Don't go overboard with the Valentine's Day accessorizing.
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As you are probably well aware, Valentine's Day is on Friday. While some people go all-out with reds, pinks, hearts, cupids, whatever, we prefer a simpler approach. There are plenty of options for you to acknowledge that it is, in fact, Valentine's Day without gluing hearts made of doilies to all of your clothes. We've rounded up a few accessories that are perfect for a low-key Valentine's Day look (and that you may even wear on days not found in February).
On Valentine's Day, this XOXO ring could mean "hugs and kisses," but on any other day, it could be just two of your favorite letters on a ring, next to each other. The delicate letters are pretty and subtle, so your finger won't be screaming "I LOVE/NEED/WANT HUGS AND KISSES," but will be nonchalant like, "Oh, the letters on the ring are also the way I sign all my emails." Cool.
Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Nicki
Flowers? YAWN. Chocolate? No, thank you. Valentine's Day is right around the corner and, luckily for all you clueless dudes out there, Nicki Minaj is here to save you from the dog house. This year, Minaj has done the world a serious solid by providing every guy with the perfect holiday gift: jewelry. What's that you say? You haven't been saving up? You don't think you can afford luxe bling for your lady? You didn't even know it was February already?! Well, relax. Because not only is Nicki's new line of accessories totally fun, but it's totally affordable, too! Yeah, we know. She's the best.
Happy birthday, Harry!
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Today is Harry Styles' 20th birthday, which means there are no longer any teens in One Direction! It's totally acceptable to be a 20-something who loves the band, because now they are all 20-somethings, too! YAY. Let us rejoice! Last year, we wished Harry a year of good hair days, unaware that he'd soon be swapping his trademark side swept 'do for something a little more vertical. In the past year, Harry has stepped up his accessory game, introducing a variety of headbands and hats into his on- and offstage looks. Begrudgingly (JK 4EVA!), we pored over hundreds of photos of 19-year-old Harry to find some of his best headgear. We don't know what the next year will bring for sire Styles, but it's almost guaranteed to be fashion and accessory-filled. I mean, the dude is a British Style Icon. Plus, there's our inevitable wedding (I'm looking at dates in 2014), so he's bound to look great for that.
Happy birthday, Harry! Here are 20 things you wore on your head this year, in case you forgot!
When he was a boyish 18, the only hats Harry wore were beanies. They flop, his hair flopped, it was a match made in floppy heaven. At 19, though, Harry introduced new hats into his wardrobe. There was the ubiquitous tan fedora he wore all summer and the black porkpie hat he showed off on Instagram. He also began wearing hats to award shows and on stage. At the Teen Choice Awards, he debuted a wide-brimmed hat that could've easily been stolen from John Mayer's closet, and onstage in Australia, he wore some local flare.
Get Hayley Williams' watch earrings!
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In the video for "Ain't It Fun," Paramore's latest single, Hayley Williams and Co. set out to break the "most world records in a music video." They smash alarm clocks with guitars, catch feathers, destroy vinyl records, and run backwards blindfolded while carrying stuffed animals. Sure, we were interested to see if they'd break any records, but we were more interested in Hayley's blunt bob. It's still bright (duh), but the shorter length means that her earring game needs to be on-point. Predictably, it is. Big time. Even better than merely gazing at her dangling accessories? You can get 'em yourself. Yeah, NBD, we have all the deets on the earrings, including where to find them!
Yep. Probably could've guessed this.
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And now for the s*** you didn't see. Or rather couldn't, because there isn't even an alternate universe in which a director would take a tight shot of someone's EAR for a high-profile, nationally televised performance. To the surprise of, I'm sure, literally no one, Miley Cyrus owns sparkly gold earpieces emblazoned with teeny-tiny cannabis leaves. It's no secret that Miles has a thing for Mary Jane. She wears her love of weed on her sleeve. And her halter top. And her backpack. And, of course, in lieu of an acceptance speech at this year's MTV EMA, she lit up a joint onstage. But what you might not have known or noticed was that Miles' earpieces, which she's used for countless performances from iHeartRadio to MTV Unplugged, advertise her 420 ethos, as well.
Pharrell and Malcolm McLaren in their matching hats.
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Last night at the Grammys, Pharrell's hat was all the rage, so to speak, making rare note of forestry on the red carpet, and even garnering its own Twitter account. But while his pairing of the Smokey hat (or, to him, "military inspired") with an Adidas jacket may have seemed random, there was a very specific method to his madness: His ensemble paid homage to the video for Malcolm McLaren's 1982 single "Buffalo Gals," written after the legendary punk svengali/visioneer first attended a Zulu Nation park jam in the Bronx. In essence, Pharrell was bigging up that very creative moment when punk and hip-hop were cross-pollinating and speaking to one another, both musically and sartorially.
McLaren opens the "Buffalo Gals" video in the very same park ranger hat and khaki safari jacket, bopping around between shots of a very formal square dance in a basketball court, and slightly less formal B-boys clad in Pharrell's exact Adidas gear. "Buffalo gals go around the outside," McLaren raps, with background vocals and scratches by members of the Zulu Nation and the World's Famous Supreme Team. As style collisions go, Skateboard P.'s ensemble makes sense in this context, even if it didn't on the carpet.
The 2014 Grammy Awards were all about amazing performances, stunning fashions, and creating wonderful memories that will last us forever. JK, the night was like 99% about Pharrell's hat! And Madonna's hat! And Pharrell's OTHER hat! From the second the stars started to fill out the red carpet, we couldn't help notice that hip headgear was simply everywhere. Take a look at ALL of tonight's millinery masterpieces:
Pharrell at the 56th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles.
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We're going to go ahead and deem Pharrell's hats the real stars of the Grammys. I mean, hellooo. Just LOOK at his red carpet hat, the first one of two he sported this evening. Twitter appropriately exploded as people started drawing comparisons ranging from Smokey Bear to Canadian Mountie to Arby's logo. He changed for his "Get Lucky" performance, opting for a more conservative, albeit equally large and awesome, fedora. But, c'mon, Pharrell rocks no matter WHAT sits atop his beautiful head.
Madonna at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
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When Madonna hit the red carpet, she told E!'s Giuliana Rancic that her son David Ciccone Ritchie, who was by her side, picked out her outfit. The pair struck an adorable duo pose in matching suits and hats, with David accessorizing with patent spats and the increasingly popular lapel brooch for men. His mom, of course, went full glitter: She's been essentially nowhere without her grill as of late, whether photo shoots or Instagram—we wouldn't be surprised if she wore it under her mask skiing or during yoga.
Pharrell Williams looks real good on the 2014 Grammys red carpet, eh?
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“Oh snap, I’m running late—let me just grab these clothes from the bottom of my closet and bounce,” Pharrell Williams said, 20 minutes before he showed up on the Grammys red carpet looking like Dudley Do Right-meets-Run DMC (though the interwebz is dead set on Smokey Bear). No, but really, he is probably the only person at the awards show who can say, “I woke up like dih.”
Selena Gomez wearing a bindi.
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Sooo, I bet Selena Gomez is having a pretty weird day? She's probably mentally preparing herself for the barrage of Bieber-related questions she'll be asked for the next three to four months. If it's any consolation, even through all that, she's 100% the most stylish person I've ever seen at a gas station. Like, usually when I need to fill up/grab snacks, I only see basketball shorts and sweatshirts (fine, it's when I look in the gas station bathroom mirror), but Selly really has a great look going on here. Let's discuss.
First of all, great haircut, Sel! We know she'd been toying with the idea of cutting her hair into a bob, but this shoulder-length 'do is really good, too. Then there's her nude bodysuit, which she's accessorized with two tasseled Kendra Scott necklaces. Very glamorous graduation chic, IMHO. The most crucial part of her on-point look, though, is the return of her bindi.