Monday, July 18, 2011

Back to Business and BHB and Beladora

Well, the much dreaded Carmageddon turned out to be really nothing at all
no 20 mile traffic jams, no wild west road rage shoot outs.
People stayed home, traffic was nil and
Los Angeles turned out to be lovely place over the weekend.
Maybe Caltrans should shut down the 405 freeway every once in a while.

Have I mentioned that I'm happy to be home
and especially excited to be back in Beverly Hills at the Beladora HQ
doing my estate jewelry thing
because I just love the accessory that keeps on giving
as these things happen
when gold reaches a new high of $1600.

Yes, I know you love your Jimmy Choo shoes and your Hermes belts
but I prefer an accessory that goes up in value while I wear it!

Being tan, rested and jewelry-less in Mexico was great
but now it's back to business.
Take a basic white shirt, a Michael Kors pin stripped pencil skirt, a deep tan
and add estate estate jewelry to be exact.
I'm totally loving this Carlo Weingrill choker necklace
I love super comfortable flexible jewelry that doesn't have clasps or hinges,
don't you?

And I love to wear ancient coin jewelry
because it lets me channel my inner 1960's jet set socialite babe alter ego.

This necklace makes me imagine a life of lolling on the yacht
on the shores of Sardinia, Santorini or St Tropez.

And then there's the basic bracelet
This solid gold link bracelet by the French jewelry house Fred
is the type of piece that I would love to wear everyday.

Do you have one signature piece of jewelry that you wear everyday?
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une femme said...

That neckace is stunning. You look healthy and rested!

Anonymous said...

You look wonderful, your holiday was well deserved.

You know I don't but I would like to start a proper grown up earring collection, so if I make it over I'll come in for a play date.
I would much rather have something with a past than something brand spanking new.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Away from it all and home again! You look to be very much in your element today and, as you say, what can be better for a stylish, professional look than a crisp white shirt and pencil skirt.

An uncle of ours collected roman coins, most of which found their way to the British Museum after his death. Thinking about them now, they would have looked pretty worn as your 'ancient' jewellery is being shown here!

the gardener's cottage said...

you look gorgeous today! and you are so right about an accessory that goes up in value.

my go-to fav pieces are my vintage turquoise cuffs. they go with everything i wear, so it's hassle-free.

i'm jealous of your mexican vacation.


Belle de Ville said...

Pseu,since I only take off 5-7 work days a year, my vacations are spent doing nothing but resting!

But I'm starting to like the whole idea of taking time off that I'm considering taking another vacation this year!

Tabitha, oh yes do come and make a play date with me this Fall when the Bel Air Hotel reopens.
And, never buy new!
Pre-owned or nothing is my motto.

Hattat's, those must have been some coins if they ended up in the British museum. Coin value of course is based on the quality of the coin, so coins in not such good shape are great for use in jewelry.
At any rate I love wearing something that is a 1000 or 2000 years old!

David Toms said...

Fabulous to have you back and looking fabulous! It is so nice to know someone who enjoys their job as much you do! I too love ancient coin jewellery, however out of my price range. My favourite piece of jewellery is a pair of cufflinks my grandfather had made out of French coins he got while fighting in WWI

Belle de Ville said...

GC, I love turquoise cuffs too. They look great with jeans.
If you can handle the weather, now is the time to go to Mexico because it is off season and the rates are way down!

David, thank you! Do post a photo of your cufflinks. I love jewelry that comes with a family story.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Ravishing my dear,

Nothing like a little gold to brighten everyone's day.
I adore that coin necklace -- it really gives off a louche, aristocratic, Italian vibe. Like Forte dei Marmi in the seventies. Good stuff.

So in more banal shop talk, in your professional opinion, do you think the Cartier love bracelet is a good long-term jewelry investment?

Cheers, Alcira

Wildernesschic said...

You look stunning .. there is nothing as lovely as god on a tan.. fabulous ..
My mother has just gifted me a lovely victorian locket in silver .. normally not my thing but is obviously indian styling and so its right up my street xx

YONKS said...

I love the little insight into your world. You look fantastic. I am envious of your collection of wonderful MOP opera glasses. I can't imagine what your world is like, it's difficult to imagine being in little old Wales.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the coin necklace. You look great in it. You look great in all the gold actually. I agree, in this economy if one is going to purchase, it's great to buy an "investment" piece.

David Toms said...

Belel, here is a link to post I did on them a while back!

Belle de Ville said...

Alcira, I love love bracelets...but only pre-owned of course. The new ones cost $5500 for the yellow gold and $5800 for the white gold. Those prices are totally insane.

Ruth, I love lockets. They are great for everyday wear.

Yonks, believe world is way less glamorous than it looks.

Kathy, I'd rather have a great watch, bracelet and diamond earrings than a silly Hermes handbag.

David, thanks, I'll check out your post.

My Notting Hill said...

I love the coin jewelry necklace!!

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