Hot jewelry Trends Inspired By The Royal Wedding

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The eyes of the world were trained on Windsor last weekend, as actress Megan Markle and HRH Prince got hitched in a fantastically romantic ceremony that brought a lump to the throat of even the most hard-hearted. With a posse of glamorous and groomed young royals now stealing the limelight – and headlines around the world – Meghan is now more a trendsetter than ever. The effect that she, the Duchess of Cambridge and the little Princes and Princess have on product sales is significant, with both making instant sell-outs of items they are pictured in. Small British company Strathberry, makers of luxury bags saw their waiting list jump to 3,000 for a bag Meghan was pictured carrying during one of her post-engagement appearances in Nottingham. So what trends are emerging in the wake of the royal wedding?

Luxurious Drop Earrings

Sculptural earrings were all over the guest list at the royal wedding, as statement ear candy makes its comeback from 80s style Siberia to be a key accessory for summer 2018. The Robinson Pelham diamond tsar earrings sported by Pippa Middleton last week epitomize this trend, while the dramatic pear diamond drops worn by Amal Clooney also shone. Pearls were also a key trend at the wedding, with the somewhat fusty image they’ve had being shaken off with the wearing of dramatic, oversized pearl drop earrings. New designs mix pearls with rose gold and contain just enough punk edge to look modern while still nodding daintily to the heritage vibe. Even the Her Majesty the Queen, the original wearer of pearls, sported a slightly oversized drop pair for the big day.

Stacked Items

Meghan’s signature style when it comes to jewelry has always been to combine and stack multiple pieces, sometimes mixing metals, which gives a high-end boho twist to her tailored couture outfits and perhaps expresses a bit of her self-confessed free-spirited hippy vibes under the modest and formal style of a new member of the royal family. Steal this look with stacking rings, an arm party full of bangles in gold and silver, delicate layered necklaces and earrings featuring climbers and jackets that almost give the appearance of multiple piercings. Stella and Dot is especially good to get this on trend look. While bar necklaces and circular pendants from Daisy London are also ones the new Duchess of Sussex would definitely rock.

A Story of Origins

While the debate about ethically-sourced diamonds is certainly not a new one, the fact of Meghan’s ring containing a centre stone originating from Botswana, where the couple have holidayed in the past, casts a whole new spotlight on the topic, bringing the issue of sustainability in fine jewelry to the front and centre, and making political topics more about a couple’s personal values. The incorporation of heritage stones from jewelry previously belonging to Harry’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales will similarly inspire couples getting engaged to think outside the box when it comes to repurposing family mementoes. Use a supplier such as to source the most perfect fit for your story.



The BEST Cut & Color in Town: Vis A Vis The Salon

I've been to many salons over the years - from upscale to mainstream - and while many have been good, some not so much AND then along comes Vis A Vis The Salon - THE VERY BEST!

Vis A Vis The Salon owner, Jeffery McQuithy and I have been friends for quite a few years now; Jeffrey Fashion Cares is our connection. I've never been in the salon for services but when I told Jeffrey I was selected for Modern Luxury's Men of Style he said come in and let us make you look your best. I did and I am so ecstatic that I just had to share my experience with you.  

Now, I know that hair and beauty are sacred things and if you have a loyal bond and relationship with your stylist, keep it - BUT if you don't or you're looking to try something new, something fresh, then you must pay a visit to Vis A Vis The Salon. You'll fall in love as I did. From the moment you valet your car and you're greeted by the super friendly front desk, offered a beverage and a seat, it is first class all the way. Victor did my color and Sarah the cut and if they are a reflection of the caliber of expertise at Vis A Vis The Salon (they are) then you are at the best skilled hands in Atlanta. It wasn't just the superior level of services that impressed me but the quality of personal care and comfort provided.

At 51, with very short hair (and not as much as I used to have) I didn't think it was possible to be this excited and feel this good about a haircut. So today, I am a cheerleader for Vis A Vis The Salon for their excellent service and friendly approach. Do something nice for yourself!


INDIA HICKS: Well-crafted gifts, Beauty & Accessories

India Hicks is a spirited lifestyle brand carrying a must-have of leather bags and totes, jewelry, scarves, candles and so much more. India Hicks Ambassador Shaye Strager is taking to the 'catwalk' on May 6 for the 10th annual Doggies on the Catwalk and is generously donating 20% of all India Hicks sales through this link:

Go shopping, live fabulously! You'll love the brand. Sale ends on 4/30.

*Support Shaye at Doggies on the Catwalk HERE!


Handmade by Hunter Brookes

I use "Face Dirt" by Hunter Brookes in the shower daily - my skin has the healthiest glow. I recently met Hunter Brookes founder/creator Chandler Gongloff and spoke with her about her product while visiting her Charleston home. Watch video and you might be hooked (like me) by the time it's over.



Unexpected textures and styling paraded their way down the Maison Margiela runway show. Unique looks were created for every model. The idea of simplicity resulted in bleached eyebrows, glowing skin and touches of white eyeshadow. Looks progressed throughout the show with intricate graphic shapes and bright colors.

Check them out here on


Rudy's Barbershop Opens at Ponce City Market

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“We’ve been looking at Atlanta for a while. It’s such an amazing city, especially the Old 4th Ward neighborhood with its rich history and creative energy. Once we heard about the Ponce City Market space, we knew it was a perfect fit for our brand. We think there’s a big opportunity for us to find a strong customer base in the Atlanta region” – Brendon Lynch, Rudy’s CEO. 

Free haircuts ALL day! To celebrate its grand opening in Atlanta, Rudy's Barbershop, located at Ponce City Market (on North Ave) is giving free cuts all day starting at 9AM! 

I got my cut yesterday and got a chance to meet and chat with Rudy's CEO, Brendon Lynch. They are very excited to be in Atlanta and feel there is a hip crowd here that will embrace Rudy's. I can tell you, there is and they will. While the space is full service, ,offering everything from a basic haircut to coloring, Rudy's is a welcoming place - you want to enter and the staff makes you feel welcome. That's great but what about the quality of services? Excellent, of course! I love my haircut.  

Read more about Rudy's HERE!



On March 1st, west coast brand Rudy’s Barbershop, known for its quality cuts and line of superior products, will open their first Georgia location at Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed, mixed-use community hub Ponce City Market.

Since 1993, Rudy’s has reignited the barber shop concept by offering unisex services in a creative, raw and vibrant environment. Step inside any Rudy’s location, and you will find a curated blend of art and music alongside high quality products and services. The brand creates a sense of community and place in each of their shops spread across Washington, Oregon, California, New York, Tennessee and now Georgia. 

“We’ve been looking at Atlanta for a while. It’s such an amazing city, especially the Old 4th Ward neighborhood with its rich history and creative energy. Once we heard about the Ponce City Market space, we knew it was a perfect fit for our brand. We think there’s a big opportunity for us to find a strong customer base in the Atlanta region” – Brendon Lynch, Rudy’s CEO. 

The 1,477 square-foot Atlanta shop will be led by an experienced stylist from Seattle and will feature seven barber chairs and a variety of grooming products for men and women, including Rudy’s own brand as well as top brands like BYRD, Baxter of California, Bumble and bumble, Reuzel and Malin+Goetz. 

Services include a buzz cut for $15, short cut for $32, long cut for $45, beard trim for $10, bang trim for $10, color starting at $90 and a blowout for $35. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged and can be booked on 

In preparation of the opening of their brick-and-mortar location, Rudy’s will host a special pop-up shop within Citizen Supply, a curated artisan marketplace located on Ponce City Market’s second floor, from February 18th through February 25th. During this time, the brand will offer their same quality cuts and superior products to Citizen Supply’s consumers during regular store hours: 10AM-9PM Monday through Saturday and from 12PM-8PM on Sunday. 

Following their pop-up, Rudy’s will celebrate the official opening of their space with complimentary cuts all day on Wednesday, March 1st. In addition, there will be a grand opening party that evening with drinks, music and free food. The event is free and open to the public. Rudy’s Barbershop at Ponce City Market will be open 9AM-9PM daily.