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Trend Alert: Evil Eye Accessories


While this isn't a new trend, a recent trip to Manhattan reminded me of the increasing popularity of evil eye charms and jewelry. They seemed to be everywhere, from single charms on the wrists of polished uptown girls, to stacks of bracelets made with evil eye beads on downtown artist-types. The significance of the evil eye is that it's said to ward off evil. I remember seeing baskets full of these small, inexpensive glass trinkets at roadside stands and The Grand Bazaar when I visited Turkey years ago. In rural towns, locals would gaze into my eyes and tell me that I brought them good luck (apparently because I have blue eyes). I'm not superstitious but I kinda like this trend and a part of me finds comfort in wearing good luck charms. I picked up a pack of evil eye beads at Michael's the other day for $2.99 to make bracelets. Click any image to get details on these evil eye accessories I found online.

Kitson at ShopStyle


Minka's Hamsa Charm Bracelet, $24.95 at (also available in red/silver, black/gold, black/silver, or turquoise/gold)

Evil eye bracelet (comes in various colors) by Toosis Silver Jewelry Design, $9.90 at

Topshop: It Ain't Cheap

Topshop SOHO Grand Opening

Yesterday I went to the city to experience the grand opening of Topshop's first US store. I went because I write about "fashion for all," and Topshop has the reputation of being THE fashion destination on the British high street, blending cutting edge style with purse-friendly prices. Unfortunately, the prices are anything but cheap. Topshop is not affordable and the prices are completely unreasonable. I knew Topshop was pricy from their online shop but I was hoping that once they opened a store on this side of the pond, the prices would reflect the needs of their American audience. I was sadly mistaken. Another blogger I had lunch with later told me many items in the store were actually cheaper online.