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Q: A "project runway" challenge was to design a cocktail dress using these 2 colors, maybe to go to a Truman Capote ball
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Idol Chatter
American Idol hasn't exactly been the kind of show where you'd expect to find great fashion. Contestants are encouraged to express themselves and even get help from professional stylists, but it's entertainment we're looking for, not style ideas. Nonetheless, we look forward to what everyone with be wearing each week, from how they'll do their hair (Sanjaya), to how they'll accessorize and do their makeup...

OK, so maybe we're paying just a little too much attention to the looks on American Idol, but so what?! We can't help it! In fact, our interest was peeked further when last week, we think we spotted a Kimora Lee Simmons for Hello Kitty necklace dangling around the neck of Idol hopeful Jordan Sparks as she belted out a song by No Doubt. We hope it was a gift (or a faux) since this similar looking Simply Kitty Necklace costs a staggering $4,250 at

If we had that kind of money, we'd find better things to spend it on. But because we've always loved Hello Kitty and her friends when we were growing up, here are some fashionable, less expensive alternatives to show your affection for the curious white cat:

Hello Kitty Pink Head Glass Pearl and Crystal Bead Necklace with Vintage Style Collage Pendant.

Avon Hello Kitty Rhinestone Necklace

Keep your true feelings about Hello Kitty under wraps and display this unique Hello Kitty decorative object in the privacy of your own home. Definitely kitsch.
Hello Kitty Tangerine Deco

A: black & white
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