WONDER WOMEN – “A Super-Patriotic Defender Of American Freedom”

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So Everyone knows I Love Fashion. ¬†Any of my customers who have met me especially at Grand Central know I love color, dresses and boots ūüôā … but what you may not know is I LOVE SUPERHEROES! #GeekAtHeart … When Wonder Women Hit the Theatre it was so exciting. The 1st Female Super Hero to make it to the Big Screen & we wanted to Honor Her with creating a Fashion Cuff right out of the comics. ¬†So Check out our:
Traditional Wonder Women Statement Bracelet.

She represents so much!

A few key words … ¬†#Power #Confidence #Strength #Success #Adventurous #Vigilante #Justice #Truth #Worrier

Want to know more about SUPER HEROS and the History …. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superhero

Everything you want to read about WONDER WOMEN… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Woman

And just 4 fun… GEEK vs. NERD
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Geek%2FNerd%20Debate

What Does Wonder Women Represent you ask? Check out this link – LOVE this…
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THIS WONDERFUL WONDER WOMEN INSPIRED SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL CUFF BRACELET INCLUDES APPROX. 600 SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS BY DESIGNER KAREN CURTIS
CRYSTAL WONDER WOMEN BRACELET

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Memorial Day Fashion 2014

It’s about to be Memorial Day and that means the whistle is about to blow for “The great weekend exodus from the city”! ¬†We hope everyone has some fun planned as the excitement builds for summer 2014. It’ll be the 4th of July before we know it. We put together a few patriotic themed picks for the upcoming holiday commemorating all the brave people who gave everything for the freedom we enjoy today. There are so many great ways to show your national pride in fashion and it seems that a lot of designers are creating work that boasts an American theme. Here are some cool items that if you love, you have enough time to order before the weekend!

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Ralph Lauren American Flag Halter Top

american flag styles and other U.S.A. inspired fashions

Stars and Stripes Scarf from Nasty Gal

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American Flag earrings Karen Curtis

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American Flag Cuff Bracelet Karen Curtis

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Stackable bracelet Karen Curtis

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Stackable Bracelet Karen Curtis

We hope this got you a little excited about how you can dress and accessorize this Memorial Day weekend.

On a more personal note we wanted to take some time to pay tribute to a relative of ours Joseph Yarrow, who we will be saluting this weekend. Joseph was my grandmother Helen Niemczyk’s (Yarrow) brother to whom she spoke so highly of. Joe joined the marines at age 19, as my grandmother explained, no one could find a job anywhere, but Joe always had a desire to help‚Ķ whether that was a neighbor with yard work or a country with fighting tyranny. Joe was stationed in Camp Lejeune North Carolina, originally he was part of the WPA. The WPA was created in the new deal by FDR and actually employed millions of Americans including many noted artists who were employed to create beautiful artwork all around the country. People like Jackson Pollock, Orson Welles, and Burt Lancaster. Joe was sent to rebuild the forests in Colorado but in 1944 he was sent to Saipan with the 2nd marine division. Joe along with 3500 other U.S. soldiers were killed in the 1 month time frame at the battle of Saipan. Joe was only 23 when he died, my grandmother was just 21.

There are no real records of Joseph on the internet other than an obituary. This Memorial Day Karen and I thought what better way to commemorate Joe then to include a bit of information about this brave young man for google to index and the world to know about. Here are some really old pictures of Joe Yarrow and one of the “gang” I was able to pull together with help of Gram.

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Top 5 Best Fashion Statements from the 2014 Oscars

Got Style?

The celebrities that showed up last night to the Oscars sure do, from nude colored gowns with embroidered crystal to 1970’s plunge necklines and yes even the gents added some flare to the night with Matthew Mcconaughey in a sharp¬†white tuxedo or Channing Tatum’s maroon jacket‚Ķ. and I am finally coming around with Pharrell’s hat, I’m probably not going to buy one for my husband but Pharrell¬†can really rock it!

Here are my top 5 looks from the red carpet

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Jenna Dewan Tatum in Reem Acra 2014 Oscar Fashion

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Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka at the Academy Awards 2014

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Lady Gaga in Versace at the 2014 Oscars

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Laura Derm looking beautiful at the Oscars Red Carpet 2014

Maybe it was the time periods of the most popular movies but I also felt that jewelry had a very deco look, which I am a huge fan of.  Big sparkly chandelier earrings seemed to be waving around in every girls ears, while bracelets or multiple bracelets also graced many of the attendees.  Necklaces were a bit scarce but the people who did wear a necklace went BIG and Sparkly!

I enjoy watching these award shows and always observe from a fashion and design stand point. ¬†To which I also really loved the set design by Derek Mclane and Swarovski. This year’s Academy Awards, in my opinion takes the cake on style, fashion, glitz and glamour! There really is no need to stroke any egos of the winners of the awards because everyone in that room creates such beautiful work. I would say that Lupita Nyong’o’s win and speech was the most touching point of the evening proving that hard work, committment and passion will lead to the successes you desire!

xoxo
Karen

2014 VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS FOR HER

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It shouldn’t come as any surprise that jewelry has always been the “go to”¬†gift for Valentine’s Day. ¬†And why not… what woman doesn’t want to receive something beautiful on the day of love. ¬†For the rest of her life every time she looks at, or puts on that particular piece of jewelry she will instantly remember when it was given to her and by whom. ¬†That being said it is also the choice in jewelry that reflects what you think about her. ¬†A colorful, sparkling, and unique piece of jewelry like those found in Karen Curtis’ Collections reflects a personality of fun, beauty, and energy. ¬†Characteristics that are found in the most wonderful people in our lives.

Any collection on KarenCurtis.com will make a terrific Valentines Day gift, but for a more literal present we recommend browsing both the¬†Amore¬†and Roaring 20’s collections. ¬†They both incorporate different shades of red and pink crystal which will are synonymous with Valentine’s Day! ¬†The sparkle of Swarovski crystals and the amazing colorful designs are what Karen Curtis¬ģ Jewelry is all about.

While Flowers and Candy rank up there in terms of the most gifted items of Valentines Day, Jewelry is on the top three list for sure. ¬†One thing I can definitely say in comparison of the 3 is that jewelry doesn’t die or get used up after a week and we don’t mark up the price like florists do to the tone of 200% increase before the holiday. ¬†The mark up on flowers seems to be 1 of the most acceptable forms of screwing over the consumer, really when you think about it February 15th must be a florists favorite day of the year.

What we have done in this post is compile a list of some of our favorite designs, at all different price points to take some of the stress out of finding a gift for Valentine’s day!

¬†Wishing everyone a happy and loving Valentine’s Day with memories that last a lifetime!

Enjoy the Preview!

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TO CHECK OUT THE REST OF THIS COLLECTION CLICK HERE

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS FOR HER

“I didn’t want jewelry for Valentine’s Day” – Said NO Woman EVER!_MG_4335__09613.1389734157.1280.1280

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that jewelry has always been the “go to” gift for Valentine’s Day. ¬†And why not… what woman doesn’t want to receive something beautiful on the day of love. ¬†For the rest of her life every time she looks at, or puts on that particular piece of jewelry she will instantly remember when it was given to her and by whom. ¬†That being said it is also the choice in jewelry that reflects what you think about her. ¬†A colorful, sparkling, and unique piece of jewelry like those found in Karen Curtis’ Collections reflects a personality of fun, beauty, and energy. ¬†Characteristics that are found in the most wonderful people in our lives.

Any collection on KarenCurtis.com will make a terrific Valentines Day gift, but for a more literal present we recommend browsing both the Amore and Roaring 20’s collections. ¬†They both incorporate different shades of red and pink crystal which will are synonymous with Valentine’s Day! ¬†The sparkle of Swarovski crystals and the amazing colorful designs are what Karen Curtis¬ģ Jewelry is all about.

While Flowers and Candy rank up there in terms of the most gifted items of Valentines Day, Jewelry is on the top three list for sure. ¬†One thing I can definitely say in comparison of the 3 is that jewelry doesn’t die or get used up after a week and we don’t mark up the price like florists do to the tone of 200% increase before the holiday. ¬†The mark up on flowers seems to be 1 of the most acceptable forms of screwing over the consumer, really when you think about it February 15th must be a florists favorite day of the year.

What we have done in this post is compile a list of some of our favorite designs, at all different price points to take some of the stress out of finding a gift for Valentine’s day!

¬†Wishing everyone a happy and loving Valentine’s Day with memories that last a lifetime!

Enjoy the Preview!

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TO CHECK OUT THE REST OF THIS COLLECTION CLICK HERE

What Fashion to Expect in Spring 2014

The New Fashion Designs –> An Opportunity to Expand your Personal Style

New York always seems so energetic during fashion week. ¬†Just walking a few blocks to grab something to eat can be quite an experience in fashion. The city is packed with fashion forward good-looking people stepping out of cabs like they’re in some Photoshop’d Dolce & Gabbana Ad…. And now that Paris¬†has also finished up their fashion week, the dust has settled and this is when I start to get excited about how well my color forecasting matches up with the biggest names in fashion.

I actually pay the most attention to 3 elements of the newest fashion designs. Color, Texture, and Patterns. ¬†Getting to see the different cuts and lines is great too, but if you know me at all then you know color will come before anything else! ¬†As far as I can tell spring and summer are going to be really cool especially if you’re a big fan of #edgy metallics, not just your traditional silver or gold tones but hot iridescent colors like purple, pink, green and blue.

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Karen Curtis Jewelry

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Spring 2014

Another element that stood out on the runways in both NYC¬†and Paris ¬†was the use of ruffles. ¬†I have to say that I am a big fan, it adds so much texture to a garment. ¬†Ruffles take an otherwise conservative look and gives it a downtown edge. It will transition well from a day spent in meetings or at the office to a #fun (maybe I’ll get into a little trouble) evening out! Look for elegant dresses like the photo below or you can always pair a solid color ruffled top with your favorite designer jeans and heels. ¬†The looks is sexy, playful and comfortable!

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ruffles stand out at Paris Fashion week

 

There are also a lot of designers using lace in their 2014 spring collections. Lace is such a #sexy texture, the pattern always looks so intricate and the “peekaboo” of skin is something that adds a flirtatious aspect. ¬†Lauren Parker Accessories magazine¬†said it best in regards to all the skin being shown through so many lace designs “The result was never vulgar, just pretty”. ¬†Throughout the year I have been discussing this with other bloggers and industry professionals about how art deco elements are making their way back into the fashion scene. Maybe it was the Great¬†Gatsby Movie that revived it, at very least that couldn’t have hurt. ¬†Nevertheless I am a huge fan of this era and have always designed my crystal jewelry collections with this style in mind! ¬†So pairing cool accessories with this style shouldn’t be too hard.

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Another notable trend to be conscious of for the spring is the Safari inspired designs… The style worn by the literal kings of the jungle is also going to be the same style worn by the kings of fashion. ¬†Great for me, I just picked up a pair of awesome giraffe print jeans that I love. ¬†Well maybe a giraffe isn’t actually the king of the jungle but you get the picture. Color is going to play a new and exciting role this year with animal prints, elegant and glamorous yet fun and wild!

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Below is a preview of my Gatsby Collection… Look how beautiful this necklace would be on the model in the middle… It’s just the perfect compliment to a gorgeous gown

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For what I saw from the fashion weeks, Gucci, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana and Alberta Ferretti were some of my favorites.  You can also check out more of the 2014 collections here.  I was really excited to see how harmonious the Jewelry collections that I designed for spring are going to be.  Great colors, glistening metallics and an art deco trend all tie in so well to my style. Here is a sneak peek of a couple of pieces that will be available mid November!

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Karen Curtis – New Necklace

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Karen Curtis Earrings – Gatsby Collection

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Can I Wear White on Labor Day?

THE LABOR DAY RULE

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As the end of summer is fast approaching it is pretty obvious that we are all trying to fill the weekends with some fun,sun and outdoor activities! ¬†Which got me thinking about what to do for Labor Day….. the unofficial End of Summer (BOOOOOO!). ¬†Take making plans for Labor day and mix it with my brain (that immediately thinks about fashion) and here is the question- Can I wear white on Labor Day? ¬†So I spent some time researching why has this “Rule” of not wearing white after labor always made it into conversations and to be quite honest is one of the first things that come to mind when someone mentions Labor Day?

What is Labor Day

Held on the first Monday of September, this public holiday was created to honor the workers/laborers of our country.

A great gift to the working class, take the day off spend it with family and friends and enjoy some end of summer weather and fun…. thanks federal government!

So who came up with the rule of not wearing white after labor day?

After reading many theories I want to give credit to article written by John Surico in the village voice which I really enjoyed and thought gave me the best sense of an answer to this bizarre Labor Day fashion don’t!

There seem to be 2 possible explanations and I will let you have your pick about which is the real answer.

1) White clothing is better in the Heat.

This is a concept that is proven to be true. ¬†Light colored clothing doesn’t retain heat as much as darker colors. ¬†So now that the dog days of summer are behind us it is time to put away our white clothing and accessories and start wearing some of the outfits that would be too uncomfortable in the summer. ¬†Get back into the darker and heavier clothes put away the white linen (breathable) outfits, I guess that’s just an easier fashion transition for people to go through?

2) It was the way of the wealthy

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Here is a classic example of trend setting! Beginning in the late 1800’s a shift was occurring in the social economic status of our country. ¬†The middle class was growing and additionally more people from this class were making their way into more affluent communities, events, and gatherings. ¬†Apparently a select group of rich women decided to come up with this concept as to easily distinguish themselves (the established 1%er’s) from new comers to their high society. ¬†So anyone who showed up to an event after labor day wearing white was alienated from the pack, as they were not as “good” because they had obviously just come into money and were not as refined and sophisticated as the rest of the women. I guess word got out and all of a sudden everyone knew that if they wanted a chance at fitting in then they shouldn’t wear white after labor day. Well, a tip of the hat to those women for being very effective trend setters but I am sure they must have been pretty pissed off when no one wore white anymore (giggle, giggle). I mean could you imagine mingling with new rich folk? (disclaimer: last statement is sarcasm).

Lastly I think that the media played a huge role in this law of fashion.  All the major fashion publications followed the trend. It gave them something to write about and to create seasonal differences in what people should wear for clothing and fall fashion accessories, prompting new designs and generating more sales and revenue for the designers.  So like most things that get done in the world the prospect of more money added fuel to the fire.  Although there were some designer exceptions, like Coco Chanel, who was well-known for not respecting this rule, she would wear white all year-long. Gotta love the one who goes against the grain.

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In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. -Coco Chanel

My take on this subject….. DO WHAT YOU WANT!!!! ¬†This “rule” is outdated, kinda like daylight savings time (not gonna get into this trick to make everyone late for an entire day) and Saying “trick or treat” on Halloween (really, who wants a trick instead of a treat?).

I will wear white when I want whether it is my clothing, footwear, or jewelry all year-long!

How To Choose The Right Jewelry for Your Wedding

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My husband and I own and design jewelry for¬†The Karen Curtis Company¬†in Manhattan. ¬†I have been working with brides for over a decade and have been designing Swarovski Crystal Jewelry for over 15 years. ¬†I thought it might be helpful ¬†to share what I have learned over the years and having had my own wedding 2 years ago it is all very fresh in my mind from both perspectives. One thing I found out after my wedding is that you need to have jewelry that you are in love with not just satisfied with because it is going to be in every picture from your wedding, and you will be looking at that for your whole life. That being said there are 4 main things to look at when deciding on jewelry for your wedding. I have set this up beginning with the most important….. Spoiler alert: ¬†Comfort comes last ladies we all know it hurts to be beautiful!
1) The Dress
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The dress plays the biggest role, what shade is it, does it incorporate crystal trim, pearl trim etc. These little details that made you pick the dress in the first place are the same things that you want the design of you jewelry to highlight. ¬†Is the neckline perfect for a specific size necklace? Will a bracelet help to continue a pattern around the waistline of a dress? Does your dress have gold embroidery if so then gold metal in your jewelry is fantastic….. if not then maybe silver-colored metal is more appropriate.
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Lets face it most of us have a budget for a wedding, if you don’t then go big with diamonds, Tahitian pearls and other precious stones. Try to stick with the budget you have in mind and find jewelry designers that offer items in your range. ¬†But remember that of all the thing you wear on the day of your wedding, the only thing you are likely to wear again is the jewelry, so take that into consideration when setting your budget.
3) Style
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What is your style… most already know what that is. ¬†If you like creative organic designs then go for it. ¬†If you are in love with the art deco styles then that is what you were meant to wear on your big day.
4) Comfort
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This kind of plays off of the style. ¬†Being comfortable on the day of your wedding is very important. ¬†You shouldn’t wear 4 inch heels if you are a flats kind of girl so approach your choice of jewelry the same way. ¬†Get items that you enjoy wearing and the you are comfortable in. ¬†If you like shoulder duster earrings then find the perfect long crystal earring for you. ¬†If a big chunky necklace is something you always dreamed of wearing then go for it but make sure you can have fun in it.
¬†The number 1 rule is to enjoy your day and look beautiful doing it…. Dance, Socialize, and Love with all of the people you care about in one room!
Mazel Tov!

We’ve got you Covered…(in gorgeous Jewelry)

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Keeping a pulse on the Fashion Industry is must at The Karen Curtis Company.  We have always made it our mission to create style in jewelry by focusing on color schemes that have surfaced in the world of fashion. With research, knowledge, and other resources Karen has been able to consistently keep her limited edition jewelry collections a must-have to all the women who are passionate for fashion and savvy to high quality accessories.  

With the fast approaching¬†New York Fashion Week¬†almost here, we thought it would be fun to create a sneak peek of what direction our color stories are heading in. ¬†As most of our customers know,we debut all of our new collections every year at the¬†Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair¬†November 12 – December 24. This blog is a way for anyone who is attending the shows or keeping up with what’s happening, to ¬†know that there will be a perfect piece of jewelry waiting for you to accessorize with. ¬†Like always the individual pieces of each collection will have what we at¬†Karen Curtis¬†like to refer to as “Elegant Edginess“.¬†

What you are likely to see at the upcoming¬†NYFW¬†is projections of Spring 2013. ¬†We anticipate some very vibrant color designs, open neck lines (perfect for¬†Karen Curtis Necklaces), and slim 1960’s style dresses.

To get all of you fashionistas started here is our peek into our gorgeous new color collection, guaranteed to get you noticed!

 

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Triple Layer Necklace for Winter 2013

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Get Ready for another fantastic jewelry line by Karen Curtis!

Available at The GCT Holiday Fair 2012 and online at KarenCurtis.com starting in January

What’s Hot for Summer 2012

NOT YOUR MOMMA’S COSTUME JEWELRY!

MORE EDGY, MORE BOLD, MORE YOU!

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Loving some of the newest designs that will be coming out later this year! ¬†This is an example of a spiked cuff bracelet that was one of the top sellers last season. ¬†This year we are bringing in even more flavor with deep, rich colors and larger beads. ¬†It kinda reminds me of a hybrid of 1980’s studs and spikes with fashion forward color trends.

There are many fashion and trend magazines, websites, and blogs that I look at every month just to keep a pulse on the industry. ¬†In a recent article in http://www.millionlooks.com I ran across one of their write ups on jewelry trends spring/summer 2012 that made me feel very like-minded with the trend experts. It was this particularly that seemed important….”An outfit without a jewelry piece never looks finished. A delicate bracelet, luxurious necklace, exquisite earrings or even an unusual hairpin are small pieces which play such a big role in making our fashion looks. So, its essential to know as much about them as possible.”

-WHATS IN-

COLOR

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CHANDELIER EARRINGS

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BRACELETS (ESPECIALLY LAYERS OF BRACELETS)

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AND FOR THE 3RD YEAR IN A ROW… CHUNKY!

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Being informed is the best way to get the look you want.  Even though my blog may be small I am determined to bring what I know and what I do to my audiences eyes. We create the glitz, the glamour, the color and the sophistication all with Swarovski crystal, and build these elements into a wide range of designs.  

For more info on the jewelry line by Karen visit: http://www.karencurtis.com/jewelry/

or to read the article in millionlooks visit:http://www.millionlooks.com/trends/accessories-trends/jewelry-trends-for-spring-summer-2012/

Until next time,

Karen