15 chic watches to spruce up any look

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Marble face watch, £22, ASOSIsabel Marant stainless steel and leather watch, £430, Net-a-PorterMondaine Red Evo watch, £149, LibertyUnknown Watches 'The Urban' watch, £80, Harvey NicholsEffervescence watch, £30, Links of LondonUniform Warres M35 watch, £225, LibertyCruise ship watch, £209, Kate SpadeCluse CL18014 watch, £79, ASOSClassic Southampton watch, £115, Daniel WellingtonOlivia Burton watch, £70, TopshopKenzo Dix Huit watch, £171, FarfetchLeopard strap watch, £12.99, New LookVX001 watch, £80, Karen MillenSimple Watch Company Earl watch, £125, ASOS

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10 Pretty Watches for Women

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Yes, you've probably already ditched watches forever for your extra-appendage smartphone, but with chic—and did we mention affordable?—options like these, who says you can't have two timepieces?

A best-selling minimal watch by the design quartet AÃRK Collective, who also happen to be one of our favorite under-the-radar watch makers. 
AÃRK Collective White Peach Watch, $139; monkhousedesign.com. 
For the head-to-toe minimalists who just want something sleek to match their Céline style. 
Marc Jacobs Baker Goldtone Watch, $195; lordandtaylor.com. 
For early birds with an eye for clean design. 
White Birds on a Wire Watch, $175; katespade.com.
A sporty option that's designed to resemble a polo shirt *pops collar*, in a striking shade of forest green. 
Unisex Watch, $125; lacoste.com. 
An understated watch with a soft leather handle and a rose gold dial. 
Vintage Muse Three-Hand Iron Leather Watch, $135; fossil.com. 
From Swatch's new Swiss tribute collection, this one's made to resemble a cuckoo clock (if only it would chirp like one, too). 
Uhrly Watch, $60; shop.swatch.com. 
A *frosted* pave option with an orange band that's not meant to blend in.  
Michael Kors Watch, $195;savvywatch.com. 
Olivia Burton designs some of the prettiest watch faces out there for women, from birds to bees, like this one inspired by Victorian nature scenes. 
Olivia Burton Watch, $110; savvywatch.com. 
A chic golden watch that's a very practical stand-in for a gold wrist cuff. 
Losangelor Watch, $110; shop.swatch.com. 
Because everything looks better in rose gold (and because all the "It" girls are wearing Michael Kors' runway watches, too). 
Michael Kors Mini Slim Runway Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Watch, $195; macys.com.

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Monique Péan Wooly Mammoth Bangles: Ebony and Ivory

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Monique Péan Wooly Mammoth Bangles

With their trendy color scheme (or lack of color scheme, really), Monique Péan’s eco-friendly bangles are hotter than ever. Fossilized wooly mammoth, one of her favorite materials to work with, provides the perfect, pure blank canvas for the designer’s dark designs, all of which are hand-carved. I would even buy these plain, though – the quality is that good! My favorite bracelet is the dotted – it has a fun pattern that matures into pure sophistication on the bangle. The graphic stripes  and V-patterned ones would look good on your arm, too (so maybe indulge in a couple??), but the most intricate and intriguing choice is the scrimshaw . Pair any of these with some gold bracelets or other Monique pieces, and you’ve got a sustainably stylish look. Available at Barneys New York.

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Ashley Pittman Jewels: Do-Gooders

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Ashley Pittman Jewels

I finally met beautiful jewelry designer Ashley Pittman at her personal appearance in Dallas last week. I’ve been an admirer of her work, but there’s more to it than meets the eye! Since volunteering for the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative in Rwanda in 2006, Ashley has sought out ways to help East African communities in need. Her jewel line provides training and employment to local artisan groups there who use fair trade gems and carved natural horn to create these unique pieces. All of the jewels are true standouts. Made from recycled taupe bone, thespiked bronze and bone necklace provides a sense of authority to any outfit, while the marbled Almasi horn cuff gives you some polish. 10% of the profits are donated to fund schooling and healthcare for the Kenyan tribes that Ashley visits, so don’t be shy when you buy! Available on NET-A-PORTER.

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Saint Laurent Opium Onyx Necklace: Chain of Command

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Saint Laurent Opium Onyx Necklace

Saint Laurent nails minimalist chic yet again with this crazy good reissue from their archives. The geometric design hangs from a snake chain that centers around a piece of black onyx. This gemstone is thought to protect against negativity and build up your confidence (wearing it on a stunning necklace certainly can’t hurt your confidence either!). The price will make your jaw drop momentarily, but just think about the lifetime of wear you’ll get out of this. The gold-plated statement necklace is Art Deco-inspired, yet completely modern, and that’s the best kind of vintage – the kind that becomes timeless. You’ll have no trouble finding occasion to throw it on! 

Pair with: This piece is heavy on the metal, so choose a bag without hardware like Nancy Gonzalez’s white croc clutch . The sleek design coordinates perfectly with the simple style of Saint Laurent’s necklace.

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Fernando Jorge Black Diamond, Sapphire & Gold Lobe Earrings: Lightning Strikes

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Fernando Jorge Black Diamond, Sapphire & Gold Lobe Earrings

With the slew of holiday parties coming up, we’re on the lookout for conversation pieces that will draw all revelers’ eyes to you. A take on one of the year’s biggest jewelry trends, the ear cuff, more than fits the bill, especially Brazilian designer Fernando Jorge’s luxe black diamond and sapphire beauty. After all, why should exquisite gems be relegated to merely one point on the ear? Here they strike along the whole lobe like a bolt of rhodium-plated electricity (light and movement were the jeweler’s inspiration) with a mix of pear-shaped and round stones that’s guaranteed to pull in and reflect even more light. And unlike cuffs that simply attach around your ear, these earrings loop through your piercings to ensure they will not be lost (at this price, it would be a true devastation!). 

Fernando Jorge Black Diamond, Sapphire & Gold Lobe Earrings

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