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Fine Jewelry by Monique Lhuillier

24 Oct

Monique Lhuillier is a designer I have always admired, especially since I saw a mini documentary about her on CNN. She stands out in her razor sharp focus on delivering luxe, ultra feminine, très très chic pieces. Her bridal line is beyond gorgeous, her clothing line delivers the goods excellently collection after collection. I’ve come to expect the highest in luxurious standards from her.

So imagine how excited I was when I discovered she has a wedding ring line in collaboration with Blue Nile, the largest online retailer of certified diamonds and fine jewellery.  I really like it when a designer segues into different aspects of fashion easily, especially when it’s done so well.

The collection is beyond stunning, it is breathtakingly beautiful. She did an engagement ring line and a wedding ring line. Each engagement ring is adorned with a blush pink sapphire “lovemark,” symbolizing a blushing bride. Beautiful.

I selected my best pieces of the collection, my absolute favourite has to be the Princess Double Halo. If you ask me, the prices are pretty reasonable for diamonds set in platinum.

To read more about the collection and see the pieces in detail, check out the Monique Lhullier page on Blue Nile

Monique Lhuillier Double Halo Engagement Ring_$3000
Double Halo Engagement Ring $3000
Monique Lhuillier Draping Halo Engagement Ring_$2750
Draping Halo Engagement Ring $2750
Monique Lhuillier Floral Halo Engagement Ring_$4550
Floral Halo Engagement Ring $4550
Monique Lhuillier Heirloom Diamond Engagement Ring_$3750
Heirloom Diamond Engagement Ring $3750
Monique Lhuillier Milgrain Halo Engagement Ring_$1900
Milgrain Halo Engagement Ring $1900
Monique Lhuillier Petite Draping Halo Engagement Ring_$1800
Petite Draping Halo Engagement Ring $1800
Monique Lhuillier Princess Double Halo Engagement Ring_$3200
Princess Double Halo Engagement Ring $3200
Monique Lhuillier Split Shank Halo Engagement Ring_$2655
Split Shank Halo Engagement Ring $2655
Monique Lhuillier Twist Shank Engagement Ring_$2300
Twist Shank Engagement Ring $2300
Monique Lhuillier Vintage Hexagon Engagement Ring_$2945
Vintage Hexagon Engagement Ring $2945

Images via Blue Nile

Love. Want. Need.

10 Mar

Lanvin Swarovski Crystal and Cord Brass Chain Necklace.

Solid, beautiful and versatile; great wardrobe staple and would work with many looks. Particularly excellent for dressing a little black dress up.

Find it on net-a-porter for £730

Lanvin Swarovski crystal and cord chain necklace £730 pounds

Lanvin Swarovski crystal and cord chain necklace £730 pounds

Victoria Beckham Spring 2012 Bags

20 Jan

This lady is certainly not laughing, she’s ain’t kidding. Watch your back Louis Vuitton, VB is coming.

The first Victoria Beckham bag collection was moderate and just enough to complement the clothes. Enter Spring 2012 and it’s obvious she has plans to build a bag empire.

The Spring 2012 collection features such a wide variety of bags, ranging from ipad and blackberry cases to clutch bags, shoulder bags, convertible bags and travel cases. There were chain strap bags, duffel bags, totes and a departure from the regular structured bags to slouchy bags. They came in a variety of colours – lemon, turquoise, peach and the signature “Victoria” bag was made in python and alligator textures.

I mean,  this lady could give LV a run for their money, how do we know she’s not dropping a travel luggage range in the mix next season. Either way she goes, Viva Victoria Beckham!

And by the way, if you’re drooling, start saving, prices range from £900 for the shoulder bags up to £8,000+ for the ‘Victoria’ crocodile bag. They sell out fast too, so save up fast ;)

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Photo credits: styledotcom

Fashion Byte: Jason Wu for Target

12 Oct

This gist is stale by a few weeks but every time I see the first sketch, I just love it all over again. One of my fav young designers, we all know, is Jason Wu and he’s doing a line for US retail store Target. The collection will hit stores and online on 5th February 2012. He’s designing apparel, scarves, and handbags with prices ranging from $20 to $60.

In his words, the ‘collection for Target embodies my signature aesthetic of feminine sophistication, with a mischievous nod to the 1960s’

That ‘aesthetic of feminine sophistication’ is the reason why I love this guy and am a big fat fan. Now check out the first peep into the collection. Indescribably stunning! *drool*

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Judging from the short intro video which you can watch here, we’re going to see polka dots, florals, brights, skinny belts in the collection. Looking forward with Glee!

Credits: Fashionologie

The Stunning Bags of Louis Vuitton’s Spring Collection

11 Oct

The clothes and shoes in the Louis Vuitton collection were pretty, very quaint and girly. A huge departure from the 70s disco party from last season.

I admired the use of laser cut lace and pastel shades and the lacey umbrellas the models clutched BUT it was the bags that grabbed me and didn’t let go. What beauty! The colours, the sizes, the styles. Louis Vuitton is so so hard to beat when it comes to bags and luggage.

I fully and totally heart this bag line up. If this really is Marc Jacobs’ last collection for Louis Vuitton, it’s a very fitting finish, we’ll be waiting for him at the Dior end.

All  these picks are loved and very wanted. Lol

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Photo Credits: Styledotcom

 

 

 

 

What a way to wear the pearls

5 Aug

If you live in Lagos, then you know how one thing becomes a trend and every where you go, there’s someone wearing a version of it. After a while you kinda get tired and start looking out for something new. I guess it’s because here, we don’t have the regular seasonal fashion and beauty trends as there is globally, so some trends can stay for months and months.

I  recently started feeling that way about layered pearl necklaces. Literally EVERY girl in Lag has got one. In varying numbers of layers, thickness and lengths etc, there’s someone wearing a layered pearl necklace every where you turn.

As worn by Rihanna, this is the general look you see every where in Lag

Now pearls are a classic as far as jewelry is concerned, from the days of Coco Chanel to Audrey Hepburn, they represent a certain type of style, that tres chic, timeless look.

They will always be around in one form of the other! So imagine my excitement when I came upon this selection on Fashionologie.  I love fashion creative directors for this reason, they always push the boundaries and invent something new out of the old; just when you think you’ve seen it all.

A bunch of them just made me very happy, they gave the classic pearls a proper facelift and right there in the line up is one of my all time favourites Lanvin.

My fav of the collection today has got to be the Kate Spade though, Simply stunning.

Janna Conner Knotted White Pear Necklace $190

Janna Conner Knotted White Pear Necklace $190

Lanvin Large Pearl Light Bulb Necklace $1650

Kate Spade Street Statement Necklace $448

Kate Spade Street Statement Necklace $448

Fallon Oversized Heart Necklace $315

Fallon Oversized Heart Necklace $315

Nicole Romano Spear and Pearl Necklace $488

Bijoux Heart Laque Gold-Plated Swarovksi Crystal Necklace $1400

Fallon Pearl & Chain Necklace $250

Oscar de la Renta Mesh Chain Pearl Necklace $595

So, we might not be shelling out the big bucks to grab one of these, but it is inspiration to do the pearls differently if you please.

Images via Fashionologie

My very first ‘what i wore’: Wedding special

2 Aug

After another blogging hiatus *sigh sigh*I’ve got fresh inspiration from a beautiful weekend. I never thought i’d be doing one of these ‘what i wore’ posts though, lol. But hey, why not???

So, my sister’s wedding was over the weekend and it was the most beautiful and fun ceremony ever. I’m so so nostalgic about it, wishing there could be a re-run!

She looked oh so stunning in a beautiful tiered gown and cathedral length, faux-pearl embellished veil, every inch the excited bride. I almost bawled as she glided down the aisle with that big smile on her face *dreamy sigh*

I was so busy running all over the place doing my Chief Hostess job that I almost missed out on the fun. Thank God I was able to be part of the insanely fun ‘singles’ dance that burst into the spontaneous candy dance moves, out of nowhere! LOL. I had no clue how to do the routine so I pretty much stumbled along, trying to copy people, was so much fun! laughed and laughed.

I wore this lush royal purple Karen Millen dress, it was a stretch satin shift dress with folded bow neckline and peplum at the waist. I loved loved loved loved it. It was not just sleek chic but very comfortable, I hardly felt like I was wearing a thing. Perfect for a hot summer day too. We have to thank God for that beautiful weather, made the picture session at the beautiful garden work perfectly.

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I wore with these two tone, patent peep toe shoes from Aldo. Had to ditch for jeweled flat sandals in the end, the 5.5 inch heels weren’t practical for literally running around! Some shoes ain’t made for walking, lol!

 

Topped with a burnt orange and gold, jeweled ‘DC’ fascinator by the lovely Yosola and pearl drop earrings, i was summer wedding ready, lol.

Sadly, i was too busy running around to take a proper full picture, so y’all are going to have to use your imagination!