One Woman’s Style Journey

Full 1 11-23-2015Detal 1 11-23-2015LS 1 11-23-2015Owning a sophisticated vintage assortment of costume jewelry; I’ve come to realize with each piece I bestow within my private collection I bring home a moment in history greater than a story once spoken. Each time I stare at the sea of sparkle, in which I possess I am reminded of an array of beautiful women that have gifted me with such a profound experience through their string of elegance. All beautifully elegant, with hearts of gold that seemed to never change with the weather; a brilliant shine of refined style impressing ones eye of desire.Building 11-23-2015Full 2 11-23-2015LS 2 11-23-2015These ornamental pieces made from non-precious materials coined “costume jewelry” made popular during the 1920s have often been labeled as fake, junk or an unpractical trend. It wasn’t until Coco Chanel launched a line of luxury accoutrements; a new fashion would be created. In fact this break in history produced a chain reaction of inspiration as Elsa Schiaparelli had created a line inspired by the Dada’ art movement. The intimate glamour, quality and inexpensiveness which vintage costume jewelry can present only attaches a sentimental value to each piece. I find this beauty to be told through the stories in which each piece possesses, as owning this history you are channeling a nostalgic moment in time. Middle  1 11-23-20115Middle 2 11-23-2015Costume jewelry provides an assured form of panache to ones ensemble gifting a woman in return with a piece that is in many ways seen as one-of-a-kind, allowing them to express themselves through these showy pieces. Today, in a world of vintage jewelry there are obviously a number of outlets for purchasing these rare pieces, the question may be where to start? Over countless years of traveling, I’ve acquired a collection that in many ways has been found in-person attending antique fairs, estate sales and bucolic vintage stores. When time is limited and travel isn’t an option, I find purchasing from online boutiques such as ‘Sweet & Spark’ to be practical while in the search for a curated selection of vintage jewelry. Despite your avenue of acquiring such an array of history, a timeless quote by Coco Chanel showcases such truth, “Costume jewelry is not made to give women an aura of wealth, but to make them beautiful.”Full 3 11-23-2015
Wiggle Dress, Bitter Root Vintage  Vintage Pearl Tarfari Earrings c/o Sweet And Spark  Vintage Velvet Trim Pillbox, Olde Town Antiques Mall  Mahogany Mink Fur Wrap, J Colleen Boutique (similar here)  Leather Gloves, Antique Co-op (similar here)  Victorian Revival Slide Bracelet (similar here) Vintage Brown Leather Handbag  Nude Patent Heels Brian Atwood 

The Beauty of One

11-16-2016 Middle 1 11-16-2016 LS 1 11-16-2015 Middle 2Coque Millinery c/o “Raven” Fall/Winter 2015 Collection  Mesh Pencil Dress c/o Bitter Root Vintage (similar here)  Ann Taylor Fur Scarf  Vintage Rhinestone Earrings (similar by Kate Spade, here) Macy’s Black Onyx & Diamond Ring  Kate Spade ‘Licorice too‘ Patent Pumps

I must’ve been about ten years old, when I formed the resistance to wearing any form of headwear; throughout these years of adolescence, just the thought of wearing a hat had me distressed. Perhaps it was the image I perceived in the mirror, of a girl I couldn’t recognize. Nonetheless, with only failed attempts my dear mother would continue to garnish my crown with a decorative hat of one form or another. I may have been the only girl in the city who identified a hat as an unparalleled choice in accessory. With age I would privately embellish myself with my younger sister’s dance costume fascinators, and only then did I begin to find these performing pieces of art to be slightly enthralling. It wasn’t until many years later, at the age of thirty-three, that I would suddenly form a sincere appreciation for the art of hatmaking or what many know today as millinery.11-16-2015 BackSeven months ago, this unfavorable opinion would vanish; because of a bespoke millinery design that would hold such a profound enrichment, touching not only my sight but grasping an exquisiteness I never knew existed. From an impromptu partnership with Canada-based milliner and founder, Ericah Mitchell of Coque Millinery, I truly understand now what beauty and elegance a hat can bring to one’s overall ensemble. Ericah’s designs possess a bold form of confidence, bringing a unique manufacturing process to those who appreciate quality and excellence. In all her designs she encompasses three style elements: classic, elegant, and timeless. With our debut partnership Ericah took it upon herself to create an exclusive line, the Red Hat Collection. Later it was revealed, to my amazement, that this line was launched with inspiration from our connection and collaboration.11-16-2015 Rose 1 11-16-2015 Full 1 11-16-2015 Rose 2While Ericah’s designs all bestow character, originality, and authenticity, I find no better way to showcase her flourishing career than with an ad campaign in today’s leading fashion & beauty publication, Gladys Magazine. As a national publication dedicated to assisting the demand of society while inspiring change, their editorial philosophy is one that brings forth a sense of encouragement, while offering articles that enrich their readers. Modeling in Ericah’s ad campaign as part of their current icon issue has admittedly given me a new perspective on the beauty and presence a hat can have on one’s life.


A Commerce of Opulent Taste

JCB WinesOne Shoulder ‘Dahlia Dress’ c/o Bitter Root Vintage  Leather Gloves (similar here)  Vintage Onyx Brooch & Earring Set, purchased at The Antique Co-op  Gold Box Clutch, Banana Republic (similar here)  BCBG ‘Opia‘ Lace Pump 

The 1909 Metropolitan Life Insurance Building, located on the east slope of Nob Hill in San Francisco, gives a sense of history and brings about a desire to live through the elegance from an era of style. Masterfully rehabilitated by Whister Patri Architects in 1988, we now know this iconic destination as the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. It’s the focal point for my lavish birthday celebration consisting of luxury wine-tasting at the legendary wine-makers’ lounge of JCB Wine.11-09-2015 Full 111-09-2015 Ritz11-09-2015 Full 2San Francisco, a city that holds a unique place in history, brings about fond childhood memories that include a cable car ride with my father to the top of Nob Hill for an afternoon of exploration. With the passing of each year I’d always marvel at the eclectic mixture of architectural styles that define the characteristics of a city I’ve grown to admire. An historical landmark that remains as a marvel of beauty is the Ritz-Carlton with its neo-classical façade, rich filigree details that grace each column, its glazed terra cotta tiles, decorative winged hourglasses and loin heads; I noticed from research the torch-like lamps to still exist after eight decades. Arriving through the convivial club level, a slight smile began to form while I passed the concierge desk. Richard and I proceeded with an agog state of mind to what elegant crated edibles awaited us.11-09-2015 Mirror11-09-2015 Full 311-09-2015 LoungeStanding in the multi-million dollar renovation that seamlessly combines the historic value of the Ritz-Carlton and Boisset JCB Wine lounges, a prestigious drive can be seen through its California labels which include Raymond Vineyards, De Loach Vineyards, and Buena Vista Winery. The JCB Tasting Lounge offers a lite fare of private dining, paired with a flight of their unparalleled wine offerings, surrounded in an intimate setting that exudes vibrancy and opulence. Exploring the divided tasting lounge and ritzy boutique, I found the luxe taste of wine to continue through their chic product partnership with Baccarat, Christofle, Lalique and Goyard.11-09-2015 Middle 2For such a special celebration, it seemed only fitting to garnish myself with a dress design from Bitter Root Vintage. Their era-specific, constructed designs create a vivid presence, flattering ones silhouette. With such a high appreciation for vintage glamour, I found their Dahlia Dress to fit flawlessly for a mid-afternoon of sipping from Baccarat glasses, in luxurious surroundings, highlighted by smooth lounge music and laughter. It was a perfect way to spend the day, and celebrate with the ones I adore most.
Visit JCB Wine
A ritzy space for high-end wine tasting
600 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA
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