Thursday, August 27, 2009

I Want to Escape to March

Because I will be here. 
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5 days in the most fabulous island in the world. Words can't describe my undying love for NYC. It is and will always remain to be my first love.

Current awe: Noir Animal Rings. Here are ones that stood out to me the most:
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My absolute favorite is the shark. First, how often do people bother to one make shark rings & two, how many people can actually pull of creating a wearable, chic design such as this one? It's truly a unique statement piece.

The only ones that can be found on ebay at the mome is the elephant in a 7. 
I purchased this one hoping it would cover up all the pain and loss from the other failing gold panther ring.
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Til next time, xoxoRJC

Monday, August 24, 2009

Countdown to Zoe

Exactly 9 hours til Glamour God Rachel Zoe will make her triumphant return to Bravo. I have been waiting for this new season seconds after the last episode ended. 

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Oh, RZ. I feel like were brothers from another mother. Were both named Rachel. We both have an uncle Jerry (reference to the show), we both wear gigantic sunglasses & ridic amounts of gold jewelry. 

I feel like I'm cheating at blogging because I'm posting such short entries. I feel that you can only afford to get away with that if you have tons of bomb pictures that don't need a big explanation or you've established yourself as a well-known blogger who doesn't need to post long entries to get a reaction or their point across. Now that I've been busy adjusting to college life it's hard to make time to sit down come up with what to post and take the time to execute it.

Oh well, that's just my opinion. Tune into the Rachel Zoe Project tomorrow @ 9 I'm so excited!!!

Til next time, xoxoRJC

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Apple of My Eye

Model of my moment. A La Georgia Jagger...

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She's so effin fab. I LOVE her look.

Let yourself fall asleep to this tonight:


Till next time, xoxoRJC

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Flashbacks

From yesteryears. 2 purses + 2 necklaces = fav accessories of the mome

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1. Ruth Saltz snakeskin bag with gold chain straps. This is such a sexy bag. Naturally the pairing a snake & gold anything would create this effect but the intricately placed lions head ultimately solidifies this bags overall uniqueness. Nice finishing touch to an always fierce accessory.

2. AH-MAZING. Now if you want to talk unique vintage purses this clutch has got to be on the top of the list. If not in the top 10 then DEFINITELY in the top 20 don't you think? Great 60's relic. 

3. Vintage Nina Ricci. This necklace belongs in a museum because it embodies the james bond kind of mod-glamour of the past. Just looking at it sucks me back into a world that once was where Edie Sedgewick & studio 54 were still alive and well.

4. Trifari. Reminds me of an ornamental light fixture. I wish there was a switch in the back of the necklace so it could light up. 

Til next time, xoxoRJC

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Big Leave

Classes officially start Wednesday. Being an actual adult starts on Tuesday about mid-afternoon, 3 o clock at the latest. Tomorrow will be the longest day of the year consisting of a shit load of driving, panicking, tears, and intense reality checks. Seaside will be lovely I'm sure but it lacks space. Home, San Diego, has lots of space. Hopefully all the trees won't freak me out.

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Let yourself fall asleep to this tonight:

Shoe Nazi

I'm not a shoe girl. Never really have been and may never really be. Don't get me wrong I like shoes just as much as the next person but I've never been one to take that liking to the next level by putting in the effort to search out and buy shoes regularly, I guess you could say. I suppose this is partly due to the fact that I'm very picky when it comes to shoes and I only want to buy some that I know I'll wear regularly and by regularly I mean every other day. If I wear something as often as every other day then it has to be comfortable and neutral colored and now that I think about it I've pretty much been living in black ballerina flats for the past four years of my life. That last sentence sounds even worse reading it on virtual paper then hearing it in my own head 5 seconds ago! How sad right!? Fortunately, ever since I started following various fashion blogs over the past five or six months now I've been exposed to so many out of these world shoes and, for the first time, really took the time to study and later appreciate what I now can call an art. I can't believe I've been denying myself this for so long! It's like I'm my own shoe nazi.

Although this realization didn't necessarily reinvent my shoe mindset to match that of Carrie Bradshaw or Jane Aldridge, it was, nonetheless, altered in a positive way. I decided to put a little spice in my shoe collection by adding some much needed heels so I went shopping to find the perfect black pump and fortunately I found them in the first store I stopped at which is, believe me, a rarity. Usually it takes at least three trips for me to find exactly what I want.
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In my dream scenario I picture myself slipping these babies on inside of bloomies and the salesman saying "go ahead girlfriend work it" but since I don't have the money or power to make what goes on in my head a reality I decided to buy these and I couldn't be happier.

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Steve Madden Trinitie. Great starter to my newly revitalized shoe collection eh? I also saw these Michael Kors boots and slightly fell in love.
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I couldn't stop staring or talking about them. I felt like a little girl staring at a new, shiny barbie in the window display at Fao Swartz (back when it wasn't just in nyc). My mom agreed they were cute and that was that but I continued to talk about them all the way to the car with the hopes that a miracle would happen and she would actually buy them for me. It has happened before, this method has had its share of successes. 

Clearly I'm focusing on the basics right now. Other shoes I'm looking to add:
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Patent Oxford Pumps
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Givenchy Wedges (via google & seaofshoes)
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Chloe 3 Strap Mary Jane Heels (via cherryblossomgirl, I believe)

I love mary janes. I can make that 180 and turn into a Carrie or Jane when it comes to mary janes. I could go on and on about my love affair with mary janes. There's definitely a warm feeling there. Mary janes are the type of shoe that has multiple personalities almost. They can be super girly then classic & sharp then a little naughty depending of course on the construction of the shoe & the way it's being styled. That's my take, I'm no expert though, just say the word if I should just stick to jewelry.

oh well, Till next time,
xoxoRJC

Thursday, August 13, 2009

If at first you don't succeed...

cry, then try again, if you can muster up the strength. This was the case today when my long-awaited panther ring turned out to be a complete bust. I was so ridiculously excited to receive this ring that ever since it initially shipped I've been tracking it daily sometimes even hourly just waiting to get the notification that it was in San Diego and in transit. I even woke up early to make sure that I didn't miss a minute with my new ring so imagine my face when I opened the package and saw that it wasn't as amazing as I so desperately hoped it would be. I didn't expect it to be as spectacular as the cartier one but for the amount of money I paid I expected quality and quality isn't rough around the edges. It definitely looked a little beat and once I told my mom the price she proceeded to reduce my self-worth to the size of a peanut by reprimanding me about my spending habits. I mean I can be frugal but when it comes to beautiful jewelry I can't help but slip up every once in a while.

I then proceeded to drown my sorrows in some coconut pinkberry & a new gold bohemian-style cuff from forever 21.

I felt that this was a pretty standard accessory that I've been missing out on. I think that everyone should own a big, indian-style, bohemian-style cuff like this. Makes for a great statement piece especially if you're not really sure what to wear or have to rush to get somewhere. It's one of those cuffs that you can just throw on and it will take full responsibility for spicing up the outfit for you.

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Muy delicioso.
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Fortunately I have this coming in the mail. 
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Kenneth Jay Lane white tusk necklace. My favorite jewelry designer. Hopefully this will be a hit. It should be.

Also, in a state of boredom I went to my panther ring sellers blog and discovered this other panther friendly jewelry designer - Anita Ko. I've seen her designs before on Rachel Zoe but didn't know the name so I just assumed they were cartier.  Although there's no way I'd be able to afford some of these at this time it's just nice to look.  I guess you could consider this discount cartier. Here are some of my favs: (Sorry for the screen shots. I would have just posted the regular pictures but since her site has flash I couldn't do my usual copy and paste. & I couldn't find pictures anywhere else).
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I think Anita Ko's jewelry caters to the people who aren't necessarily over the top in the way they choose to adorn themselves i.e. the people who don't naturally gravitate for the huge pendants or chunky cocktail rings to make a statement. They'd rather go for the more simple and pretty pieces that could go with every outfit, something worn everyday, something that could be considered special or a small signature. I think these pieces achieve just that.  They blend instead of taking charge, their statement is more subtle instead of in your face but they still make a statement nonetheless, just in a different way.

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if you look really closely you can see that Rachel Zoe is wearing the panther necklace and bracelet

I guess my search for the perfect panther ring will just have to continue on as exhausting as it's been.

Til next time,
xoxoRJC

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Art of Embellishment

When it comes to jewelry, there's no competing with India. The citizens of India take jewelry wearing to a whole new level adorning themselves in intricately designed gold bangles, colorful beaded necklaces, beautifully carved stone rings, out of this world chandelier earrings, nose rings, nose rings that attach to earrings, anklets, toe rings, toe rings that attach to anklets, head pieces, and so much more.  To them, there isn't any part of the body where jewelry can't be applied. What makes Indian jewelry so unique is that it goes beyond the normal function of an accessory; it's a historical relic that represents India's long-standing cultural unity and that unity is brought about by religion.  If you take a look at Ganesh or Shiva or any other Hindu god a majority of them are wearing loads of lavish jewelry all over their bodies. In the past Indian kings wanted to appear godlike to their people so they would emulate such gods by embellishing themselves accordingly.  This profession of religious loyalty has overtime become a cultural statement that's known world-wide as part of India's signature style.  Without such embellishment India's definition of style and glamour wouldn't be so unique.  Who knew that something as simple as a bangle would have the ability to define an entire country?

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I think the best display of embellishment is seen in Indian weddings where the bride is literally dripping in jewelry.  Are you allowed to have an Indian wedding if you're not Indian?
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I was fortunate enough to visit India in high school with a group of students and I can honestly say it was the best experience of my life. I highly recommend putting India on your list of places to travel throughout your lifetime.  It's one of if not the most beautiful culture in the world and the jewelry is definitely a reflection of that.  Although I didn't necessarily come back with something as impressive as a kundan jewelry set I did manage to get a few goodies as well as a very enviable scarf collection if I do say so myself.

My most prized possessions from the trip?

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My Gigantic Religious Beads
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& My wooden elephant jewelry box
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Some info about shopping in India:
1. All the big cities are good places for getting the basic souvenirs such as quality religious beads, toy elephants, etc. but BE SURE TO SHOP AROUND because the next shop will most likely have what you want in either a better quality or price or both then the shop you first stopped at.
2. BARGAIN BARGAIN BARGAIN. Not only is it fun but you'd be surprised at how open the locals are to lowering their prices, I certainly was.  If they don't budge at first that's okay just try again, keep talking.  By doing that it will show them that you're not going to budge which in turn will raise the likelihood of them lowering the prices.  Remember, they want to make a sale just as much as you want a deal so they are willing to work with you even though it might initially come off otherwise.
3. Although things are VERY cheap in India it doesn't always mean that what you're getting is the real deal.  For example, I bought a "turquoise bracelet" for a thousand rupees and later found out it wasn't turquoise but my friend actually got a real turquoise necklace for 750 rupees.  Don't rely on the price to tell you if what you're getting is or that.
4. The best place for silks is Varanasi.  Another great city to shop is Dharamsala.  A lot of Tibetan refugees live there and for a living most of them own and operate their own shop. Most of these shops carry a lot of hand made products either made by the shop owner themselves or affiliates of the shop owner.  These products can range from clothes to comforters. Really beautiful stuff.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Emergency Post

I just received my vintage Guy Laroche jacket from Paris and I'm having an attack of some sort.  I can't even fully describe in words how giddy I am or how amazing I think this jacket truly is. I'll let the jacket do the talking.

Warning: My crappy photobooth picture DOES NOT do this jacket any justice. Like I said earlier, I don't have a camera as crazy as that sounds.

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Clothing like this just confirms why I love vintage so damn much. All in all, BEST ONLINE PURCHASE EVAR.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Om

Let yourself fall asleep to this tonight:

Fa-Fa Found

Favorite found item of the week courtesy of Oh Dear Charlotte.
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The work of none other than Martin Margiela. Clever take on the classic diamond ring. Definitely something I'd like to add to my collection.

I also received my gold sarah coventry 'chantilly lace' bracelet today. 
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That was just for kicks but here's an up close picture:
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It's so classic and beautiful and kind of gothic, yeah? The detail is just amazing, it's like art. The design reminds of the architecture featured on European gothic churches like the Koln cathedral in Germany or the buildings found in Prague or Poland. It's inspiring to say the least. 

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Is it weird that I also see the popes hat in this bracelet too?
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It also reminded me of something much closer
to home; this being the wooden structure inside
the San Diego Children's Museum. Under it are a
few stages where kids can act out plays
with the help of hand sewn costumes
ranging from a frog to a king. I used to
volunteer there and had so much fun.
Not only are the kids too adorable for
words but it's a place where kids AND
parents can enjoy themselves. This place
is no chuckie cheese. Imagine a playground
mixed with a contemporary art museum.
They have a graffiti rock wall, a VW Bug
outside where kids can paint on it, and a
pillow fighting room, yes, you read correctly.
If you're ever in San Diego this is definitely
an attraction worth stopping at.