It’s time to start Christmas shopping for the stars in your life. Christmas means toys for girls and boys, but what about the grown ups?
Kids of all ages love to find something shiny and new under the tree: something picked just for them, wrapped up in fancy paper, and given with love.
Here are some gift ideas that would even make the most mature person on your Christmas list squeal like a little girl:
Let’s face it, all men are kids and all little kids want a red wagon. It’s classic, it’s fun, it’s shiny, and it’s practical – just like this watch:
The ‘Chatty Cathy’ doll was very popular in its day. She even said a few phrases, including ‘I love you’ – which always resulted in lots of hugs and kisses. You can say I love you, too, with this charming silver necklace and I’m betting you’ll get the same results.
Hula hoops are a timeless classic, as are these other rings – the kind that women spin on their fingers, like this 14k white gold engagement ring.
Of course, another way to bring back sweet memories of childhood is to focus on all of the goodies that are enjoyed at Christmas time. Gingerbread houses, cookies, and cakes – not to mention all of the candies. Oranges are traditionally given at Christmas as well. This ruby and diamond engagement ring evokes images of peppermint swirls and candy canes. In fact, why not slip the ring onto a candy cane, add a red ribbon bow? What a sweet surprise!
For more ideas for Christmas, check out our articles featuring the two hottest Christmas colors, red and green. It’s easy being green after you’ve read ‘Green on the Scene‘ or check out ‘Red Hot‘ for some other color inspirations.
Celebrity Children are All Grown Up
Prince’s son and Madonna’s daughter are both 16 years old this year, as are Jude Law’s son and Martin Lawrence’s daughter. Lindsay Lohan’s little sister Dakota turns 16 this year as well.
Hollywood can be confusing. Some of its senior citizens look like they are in their thirties; some of its tweens look the same age. This week, Celebrity Icing went hunting for some famous 16 year olds to see what they were wearing. We found some styles that had us singing ‘happy birthday sweet sixteen,’ but we also found some sour notes along the way.Here’s the perfect soundtrack, so press play and enjoy this song while you read…
Jenny or “Little J” on Gossip Girl started off as a sweetheart and ended up rock n roll eye shadowed tart. Taylor Momsey seems to have a similar split personality in real life. Here she is, looking fresh-faced and age appropriate.
And here we have Taylor performing on stage with her band, trying to fill Avril LaVigne’s shoes, perhaps…
We would have preferred a less revealing and provocative outfit, with some rock and roll accessories instead. These twisted silver hoop earrings are a great way to hint that you may be a wild child.
A sweet photo evocative of little red riding hood. A charm bracelet or fun heart tag bracelet would really top off her look.
“Whatever happened to that funny face,
My little tomboy now wears satin and lace”
Below, Dakota’s look may be a bit over-sophisticated for your average teen, but at least it isn’t a corset with a garter belt, as pictured above.
She looks like she is in her early twenties, a pair of converse running shoes would be better than those heels.
It was actually a challenge to find pictures of Corde wearing more than board shorts. Snoop Dogg’s oldest son’s closet must be full of swimwear, which seems appropriate for an athletic 16 year old teenager growing up in California. I believe the photo below (he is on the left) was taken at his 16th birthday party, last May.
This look is quite formal for a teen, but probably mandatory at many private schools… the small earring is a subtle expression of his personal style.
Ever notice how the TV show Parenthood is actually just a more middle class version of the cancelled (but awesome) TV show Dirty Sexy Money? Let’s compare shall we? And while we are at it, we can compare the character’s styles as well…
The Darling family look to sensible, reliable family man Nick George (played by Peter Krause) to solve all of their problems. He has his own problems but then shrugs his shoulders and/or rolls his eyes and then dives in to their drama and straightens their lives out. The demands on his time and his emotional reserves by this family are a source of stress on his own marriage and his relationships with his children.
The Braveman family look to sensible, reliable family man Adam Braverman (played by Peter Krause) to solve all of their problems. He has his own problems but then shrugs his shoulders and/or rolls his eyes and then dives in to their drama and straightens their lives out. The demands on his time and his emotional reserves by his extended family are a source of stress on his own marriage and his relationships with his children.
(Yes, I know that the TV show Parenthood is supposed to be based on the popular movie starring Steve Martin and Keanu Reeves. Other than having a star-studded cast, the two productions don’t strike me as similar. In fact, I’ve seen the movie a few times but did not even make the connection at first. The character names have been revised from the 80′s Karen, Frank, and Larry Buckman to more contemporary names like Sarah, Crosby, and Max Braverman.Ron Howard directed the movie and he is Executive Producer for 2 episodes of the TV series so far.)
You can spot many parallels between the characters in both shows, from the Alpha and treacherous Patriarch, strong yet somewhat spaced out Matriarch, irresponsible (but growing) brother, the list goes on – just look at the two cast photos above and compare (they are like mirror reflections of each other).
In the meantime, here at Celebrity Icing we will just look at a few characters (and their style).
Natalie Zea in Dirty Sexy Money
Lauren Graham in Parenthood
Lucy Liu in Dirty Sexy Money
Erika Christensen in Parenthood
William Baldwin appears in both shows. In Dirty Sexy Money, Baldwin plays Senator Patrick Darling IV. In Parenthood, he plays Adam Braverman’s boss Gordon Flint.
I can’t believe it’s already September 1st! Here comes Fall! This week we continue our flashback to the 80’s – when everyone was getting their colors done. Last December, I featured the method of determining which colors work for you in an article, “The 1980?s Called and Asked: What Season Are You?“ All fun aside, Jackson’s style advice is a blessing for anyone out there who is color-challenged. You can wear the most expensive make up, the hottest clothing, and the best jewelry – but if you are wearing the wrong colors you will still look horrible (and sometimes, even ill). For more information straight from the source, you should visit her website at carolejackson.com – she provides samples of color swatches that you can refer to once you identify which season suits you.
I think it’s safe to say that Lieutenant Commander Data (far right) is not a Fall. Those colors completely wash him out and make him look quite pasty.
Hold a piece of white paper up to your face and look for a yellow or blue reflection on to the paper. If you cast a yellow tone, you have a warm skin tone. This means you are either a Spring or a Fall. Autumns usually have brown hair and brown eyes, but there are exceptions. If you look good in brown, you are probably a Fall.
Mork is a Fall.
What a perfect time to clean those non-flattering colors out of your closet! Falls are the easiest people to pick colors for, and this is the perfect time of year. If you’re a fall, look around you: the colors of the falling leaves, the deep greens of wet moss, and the deep orange of a pumpkin all look great on you.
Another strategy: go into your kitchen and take a look at those exotic spices on your shelf – those colors look great on you, too!
It’s hot outside, so it’s time to turn up the temperature and get your style sizzling!
Not Serena Williams who looks very cool in this black bikini.
Her bikini says, “It’s all about me” (literally).
If you are going to wear black during the hot days of summer just be aware of the fabric you select. Try natural fabrics like cotton, or my favorite – bamboo. A small percentage of synthetic fibre (rayon, spandex, etc) will help your clothes keep their shape and also prevent them from wrinkling.
When it comes to wearing black in the summer, think ‘less is more’. You don’t want to wear black clothing from head to toe, a black bikini or short summer slip dress will be more comfortable than a long sleeved shift or a full length skirt. Black and white are the ultimate high contrast combination for the intense light of a summer day and work well with most skin tones.
I love black straw sun hats with huge rims (think Audrey Hepburn) but they are not very practical for summer. You are not only wearing a hat to protect your hair and head from the sun, you are wearing it to keep cool and protect yourself from sun stroke as well – therefore black is not the best color choice. Wear a white hat or natural straw color instead.
The LBD works year round -as seen by this pretty example from BCBG.
Wear this bracelet made out of glass beads at your next summer party – the perfect accessory for a fancy cocktail.
Keep your feet cool this summer with cute black sandals from Nine West.
Just a few days to July 4th and time to look through your closet for all things red, white, and blue!
Did you click on the video? The perfect soundtrack for this section. What would be more romantic than presenting your soul mate with some diamonds during the fireworks? Make sure you are cuddled up on a deck or in a hotel room with a view of the display in the night sky. Guaranteed that you will create some of your own indoor fireworks.
Diamond earrings are always a good choice – they make a great commitment-free gift for a girlfriend and they are also are a special treat for your wife. Remember, jewelry shouldn’t always commemorate a special milestone or occasion – the best gifts come as a complete surprise. You can buy a very nice set of diamond earrings for less than $80 or you can go get some real celebrity-style icing and get earrings for several thousand dollars.
Gina Lollobrigida was born on July 4, 1927. She is actually Italian but was engaged to New York real estate heir George Kaufman for a brief period in 1969 and also was a Hollywood actress, starring in movies with Humphrey Bogart, Burt Lancaster, and Rock Hudson. At one point she was known as ‘the world’s most beautiful woman.’
She is wearing the perfect outfit for a July 4th picnic.
Check out this cute dress is from Tokyo Pink.
Accessorize with a vespa coin purse from etsy.com if you don’t drive the real thing. Also note, if you think a red, white, and blue color theme is too much you can try a light blue, pink, and white coordination like this one for your July 4th style instead.
And don’t forget the most important July 4th accessory of all, a picnic blanket!
Do you see fireworks when you kiss your American sweetheart? Propose on Independence Day and you will! Here is the perfect engagement ring for the day you give up your independence and start living the American dream – a house, a dog, some kids… okay, let’s just start with the ring, shall we?
The heart-shaped diamond and vintage-looking scroll pattern evoke old-fashioned romance. The cathedral style setting makes the most of the diamond and shows you are serious.
We recently featured Audrey Hepburn here at celebrityicing.com, so this month when I was looking for a new celebrity to feature, I naturally thought of the other famous Hepburn…
Born on May 12 1907, Katherine Hepburn was a Taurus. Although I’m sure she would have thought the very idea was ‘poppycock.’ Yet Taurians (is that what you call them?) are known for their steadiness of character, calmness in the face of obstacles,and steadfast nature. Characteristics that even Kate probably wouldn’t snort at.
Katherine Hepburn appeared in many, many movies over a long lasting career. She won 4 Oscars and is deeply respected today for her talent and her strong personality, particularly considering the era in which she started her career.
Katherine Hepburn was able to portray very strong women who were also uniquely vulnerable – this made her roles very interesting (and timeless).
She also had a talent for comedy and an ability to be beautiful and funny at the same time.
My favorite Hepburn movies has to be Philadelphia Story – I think I’ve seen it more than any other, and I still enjoy it every time. There is a another version of the same story starring Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby, and it is also good – but not AS good as the Hepburn version.
This diamond bracelet would be perfect for her character in the Philadelphia Story.
Here’s an opportunity to support the theatre, celebrate your own individuality, and pay respect to Katharine Hepburn’s hometown at the same time. You can ‘buy’ a seat at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut: “preserve her legacy – her fame – her personality – and her snappy style – by sponsoring a chair with your name or a name of someone you would like to honor on a chair plaque.”
Katharine Hepburn had an understated style that was very elegant, like these two-tone earrings and this gold diamond engagement ring. Yellow gold is the perfect type of gold for the Taurus, as well as anyone who enjoys classic movies, and vintage style.
This week we continue our flashback to the 80’s – when everyone was getting their colors done. Last December I featured the method of determining which colors work for you in an article, “The 1980′s Called and Asked: What Season Are You?“ This concept originates from a book called “Color Me Beautiful” by Carole Jackson - which spent 4 years on the NY Times bestseller list. All fun aside, Jackson’s style advice is a blessing for anyone out there who is color-challenged. You can wear the most expensive make up, the hottest clothing, and the best jewelry – but if you are wearing the wrong colors you will still look horrible (and sometimes, even ill). For more information straight from the source, you should visit her website at carolejackson.com – she provides samples of color swatches that you can refer to once you identify which season suits you.
In the last article featuring this topic, we explained that “Spring” people look better in warm tones like peach and coral, and yellow gold jewelry flatters their complexion. It makes sense that Summers also look great in warm colors – it is the warmest season after all. However, Summers actually fall into the “cool” category. Examples of cool colors are: green, blue, and violet. Imagine pinks and greens with a blue undertone, and you are on the right track.
Summers are the least common color – it seems like all Summers have naturally blond hair color, which is also rare. To be even more specific, we’re talking cool blonds, not yellow blonds… If you’re a summer your face will reflect a blue tone rather than a yellow tone onto a white piece of paper.
You will look best in subtle color combinations and should avoid contrasts. Summers can still be bold, but it is best to stick to one bright color – like the red Christina is wearing below (note that this red has a blue undertone, making it work for a Summer).
White gold and diamonds are perfect for the girls (and boys) of Summer.
The simple elegant design of this white gold solitaire engagement ring would be perfect.
This highly polished sterling silver collar necklace is also a great way to frame that beautiful summer complexion and blond hair!
The weather is getting warmer, the sun is out, and that means it’s time to get outside. No more excuses about the weather to stop you from getting out there! I love to run, and nicer weather is always that extra inspiration.
Here are some celebrity runners to inspire you to hit the streets. You don’t have to have a personal trainer or the most expensive gear to run, just a good pair of shoes and the will power.
Black capri-length bottoms are the perfect fit for running, whether you are a famous movie star or not. Show off your rock hard calves and draw attention away from anything you are trying to run back into shape. The Running Room version below are called the “Be Fresh” capri because they “silver infusion” makes them “odor free and anti bacterial”.
These panties from Vivvos feel like you are running around without anything on at all. They are made from a material that doesn’t leave lines and are great for wearing under athletic wear, yet pretty enough to wear under formal clothing, too!
If running makes you feel less than glamorous, you can add some icing by accessorizing with your sunglasses – like these cool black shades from Oakley – which match the panties above, by the way! (As an added bonus, part of the proceeds go to the Young Survival Coalition which focuses on young women affected by breast cancer.
Still not ready to strap on your shoes? Celebrity Icing offers you some eye candy to get your motor running… Yummy.
Will Smith on the importance of running and reading, two of my favorite hobbies…
It’s classier (and more convienient) when your jewelry is kept in one of these boxes. I have a few different spots for my jewelry, but it always tends to spread around the house eventually. I’ve found that it’s easy to hang on to my valuables when I have a spot for them in almost every room in my house. I tried just getting into the habit of always putting my jewelry in one spot, but I had to give up. Instead, I now have several places to look when I’m wondering where my wedding ring disappeared to. At least I know it’s in a safe place and not just resting on a kitchen windowsill or the fireplace mantle, where it could easily be dusted away into oblivion.
Jewelry boxes are great for your every day accessories, but I’d continue to keep your special occasion jewelry, heirlooms, and diamonds locked up for safe-keeping (or at least tucked into an old sock at the back of one of your drawers).If you’re lucky enough to only own solid gold and sterling silver jewelry, then you can keep your hair accessories inside instead!
A smaller, silver jewelry box on your nightstand is a great place to keep your earrings safe if you’re in the habit of removing them right before you sleep. If you’re in the habit of sleeping with your cell phone nearby, but don’t want the visual reminder of your work responsibilities, you can also tuck your phone inside as well.
You can glam up your bedroom for less than you think. This silver mirrored jewelry box is only $4.99.
You can transport almost any North American girl back to her bobby socks days, by giving her one of these.
This antique carved wooden jewelry box is the perfect stash for your treasures.
White gold earrings with diamonds.
Yellow gold bracelet with diamonds.
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