Twisted Silver’s new Monogram Bracelet

In the 1960’s monogram pins, necklaces and sweaters were all the rage. This personalization trend enjoyed a resurgence in the 1980’s and then again when Carrie Bradshaw wore her “Carrie” necklace on HBO’s hit TV series “Sex and The City.” In 2012, the personalization trend has resurfaced and fashion-savvy women everywhere are pulling out their monogram necklaces from the “Sex and The City” era and wearing them proudly.

This time around, monogram’s have a taken a modern turn and no longer reflect one’s own personal initials. With vintage clothing and accessories being popular, many Fashionistas are wearing monograms they picked up in thrift or vintage shops as well as inherited or borrowed from an older relative. In addition to monograms no longer reflecting one’s personal initials, fashion-savvy women are wearing monograms in new and unexpected ways in order to reflect their own personal style rather than the trends from the 1980’s or 1960’s.

That being said, Twisted Silver has debuted a fabulous and innovative jewelry piece which reflects the current monogram trend in a new and unexpected way; the “Monogram Bracelet!”

The new “Monogram Bracelet” from Twisted Silver features a vintage 1960’s monogram pin which has been repurposed into a fabulous and bold bracelet. This beautiful vintage piece is worn alone on the wrist and showcases a fusion between vintage and modern style. Love that!

The “Monogram Bracelet” is made from beautiful raw brass and offers a golden tone which works perfectly with the fall/winter 2012/2013 color palette as well as the bright color trend which will be coming up in spring/summer 2013. The brass color and bold nature of Twisted Silver’s “Monogram Bracelet” allows this piece to be worn casually with jeans or dressy with a fabulous evening ensemble. Versatility = Fabulous!

Twisted Silver’s new “Monogram Bracelet” can be found online starting today at Twisted-Silver.com and is priced at $100. Use coupon code INSIDERS for 15% off! This will also make a fabulous holiday gift for the fashion-forward woman on your list  Love that too!

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c/o Twisted Silver “Monogram” bracelet.

Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2012©

Brooches for fall 2012: the classic accessory returns

Brooches are an iconic accessory which was a huge trend in the early 1960’s. The sparkling accessory has made its’ way in and out of fashion over the past few decades with it’s’ most recent resurgence in 2004. For fall 2012, brooches are hot, and unlike previous comebacks, the brooch is edgy.

Although brooches were worn in the 1980’s at the top of a buttoned up blouse, the jeweled accessory is normally found pinned off center on a sweater or blazer. For fall 2012, brooches are still being found off-center, but they are being worn on shirts, jackets, dresses, sweaters and coats. Brooches for fall 2012 are being shown in edgy style and a far cry from the classic and symmetrical brooches of yesteryear. In the past, brooches have, in general, been symmetrical; with a few exceptions such as a kitschy shape, a “critter” or Coco Chanel’s classic double C. Brooches for fall 2012 are being shown in cutting edge styles such as lips with a grill, skulls, things found in nature and mythical creatures. Of course, classic “critter” brooches such as leopards, butterflies and ladybugs are also perfect for the fall season.

A brooch is a great way to spice up a solid colored top, jacket or dress. The brooch also makes a great alternative to a necklace for the fall season. Brooches are also a way to add a fall 2012 update to a top, jacket or dress from a past season. Love that!

We found a few fabulous brooches around the web and assembled them into the set below. Hope you love it! Happy shopping and stay fabulous 


Fall 2011 Fashion Trends: Vintage

The fall 2011 runways in New York, Milan and Paris gave the fashion world a glimpse of what will be hitting store shelves later this year. Although there were many trends and unique looks from designers around the world in February, March and April, one of the more dominant trends from the runway was the vintage trend.

The vintage trend seems to make its way onto the runways every season in various forms from accessories to hair-styles to overall silhouettes and ensembles. The fall 2011 runways seemed to favor a few time periods this season which are continuing from spring 2011 as well as appearing for the first time in a few years.

The 1960’s and 1970’s were all over the spring 2011 runways and continued to make an impact for fall 2011. Designers such as Blumarine (1960’s) and Marc by Marc Jacobs (1970’s) featured a simple decade in their collections and created an instant vibe that took viewers back to a different time. The influence in the runway collections as a whole from these decades gave the fashion world a continuation of 1960’s bright colors, 1970’s wide leg pants, 1970’s hats, 1970’s shoulder bags and shoes from both eras.

The 1980’s also made a small appearance on the fall 2011 runways. Dolce & Gabbana created collection for fall which instantly took the fashion world back to a time of bubble gum pop, oversized shirts and eclectic mixtures of colors. The 1980’s showed Fashionistas that mixing colors and loose tops over thin bottoms are du rigueur for fall 2011.

The Great Recession has led designers to be inspired by the styles of the Great Depression. Designers such as Louis Vuitton showed vintage silhouettes from the 1930’s and 1940’s with top handle satchels, below the knee skirts and ladylike looks that evoke memories of black and white film.

The vintage trend for fall 2011 is diverse and includes contrasting decades and influences from bright and swinging eras as well as times of struggle. It should be interesting to see which time periods buyers decide to gravitate towards.