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Wedding Wednesday: Neutral Bridesmaids Dresses are a Hot Trend

A recent, lovely recurring theme cropping up on wedding blogs across the net is the emergence of bridesmaids in subdued, neutral hues. Whether a bride opts to dress her girls in varying shades or one tone for a monochromatic look, this trend allows the ladies to create a soft, beautiful addition to the altar. Here are some of our favorite looks:

Mastin Studios via Style Me Pretty

These ladies look lovely in this warm shade of ivory. Varying styles allow each bridesmaid to show off her personality, while the different textures on the dresses add interest both on the big day and in the photographs that will last for decades.

Michael & Anna Costa Photographers Ltd. via Style Me Pretty

For a sophisticated take, turn to fall’s staple neutral slate gray. These bridesmaids look chic and effortlessly elegant in these flattering long gowns. With each maid in the same dress and tone, everything from hair to jewelry to accessories can be left up to the bridesmaids to select to suit her own tastes.

Jose Villa photography via OnceWed.com

These ‘maids complement the blushing bride in, what else? Blush! The diaphanous gowns add whimsy while the lilac undertones of the blush add an extra layer of femininity.

Braedon Photography via Project Wedding

These bridesmaids shine in stone colored chiffon, and add pops of color with jewel-toned shoes and colorful bouquets.

Riso Studio via Style Me Pretty

Another bunch of bridesmaids in blush, each maid has customized her look to reflect her style while staying in the same color family. The different shades and materials could lack cohesion otherwise, but the careful pairing of neutral shoes is both flattering (hello longer legs!) and unifying. The short length of every dress also helps tie all these different looks together.

Basing your bridesmaids’ dresses off of a neutral color palette is both beautiful and a lifesaver for your maids. Regardless of your love for fuchsia, your bridesmaids are the ones shelling out for a new gown to suit your Big Day desires; they’ll love you (even more than they already do) if you select, or let them pick, a dress in a classic neutral they’ll really wear again. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to gift fun, patterned or bright accessories to your bridesmaids, should you choose. And if your brides will be donning colorful jewelry for your wedding? Well we’ve got a post for that too!

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for wedding day tips, trends and jewelry.

Five Figure Handbags! Tom Ford, Roger Vivier, Yves Saint Laurent…

HANDBAGS THAT COST 5 FIGURES

If you had the money, what handbag would you buy right now? Fashionista gave us this cool line-up of handbags to choose from ~

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With all the news of recession and hard times, how to things like$39,000 handbags sell? What is it about the luxury items like this that can keep them afloat in our economic trials?

Affluent shoppers, according to WWD, want to spend, spend, spend. Is this just another way of investing in special items? 

So, I’ll ask again ~ If you had the money, what handbag would you buy right now? Let us know what you think!

We like a good handbag and buy and sell just about any handbag you can think of: Sell handbag Balenciaga– Sell handbag Chanel or any other brand worth drueling over ~ Tom Ford, Fendi, Peekaboo handbag, Selleria collection, Roger Vivier, Yves Saint Laurent

 

Masculine Monday: A Vintage Village Guide to Men’s Fashion

Ruby Lane: Vintage Village

SWANK Vintage 1960s Mother of Pearl Cuff Links

Masculine Monday: What has Vintage Done For Men Lately? A whole lot of greatness! With 1930’s style vests, unlined blazers, throwback retro baseball caps and a Converse dedication to preserving vintage presentation, Men’s Fashion 2012 will be garnished with many more valiantly vintage garments and accessories.

To this, we celebrate!

These white Mother of Pearl cuff links are offered on Ruby Lane, Vanity Flair Vintage 

via Vintage Village!

Available at the Vintage Village Page of Callooh Callay

This sweet vintage travel alarm clock, made in Occupied Germany U.S. Zone by Welby, works wonderfully and folds up into a leather case that looks like a suitcase.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/77926703/vintage-1940s-occupied-germany-welby

One last modern man’s vintage must have….

The Skinny Tie.

Fleur-De-Lis Skinny Tie Circa 1940s

"A great vintage man's tie circa late 1940's. The design has a great pattern with a bit of funk. The background is a dark red, the fleur-de-lis design is ivory, gray and black. The material has an interesting texture and pattern of diamonds in the weave as well as a slight sheen. The photos were taken both with a flash and natural light-the tie appears more red with the flash,  the darker photos best show the overall color and the flash ones show the weave & texture. Condition is excellent, very clean and without wear, damage or stains. Measures 50" long and 3.25" at the widest. A wonderful vintage tie in amazing near mint condition."

Vintage Fashion is here to stay, gentlemen. And it's looking better now than even the first time around. Have some fun with these vintage accents in 
2012!

Feature Friday: A Chanel Surprise Coming Your Way

AUTHENTIC Chanel Black/Gold Large Classic Flap Bag

It’s a SURPRISE (Chanel) Feature Friday!

The ever so lovely Erin has remained a constant integral role in the Raymond Lee Jewelers family business, armed with an impressive business sense and savvy sophistication. With her keen eye for fashion, and open mind for creative business ventures, Erin has brought a new family division to Raymond Lee Jewelers.

Visit the Handbag Headquarters of Raymond Lee Jewelers

In addition to purchasing handbags that you may no longer care for, or wish to trade up for a newer look, sellyourhandbag.com at Raymond Lee Jewelers also has highly collectible, authentic, designer handbags that are available to purchase!

Authentic Chanel Black/ Gold Large Classic Flap Bag

Now Available for Purchase through Raymond Lee Jewelers: sellyourhandbag!

If you have questions call us at the number listed with this Feature Friday item, or email us at erin@webuybigdiamonds.com. Happy bidding!

Thank you,
wesellyourhandbag

 

Chanel Black/Gold Classic Flip Bag Overview:

Company Chanel
Style Black/gold colored hardware
Material Lambskin leather
Inside 1 zippered pocket, 1 non zippered pocket
Outside 1 pocket on back side
Closure  Chanel toggle closure.
Condition This item is in pre owned condition. Some of the leather shows some signs of wear. The piping on corners show some signs of wear and there are minor markings on interior and exterior. See pictures for more details. Comes with dust bag

Have a Wonderful Weekend and a Great Fourth of July!!!

Raymond Lee Jewelers

‘Masculine Monday’: A Day Late and a Dollar Shorts…

Colors, Textures, Patterns:

Three Essentials for Mens Shorts – Summer Fashion 2011

Men's Summer Fashion! Jun 3, 2011By Andrew Eirich

Summer is officially in full swing, especially here in the humid swamplands of South Florida. Celebration of the heat is easily found with a day on the beach or cooling off with buddies at a pool-side cook out, so you’ll get no complaints about the sunshine here. However, thick denim jeans aren’t going to keep you cool while you try to kick back.

Shorts have been big all year round for mens fashion trends this year, but the summer variations are taking a specifically textured, structured, bold appearance that is pretty righteous. The best trends in men’s shorts this Summer are defined by the presence of one to three of the following elements: texture, pattern and color.

Men’s shorts are also adopting a shorter and slimmer fit than in previous years. Not to worry, not 1988 tennis player short, but.. modernized. In the image above, courtesy of the High Gloss White fashion blog contributor and skilled photographer, Andrew Eirich presents a perfect picture of simply handsome summer shorts for men.

 

“…wearing an excellent pair of very worn-looking and faded H&M denim shorts along with a grey Top Man trench coat in the second shot. Also, a light-weight hooded knit jacket is best worn under the trench so you can transition through each temperature level a summer day might dish out! Grey is always a color you can feel confident in rocking because it isn’t as harsh as black, and as easy to stain as white. Best of both worlds! To make the look edgier, Mitchell has on a pair of black combat boots. You can swap these out for some slip on deck/boat shoes or mocassins depending on your mood, and your closet!”-

….http://highglosswhite.com/2011/06/03/hgw-mens-summer-fashion/

The idea here, gentlemen, is that you have a great deal of pliability with your summer shorts this year. Faded denim shorts with combat boots are among my favorite looks presented in this entry, but so many options are workable. Sandals, boat shoes and loafers are all types of footwear that have been seen with this new series of brighter, textured, structured shorts.

Any great tee shirt with an unlined double button blazer would look amazing with shorts, while still maintaining a confident sense of style, ready for any summer occasion. For those laid back days where worries are entirely out of site, a simple grey henley tee will keep you cool, and worn with either white or faded denim shorts, will maintain a muted pastels color scheme that is being embraced within the world of men’s fashion this summer.

Check out alternativeapparel.com for an awesome collection of Men’s Henleys.

Ok Boys, Get some shorts on and go play in the sun! 

Beware of Shoes This Cute

Gilt: Irina I Laser-Cut Pump

Shoes This Cute.. You Should Have Gilt!

I mean, really. That’s just not fair. They’re a must have. These cute picnic blue beauties were found on gilt.com, available for $129, but hurry, sizes are starting to sell out.

If anyone just feels the urge to pick up an extra size 7 and send it anonymously over to Raymond Lee Jewelers, sent Attn: Alexandra.. Well, that would be totally radical, man. 🙂

Gilt.com Product Overview:

* High heel pump
* Patent leather upper with laser cut leather detail throughout
* Slightly padded leather insole and sole
* 4 1/4 inch heel; platform sole 1 1/4 inch

Brand: Pour La Victoire

Color: teal

Material: Patent leather

Origin: Imported

Gilt.com: also available in cream and charcoal~!

Beach Bunny Time Awaits You !

Beach Bunny Time Awaits

Melissa Odabash bandeau swimwear, $158
Betsey Johnson retro bikini, $84
Betsey Johnson underwire bikini swimwear, $122
Betsey Johnson beach swimwear, $78
H m bag, 3.99 GBP
Stefania Pia flower jewelry, $250
Vanessa Mooney beach necklace, $95
Straw hat
Prada shades, 185 GBP
Sete Di Jaipur silk shawl, 59 EUR
Lips In Ohh La La, $16

Masculine Monday: ‘Grungy Gentleman’, ‘Tucked’ and ‘Bonobos’ Giving Men’s Fashion Reasons to Celebrate

On This Fine Day, We Give Thanks To Combat Boots, Trousers with a Cool Color Boost,

and Successful Subtle Sarcasm of Formal Wear achieved by the designs of Bonobos!

'Tucked' Q&A Series with 'Bonobos' Fashion Line

Grungy Gentleman Combat Boots of Perfection!

Tucked.. with a cool color boost to love!

To disassemble the who’s who between these male-geared virtual publications was a bit treacherous at first, I must admit.  It seems that ‘Tucked, LLC‘ has much admiration for ‘Bonobos’, both of which are warmly welcomed by the Grungy Gentleman Blog, a creation of the virtually mysterious Jace Lipstein.

Upon entrance of the Grungy Gentleman Blog, there is an open door to a Singer22.com, (aka ‘S22 Man‘), which just so happens to feature some awesome fashions for color lovin’ gals, like myself!  To see these, and I recommend highly you do so, or at least forward the following URL to your girlfriend/wife/insert affiliation here: http://www.singer22.com/blog/

To provide some clarity to the domain clutter, it ultimately isn’t clutter at all. It is a complex example of proper Blog Etiquette. Mutual  admiration in publications to peers and inspirations. It has now become clear that Jon Singer, Founder of Singer 22, which is taking off in the Men’s Fashion Industry, had been interviewed by Grungy Gentleman. The interview, of which, was featured on the Tucked Blog.

(For complete interview, please  visit URL: http://www.grungygentleman.com/2011/05/q-with-jon-singer-founder-of-singer22.html)

SINGER22 is emerging as a force in the industry. With additional retail locations on the horizon, the launch of menswear, and celebrity appearances, SINGER22 has created quite the buzz. Their growth and success starts and ends with the guy in charge, Jon Singer.

Grungy Gentleman sits down with Mr. SINGER 22, Jon Singer…

Now that we have that a bit cleared up… The point was ultimately to say a sincere Thank You to these Fashion-Gents.

The combat boots featured in Grungy Gentleman are totally awesome, not overpriced and not outlandish in appearance either. They walk the perfect line of ‘in-style’ and ‘not trying at all’. This is a hard look to pull of successfully, and these boots will answer the prayers of many, including myself if they’re available in a Men’s size 4, which I’ve already inquired upon 🙂

THE BOOTS 🙂

The Boots: Take 2

For More on These, Please Visit The Original Entry at: http://www.grungygentleman.com/2011/06/grungy-gentleman-x-j-shoes-campaign.html

Secondly, to Tucked LLC, you rock dude! This blog has numerous tips and awesome images to help convey completely what a man that looks well dressed without looking primped should appear like. In real life. With stylish approaches that inch toward, but never jump off the bridge, like ’30s inspired cuffed up pant legs, wool vests, green trousers and suspenders, that all work in the creation of Tucked, I am in an awe-inspired thanks. He describes his ensembles much better than I should attempt, and if you’re interested in looking this smooth, take a gander into the mind of Tucked…

Tucked

Tucked: Watch Me Dress

Original Post: ‘Authentic Yet Modern: Watch Me Dress’ A Composition of Justin Bridges of  Tucked LLC:

http://tuckedstyle.com/post/6354750578/authentic-yet-modern-watch-me-dress

And lastly, the sneaky sarcasm of the dress pants. I can’t help but find that humor in formal menswear deserves some sort of applause or a treat of some kind. Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn began his successful men’s fashion venture with hopes to catering to the comfortable fit of stylish menswear. Bravo, Mr. Dunn. And then some. A few key pieces from this line that are infectiously lovable include items such as the Graham Slackers and the Banshees, in addition to more obvious favorite picks like the Mint Juleps!

Graham Slackers

Mint Juleps by Bonobos

Bonobos Bashees

As explained by ‘Ninja Dan’:

To be refined takes a little more effort, but you don’t want to overdo it and become boring and stuffy. The Banshees create a look that is at once both simple and exuberant. On the outside, they are fine-cut black wool pants: spartan and appropriate. On the inside, they are vibrant, playful, and rebellious. So while you may be in middle management and have daily meetings about corporate synergy, you can always rock the Banshees and know you’re the cock of the walk. – Ninja Dan

What a marvelous Monday for Masculine Fashion Finds! These sure fire ensembles, tips and approaches to looking great without it seeming like you spent a great deal of time in preparation… is the answer to any man’s ‘looking great.’ I hope these resources help, here’s wishing all our cherished gentlemen a happy week and a marvelously Masculine Monday.

Thanks For Stopping By,

Alexandra

Raymond Lee Jewelers

2012 Fashion Trends: Oriental Prints, Fur Trims and Short Hems Coming Soon!

Fashion Trends of 2012:

Expect to see prints of the Orient, Lace and Fur Trimming similar to the style of the 1920’s, and Mod Infused Early ’60s Hemlines

Thanks to great resources like Fashionising.com, getting a heads up on the next years fashion trends is within reach. While it’s still a bit early to predict what significantly different changes will take off with a fluster and what trends will fall as complete blunders in 2012, enough information is available to (at the very least). help us prepare the best way possible.

I can only hope that the biker-chic style that was so eminent in the stylings of 2011 remains steadfast as the year turns, as I still have to purchase both my motorcycle boots and jacket.  Of these two things… I have been virtual window shopping for the entirety of 2011.

Chanel Motorcycle Boots - Introduced During 2010 Fashion Week in NY

Philipp Plein Jacket - A MUST HAVE !!!

Now, that said.. Some new trends, both in prints, fits and hems are rumored to be big hits in the upcoming year of 2012. Of these, expect to see an increase in the street style wearing of Komono‘s, oriental prints will be more common, though expected to be a bit more subtle and floral in use. Exotic silks and authentic vintage Kimono’s would be great pre-planning purchases to be a well-prepared fashionista for 2012!

The vintage fashions of this year certainly will not die off and disappear, but they will morph just a bit. From the sophisticated ’70s style we’ve seen so much of this year, with the soft flowing curls and slinky fabrics, expect a shift into the style of the early 1960’s. We’re talking true Mod Girl stuff here, Peter pan collars, short hems, mod hair styles and the Twiggy fashioned eyeliner may be sneaking it’s way back into the fashion forefront.

This year has already opened itself up to many 1930’s inspired fashions, a trend heightened with the release of the Motion Picture, ‘Water for Elephants.’ For both Men and Women, there has been a throw-back to old-fashioned baseball caps, and early styled lace accented dressings for ladies. With the ‘Great Gatsby’ Film expected to be released in 2012, the same will be seen in relation to 1920’s Flapper Fashion.

Avoid costume like ensembles, as these will be easy to spot and difficult to avoid with an expected over-indulged availability of short black wigs and overdone Flapper dresses. Keep this classic trend modern by introducing the ’20s presence in your style in a minimalistic way. Wide-leg trousers and subtle fur trims are great ways to achieve this style without going overboard.

Wide-Leg Trousers

The Chanel 'Le Boy' (A MUST HAVE for 2012!)

The Chanel ‘Le Boy’ is the ultimate glamour bag, with the classic golden braided strap, and intricate lettered perfection of ‘CHANEL’ stitched along the bag’s wide end, these little puppies will be booming in popularity… I want the red one, bad. Already. 🙂

Fashionising.com: Chanel 'Le Boy'

So, there you have it. A few fashion predictors to help you ease your way into a fashionable 2012 from start to finish. Now, we’ll get to what’s pressing currently, which is the preparation for bathing suit season, of course! Get ready for high waists, retro cuts and prints, the return of the one-piece (with a twist), and the early signs of the 1990’s fashion comebacks…

Model/Designer Tori Praver to Introduce Jewelry Line

Tori Praver: The Hawaiian Model and Bathing Suit Designer Invites Us Into Her Future Plans of Jewelry Design, and Beyond.

Tori Praver

The blond bombshell from Hawaii has appeared in Sports Illustrated three times, and is a former Guess? girl. But if you’re in the market for a new bathing suit you’ve probably come across Tori’s name, too. The Maui native launched her eponymous line of swimwear in 2009. Her suits have earned a following because they’re versatile–from sexy one-pieces with cutouts to high waisted cutesy floral bikinis–so you don’t have to look like Tori to look good in them. But it helps that she can model her own lookbook. Here’s what Tori had to say about modeling, designing, and bathing suit malfunctions (yes, they happen to her too)… Read Entire Article By Leah Chernikoff  at

http://fashionista.com/2011/06/modeldesigner-tori-praver-on-her-latest-swimsuit-collection-why-she-never-wanted-to-be-a-model-and-her-most-embarrassing-bathing-suit-moment/?utm_source=Fashionista&utm_campaign=1bb2f6eeca-Fashionista_Daily6_2_2011&utm_medium=email

Sweet Summer Dress by Victor Costa: Karla’s Closet

Victor Costa Summer Dress

via Karla’s Closet

As you know, one of our absolute favorite Vintage Fashion Blogs is Karla’s Closet.  The beautiful girl behind the blog has a strong magnetic pull to all things Vintage, and models her creations with detailed descriptions of the accessories, shoes and even backgrounds of her vintage adorned captures!

Karla's Closet


Today, I stumbled across a sweet summer dress, one of those fantastic light cotton swing dresses that could make you feel like it was a warm summer day even in a few feet of snow… A Victor Costa cotton poplin vintage dress.

With a Clara Kasavina Swarovski ring and Chloe bow sandals, the innocently white with blue trim summer dress is accented perfectly. Take a look…

Masculine Monday: J Crew Capsule Collection with Billy Reid

Good Monday Morning, Gents!

The Alabama-based Designer who is well known for his classic style with a fit-for-work-wear appearance, the anticipated collection from CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award winner Billy Reid for J Crew has arrived… in style. The Capsule Collection includes a variety of pieces, ranging from modestly priced to high-quality exquisite pieces that could be considered fashion investments, if you will.

Today, we’ll focus on a few key pieces from the Capsule Collection that will brighten up the look of any outfit this Spring Summer 2011 Fashion Season for Men. To start, a simple polo with a twist on the original design.

J.Crew Grand Isle Polo

The ideal vision behind this creation by Billy Reid was to maintain the integrity of all the formal elements of a proper Polo shirt, while bringing to the design all of the comfortable and breathable features of a casual fishing tee.

Billy Reid at J.Crew Blythewood Sport Jacket

In Japanese Cotton Chambray, this charcoal colored sport jacket is dressy enough to wear to a good friend’s wedding reception and still comfortably durable. The idea was a sports jacket that could dress up any tee-shirt and jeans to a night-worthy style, while maintaining the comforts of an easy breasy spring and summer-time jacket option.  This Summer Sports Jacket is sure to be a home-run for the fellas. Wrinkles? Not to worry. With this fabric and fit, wrinkles pretty much belong. The thin and breathable fabric lock up the success of the ideal summer sports jacket. Well done, Billy Reid!

Billy Reid at J.Crew Bridwell Henley

With darted seam details and utility pockets, the Capsule Collection henley cotton shirt brings some fundamental fashion updates to this classic and pliable look. A shirt that can be worn alone or with layers, this henley is a lightweight answer to all men’s summer attire. The patch pockets maintain the classic henley appearance, while the addition of a few key details make a refreshed design to a classic long-sleeved breathable tee.

Billy Reid at J.Crew Blythewood Trouser

The Capsule Collection Trouser’s by Billy Reid also feature the Japanese Cotton Chambray fabric as the super summer sports jacket pictured above. There is a huge comeback in the color grey in terms of men’s jeans, trousers, jackets and blazers, even charcoal colored watch faces are popping up as top men’s fashion picks. These dark to heathered hues of grey will likely be seen for a few Seasons to come as the forefront of certain Men’s Fashion.

“It works well with bucks, or rolled up with a pair of sandals.” Billy Reid designed these trousers with the Sports Jacket in mind.

With a special feature of suspender-ready buttons on the waist, Reid explains that he wanted these creatively fashioned trousers to have a definitive nod to old-school fashions.

Check out ‘Billy’s Picks’ including suede bucks, short-sleeved plaid casual tees and a versatile seasonal duffle bag at J Crew.com

Since I’ve also foreshadowed on the presence of grey jeans on their way to Men’s denim domination, have a look at these Diesel Black Gold Jeans.

GQ Reports ‘Clear Skies, Grey Jeans’

Gray jeans should be your go-to jean for the summer. In most cases, they’re washed, worn-in, and lighter-weight. Once you get used to them, you realize they go with almost everything too. For starters, try them with a super soft tee (or something a bit rumpled) and a pair of suede moccasins or designer sneakers.

So get in the grey, guys. The color will be a strong trend this Spring and Summer 2011 Season in jeans, trousers, blazers, watches and more. Be sure to take a look at the Billy Reid Capsule Collection for J Crew. The classic all-American styles with modern-day spins are great high-quality garments that can build the foundation of a winning Spring Summer wardrobe with a few key pieces to build the frame.
Once these workable classics are hanging up in your closet, spinning them into something creative and stylish will be easier than you thought possible. With the addition of a celebrity-inspired pair of shades, a charcoal-colored watch or vintage-themed accessory, you will have a winning ensemble pieced together in perfect masculine harmony!
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