I see you there, unstoppable, fearless woman, and I know you’re capable of anything.
We can wait around for the world to help us, or we can turn tear up that damsel in distress card and claim power for ourselves — here are eight infallible ways to empower you as a woman to live the life you REALLY want.
#1 — Go After What You Want
Do you want to be a millionaire? A model? A mother? A neurosurgeon? An Olympic gold medalist?
GO FOR IT.
Don’t wait for the opportunities to come to you. Decide what you want, and then shamelessly, relentlessly, ceaselessly go after it. Because you deserve the life you’ve always dreamed of, not the life you’ve always settled for.
#2 — Put Yourself First (And Don’t Apologize For It)
Women are great at compromising, but not great at snatching up the things they want in life. Take care of your kids, be kind to others, but remember that you are your BEST you when you’re healthy, happy, and well-rested. Take care of you, and the rest will fall into place.
#3 — Embrace Confidence
As women, we often shy away from confidence for fear of being arrogant. So why is humility more admirable than arrogance?
Stay open to all life has to teach you, but be unabashedly and joyfully confident, because chances are, you have every reason to be.
#4 — Protect Yourself
The world could use a lesson or two in ethics where women are concerned, but we can also take it upon ourselves to make ourselves formidable foes and unappealing targets.
Whether it’s a security system or a self defense class, count on yourself as your first line of defense, and take the initiative to see to it that YOU’RE the one THEY should be afraid of.
#5 — Educate Yourself Endlessly
Knowledge truly is power, and it doesn’t always come from higher education. It can be a degree, an online business course, a book, or a series of YouTube videos and a determination to figure something out, but never give up in the pursuit of learning anything and everything you can.
#6 — Get Great At Saying No
You’re not being stubborn, you’re not being difficult, you’re just saying no. Ask yourself whether you truly want to do something, and if the answer is anything but “Hell yes,”, say no and mean it.
#7 — Surround Yourself with Amazing People
We are the sum of who we choose to surround ourselves with, so don’t be afraid to be choosy. Kicky negative Nancies or abusive friends to the curb, and surround yourself with people who embody qualities you admire and strive for. It’s not elitist, and I promise, it doesn’t make you a jerk.
#8 — Take Care of Yourself
When your body’s taken care of, your mind is free to be as sharp as ever, so eat right, stay active, and ask yourself if what you’re consuming is worthy of fueling the divine awesomeness that is your incredible body.
“Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don’t give a damn what anyone else thinks.”— Christina Yang, Grey’s Anatomy
What are you doing this week to empower yourself? Share in the comments section below or tell us on Facebook or Instagram and tag us in the post! @UrbanDivaBoutique or #Urban.Diva
Date night style is about so much more than rocking a killer dress! You have the date, you’ve got that killer outfit, your makeup is flawless and your hair is on point, so whats left is to complete your overall look with the perfect accessories. Check out our 6 jewelry styling tips you need to know for date night to take your look to the next level.
It’s All About Balance
Stylists recommend matching your necklace length to your dress length for a balanced esthetic: pair long, layered necklaces with short hemlines and short necklaces with long hemlines.
We love the Gold Lariat Rope necklace with a shorter cocktail or bodycon dress.
Highlight Your Favorite Features
While we want women to look and feel their best every day, it’s especially fun to play up your sexiness on date night. The right accessories are a great way to highlight your favourite assets. Play up your decolette with an eye catching necklace, highlight your hands with dainty rights, or make your eyes pop with earrings that bring out your eye colour.
Focus on One Piece
On date night, you want to be the star of the show, not your jewelry! Stick with one statement piece and balance it out with smaller pieces. This keeps your look stylish and put together rather than overwhelming and gaudy!
For a hot dinner date, we love the pairing of the Floria Statement Collar with a pair of delicate matching earrings.
Change up Your Accessories, not Your Wardrobe
Let’s be honest, date night outfits can seriously add up! Rather than shelling out for new dresses, we recommend creating new looks by changing up your accessories. An LBD, for example, can be reworn repeatedly as the base for vastly different looks!
When in Doubt, Go with Pearls
Nothing says timeless style like pearls. Not only are they synonymous with glamour but they go with practically everything! Whether you’re going high-end with a night at the theater or keeping it casual with a game of mini putt, pearls are a natural choice.
Whatever the occasion, the Pearl Cuff will add a beautiful touch to your outfit.
You Do You
Of course the most important rule of accessorizing is to cultivate your own style! Think of these tips as guidelines, and remember that rules are meant to be broken. If you feel great, you’re guaranteed to look great.
Browse our sale section for pieces to accentuate your signature style.
What are your go-to pieces for date night? Share with us in the comment section below!
No matter what job you have, or what industry you’re in, workwear is something you need to get right! Workplace appearance says a lot about your professionalism, your character, and your personality. For those ladies who work in an office environment, we hope this style guide will have you accessorizing like a pro.
Business wear and business casual isn’t exactly exciting — but that’s where jewelry comes in. Jewelry can take the most basic suits or tops/slacks, and transform them into a chic outfit to elevate your overall professional appearance. But, you don’t want to randomly throw on your accessories, read up on our style tips below to ensure you end up with a very put-together and professional look, and more importantly let your look send the right message of professionalism, poise, confidence, and not to mention a flair for fashion! Check out our style guide tips on how to best pair jewelry with your work attire:
Invest in Pearls
Pearl jewelry sets have been a popular office wear favorite for decades. Pearls have a timeless and sophisticated aura about them such that they complement almost any outfit. Pearls can be worn to dress up a simple shift dress or blouse, and they look fantastic with suits! Their simplicity makes them an easy-to-wear office option that still makes a statement. If you are ever unsure what type of jewelry to go with, a strand of pearls is always your safest bet, its timeless look shows you have elegance and style. Keep in mind that pearl necklaces for the office should not go past your bustline and should complement, not overpower your complete look.
Some workplaces are strict about what you can wear, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some personality to your look. The more basic your outfit, the more options you have to add statement jewelry. Thanks to the statement necklace trend, these have become a staple in every woman’s jewelry box. Statement necklaces function to add dimension and a pop of color or texture to your outfit. In an office environment, stick with using statement necklaces to dress up solid colored or plain tops or dresses. These jewelry pieces are a great way to show off your personal style, and add a little glam to an otherwise drab outfit. Pairing these kinds of statement pieces, albeit a necklace, bangle or earrings, correctly with your outfit is key so that you end up with a cohesive look. It’s important to not overdo it either with several pieces, stick with one so it doesn’t overpower your look and doesn’t distract in a negative way in an office environment!
Less is More – Barely There Jewelry
If statement jewelry isn’t your style or its one of those days where you would rather opt for a more simple clean look, delicate and dainty minimalist jewelry is always a great option to go with. The recent craze of barely there jewelry allows you limitless accessorizing options that go with any office type of attire. Whether it be a power suit, business professional, or casual wear, you cannot go wrong with adding dainty gold or silver necklaces, bracelets or rings. In fact why stop at one, when you can stack and wear multiple pieces at once and still look professional and fashionable. Unlike statement jewelry, delicate barely there jewelry expresses your personality in a more subtle but equally powerful way, giving its wearer a refined, polished, feminine and clean look.
Going for Length
Jewelry comes in all sizes and lengths, especially necklaces. Longer necklaces are very versatile and can coordinate with a variety of outfits. The latest trends with long necklaces are those adorned with pendants and especially those with tassels or precious stones. Because pendants and chains come in a variety of colors, metals and textures, pairing these necklaces with any office work-place appropriate attire is fair game. Regardless of the pattern, color, style or neckline of your top, long necklaces go well with just about any suit, dress and blouse. As with any outfit rule, as long as you coordinate all colors cohesively (whether it be complementary or monochromatic) based on your mood, long pendant necklaces will add that bit of sparkle and personality to your outfit.
Rotating the same outfits for the work week can make it tempting to go crazy with accessories just to mix things up a bit. It’s always a challenge to find the right balance so that you aren’t over-accessorizing, especially in the office, which is never a good look. So, when styling your jewelry for office wear, try limiting yourself to no more than three pieces. As Coco Chanel famously said “before you leave the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory” to drive home the point that sometimes less is more. How you style your accessories is completely based on your taste and preferences, but for those who are unsure of where to start, we hope the style tips from our guide above will give you some options and a starting point to experimenting with different combinations, so that you find new ways to pair jewelry with your office attire that will ultimately allow you to express your fabulous self.
If you have any other additional styling tips or hacks on jewelry for office wear, we would love to know, share your fashion wisdom with us in the comments section!
Everyone’s favorite season is finally here — spring! Everytime we step out the front the door, the birds are happily singing, trees and flowers are blooming, and we are embracing the arrival of “no coat needed” weather. With our undying love for spring, it’s no surprise that we used her as our muse when we chose our latest accessories for our Spring Collection.
As we transition from winter to spring, we know all Divas out there are beyond excited to trade in snow boots and faux-fur layers for strappy sandals and off-the-shoulder tops. Since it’s a new season, we went in the opposite direction of our last collection, where we focused on bold and colorful aesthetics. All of our new pieces are fresh, delicate, and light — perfect for warmer temperatures! From trendy rose gold to luxurious pearls to celestial silhouettes, our new arrivals feature a little of everything for every Diva!
Among our new arrivals within our Spring Collection, there are two mini-collections: Inspirational Bracelets and Mosaic Collection Necklaces. We wanted to find a way to incorporate uplifting messages in our jewelry, which we have done with our inspirational cuff bracelet collection. These bracelets are feminine, delicate, and are engraved with powerful words to support, uplift, and empower women. Every Urban Diva girl is fabulous and we feel that these bracelets serve as that perfect reminder.
As we head into warmer seasons that means getting into vacation mode. Our whimsical necklaces that make up our Mosaic Collection are made of colorful cubic zirconia. Set in a rose gold pendant, the patterns give off a Mediterranean vacation vibe — perfect for spring and summer! They are eclectic, light, and absolutely mesmerizing.
Our latest images for our Spring Collection came to life one Sunday morning in late March, where we collaborated with some amazing and talented individuals that made up the Urban Diva crew for the day. Upcoming street style and portrait photographer, Jacob Mante of Pxforward shot all the beautiful images, the talented Ashleigh Williams did her magic with her make-up and hair artistry, and of course our model for the day, the beautiful and exotic, Mao Hanada.
To keep the essence of that chic urban feel inherent to the Urban Diva brand, our photoshoot took place on the streets and sidewalks of Greenwich Village, New York. Shots were captured to reflect Mao wearing our various Spring Collection pieces in an everyday environment of the stylish metropolitan gal. As with all of our collections, our pieces are versatile and can accessorize casual looks to the more dressier and glammed up outfits. All the images Jacob took, grace the website and our social media to showcase our Spring Collection. Below are a few shots of some behind the scenes shots we took throughout the day.
So Divas, we hope you like all the new pieces in our Spring Collection, mosey on over to our new arrivals section to check them out!
Photographer: Jacob Mante
MUA & Hair: Ashleigh Williams
Model: Mao Hanada
As a bride-to-be you are probably overwhelmed with the endless possibilities of how you want to do your hair for your wedding day. Hair accessories can bring your look to the next level, but choosing them can be tricky! The key to choosing the right bridal hair accessory is to go for something that will complement your aesthetic, not compete with it. Here are a few tips on how to complete your day-of look.
Arguably one of the most important aspects of the wedding is the wedding dress! The wedding dress sets the style for your whole look. When looking for a wedding hair accessory, you want to look at the style, color, and whether or not your dress has embellishments. If your dress is simple and doesn’t have any embellishments, it leaves you open to choosing any type of hair accessory! If you dress is more detailed and has a lot of embellishments, you want to take that into consideration.
Before you embark on hair accessory shopping, decide what hairstyle you are going to do for your wedding! Will you be wearing your hair in an updo, half-updo or keep it all down and loose? It is best to choose your hairstyle first, then choose accessories that will complement your hairstyle! It is also important to take your hair type into consideration. If you have short hair, like the model in the picture, then a headband or a hair vine would work best for you! If you have thin hair, you may want to stay away from heavier pieces that will weigh your hair down. Another thing to take into consideration is if you decide to wear a veil! Fortunately, most bridal hair accessories, such as clips, hair vines, and headbands, look amazing with a veil!
Theme Of Your Wedding
When choosing a wedding hair accessory, keep in mind the overall look and feel of your wedding! Are you having a romantic wedding? Then maybe a beautiful, classic comb like the Vivienne and Isabella combs pictured above. If you are having a boho wedding, a delicate halo headband might be the perfect finishing touch!
Gold or Silver
Nowadays, gold hair accessories are just as popular as silver! Which can be confusing for some brides that love both gold and silver! If you are thinking about gold, gold accessories look best with an ivory, champagne, or off-white dress. Just be sure to stay consistent if you go for a gold hair accessory– make sure your jewelry is gold too!
The Type of Accessory
With so many options, it can be hard to choose the type of accessory you want! Here is a rundown of some options.
- Comb: Hair combs are an extremely popular choice among brides! With so many different styles, it is easy for brides to find one that matches their style! Hair combs work best accenting an updo, but they can also be used to sweep loose locks to the side!
- Headband: Depending on the style, a headband can add a romantic, bohemian, or regal feel to your look. You can choose a dainty headband for a romantic look or make a statement with a blinged-out headband! The best part is they can be worn with any hairstyle, including short hair!
- Hair Vine: Bridal hair vines are a newer trend that brides are loving, mostly because they are so versatile! Great for a romantic or bohemian look, hair vines can be twisted and bent into different shapes to accent the hairstyle.
Wedding Day Jewelry
You have the perfect dress, an amazing style, and ideal hair accessories- now all you need to top of the look is bridal jewelry! It’s best to stay with the same color metal when matching your jewelry and bridal hair accessories. You will also want to find pieces with the same elements- whether it be rhinestones, pearls, or a knockout combination of the two!
Overall, there are a lot of things to consider when choosing the right bridal hair accessory. Look for an accessory that will complement both your wedding dress, hair style, and the jewelry you will be wearing. Also, remember to choose a bridal hair accessory that will go with the theme of your wedding! It all seems a little overwhelming, but the most important thing to remember is to stay true to yourself and your style- it is your wedding day! Don’t worry about being the “perfect” bride and don’t feel like you have to listen to everything that you “should” or “shouldn’t” do! This is your day and you should feel like your most beautiful self. The bottom line: do what makes you happy!
While there were many unforgettable gowns on the red carpet at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, we couldn’t keep our eyes off of the accessories! The focal point for many of the outfits were necklaces, rings, and earrings! There were some classic, vintage jewels and a couple of trendy pieces, like chokers, made an appearance- proving that chokers aren’t out for 2017.
Whoever said less is more clearly never knew how to layer rings! Tracee Ellis Ross stunned everyone with a fistful of diamond rings. Intricate layered rings were also featured on stars like Drew Barrymore, who wore 7 Harry Winston diamond rings. A great tip for achieving the perfect layered ring look is ordering a size down so you can have midi rings! Shop the layered ring trend here.
Michelle Williams proved that chokers are here to stay for 2017. She made edgy and elegant work with a lace Louis Vuitton gown and a simple, dainty black choker. Her look proved that one tiny accessory packs major punch. Chokers turn even the most basic outfits into style statements. Shop the trend here.
Sparkling Statement Collar
Reese Witherspoon wore a dazzling canary diamond collar necklace by Tiffany & Co with her yellow gown. The right statement necklace, especially a glam one, can turn any plain outfit into something special. If you aren’t rocking Versace like Reese Witherspoon, try adding a glam statement collar necklace to a chambray shirt! Shop the trend here.
Actress Priyanka Chopra wore a gorgeous statement pendant from Lorraine Schwartz. A statement pendant necklace is a great alternative to a collar necklace. For some, collar necklaces are too chunky, especially if you have a short neck. A statement pendant provides the same amount of wow-factor, but it takes up less space! Shop the trend here.
Emily Ratajkowski rocked a pair of drop statement Reem Acra earrings on the red carpet. Paired with a faux bob, the earrings accented her yellow dress perfectly. Drop earrings add that extra punch to perfectly polished power outfits. They add attention-grabbing detail that is impossible to ignore- in a good way! Shop the trend here.
Delicate Layered Necklaces
The final item on our list of jewelry trends we loved from the golden globes is layered necklaces. Zazie Beetz layered two delicate gold necklaces that added just a little something to her all black gown. Simple, yet elegant, these necklaces make her outfit look complete. Shop the trend here.
Overall, there were a lot of jewelry trends that we loved from the Golden Globes and we are inspired by all of the looks! This year’s set of stars dazzled us with jaw-dropping statement pendants and simple, dainty pieces that topped off the night’s best looks. Which look was your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!
First and foremost, I want to send my heartfelt appreciation to the Urban Diva community. Our first full year in business has been full of ups and downs, as is with any new brand, but it’s been an exciting journey so far, and it’s all because of you.
Reflecting back on 2016, our focus was to offer affordable products that were both stylish and unique, all in name of making our customers look and feel fabulous. But more importantly to gain more insight into our customers (and potential customers) wants and desires, which we are so grateful for.
As we head into the new year, our journey continues with the goal to build upon what we have learned so far, and bring you new collections that are both affordable and drool-worthy pieces for the everyday Urban Diva.
As always, we welcome your feedback and always love hearing from our customers, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you for all the support and for following our journey!
“Trendy” is modern and fashionable, it’s hip and all the rage…until you look back at your wedding pictures in 20 years and wonder in horror “what was I thinking with the blue eye shadow, shoulder pads, and floral wreathed double pouf veil?!” The key to the perfect bridal look (for today and many years from now) is to marry (pun intended!) trendy with timeless. Fortunately, some of the hottest bridal hair accessories trends for 2016 and 2017 are classics that will never go out of style. Here are a few options from our Urban Diva Bridal Collection, to help complete that perfect bridal look.
DIVA FOR A DAY
What little girl has not dreamed of being a princess and what better opportunity than on her wedding day? If you aren’t into tiaras, a bridal headband is a perfect substitute. Double strands of delicate crystal with shimmery satin ribbon make the CAROLINE CRYSTAL HEADBAND, an elegant and timeless choice for your bridal look.
Gold, like diamonds, never goes out of style. The trend has come back over the recent years, and many Brides have opted for gold accessories, to finish off their bridal look. From Grecian goddess to bohemian beauty, gold accented hair jewelry inspired by vines, flowers and leaves give your bridal look a gorgeous vintage vibe. Our CAMILLA GOLD LEAF BRIDAL HAIRCLIP is an exquisite combination of gold leaves dotted with crystals and pearls that guarantee you will look nothing short of fabulous on your wedding day!
THE QUINTESSENTIAL HAIRCOMB
Whether your style is classic or modern, combs are versatile and an easy way to dress up your bridal hair-do. For the more modern bride, favoring more opulence and bling, our VIVIENNE haircomb has a more contemporary and edgier look, while our ISABELLA haircomb exudes a quiet elegance with a combination of pearls and crystals, for the more classic bride. Haircombs are perfect choices for the bride who wants that added accent without going overboard.
A STUNNING STATEMENT
On trend this bridal season are unique statement headpieces. Hair vine pieces like the SOPHIA CRYSTAL BEADED HEADPIECE is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. The popularity of hair vines has definitely been noticeable due to not just the versatility of wrapping them into your hair-do in countless ways for a very one-of-a-kind look, but for the feminine and naturally gorgeous vibe it adds to your bridal ensemble. The intricate beadwork and crystals on our Sophia combine for a truly stunning piece; all eyes will be on you with this showstopper on your wedding day.
So to all you beautiful brides to be, aside from all the decisions you have to make around all the wedding planning details, nailing your perfect bridal look that you have always envisioned is essential. You just can’t go wrong any one of these four categories of timeless, and still trendy, bridal hair accessories.
Although I will say that autumn is not my favorite time of year, there is something to be said about the change in seasons from summer to fall that awakens the senses and marks a transition of change. Whether it be the aromas of pumpkins spice lattes from your favorite local café, or the subtle hints of smoke from chimneys, to the drop in temperatures, the most visual for some of us are the color changes of foliage from a vibrant green to a dazzling array of bright red and orange colors. This last visual note, was the inspiration behind our Urban Iridescence Collection.
As we transition from summer to fall, I am sure there are many Divas out there excited to finally break out their stylish jackets and trench coats along with all the cute wedges and heeled boots that are in trend. Fall wardrobe is noticeably different, in terms of not just material but color. Darker and more richer colors may come into play, and with that, your jewelry usually transitions to accommodate your look. Our Urban Iridescence Collection is all about vibrancy and color. Like the colorful leaves and foliage seen in the fall, our collection reflects this “kaleidoscope of colors” as seen in the shimmering beads and mirage of colorful rhinestones seen on these gorgeous pieces.
To capture the vibrancy and vivid hues of the Urban Iridescence Collection, our images had to embrace both a chic metropolitan vibe inherent to our brand, along with the vibrant colors of the jewelry. Our goal was to capture richer color tones complementing the collection pieces, without losing that urban essence. So what better place to shoot our images then in the eclectic and colorful fashion district of Soho in Manhattan, NY.
With that vision in place, on a bright and early Saturday morning, I met up with three so very talented women to bring the Urban Iridescence Collection to life, in a park in Soho. Our team for the day consisted of the talented Ashley Gallerani (of Ashley Gallerani photography), the amazing Anu Sharma (of MakeUp By Anu) and our gorgeous model, Deeksha Chawla. Over the next three hours we walked around the streets of Soho capturing images of our muse Deeksha, wearing select pieces from the Collection and other new pieces. So many beautiful images were taken with the goal of capturing the essence of the Collection pieces along with the autumn vibe of the city in the background. I want to personally thank Ashley, Anu, and Deeksha for their time and amazing talents they brought to this project. Ladies, I hope this is the first of more collaborations to come!
Here are a few of the behind the scenes images of our day, along with the obligatory selfie to wrap up the fun day we had! To check out the pieces in our Urban Iridescence Collection, visit our shop!
Hello Gorgeous Divas!
Ok, so let me share with you my daily fashion struggle. I bet you are saying to yourself, “Wait a minute, aren’t you like a fashion designer or something?” Rightly so, but allow me to share MY side of the story first. Lol Have you ever put together a great outfit and everything is poppin’…just still seems as if that the “spark” to the entire style is missing? Oh my goodness, if I could rant about anything, it would be not having the proper accessories to flow with my OOTD. Please tell me that I am not alone. Have you ever experienced this? This struggle to find the right accessories affects us all…equally. You can’t authentically be a diva and then be totally blindsided by this situation. Staying in the “know” is an absolute must. Now, all things considered, OOTD is a huge deal, right? Even more than that, the wrong accessories or jewelry pieces can definitely hamper your weekend diva swag. So before you dash out of the door and head to your main event on Labor Day Weekend, take a look at this fabulous necklace that I have discovered…it will totally cure all your accessory woes. So let’s chat about this!
Before I introduce this necklace to you, we have to look at what’s hot. As we all know, the fashion industry, at large, is predominately consumer driven. That said, I have observed the trend for necklaces is that the 90’s chokers are making their debut on today’s fashion scene. I know. I know. Some of them look hideous, but then there are some that are super cute! Honestly, I have seen several of these new chokers, but when I saw the Trinity Tassel Collar necklace by Urban Diva, instantly, I knew this would be my Holy Grail. I absolutely love this chic stoned rendition of the 90’s choker trend!
Darlings, if you do not have this sassy piece of fabulousness in your jewelry collection, you are missing it! She is stunning isn’t she? This necklace can easily shift from your look from Day to Night by staying on trend without missing a beat.
This necklace makes styling super seamless! When you have the Trinity Tassel Collar statement piece you are sure to catch every eye in the room. After all they should be on you…you’re an urban diva, right? Let us know your thoughts about this elegant rendition of the 90’s choker in the comments!
Chassity Jackson is a USAF Veteran, Fashion Designer for the Military Woman, and Business Consultant. She serves as an advisor to military fashionprenuers by providing them with cutting-edge life strategies that stirs action and produces results in their business.