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Met Costume Institute Gala

SJP copy Sarah Jessica Parker wearing a Philip Treacy (www.philiptreacy.co.uk/) mohawk headpiece and Fred Leighton (www.fredleighton.com) jewels

Every May the Glitterati converge on the Metropolitan Museum of Art to benefit and celebrate the museum’s Costume Institute. The Who’s Who of fashion, entertainment and design all stalk the red carpet. Designers attend with their muses, dressing them in elaborate and sometimes over the top, trend setting creations.

It’s got to be one of the hottest tickets of the year in New York, and all of the fun and festivities took place this past Monday night. Can you believe my invite got lost in the mail again??

Everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Gyllenhaal,”Girls” star Lena Dunham, Beyonce, Sienna Miller, Nicki Minaj and many other stars and starlets alike all gathered to turn the 5th avenue shrine to art into a mecca for fashion and all that is fabulous.

Every year the gala focuses around a different theme and this year it is, PUNK: Chaos to Couture and it will be on exhibit from May 9th – August 14, 2013 (http://www.metmuseum.org/)

Stars went all out to pay homage to punk style, but one of the standouts was Sarah Jessica Parker. SJP wore a jeweled Mohawk headpiece by the London milliner Philip Treacy (http://www.philiptreacy.co.uk/) and a suite of 19th century diamond jewelry from the eponymous upper eastside estate jeweler Fred Leighton (www.fredleighton.com).

Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. SJP in the fabulous Philip Treacy scene stealing jeweled mohawk headpiece!

I’ve been out of commission for the past few days. My pup Julio passed away earlier in the week and  that’s why this blog is so late. He was a great little guy and I’m going to miss him everyday.

julio

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Cuffs of Love

wedding bracelets

With Valentines Day this thursday, my mind is drifting off to more romantic times. No, not in my life, in history, of course!!

The Victorian period brought about many romantic and sentimental designs in jewelry. From “regard” jewelry, that spelled out the word using a ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond, to “hair” brooches that would contain a lock of your loved ones hair (also, popular as a form of mourning jewelry), to portrait miniatures, which was a common way to keep the image of a loved one close to your heart before the advent of photography.

One of the most popular love tokens of the Victorian Era were “wedding bracelets”. These were a set of two bracelets that we’re given to the bride to be by her future husband. She would wear one bracelet during the engagement and the other on her wedding day. Which is why, when these bracelet sets are found today, one is usually in better shape than the other due to not being worn as often.

yg bracelet pair

It was also common for these bracelet sets to be broken up, when a mother would eventually give one away to her daughter or daughter in law. So, it is quite something to find a well preserved pair of wedding bracelets still in their original fitted box.

Matching pairs of bangles in different styles have become a popular look on the red carpet, Sometimes you see both layered together on one arm and others it’s one on either arm, which is more of a Wonder Woman, chick power, Clash of the Titans look. I prefer it the second way, but give it a shot and see what works best for you!

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2013 Grammys and the Name Game

2013 Grammys and the Name Game

florence welch Well, there was a definite Pinky ring moment happening on the 2013 Grammy red carpet. That’s right, pinky rings (Woo hoo!! Now I can wear mine again!). Now, before you raid your Grandfather’s top drawer, I’m not talking about Sopranos style, mobster, horse shoe, race tracky, pinky rings. I’m talking cool rock star style and among the stars rockin’ some bling on their littlest finger tonight were Jennifer Lopez, wearing a chunky diamond eternity band from Norman SIlverman along with a large, shiny rose gold cuff bracelet and ring, Florence Welch wearing an interesting snake ring, and Faith Hill showing off a GIANT, emerald cut, diamond solitaire.

carrie underwood    I have a bone to pick with Carrie Underwood tonight. Carrie, when a jeweler lends you a 381 carat diamond necklace (Johnathon Arndt), it’s not because they actually like you or think you’re cute, it’s free advertising for them (Johnathon Arndt). That’s right, you’re a walking, talking PR moment for the lender (Johnathon Arndt). So, when a jeweler (Johnathon Arndt) lends you a piece to wear, as a favor to them (Johnathon Arndt) try to remember their name (Johnathon Arndt) and give them a much deserved shout out (Johnathon Arndt)! Just saying. Oh, and correct pronunciation of a jewelers’s  name is always good too (Kat Dennings). Who the hell is David Lurman??? It’s Y-U-R-M-A-N.

miranda lambert Miranda Lambert was wearing a really interesting suite of jewelry tonight. Not sure who it’s from unfortunately , but she had on a fantastic sunburst style earring with a large oval drusy surrounded by what looked like black opals and maybe quartz or diamonds (?) and two layered blackened cuff bracelets also set with large oval drusys.

.Pharrell  I have to say that I have never been a fan of Pharrell Williams, I actually find his music extremely annoying. Then again, as a classic rock girl I find most contemporary music extremely annoying. But, after Pharrell’s shout out to Serena (a little girl with terminal cancer, who is designing “Hope” bracelets in conjunction with Lorraine Schwartz) I might have to try listening to his music again. Very cool.

Kelly Rowland  Kelly Rowland looked amazing in a sexy black dress and gorgeous Lorraine Schwartz jewels. She was sparkling in a Deco style onyx, diamond and emerald earring and two ginormous emerald rings, one a cushion cut surrounded by multiple shaped diamonds and the other a three stone chunky emerald dazzler. The bright green color really popped against her skin tone and her dress. Green should be her new go to color! And I might have to cut bangs after seeing hers!

Oh, and I have to say I absolutely love the E! red carpet Mani Cam, for the great close ups of rings and bracelets!!

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