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Nina Dobrev Jewelry Line for Charity

Nina Dobrev has risen to stardom through her role on The Vampire Diaries. With her rise to fame, she has increasingly showed her desire to give back to not only her local community, but to regions around the world. This has made her one of the great up and coming philanthropists in Hollywood as well. This shines true with her latest project, as she has designed to team up with Gorjana, a jewelry company, in order to create a collection with all proceeds dedicated to go towards individuals suffering with EB (epidermolysis bullosa).

Nina Dobrev Designs Jewelry Line

via MoviePilot

This is a potentially lethal skin condition where an individual suffering from EB becomes fragile due to connective problems that occur between the epidermis and the dermis. This skin condition plagues children across the globe. These children are often refereed to as “butterfly children” because their skin is so incredibly fragile, it can simply flake off like the dust on a butterfly’s wings.

The collection is currently on sale right now and is going to continue to sell until the 14th of May. The designs are all rather simple, yet elegant. The majority of the pieces are designed out of yellow gold and feature partially black elements, in order to add a greater emphasis on the gold touch. Additionally, there are some pieces that feature diamonds sparkled throughout the piece. The designs are also suppose to coincide with Mother’s Day, as the collection’s sale period ends right on Mother’s Day. It is both Nina Dobrev and Gorjana’s desire to increase sales off of the Mother’s Day holiday coming up.

Currently, the jewelry can be purchased directly through the Gorjana website. There are several different options to choose from for individuals who are looking. While there are some crafted from yellow gold, a large number of these designs are also crafted out of a stainless steel with a yellow gold coating, in order to make the designs more affordable for just about anyone. Several of the designs also feature a butterfly in order to coincide with the “Butterfly Children” name Most of the designs are either for necklaces or bracelets, although there are a few different earring studs and rings. For the most part though, these designs are rather simple, so chances are, individuals who are looking for a gift for their mother or just want to expand their current jewelry collection and also want to support a good cause, is going to find something in this current collection.

The cause itself is known as Nina 4 EBMRF. Short for Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, EBMRF is supported by celebrities from all over the world who donate their time and money in order to help with the cause. Celebrities such as Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Zach Galifanakis, Brad Pit and many others have all turned to help this cause and to bring in more money for research in order to determine how to both correct the disease but to also prevent it as well. And for those individuals who wonder, 100 percent of the proceeds from the jewelry purchased goes towards the research foundation in order to help individuals suffering from the disease.

Web Roundup: Winter is Coming

house of pinterest Game of Thrones

My house. My Sigil. My words.

Happy April ya’ll! Besides my distaste for April Fool’s pranks, I was pretty into this week. The promise of spring is on the horizon, there are plenty of yellow diamonds in the showroom, and we picked up this amazing pair of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels earrings today. I got to share some of my favorite wedding tidbits, while simultaneously learning about the Pink Panther-style ring of European diamond thieves that are at large (hide yo diamonds!) Here’s what else I got up to…

Time to get nitpicky. A) This is not Duchess Catherine’s jewelry collection. The first slide was famously borrowed from THE QUEEN. B) A slideshow of her jewelry & not one designer is mentioned. Who wrote this, Ryan Seacrest? C) Droolworthy isn’t the most accurate adjective here people. Princess Kate is all strategy and pragmatism. She purposely wears understated, every-girl-could-own-it jewelry. You wanna talk drool-worthy jewel collections? Let me direct you here.

I don’t think this is an engagement ring.

How he should have Met The Mother. (I want my 9 years back.)

But when one show sh*ttily ends, another excellently begins. WINTER IS COMING.

Maybe it’s the promise of sandal season far, far in my future, but my designer shoe fetish is rearing its expensive, 3.5″ heel head. Look. Look. Look.

And clearly, designer shoes require a designer evening bag.

“It’s really just about dopeness at the end of the day.”

Shared my favorite wedding budget infographics.

I’m making these this weekend (in between the 900 billion showings our broker has scheduled for our apartment.)

Speaking of which, anyone in Chicago know a good place to hang out with your puppy for oh, 4 hours or so? Not the beach. It’s cold. Not the dog park. She’s vicious.

Thirsty Thursday: Frosty Pink Cocktails

Ding ding ding! That’s the Happy Hour bell. Don’t you wish that existed? I’m sure it does in some novelty corner of the interwebs, but I mean like an omnipresent, distinct dinging or steam whistle type alarm. To signify that work is over and thusly you can/should now get your drink on. Perhaps what the steam whistle really was used for in olden times. Barring the fact that there is no happy hour steam whistle we’ll celebrate as the Happy Hour bell intended. Yes, I’m all over the place quite literally with these bells and whistles but it’s been that kind of week. And it’s really not even Friday yet. Really. Luckily, these treats will have you looking forward to the weekend whilst celebrating its arrival just a tad early. In your hand, you’ll enjoy a frosty pink cocktail that’s so beautifully girly I want to wear tutus with it and have a glitter fight. The pink watermelon martini is the centerpiece of this adorable bridesmaid ask party, themed to match the gorgeous and famed Rifle Paper cards. On your hand, you’ll gaze at this equally frosty, equally pink John Hardy Batu Bedeg rose quartz and pink tourmaline dome ring. I love the tone on tone pink and the way both shades pop against the structured and textured sterling silver ring. Bonus? It’s in the hottest ring style du jour – the dome ring. Cheers!

John Hardy Batu Bedeg Rose quartz pink tourmaline ring

Pink Watermelon Martini

via SMP

Mauboussin Jewelry Dessert: Sweet Enough to Tug at the Heart Strings

Incomparable Beauty for a Steal

Mauboussin Jewelry Dessert

It’s uncommon when a dessert that costs 15 Euros (roughly $20) is thought to be priced extremely reasonably, almost unfairly low. However, French chefs Mathieu Robillard and Brian Esposito of Le Pinxo at the Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel have created a dessert that is, quite honestly, a masterpiece.

The culinary Rembrandt these two world-class chefs created is an unparalleled esthetic achievement, a beautiful pastry made of exquisite ingredients that offer the pallet a luxurious sensation of flavor and the eyes an organic representation of the art that is the L’Oeuvre Noire.

Influence and Inspiration

While the germane influence that lead to this dessert was the chefs’ combined gastronomic heritage from southwestern France — which has a tradition of cultivating some of the most renowned chefs in the world over, — but the inspiration behind the pastry is the famous Mauboussin L’Oeuvre Noire Jewelry Collection, in particular, the ring.

The Mauboussin L’Oeuvre Noire Ring features a white gold band with a black enamel inlay and a white diamond pave surrounding a stunning black diamond. It is the form of the L’Oeuvre Noire that shaped the Le Pinxo chefs’ creativity, but it is fair to say that only the kitchen of world renowned Head Chef Alian Dutournier could create a dessert that reflects the symbolic wonder of the L’Oeuvre Noire.

Creation

The Robillard and Esposito dessert is as simple as it is remarkable. The three primary ingredients are black currents, pralines and chocolate. The black current is placed on a chocolate truffle ring covered in pink black current sugar and top the current rests a silver sugar diamond. The ring rests upon a two-layer, chocolate square foundation and has a single red rose pedal for a backdrop.

A wave of chocolate string connects the rose pedal with the ring and spills off onto the plate. Beside the ring and chocolate square rests a soft-chocolate-covered praline crisp in which a dark chocolate disk with the Mauboussin Star is seated vertically. The final touches include silver sugar diamonds imbedded around the chocolate square and a black Mauboussin ribbon with white lettering resting on top of it below the ring.

Fortunates

While the price for such a dessert is more than fair even by the most frugal standards, partaking of the pastry is a different matter all together. Le Pinxo is a 5-Star restaurant considered one of the premier in the world. An invitation to taste the dessert is as rare as the pastry itself.

Le Pinxo will feature the L’Oeuvre Noire dessert from February 15 to April 15 and is sure to make both the 5-Star hotel and the restaurant the talk of the Paris service industry for the entire month and undoubtedly beyond.

While Renaissance Hotels can be found in over 35 countries — there are 155 hotels — only Le Pinxo will feature the L’Oeuvre Noire Dessert. The hotel is already fully booked for the month and the restaurant is currently sending out RSVP invitations to the fortunate crown that is lucky enough to be considered for the honor of enjoying this culinary masterpiece.

Mean Girls Jewelry: Four for You Stella and Bow! You Go Stella and Bow!

Contrary to the frequency with which you pepper your conversations with its quotes, Mean Girls came out 10 years ago. That’s right, Regina’s little sister gone wild looks like this now:

Nicole Crimi Kylie George Mean Girls

“Hey Kylie”

You feel old now? It’s cool, imagine shouting at a room full of college students you can’t go to Taco Bell right now and calling them stupid, only to get blank stares. Tear.

Mean Girls Taco Bell You're so stupid GIF

via E!

But rejoice, all Kevin G stans, because in honor of The Greatest Movie of Our Time, amazing jewelry company Stella and Bow has created an entire line of Mean Girls jewelry! Get in loser, we’re going shopping!

Presale items up now up for purchase under SHOP and Mean Girls - Presale.Making fetch happen on The Hollywood Reporter, Vogue UK, Nylon, Refinery 29, Lucky, Huff Po, Glamour, Fashionista, Ny Mag's The Cut, LA Times, Oyster, Buzzfeed, and m o r e!

RUN. Don’t walk.

So what’s on my pre-order list? I had to narrow it down, obviously, so I didn’t spend a small fortune on decade old movie memorabilia. But you bet your buns I would have hounded my Cool Mom for an allowance advance to buy everything as soon as I heard about it 10 years ago. (Just kidding, she was the opposite of Cool Mom).

Rose Gold Wednesday Mean girls jewelry

Janis

photo: On Wednesdays we wear pink!

It’s rose gold. It says Wednesday. You’ll never have to make sure you wear pink underpants on Humpday again (unless you want to). It’s $110 and you get one too so we can match.

Full of Secrets hair clip Mean Girls Jewelry

Karen

Mean Girls GIF

Who didn’t want Gretchen’s hair? And even if you’re short on secrets, ain’t nothin’ a little volumizing spray and this yellow gold engraved barrette can’t fix.

Cady- Boo Mean GIrls Jewelry Stella and Bow

Cady

Mean Girls Boo You Whore GIF

Really, it’s the universal response for bad news. And for less than $40 it’s easy for you to incorporate into your next arm party, and therefore daily conversation.

Cady- Duh Mean Girls Bracelet

Cady – Duh

mean girls quote i'm a mouse duh gifAlso forty bucks. Also an appropriate response to all of your college Halloween costumes, regardless of what you actually were.

Regina- Gold You can't sit with us bangle Stella and Bow

Regina

You Can't sit with us gif

Finally, the piece de resistance, the Regina bangle. Shiny yellow gold like her flaxen hair and every bit as mean as she was in all her glory. You tell her Gretchen!

Peace out for the weekend, and “Suck on *that*! AY-YI-YI-YI-YI-YI!”