Thursday, December 31, 2009
New Year 2010 by belle de ville featuring BELADORA
OK...so I'm not really going to be wearing this outfit tonight...But I think that the inexpensive outfit and shoes from Forever 21 paired with the fur cape and black diamond dangle earrings is a perfectly acceptable look to celebrate the New Year.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
JCK's Jewels on Jewels extremely well written (unlike this humble blog) by Cynthia Sliwa
While I should have been reading the JCK blogs all this time I actually found out about Cynthia's blog from my favorite client Sherry who reads about all things jewelry-ish and is even a bigger authority on estate jewelry than I am!
Sherry just emailed me an told me that Cynthia's blog was named one of the Top Ten Blogs To Read in 2010 by Pierce Mattie PR.
I'm sure that you'll agree that her blog is worth adding to your blogroll.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I love the vibrancy of turquoise, it is certainly one of my favorite colors and while I don't often wear the color in terms of my clothes, I do accent what I wear with plenty of vintage turquoise jewelry.
Beladora Vintage Turquoise and Zircon Ring in Platinum
Monday, December 28, 2009
From the WSJ
The Shoe That Kicked Off a Frenzy
Despite a $1,295 price tag, the Otway boot sparked a craze
The boots in question, which didn't hit stores until September, are called "Otway," and they can fairly be called the "It" boots of the season. Made of supple suede, the cuffed booties are adorned with rows of circular studs and are held up by a four-inch triangular heel.
Those who are still interested in owning them can forget about it. With the exception of a few pairs on eBay, they are out of stock nearly everywhere, despite a $1,295 price tag.
OK...so call me crazy but I'm going on record to say that I think they are hideous for $1295 but they might, and I mean might, be wearable at $295. And didn't we already have boots like these back in the Mid- 1980s?Right now I'm only interested in what's comfortable on my feet and I'm looking for flat brown boots, not necessarily the OTK kind
Here's what's on sale at Bergdorf Goodman
Michael Kors Fallon Flat Boots $315 reduced from $450
I'm not loving the zipper
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Marcella, is a renaissance woman. In addition to being an artist and an attorney, she is involved with the arts and decorative arts at the Getty Museum and LACMA, and with the historical and cultural preservation of historic Los Angeles architecture. Where most private parties in Los Angeles tend to be clannish, you know the same group of people that only socialize within their narrow range of friends, Marcella's parties are put together with an eclectic group of guests, from filmmakers to socialites to curators to business tycoons and then random people like me thrown into the mix.
At any rate I always have a good time.
And this year in the spirit of the colors of Christmas I wore the big ruby and diamond parure that was purchased from a princess....because why should all that pretty sparkly stuff just stay in the vault.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
The holidays are always about finding just the right gifts to please our family and friends. But the post Christmas week is a good to time find something wonderful for ourselves.
I know you all have some post holiday cash in hand....or you will as soon as you return that holiday sweater that you received as a gift that you will never wear, back to the department store.
Well Couture Allure Vintage is having an after Christmas Sale!
For me it's kinda a toss up for me between the vintage Oscar de la Renta evening gown with matching coat with mink collar and cuffs...because god knows that I lead such a formal life of galas and black tie events that I need an evening gown...
and this very wearable 1950s Mr. Blackwell cashmere and wool dress for $175!
Certainly the simple black dress will go better with a double strand of south sea pearls and my new favorite pair of south sea pearl and diamond earrings.
Cute girl in a cute video linked by Instapundit.com
( I like the way that this girl is so young that she's talking about hotmail.com addresses being old....especially when she's not even old enough to remember anything as ancient as a compuserve or netscape email address.)
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sapphire Square Cufflinks in 18K $3250
At Beladora.com there is a huge selection of jewelry under $1000
And at BeladoraII.com
a big selection of vintage fine jewelry under $500
with free shipping and Xmas delivery
Don't forget the 15% discount on all items over $1500
Discount code HOLIDAY09
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
More than 2,000 people spent hours trapped inside the Channel Tunnel after five Eurostar trains broke down due to cold weather.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Take Bluefly for example. I get about 5 emails from them a day.
Naturally I get Gilt and Hautelook emails everyday too, but they do time based flash sales so I understand the need for daily communication.
But what about Nieman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and the rest of the stores whose mailing list I find myself on....isn't their email one step away from the viagra spam that I get everyday too?
At Beladora we didn't want to become that annoying store that is always popping up in your inbox. Jewelry isn't something that you purchase daily. It tends to be an occasion based product, so we don't have a daily, weekly or even a monthly email marketing strategy.
But this year we sent these email cards to our clients with a special offer of 15% off on all jewelry over $1500.
The discount code is HOLIDAY09
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Thursday December 17th
the CEO of Christofle demonstrating the Art of Sabrage
Yeah...I bet you CEO can't do this!
History of Sabrage:
This technique became popular in France when the army of Napoleon visited many of the aristocrat domains. It was just after the French revolution and the saber was the weapon of choice of Napoleon's fearsome cavalry (the Hussar). Napoleon's spectacular victories across all Europe gave them plenty of reason to celebrate. During these parties the cavalry would open the Champagne with their sabers. Napoleon probably encouraged this and is known to have said: "Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it."
Henry Dunay Diamond Sabi Ring in GOLD from Bergdorf Goodman $15,600
It just blows me away that anyone would pay retail
I thought that I'd show you what I am wearing today at the office
my foulard de la semaine
This is the same scarf that I wore to my first job interview after I graduated from college....waaay back in the day.
fine silk scarves like fine estate jewelry will last decades, if you take care of them.
Monday, December 14, 2009
A guide to getting the most bling for your buck
By Kate Davidson Hudson
Sunday, December 13, 2009
and dealing with some major office mayhem
not the least the servers and cameras going down
topped off with scrambling to get jewelry to to ELLE magazine in NY
and driving through the pouring rain to get the goods to
Vanity Fair magazine for a cover shoot by Annie Leibovitz!!!
I was desperate for some down time
So the sun came out today and I took to the Brentwood hills for some hiking
Friday, December 11, 2009
would have been dinner at Thomas Keller's new Beverly Hills Restaurant
After all Keller is the real "top chef" in the US
and I really like bistro food
and the restaurant is conveniently located about a block and a half away from my office
and food blogger Kevin has written a glowing review about it here
This is what happens when chefs become superstars. Maybe after the restaurant has been around for a year or so and the novelty has worn off, I will venture over to test the snappy wait staff and good but not great food.