The fashion credits for episode 11 (“Death Will Have His Day”) is still in draft but I was able to get a jump on this week’s episode. First, thanks to Mary Collins of Vauje Jewelry enthusiastically sharing that Cookie Lyon wore one of her necklaces (from her “Empire Inspired” collection) all over her Instagram (follow her at @vauje), I secured my first sighting of the night. And now, after a little searching, here’s the rest of my findings (with cheaper and black-owned alternatives where appropriate):
Buy Cookie Lyon's Custom Vauje Necklace for $85, as seen on #Empire Click To Tweet
Anyone that has been keeping up with Cookie Lyon’s wardrobe this season knows that the billionairess hasn’t worn many affordable items as of late. However, later on today, we will see Cookie wearing a $85 custom gold necklace by black-owned brand Vauje Jewelry. Take a gander at the exquisite icing below:
Counting Betsey Johnson and Lanvin as inspirations, jewelry designer Mary Collins has been creating luxurious, eclectic statement pieces since 2009, and now thanks to the show’s costume designer Paolo Nieddu, she’s made her way to the Empire! I was so excited to learn this latest development as I have been following Collins for a while. I first discovered her work when I saw The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Marlo Hampton modeling a decadent Gold Crown 1 in an Instagram snap. Eventually I’ll splurge on a Vauje crown for myself but in the meantime, I made sure to order my very own Cookie necklace. Would you splurge?
Also worn here: Giambattista Vali Printed Wool Crepe Pants, $756
Happy Small Business Sunday! For today’s entry, I was in the middle of perusing the Disclothesure site when I stumbled across an interesting discovery. Their Aaron Dress was a dead-on dupe for For Love & Lemons’ Antigua Mini Dress in Chartreuse (still available in Black for $146 in size XS at Revolve Clothing).
Once spied on Eniko Parrish, Rocsi Diaz and Empire‘s Tiana Brown last year, the mesh and lace confection retailed for $224 but Disclothesure’s “A-List” Dress is selling for a mere $69! See the neon yellow beaut below:
With Easter around the corner (can you believe the holiday falls on the 27th of this month?), the Aaron would be a great budget-friendly outfit paired with a $135 Love, Cortnie Color Me Leather Statement Clutch (available in various, spring-approved hues like seafoam green, fuchsia pink or lilac):
Did I mention that Disclothesure and Love, Cortnie are both black-owned? I think this is the first time I have found a near identical alternative for a celebrity favorite from a black business for less than $100. I’m confident that there are many more gems waiting for me to showcase here on Blaq Vixen Beauty. Will you take the journey with me?
I was perusing my Instagram feed when I came across Simone Smith’s SIS by Simone I. Smith Crystal Pendant Necklace in 18K Gold Over Sterling Silver.
Smith, the wife of rap mogul LL Cool J and designer of her eponymous jewelry collection, showcased this particular piece in the color Rose Quartz, which is coincidentally Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year. She shared that fans of her jewelry line could score pieces for over 50% off at Macy’s. Coupled with Ebates 6.0% cash back offer and Macy’s 25% off sale (use checkout code VIP), you can save quite a bit of money adding her offerings to your collection! And the best news of all? SIS by Simone I. Smith is a black-owned business carried in Macy’s!
As you can hopefully see, the SIS by Simone I. Smith Crystal Pendant Necklace in 18k Gold Over Sterling Silver originally sold for $300. At over 50% off, the price is now $135.
Let’s get into pieces from her line currently on sale now:
Love Solange’s Furla Stacy Mini Drawstring Bucket Bag? Check out Love, Cortnie’s KeKe Leather Bucket BagPosted on January 9, 2016
Happy second Small Business Saturday! This past week on the ‘Gram, Solange “Legally Brown” Knowles shared snaps of herself posing in a posh pink halter shift dress, white black blocked heel loafers and a $248 Furla Stacy Mini Drawstring Bucket Bag in Rodonite (receive 3% cash back with Ebates).