Jewelry

MORE PINK AND MORE PLEATS this EASTER

OUTFIT IDEAS  |  FASHION CLIFF NOTES
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This outfit idea is great all spring and into summer. It's also ideal for an Easter egg hunt (or pocking contest) this weekend. The skirt is roomy enough and the lycra top is stretchy enough to get into precarious positions for those hard to reach little colorful eggs.
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mignon faget_ pink pleat skirt_ scarf_ fashion blogger


Accessories take these pleats and lycra to the next level. It's what separates a simple, uninspired casual look from a party ready look. Instead of a necklace I love a silk carré. It adds volume. It adds color. It adds sophistication. The belt is a fabulous vintage find which is like a piece of jewelry. Then the cuff - this cuff is one of my favorite pieces from Mignon Faget. It's from the Heir collection (the Blanche Wide Diamond Cuff) and was inspired Vintage Lace, of course. It's completely on trend with this seasons Lacy Cutout looks, but still a staple in one's jewelry box. 
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mignon faget_ pink pleat skirt_ scarf_ fashion blogger

mignon faget_ pink pleat skirt_ scarf_ fashion blogger
what will you be wearing?

FRENCH FRIDAY #39 : FLEUR DE LYS (re-run)

La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, quelle surprise, coffee talk, la tasse de cafe

Fleur de Lys
French Pronounciation:  |flœʀ de leese|
English Pronounciation: |flœʀ de lee|

Translation: Lily

(this is a French Friday re-run from 6.21.13)

I landed in New Orleans today for a trip to the homeland, and as I write, I am inhaling my first Café du Monde café au lait of the trip. My, does home taste delicious!

Being in New Orleans, pretty much everywhere I turn, I see a very special symbol, the fleur de lysand it seemed fitting to discuss it with you fine folks since it is a standard part of New Orleans fashion

It's an ancient symbol that has most famously been used to represent French royalty, and it recalls Louisiana's rich heritage. 
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys
Mignon Faget Earring


...was derived from the lily or the iris flower (it's still debated). Even though it has been used in Louisiana for a couple hundred years, it did not become the state's official symbol until 2008. 
Back in the day, before I realized how cool New Orleans and Louisiana were, I rejected this symbol. It might have to do with The Saints, whose black and gold fleur de lys uniforms I found so cheesy. Now I embrace it all, and you should too!

Let's see how Simone and Amy Lynn handle this fashion statement as they get ready to attend a New Orleans Saints Game:

Simone:   OMG, Amy Lynn, are you really going to wear that hideous black and gold boa and those fleur de lys earrings?

Amy Lynn: Well, yeah! I gotta support my team and my totally radical home state!

Simone: Well, it's making me want to vomit!

Amy Lynn: Why you gotta be such a hater, Simone? Pierre and I are gonna wear our fleur de lys all we want, and you're just gonna be all alone hating!  In fact, Pierre just gave me these Mignon Faget earrings. All the ladies in New Orleans have them.

Simone:OMG, like, just, OMG!




Don't be a hater!

Until Next time, Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love

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Jenée Here - For the past several weeks, as you may have noticed, Mademoiselle Love and I have been on a break from blogging. Our very hectic New York lives sometimes prevent us from even having a simple tasse de cafe to discuss fashionable French words! But, we have some great tasse surprises coming this spring and summer. Stay tuned!

I decided to re-run this Lesson in particular because I am planning a trip to NOLA next week for Fashion Week New Orleans!!! I've purchased a few new key spring essentials, but will of course have a few of my favorite vintage pieces. My Mignon Faget jewelry is also a must for New Orleans. Stay tuned on Outfit Ideas to see how it all comes together.

and now for more fashionable Fleur de Lys
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys Pendant Necklace
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys Ring

and since you know how much I love Vintage - here is a little Fleur de Lys throw back. As we all know, fashion is cyclical and what's old is new again. This chic is sporting Fleur de Lys all over - so GO ON AMY LYNN! 
Marie de Medici 



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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.

Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

COCKTAIL BAGS

A Real Party Accessory
Fashion Cliff Notes | Handbag of the Moment

Over the weekend I met some girl friends for a bit of late night perusing at the MET. We went especially to see the JAR exhibit: a show of intricate jewels dripping in diamonds. Because, what is more fun than drooling over stuff you cannot have? I suppose, admiring something from a distance is what this is called. Well, after contemplating all of this great cocktail jewelry I inevitably starting thinking about cocktail bags. Many of his jeweled sculptures were derived from flowers and pretty straight forward.  Of all the pieces in the show, those that made the best impression on me were the ones with a sense of humor. While these were also derived from nature, like animals and vegetables, these had a more surreal twist to them which I find more suitable as cocktail attire. 
jewels by jar, jewelry, MET, fine jewelry

jewels by jar, jewelry, MET, fine jewelry

jewels by jar, jewelry, MET, fine jewelry
Photos from Pinterest



This brings me to choosing the appropriate cocktail accessories: think conversation piece. Cocktail Parties are filled primarily with 2 things: Cocktails and Conversation. The cocktails help to get the conversation going, but a clever accessory can do the same thing. 

If you choose to go with the classic little black dress for this holiday season of cocktail parties, then consider pairing it with a real conversation piece. Judith Leiber bags are the archetypal minaudière for ladies who cocktail, but for a modern girl, these designers are straight up.

Left Top: Kustawi - these bags from Kenya will give you plenty to converse about
Left Center: Marni - the entire collection has a great quirky sensibility
Left Bottom: Maison Martin Margiela is always sleek and secretive

Center Top: Charlotte Olympia - one of the funniest accessory designers in the market
Center Center: Olympia Le-Tan - girl power
Center Bottom: Diane Von Furstenberg- sealed with a kiss in a hot color

Right Top: Marc Jacobs - this 2 tone look is cheeky
Right Center: Charlotte Olympia - when all else fails, talk about time and the weather
Right Bottom: Mathew Williamson - his gypset style makes you look well travelled

Most of these Clutches can all be found on Net-A-Porter


FRENCH FRIDAY #24 "Défilé de mode"


This Weeks French Phrase: Déjà vu
La Tasse de Cafe | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love


Défilé de mode
Pronounced (day- fee- lay deuh mōd)
Translation : fashion show

Literally "parade of fashion"


So, I'm not sure if you've gathered this by now, but I'm not quite as wrapped up in the fashion world as some people are. And all these fashion shows, or defilés de mode, as we say in French, are making me long for a different kind of défilé...

Yes, that's right! I'm a little homesick for Louisiana parades! There's always a reason to have a défilé in New Orleans- for Halloween, St Patrick's Day and of course, Mardi Gras, just to name a few. No other parades can top them!

But not everyone agrees with me on this one...

Amy Lynn: OMG I wish we were still in Paris. I can't believe we're missing out on Paris Fashion Week!

Simone: Like, whatever! You wouldn't even know what to do if you were at a French fashion show! You'd probably show your tits and ask one of the models to throw you her statement bib necklace.

Amy Lynn: OMG I would never do that! ... Well, maybe if it was the Lanvin Happy Necklace!!!!

I'm thinking Amy Lynn would know better than that, but sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. ;)



Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love
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Jenée hère: 
Who needs twitter to let the world know how you really feel when you can clasp a Lanvin Statement necklace around your neck as a billboard to express your innermost emotion. These necklaces put the "statement" in a Statement Necklace. 

Personally, I'm a huge fan of Lanvin jewelry (Mlle Love, You are right. Sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do) If you feel out of the loop in this conversation (google New Orleans Mardi Gras or feel free to leave a comment ;)


From Tommy Ton at Paris Fashion Week Street Shot. Spring 14 shows

Shot from Glamour at Paris FAshion week for Fall 2013


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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.
Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

No Glass on the Beach

Outfit Ideas For a Beach Party

Outlandish Plastic Accessories find a niche as Beach Wear.
Sometimes a beach day is all about relaxing and jewelry is not part of the look. But on this beach day, it was a friend's birthday party so my attire required some fun elements. (Little Secret: When you can't be the life of the party because you are too tired from working all week, let your accessories do it for you)

The grey and black outfit is made loads more fun with LARGE PLASTIC HOOP EARRINGS and Revlon "Sweetheart Valentine" Hot Pink lipstick.

A floppy sun hat and sunglasses are just sensible in the height of summer. I like this floppy hat from Uniqlo because it's easily packable.
Fluorescent Yellow Beach bag in an Exotic Embossed Vinyl


A Mustache Print Tank top adds some whimsey and is paired with Black Athletic shorts
Note to self: Tuck Tanks IN


Successful and Stylish Beach day Accomplished

*Note - Shoes not pictures but Bensimon Canvas sneakers finished off the look*

Organic and Local

FEATURED:  NAGICIA Statement Ring

Nagicia Jewelry Sirsak Leaf

Nagicia Jewelry Sirsak Leaf

Nagicia Jewelry Sirsak Leaf
On Tuesdays handbags are typically featured, but at a recent lunch date with my handbag designer friend, Amy, I could not stop eyeing her ring. So for today: Jewelry wins.  

Amy, who spends most of her time in Bali, discovered and befriended jewelry designer Tricia Kim. The stunning ring on her right hand is part of Tricia's jewelry line: Nagicia. 

The jewelry is inspired by Bali and the gorgeous nature that surrounds it. Inlaid in this serious "cocktail" ring is a Sirsak leaf indigenous to Bali. If this ring were food, it would be in the local & organic aisle - über trendy.

MAKE A STATEMENT

French Friday #15: Fleur de Lys

Cafe Du Monde Coffee

This week's French Word on La Tasse de Café

by Mademoiselle Love

Fleur de Lys

French Pronunciation: |  flœʀ de leese |


English Pronunciation: | flœʀ de lee |


I landed in New Orleans today for a trip to the homeland, and as I write, I am inhaling my first Café du Monde café au lait of the trip. My, does home taste delicious!


Being in New Orleans, pretty much everywhere I turn, I see a very special symbol, the fleur de lys, and it seemed fitting to discuss it with you fine folks since it is a standard part of New Orleans fashion

It's an ancient symbol that has most famously been used to represent French royalty, and it recalls Louisiana's rich heritage. 

The fleur de lys symbol, which looks like this 
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys
Mignon Faget Earring

...was derived from the lily or the iris flower (it's still debated). Even though it has been used in Louisiana for a couple hundred years, it did not become the state's official symbol until 2008. 
Back in the day, before I realized how cool New Orleans and Louisiana were, I rejected this symbol. It might have to do with The Saints, whose black and gold fleur de lys uniforms I found so cheesy. Now I embrace it all, and you should too!

Let's see how Simone and Amy Lynn handle this fashion statement as they get ready to attend a New Orleans Saints Game:

Simone: OMG, Amy Lynn, are you really going to wear that hideous black and gold boa and those fleur de lys earrings?

Amy Lynn: Well, yeah! I gotta support my team and my totally radical home state!

Simone: Well, it's making me want to vomit!

Amy Lynn: Why you gotta be such a hater, Simone? Pierre and I are gonna wear our fleur de lys all we want, and you're just gonna be all alone hating!  In fact, Pierre just gave me these Mignon Faget earrings. All the ladies in New Orleans have them.

Simone: OMG, like, just, OMG!

Don't be a hater!

Until Next time, Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love
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jenée here: For our friends that have yet to make it to Louisiana and New Orleans, in particular, the fleur de lys is indeed a fashion statement here. It can be found on everything you can possibly think of from wearable fashion to home decor - to tattoos! Rather you find yourself in New Orleans or Paris, you will now know how to correctly pronounce this little fashion symbol.

Personally, I like to keep it discreet (unless I am going to a Saints game / party) and wear it as fine jewelry. Mignon Faget is a New Orleans staple and acquiring your first piece it is like an induction into the Ladies Society of NOLA.
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys Pendant Necklace
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys Ring

In my search for Fleur de Lys Jewelry, I came across Island Cowgirl Jewelry. I'm in love with this necklace. 
Island Cowgirl "Big Easy" Fleur de Lys Necklace

and since you know how much I love Vintage - here is a little Fleur de Lys throw back. As we all know, fashion is cyclical and what's old is new again. This chic is sporting Fleur de Lys all over - so GO ON AMY LYNN! 
Marie de Medici 

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
Is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and my friend, the author, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.

Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. But to make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.




Fashion Note: Island Night Wear

NIGHT WEAR (not sleep wear): Seductive, Playful & Sparkly


As I finished dressing for our Friday night out "on the town" in Koh Chang, Thailand (a beach town), I exclaimed to Ari, "Isn't Fashion so much fun!" He laughed and said, "I love that you will always be a little girl." To that, I say: Whatever ;)


We were meeting up with friends to celebrate a birthday and see what the night life had to offer. After days of just living in a bathing suit and sarong, I was ready to put on a little mascara and pull together an appropriate Night Time outfit with my modest assortment of clothing packed.
  • I thought, little white shorts would be hot & sexy, thus covering the Seductive part.
  • For Jewelry I did the Playful arm party thing with multiple Friendship bracelets.  Also, a fluorescent bandeau under your slightly see-thru white shirt is totally: Playful Seductress.
  • Night is always the time to to put on shine since it's so dark outside! or in Da' Club. Rhinestones alone may be too much for an island, but when they are woven into an friendship bracelet style belt - they are a perfect Beach Nightwear Accessory.
  • Lastly, Accessorize with a Cute date
Tortoise Time-Will-Tell Watch, Friendship Bracelet Arm Party from Madewell, Sparkly Belt, Bright Purple leather bag

Sparkly Hand Woven Belt from Calypso, the ultimate Beach store in the City (NYC)

Fluorescent Pink Bandeau Bra from Jackie's in New Orleans

Hot Date

Let the Night Begin


Note: a perfectly normal day time outfit was transformed for night with a few small accessories. Good to remember when needing to pack light!



Fashion Note: Chic Bike Parts

Bike Part Earrings: Reclaimed Fashion

My friend Gyorgyi operates a bicycle shop with her partner Imre in Budapest, Hungary during the summer months. In winter they close up shop and travel. It's now tradition to see them every Thanksgiving in New York. It's almost like we are family now.


They are always very generous with gifts from Hungary giving us a little taste of the culture until we finally visit one day. This year I was the recipient of handmade jewelry from Gyorgyi. She makes earring from discarded bicycle parts!!! As an urban biking enthusiast I love having pieces of bike with me even when I'm not cruising around.




So not only can this chic construct and deconstruct a bicycle, but she can turn some of it's less attractive parts into fashion for your ear lobes. Since Gyorgyi never does anything half way she even made really cool packaging.






Thank You Gyorgyi !!!!

Fashion Note: Wedding Joohls

Finding the perfect Jade Earrings was not easy, until I found Siman Tu. 

Here I found
 Enchanting, Opulent and Luxurious 
- everything a bride wants to be (well, this bride)



Sean, my stylist and amazing friend, making the final touch. The jade is gleaming even through the veil.

 

My friend and jewelry designer, Kristine Moore lent me her personal necklace from her namesake jewelry line. It was the perfect, simple elegance to enhance the whole look.


Kristine's necklace is the perfect accompaniment to bold jade earrings

The month of the wedding, my mom found this in Marie Claire. She thought it was pretty amazing that the Simon Tu Earring were right on trend with what the Hollywood elite were donning. 

Marie Claire Magazine, April 2012
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Here were some worthy looks, but in the end, they didn't make the cut (sorry)


All above styles from Jennifer Miller Jewelry



Carved Jade with Pavé diamonds - Location: cannot disclose - my own little secret .....



Wedding Day Photography: Sam Gregory Photography

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Ari ate an entire bag of SweetTarts to find this one...


When Ari proposed he had many rings for me and all of my personalities (FunFun, PrettyBomb, Haddas ...) . Some he found, some he made, and one had a big rough diamond in it.  It's funny how such a little piece of jewelry changes things forever.




Some of my favorite Famous Ladies have very strong opinions about Diamonds


“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.”
-Mae West 




"A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but Diamonds are a girl's best friend."
-Leo Robin 
(performed by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)



"I don't exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor."
-Joan Rivers




"I never hated a man enough to give him diamonds back."
 -Zsa Zsa Gabor



"Big girls need big Diamonds."
-Elizabeth Taylor


 and some more tidbits about diamonds

“Kissing your hand may make you feel very good, but a diamond lasts forever.”
-Anita Loos, author of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

This book was the basis of the well known musical Gentleman Prefer Blondes in which a character declares in so many words that love is fickle, uncertain, disappointing and temporary. A diamond on the other hand lasts forever! Is this true? Diamonds certainly are great survivors-the newest diamonds discovered by scientists are thought to be 100 million years old. The oldest diamonds are billions of years old. A diamond may not be indestructible, but short of deliberate destruction, it will outlast your entire generation and an entire civilization of human technology. Now that’s a great way to say “I will love you forever!”

“A Diamond is Forever”
-NW Ayer Agency

One particular diamond producer got all the credit for this sentence that forever changed an industry, but the actual statement was delivered by an advertising agency. Before this impressive marketing campaign, diamonds were not necessary identified with romance, marriage or engagement. They were considered decorative jewelry and used for a variety of purposes. In fact, before this campaign launched, there was a big question as to whether a diamond market in America truly existed. Then came the brilliant strategy of linking diamonds to the most sacred and beloved of American institutions: the wedding ceremony. However, one’s can’t truly say that prior to the 20th century, no lover had ever thought of diamonds as a romantic gift–in fact, one of the most famous diamond gifts in history was a diamond necklace given by Napoleon Bonaparte to Marie Louise.

Quotes from: Brainyquotes.com and Abazias.com

SWEET FRIENDSHIP

is especially Fashionable when worn on your WRIST 


Today my co-worker and I received the most serendipitous packages. 
Her's was a box of Friendship bracelets (yes the old fashion kind)
and mine a stack of Postcards for the wedding that say "With a Little Help from our Friends"
 For our Guest Book at the wedding we came upon a great idea. 
Guests can write messages on postcards instead of putting their signature in a book that we probably would never look at.
offers these great postcards that look like airmail and have a most appropriate message.
Our shared love of the Beatles made getting these cards an easy decision
The plan is:
1) Guests write sweet messages to us on the postcard as they enter the reception
2) Drop it in a fake mailbox at the party
3) My mom drops a few at a time in a real mailbox over the course of the year
4) Ari and I get to draw out the warmth of having all of our closest Friends & Family around us on such an important occasion every time we receive another postcard
and this is the inspiration for the post cards.... and so much more

MORE-IS-MORE at COACH with TONY DUQUETTE

Tony Duquette necklace by Coach
On the On&Off the Beaten Path shopping for Wedding Jewelry
tony duquette for coach jewelry
My Wedding Journal: This is the article from Bazaar where I discovered Mr. Duquette

Upon flipping through an issue of the January Harper's Bazaar, I was suddenly stopped when I saw an image of a large gold starburst pendant on the page. This is how I discovered Tony Duquette.


Tony Duquette necklace by Coach
Starburst Pendant at Coach


Tony Duquette 1949


At Coach, where the style is conservative but in good taste, the pieces from the Duquette collaboration is a wonderful surprise.




Duquette was popular with the Hollywood Elite which is probably why these designs stuck out to me while I was looking for wedding jewelry.


The overlying theme of the wedding is Hollywood Glamour, which if very opulent, covered in gold and dripping in crystal - One could describe the jewelry in much the same way.

At Coach, I as lucky enough to meet Megan who helped secure a piece for me as it is a limited edition and they are going fast!!!

Megan and Me and the Starburst Pendant

Tony Duquette necklace by Coach
Having fun in Coach
Tony Duquette jewelry by Coach

Tony Duquette jewelry by Coach

Tony Duquette jewelry by Coach

This is one of the stops from my wedding jewelry shopping trip. 



Photos from: Personal Photos, Coach Website, Tony Duquette Website

FINDING JEWELS IN AN ENCHANTED FOREST - SIMAN TU'S ENCHANTED FOREST


Siman Tu: Enchanting, Opulent, Customized


During our marathon jewelry shopping - My absolute favorite stop of the day was at Siman Tu Jewelry Gallery
Siman Tu's Storefront on Lexington Ave.


Jill, who works with Siman on Saturdays, first greeted us. Then the fabulous and fabulously sweet, Siman, welcomed us to his "Enchanted Forest" The decor that surrounds the jewels is that of tree limbs, flowers, canaries in birdcages, and friendly gold fish. It truly is Enchanting.
                                                                                             (enchant – fill with great delight; charm)

My first image of Siman will forever be ingrained in my mind. He was a graceful presence in Winter White tones from head to toe. He was wearing pearl and metallic brocade pants that really showed his Opulent side which is very apparent in his designs.
(opulent- ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish)

On of the first things that caught my eye was a picture of Lilly Van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Gossip_Girl_characters
Siman works with the stylist of Gossip Girl to create much of the jewelry worn on the show. If it’s good enough for Gossip Girl then it’s good enough for…
As seen on Gossip Girl - one of many looks - from Raw Denim website

The customer service could not have been better.  Jill and Siman know how to cater to you without pestering you.  They lend their good taste but never pressure you. One of the best services is that pretty much everything is Customizable. If it is made in silver and you want it in gold, he can do that. If it is shown in a blue stone and you want it in green, he can do that. Since he is the designer and makes all of the jewelry on the premises, he can make these modifications somewhat quickly.
(customize- to make or alter to individual or personal specifications)

The jewelry at Siman Tu is breathtakingly gorgeous.  It is the perfect place to shop for a special occasion or just for a quality, designer jewelry piece to add to your collection. He also has special Bridal pieces for your hair and can make veils/ birdcages… He is happy to work with you to make a special creation.

Me with Siman in his gallery wearing the Chandelier Earings


A stunning Jade necklace with Swaroski elements by Siman
These earrings are so much fun
They definitely say Party



On Verve website : Click here to find


Standing near some of the more traditional Bridal wear

WEDDING JEWELRY SHOPPING: ON & OFF the BEATEN PATH

From Trendy to Vintage to Classic - IT'S ALL HERE

Planning a wedding from New York is a huge privilege, if you enjoy shopping. With all of the options this metropolis has to offer in the way of bridal boutiques, jewelry shops, shoes, a plethora of artists ready to make custom couture anything, a girl/or boy never has to settle.

My Google map of shopping trip

Yesterday was devoted whole heartedly to shopping for bridal jewels !!!!!!!!

As mentioned before in A WEDDING COLOR STORY, the color Jade was incorporated because I wanted to wear Jade jewelry. The bright green color is stunning with a white dress and the gem holds special powers that I want surrounding me on that day.

Since Dana is doing some wedding research of her own and she is my partner in crime, we had a date to meet in the morning on the Upper East Side where we would meander our way down to the Lower Ease Side.

Attached is a map of our Shopping Journey with Descriptions of each place. I hope this makes the next bride's shopping pursuit a little easier.

Click here to launch Google Maps.


Below are some photos taken along the way....

Jennifer Miller Jewelry on the Upper East Side : jennifer miller jewelry website
Simon Tu's on Upper East Side : Simon Tu website


Pilgrim in Lower east Side



Wendy Mink in the Lower East Side





Wendy MInk: Wendy Mink Website












Personalization: Timeless, Pedigreed, Anti-Globalism

Initials and the art of Monogramming are back in full force. While Monogramming is timeless, it goes through lulls especially during Minimalist trends seen in the 90s. Still even during lulls, it is never out of fashion which makes it a classic and timeless look.

The sight of monogrammed towels, shirt collars, Lands End fleece pullovers...  has an air of sophistication and pedigree as it denotes distinction and quality.

My Dad's Shirt circa 1984 and now My shirt, since we share initials






Rhinestone Rings - My Own from Brooklyn 4 Play in Park Slope


Studio Manhattan Vintage at Bryant Park Holiday Shops - Looking Glass Necklace w/ Initial

                               

























Initials are uniquely our own, even if some are shared, since there are only 26 letters in the alphabet.  In the new age of globalism where everything is starting to look the same, we still crave being distinct and special. I think the rise in monogramming and wearing of initials is an Anti-Globalism movement to distinguish ourselves and our products.











At the
Bryan Park Holiday Market,
Studio Manhattan Vintage: Booth # G10
was one of the most "unique" namely because it was full of initials!

See images here of different ways to adorn your self with your very own letters. You can even where the letters of someone you love. 






Studio Manhattan Vintage - Initial Charm Bracelets
Studio Manhattan Vintage - Charm Initials: Rhinestones set in antique Brass

Monogramming at J.Crew




GRANNY TAKES A TRIP


GRANNIE, ARTS & CRAFTS, NOSTALGIC

This crochet neckware is perfect for adding personality to a plain top, or for covering a plunging neck line (the man-repeller would approve) Ha.

Handmade with love, this accessory is the opposite of mass production and in line with the Arts and Crafts movement. The crocheted yarn material is a traditional handicraft that reminds one of Nostalgic memories, most likely with one's Grannie. BTW Grannie Chic is in.

more about *Grannie Takes A Trip*



Photo Cred: Ari Dolegowski


Designer of the Day: Van Cleef & Arpels: Timeless, Chinoiserie, Inventive





Designer of the Day: Van Cleef & Arpels: Timeless, Chinoiserie, Inventive 
As I walked through the Van Cleef & Arpels' exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum , I realized VC&A were the pioneers of jewelry design and function still relevant today. They are truly Timeless designs which look just as stylish today as they did 50 years ago.

There were many pieces inspired my nature and exotic locations. Of course my 3 favorites were inspired by Asian countries (Chinoiserie).
The designs and functions of the jewelry were very Inventive with zipper necklaces that actually zipped, stones set in the "magic setting" and large broaches that could be disassembled into a necklace, earrings and pin.
The exhibit is up until July 4th. For more info http://www.cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/set-in-style/

Images from Cooper Hewitt