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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!

 

Nothing beats the perfect shoe silhouette

9 Jun

I can’t believe i haven’t blogged in so many weeks! So so heartbreaking! But hey, it’s one day at a time i guess, never too late to jump right back in. I plan to express my fashionable side as much as possible from now on. Scouts honour!

So, my eyes dropped to the silhouette of my shoes today and i couldn’t help the fuzzy feeling. I love that beautiful arch at the sole of a shoe, especially when it curves into a slim and generously high heel. We’ll be going for a 5 to 6 inch heel there *wink wink*

It’s even more exquisite when it has an unusual shape, I love love love YSL shoes for that, Miu Miu has some stunning shapes as well. We all kinda agree that Christian Louboutin has nailed heel perfection to an art, so we’ll always pay homage to the maestro.

Wella! I decided to go-a-drooling and picked out some goose bumps worthy heels from these amazing shoe artists. Drool with me please, lol.

Rupert Sanderson Troy Patent Court Shoe_£385

Rupert Sanderson Troy Patent Court Shoe £385

Alexander McQueen Lizard Platform Pumps_£1,035

Alexander McQueen Lizard Platform Pumps £1,035

Christian Louboutin 'Mago' Suede and Leather Platform Court Shoes_£395

Christian Louboutin 'Mago' Suede and Leather Platform Court Shoes £395

Camilla Skovgaard_Metallic textured leather platform sandals_£325

Camilla Skovgaard Metallic textured leather platform sandals £325

Lanvin_Swarovski crystal-embellished leather sandals_£1010

Lanvin Swarovski crystal-embellished leather sandals £1010

Miu Miu Suede peep toe pumps_£355

Miu Miu Suede peep toe pumps £355

Christian Louboutin 'Mago' Suede and Leather Platform Court Shoes_£395

Christian Louboutin 'Mago' Suede and Leather Platform Court Shoes £395

Yves Saint Laurent_Tribtoo metallic leather pumps_£565

Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo metallic leather pumps £565

Camilla Skovgaard_studded leather platform sandals_£335

Camilla Skovgaard studded leather platform sandals £335

Nicholas Kirkwood Roase Printed Satin Platform Court Shoes £475

Nicholas Kirkwood Rose Printed Satin Platform Court Shoes £475

Miu Miu Bow-embellished patent-leather pumps_£400

Miu Miu Bow-embellished patent-leather pumps £400

You can find them on Net-a-porter and Browns.

See ya soon with more chic finds ;-)

The Art of Luxury Time-telling

6 Apr

The world of luxury fashion is one that I find intensely fascinating and so breathtaking. Luxury brand manufacturers take the best materials you can find on this beautiful earth and craft incredible things out of them.

From plush fabrics to diamonds and precious gems, I mean, the earth is full of beautiful things waiting for this type of expression. What’s the point of a diamond in raw form below the earth, when it can be made into a swash buckling Chopard watch?

I think I’m kinda digressing? Lol

So, the biggest and the best watchmakers in the world gathered at the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show in Geneva, Switzerland late last month. And you can only imagine what went down, tons of sophisticated collections and innovation.

Check out some of the simply amazing selections from some of our favourite designer names. Please read the descriptions of the watches, so luxuriously poetic, lol.

Doesn’t matter if you can’t get one of ’em, it’s great to admire excellent craftsmanship and the beauty of creative genius.

Chopard
Chopard Owl watch in 18K rose gold with two dials, two time zones, and quartz movement, fully set with baguette-cut rubies (3.68 carats), baguette-cut diamonds (1.67 carats), and brilliant-cut diamonds (7.52 carats)
Azzaro

Azzaro Ise watch in stainless steel

Versace

Versace Destiny Spirit Precious watch in round stainless steel case with blue sapphires and blue lizard strap

Chanel

Chanel Premiere three-row watch in steel and black ceramic

Dior

Dior Christal 33mm purple watch with stainless steel case, purple sapphire crystals, and diamonds

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. Atlas Cocktail watch with black dial, polished 18K white gold bezel, and Roman numerals set with diamonds

Chanel

Chanel J12 41mm chromatic watch in titanium ceramic with steel triple-folding buckle

Harry Winston

Harry Winston Rosebud watch with mother-of-pearl dial and 16 baguette-cut diamonds (1.8 carats), 26 pear-cut diamonds (2.9 carats), and 126 brilliant-cut diamonds (2 carats)

Valentino

Valentino Gemme mini watch in steel

See info about the show on the Baselworld site

Pics via styledotcom

Dream YSL Pumps: The look for less?

31 Mar

It’s no news that I’ve had a long standing crush on YSL pumps, especially the Cobalt blue suede. At over £400 a pop, it’s understandable why i haven’t stocked up on all the beautiful colours of this beloved shoe.

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Yves Saint Laurent Palais suede peep-toe pumps £500

Yves Saint Laurent Pumps in Cognac Nappa Leather

So I stumbled upon these shoes on Asos.com  yesterday. And wow, they present a very convincing alternative to my dream shoes.  At a fraction of the cost, i just might be stocking up on these while I get rich enough to buy my YSLs…and it even comes in Cobalt Blue. Hmmmm….

ASOS PUMP IT UP Suede Platform Court Shoe_Green_£55

ASOS PUMP IT UP Suede Platform Court Shoe £55

ASOS POLLY Leather Court Shoe_£65

ASOS POLLY Leather Court Shoe £65

ASOS PUMP IT UP Suede Platform Court Shoe_£55

ASOS PUMP IT UP Suede Platform Court Shoe £55

River Island Unicorn Platform Court Shoes_£65

River Island Unicorn Platform Court Shoes £65

The Trend: Bright Coloured Bags

17 Mar

I’m sure it’s now painfully obvious that I am obsessing over this electric colour trend. It’s reminiscent of how I went on and on about the 50s trend for last Fall, Lol, I wanted it to go on forever. Still love the 50s, Fifties Forever! On trend or not.

Back to the moment, Spring is full of exciting trends, the 70s comeback is absolutely fabulous, Oh the beauty of wide leg pants, blouson sleeved blouses and platforms.

The next best thing is the electric colour trend, this one has completely got my heart; all the vibrant hues, clashing colours and colour blocking = blissful sight. What makes it perfect is that it’s not just with clothes you can rock this trend, there are tons of beautiful accessories, shoes and bags in brilliant, bright colours. So just in case for some weird reason, you’re not jumping on the electric colour train, try out some accessories to give zing to your dark wardrobe palette.

Excellent way to start is with bags; clutches, satchels, hobos, shoulder bags, you have a wide array of options to choose from.

Here’s my fav selection. I want ‘em all by the way

Christian Dior_£1950

Christian Dior £1950

Nancy Gonzalez_Hobo Bag_£3615

Nancy Gonzalez Hobo Bag £3615

Proenza Schouler_Small Leather Satchel_£895

Proenza Schouler Small Leather Satchel £895

Tory Burch shoulder bag_$325

Tory Burch shoulder bag $325

Milly_Tweed and patent-leather bag_288gbp

Milly Tweed and patent-leather bag £288

Mulberry_Bayswater patent-leather bag_766gbp

Mulberry Bayswater patent-leather bag £766

Hermès Jige Elan 29 Clutches_$4250

Hermès Jige Elan 29 Clutches $4250 each

rebecca minkoff_$650

Rebecca Minkoff $650

Cambridge Satchel Company 14 Satchel_100gbp

Cambridge Satchel Company 14" Satchel £100

DKNY_£135

DKNY £135

ASOS Boxy Flat Lock Clutch_20gbp

ASOS Boxy Flat Lock Clutch £20

Jil Sander_Market leather bag £580

Jil Sander_Market leather bag £580

Marc by Marc Jacobs_Raffia and Leather Clutch175gbp

Marc by Marc Jacobs Raffia and Leather Clutch £175

 

You can find these beauties on www.net-a-porter.com, www.asos.com, www.diorcouture.com, www.toryburch.com

 

Style Item: Arm candy

27 Jan

Lovely eclectic thing.

Marc Jacobs intense-red leather shoulder bag with multicolored cone-tassels and a calf hair leopard-print flap. Hmmm…

And it’s 50% off at TheOutnet.com

Marc Jacobs bag

Marc Jacobs Sahara tassel shoulder bag £700

Lanvin Porcelain dolls: Who says big girls can’t play?

21 Jan

Mr Alber Elbaz clearly begs to differ, even though he proposes a different kind of play. One that includes collecting limited edition Miss Lanvin dolls.

Designed by the beloved designer himself in collaboration with Chinese craftsman Franz, the collection features 800 pieces of 6 doll designs each season. All in hand decorated porcelain mixed with varying materials.

Prices range from $435 to $610 with the newest season at the highest price. This will make a brilliant (perhaps Valentines?) gift for any fashion + art inclined collector.

They are a genius work of art and intensely reflect that fun yet über chic Lanvin aesthetic. No big surprise though, the fruit never falls too far from the tree. I selected 10 of my favourite below.

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You can only purchase the dolls from the Lanvin online store and Selfridges.

 

Credits: Trendland.net, Lanvin.com

Still loving Louboutin

14 Jan

Christian Louboutin attained cliché status and while he’s still got his loyal fan base, he’s not quite as ‘hot right now’ as he was many months ago, but he’s still got shoe game. He has the art of the high heel wrapped around his pinky finger and totally love him for that.

Well, anyone who created these fabulous shoes is worthy of being loved.

Christian Louboutin_Futura nappa leather peep-toe boots_$1095

Christian Louboutin_Futura nappa leather peep-toe boots $1095

 

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Christian Louboutin Panier 120 Wedge Sandals $545

 

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Christian Louboutin S/S 2011 collection

 

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Christian Louboutin S/S 2011 collection

 

You can find the first two pairs on Net-a-porter.

 

 

 

Love, Want, Need: Spring 2011 Style Pieces

11 Jan

Spring 2011 fashion has started hitting stores, with all the last season sales fever dwinding down.

I am especially loving the electric colour – pinks, blues, orange, green, think colours of the rainbow almost –  and 70s inspired trends – wide leg pants, wedges, wide brim hats. It’s going to be fun for fashion, already looking forward to all the street style pics.

I’ve just made an early pick of my (mainly designer) faves, watch this space for high street alternatives of these trends.

Anglomania_Square top blouse_£200

Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood Square top blouse £200

 

Yves Saint Laurent_Tribute patent-leather sandals_£550

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute patent-leather sandals   £550
Current_Elliott_The High Rise Bell flared jeans_£170

Current/Elliott_The High Rise Bell flared jeans_£170

Equipment_Power Ballad washed silk-satin shirt_£230

Equipment Power Ballad washed silk-satin shirt £230

Givenchy_Woven leather wedges_£945

Givenchy Woven leather wedges £945

Asos_Catarzi Felt Floppy Hat_£30

Asos Catarzi Felt Floppy Hat £30

Lanvin_Satin-jersey wrap-front dress_£1200

Lanvin Satin-jersey wrap-front dress £1200

Check out Selfridges,  Net-a-porter and Asos for the featured items.