Saturday, July 31, 2010
So, I recently started reading Claudine at School, the first book in The Complete Claudine.
Unfortunately I find every character in the book, and most importantly the main character Claudine, totally unsympathetic. In spite of the fact that I'm not enjoying the read, I will slog through the book because I find 19th Century and Belle Epoque history interesting.
As for Colette herself, I would like to read a well written biography. Can anyone suggest one? Ms. Cavendish perhaps? Forget the lesbian affairs, what I would really like to know is why she seduced her 16 year old step son when she was 40 and continued the affair for 5 years. Yes I know, how very French.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
From the WSJ
LVMH First-Half Profit Soars, Showing Luxury's Return
PARIS–French luxury goods behemoth LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Tuesday reported a 53% jump in first half net profit, heralding a strong return of high-end consumption and, in a departure from cautiousness seen in previous quarters, expressed confidence in the rest of the year.
All divisions, from perfume to wine posted double digit sales growth with the highest increase coming from watches and jewelry, up 28%...
not that you asked but
Jewellery brand Stephen Webster is opening a flagship US store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
From Retail Jeweller
The retail space design will mirror the London and European mono-brand boutiques, which incorporate Stephen Webster’s signature style of glamour with a rock and roll edge. The space will combine Webster’s love for traditional craftsmanship with his passion for contemporary music, fashion and art to produce a modern, unconventional retail aesthetic for showcasing his collections.
“The store on Rodeo Drive will be our first flagship in the US,” said founder and creative director Stephen Webster. “Over the past 10 years we have built strong ties with the LA community including the world of entertainment based there. The opening of this store is set to be extremely significant in our development.”
He added: “This project is very exciting to me and my team who feel that the Stephen Webster brand is shifting to become an all encompassing lifestyle experience”.
Well, I'm not going to make my usual snarky 'well there goes the neighborhood' comment about this. We welcome all retail jewelers to the neighborhood. The more jewelers on the street, the better for our business.
Besides, I love Stephen Webster's whole glam rock vibe and his crystal haze jewelry. God knows that Loree Rodkin needs some local competition.
Plus...now that we have the new Tom Ford store about to open a couple of doors away, we might as well have Stephen Webster on the block too.
And just think, soon we will all be able to go up and down Rodeo Drive and experience, boutique by boutique, each all encompassing lifestyle experience!
Or, we could skip all the retail 'lifestyle' hype and just buy our jewelry online from Beladora.com.
For fall or winter seasons, colours those we put on could being as lively as possibles. Fall fashion trends, Sometimes though gray appears to being next good factor on colours as 2011, on fall or winter we needs to cheer top with few hot color. Fall fashion trends, Get red, orange and yellow or combine those with gray or brown. sweaters those we put on could being on most colorful combination: concept to get little of colour on you. boots those we put on shouldn’t being dull. Yellow and green good as latest trend trends. accessories could being colorfuls as well, or we could being of huge sizes. Though we need to purchase bag, select additional huge length or strange color. For detail visit here
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Start Your Own
Fashion Design Business
As a fashion designer, you will have a creative and
exciting career that many people only dream about.
Design by Louis de GamaThere are many fashion design career paths for you to
Or you could start your own fashion design business,
establishing a distinctive style and overseeing fashion
creation from initial concept to manufacturing and distribution.
In this field, there is a long history of people rising from
humble beginnings to become fashion designer stars.
- Laura Ashley got her start as a secretary.
- Vera Wang began designing when she became engaged at age 39 and couldn't find a suitable wedding gown for the mature first bride.
- Ralph Lauren was born into a middle-class family who lived in the Bronx, and used to buy suits with his pocket money at age 12. He is now one of the richest and most famous fashion designers in the world.
Of course, it takes hard work, creativity, and a true passion for
fabulous designs to achieve success as a fashion designer,
but you can break into this career much more quickly and easily
A couple of days ago I wrote a post about blogger Jane Aldridge and her menagerie of vintage animal brooches. It's one thing to wear a discreet little grouping of bee brooches on your lapel, it's another thing entirely to wear an entire zoo on your jacket.
So here is how I like to action (verb totally stolen from FF) a vintage animal brooch.
Wear one quality statement piece, like this gemstone fish, for impact
and leave the menagerie at home.
(Not to mention that I like wearing a tropical fish on my on my summer LBD because it is the closest I've gotten to a beach vacation in ages....and I'm desperate for one.)
So what do you think, would you wear this vintage brooch?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
If you haven't already picked up the latest edition of Italian Vogue...go out and spend $18 to buy it right now!
The Christy Turlington cover story photographed by Steven Meisel and styled by Karl Templar is one of the most beautiful fashion editorials that I have ever seen. (and I'm not just saying that because Beladora was asked to provide jewlery for the shoot, which they didn't use but was fine with us because the jewlery was barely noticable) Each of Turlington's looks were wonderful, from the big hair to the fabulous frocks to the gorgeous gloves to the stylish shoes, and she has never looked more beautiful.
Monday, July 26, 2010
My case in point Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes
the society/vintage/her mother has a huge closet/debutante blogger
but really, this is out of control.
Now, if you can get beyond the over-brooched photos of Miss Aldridge she links to the incredible website of photographer Douglas Friedman who shoots portraits, interiors,celebrity homes and architecture.
Here's an example of his work
Check out his website.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
First we have John (taxes are for the little people) Kerry and his brand new $7,000,000 yacht 'Isabel' which he chose to dock in Rhode Island instead of his home state of Massachusetts in order to save $500K in taxes.
If the Isabel were kept at the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee's summer vacation home on Nantucket or in Boston Harbor near his city residence, he would be liable for $437,500 in one-time sales tax. He would also have to pay $70,000 in annual excise taxes.
I do love this quote from Boston.com
"While we can fault the senator for his hypocrisy on taxes or having his boat built halfway around the world instead of here in the USA, John Kerry proves an important point that taxes in Massachusetts are too high. If they are too high for someone as rich as Senator Kerry, they are absolutely too high for working-class taxpayers who are being squeezed at every turn," said a statement issued by party Chairwoman Jennifer Nassour.
And then we have billionaire US Democratic Senate Candidate, Jeff Greene and his yacht 'Summerwind'.
Summerwind — like a 14-story building turned on its side — accommodates about 10 guests in five suites. Greene boasted to Forbes in 2008 that he practically stole it for $6 million in 2002. It may have been a bargain purchase, but it costs about $100,000 to fill up the tank on Summerwind, which burns about 50 gallons of fuel an hour.
Apparently tax savvy Jeff Greene registered his yacht in the tax haven Marshall Islands instead of in his home state of Florida.
God, I so hate hypocrisy and the 'Do as I say, not as I do' politicians who vote for taxes for everyone else, yet avoid paying their own.
And...while I'm on a rant...as if the US House isn't already enough of an embarrassment
WASHINGTON – House Democrats and Republicans have put aside their differences this year to honor the likes of golfer Phil Mickelson, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, NASCAR driver Jimmy Johnson and the Penn State women's volleyball team.
But when it came time this week to memorialize the start of the 142nd season of the Saratoga race course in New York, one freshman lawmaker decided he'd had enough.
"It's an absolute embarrassment," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announcing on the House floor a vow to vote against all future sports resolutions.
Why is it the business of the US House of Representatives to honor or memorialize any sports related person or event? Is that was they were voted into office to do?
Apparently last year in the House there was a vote to commemorate the 2560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius...why is that deemed worthy of the time of our elected leaders?
Wouldn't you think that they would be more concerned with dealing with the $1.47 trillion deficit or the fact that The median duration of unemployment is higher today than any time in the last 50 years. That's an understatement. It is more than twice as high today than any time in the last 50 years.
And don't even get me started on the $604K spent on bottled water or the $563K spent on new carpets, the $317K spent on new drapes and the $2.5 million spent on new furniture for the US House...during a recession
What Congress Bought Itself With Your $1 Billion
OK, rant over....I'm going to go read fashion blogs now and think happy thoughts
Friday, July 23, 2010
A couple of years ago it was all about sea themed collections
Now it's all about animals
Thursday, July 22, 2010
here are the things I bought.
I am also having a great holidays with my friends. I was in Croatia, Bled,... :) Are you having a great time too? :)
Kako ste? Sama na polno uživam v počitnicah (hrvaška, bled, lokalčki,.. ). Škoda ker se bo počasi potrebno začeti učiti za septemberske izpite :(
Ker se kmalu približuje moj rojstni dan sem si nakupila nekaj stvari. Ljubim razprodaje! :D