Celebrities love to dress up and show off the latest fashion styles. They are one of the most influential role models in the world. A lot of people like to replicate celebrity styles. This category will keep you aware of what celebrity fashion styles have recently been photographed and shared.
What is UP? Aside from oodles and oodles of interesting auction news, this week was remarkably hot in jewelry news. We had The Duchess declaring her love for a NZ jeweler. Cartier snapped up an insanely gorgeous jadeite necklace of its own design – very eager to get it back into the archives, I assume. Would love to see this puppy on an oscar’s red carpet in the coming years! I made these as my afternoon snack (thought I’d eat the whole cooking sheet, but couldn’t fit more than 5 in my stomach. So rich, so delicious.) And speaking of rich and delicious: I have this meal on my Chicago restaurant checklist. Ridiculous? Yes, but worth it just to say I had it.
Happy April ya’ll! Besides my distaste for April Fool’s pranks, I was pretty into this week. The promise of spring is on the horizon, there are plenty of yellow diamonds in the showroom, and we picked up this amazing pair of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels earrings today. I got to share some of my favorite wedding tidbits, while simultaneously learning about the Pink Panther-style ring of European diamond thieves that are at large (hide yo diamonds!) Here’s what else I got up to…
Time to get nitpicky. A) This is not Duchess Catherine’s jewelry collection. The first slide was famously borrowed from THE QUEEN. B) A slideshow of her jewelry & not one designer is mentioned. Who wrote this, Ryan Seacrest? C) Droolworthy isn’t the most accurate adjective here people. Princess Kate is all strategy and pragmatism. She purposely wears understated, every-girl-could-own-it jewelry. You wanna talk drool-worthy jewel collections? Let me direct you here.
This week I am blue. Perhaps it’s a tribute to March’s beautiful birthstone aquamarine. Maybe I’m still feeling the Nairobi blue of Lupita’s Oscar’s gown. Either way, the cool tones of blue caught my eye all over the net this week. With one major exception in the RLJ showcase and if you read this blog regularly you’ll have a solid guess as to which non-blue color it is! Add to this the blue skies I saw today over the Windy City and the promise of mid-forties temperatures next week, I won’t be singing the actual blues this weekend – here’s to the same for you!
RLJ got this ring in, and as of 8am Central Standard Time it is the new love of my life.
Speaking of RLJ, I covered my favorite Oscars jewelry on the on-page blog this Monday!
via Pinterest – I know, super annoying no original image credit, but I reverse image searched and this source is nowhere to be found. If you know it let me know!
While I don’t want to see another layer of fresh powder til next winter, this pretty pin has me craving Tiffany blue wellies. Considering adding them to my already impractical Hunter wardrobe of dove grey and neon coral.
It’s the freakin’ weekend people – and not just any weekend, OSCARS WEEKEND! This is like the Super Bowl of fashion, if the Super Bowl was fabulous and catty and dramatic. The whole awards season leads up to Oscar, when everyone who’s anyone (and those who wish they were) report back to the mother ship at Dolby Theater, worshiping at the shrine of Brange Oscar. It’s go time people, so today’s round up is a tad Academy Awards centric, with a few other newsworthy links tossed in for funsies. Be sure to follow @bling_blog and @raymondleejwlrs on Twitter to stay caught up on all the red carpet sparkle. As per usual, RLJ will try to maintain some semblance of professionalism while D&D will be the safe haven for my more Veuve-induced commentary. Or until Twitter freezes either account for too much activity (#haters). If you wear super cute pajamas with a tiara or a gown or anything inspired by any of the nominated films PLEASE tweet me or DM me on insta (@raymondleejwlrs) because you’re adorable and much more creative than I am.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are finally “officially” engaged. Per Lainey’s curriculum, this is a calculated move of the press-shy couple to announce on OSCAH weekend.
Ditto Alison Williams, but not sure what her endgame was announcing this week. Maybe so more reporters will ask on Sunday?
If you weren’t planning on popping one of these into one of these, this Gold Medal Martini might wet your whistle. Yes, Sochi is so last week, but there is edible gold star confetti, so think about that.
How I’m wearing my hair and makeup to some friends’ Oscar Party (very appropriate for Chicago weather).
Gem Pins. For those of us who never received a call back from Lorraine as to what we’re borrowing Sunday night.
Miranda Kerr for H&M has arrived. I’m torn. On one hand I like her, but those stupid ShopStyle commercials annoy me to no end. And while I have a few dresses and hats from H&M that have survived the last 3 years, the vast majority of their stuff looks like it was washed in a combined color laundry load until everything turned greige. And it also looks like it will fall apart. But then there’s this, and my personal fast fashion embargo starts to waiver.
And from around the Jewelry Blogosphere: A few of this week’s best musings, looks back, and PREDICTIONS! Be sure to follow along for all the fun, the glitterati will be using #OscarJewelry as the designated hashtag!
Ok, I’ve decided not to let it go. Yesterday I lamented that Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s engagement missed the deadline for my <sarcasm> This should end well </sarcasm> post (my attempt at sarcasm font. Brilliant, right?) Well I’m not ready to let it go. And judging by the onslaught of coverage this engagement ring is garnering, that’s exactly what their Amber’s PR team wants. Fine, you win publicists, I’ll take the bait.
via Lainey Gossip (highly recommend you read her take on them)
First of all, Amber Heard is beautiful. She just is. But an A-list actress beauty does not make. Second of all, she must have barely passed Kaley Cuoco’s Stunt Queen 101 class at the Royal Tampa Academy of Dramatic Tricks. Because the desparately-grasping-my-left-hand-so-you-won’t-notice-my-ring pics are so try-hardy it’s like Kris Jenner and Hayden Pannetiere called the paps for her. Woman, if you don’t want people to notice your ring/see it/speculate, why not just remove it? Turn it around? Switch it to your right hand? Because she didn’t want to. Here’s my theory:
via Daily Mail
After Amber started “dating” Johnny on the set of the Rum Diaries, they became the poor man’s Brangelina (or, for the younger set, the Hilary Duff/Aaron Carter/Lohan triangle). French supermodel/mother of his children Vanessa Paradis was left in the dust for Johnny’s mid-life crisis. All of a sudden, Amber – who is, as stated above, beautiful but is just another gorgeous young blonde in Hollywood – started getting more attention as the official girlfriend of Johnny Depp. She even got to present at the Golden Globes! Sure it was with Lady Gaga’s boyfriend and the other guy from Chicago Fire, but hey.
She also started getting diamonds. Lots of them. As the Guardian Liberty Voice so tastefully put it: “Johnny Depp Has Found the Cure for Amber Heard’s Bisexuality: Diamonds.” The article has since been removed, but let’s put aside that horrendous headline for some juicy gossip. Amber received a reported $50,000 in diamond Christmas gifts from Johnny. Supposedly it was a pair of 2 ctw drop earrings set in platinum with a matching pendant. Given the quality of Neil Lane’s diamonds, that amount sounds about right. But apparently the eyewitness missed a back-room deal, because those weren’t the only diamonds she got.
The engagement confirmations all state that the proposal happened a while ago – so Johnny might have made a Christmas proposal (bad move, in the unlikely event that the engagement is called off she gets to keep the ring. It was a gift.) He also might have proposed before then and Amber decided she wanted some more bling to match her ring for Christmas. But one thing is for certain: Amber was tired of keeping the engagement hush hush. And what better time to force an announcement than awards season?
via Daily Mail
So, Amber, you got what you wanted – we’re all talking! So enough with the self-hand-holding. I fully expect the rock to be front and center on any remaining red carpet appearances you’ll make this awards season. You owe it to us for convincing Johnny to propose before you convinced him to stop wearing those g-d awful hats.