Oscar Party

With the glitz and the glamor, the Academy Awards can leave us feeling starstruck year after year. Some of us dream of one day getting to step foot on that stage accepting our very own Oscar, others just dreaming of the fabulous dresses and jewels we see on our favorite celeb. Either way the Oscar’s give us reason to celebrate!

Pop Open the Champagne

Odds are the majority of us will not be attending any parties as lavish as the Oscar’s, but that does not mean we cannot take inspiration from the styles we saw from this years show. We have found semi-formal dresses that pair well with some of the evening gowns we saw from Sunday night and added our favorite Liz James jewels to compliment each dress. Most of the jewels that were adorned by the ladies of the Oscar’s were embellished with diamonds. Our specialty here at Liz James however is pearls. Still as timeless as the diamond, yet a bit more versatile, you can wear your pearls for a casual BBQ or a stylish cocktail party. And of course to polish of any outfit don’t forget the perfect pair of shoes and purse of your choice!

Michelle Williams left the audience in awe with her coral chiffon Louis Vuitton dress. A shorter version of this dress still consists of a sweetheart neckline emphasized by a tiered style skirt. Wear a Claudia Gray and White doubled to give a layered, classic pearl look.

Tiers of Endearment Dress, Claudia Necklace, Michelle Williams

Natalie Portman sported a red polka dot 1954 Christian Dior Haute Couture vintage gown. This fun and flirty less formal pick with the flowing sleeves will leave you fluttering around the room like the social butterfly that you are. With the higher neckline a Dianna Coin Pearl drop earring will suit rather than a chunky necklace. Top it off with a dainty Caroline Bracelet.

Make Bloom for You Dress, Dianna White Earring, Caroline Bracelet, Natalie Portman

Penelope Cruz graced the red carpet in an organza Giorgio Armani off-the-shoulder gown. The more casual look to match is shown with the off-the-shoulder style of a pleated boat neckline, and a fitted waistline. Get a layered look with a white and gray Norah necklace or wear them individually for more subtlety. These two necklaces can also be worn doubled to appear short, or long.

Kettle Corn Dress in Afternoon, Norah Necklace, Penelope Cruz

Michelle Rodriguez was spotted at the Vanity Fair after party in a sleek, lady like black lace ensemble. Wearing the black lace with the underlining champagne combination will leave you feeling sexy and fearless at any event. This pick by Michelle this year deserves none other than the Michelle necklace. This can be worn long or doubled, but will hang perfectly over the bust of the sweetheart neckline when doubled.

Formal Invitation Dress, Michelle Necklace, Michelle Rodriguez

What were some of your favorite looks from this years Academy Awards? And what choice would you pick to wear to your next event?

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Spring Fever

Regardless of what the groundhog predicted this year we are ready for spring to arrive. With Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week wrapping up, we felt as though we should talk about some of the upcoming styles and colors for the fall season. But why skip to fall when spring is right around the corner! This spring is all about bright, vibrant shades from orange hues to blue. We put together some must haves for spring in three different color schemes so that you can get a jump start on this sunny season. Whether you plan on pairing these luminous accessories with a neutral white sun dress, or you plan on going bold matching solid brights with vibrant accessories, you will find a shade to chase away any cloudy day. Get out of that winter funk, break out the shades, and be radiant…      With the help of some jewels from Liz James of course!

Stay on the sunny side of life in hues of orange.

Ashley Carnelian, Floral Headband, Shoes, Lexie Bracelet, Coffee Cup, Nail Polish, Purse, Charlotte Carnelian Earring

Get lost in waves of ocean inspired turquoise.

Julie Bracelet, Pillow, Eye Shadow, Mallory Earring, Scarf, Melissa, Nail Polish, Bag

Find yourself in shades of greener pastures.

 Jennifer Bracelet, Belt, Delilah Necklace, Vase, Clutch, Sunglasses, Flats, Molly Earring

What colors are you looking to dive into this spring?

Taste for Romance

Valentine’s Day is here, and whether you are spending this evening with the girls, or with the one you love, there are plenty of tasty eats here in the fabulous city of Austin. We have chosen a few of our top picks for the most romantic restaurants in the Austin area and paired it with a look to wear for your ideal night out. Not all of you may live in Austin, but that does not mean you can’t pull these same looks off in your own city at a scene of your choice. Whether you are in for more of a Sunday kind of love, or you are looking for something along the lines of a posh night out we have pieces to complete any look for a romantic night out.

Go Italian with Kris for a more casual dining experience. Romeo’s offers a cozy, laid back experience with live music and a dog friendly patio.

Kris, Shoes, Jeans, Top, Clutch, Nail Polish, Romeo’s

Venture into this bistro with the Wendy Earrings for a taste of authentic French Cuisine. This Austin gem has maintained a home like appeal while transporting you to the atmosphere of the French countryside.

Wendy Earrings, Shoes, Clutch, Dress, Lipstick, Chez Nous

If bold flavor is more your appetite head to Fonda San Miguel with Bianca for Mexican cuisine that is as fresh as it is traditional. Known for not only its flavor, Fonda San Miguel also is recognized as the finest Mexican dining interior and has an on site organic garden.

Bianca, Dress, Bag, Shoes, Fonda San Miguel

Allie takes us to the eastern world for mouth-watering sushi. Known for having the best sushi in Austin, Uchi gives a fine dining/modern experience out of a renovated home for an intimate setting.

Allie, Dress, Shoes, Clutch, Nail Polish, Uchi 

Tell us what your favorite look is, and let us know what your go to romantic hot spot is.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s GOODY Giveaway

In honor of dear old Saint Valentine we are giving away our one of a kind Val Necklace. Since Valentine’s Day is all about showing how much you love a special person in your life, we would like to show our love and appreciation by giving this striking necklace to one of our devoted fans. Hanging by gold hand wired wrapped rings, the Val necklace has baubles that consist of coral, buffalo turquoise, labradorite, and two brass love charms.

So you ask, how do I enter to win? Well we would like to hear from you! First you must be a subscriber of our blog to be considered, so if you have not subscribed you will want to do so now. Secondly tell us how you met someone extraordinary in your life. This could be a best friend, boy or girlfriend, or your spouse. You have until end of day Monday the 13th to enter, so what are you waiting for?

Good luck to you all and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Don’t forget to visit our newly redesigned website at lizjames.com

and take advantage of our Valentine’s Day Sale!

Liz James Gets a Makeover

We are THRILLED to announce that Liz James is getting a whole new look! It is the beginning of a new year, and Liz James has come into her own and is ready to dazzle. With all new branding and style you will find this website to be faster, cleaner, and very easy to navigate. Other new features include a new magnifying tool, a sale items section, items grouped by pricing, and a one step check out system. Overall you will find Liz James to be a much more user friendly website with a fabulous, sleek look. Our 2012 Spring Collection will soon be available shortly both in stores and online so stay tuned for updates. In the meantime go to lizjames.com to see the new face of Liz James.

What do you think of the new look of Liz James?

images via Observando, Liz James

SAG Style

One of the major reasons we watch awards shows is the bling … it’s such a treat to see what and who the stars are wearing! This year we spotted lots of cascading drops! There weren’t a ton of rubies, emeralds or statement necklaces. The ladies stuck to sparkly neutrals such as gray, topaz, and (obviously) diamonds.

Maybe our fave … Emma Stone kept her neckline bare and wore simple gold drops. Pure perfection.

Meryl accented her charcoal Vivienne Westwood dress with cascading drops.

Julianna Margulies’ earrings just pop …

We’re still swooning over these tassel accents.

Emily Blunt’s tinge of bling was just the right amount. 

Were you watching? Who was your favorite?

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