It’s All About the Hair: Miley Cyrus

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Cute child star-turned-twerking sensation Miley Cyrus turns the big 21 this weekend. While the latest news is her bleached eyebrows (HUH?!), we thought it was a good time to chronicle the star’s ever-changing ‘dos.

Photo: Jesse Grant/WireImage

Photo: Jesse Grant/WireImage

Miley first made a name for herself back in 2006 as the star of Disney Channel’s hit series Hannah Montana. On the show, Miley’s character (quite appropriately) lived a double life, one as an average teenage girl name Miley Stewart and the other as pop-star, Hannah Montana.

Just how did Miley Stewart hide her celebrity? With a wig; brunette to blonde, and no one would be the wiser! However, as drastically different as her two characters’ hair was on the show, no one could have expected how Miley’s 20-something hairstyle would develop from that long-haired brunette we met back in the day!

Check out the evolution of this pop princess…

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2007: Finding Her Stride

One year into her Hannah Montana career Cyrus added blonde streaks. A little color goes a long way! She had the perfect sun-kissed beach look (Bonus: It also made her look older).

2008: Testing the Waters

Famous or not, every girl has to try out a few colors before landing the right one. In 2008 Cyrus not only dyed her hair back to brunette, but she went even darker than her natural color. Then, a few months later, she went lighter than ever and added bangs.

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What do you think? Which was a better look?

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She had goregous long, flowing hair, and she embraced it! This was the year of curls and waves.

2010: Chopping It Off

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No matter how much girls coveted her long hair, it was time for a change. In time for summer 2010, Cyrus had decided to chop it off! After the crop, her hair just barely skimmed her shoulders.

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Cyrus was one of many stars in 2011 and 2012 who decided to try the Ombre look: Light hair on top gradually fading into dark on the bottom, or vice versa. This was sort of a chicken and egg style. Rather she lead or followed the trent, short hair or long (she had extensions), Cyrus worked it.

2013: Shock & Awe

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Cyrus stunned everyone this year when she chopped off her hair and went from chestnut brown to bleach blonde. While the transformation took some getting used to, I think everyone would agree that she looks great no matter how she styles her hair.

Since Miley Cyrus cut off her hair, Jennifer Lawrence has also dared to go short. Who will be next? We’ll just have to wait and see, but in the meantime, send us your predictions!

 

The Deal with Daith Piercings

glamorous lip ringPeople have been expressing themselves through piercings for centuries.  In fact the first known nose piercing took place around 4,000 years ago. Then to now, the piercing world has come a long way. For example, did you know the first model of a piercing gun was patented in 1880? Imagine getting your ears pierced before that time… Ouch!

While some practices have been around forever, others haven’t even been around since the 80’s (and let’s face it, that was forever ago).  Daith piercings first hit the scene in 1992, but while they’ve been around for a while most people still don’t know that much about them. Here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions:

What is a daith piercing?ssssss

When you hear cartilage, what comes to mind? Odds are you think of the top outer rim of your ear. A daith piercing is also located on your ear cartilage; however, it’s specifically on the piece of ear cartilage located between your ear canal and tragus.

Why is it called a daith piercing?

If you think the word “daith” sounds like the word “death,” don’t fear. It’s probably just because you don’t know Hebrew. In Hebrew daith translates to the word daath, which means knowledge. What does this have to do with an ear piercing? Given the location, daith piercings were originally considered to be a lure of knowledge. Basically they let important information in while keeping nonsense out.

What type of jewelry can be worn in a daith piercing?

image of daith earring from bellybling.netYou can wear nearly any type of earring in a daith piercing, except for something thatclip on fake cartilage earrings from bellybling.net dangles (but that would look funny anyways). A hoop is the most common earring worn in a daith piercing. This may attributed to the fact that it gives off the effect of coming out of your ear. Other popular bling is a rounded heart, such as the one featured on the left. While a heart and hoop our simple, you can really wear anything you want. You can buy hearts covered in gems or even scorpion shaped daith jewelry. You can also fake a daith piercing with a clip-on cartilage earring too.

Does getting a daith piercing hurt?

ssLike any piercing, it’s going to sting at first, and piercings located in the cartilage naturally hurt more than those located in your ear lobe. However, it’s certainly no worse than an industrial, and fortunately the location makes it easy not to bump it. As you’re probably aware, the less you irritate any new piercing the better it feels, so this is a big bonus!

Gettin’ Blingy With It: Cute Nose Rings

Nose rings have been around for quite some time, and by now this accessory has seen it all. Think about it, everything from kids wanting to rebel against their parents to the Pirates of the Caribbean revival.

Beloved as the classic nose hoop is, after all of its years in style it was due for a creative upgrade. Lately the nose hoop has become more than just a hoop, it’s a hoop adorned in gems, hearts, and pearls.

We’re thrilled to see this new trend: cute nose rings.

If you love to wear nose hoops but want to show off your feminine side, we nose hoop nose ring from bellybling.netrecommend the Heart Nose Hoop Ring. This is the best of both worlds, combining characteristics of the basic nose hoop with a dainty heart and gem. Like the style but purple isn’t your color? Try an aqua, pink or clear gem.

image of star nose ring nose hoop from BellyBling.netIf you want a nose hoop that features a charm but hearts aren’t your thing, try a Star Nose Ring. Made of sterling silver, it also comes in a variety of gems. Choose a classic color (as listed above) or shake things up with an iridescent gem.cute nose rings nose hoops from bellybling.net

 

If you would rather not have a gem, we also offer a Music Note Nose Ring and a  Flower Sterling Silver Hoop.

Now for those pearls! Mermaid tears, gems of the sea, whatever you want to image of pearl nose hoop nose ring from bellybling.netcall them, Pearl Nose Ring Hoops are an elegant twist on the classic accessory. Whether they’re on your ring or around a nose ring, pearls add a since of simple sophistication to any outfit. Try pink, blue, green, or buy one of each to coordinate with multiple colors and pieces in your wardrobe.

While we try to keep all of our Belly Bling affordable, we understand that you don’t always have the cash (especially with the holidays coming up). Like the idea of a cute nose ring (or two!) but don’t have it in the budget?

fake nose ring nose hoop from bellybling.netGood news, clip-on belly rings can also be used as nose rings! Why not recycle that old belly bling? Just make sure to clean the Non Piercing Naval Ring between different uses.

So what do you think: clean and classic nose hoop or a blingy cute nose ring? Send us a photo of you sporting your favorite type of hoop.

Girls Gone Wild: Animal Print Jewelry

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The third season of Snooki & JWoww, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley’s hit MTV reality show, premiered a few weeks ago. While it’s clear the girls have done their fair share of growing up since the days of Jersey Shore, some things will never change: Their friendship and their love of animal prints.

If you appreciate purple leopard patterns and rainbow zebra stripes as much as Jenny and Nicole do, then you’re going to love this collection of jewelry!

Whether you have your tongue pierced, you’ve decided to gauge your ears, or you just have a belly button ring, there is something to make everyone happy. Let’s start with the ears and work our way down…image of cheetah ear plug / ear guage

If you’re looking for some wild child gauges, look no further. These fun Cheetah Print Gauges range from an 8 gauge all the way to a 00 gauge. Choose the size that fits your holes now, and if you decide to close them up or stretch them out later you can still maintain the same look. No one wants to outgrow their favorite article of clothing or accessory!

image of Purple Leopard Print Tongue Ring from BellyBling.netMoving on down, there are tons of tongue ring styles to choose from! Take this Purple Leopard Print Tongue Ring for example; it also comes in blue, white and pink.

If you prefer stripes over spots, no worries. A black and white Zebra Tongue Ring might be just the print you need to complete your look. No? If you’re seeking something a little more colorful choose from our assortment of Tiger Print Tongue Rings.

Now for the final stop on our body piercing tour, the belly button. We know Snooki had her naval pierced (just check out this Jersey Shore promo photo), but what type of bling did she wear to the beach? Considering all of the animal themed pillows on Snooki & JWoww, maybe a Zebra Print Belly Button Ring? This particular pack comes with six different colors.image of zebra print belly ring from bellybling.net

Then again, knowing Snooki, it was probably a combination of animal print and bling, and this Crystal Stone Zebra Print Belly Button Ring sure fits the bill! The snazziest piece in our animal print collection, it’s sure to turn a few heads.

So what will it be, lions, tigers and cheetahs, oh my? Natural colors or bright bold themes? There are lots of different prints and styles to choose from, but which one will bring our your inner animal?

 

Mustache Belly Rings for Movember

image of mustache belly ring from belly blingWe’re just a few days into November, and while you don’t see a lot of men growing out and styling their facial hair just yet, that will soon change. November has come to take on many names, including No-Shave-November and Movember.

What began as a fun tradition has grown to represent something much more, prostate cancer awareness. Breast cancer awareness (acknowledged year round with pink clothing and ribbons) is often addressed, but the cancer that only affects men hasn’t been so publicized.

Perhaps it’s because men like to portray such a tough exterior, but prostate cancer has definitely taken a backseat both in the media and in our minds… until now.

So this Movember, support the movement by encouraging those around you to trade in their clean shaves for 70s handlebars! Meanwhile, you can show your encouragement by wearing mustache belly rings.

With five options to choose from, pick the stache that speaks to you! Each bling comes in barbell form and features a gem in addition to the mustache charm. You can even invite your BFF to join you with Best Friend Mustache Belly Button Rings.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 238,590 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. Of that, 29,720 men will die from it this year. What can you do to get those numbers down? Get the word out!

 

Q&A: Surgical Steel Belly Rings

image of surgical steel belly ring from belly bling. If there are two metals that a girl knows anything about, they’re silver and gold. There is even a classic children’s holiday song devoted to them!

Now what about surgical steel? While it doesn’t flow off of your tongue quite as easily as silver and gold, this metal is growing in popularity. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’re wearing surgical steel bling right now and you just don’t know it.

Find out what you’ve been missing out on (or learn a little more about your current bling) with this Q&A about surgical steel belly rings and all of our surgical steel body jewelry.

Q: What makes surgical stainless steel different?

A: The American Academy of Dermatology has found that as the number of people with body piercings increases so does the number of metal allergies. This is because most metals used in studs contain irritating alloys. Surgical stainless steel, on the other hand, is made from the finest quality grade steel, and as a result it is less likely to cause skin irritation.

Q: Will surgical steel belly rings wear down over time?

A: Any jewelry you wear is going to be susceptible to your environment, but compared to other metals, surgical steel is more resistant to rust and oxidation. This means your jewelry will hold that new silver-shine look even longer! Not only that, but surgical steel is durable. While it is possible to scratch it, a light accidental nick here or there shouldn’t leave anything noticeable.

Q: Is surgical steel jewelry more plain or basic than other types of jewelry?

A: Not at all; we would never recommend that you wear jewelry that lacks style. Don’t let the name turn you off. Though “surgical steel” may sound like something that you expect to see in an operating room (it is the very same steel used in medical procedures), Batman bling and a Crystal Flower Twist Belly Ring definitely belong out on the town! If those options aren’t your style, take a look at the rest of our surgical steel selection.

Q: Is surgical steel more expensive?

A: Given all of these benefits you would think that it would be, but the answer is no. Like any belly bling, earring, or gauge you might buy, the price is going to vary based on the design complexity, gems, charms, etc. However, surgical steel belly rings are no more expensive than titanium, and it’s certainly cheaper than gold!

Q: How can I easily identify surgical steel jewelry over other metals on BellyBling.net?

A: You have two options. 1) Simply type “Surgical Steel” into the Keyword Search Bar. 2) Look for 316L Surgical Steel under any product description.

So, now you know more about surgical steel belly rings and body jewelry. If there are any other types of jewelry you’d like to learn more about, we’re here to answer your questions. Let us know!

Celeb Spotlight: Katy Perry

Katy Perry first burst on to the pop music charts back in 2008. Topping Billboard’s list with “I Kissed a Girl,” we got our first real taste of Katy, and we liked it! But what we really love is Katy’s ability to rock so many hair styles and colors.

In honor of Katy’s 29th birthday (today!), we’ve decided to highlight our top 5 favs. And since we’re all about the bling factor, we’ve added what we think would make a great bling add-on.

 

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While Katy is known for her ever-changing color, this one struck us because of the softness of the pink. When a color is so shocking (like the electric blue she’s been known to flaunt), it takes away from her gorgeous features. The added bows soften the look even further.

Bling Add-On: Gem flower tragus earring

 

 

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A multi-toned color like this lightens and brightens without washing out the skin tone. In fact, we think it makes skin look even more luminescent. The angled cut helps too, drawing the eye from top to bottom and slimming the face.

Bling Add-On: Pink glitter ball captive bead ring

 

 

 

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Nothing updates a look more than blunt cut bangs. The eye-framing style is perfect for Katy and pairs nicely with ends that are a little more jagged and grazing the collarbone. It’s easy to go long with this style too- extensions can add volume without losing the focus on the face.

Bling Add-On: Spike marble twist eyebrow ring

 

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Layers and waves have a way of looking spunky, even with an all-over color. Add a little bling and a messy part that’s just slightly off-center and this is a look that’s fun and flirty on almost anyone.

Bling Add-On: Owl labret ring

 

 

 

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The tossled curls and layers take on a new dimension in a warm strawberry blonde color. Well-placed highlights around the face look perfect with dramatic eye shadow and bold lip color.

Bling Add-On: Dangle gem cartilage earring

 

 

 

 

 

So tell us: what’s your favorite Katy Perry style? And which celeb would you like to see as the subject of our next Celeb Style Spotlight?

 

 

 

Boo! Halloween Belly Rings

Halloween is almost here, and before you know it little kids will be putting on their witches’ hats and cartoon masks and showing up at your door begging for candy! It’s a time-honored tradition and the highlight of any little kid’s month… but why should they have all of the fun?

Whether you think you’re too old to dress up or you have the perfect costume planned, we’ve got Halloween belly rings for every personality!

Charming
image of halloween belly ringSimply seeking something cute to add a little holiday spirit? Try the Glowing Ghost. Since Halloween parties are almost never held during the day, this ghost is a fun surprise for all!

Why We Love It: When the glowing ghost isn’t lit up the glow in the dark coloring goes well with any outfit.

 

Creepy
image of spiderman halloween belly ring from bellyblingPerhaps you’re looking for something a little creepier? This Dangling Spiderman Belly Button Ring is a Halloween classic that shows you’re not a girly girl and you’re not afraid of a little bug with eight legs (or a haunted house).

Why We Love It: What’s to love about this belly bling? More like what’s not to love. Whether you’re trying to look scary or stylish, black and a blood red gem fits the bill.

 

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image of pirates Halloween belly rings from bellybling.netLots of Halloween costumes require more than one person: The Shining twins, Thing 1 and Thing 2, you get the idea. So why not invite your friend to join you in wearing BFF Halloween naval rings? Skull & Crossbones “Best Mates” bling may not be the scariest thing, but who wants to celebrate friendship with something that could scare a child?

Why We Love It: Best friends are always in style!

 

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Belly Bling Halloween belly ringsSome people take Halloween a little more serious than others. Some think it’s a great excuse to be someone else for a night, and others run around the cemetery and say seance. If you’re like the latter then this Skull & Flames naval ring is the perfect match.

Why We Love It: This says you’re not messing around! You’ll  be sure to get everyone’s attention and let them know you prefer tricks over treats.

 

No Naval Piercing?
Just because you don’t have your belly button pierced doesn’t mean we’re about to leave you out of the fun! Did you pierce your tongue instead? Try one of these stainless steel Skull Barbells. Halloween is a great excuse to switch up your normal wardrobe, so why go with a boring stud like you do the other 364 days in the year? skull tongue ring from belly bling

Don’t have a tongue piercing either? What about gauged ears? We recommend a Glow in the Dark Gauge. These gauges are a good option because they have that Halloween signature glow yet you can wear them year round!glow in the dark ear gauge from belly bling.net

How does your bling compliment your costume or outfit? We want to see! Send us your photos!

Last but not least, Happy Halloween from your friends at Belly Bling!

 

Name Dropping: Designer Belly Rings

In the lyrics of recently re-united band, Fall Out Boy’s, hit “Sugar We’re Goin Down” Pete Wentz sings, “Drop a heart, break a name.” Well we say save the hearts, and drop a name!

Belly Bling offers a variety of big name designer belly rings that were created with your wallet in mind. Enjoy your favorite brands without breaking the bank!

Do you dream of Dior? Give in to your subconscious desires with a Dior Belly Button Ring. image of dior belly ring from belly bling

Other than the price tag, what do we love about this piece? It’s so obvious even a guy can understand. Let’s be honest, men don’t always appreciate labels and logos. Even if they can’t tell the difference between the American Eagle eagle and the Lacoste crocodile, when the name is spelled out in gemmed letters there is no way it will go unnoticed.

That said, there is one brand every good boyfriend should know… Tiffany. 29180-tiffany-inspired-fancy-gold-belly-ring-heart-lock_1_320We offer two Tiffany-inspired belly rings, a glass fish and a gold heart, lock and key. The Lock and Key is more your traditional Tiffany style, while the Glass Fish tests some 20619-tiffany-glass-fish-dangling-belly-ring_1_320new waters with bold colors and a quirky feel. But don’t take our word for it, head to the website and see for yourself!

Juicy Couture bling is the most diverse collection. With four different design and color combinations to choose from (all of which feature Juicy’s signature crown emblem), you can choose the belly bling that speaks to you.

Juicy Couture belly ring from bellybling.netWhile the average Juicy charm costs $48, Juicy Couture Belly Bling tops out at $15. Sport the crown and safe the cash! You don’t have to spend a fortune to show off your good tastes.

Not into Dior, Tiffany or Juicy? Maybe you’re more of a Baby Phat Fan. Try the Baby Fat Dangling Belly Button Ring. This bling features a gem-studded baby phat cat that is guaranteed to go purr-fectly with any outfit.image of baby phat belly ring from bellybling.net

To close, we’ll resort to another famous line, “What’s in a name?” Sorry Shakespeare, but in the world of fashion, a label says a lot!

Make a Statement: Word Belly Rings

Whether you’re turning a plain t-shirt into a stylish ensemble or merely adding a simple, sophisticated accent to your date night attire, jewelry is an easy way to make your outfit go from drab to fab.

Sometimes it’s even more than that; sometimes you want your jewelry to make a statement… that’s where the Belly Bling’s Word Belly Rings collection comes in.

We’ve got something for everyone. Don’t believe it? See for yourself. Here are the top naval rings guaranteed to boost your self-expression.

 

image of Belly Bling's word belly rings“Angel”   For the girl who’s an angel… or not. Why not let the world know you’ve got a flirty attitude and big ambitions? This dangling belly ring not only tells it like it is, but it boasts a sleek simplicity too. What more could you want?

 

image of USA word belly rings“USA”   For the patriots; to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Perhaps the flashiest example of our words belly ring collection, this jewelry shows off your pride. More than that, it is the perfect addition to any Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day wardrobe.

 

image of breast friends belly ring from bellybling.net“Breast Friends”   For the ones who have proven their friendship can survive anything. The breast cancer awareness BFF bling is both girly and glamorous, and after a rocky road you deserve a little pampering.

 

belly rings with words: cowgirl belly ring“Cowgirl”  For the girl you can take out of the rodeo, but you can’t take the rodeo out of the girl. You’re aware of the fact that cowboy boots are meant for more than just country concerts, and you’re proud of it! So next time you’re up on a horse, why not wear two hats?

 

image of pregnancy belly ring: baby on board bell ring from bellybling.net“Baby on Board”  When you’re pregnant you need to be extra careful with what bling you put in your naval piercing, but let’s be honest, those plain plastic tubes aren’t all that cute. Don’t settle for boring bling, show the world you are excited to have a “baby on board.”

 

Have an idea for some belly bling with words? Let us know and we’ll do our best to add it to the website!