back to show them off even more! 

 

Rings 

 

 


Ring in the deals and get ready to add some fabulous to your everyday!  Dressed up or down, Colleen Lopez Station Hammered Ring is sure to be your summer staple!  Were you looking for something to go with those metallic hoops?  Pick up their partner, the Colleen Lopez Metallic Buckle Ring for a marvelous set of jewelry.  The Colleen Lopez "Whimsical Papillion" Ring adds a sweetness to your wardrobe, plus you will be reminded of the symbol transformation every time you look at your hand.  Get ready to add a powerful punch to your wardrobe with Colleen Lopez "Chic Happens" Bold Oblong Shaped Ring.  Timeless style mixed with stainless steel - you will have this ring forever!  The Colleen Lopez "S'il Vous Plait" Carved Flower Ring is so bold and dramatic - no one would ever guess that you paid under $20 for it! Whether you are taking a trip to Greece or to the grocery store, Colleen Lopez Blue Hemimorphite Goldtone Oval Ring is sure to bring you lots of attention!  For a night of fancy, pull out your inner Scarlet O'hara with the Colleen Lopez "Fancy This" Rectangle Pavé CZ Ring.  Colleen Lopez Pavé Crystal Animal Print Dome Ring keeps in trend wit the animal patterns that are so popular this year and will make your look roar!

Bracelets

 


Single, layered, one on each wrist- the possibilities are endless with bracelets!  Colleen Lopez Stone Stationed Hammered Cuff is the summer chic at its best.  Wear one bracelet with jeans and a tee for your more casual looks, or put one on each wrist with a little white dress for a dramatic, and an unforgettably gorgeous look!  Colleen Lopez Crystal Shamballa Bracelet is the perfect layering bracelet and for the price, there is definitely room for more!  The Colleen Lopez Metal Ribbed Stretch Bracelet looks so high-end with its zig zag print; let's let the price be our little secret!

Necklaces

 


Consider your necklace the "Grande Dame" of your outfit and get ready for jaws to drop!  This Colleen Lopez Goldtone and Silvertone MultiStrand Chain 31" Drape Necklace looks like you spent all day layering all of the chains. Even though this necklace is attention-grabbing, it can be worn with casual or dressy looks.  For a true showstopper, grab the Colleen Lopez 8-Row Beaded 46" Necklace! The bold colors blended with the long length will be the front and center of any outfit you wear it with!

 There you go my shopping friends, buy fast because this jewelry under $20 won't last long!  Be sure to check out these and more great jewelry deals available now on HSN.com - Bargain Hunting at it's best!

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Vegas, Baby! Are You Ready For Some Sizzle?

Viva Las Vegas!  

Sparks were flying this past weekend in Las Vegas as the JCK Jewelry Show welcomed thousands of jewelry professionals from all over the world  to the largest jewelry event in North America!  Every year in June the jewelry industry gathers in The Entertainment Capital of the World to experience the most exciting jewelry trends of the year. I had the pleasure of joining our HSN buying team (above I'm pictured with our buyer Karla Musser and Sajen designers Marianna and Richard Jacobs) to see the awe inspiring jewelry first hand. I wanted to share the hottest jewelry trends we saw at the show with you....Get ready to Be Jeweled!

1) Delicate Drops

 

Twinkle, twinkle little star...One trend we love this year is smaller, lady like, hand crafted jewelry.  From colorful gemstones to fine diamond pieces, many of today's jewelers are taking a more refined approach to earring and pendant styles.  We adore many of Robert Manse's hand made Bali pieces featuring finely crafted Sterling Silver and 18 Karat Gold.....Everyday elegance at it's best!

 

2) Green Reigns Supreme

  

I'm sure you've heard by now that Emerald Green is the color of the year and the Color of Money is alive and well in Sin City!   We saw a stunning assortment of green stones throughout the show (Amy Kahn Russell necklaces pictured above). But, Emerald wasn't the only game in town:  Serpentine, Prehnite, Peridot, Chrome Diopside, Jade, Malachite....Put your money on green this year - it's a sure bet!

 

3) In the Pink

 

  

  

When it comes to metals - everything's coming up roses!  White and yellow metals are still classic favorites, but there's no denying that rose gold has romanced it's way into jewelry lovers' hearts.  We saw rose gold finishes on everything from Diamond Engagement rings to Men's watches.  For the hottest way to wear Rose gold, look for pink stones set in this warm, blush metal (Christine Darren Rose Drusy pictured here) - Be Pretty in Pink!

 

4) Easy as Black and White

 

The jewelry world always takes a cue from what's happening on the runways and with all the bold geometric prints and clean architectural lines in fashion, nothing looks fresher than black and white jewelry.  If your going to add something new to your collection consider black diamonds or it's more affordable "cousin" black spinel - black stones are white hot right now!  And for the single most wearable choice in jewelry - you can never go wrong with white Diamonds.  For a stunningly affordable way to wear "fire and ice" choose Herkimer Quartz "Diamonds" - Herkimers really are a girl's best friend :)  Hint:  Look for an amazing Herkimer Today's Speciial by Deb Guyot coming in July - Get ready for Fireworks!!

 

 5) Exotic Drusy 

Drusy continues to be a darling for jewelry designers and the newest way to wear Drusy is mixed with other tonal gemstones.  Sajen Silver showed a stunning assortment of Drusy featuring exotic new colors and cuts. We also couldn't take our eye off Christine Darren's newest collection of Brazilian beauties....Shine bright like a Drusy!

 

6) Gold Clad Bronze 

 

 

 

There was a lot of Gold Fusion at this year's show with so many collections now featuring alternative metals clad in gold!  Some of our favorite finds were at the Anthology booth where we saw genuine gemstones set in chic gold clad bronze bracelets, rings and necklaces.  If you're looking for affordable luxury, Muse by Gypsy is another fabulous gold clad collection that knocks our socks off - set your sights on alternative metals with the midas touch.

 

7) Vintage Chic

  

   

The jewelry industry likes to keep it's finger on the pulse of what's happening in Hollywood - the birth place of many jewelry trends.  It's no surprise that with the popularity of films like "The Great Gatsby" and TV shows Like "Downton Abbey"  that we're seeing a large assortment of Vintage and Art Deco jewelry designs this year.  Everything old is new again - let's Gatsby's Daisy or Downton's Mary be your muse and choose a new piece of jewelry that adds vintage glam to your jewelry wardrobe.

 

8) Bold Cabochons and Fancy Cut Gems

  

 

Dress softly and wear a big ring!  Cocktail rings still take top billing this year, but with an emphasis on bold Cabochons and Unique cuts like these designs by Gypsy, Sajen Silver and Himalayan Gems.  Whether you're throwing dice at the craps table toasting with a glass of champagne - Lady Luck loves her cocktails!  

 

9) Jewels Gone Wild

Without a doubt, snakes have charmed their way into our hearts.  The Chinese calendar calls 2013 The Year of the Snake and there's never been a better time to add one into your jewelry wardrobe, like this fun and fabulous collection by Christine Darren.  The call of the wild was everywhere at the JCK show - along with reptiles we saw jungle fever inspired animal jewelry at every turn - Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

 

10)  Jewelry with Meaning

 

 

Finally, one of our favorite trends that we saw throughout the show was beautiful and meaningful jewelry with heart.  More than ever, designers are showing jewelry that has has an emotional or spiritual benefit for the wearer.  Religious motifs and good luck talisman are popular choices that are designed to remind us of what is important to each of us.  Another popular Jewelry with Heart trend is jewelry that supports the work of craftspeople around the globe.  Himalayan Gems (President and on air guest Andrew Stone photographed above) create hand beaded Potay necklaces, for example, that support the talented women of Nepal who create the stunning designs. Each beautiful piece is made completely by hand in the Katmandu Valley of Nepal.  Wear your heart on your sleeve (and around your neck!) and look for Jewelry with special meaning for you.

 

Direct from the City of Lights, these are the top trends we saw at the JCK Show this year!  Choose your favorites and light up you life, Vegas style!  

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Jewlery crazy!!

Love the jewel gone wild, was tired of the drusy but the ones you pictured revived my interest, Not really into the bronze or rose... Read More
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Guest — Elsie Rivera

Colleen

This jewel is amazing, but the green ones are gorgeous. I love them, thank for bring all that, will be difficult to select which o... Read More
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Colleen's Jewel Box: Top 10 Spring/Summer Favorites

As the temperatures start to rise, do you find so does your passion for new spring and summer jewelry?  I wanted to give you a peek inside my jewelry box to show you my new collections for Spring and Summer, 2013.  Whatever your taste or budget, from fine gemstone jewelry to fun fashion pieces - Heat things up with my top 10 Spring and Summer Sparklers!  

 

1) The Bold and the Beautiful

Dive into the beauty of London Topaz with my glamorous new 40 carat London Blue Topaz and Appetite ring - Come on in the water's fine! Looking for the "Dream of the Crop" necklace?  You just found it in my stunning Labradorite Layered Necklace.  Both of these bold beauties will satisfy even the most discriminating gem lover's appetite!

 

2) Heavy Metal

 

My new Mod Revival necklace is sooo on trend, yet takes you back to the 70's disco era!  Sleek and clean with a touch of sparkle, it's just what your neckline needs for instant panache!  For the ultimate summer sizzle - wear my "Live Large" necklace right next to  your skin for "dare to bare" warm weather glamour!

 

3) Sweet Talk

There's nothing prettier than soft pastels for adding a sunny glow to your outfit.  My new Twinkling Star Earrings are the perfect finishing touch in rose, aqua or white and for a sparking burst of bloom on your ears, try on a pair of these lilac quartz and white topaz earrings for pastel pizzaz! 

 

4) Deco Delight

I know I'm not to only one who's caught Gatsby Fever this spring!  For chic "Daisy style" slip into my vintage blue and white diamond ring and then make your outfit roar like the 20' by adding my long 36" crystal station necklace for fabulous flapper style!

 

5) Hoop Dreams

I'm completely obsessed with my new "Walking on Cloud 9" Tanzanite Hoop earrings!  Exotic and elegant, these go-to earrings will become a year round favorite.  And because a girl can't own too many hoops, these rock envy goldtone hoops have icy Swarovski Crystal drops that will cool things down on hot summer nights!

 

6) Rough Cut

Rock hounds will love the organic and edgy style of my Statement of Art amethyst geode ring!  For the Drusy Darlings looking for something a little different, check out my favorite Drusy "Charisma" ring - this one steals the show every time!

 

7) Down by the Sea

If you're yearning for a day at the beach, my new mother of pearl shell watch in 4 beautiful colors is an island escape on your wrist!  For a true Caribbean getaway, choose this gorgeous Larimar Pendant....this stunning Jewel of the Caribbean will remind you of sun dappled ocean waters...

 

8) Everything's coming up Roses

Rose gold is hotter than Florida in July and I have two watches that will have you on time and looking fashionable sporting jewelry's most coveted metal!  Choose my favorite new two tone rose and white Heiress Watch or my customer top pick Glamour Time watch in rose tone and bask in the rosy glow!

 

9) Wrist Party

Pile on the fun this summer with a party of bracelets on your wrist!  My Passport to Style bracelet set is all you need for layered fun in the sun!  And for a "steal the show" bracelet that creates an instant layered effect - my "dream of the crop" labradorite bracelet is sure to get the party started!

 

10) Monaco Blue

Finally, to finish off my top 10 list - My "Finer Things in Life" 100 carat London Blue Topaz necklace is a "fall off the chair" dream piece.  Capturing the color of this year's coveted Monaco blue, this once in a lifetime stunner is one you'll cherish forever.  For the perfect finishing touch, my new 10 carat London Blue Topaz bracelet is a "must" for gem collectors!  At under $100, it is as affordable as it is beautiful!

 

There you have it, Jewelry Mavens, my Top 10 list for Spring and Summer!  I hope you can join me this Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM ET for these and more of My Favorite Things!  XO

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Guest — Jewelry Maven June

looks fab!

I am actually wearing one of your watches today mentioned about, round face, silvertone, last MFT show. I have been reviewing yo... Read More
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Guest — Jewelry Maven June

Okay...

Thanks Colleen, you are the BEST!!!! XO
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Guest — Colleen Lopez

Thank you Jewelry Maven, June!

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