Tuesday, June 29, 2010
But how does anyone deal with the death of a young adult. There is no way to put an ameliorating layer of "he lived a full life" on the comprehension of death. The death of the young is so very sad because it is also the death of potential. Who would this young man have become if he had lived out his life? What would he have brought to the world?
A rather amazing thing came out of the senselessness of this situation. Through the use of Facebook and Twitter, the news of his disappearance spread quickly and many more people than just the immediate family and friends could be on the lookout for him. Unfortunately, by then it was too late but it was an important reminder of how technology can help in times of crisis.
Jamie O'Connell, had your grandfather lived to have seen the fine young man that you became, he would have been very proud.
Jamie O'Connell, R.I.P.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Heather Clawson over at Habitually Chic blogged last week about this new book Polo: The Nomadic Tribe
and last weekends Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic starring Prince Harry and polo superstar and face of Ralph Lauren Black, Nacho Figueras.
Harry had a little tumble, ouch
More on polo out in blogland
The Trad has been weighing in on the the lack of spectator chic at Palm Beach Polo compared to how the polo crowd dressed for the games back in the 1980s.
Having seen these photos of the 2009 Westchester Cup I can report that there are still plenty of well turned out fans at Palm Beach.
And it's not all champagne and caviar because you don't get to be a top American polo player like this talented horseman and to play on the team that won the Triple Crown of Polo without years of hard work and training. Yes, the Argentine players like Nacho add the sexiness and excitement, but the American players like Julio add the goals.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
with Ewan McGregor and Natalia Vodianova
You can view the slide show here
Could this be the beginning of the end for oversized handbags and sky high heels?
I can only hope so
Friday, June 25, 2010
Ah Friday, finally
It's been such a busy week, mostly taken up by getting product organized for magazine photo shoots which of course I can't write about yet...
I can tell you this though, there is a definite a trend toward Mid-Century style. We saw the beginning of that trend a couple of years ago with Mad Men, now it is going more mainstream with extrapolations of it in Vogue, Elle and W magazines. And I couldn't be more pleased because I appreciate that aesthetic, that distinct look of sleek understated chic of Audrey Hepburn, Babe Paley, Marella Agnelli, Jean Seaberg, Diane Carroll, Grace Kelly and the Hitchcock heroines.
The look is all about quality, not quantity and it need not be expensive. It doesn't have to be all about Harry Winston style diamond cluster earrings, A single strand of cultured pearls, A bracelet with a single charm, A pearl circle brooch, A pair of pearl earrings that sit on the ear, will do.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Go over and congratulate Wendy Brandes for her Washington Post video interview
Also, Lisa has an inspiring post on how and why we should all have a cottage garden.
Check out her fabulous photos too.
The Duchesse has discussed the perceived sexiness of Canadians
On this topic I have two words for you, Ryan Reynolds
Uber kool Keith is showing us some urban swagger
And Jill is wondering why the price differencial and plotting her way into inheriting a yacht
Christina is giving us our Thursday quotes
Metscan is mixing it up with her bangles
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
(and for your information, I'm not at all shy about wearing this pendant when I am in Las Vegas)
Speaking about money...specifically the money that belongs to the tax payers of the State of California
While the State goes broke
California welfare cards can be used in many casino ATMs
Reporting from Sacramento —
California welfare recipients are able to use state-issued debit cards to withdraw cash on gaming floors in more than half of the casinos in the state, a Los Angeles Times review of records found.
The cards, provided by the Department of Social Services to help recipients feed and clothe their families, work in automated teller machines at 32 of 58 tribal casinos and 47 of 90 state-licensed poker rooms, the review found.
Over at Drudge Millionaire's Riches are Returning to Pre-Crises Levels
Ultra-high-net-worth individuals with more than $30 million to invest saw their wealth rise by almost 22 percent in 2009, faster than other millionaires, according to the report, which attributed the gain to a “more effective re-allocation of assets.”
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Tish, over at A Femme d'un Certain Age is not only is celebrating her anniversary with her "reason for living in France", she has posted some must have pieces for the summer including some shell jewelry.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Helena Halme and the Preppy Princess have covered the big event in their blogs.
stomacher brooches not to mention some tremendous tiaras. Here we have Queen Silvia and Princess
The glowing bride wore an extraordinary antique crown of Neo-Classical cameos with an interesting provenance
“Once owned by Napoleon’s Empress Josephine, it came to the Swedish royal family when Josephine’s granddaughter Josefina married the future King Oscar I in 1823. The pearl-covered diadem, heightened by seven cameos depicting mythological figures, has become traditional bridal headgear in the House of Bernadotte. Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia, wore it on her own wedding day on June 19, 1976.”
Note her cameo
I've seen cameos used in antique necklaces,
Like me you probably aren't particularly impressed with the type of cameo jewelry that shows a female silhouette. What does impress me is a cameo with a Neo-Classical or historical motif like this antique Victorian Bacchante Cameo Brooch . Not only is it lovely with highly detailed carving, I love the theme because liking good wine, I'm a bit of a bacchante myself.
antique Victorian Dionysus Cameo Pendant, another interesting piece for oenophiles.
Have a great weekend everyone and I hope that you get to enjoy spending time with your fathers for Father's Day.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
for yellow and blackened gold flexible tubogas choker necklace and matching bracelets with diamonds, and a big pair of diamond earrings.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
From New York Magazine
Kelly Cutrone: ‘Fashion Luxury, Forget It. It’s Over.’
Here is her quote...do you agree?
Here is what I think is the future: Street life and
life style. Style is in; fashion luxury, forget it. It's over. Gucci, Vuitton,
Hermes ... all those places are really great, go for it. That business exists in
a city called Paris, France. That's where that is. Those businesses will
continue. Retail business, pretty much over. I think people who sell to retail
companies are people who can't afford their own stores. The poor boys — Old
Navy, J.Crew, Gap ... they already knew that and aren't wholesaling. Editorial,
magazine, we are going to say buh-bye to them as we know them. They will still
exist but everything is on the internet.
Meanwhile over at 24/7 wall street we've got an article on 10 brands that will disappear. The demise of Zales has been predicted for years but Moodys?
Will luxe brands be next?
(and why do I have problems with the block quote function)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sapphire Cufflinks in 18K
Don't forget your BHB discount code