I hope that you’ve been having a wonderful holiday!  Christmas has come and gone and since we’re on the cusp of New Year’s eve in all it’s sparkly wonder, it seemed like the perfect time to check out the Van Cleef & Arpels show at the Bower Museum yesterday. A friend has been raving about the JAR show at the Met but I was not expecting such glamour in Santa Ana. The obvious show stopper is the Van Cleef & Arpels platinum and diamond tiara worn by Princess Grace of Monaco, but that’s just the beginning of fairy tale moments.

You know it’s a good show when women of all ages are jostling to ogle the cases, but not that surprising once you realize that one hundred years of Van Cleef & Arpels pieces are on display. Thirteen year old girls were whispering in awe “This is the coolest thing ever!” and ladies old enough to be their great grandmothers were having the same reaction. It was super cool.

I got lost in the wings of the bird pieces, entranced by the diamond studded mini-audieres, and fell in instant love with Barbara Hutton’s whimsical taste, Elizabeth Taylor’s flamboyant choices, and the flowering jewels that Marie Callas wore amidst a swirl of fans that still shine just as bright today.

Well, in the blink of an eye, we’re entering a new year, and it promises to be every bit as dazzling as these gems. I’m wishing you and your loved ones all happiness in the coming year.

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Sam October 1, 2020 at 09:14

I live in black in white all the time, its so classic and thats a greta purse. So sad about PSH, amazing that you got the chance to meet him. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by 🙂

alexis October 2, 2020 at 16:47

I love you B&W pieces and am really embracing this classic combination. We are going to Bali in about a week and to keep things simple I was planning on packing black and white (with a touch of grey) and looking for ways to incorporate color once we get there…

Diana Mieczan October 2, 2020 at 21:30

B&W is one of my favourite combinations and I would love to wear that first dress this spring. Plus, I adore your accessories. Kisses, lovely.

Mira October 3, 2020 at 02:26

Black and white is always a good choice. Right now I’m feeling black. RIP PSH. He was an amazing actor.

xx Mira

Alexis Grace of North On Harper October 3, 2020 at 10:53

Not sure what happened to my comment before— so if you are getting this twice, forgive me!

Anyways, I really love B&W combo both for how sophisticated it is and also the simplicity. We are heading to Bali next week and I am planning on packing in all B&W (with a touch of grey). I figure things will be interchangeable this way and I can find ways to add color if I want once I am there…

Manhattan Image and Style October 4, 2020 at 03:51

B&W is such a classic, elegant and chic combination. One of my favorites!

Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans October 5, 2020 at 12:39

So upset to hear about Hoffman’s death – I have loved that man since ‘Almost Famous’. 🙁


Marieken Hoefnagel October 6, 2020 at 00:03

I love the whole second look and the Alexander Wang shirt.

Natalia | Fashioned by Love October 6, 2020 at 02:47

To be honest, I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news. I just think it’s so very unfair whenever somebody so talented goes so early… 🙁
On a positive thought – I adore your idea of playing with white tulips as props – gorgeous result! x

Classiq October 6, 2020 at 07:51

I still can’t believe that Philip Seymour Hoffman is gone. He was one of the best and only a few days ago I was reading bout his new film, A Most Wanted Man, which premiered at Sundance – every new movie of his was a promise for great acting and another memorable role.

On to the classic black and white, there is that Bill Blass quote, “Whenever in doubt, wear red”, well, for me it goes “whenever in doubt, wear black and white.” I absolutely love how you styled your beautiful designs, that’s just the perfect setting. It feels wonderful to know that spring is so close. 🙂

miss b October 6, 2020 at 13:12

Black and white never really seems to date and it’s always so fresh looking. Sad news indeed.

Couture Carrie October 7, 2020 at 07:33

Lovely quote and pieces.
And thanks for the tribute to PSH. He was truly amazing.


The Dainty Dolls House October 7, 2020 at 20:35

B&W is really gorgeous, I always enjoy wearing it when I need a break from things. It always helps clear my head. Very sad news about Phillip Hoffman…drugs are just so bad and I think more needs to be done for people who can’t stop or suffer from other things that causes them to use bad stuff like that as an escape. Really so sad. I hope you have a gorgeous new week 🙂 xx

About Last Weekend October 8, 2020 at 02:53

Love this photo of PSH, Until I went to wiki had no idea how many incredible movies he made. That photo arrangement with the tulips is just lovely

Josephine Chicatanyage October 8, 2020 at 14:24

I have just bought a pair of black ankle length trousers and a crisp white shirt. Can’t wait to wear them. It is such a simple and effective combination.

Marcela Gmd October 8, 2020 at 22:32

Nice post!!!
Have a good week!!!!:)))

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