The Statement Necklace

  • 20th May 2013

The first lady we know of to don this trend was Cleopatra and who would not want to follow her fashion lead?

 

 

Vivien Leigh in a statement necklace looking uber glamorous.  Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

Vivien Leigh in a statement necklace looking uber glamorous. Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

 

 

 

 

Bronze and Oxidised Silver Necklace Annoushka

Bronze and Oxidised Silver Necklace Annoushka, photo by Marie Claire

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Emma Stone in Lanvin, photo courtesy of: InStyle

 

The best part about this trend is that anyone can look to it to freshen up their outfit.  Above, we see two examples of a bold necklace mirrored by another matching accessory complementing an elegant monochrome ensemble.

 

However…..

 

Statement Pieces can Also Pop Against Patterns.

 

Marion Cotillard wears a Dior Statement Piece

Marion Cotillard wears a Dior Statement Piece, photo courtesy of: InStyle

 

 

 

Statement Gold Necklace with Rings

Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

 

 

Copy this Look Highlighting Rings Via:

Eddie Borgo O Ring Necklace

 

Eddie Borgo O Ring Necklace, shopbop.com, $290.00

 

Or, the Lanvin “Hero” Piece….

 

Lanvin Hero Piece

Lanvin, Photo Courtesy of, The Edit, Net-a-Porter.com

 

 

Almost similar to the Lanvin look above is this great piece from Garnet Hill:

 

 

Linda Levinson Designs Bib Necklace from Garnet Hill

Linda Levinson Designs Bib Necklace from Garnet Hill

 

Linda Levinson Designs Bib Necklace, garnethill.com, $478.00

 

Tap into the Pearl Trend….

 

Belle Fleur Pearl Statement Necklace

 

Belle Fleur Pearl Statement Necklace, katespade.com, $298.00

 

 

Marnie Flower Necklace

Flower Necklace, Photo Courtesy of: Elle, UK

 

 

Revisit the Above Look via Marni….

 

Marni Horn Flower Necklace

 

Marni Horn Flower Necklace, net-a-porter.com, $480.00

 

 

Go Vintage Art-deco with the Perfect Piece…

 

Valentino Deco Swarovski Crystal Necklace

 

 

Valentino Deco Swarovski Crystal Necklace, net-a-porter.com, $725.00

 

The Long, Lean Lariat…

 

Gold Mesh Lariat

Gold Mesh Lariat, Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar

 

 

 

Miki Long Necklace, Aurelie Bidermann

 

Miki Long Necklace, aureliebidermann.com, 1 150 €

 

Fallon Jewelry Classique Lariat Necklace

 

 

Fallon Jewelry Classique Lariat Necklace, shopbop.com, $125.00

 

Egyptian Snake Lariat the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

Egyptian Snake Lariat the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

 

 

Egyptian Snake Lariat, shop.metmuseum.org, $225.oo

 

Perfect for Summer Escapes….

 

The Shell Necklace by Suzanna Dai

 

The Shell Necklace by Suzanna Dai, calypsostbarth.com, $425.00

 

 

Indigenous…

“Exquisitely crafted from ostrich egg shell, the 7 Hoop Ostrich Eggshell Necklace from One Fine Thread’s Jewels of the Kalahari collection is an eclectic statement piece.”

 

One Fine Thread 7 Hoop Ostrich Eggshell Necklace

 

One Fine Thread 7 Hoop Ostrich Eggshell Necklace, shoplatitude.com, $360.00

 

Lanvin is all about Love…

 

Lanvin Swarovski Crystal Heart & Arrow

 

 

Lanvin Swarovski Crystal Heart & Arrow, net-a-porter.com, $695.00

 

 

The Best Way to NOT Break the Bank….

 

Box & Curb Chain Choker Forever21

 

 

 

Box & Curb Chain Choker, forever21.com, $12.80

 

 

 

Beaded Tribal Necklace Forever21

 

 

Beaded Tribal Inspired Necklace, forever21.com, $12.80

 

 

 

Red Silk & Fuschia Agate Necklace

 

 

Red Silk & Fuschia Agate Necklace, shoplatitude.com, $90.00

 

 

Last Look:

 

Miu Miu Chokers

 

The world of Miu Miu, Courtesy of Estetica Magazine, China

 

The Ultimate Statement Necklace:

 

Couture Necklace by PPQ for TESOR Baku magazine

Couture Necklace by PPQ for TESOR. Photo Courtesy of: Baku magazine

à la Mountain mode!

  • 19th May 2013

Summer plans are being solidified now as Spring comes to a close and there is no better time than to get organized for the impending packing.  If it’s the sweet mountain air that’s calling you….then you’re in luck!

 

 

Wildflowers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Wildflowers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 

 

Today we feature a special guest post from an impeccably stylish, mother-of-three who manages to keep everything under control effortlessly, Sheralyn Baltes.  Her love affair with Jackson Hole, Wyoming has been going strong for years and if you are headed to the mountains, ranch or countryside this summer we urge you to take her lead….

 

 

Mountains skyrocket up in Jackson

Mountains skyrocket up in Jackson

 

Sheralyn talks about the ‘Modern Mountain’ style…

Growing up in Seattle, I was able to experience a perfect balance between city living and mountain living. With the Cascade Mountain range at our fingertips, we camped, hiked, fished, and chased crickets all summer long. When I became a parent, I knew that I wanted my children to have the same experience. We are blessed to spend 8 months of the year in Santa Monica and the other 4 months in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The 3 summer months are particularly magical. I’m filled with nostalgia and joy everyday as I watch my 3 young boys run around our property freely. 

 

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 
In an effort to free up my time out there, every spring, I get very strategic about my summer “in the mountains” fashion choices. The last thing I want to be doing on a warm summer evening is ordering new shoes from Zappos! No, no, nothat is precious time used for making guacamole and fresh margaritas! This year, I wanted to be particularly crafty. I needed to make versatile yet stylish choices. I was stuck somewhere between Coachella and the Jackson Hole Rodeo. (Coachella, I knew was too young, too hip, and too music festival cool for me. The Jackson Hole Rodeo smells like horse poop and Wranglers look weird on my back side.) What’s a girl to do?! 
 
I wrote out the following guidelines: 
  1. Must be durable: Let’s not forget that I’m chasing 3 boys through river beds. 
  2. Must reflect my personality: Disciplined/structured but likes to let loose from time to time.
  3. Must reflect my sense of style: Disciplined/structured but likes to let loose from time to time.
  4. Must respect my age: I’m a 40 year old mom not a 25 year old music festival attendee. 
  5. Must be versatile: Need items that will interchange easily. 
  6. Must be cost conscious: Gotta know when to splurge and when to save. 
  7. Must be found online: Who has time to go shopping? 

 

ModernMountain3

I used a few pictures from our property and created the storyboard picture shown above. I got inspiration from the area, and I slowly added clothing pieces that seemed to fit. Below is what I ended up with: 

1. Low ankle Golden Goose boots: My one big splurge.

 These boots can be worn with shorts, skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, dresses, or just about anything. The boots from this brand are pricey, but they are worth it. I bought my last pair almost 5 years ago and I still wear them 2-3 times per week. The belt shown is also from Golden Goose. 

2. Boyfriend cut-off shorts: I bought mine from Current Elliot. 

  • Save: Take an old pair of low-waisted baggy jeans, cut them off mid thigh, leave the ends frayed, wash a few times, and you’re good to go. 
  • When cutting, make sure to cut mid-thigh, not too short, not too long. 
  • Make sure they are low-waisted. 
  • Make sure they are loose fitting. 

 

3. Simple, lightweight, versatile blouses

  • Save: The floral print in the picture is from Forever 21, it was $17.00. It is so pretty in real life. It’s sheer, ties at the waist, and is absolutely versatile and flattering. 
  • The tunic is from Madewell, also a great value. 
  • The white sleeveless top is from Vince. A bit of a splurge but worth it. 

 

4. No.6 Clogs: I’m obsessed. They are so cute and so comfortable. I found mine at Steven Allen. I wear these with shorts, boyfriend jeans, and simple dresses. 

 

 

5. Button-down dress: This is a mountain girl must have. This one is from Old Navy. 

 

 

6. Rings & necklace: I made these at Semi Precious on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. 

  • Ask for Amy, show her a picture of what you’re looking for, and she’ll either make it for you or help you make it. 
  • She has an amazing selection of materials, she’s incredibly talented, and she’s really fun.  
Sunrise over Jackson Vista

Sunrise over Jackson Vista

I’m styled and ready for summer—Now, all I need to do is get through the rest of the school year!!
Giddy up Girlfriends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parting Words…

  • 19th May 2013

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.

 

Saint Augustine

 

 

 

BonConseil

 

 

Pearls are a girl’s best friend?

  • 18th May 2013

This season Chanel celebrated the sentiment of its founder who said, “a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls!

 

 

Coco Chanel in her 'ropes of pearls' photo courtesy of Domino Magazine

Coco Chanel in her ‘ropes of pearls’ photo courtesy of Domino Magazine

 

 

Chanel Spring 2013 Pearls

Chanel Spring 2013 Pearls, Photo Courtesy of L’Officiel Thailand

 

 

Pearls Backstage at Chanel

Pearls Backstage at Chanel, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Australia

 

Chanel necklace embellished with pearls, chanel.com

 

And, of course, everyone has quickly followed suit….Here are some of the best ways to work pearls into your wardrobe.  

 

The Copy Cat!

Everyone is copying Chanel’s ‘oversized’ look….

 

Zara Maxi Pearl Necklace
Accessorize Catwalk Pearl Statement Necklace

 

Zara Maxi Pearl Necklace, zara.com, $30.00

Accessorize Catwalk Pearl Statement Necklace, $29.00

 

 

Kenneth Jay Lane Simulated Pearl Cluster Necklace

 

Kenneth Jay Lane Simulated Pearl Cluster Necklace, neimanmarcus.com, $120.00

 

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace, garnethill.com, $198.00

 

 

 

Chanel Pearl Bracelets

Chanel Pearl Bracelets

Chanel Pearl Cuff

Chanel Pearl Cuff, Photo Courtesy of Architectural Digest

 

Chanel cuff in transparent resin and metal embellished with glass pearls, chanel.com

 

 

Sleek and modern art deco pearl cuff.  Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

Sleek and modern art deco pearl cuff. Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

 

 

Other ways to wrap the trend around your wrist, fingers and ears….

 

The single pearl is stunning in this ring by Larissa Landinez

 

Oyster Ring Larissa Landinez

 

Oyster Ring 18K Yellow Gold, larissalandinez.com, €700.00

 

Stella and Dot Lucia Bracelet,
Lanvin Pearls and Gros Grains Bracelet

 

Stella and Dot Lucia Bracelet, stelladot.com, $69.00

Lanvin Pearls and Gros Grains Bracelet, dsw.com, $349.95 (a real steal)

 

 

 

Pearl Fusun Earring Shoplatitude

 

Pearl Fusun Earring, shoplatitude.com, $145.00

 

Unique Pearl Looks

 

Banana Republic Pearl Twist Necklace

 

 

Banana Republic Pearl Twist Necklace, bananarepublic.com, $89.50

 

Lanvin Pearl Woven Necklace

 

Lanvin Pearl Woven Necklace, dsw.com, $300.00

 

 

Rada Yellow Crystal and Glass Pearl Charm Long Necklace

 

 

Rada Yellow Crystal and Glass Pearl Charm Long Necklace, forzieri.com, $235.00

 

Take inspiration from the above to hang your favorite pendant or charm from any real or faux pearls….

 

Our elephant pendant on our favorite pearl necklace

Our elephant pendant on our favorite pearl necklace

 

Instant Go-To Glamour:

 

Rose Gold pendant necklace with diamonds and freshwater pearls Cartier

Photo Courtesy of: Elle. Rose Gold pendant necklace with diamonds and freshwater pearls—Cartier

 

 

 

South Sea Baroque Cultured Pearl, Water Opal, and Diamond Earrings, Mikimoto.

Photo Courtesy of: Elle. South Sea Baroque Cultured Pearl, Water Opal, and Diamond Earrings—Mikimoto.

 

 

The Sunglasses 

 

Dior Pearl Studded Sunglasses

Dior, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Australia

 

 

Chanel Pearl Sunglasses

Chanel Pearl Glasses. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

Asos Pearl Sunglasses

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

Christy Turlington Pearl Sunglasses

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue, Australia

 

The Perfect Clutch:

 

Santi at Liberty Pearl Clutch

Santi Pearl Clutch, Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

Santi Pearl & Beaded Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santi Pearl & Beaded Clutch, lorisshoes.com, $138.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharp Pearl-Studded Clothes

 

Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2013 Pearls

Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2013 Pearls. Photo courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Mini Dress
Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Blazer

 

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Mini Dress, farfetch.com, $1142.7

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Blazer, farfetch.com, $1316.87

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Faux Pearl Embellished Ribbed Wool Top

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Faux Pearl-Embellished Ribbed Wool Top, net-a-porter.com, $675.00

 

 Bejeweled Hair

 

Pearl Pony Tail at the Chanel Spring Show

Pearl Pony Tail at the Chanel Spring Show. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

 

“To DIY, place a small bead on to the end of a headpin and thread through a jubo craft-store pearl; use needle nose pliers to wrap the end of the wire around an elastic.  Sound tricky?  Then simply string a piece of dental floss through the pearl and double-knot the ends around the elastic.  Secure with superglue.”  Text taken in entirety from InStyle

 

 

Chanel Pearl Hairband

Chanel Pearl Hairband is stunning. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

 

 

The brand that defines them

 

As Mikimoto celebrates its 120th anniversary it also affords the most sophisticated styles

 

MIkimoto Ombre Pearls

Mikimoto Ombre Pearls. Photo Courtesy of: Departures Magazine

Mikimoto Waterfall Earrings

Mikimoto Waterfall Earrings. Photo Courtesy of: Harrods

 

 

mikimoto.com

 

Rene Caovilla Pearly T-Strap Sandal

 

 

Rene Caovilla Pearly T-Strap Flat Sandal, bergdorfgoodman.com, $795.00

 

Pearls also abound in the Chanel Edinburgh Collection with pearl encrusted belts and huge pearl drop earrings.  Photo Courtesy of: Sphere

Pearls also abound in the Chanel Edinburgh Collection with pearl encrusted belts and huge pearl drop earrings. Photo Courtesy of: Sphere

 

 

Mix the Chanel Fingerless Glove Look with the Penchant for Pearls:

 

Protolano White Fingerless Gloves with Pearls Saks

Protolano White Fingerless Gloves with Pearls Saks

 

Last Look!

Perhaps the most photographed piece of jewelry this spring…the diamond and freshwater pearl headpiece from the Great Gatsby Ziegfeld Collection at  Tiffany & Co.

 

Tiffany & Co. Headpiece Great Gatsby

Tiffany & Co. Headpiece Great Gatsby. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

 

 

Clearly Delicious…Part Deux

  • 17th May 2013

If you don’t believe us, read the reviews online…these cookies are heavenly. Make them today and bite through oozing caramel goodness surrounded by decadent cakey coconut richness topped off with a salty kick!

 

 

 

Coconut Thumbprint Cookie with Salted Caramel

Finished to perfection…this was soon gobbled up!

 

 

They’re also pretty gorgeous and give the appearance of bakery bought.

 

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel

 

Recipe from MarthaStewart.com

 

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Table salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 12 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
  • 44 small soft caramel candies (12 ounces), such as Kraft
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Large, flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
The Caramel Sauce

The Caramel Sauce

 

 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour and 1/2 teaspoon table salt, and beat to combine. Press dough together in plastic wrap, then roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Dip each ball in beaten egg, and roll in coconut. Place balls on parchment-lined baking sheets, and press an indentation into each with your thumb. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove sheets from oven, and re-press indentations. Bake cookies until golden, 9 to 10 minutes more. Let cool on wire racks. Repeat with remaining dough.

 

 

Ready to pull out of the oven

Ready to pull out of the oven

 

 

 

Place caramels and heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the caramels are melted and mixture is smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Spoon into indentations in cookies, and sprinkle with sea salt. Rewarm caramel if it hardens before all cookies are filled.

 

 

Ready for a drizzle of salt

Ready for a drizzle of salt

 

Store in airtight containers for up to 2 days.

 

We had about 1/2 of the caramel sauce left-over.  You can store it in the fridge to use on yogurt, drizzle over morning coffee, serve with ice-cream….or, make more cookies!!

 

Last Look!

This is truly how we feel about these cookies!!! (Also, we love these pillows—-perfect to throw anywhere!)

 

Garnet Hill French Word Style Felt Pillow Cover

 

Garnet Hill Word Style Felt Pillow Cover, garnethill.com, $88.00

 

des Fruits…

  • 16th May 2013

As summer beckons so to do meals with bountiful bowls of fruit and simple savory salads.  We saw these necklaces that are all the rage across the Atlantic and immediately followed their trail into the world of bright colorful summer-loving produce!!

 

Les Nereides Fruits d'Automne
Les Nereides Fruits d'Automne

 

Les Nereides Fruits d’Automne, forzieri.com, $174.00

 

A fun fresh gift for anyone on your hit list this summer

 

Leather Key Rings from Mulberry

Photo Courtesy of: Tatler Magazine

Leather Key Rings from Mulberry Banana

Mulberry Banana Key Ring, Photo Courtesy of: Miss Vogue, UK

 

 

 

 

Mulberry Key Ring, mulberry.com, $120.00

 

 

In Milan, Moschino Cheap & Chic let their pineapple print steal the show!

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print, Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar Hong Kong

 

 

Here’s how we would work the ‘ananas’ into our spring/summer wardrobe…

 

Moschino Cheap and Chic Pineapple Print Shorts
Anthropologie Fruit Stand Sweater

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print Shorts, farfetch.com, $194.96

Fruit Stand Sweater, anthropologie.com, $99.95

 

Olympia Tan Trousers
Olympia Tan Dress

 

Olympia Tan Trousers, colette.fr, €750.00

Olympia Tan Dress, colette.fr, €850.00

 

 

Anya Hindmarch Apple Moire Celadon Purse

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

 

Anya Hindmarch Celadon Moire Apple Clutch, anyahindmarch.com, 

Fruit Print Trousers Dolce & Gabbana

 

Fruit Print Trouser Pant Dolce & Gabbana, barneys.com, $520.00

 

 Last Look!

 

De Grisogono Necklace Grape Black Galuchat Necklace

Photo Courtesy of: Harrods Magazine

 

 

De Grisogono Grape Black Galuchat Necklace in White Gold with Pranites, Emeralds and Diamonds.  Price upon request at Harrods

 

 

Parting Words…

  • 16th May 2013

 

What is happening to me happens to all fruits that grow ripe.
It is the honey in my veins that makes my blood thicker, and my soul quieter.

 

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

 

 

 

BonConseil