I love pearls. I adore pearls. All sizes and shapes. I keep hoping one will miraculously show up in an oyster. I've eaten lots of oysters lately, but alas no pearls. I'm not really a single strand of pearls (as in necklace) kind of a girl, but I prefer to wear them in a more dramatic way. The bigger the better. Fortunately for my budget there are some great impostors out there. I'll pile necklace after necklace on - mixing both real and fake... I'll do the same with bracelets and wrap long strands of faux necklaces around my wrists to create a dramatic piling effect. I love pearl buttons, and with those as well, the bigger the better, I say. Those who know me best might say that my oversized pearl earrings are my signature style. I wear them with everything from ripped jeans to black tie. The pearl is sophisticated and polished. It's also a lot of fun - and I think jewelry and fashion should be fun. (Image to the right via Chanel)
I fantasize over the fabulous pieces that come out of the House of Chanel - the clothes and the jewels. But that's what it all is... it's a fantasy. I've been lucky in that I have inherited from my grandmother the ability to create the look for less. It's less the piece of jewelry or the article of clothing than how it is worn and paired. In that sense my grandmother was the master of deception. She may have looked as though she was entirely dressed in classic Chanel, but I assure you that she was not. It's actually easier to do nowadays with so many designers and brands drawing inspiration from the major design houses. I certainly like it and if I was one of those designers, I'd be extremely honored. Chanel, while very much my style is not my budget. (Above and below images via Athens Street Style.)
I adore everything from the above picture, from the bag - Hermes - to the coat with the over-sized pearl-like buttons, to the double pearl ring - Chanel. Can someone please tell me who makes this amazing vest/coat?!!
Last week I was out shopping with my daughter and stumbled across a fun pearl ring. I wasn't looking for it, but perhaps it was looking for me? With a big weekend ahead of me in New York I picked up the ring knowing it would be perfect for a couple of the dressier events I would be attending. It wasn't until I tried it on that I saw how similar it was to Chanel's when worn on a finger. Because the ring I got is adjustable I can wear it on several fingers.
I posted the below photo (taken with my iPhone 4S) on Instagram and Facebook and was deluged with likes and comments... One person even commented saying that she adored the Chanel ring! I simply shared the photograph with the thought that every cocktail ring should be accompanied by a cocktail. Don't you think?
I give away trade secrets all the time. And I suppose I shouldn't but I do. Now, you could have the said Chanel ring for a mere $1,000 USD, OR you could head over to Zara and pick up this beauty for $19.95!
Side by side do these rings look alike? Not exactly, but scroll back up and look at our fingers. Not bad, I say, especially at a savings of over $975!
If Chanel is your thing, click here to see the ring and the rest of the collection. The rest of you should hop on over to Zara's website!
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Ending this crazy busy week on a high note. As many of you know I’ve drunk the @joyridestudio Cool-Aid. It’s been an amazing journey for the past year and a half, but I’m even more thrilled to tell you all that I’m joining forces with their marketing team and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am. There’s so much great new stuff in store and I can’t wait to share it all with you. Lookin’ forward to the ride!
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Every. Single. Day. The older I get the harder I push. Giving up isn’t an option. Some days I’m stronger and that’s ok. As long as I know I keep giving it my best shot. For me, it’s not about being strongest, fastest or the best. But about being my best. As a 10 year sufferer of chronic pain I have learned not to let I defeat or define me. Sometimes it slows me down and that’s ok. I slow down when I need to, and you know what? That’s when I notice the little things... the small details I would have otherwise overlooked and as someone who is very creative this never goes unappreciated!
I’m so fortunate... I really have the best clients. @yclavelouxart’s (Yvonne Claveloux) pieces just speak to me. This former interior designer and stylist is now focusing on the brush and canvas. Stunning abstract Images in bright, vibrant colors really suit any space and style. Here her “Lady Sings the Blues” pairs beautifully with the modern and vintage pieces in this living room. For more information contact me through my profile or reach out to Yvonne through her profile.
Sending you all cool and tranquil thoughts on this hot Tuesday morning! #repost from @luckypeacockdesigns via @stuartmemberyhome
NYC bound with @rebccaryan who got me tickets to Phantom of the Opera for my birthday 🎂! #bestdaughterever
Sailing into the weekend with nothing but blue skies ahead!
I just learned about this gem of a shop in Greenwich - was checking it out on behalf of my client @yclavelouxart and I’m completely smitten! If you’re local do check out @the_drawing_room
Majorly crushing on @danielledrollins Breakfast Room... I mean is this blue and white perfection? Looking forward to seeing you this fall at Rooms with a View!
I’d like this to be my home office today! I’m totally pool house obsessed... Image via @lauraibusk
How I’d love to dive right in! 📸@serendipitymagazine