Snooki in Las Vegas on Jan 10.
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Last fall Snooki launched her first-ever sunglasses collection, and with the affordable price point and fun animal print designs, fans quickly snatched up all KINDS of shades from the Snooki by Nicole Polizzi line. On Wednesday, the Jersey Shore girl revealed a sneak peek her spring line via Twitter, and we got a glimpse of the rhinestone-encrusted "Rock Candy" glasses for the first time. Just a day later (aka yesterday!), they hit the web, and *GASP* THEY ARE ALREADY OUT OF STOCK. The plastic frames come in six colors (with awesomely hilarious names like "Boo-Boo Berry Pie" and "Not So Sour Apple") and cost only $20! If there was any doubt of Snooki's ability to be a smart businesswoman, we can absolutely attest to the fact that she is doing something very, very right.
Eastpak Artist Studio backpacks designed by (from left) Yelle, Johnny Marr, and Marina and The Diamonds.
Photo: Courtesy of Eastpak
We've been on a backpack kick lately. It started in early fall when we were inspired by all of the back-to-school accessories, but its an obsession that has extended to now—winter—when we have so much bulky junk to carry around that it's getting ridiculous. We're not ashamed of our snail-like ways of hoarding miscellaneous items to see us through this big bad city, but we realize a better way of not destroying our backs would be to actually invest in a backpack. Surprisingly, it's hard to choose one, which is why we're thrilled (nay ELATED) about Eastpak's new line of Artist Studio backpacks. In a tortoise shell, the company asked more than 130 creative types from musicians to nail artists to go to town on a blank, original Eastpak canvas backpack. They could draw on them, cut them up, add weird blingy items, or do whatever they wanted. The results are ZHAMAZE. And what's even better, all of the proceeds from the sale of these one-of-a-kind bags go to Designers Against AIDS. The only problem is which one to choose...
SmoothGroove Camel Toe Solutions.
Photo: Courtesy of SmoothGroove
Let's preface this with a little disclaimer. Perhaps we, your humble nimble-fingered MTV Style folk, are arriving late to an already widely discussed ladyplight, which is plaguing so much of our population that corrective devices, such as this here SmoothGroove, are needed. Nay, demanded. Perhaps there's some horrific womanhood rite of passage we have yet to experience, some (hopefully) distant bridge we have yet to cross, that leads you square into a daily battle with an all-too-visible *achem* labia majora. But, like...has camel toe really reached an epidemic status so as to warrant the existence of these LADYCUPS?? (Note: Squeamish boys, if you haven't already clicked the EFF out of your browser window, I suggest you do so now.)
Body part accessories by Yazbukey.
Photo: Courtesy of Yazbukey
I'm a total proponent for unusual accessories. Not only do they brighten up any ensemble with unusual flair, they can often become a conversation starter or, you know, make your denim vest look cooler. In my constant search for weirdly awesome accessories—namely brooches, earrings, head scarves, tights, hats, and anything else that can tip out an outfit with perplexing panache—I've come across some unique pieces. But in recent weeks, I noticed a trend...eyeballs. Yes, eyeballs are kind of having a moment right now, and so are lips. I've seen eyes and lips in the form of brooches, rings, necklaces, and even bobby pins. And as I continued digging, I started to find other BODY PARTS. It was like following the clues to some sort of dismemberment mystery involving pieces of plastic, bits of silver, and the odd strip of fabric all dealing in the human anatomy. I also found a pair of earrings that are flesh-toned mini ears, like from a shrunken Vincent van Gogh. It may seem totally out there or bizarre, but I think wearing body part accessories is CRAYMAZING.
French jewelry company Yazbukey is often identified by their Karl Brooch (*sigh* still coveting that), but they make a variety of body part brooches, too (see above). There's everything from the 2 Hair Brooches and eyeball-shaped Look At Me Once Brooch (complete with eyelashes and vampire-esque red irises) to the C'est Ahh Black Lips Brooch and a Finger Brooch with two rings and a red mani. Any of these pieces would kick up your work blazer or school sweater, and all are guaranteed to get you noticed. Curly locks of plastic hair? They're so random and fun (and kind of remind me of Crispin Glover's hair-stealing character in Charlie's Angels). Also? There's more where these came from...
Lana Del Rey sporting a gold tooth on Jan. 23 in London.
Photo: Splash News
Lana Del Rey has been calling herself the "gangster Nancy Sinatra" for as long as we can remember, but with her long, luscious locks and A+ beauty game, we had a hard time finding the "gangster" part of her '60s sex kitten look. That is, until she was spotted in London earlier this week sporting *GASP* A GOLD TOOTH. We didn't believe it at first, but we zoomed in RULL close to verify that, yes, she is wearing a gold cap on her canine. Call us crazy, but we kind of love it! The two-finger ring and giant hoop earring gag is cute, but we're so glad to see her stepping up her "gangster" side with a 14K tooth. If you've always been wondering where to get tooth jewelry (Lord knows we have), there's actually tons of websites (like this one!) where you can purchase gold caps for ANY part of your mouth. We like that the cap slides on and off so you don't have to make a full commitment, but can still rock this look whenever you're feeling really badass. But, is it just us or have we TOTALLY seen this before on another fair-haired lady musician?
Clockwise from left: Catbird Silver Alphabet rings, ASOS bow rings, ASOS Articulated Ring With Chain, and Viveka Bergstrom Black Microcrystals ring.
Photo: Catbird; ASOS; Urban Outfitters
Accessories are having a serious moment right now. From Lady Gaga's gold-dipped hands to street-style stacking bracelets and watches, if you aren't sassing up your nails, then you're mos' def getting your multiple accessory game on. What's interesting is we've been noticing that these trends are all starting to blend, and that's a beautiful thing. We've spied ladies wearing rings on their mid-fingers (a trend the fine folks over at Refinery 29 have also weighed in on) and sometimes stacked together near the knuckle. We've also seen rings being worn around fingertips (thanks to Beyoncé's "Run the World" video). Lucky for all of us, the high street stores have taken notice, too, and are ready to give us what we want (nay, NEED) and all at an affordable price. Thus, as we prepare to usher in the spring season—wayyyy earlier than is climatically possible—we urge you not only to change up, but MOVE UP your accessory game...albeit just on your fingers.
Favorite Brooklyn jewelry shop Catbird is already in on the midi-ring game and offering Silver Alphabet Rings (heart-shaped ones, too, just in time for Valentine's Day). The key to wearing this look is to stack thin, delicate rings, like the ASOS Pack of bow rings, which are just dainty enough. You can also go for an accordion ring, which does the work for you by connecting a regular-sized ring to a midi ring.
Rooney Mara in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"; Bijules Bony Knuckle Ring
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures; Courtesy of Bijules
Even though The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been in theatres for a while, the gritty, Sweden-set film about a journalist and ace girl hacker (aka one of the coolest characters ever to grace the silver screen, Lisbeth Salander, played by Rooney Mara) is still making waves in the fash world. Miss Mara has been all over the place doing press for the film, wearing edgy ensembles that have kept the media talking, including her fantastic Golden Globes dress, which stood out with its H.R. Giger-inspired lattice and a mini bustle. It's like she became the part and continues to shock us with flashes of badassery, which in our opinion, is much needed on the red carpet. Aside from that H&M Dragon Tattoo collection that came and went, we're still really interested in honing the Salander look.
Now, thanks to designer Jules Kim, creator of bona fide brizilliant jewelry line Bijules, we can accessorize Lisbeth-style. And we mean by wearing the exact same rings Rooney wore in the film.
Golden Globe nominee accessories inspired by "Bridesmaids," "My Week With Marilyn," and "Young Adult."
Photo: Urban Outfitters, ASOS, and Sanrio
Happy Awards Season! This week marks the official kickoff of awards shows gahhhlore with tonight's People's Choice Awards (stay tuned for our coverage!) and Sunday's biggie, the Golden Globes. If you're anything like us, we love to do these shows up RIGHT, which means theme parties, themed party food, and serious betting on who will win what. Alas, since we're holed up in the inner sanctum of MTV Style covering all of this award madness FOR YOU, we're left to woop it up at our desks. Thus, how do we get in the awards show spirit and show support for our favorite films, actresses, and TV shows? Accessories, of course! A little bit of flair can go a long way (and maybe even help send good vibes to Rooney Mara for a Best Actress in a Drama win). Thus, here are a few bits 'n' bobs celebrating our favorite nominees.
Heather Morris visits "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York.
Photo: Splash News
Heather Morris was a full-on accessory CHAMPION while visiting The Late Show with David Letterman this week. Although she wore a subdued black blouse and brown skirt for the actual show, we were delighted by the accessory-laden post-show ensemble she debuted on the streets of NYC. Yes, all it takes is a delightful Japanese animal hat and we're SMITTEN. You see, we have a thang for kicky animal chapeaus (they topped our Best Accessories of 2011 list) as well as the lovely ladies who wear them (hi, Kreayshawn). But this particular plushie noggin warmer is special because it's KORILAKKUMA. For the uninitiated, KORILAKKUMA is a little white bear who likes strawberries, apples, her radio-controlled duck, and listening to really loud music. Could Glee's Heather Morris be trying to tell us something with the choice of this hat—namely that she has a penchant for forest berries and deafening volumes—or is she just really into cute Japanese Cosplay characters?
Pieces from the Noir Jewelry for L.A.M.B. Collection.
Photo: Liz Kuehne/Noir Jewelry
When it comes to Gwen Stefani's super fun fashion line, L.A.M.B., we're all over any and all of it, but when you add Noir Jewelry into the mix, we're positively exploding with gold-studded, accessory-obsessed joy. Noir's Leeora Catalan has accessorized the last two L.A.M.B. fashion week presentations, and she and Stefani decided to collaborate on an entire collection for spring/summer 2012. Inspired by India and punk, there are tribal-style drop necklaces, gold bracelets interwoven with black cords, studded rings, and dangling pyramid earrings among many other covetable pieces that we can't WAIT to add to our spring wardrobe. In fact, there's so much we want in this collection that we'd like to go ahead and take it ALL.