A Bit of Sparkle

I have a problem. I’ve been engaged for over a year, but I can’t stop looking at engagement rings. Don’t get me wrong, I have the most beautiful ring in the history of rings and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But I almost feel like I need to check every once in awhile to make sure that mine is still the prettiest. It is. But still, who doesn’t like looking at a little bit of sparkle every once in awhile? Since I’m officially no longer in the market for a ring, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you folks. Perhaps you’ll store some ideas away for a rainy day?

1) Custom Mociun: Mociun does beautiful custom rings. This one has coral, yellow sapphire, and moonstone. This bad boy is also lovely.

2) Erica Weiner Five Opal and Pearl Ring: Originally, The Boy and I wanted to get a custom ring that had both diamonds and opals, my favorite stone, but we ultimately decided against it. Opals aren’t quite as hard as diamonds, and I’m a major spaz, so we wanted to go for durability. But for someone else…

 3) Erie Basin Vintage Cluster Ring: SO MUCH SPARKLEZ. It’s like a mini constellation on your hand.

4) Vintage Sapphire Cluster: You know what’s awesome about this ring? It’s like a flower made out of sapphires and diamonds. Yeah.

5) Erstwhile Vintage Ring: Anyone got 9,000$ to spend? Incidentally, this one’s The Boy’s favorite.

The Boy and I picked out my ring together, which a lot of people think is tacky or lacking in romance. But we had so much fun doing it, and we have such different tastes that it was really necessary. Ultimately, we both ended up with a ring that we love, and I got two proposals out of the deal: one impromptu and ringless on a beach at 4 in the morning, and another on top of a mountain after we’d spent weeks hunting for the right ring and waiting for it to get resized in the middle of Hurricane Irene. Both proposals were heart-stopping and wonderful, and knowing they were coming did nothing to dampen that.

Incidentally, here’s a bit of fascinating history on the engagement ring.

Three Things: To Wear

Back again with three more things! Today it’s all about style. I feel like (among other things) my style is going through a fundamental change right now. On the one hand I’m still into all my staples: high drama, bright colors, big bows. But I’m starting to edge towards more classic, timeless looks as well. Am I getting older? Looks like it. Can I stop it? Guess not. But I think that I can find a happy marriage between those two looks. One of the nicest compliments I’ve ever received came from one of my favorite acting teachers. She told me I reminded her of old school Diane Keaton. She said, “Diane knew what she wanted to look like way before the rest of us had a clue. Kylie knows exactly what her style is.” Well if not, Pinterest is certainly helping me figure that out.

 THREE THINGS: TO WEAR

1) Flannel + Leather!

2) There are parrots and chili peppers on her dress, people. PARROTS. AND CHILIS.

 3) There’s something some classic and Parisian about this look. And it looks so comfortable! Like wearing your robe out to a party. Not that I haven’t done that…

So I’ll be back tomorrow friends, with three more things! Enjoy yourselves, and check out the rest of my Pinterest style here.

Style Crush: Joey Potter

Well, The Boy is gone. Labor Day came and went. Summer is officially over. Except that it is a balmy 105 degrees in my apartment. Back in July, I chuckled at my friends on the east cost. I thought to myself, “You fools! Trapped over there with your 100+ degree weather and 99% humidity!” Back then, it was 70 degrees and sunny every day in LA. Turns out, southern California was just a month behind. If Lucifer showed up in my apartment right now, he might complain about the heat.

So a year ago I still lived back east, and around this time I began my usual “nononononononoonono summer is not ending!” denial. But these days I’m really starting to comprehend that I have moved to the Land of Eternal Sunshine. And you know what guys? I really wish it would cool down. Just a little. Is that so much to ask? Anyway, with the weather so hot, I find myself yearning for clean, effortless styles. I’m putting away my cinched waists in favor of cut offs and breezy button-downs. I kind of want to look like…

Joey Potter. After years of resistance, I finally broke down and gave Dawson’s Creek a try. It got to the point where I could recite every episode of Gilmore Girls line for line, and so it seemed like time to branch out and try something new. Wow, that took some courage to admit on the internet.

So I’m almost done with the entire series, and I still hate Dawson. He is insipid, wooden, and his hair makes him look like a 40-year-old SNL star parodying a teen melodrama where all the actors are 10 years older than the characters they’re meant to portray.

 But Joey? That’s a character I can get behind. She’s cute, she’s smart, she wears overalls, and she’s almost as good at rolling her eyes as I am. She’s got that tomboy style I’ve been craving.
So it’s no Gilmore Girls, but Dawson’s Creek gets the job done. Plus all 6 seasons are on Netflix. All I can say is, if Joey and Dawson end up together, so many things will be thrown at my computer.
Images found here, here and here.

Like Wine & Cheese: Advanced Style

So as usual I’m the last one on the bus. Why has it taken me so long to hear about Advanced Style, the amazing street style blog dedicated exclusively to the more, ahem, mature fashionistas and silver foxes. I’m in love. All of the ladies (and gentlemen) featured on Advanced Styleserve as a reminder that you can be fun and daring, not take things so seriously and yet still pull off a look of classic elegance. My favorite part is that they all have such fabulous stories, you can tell they have great style in life as well as in clothes. I can only hope I age so well.

 

All images courtesy of Advanced Style.

From Russia, With Love

Today I’m completely freaking out about Ulyana Sergeenko’s new lookbook for Fall/Winter 2011-2012. So drool-worthy. It’s so perfectly Russian, with all those delightful touches of Chekhovian nostalgia, glamour, and drama while still feeling modern and original.  How better to feel like you’re living in Three Sisters without looking like that crazy girl in your college lit class that showed up in period costumes every day? We all knew that girl. Sergeenko is an editor at Glamour Russia as well as a photographer and (apparently) fashion designer. This is her debut collection.

All photos courtesy of Ulyana Sergeenko, originally seen here.