7 Must Follow Style Tips for the Traveling Fashionista

We're going to assume that the majority of you are huge fans of travel. Personally, we can't get enough of it; but there's nothing worse than packing the wrong accessory, forgetting a precious belonging, or not being prepared for your dream vacation. Here's 7 must follow style tips for the traveling fashionista. 

1. Give your hair a bit of volume and lift with a spritz of dry shampoo.

Dry shampoo is an undeniable life saver. For example, let's say you spend 6 hours on a flight from the east coast to the west. By the time you reach your destination, your hair is flat, oily, and anything but flattering. What do you do? Spritz a little bit of dry shampoo in your roots, gently massage with your fingertips, and watch as your hair is lifted and restored to new heights. This also works well in humid, tropical environments, as you can easily freshen up your hairstyle for an evening event.

2. Flats allow you to comfortably strut in style.

Flats seriously make life so much easier. Have you ever been at the airport, and you see girls who try to strut around in 6 inch stilettos with their luggage? Honestly, if you're a true jetsetter you know that this just isn't practical. Fifteen minutes in, and you've developed horrible blisters on your heels, which makes the rest of your trip painful. Now, we also don't suggest you sacrifice style, so stay away from sloppy sandals or gym sneakers. Instead, go for a versatile flat. This can take form in an ankle boot, a ballet slipper, or a casual tennis shoe. You'll feel good about your look, but also be able to move about the airport and your destination with ease. 

3. Sunscreen is a non negotiable.

You've probably heard this one before, and will definitely say this is more of a life rule, but especially in travel situations, don't forget to take care of your skin. The last thing you need is a severe sunburn the day before a big meeting or event.

4. Heading to a tropical destination? Pack your LWD.

We're obsessed with the little white dress concept, especially if you're in a tropical destination. This allows you to show off your warm weather glow while still maintaining an air of elegance. Let your style be reflected in the type of little white dress you choose, but above all else, don't forget this key statement piece.

5. Take a quick photo snap of your belongings.

You're getting ready for your return flight home, and don't have much time to spare. However, the last thing you want to do is leave behind your designer purse, luxury moisturizer or favorite #JJ piece. Before you do too much unpacking, snap a photo of your belongings. That way, if you're packing up in a hurry, you can simply do a quick photo scan and compare that image to your current suitcase. Ease your mind with this quick hack, as you're sure to remember all of your belongings

6. Favor a dark washed skinny jean.

Who doesn't look good in a dark washed skinny jean? This look is literally flattering on every body type. When traveling, you want to be comfortable and don't want to overcomplicate your look. If you choose to go with a dark washed pant or skinny jean, you allow your creativity and expression to be highlighted in an accessory or top.

7. Now’s the time to sport your boldest accessories.

Ready to show off that Jupiter Jewelry gem? Now is the time. Pack up your favorite statement pieces and don't shy away from the bold. When you travel to a different destination, you insert yourself into a foreign community that's not your own. Make the most of this chance at a first impression with unspeakable style.

The Zodiac Has Spoken! A Mini Style Scope for the Aries Baby

If you all about that Aries life, and ready to get your shop on, look no further. The style team at Jupiter Jewelry has put together a mini style scope for our March + April babies. If you're an Aries, and need a little shove in the right direction, check out these fashion forecasts and personalized tips.

Simple glam is what the Aries girl is all about. This zodiac ring is the perfect representation of her sophisticated style. 

Simple glam is what the Aries girl is all about. This zodiac ring is the perfect representation of her sophisticated style. 

Before we get too deep into our curated advice, let's first talk a little bit more about what the Aries girl represents. If you aren't all about that astrology life, just skim over this part and check out our lookbook recommendations. But, if you're a bit curious, and want to know more about what makes up an Aries lady, read on. 

The Aries lady loves forward movement.

"Why wait?!" is an Aries woman's daily mantra. Determined and enthusiastic, she's the alpha leader in her tribe. She rises at the crack of dawn, brews a cup of strong coffee with a pinch of sugar, and embraces the morning with zest and motivation. For the Ram, every day is bound to be exciting and rewarding. The Aries woman finds a marvelous sense of purpose in adventure. 

The Aries lady is the first to spot new trends. She gets her name on the top of the waitlist for the latest VIP event. According to Cafe Astrology"the Ram is always ahead of the game, and she is most definitely a fearless, feisty trendsetter. Anything goes, even the most daring of styles. Aries women love red, as befits a fire sign. Her wardrobe spills over with all sorts of shapes, silhouettes, colors, and fabrics. A little bling never hurts either and Aries women usually wear sparkling accessories to accentuate their look.  Aries women can also do casual quite well. Sporty clothes appeal to her." 

You know that girl who can win a tennis match and still manage to look glamorous and chic while walking away victorious? That's an Aries. You always look at her and think, "How does she manage to pull it all off?"

Everyone wants to be an Aries girl. A sophisticated, chic leader. 

Diamonds are an (Aries) best friend.

Diamonds and Aries are a match made in heaven. After reading the above description, it's probably no surprise, right? An alpha lady needs her jewels. Although the Aries is rarely subtle, she never trends towards overstated. Why? She doesn't have to. The Aries is the "pearl earrings with the jeans and cotton tee shirt" kind of girl. She's usually a natural beauty, and doesn't need to cake on a face full of makeup to feel like a true gem. Like a diamond in the rough, an Aries is always a breath of fresh air, especially when it comes to her effortless style. 

She's all about that simple life: sophisticated and understated.

Because the Aries woman is always on the move, she doesn't have time for large, gaudy accessories. Her presence in itself is bold, so she doesn't need to distract lookers and suitors with over the top pieces. She likes to keep it simple, chic, and sophisticated. Her accessories are just that: accessories. They don't compete with her look, energy, or personality. 

With that said, here are some personalized recommendations for the Aries woman in your life.

Knife Edge Diamond Band

Diamond Pinky Rings

Diamond Chevron Ring

P.S. If you're an Aries, you're probably shopping for yourself. After all, you're an alpha lady with an eye for style and success. So shop on, you fearless leader girl, you. 

Jupiter Jewelry Brides.com Interview

Jupiter Jewelry's owner and creative director Jaclyne Kirkorian-Poliseno was interviewed by Jacqueline Weppner of Merci New York, for an article she was writing on a trend we see more and more today: Couples shopping together for an engagement ring. Today we see more and more couples coming in together to pick out that special diamond.... see the article below for tips on shopping with your significant other.

 

 

Whether you've been leafing through our issues, dishing with girlfriends, or scouring the web for some pin-worthy bling one thing's for certain: you already know what your dream engagement ring looks like.

But what if he wants to go engagement ring shopping together? Well, that adds a layer of complication. Let's face it, shopping together can be tricky territory. How do you shop considerately and smartly? And (yes, it's okay to think it): Is there really a way to share that sparkler you've been swooning over, without sounding overzealous? Read these seven tips before you head out the door together.

1. Know before you go
Before you go shopping, make sure you acquaint yourselves with the 4 C's — color, clarity, cut and carat weight. Surprisingly enough, if you know the shape of the diamond off the bat, that helps narrow your hunt immensely.

Every shape (or "cut") is priced differently — and each has a different price per carat. Round cuts are the most expensive, because they are classic and in demand, whereas pear and marquis are less expensive. So if size is important to you, you can get a better price knowing if you like the less expensive shapes.

2. Don't overlook the metal
Platinum settings may seem to be the norm these days, but they are also the most expensive.

My grandmother loved to tell me her engagement story — and it wasn't about how he asked. It was about how naively stubborn she was. She pretty much insisted my grandfather buy her a platinum ring... She never 

told him why, but it was actually because she thought it was less expensive than white gold, and she didn't want him overspending.

My grandfather, a train conductor, clocked a lot of graveyard shifts to make sure she received the sparkly platinum ring she "wanted" but ultimately, this misunderstanding all boiled down to lack of knowledge.

So here's the DL on what's going on beyond the diamond — Platinum is a high maintenance metal. It's pricier because it has more weight to it, but it's a soft metal and will scratch easily. Definitely consider your lifestyle and budget before deciding if metal choice is an important part of your decision.

See More: How to Plan a Surprise Proposal When You Shopped for a Ring Together

3. Size does matter (and that's okay)
The age old question of quality versus quantity applies to engagement rings as well, some people prefer a larger stone to a whiter stone, while others want the absolute clearest possible diamond, despite the carat count.

"The bride-to-be should definitely have an idea of her stone size," says Jaclyne Kirkorian of diamond district mainstay Jupiter Jewelry. "As much as people say size isn't important, it's always the kicking off point, because color and clarity can always be tweaked to find something within your budget."

End goal: If size does matter, keep your ideal carat size in mind when shopping together, and be flexible on the other elements to suit budget.

4. Be subtle
The toughest part about shopping with your guy versus having him pick the ring himself, is that you will have to weigh in on the options. While this sounds ideal at first, it can be tricky to strike a balance between fantasy and reality.

Our friends at Jupiter Jewelry have a great tip: "There are ways to be discreet without sounding unrealistic. I 

think the best thing is to bring some pictures along, and give him a few options: One photo of something modest, and one photo of your dream ring," says Poliseno. "The dream ring will always stay in his mind... He will always try to get it for you, to the best of his means."

5. Get measured — correctly!
This may seem obvious, but before you go shopping, be sure to get measured! More importantly, make sure to have the right finger measured since one hand is larger than the other. (Most people wear theirengagement rings on the left hand). There's nothing worse than being on top of every other engagement ring element except fit.

6. Think about your wedding band while shopping for the engagement ring
While it is easy to get caught up in the perfect diamond, the engagement ring is only one half of the equation — your wedding band, (you know the actual symbol of your marriage) is the oft-overlooked other.

Definitely think about what style of wedding band would go with your ring. Some engagement rings don't allow a band to fit flush against them, so it's important to consider the "full package" of prong versus pave and channel-set stones while shopping for your engagement ring with your sweetie.

7. Buy certified
Don't let the romance of the day take over — an engagement ring is one of life's most expensive purchases, so take your time to shop smartly together. When you both finally land on a dream ring, make sure you buy a certified stone from a credited laboratory such as GIA or EGL.

BRIDES.COM

Lauren Conrad

Came across this post by LC... thought it would be very helpful.

 

 

Ladylike Laws: Proper Party Girl Etiquette

It’s the holiday season, which can mean only one thing: It’s party time! Whether it’s a holiday soiree, a small get-together, or a fabulous New Year’s fete, knowing how to navigate a party with ease and grace is crucial. If your mailbox (or should I say inbox) is flooded with celebratory invites, then this is a must-read for you. Ladies, I present to you the Proper Party Girl Commandments:

Your Arrival

  • Thou shall arrive within the first 30 minutes.
  • Thou shall seek out the host and graciously thank them for the beautiful party.
  • Thou shall provide the host with a small gift such as a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates.
  • Thou shall introduce thy guest upon each introduction.
  • Thou shalt not bring any unexpected or uninvited guests. Sorry party crashers.

Matters Concerning Drinking

  • Thou shalt not drink excessively.
  • Thou shalt avoid mixing drinks.
  • Thou shalt not present thyself as a hot mess.

With Regards to Eating

  • Thou shalt not overeat.
  • Thou shalt not double dip. Ever. Ew.
  • Thou shalt not walk around with multiple hors d’oeuvres.
  • Thou shall toss used napkins and toothpicks in the trash.
  • Thou shall check for leftovers in thy teeth before engaging in conversation.

Terms of Conversation

  • Thou shalt not corner anyone into a conversation the entire night (unless he’s cute).
  • Thou shall avoid topics pertaining to business and other potentially unpleasant matters.
  • Thou shalt not complain.

The Departure

  • Thou shalt not ‘pop in’ to the party for 10 minutes and leave.
  • Thou shall bid the host adieu if it is an intimate gathering. However, if it’s a big party, thou shall quietly leave instead.
  • Thou shalt not overstay thy welcome. (Don’t linger… It’s creepy.)
  • Thou shalt not ever leave a birthday party before the cake has been served.

Back to School: DIY Lunch Bags

Back to school kids!!!! We love these DIY lunch bags... be a trend setter!!! 

DIY Printable Lunch Bags | Julep <---- click here to go to full post

Supplies:
• White paper lunch bags or favor bags
• Downloadable lunch-bag design templates: one, two, and three
• Painter’s tape
• Printer
• Standard printer paper (optional, may be needed for some printer types)

 

Steps:

1. First, make sure you have the templates downloaded; these sizes work for both lunch and favor bags.

2. Place painter’s tape across the bottom fold of the bag to make sure the paper feeds through the printer easily without getting jammed.

3. For top-feeding printers, place the paper bag with the taped side away from you. For bottom-feeding printers, place the taped side of the bag up, then print according to your printer’s settings using the “fit to page” mode for lunch bags and specific set dimensions of 3.5″ x 6.75″ for the favor bags. If you have any trouble printing the smaller-size bags, tape them to a sheet of plain printer paper instead of sending them through on their own.

Inspired By: The Blushing Bride

As bridal jewelry designers, you could imagine there's nothing we love more than a blushing bride... or for that matter, a chic, nyc bride in a beautiful blush dress.  In fact, we designed an entire look of our lifestyle campaign around it!

Photo by Kat Harris, Styling by Merci New York, Hair and Makeup by FaceTime Beauty Concierge - all for Jupiter Jewelry.

Photo by Kat Harris, Styling by Merci New York, Hair and Makeup by FaceTime Beauty Concierge - all for Jupiter Jewelry.

Blush bridal fashion and accessories continue to be all the rage for 2015.  We love custom creating chic jewels to help complete a fashionable bride's beautiful blush look.

Here are some favorite Jupiter Jewelry pieces that pair well with a blush Monique Lhuillier wedding gown.

Jupiter Jewelry Blush Wedding

Get the look: Monique Lhuillier wedding dress with 1. our lovely pink gold diamond ribbon earrings; 2. a Pink topaz and diamond ring custom designed at Jupiter Jewelry; 3. our own pink morganite stud earrings; 4. our exclusive Garden Floral Clutch; 5. pretty blush Badgley Mischka bridal shoes (as photographed by Mikkel Paige on Wedding Chicks).

xx

Jaclyne

Our Grooms, Grads and Dads Cufflink Sale is ON

Hello June!  It's time to kick start summer, celebrate the dad and grads in your life, and (if you're getting married!), perhaps put the finishing touches on your wedding planning (i.e. get those groomsmen gifts checked off the list)! 

Luckily, we are here to help with all three!  For a limited time, Jupiter Jewelry is hosting an amazing WELCOME SUMMER SALE on amazingly gift-worthy cufflinks for all the guys you are celebrating this month.  

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Take a peek at the below hand crafted cufflinks, set in beautiful stainless steel in an array of sleek designs... Not only are they majorly handsome, they're priced to give at only $30-$50 per pair, so stock up now before it's too late!

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ps - Need more #instainspo? Check out our curation of great guys' gifts under $150 for more fab ideas.

xx

Jaclyne

 

Five Groomsmen Gifts They'll Love

Sometimes the final weeks of wedding planning can be the most stressful.  The venue is set, the band is contracted, you're well into dress fittings, you even have your bridal jewelry... essentially, all the major plans have been made.  But then small yet important tasks pop up.  Like buying wedding party gifts.  And of course, like everything else you have worked so hard on, they need to be special...

Photo by Ben Yew, via The Wedding Scoop

While most of our brides can pick bridesmaids gifts without fluttering an eyelash, they often find themselves tasked with groomsmen gifting in the 11th hour, too.  (Let's face it - Your guy was great at selecting the music and the food.  Finding thoughtful mementos for his buddies?  Not really top of his mind right now). 

It's hard to shop for your fiance's best friends right before your wedding... We get it.  So we took a hard look at men's jewelry trends, and designed a tight collection of groomsmen gifts with perfect pricepoints and great design.  Better yet, these items are all ready to ship NOW.  (Read: Lifesaver for the stressed out bride and groom).  Take a peek!

  1. With three leather choices and four metal plating options, the DOUBLE WRAP NICKSON BRACELET may be the most versatile piece of men's jewelry on the market.  Style tip: Mix and match leathers and metals to suit each guy's style! 2. Classic, preppy, or a little bit of both, our 3 LETTER BLOCK MONOGRAM CUFFLINKS, $325, are a sure-to-be treasured personalized wedding party gift. 3. Our throwback JJ TIE-TACK, $300, is an awesome choice for groomsmen, but also for the dads of the bride and groom. While tie tacks are all the rage now, they were a staple in your dads' heyday (especially around the time they had you)! 4. Add a little bling to their look with these signature JJ BLACK DIAMOND CUFFLINKS.  Not only are they worth the splurge, but they make an heirloom-worthy groom's gift, too. 5. Our SINGLE WRAP NICKSON BRACELET starts at only $100, so you can buy in guilt-free multiples for the guys.  (They only look to be five times the cost!)   

 

1. With three leather choices and four metal plating options, the DOUBLE WRAP NICKSON BRACELET may be the most versatile piece of men's jewelry on the market.  Style tip: Mix and match leathers and metals to suit each guy's style!

2. Classic, preppy, or a little bit of both, our 3 LETTER BLOCK MONOGRAM CUFFLINKS, $325, are a sure-to-be treasured personalized wedding party gift.

3. Our throwback JJ TIE-TACK, $300, is an awesome choice for groomsmen, but also for the dads of the bride and groom. While tie tacks are all the rage now, they were a staple in your dads' heyday (especially around the time they had you)!

4. Add a little bling to their look with these signature JJ BLACK DIAMOND CUFFLINKS.  Not only are they worth the splurge, but they make an heirloom-worthy groom's gift, too.

5. Our SINGLE WRAP NICKSON BRACELET starts at only $100, so you can buy in guilt-free multiples for the guys.  (They only look to be five times the cost!)   

Have something specific in mind? Yes, we do that too!  Contact us for a complimentary consultation, and our jewelers will help you design beautiful wedding party gifts that will be cherished forever.

Happy shopping! 

xx

What Inspires Us: Malachite and Emeralds

As jewelry designers, we always need to be at the forefront of trends.  Fashion, home decor and our New York City neighborhood are often our muse... and recently we have been wonderfully inspired by deep, luxe emerald, and the green gradients of malachite found in all three. 

Take a peek at this board we recently designed for a custom jewelry client looking to gift his girlfriend - she was a fashion-loving New York City girl, and {like us!} adored deep greens.  The end result was this beautiful, custom cocktail ring in ombre shades of topaz, peridot and diamonds.

Are you looking for a beautiful, one of a kind piece of jewelry?  Let us help put your vision to life with our expert eye for design and generations of relationships in the NYC diamond district.  Schedule a consultation to learn how simple our start to finish process is for creating heirloom jewelry that will be adored for years to come.

xx,

Jaclyne