These are so bad, they're really, really good. It's amazing what fashion gems you can find in out of the way places. Here are some over-the-top embellished shades I spotted at the gas station on the way to Vegas. Studding and crystals - they couldn't be more perfect!
In my efforts to purge the old to make way for the new, I stopped by Crossroads on Sunset Blvd. today and discovered a chic pair of the most beautiful Dior heels. Although the stilettos were a bit steep for me, I hope someone gives these lovelies a good home. Size 9- $42.50 - Shop L.A! May the chicest fashionista win!!
Look what arrived in the mail today. My new sky high YES platform boots!! SO excited!! Thank you to Solestruck for sending them my way. The "Sequon" is one of the latest looks from the brand's underground footwear line, YES. I can't wait to rock them out and about in LA and mayyybe during fashion week....hoping to be in Paris this season... So VeryVeryCHIC!!
Ring in the New Year with sparkle!! I've been obsessing over metallics this season. From bedazzled Starbucks cups to Repossi's chic jewelry and an ultra luxe Lanvin tome, they are so very very chic! Here are a few of my favorite finds that will dress up you and your home for the New Year.
Rare gemstones, signed jewelry, natural pearls and diamonds – lots of them - including a spectacular 52.58-carat Internally Flawless Golconda diamond are a few of the rare collector pieces that will be offered at Christie’s New York winter sale. I was invited to attend the “Magnificent Jewels” preview while it was in Beverly Hills and the collection is stunning. According to Christie’s, 2013 was a banner year for colored and colorless diamonds and the New York-based auction house expects its final sale of the year will gross a jaw dropping $45 million. The 500-lot day-long auction will take place on Dec. 10 at Christie’s Rockefeller Center where collectors from around the world will be front and center for the chance to add some of these exquisite jewels to their collections.
During the LA preview, I spoke to Leslie Roskind, Specialist, Senior Vice President at Christie’s America, who said the renowned auction house curated items based on the fine jewelry market’s standards. Collectors look for rare gem stones and exquisite pieces as well as signed jewelry from the world's top jewelry houses. Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Harry Winston and Bulgari are all included as well as pieces by David Webb, Suzanne Belperron and Rene Boivin. In addition to the spectacular 52.58 carat rectangular cut diamond ring estimated at $9,500,000 to $12,500,000, a few highlights of the sale include a private collector’s four-piece diamond collection from Liviev - one of the world’s most exclusive diamond brands - as well as property from Cartier heiress' Marion Rumsey Cartier's collection at Saint Louis University. There is also an exquisite Cartier “Tutti Frutti” Art Deco diamond and multi-gem bracelet circa 1930 and a rare 17.67 Kashmir sapphire ring estimated at $500,000 to $700,000. I had several favorites – one of which was, of course, the exquisite 52.58 carat "rock" as well as the beautiful diamond and gold pendant necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels pictured above. They are now on my Christmas "Wish List" - ah, if only!!
Scroll down for more of my favorite pieces and to preview the full collection, go to Christies.com.
Inside the Christie's Beverly Hills headquarters
Art Deco diamond & multi-gem “Tutti Frutti” signed Cartier bracelet circa 1930, photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2013
It's TechWeek in LA and with tech accessories all the rage, I had to share one of my recent finds. I'm obsessed with Mettle Fair Trade's chic iPad and iPhone cases! I'm not a gadget girl per say, but I spotted these pieces at the Agency Showroom in LA - and have been coveting them along with the Australian brand's ethnic-inspired jewelry and accessories. The iPad case has a brass cover which mimics an avant garde breastplate necklace and the iPhone cases have a chic modern design. Mettle Fair Trade's limited edition collections are made from recyled Bomb shell metal, Lucite and Eco leather. Produced in Cambodia and Indonesa, Mettle is known for its directional designs and ethical production methods.
It's a British Invasion..... Gogosha Optique has brought London to LA!!!
The renowned LA optique on West Third Street has created a month long shop-in-shop which is a near replica of Oliver Goldsmith's Notting Hill store AND contains the complete iconic eyewear collection. Think Audrey Hepburn's shades from "Breakfast at Tiffany's," as well as legendary looks worn by Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Michael Caine and Peter Sellers. I stopped by the launch event last week to say hi to my friend Julia Gogosha as well as view the collection. It was an honor to meet Goldsmith who is the great granddaughter of the founder. She not only relaunched the 80-year old collection, but in 2010 created her own line of glasses - the Claire Goldsmith Eyewear collection. I highly recommend stopping by Gogosha before the 31st. Not only can you see the entire range, but it's a unique opportunity to have a pair of bespoke Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses custom made. Here are a few images from the event ..... be sure to check back for more in depth coverage of my interview with Goldsmith to be posted soon!
8238 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Julia Gogosha and Claire Goldsmith
So many colors..
Me trying on the goods.
Claire Goldsmith Eyewear
So many options....
The iconic butterfly frame can be custom made for approx $2500.
I'm feeling patriotic in honor of Independence Day. And....look what I found in my vintage archives? A '60s shift that says All Americana with plenty of chicness. How would I update the look? Wildfox Couture sunnies for day and Alexander Wang's ever so cool glow-in-the-dark heels to light up the night!!
*************** HAPPY 4TH of JULY!!!!! ***************
In case you haven't noticed, friendship bracelets are all the rage. And now you can get the high fashion version with Alexander McQueen's alternative friendship bracelet. This might be the best trickle up trend I've seen! The bracelet, decorated with all-over mini metal skulls, is ultra, ultra chic. And.....it's now on my wish list. #friendsforever
I'm diiiiieing over these Christian Louboutin color block ankle boots from Net-a-porter. Black & white is a hotter than hot trend for Spring and these beauties are the perfect wardrobe update to get ahead of the fashion curve. You won't be traipsing through the snow in these lovelies, but here in Cali, they are perfect for a sunny winter day. Uber glam and very, very chic. Love.
I bought two pairs this summer. One in black with gold trim for my Miami adventures and the same style in snake skin with a neon orange sole (picutred above). They are incredibly comfortable and very, very chic. #shoelove