Category: Jewelry

Nothing like adding a little sparkle to my step

Are diamonds really a girls’ best friend? After viewing the FireCushion Diamond, I would have to say YES!! They absolutely are. I was invited by Devon Fine Jewelry in Wyckoff, New Jersey to come experience first hand the gorgeous FireCushion diamonds. Jason, the director of sales at Devon, walked me through the entire collection and explained how unique this cut truly is. Nothing like ogling over these precious stones to make my week shine. After viewing, it was apparent this company is candidly worth shouting about. I have always been a girl that likes to go against the grain and try something new and unique. Whether that is a fashion trend, vacation spot, or learning about a state of the art technique in diamonds. The special way that FireCushion diamonds are cut increases brilliance and are bursting with light, WOWZA. These precious stones are lighter in weight, while getting a distinct size advantage with no sacrifice in brilliance. I mean who does not want that! I’m also a girl that likes to get more bang for her buck!

FireCushion Diamond vs a Standard

FireCushion Diamond vs a Standard

FireCushion Diamond vs a Standard

FireCushion Diamond vs a Standard

Wearing diamonds has come a very long way. Years ago, people would break them out like their fine china, only on special occasions. Recently, one does not need be afraid of sportn’ your bling, day or night. You can certainly wear your diamond necklace with not only your cocktail dress but also your jeans. Today, it’s completely acceptable to wear diamond studs daily. Mine barely come out of my ears’ lobes. I choose to wear them straight from my gym clothes to my daytime ensemble, right into an evening dress.

Studs, that I wear daily

Studs, that I wear daily

Diamonds in aeon pasts were mostly spotted being worn by socialites, nighttime soap stars, and of course Ms. Joan Collins. Now more then ever, women are donning their sparklers with the popularity of “push gifts”, anniversary rings, and heirloom pieces handed down from the generation past. People are choosing to not lock up their heirlooms, but wear them with pride. Lets face it, choosing your engagement has become just as important as choosing the man popping the question, well not really but close (wink).

Shoes: Kendall and Kylie/ Leggings: David Lerner / Flower Ring: Lele Sadoughi / Watch: Ulysse Nardin

Shoes: Kendall and Kylie/ Leggings: David Lerner / Flower Ring: Lele Sadoughi / Watch: Ulysse Nardin

FireCushion Diamond Engagement Ring

FireCushion Diamond Engagement Ring

Diamonds are always going to be a well thought out purchase. Take your time deciding the right piece that is best suited for you. Whether it’s an eternity ring, pendant necklace, studs, or watch en-crusted in stones on the bazel selected, one that will be timeless. These are special pieces that should be treasured.

Eternity Band

Eternity Band

It was very educational to meet with Jason, as he cialisfrance24.com schooled me on what it really means to have a noble quality stone. I took it for granted when my husband selected my engagement ring and wedding bands. However, I’ve decided to wise up, become an educated consumer, and understand the quality prior to making a purchase. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and understand what the market has to offer. Companies are selling unique shapes such as cushion brilliant. I highly suggest you jump on to www.firecushion.com then find your local retailer, therefore you can appreciate first hand just how cool these gems really are. If local, head over to Devon Jewelers and ask for Jason. He will be happy to assist you in showing the collection.

Watch Diamond Encrusted Bezel

Watch Diamond Encrusted Bezel

As always, I hope I have inspired you.

XO-CK

A big thank you to Jason Berger at Devon Fine Jewelry, located in Wyckoff, NJ. www.devonfinejewelry.com.

Dress up your back? Why not!

I have often said sometimes a person should find the confidence to set a trend vs follow one. Why not try stepping out of your comfort zone, get a little crazy and attempt something different? Do something where acheterdufrance.com people will emulate YOU vs the opposite. I dare you! Last spring I was planning an “ensemble” to wear to an upcoming party. I selected a stunner of a bright red draped dress, with a high gathered neckline in the front and a plunging open back. I was in a bit of a quandary regarding accessories. I could of course wear a big statement earring and cuff and call it a day, but I decided to get a bit ambitious. I put the dress on and started experimenting in front of my mirror (come on we all do it). I pulled out my BOVET timepiece that transforms into a necklace which I always throw on when I’m donning my menswear inspired garb (check out my recent blog if not familiar). I put it on,  contemplated for a second and flipped it onto my back. I pondered, could be super chic to wear a necklace in a place least expected. YES!.

Dress: Gracia   |  necklace: Bovet 1822 Timepiece

dress: Gracia | necklace: Bovet 1822 Timepiece

I would like to express that I considered wearing a back necklace prior to Jennifer Lawrence wearing her Chopard chain backwards at the 2013 Oscars. Though her doing so, only helped create a buzz which I would like to think in a very SMALL way I helped create too! Well at least in my universe.

Neither Jennifer Lawrence or I actually created the backward necklace trend per se but we just resurrected it. Like all great fashion trends, they come back just a bit tweaked from the the first time they were innovated.  I can not further this conversation without a mention of the great Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, who perfected this look with her little black dress and three stain pearls draped exquisitely on nape of her back or Princess Diana wearing her crushed amethys colored velveteen dress with a single strain of peals knotted and draped along her back in 1985 (SICK).

How to achieve this look one might ask? You do not need to be wearing a fancy gown with a plunging back. Try it with a deep v or scoop back sweater and a pair of jeans and sky high heels. Or perhaps a great casual jersey knit cotton dress that has a low back or large key hole paired with a wedge. Consider putting your hair in a slicked back pony tail or messy side bun to really show off your back jewels.

When looking for a necklace to wear front to back, I would suggest one with delicate clasp or none at all. If you select a necklace with a pendent make sure its not to big and heavy or it will be uncomfortable on the front of your neck (choking is not fashionable). Try for a chain length that falls around the 1/3 of your back. That is a great length to make an impression. If you opt to wear one more causal with a sweater, I would suggest pairing it with a simple lariat.

I might be asking you to think outside of the box. You can do it and if you do, don’t forget to send me a picture or shoot me a message. As always, I hope to inspire you. That makes me beyond happy (proud really).

xo- CK

Obsessed by Menswear

I am currently obsessed, and I do mean obsessed, with integrating menswear into my personal style. I have been stealing my husband’s pocket squares and shoving them into my blazer breast pocket prior to walking out the door for months now. Borrowing from the boys is a time honored tradition. Look at Katherine Hepburn who wore a Brooks Brothers turtleneck paired with mens “trousers” in public years before it was vogue for women to wear a pantsuit. How about Diane Keaton as Annie Hall with her perfection of menswear with wide leg trouser pants, bow ties and bowler hats. And we can not discuss “borrowing from the boys” without a mention of Bianca Jagger in her seriously sick and uber chic white suits she wore to Studio 54. Breathtaking really!

Jewelry (menswear)

Shirt: Anne Fontaine Paris / Pocket scarf: Sal Lauretta for Men / Sweater vest: Theory / Blazer: J Crew / Watch necklace: Bovet / Bangles: J Crew and vintage cuff

I have decided to pay my homage to “stealing from the boys” by pairing a tweed blazer with a tailored skinny dark denim (cuffed at the bottom) with a men’s-style oxford shoe (minus the socks). Under my tweed blazer a french cuff white shirt, I again went and stole a pair of cuff links out of my husband’s closet (sorry babe). To finish the look, I shoved in the breast pocket a vibrant colored silk pocket square. I have also discovered the flower lapel pin (amen is what I want to shout out). Not only do I think this super cool trend looks great on a man, but also on ME! These pins come in a multitude of colors and textures (from tweed, silk and even wood). By just adding a flower lapel pin can simply bring a woman’s black blazer from “drab to fab” in about as fast as you can say “gorgeous”.

Jewelry (menswear)

Coat: BCBG / Pants: What Goes Around Comes Around / Clutch: Worth / Sunglasses: Tom Ford

I am aware, however, that when pulling this look off I need to make sure I still look feminine. I will apply a little extra red lip stick or throw a couple of curls in my hair. I will also make sure I include a big “girlie” accessory, like a statement ring or stacked bracelets. To accomplish the menswear look; pair cuffed pants, a classic crisp white “brooks brothers shirt” with killer heels, a bow tie, awesome statement earrings and maybe a fedora hat (AWESOME). Or try a dress coupled with a tuxedo jacket (and a flower lapel). Remember the look is “menswear inspired” not menswear. The biggest key is making sure your look is tailored and well fitted to your shape “figure flattering” Unlike the men who tend to swim in suits. When donning their style you need to make sure your “borrowed look” is well tailored. His clothes – your style!

To perfect this style you must be sure you have balance. Like life – the key to following a fashion trend is all about balance. If you go overboard you will look like you tried to hard. That’s a hot mess!

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