Friday, December 31, 2010

As The Years Fly By - 2011 Already

I'm off to work, but before I leave I want to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by my BHB blog this year and to wish all of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2011.
And to all of my blogging buddies, I want to thank you for bringing me a wonderful year of fabulous blog posts to read.  I appreciate the time and the effort that all of you put into writing your blogs.

(we shall leave the posting about New Year's resolutions to another day)
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Winter Reading

I didn't think that I would like this book but I enjoyed it.  Alexandra Lebenthal, ex-bond babe (and I don't mean the films, I mean muni bonds), socialite and New York Social Diary editor, weaves a clever story about trials and tribulations of Wall Street wives as they deal with private school admissions, cheating hedge fund husbands and the collapse of Lehman Brothers.  The tidy ending is certainly contrived but the book is worth reading for the description of the characters alone.

Next on my list of books...

What are you reading this winter?
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Is It Snowing Somewhere?

Christmas week picnic in Laguna Beach.
Why wasn't I invited?
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Rainy Days in Laguna Beach

Damn, I hate when this happens.
Photo by Jay Rubin
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A Few Of My Favorite Things - Antique Victorian and Edwardian Rings

I actually went to a store last night and did some Christmas shopping.
Who said miracles don't happen.
For someone who shops primarily online, it is challenging to put up with the crowed parking lots, lines, and lack of personal space.  But, one way or another, Christmas is going to happen chez BHB.

We have been busy as Santa's elves with sorting through a new lot of vintage jewelry, many of them antiques.
Here are three of my favorites from

We've had Miss de Ville working fast and furiously on these antique pieces.
It helps that she wears her Santa hat in the office.

And just because I want to share the love
Christmas puppies
In Germany, 10 out of a litter of 17 (!!) Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies.
Aren't they adorable?
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How To Do High-Low Style - The Privileged Way

What we've been waiting for, the images from the Lavish Conference.
This lovely lady knows how to put it all together in the BHB high-low way
and she looks sensational.
I love the way that she can pair a very reasonably priced dress from Zappos ($138)

with some exquisite estate pearl jewelry from (also reasonably priced but not $138)

And I love the way that she effortly mixes classic vintage pieces with the ultra modern.

Note how the Art Deco diamond brooch in platinum, a family piece from her grandmother, was incorporated with a modern yellow gold wide cuff. 
It takes a special level of taste to be able to see the possibilities of pairing that classy diamond cuff with the ultra modern cognac and white diamond earrings by Stefan Hafner from

So go to her blog now and tell her how fab she looks. 
No really, I mean it, right now!

I also just want to make an additional comment.
Her jewelry photography is practically on the professional level.
(Do you think that she would agree to an internship at Beladora?)
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Rodeo Drive Christmas Week - Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful

This is what it has looked like over the past week on Rodeo Drive.
Wet and empty.  Sales have been slow on the street at a crucial time for luxury retail.
But we had a hint of sun this morning so the deluge might finally be over.
But I'm not going to complain about the weather
especially after seeing photos taken by my friends in Europe.

Here is a snowy lane in the winter wonderland of Günne, Germany.
The only thing missing is a horse drawn sleigh.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Vintage Vogues of Christmases Past

In a time long ago, in a place far far away, fashion magazines weren't all about celebrities and the latest actress du jour.  As David posted about today, Vogue back in the day, had beautifully illustrated cover art.

How fabulous is this illustration?
I can't read the date but I'm guessing the early 1920's

And here's another cover one with the Brancusi like beauty.
1920's also I suppose.
In addition to to illustration Vintage Vogue had clever constructions
such as this cover art from 1940.
I love how the title was formed with pieces of Retro Jewelry.
And note the classic Retro ruby and diamond bracelet, it reminds me of this beautiful bracelet.

Ah, crunch time is on for another few days and then the Christmas break.
I can't wait.
Also, I've been enjoying all the blogs with gorgeous Xmas decoration
Here's one that I recommend mynottinghill.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pretty Precocious

I can only thank god that this precocious preener is not my child.

OK, I'm having issues so here't the link.
Cecila Cassini interview
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Le Deluge - LA Style

After several days of non stop rain, and continued rain forcasted for the next week,
why, oh why do I not own a pair of these boots?
Maybe it is because I always thought that you needed them to muck out the stalls
or to be this woman, on her daily walks around Balmoral in her kilts.
But now that we are having le deluge of biblical proportions
I wish that I had stepped up to the Hunter boot brigade and left my Aquatalias in the closet.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Vintage Value Venture - Michelle Obama Style

Michelle Obama's fashion choices have not just been erratic over the last couple of years, they've been downright inappropriate at times.
But for the White House Christmas party, she pulled it all together with aplomb!
Michelle Obama in a vintage Norman Norell cocktail dress...clasy, figure flattering, and first lady like.
(Has someone on her staff been reading BHB or Wendy B or Zuburbia or Couture Allure?)
Instead of the giant diamond earrings, I would have styled her with smaller vintage diamond earrings and a classic vintage diamond brooch as well, such as the one that I sent to Julia Roberts to wear at the White House a couple of weeks ago,
but overall, Mrs. Obama gets the BHB seal of approval for this look.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How To Wear Estate Jewelry - The Corporate Christmas Party

Well, it's time for the corporate Christmas party again where dress and behavior really do matter...especially if you haven't yet learned what your year end bonus is going to be. 
Naturally, modesty and decorum are highly recommended at all corporate events,
and control when it comes to your alcohol consumption.
Also, try not to dress better than the CEO's wife or else he will think that he is paying you too much.

Last night while attending a fancy schmancy corporate shindig at the Bel Air Country Club
I curtailed my wild and wanton ways, and didn't even attempt to dazzle the old guard financial types with dancing on tables with a lampshade on my head. Especially since I was guest.
Instead I dressed up in my Christmas best.

Not the clearest of photos with my iphone but you get the idea.
My bright red silk dress was perfect with this ruby and diamond bow set.
I love this jewelry, especially the earrings.
It was beautiful and bright and yes perhaps a little girly...but the bows were just perfect for Christmas.

BTW, be sure not to miss the post today at Privilege about the Lavish Conference.
It has lots of useful information about blogging and a little sumthin sumthin from Beladora!
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From Russia With Love

Last year we had Berlusconi and his bimbos, I mean his nice young lady friends
and now we've got Putin's little picture of pulchritude
Russian beauty Alina Kabayeva
In spite of posing on the cover of the latest issue of Russian Vogue,
Miss Kabayeva is more than just a pretty face
She is a former Olympic rhythmic gymnast and a MP in Putin's political party.
But, in full John Edwards style
The rumours later escalated when bloggers claimed Miss Kabayeva had subsequently given birth to Mr Putin's love child. Mr Putin has angrily claimed that there is "not one word of truth" in any of the allegations, while Miss Kabayeva's spokesperson has refused to discuss what she derided as "nonsense."

Usually I find that he-man Putin has a look on his face like the cat who ate the canary
But here he looks like a man totally besotted.
In fact he looks more genuinely in love than the Royals.
Don't you agree?
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmases of Blogging Past

In Christmases past I have posted Christmas music videos and Beladora gift suggestions
but I've been too busy to get BHB cranked up for Christmas this year.

But busy as bees is good
or I so keep telling myself as I can't seem to find the time for blogging.
Perhaps, I should be wearing this pair of bee brooches today.

I haven't even started considering Christmas gifts yet, but one of our favorite bloggers, Privilege has. Today she has shared her thoughts on gifts, extravagant and economical, at A Femme d'un Certain Age.
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Capturing The Christmas Spirit

Somebody was playing reindeer games last night
and I've got the photos to prove it.
First put on the all important reindeer headband
Then, make sure that your trusty tree trimming assistant dons her reindeer headgear as well.
Then open a bottle of red wine
Put on the Christmas music
And try to trim the tree without breaking too many ornaments
Stop, analyze the tree for ornament coverage, rage at tree becuase it is a nordman and not a noble,
pose for a photo for posterity
then get back to the trimming
Et voila, Christmas has officially arrived chez BHB

Would those of you who are suffering with the snow be offended if I told you that here in LA we have clear blue skies and 80+ degree weather.  Sunbathing in a bikini on the terrace would be in order today...but sadly, not for me.  I'm still trying to catch up with errands, paperwork, housekeeping, xmas shopping, etc.
How about you, are you ready for the holidays?
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Flaunting or Not

Obviously, all my loyal readers know that product placement is important to branding.  Who doesn't want to see their product on the pages of a high end glossy or adorning A list celebrities?

Of course you never quite know what you are going to get when jewelry goes out the door.

A week ago we were asked to provide vintage jewelry for Julia Roberts to wear for presenting the Medal of Honor to Oprah Winfrey at the Kennedy Center and for a formal dinner at the White House last weekend.
Of course we jumped on the opportunity.  She's gorgeous and she wears vintage so well. 
Now...if only we could find an image on the internet somewhere....anywhere...with her in the Beladora bling.  She's a very private person, which I admire, and somehow she missed the red carpet photographers, ergo we have no photos to flaunt.
Sometimes that happens.

And then sometimes we get fabulous photos that are unflauntable.

About a month ago we were asked to provide jewelry for a beauty shoot for the edgy Flaunt magazine. The talented Donna Trope was going to be photographing the goods so we knew the quality of the work was going to be artsy and awesome and probably not safe for work.
And we were right.
We just got the print copy this week and here are the photos...with a little help from snagit.
This is a family blog after all....

Because we are nothing if not modest, here chez BHB,
I thought that the NSFW post it notes were appropriate.
And the jewelry looks beautiful.

Flaunt is full of gangly guys posing with gallery girls, mostly in deshabille.
It is definitely a magazine for the edgy indie crowd.
So there you go...Beladora is now edgy and indie by association!
Who knew?

On another topic I'm way behind on my Christmas posting...hopefully I will catch up on it before Xmas Eve.
I'm so impressed with all the blog posts of holiday trees and table settings, from Australia to Argentina to Belgium to France, thanks to FF, Tish, Dash, Vicki et al.
I just might have to get going with that whole tree thing soon.
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