Voting is go sooo well for the Contest! I love how the poll gives results right after you vote; and how the system’s set up so overzealous supporters can’t vote more than once. Genius! Voting ends tomorrow morning!
Until then, I’m gonna take a quick break from ‘Real Style’ to talk about a hot red carpet trend: embellishments.
Stars have truly been shining lately, donning frocks and tops decorated with stones, sequins, gromments, and crystals. Let’s take a look:


…flaunts a body skimming dress artfully decorated with bronze stones at the 2007 World Music Awards in Monaco.
Kelly Rowland…
..looks scintillating in a midnight blue strapless dress peppered with black crystals at the 2007 European Music Awards in Germany.
Kerry Washington…Source
…is simply divine in this silver stoned number at the ACE awards last night in NYC (and I’m lovin her Christian Louboutin Bling Bling Peep-Toe Pumps…too bad they’re $1,325!)
And Alicia Keys…
…shines in a floor length gray sequined gown.
If you want a more casual embellished look, Cassie does it well…
… wearing jeans with a simple yet chic stone decorated top at the MTV awards.
And Toccara gets in on the trend….
..with a chocolate brown sequined tank.
Want an embellished look?
If you want to go all out (think New Years or night on the town), these dresses fit the bill:
Top Row: Graham and Spencer Stone Dress, $394, www.tobi.com; Sexy Sequin Sweater, $148, www.ardenb.com; Maggie London Embellished Trapeze Dress, $148, www.nordstrom.com.
Bottom Row: Dream Society Zahara Stone Embellishment Dress in Ivory, $215, www.revolveclothing.com; Jacquard Shift Dress, $168, www.ardenb.com; Kensie Sparkle Mini Dress, $118, www.macys.com.
Need something a litte more casual? Go with a hot top, like these:
Left to Right: Embellished Tunic, $37.80, www.forever21.com; Eight Sixty Jewel Trim Trapeze Tunic, $72, www.nordstrom.com; INC International Concepts® Embellished Cutaway Top, $79, www.macys.com.
While embellished dresses are generally expensive, you can get jeweled tops for a steal. Forever 21 has a bunch. Check ’em out!