Alex Woo Trunk Show at Desires November 15th

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Tara Mikolay | 0 Comments

Desires by Mikolay is so excited to team up with New York Designer Alex Woo for a special, one day only, trunk show, offering fabulous, fully-personalized gifts just in time for the holidays!


We are so thrilled to partner with Alex Woo for an event that is sure to be as fun as the line itself. Alex Woo is the epitome of classic cool and in the spirit of a true New Yorker, her collection is equal parts trendy and sophisticated, and makes the perfect accessory for women of all ages.

Each piece is beautifully crafted and with so many customizable options, Alex Woo is the best way to tell your story through your jewelry. Wear your name, a quirky lightning bolt, an elephant for luck, or keep your children’s initials close to your heart. The pendants are basic, but make an incredibly stylish statement, and they are sure to become your next every day staple.

Join us on November 15th and get your holiday shopping done early! These contemporary yet timeless pieces will make a great gift for any of your loved ones… or yourself! Available in a variety of materials, including sterling, 14k gold, and diamonds, Alex Woo pieces come in a wide range of prices so there is something for everyone!

Desires by Mikolay is located at 55 King Street in Chappaqua, New York. For more information, contact and be sure to RSVP on Facebook for a trunk show you won’t want to miss!

Contact: Tara Mikolay 914.522.5854
Date: Thursday, November 15th
Time: 10am-7pm
Desires by Mikolay
55 King Street
Chappaqua, NY 10514


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Not just costume jewelry, but a jewelry costume!

Posted on October 09, 2012 by Tara Mikolay | 0 Comments

This Halloween make your costume come to life with jewelry! Rock an ensemble centered around iconic pieces and pair with basic, easy-to-find clothing. Let your accessories do the work, and your creativity shine!

If putting together a chic, original costume for Halloween has you stressed, relax! We know that finding all the right elements of an outfit can be a chore, so we've saved you the hassle! This year, focus just on the fun, sparkly stuff, and then you will have invested in pieces you can wear over and over, and designed a unique look to boot!

Marilyn Monroe
What better jewels to begin with than diamonds? Marilyn Monroe's character, Lorelei Lee, in the 1953 film "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" said (sang) it best with "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." Dress as Lorelei this Halloween, and your costume could make this very true statement. Compromising pictures with a diamond mine owner and marrying for money not required.

 Not just costume jewelry, but a jewelry costume!

Sure, finding a dress with such an impressive bow might be a challenge, but why not do a modern take on this classic beauty? Start with this adorable dress from J. Crew, add some gloves from the party store, and then go to town with the diamonds! Try splurging on one item (diamonds are forever, after all!) and fill in the rest from your favorite stores (Forever 21, Target, and Kohls are always great spots for cheap, sparkly finds).

Finish with some fabulous red lipstick and a great blonde 'do and you'll be sure to turn heads, and earn your fair share of tiaras!

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1. Pink Flamenca Dress, J. Crew, $99
2. Hot Pink Flapper's Gloves, Costume Supercenter, $7.99
3. Rhinestoned Bracelet, Forever 21, $12.80
4. Emerald Cut Collar Necklace, Forever 21, $12.80
5. Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings, Forever 21, $6.80

6. Diamond Sparkling Event Earring, Desires by Mikolay, $8950
7. White Bangle Bracelet, Desires by Mikolay, $150
8. Pave Diamond Ring, Desires by Mikolay, $5950
9. Crystal Triple Strand Necklace, Desires by Mikolay, $590

Grecian Goddess
Yell out TOGA! TOGA! and unleash your inner Venus (with a bit more clothing, of course) in this uncomplicated, elegant costume. Relive your "Animal House" days as a sophisticated adult and you'll look simply divine!

 Not just costume jewelry, but a jewelry costume!

The internet is full of great tutorials on how to tie togas. Check out this video on Youtube (How to tie a toga) with comprehensive instructions for multiple styles, all of which start from the classic bedsheet and will look sensational on you! Then add bold cuffs, luxurious gemstones, comfy sandals, and you'll be good as gold! In just a few simple pieces, you'll be deserving the royal treatment.

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1. 5pc Stack Colored Bangles in Coral/Gold, Target, $29.99
2. Ellie Rome Gladiator Sandal,, $47.95
3. Collar Necklace, Target, $16.99
4. Stenciled Leaf Headband, Urban Outfitters, $19

5. Gemstone Bangles in Gold Plate, Desires by Mikolay, $350-450
6. Hammered Disk Earring on Post, Desires by Mikolay, call for price
7. Hammered Cuff Bracelet, Desires by Mikolay, call for price

Audrey Hepburn
Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is the ultimate effortless fashionista. Her black satin Givenchy dress, Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses, and incredible pearl and diamond jewelry have become iconically known as the world's greatest window shopping outfit. This Halloween, yell for Cat, and finally whip out that little black dress you look amazing in and don't wear nearly enough!

 Not just costume jewelry, but a jewelry costume!

See you October 31st standing outside Desires by Mikolay with a coffee and pastry? Okay, cool.

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1. Nicole Miller Black Matte Stretch Jersey Halter Dress,, $199.20
2. Elie Tahari Black Stretch 'Trudy' Shift Dress,, $134.25
3. Collar Necklace, H&M, $17.95
4. Rhinestone Brooch Pin,, $9.95
5. Princess Cut Rhinestone Studs, Forever 21,  $6.80
6. Long Black Gloves, Party City, $12.99
7. Rhinestoned Tiara Hair Elastic, Forever 21, $9.80
8. Xhilaration Round Black Sunglasses, Target,  $12.99

9. Scott Mikolay Stud Earring in White Topaz, Desires by Mikolay, $990
10. White Pearl and Diamond Bracelet, Desires by Mikolay, $150

Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
Okay, I'll admit it. This one's a toughie. But if you have the means, and a gorgeous head of red hair, this could be the greatest costume ever. The scene where Edward gives Vivian the diamond and ruby necklace before the opera is one of jewelry's most beloved film appearances. And did you know his snapping the box closed was totally improvised?! Adorable.

red dress Not just costume jewelry, but a jewelry costume!

I've often seen Vivian's, shall we say, professional outfit represented on Halloween, but never this more elegant one. The patent leather boots didn't cut it on Rodeo Drive, so please, someone go for this! Note: Richard Gere not included.

julia Not just costume jewelry, but a jewelry costume!

1. Red Chiffon Off the Shoulder Prom Gown, Linda Dresses, $135
2. Pamella Roland One Shoulder Gown, Neiman Marcus, $1980
3. Faviana Couture Chiffon Strapless Evening Dress,, $258
4. Rose Cut Ruby Necklace, Desires by Mikolay, call for price
5. Long White Gloves, Party City, $9.99
6. Pretty Woman Inspired CZ Ruby Necklace,, $289

Get creative, jewelry lovers! You probably already have the clothes, so all that's left to do is try on the accessories, and that's the best part, right?

Have any other JEWELRY COSTUME ideas? Let us know! (And share pics, please!)

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Accessorizing Kathy Wakile

Posted on September 30, 2012 by Tara Mikolay | 0 Comments

Kathy Wakile is the darling of the Real Housewives of New Jersey for her down to earth attitude and putting family first. When I got the call to style her for the upcoming reunion, I could not have been more thrilled. I have to admit; one of my guilty pleasures is that I am a Real Housewives super fan.

Meeting Kathy she was as I expected, kind and approachable, someone you would describe as ‘sweet’. But behind that sweet demeanor you could see her inner diva unfold as she went through my trays of jewelry. One thing Kathy loves is Diamonds, and she knows how to wear them! We selected some statement pieces that would make Mariah Carey jealous…

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Kathy Wakile wears Scott Mikolay jewelry on the Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion

1. Pave Diamond Earrings by Scott Mikolay

Glamour & style these pave Diamond event earrings boast 5.83ctw of Diamond set in 18k white gold - $8950.

2. White Topaz Cuff Bracelet by Scott Mikolay

Triple row White Topaz crown bracelet by Scott Mikolay set in 18k white gold - $14025.

3. Diamond Armor Ring by Scott Mikolay

Bring on the drama with this Diamond armor ring by Scott Mikolay set in 18k white gold. This innovative design is a Desires by Mikolay exclusive - $9850.

The Real Housewife of New Jersey beauty rocked the bling at the Reunion airing Sunday September 30th at 10pm EST. Scott Mikolay jewelry designs are found online at or by contacting Desires by Mikolay at 914.238.2223.

To view these beautiful pieces in person visit Desires by Mikolay at 55 King Street Chappaqua, NY 10514.

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Top 5 picks for transitional jewelry…Summer to Fall

Posted on September 06, 2012 by Tara Mikolay | 0 Comments

As we officially approach the end of summer and feel the crisp morning nip in the air, we immediately jump into cozy sweaters and fall boots. We forget that in September we can experience some lovely weather that helps us transition from our Summer wardrobe into our Fall one.

That same principle applies to our jewelry wardrobe! The pieces you have been living in all summer long still have a place in your look for early Fall.

Your favorite gold hoop earrings or that bold watch, work well against the deeper color palettes of Fall.

My top 5 picks for jewelry that will transition you from Summer to Fall…

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1)   Bold cuff bracelet

The good news is that bold jewelry is a Fall 2012 jewelry trend. Remember that cuff bracelet that you have been wearing with your summer maxi dress? Well guess what? It looks amazing worn over a thin long sleeve cashmere sweater or a silky dress.

These cuff bracelets are a bestseller, combining texture with metal creates a sophisticated yet forward look.

Stylists are showing cuffs worn this way. Often paired with a great hoop earring…which leads me to #2…

To read more go to Good Enough Mother, Rene Syler's Blog

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Going to a special event? Wow them with your jewelry!

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Tara Mikolay | 0 Comments

With special events, such as weddings, charity events & parties, such a part of our lives one area where we can stand out from the crowd is with our jewelry. I get told all the time by my clients, 'but I can't afford jewelry'...Okay, I get that. Not everyone is going to be able to purchase a pair of Diamond earrings to go with that little black dress. But here's the great news-you don't have to! Fashion jewelry these days is so elevated that you can create a red carpet ready look.

One of my favorite designers that I turn to when dressing my clients is Anna Beck. Her designs have recently been seen on the gorgeous Maria Menounos! This look is great for those who want to spice up their refined look with some bold statement pieces...

 Going to a special event? Wow them with your jewelry!

Add that SPLASH of color! Anna Beck fashion jewelry available at Desires by Mikolay 914.238.2223 $100-$650

One of our bestselling earrings from this collection is her Green Amethyst chandelier ($315 available at Desires by Mikolay 914.238.2223). Green is the NEW neutral and just ads that subtle touch of cool toned color.

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Ladies often feel pressure when going to an event to purchase a new dress...Spending a lot of money on a dress that you might wear once or twice is simply a waste of money. Instead of purchasing a new dress each time, invest in a great black sheath. Wear the same dress to your events, but reinvent the look with your accessories. Clothes only work for a few seasons unless you buy something super classic. Jewelry, however, lasts forever! So skip that metallic dress that happens to be on trend right now. Focus instead on some new accessories.

Another designer that I often style with is the talented Miguel Ases...Worn by celebrities from Sarah Jessica Parker to Ashley Judd, and more recently Michele Obama became a fan!

 Going to a special event? Wow them with your jewelry!Miguel's line is all about large statement earrings, so bold you can forget about a necklace. Besides having great price points ($115-$495), many of his earrings are dual toned metallics...This appeals to me due to it's versatility...Picking up on both gold and silver tones allow the wearer to mix metals and create a more eclectic look. These bestellers showcase both the gold and silver tones. E21500 149x300 Going to a special event? Wow them with your jewelry!

As you can see the options are limitless...At Desires by Mikolay we specialize in being able to help you create that red carpet look on any budget! Want help creating your next event's look? Bring in your dress and my team & I will work our magic!

Keep up to date on jewelry, Desires promotions & more by liking us on Facebook.

Til then fashionista's, Happy Shopping!

-Tara Mikolay


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Fall in love with June’s birthstone the luminous Pearl

Posted on June 13, 2012 by Tara Mikolay | 0 Comments

There is so much history to Pearls, it is hard not to be enamored by them...A gem that is unsurpassed by it's beauty and elegance, at one point Pearls were only worn by royalty! In today's modern world Pearls are very 'on trend' and I often get requests for them in my store Desires by Mikolay.

What is the allure all about? Well Ancient greek civilizations believed that Pearls where the hardened tears of joy that the goddess of love shook from her eyes when she was born from the sea. With that sort of romantic story, it is no wonder that Pearls are used to celebrate an important anniversary...

The one mystery that surrounds Pearls that I hear again and again is, 'What is the difference between a Cultured Pearl and a Natural Pearl?". I get it...Pearls can be confusing...The easiest way to explain this is that Cultured (or Freshwater Pearls) are created by humans...humans basically mimic the process that happens organically in nature in freshwater. Since they are created and not natural, the price on Cultured (Freshwater) Pearls are less rare and therefor more affordable.

Natural Pearls (or Saltwater Pearls) are much more rare...What happens in nature is that an irritant lodges it's way into the flesh of a mollusk, which in turn than produces a protective substance called a 'nacre'. Over time, layer upon layer of nacre is produced creating a lustrous pearl. Natural Pearls include Akoya, Tahitian & South Sea Pearls. They are much more rare and considered a luxury item.

I love this gem and recently got myself my first set of Pearl studs (at 33! I am not sure how I held out so long!). Even though my personal style is a bit more edgy, I find myself truly enjoying these earrings when I want a simple & refined look...And Pearls go with everything so it makes them easy to wear...

I love answering questions about Pearls so feel free to email me on this, or anything jewelry related to Or if you are in the Westchester area stop by my store, Desires by Mikolay at 55 King Street Chappaqua, NY 10514. Fall in love with Junes birthstone the luminous Pearl

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