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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!

Citrus County: Polyvore Style Set

Citrus County

Sleeveless dress
$95 – topshop.com

Betsey Johnson underwire top
$104 – everythingbutwater.com

White top
wallis.co.uk

D G green silk skirt
$305 – stylebop.com

Tulle Clothing peep toe wedge
$40 – modcloth.com

River Island yellow boots
35 – riverisland.com

Fab logo handbag
€96 – welikefashion.com

Metallic bag
$30 – modcloth.com

Bounkit onyx bracelet
$488 – charmandchain.com

Polka dot umbrella
$130 – barneys.com

Logo sunglasses
$89 – jackwills.com

Culture Comes to Couture by way of Jewelry Designers

Breaking the Mold:  Cartier, Chanel & Stephen Webster

Chanel: 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d’Art Show Beauty

Chanel: 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d’Art Show Beauty/ Photo credit: Vincent Lappartient

 

Jewelry trends are appearing in creative clusters of world culture and artisan craftsmanship in recently exhibited collections, foreshadowing a shift in jewelry design for 2012.  Jewelry designers around the globe are finding innovative methods of implementing global, planetary and metaphysical elements into their pieces.

Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director and Designer for Chanel, brought Chanel’s cultural exposure to new found heights with the 2011/2012 Cruise Collection and the accompanying Short Film, ‘The Tale of a Fairy’. Lagerfeld’s jewelry designs continue to bring a broader sense of global influence to his pieces, as seen at the Chanel Parisian Metiers d’Art show.

A dazzling necklace was on display, with delicate filigree and decadent pearls, reminiscent of Roman and Oriental jewelry design influences. The daring Chanel piece was explained by Lagerfeld as a tribute to the fifth-century Byzantine empress, Theodora, with dense ornaments and intricate metal weaving.

Karl Lagerfeld

Photo Courtesy of: Chanel

Cartier shows a glimmering appreciation for their relationship with the maharajahs of India, which propelled success for the jeweler through exceptionally colored jewels in the early 20th century. Cartier released a one-kilogram gold coin, bearing a spectacular image of Taj Mahal last month. The extraordinary coins were placed in customized luxury cases for the French mint La Monnaie de Paris.

Pete Doherty, a popular American musician, will be releasing a jewelry design in Europe in collaboration with British jeweler, Hannah Martin. In the designs of the first collection are fluent attributions to history and evolution. With an obvious adoration of elephants and antiques, the line which will be exclusively sold in Brittain exhibits innovative use of matter rarely found in jewelry designs, such as fossilized mammoth bones. 

Courtesy of Pete Doherty

Photo Courtesy of: Pete Doherty

The unique designs of London-based jewelry designer, Stephen Webster are available in the U.S. for the first time, with the opening of his first American store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. The London jeweler has been a favorite on the Red Carpet and among celebrities, with bold designs that are striking, sexual and controversial, including symbolic re-creations that embody ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’.

Stephan Webster Jewelry Designs

Photograph Courtesy of: Stephen Webster Designs

With a whole wide world out there, it’s inspiring to see that jewelry designers have found a way to bring culture into couture. Be on the look-out for these global tributes and metaphysical mentions in jewelry trends this summer, and the jewelry design evolution as we enter 2012.

Ever so Awesome Emma Stone Rocks August Cover of Vanity Fair

It’s the next phase, new wave, dance craze, anyways..
It’s still rock & roll to me.

Billy Joel performing It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me. (C) 1980

And in closing for today…

Vanity Fair Cover: Emma Stone August 2011

Emma Stone, one of the most hilarious and just plain cool broads ever know to mankind… Will be sizzling on the July cover of Vanity Fair.

The Actress known for her roles in films like ‘Easy A‘, ‘Zombieland‘, ‘House Bunny‘ and a few more instant classics like ‘Superbad‘ tries to play down just how hot she is.

It’s obviously not working, Emma..

But your humility makes you even more adorable! 🙂

Stone’s in not one, but three flicks this summer: ‘The Help,’ ‘Friends With Benefits’ and ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’

“Talking about this stuff is pretty new,” she said when asked about her love life.

Stone, who recently broke up with actor Kieran Culkin, is rumored to be dating her ‘Spider-Man’ co-star Andrew Garfield, but the pair have remained mum on the subject.

Stone, like a true Hollywood pro, reveals that “the only solution I’ve come to when it comes to things like that — the health of my family or dating, really personal things — is not to talk about it.” – From: ‘Emma Stone’s Bad Habits: Sugar, Wine and Heroin‘ By Kelly Fisher

Summer Coral and Turquoise Sale at Raymond Lee Jewelers!

Coral and Turquoise Summer Sale!

We have been covering these two hot summer colors for months, highlighting their increasing presence and popularity in fashion trends. The eternal optimism of both coral and turquoise seem to embody the freedom embracing, sunshine drenched months of Summer in colored excitement!

As a matter of fact, I was so in product love with Essie’s turquoise & caicos polish this weekend, that my fingers and toes are both now celebrating the terrific turquoise & caicos color with glee!

Essie... You had me at hello.

Here are a few quick links to past CORAL and TURQUOISE summer fashion entries:

   – Coral Inspiration for Summer Fashion

   – Totally Turquoise Summer Style

    – Featured Jewelry Items of Coral and Turquoise

Coral Crop Fringe Top: modcloth.com

Dress by Motel

Cool Coral Dress by NasyGal.com

Marc Jacobs Agrees... at least w/ the TURQUOISE!

Continuing our Celebration of Coral and Turquoise Summer Fashion Trends…

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Raymond Lee Jewelers

announces...

The Coral and Turquoise Summer Sale!

Now, save 10% or more off of our incredible vintage jewelry pieces of coral and turquoise! A few items that went on sale just this afternoon include such unique pieces, including an 18k yellow gold and turquoise sea urchin ring, an incredible 18K Yellow Gold, Sapphire and Turquoise Freeform Brooch, and an 18K Yellow Gold and Angelskin Coral Floral Filigree Ring.. just to name a few!

Here’s a visual sampling of our coral and turquoise jewelry ON SALE NOW!

Check out the Raymond Lee Jewelers ebay Store for the entire collection of sale items!

A Totally Tubular Tuesday Begins With a Few Fantastic Photo Finds!

Totally Tubular Tuesday Photo Find #1

A carousel vintage capture of culture in photography.
Tumblr and Flickr image promotion and integration, I am digging your abilities more and more with each passing week.

Isn’t this a great photo?

This photo was taken yesterday.

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(Follow These Words With A Click For More Vintage Images!)

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Totally Tubular Tuesday Photo find #2

Aline Zanella

Photo by Fabio Bartlelt

Criativa Magazine May 2011
Discovered on Trendland.net

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Totally Tubular Tuesday Photo Find #3

The Trifecta

Status: Compete

“Awesome swimwear line (along with some dresses & leggings) by an Australian design team We Are Handsome, who has a love for the beautiful things in life. I’m wanting to visit Australia more and more these days…”

-via Rumors Boutique: Blog Entry, ‘Memoirs’

*Thanks Again, Flickr and Tumblr!*

Your Photo Finds Have Brought Smiles to Minds and Eyes!

Alexandra

Raymond Lee Jewelers

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~!

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

Guest Blogathon – ‘Vintage Summer Swimwear that Sizzles!’

Check out the incredibly kind introduction we received from our Clever Little Button Blog Exchange

with Caz, our Fashionista Friend hailing from the UK!

‘Vintage Summer Swimwear that Sizzles’

What a wonderful experience, and with such a creative and lovely gal. Perfect.

Welcome Guest Blogger, Clever Little Buttons: A Satchel Style Collage You Don’t Want to Miss!

This Guest Blog Entry is Courtesy of one of our Most Admired ‘Blogs We Love’ Authors,

Caz of Clever Little Buttons.

(Thanks again, C! These ensembles are incredible, can’t wait to do this again. xo-Alex)

Please check out the Clever Little Buttons Fashion Blog at http://www.cleverlittlebuttons.co.uk/

To Stand the Test of Time

I don’t know about you, but as a freelance writer I struggle to work from home. There are so many distractions that eventually end up pushing me to leave the house. This is when I hit a problem; as a writer I need all my things with me, books, magazines, laptop, it all has to come! Now I’m a vintage girl, always have been and always will be! I Love anything that has a story and history behind it, pushing it forward. So when contemplating this problem I decided to use this post to highlight the perfect bag, that is versatile, chic and the longest lasting style of bag in history.

All Herald the Satchel!

The Story
When I was six I got my first satchel, to use for school! It was brown leather and I covered it with stickers and embellishments, creating a rather artistic mess! Although it may have been a mistake to ruin the leather with stickers, it was my prized possession, and lasted me through to high school! My passion for a sturdy satchel has never left me, so when I decided to dedicate this post to the humble satchel I wanted to know more about its history. Here is the short version, but I think it may surprise you!
The satchel was first reported as being a functional accessory as far back as the Romans!

Oh yes that is correct, and they didn’t even look all that far removed from today’s designs! They were used for carrying food and survival kits by the Legionnaires, now that’s what I call a solid grounding in history! It wasn’t until the 17th Century that the Satchel began to be a fashion statement for men and women, this was the birth of the man bag! They were used by gentry and towns people alike, and were at one point the most common design of accessory.

Classic Satchel

In the 1940’s the satchel was known as the ‘evacuee bag’ as it’s where all your papers were kept, and this drove the bag towards its most well-known era, as the school bag – very geek chic!  This has not ended and today the shape and styles hold predominantly true to the original, with two fastening straps and a multitude on inner pockets, perfect for all! This season has seen the arrival of new, brighter and bolder satchels from all corners of the fashion world, from Mulberry to Primark, the colour block satchel is back!

Back!

Mulberry Satchel
The Colour Block

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So, whilst deliberating how I wear my satchels, I realised that I have two staple versions that give me a very differing look and feeling when I wear them! The first is my colour blocked satchel. It is the one that I wear when I am happy, confident and loud – I’m sure we all have something in our wardrobes that represents those days!
So I proceeded to pull everything out of my wardrobe and devise my perfect look, this is the outcome!
I have started with the amazing foundation of this beautiful, lilac satchel from Cambridge Satchel! This to me is a workable combination of S/S 2011 and the timeless, vintage shape – perfection! This bag is big enough for me to store all my stuff, and trust me there is a lot of stuff! I have a habit of never emptying my bags so they usually just fill up with rubbish, this bag will give me enough room to store my belongings and keep everything neat and tidy – finally there’s a method to my madness! Now, as a curvy girl I find long shoulder straps troublesome if they hit my hips, as it only widens them, this bag has adjustable straps, so that I can bring it up to my waist.
For an overall look I have chosen to style this bag towards a Geek Chic look. I have started with this belted, Ballerina skirt from my ever faithful Warehouse! The colour of this skirt works wonderfully with the bag and it’s quirky enough to ooze style. To complement the skirt I have added a plain white, sheer blouse from The Outnet, no geek look is complete without a pussy bow blouse!
This look is all about the accessories so I chose to start with these ankle socks and brogues both from TopShop. These are great for taller girls, but girls like me who were not blessed with long legs, swap these for wedges! Finally add in Geek glasses from Glassesshop.com and a classic Nixon watch, we all remember these in the 80’s! My nails are the completion of this running theme, I have chosen this slightly clashing shade from OPI.

The Hippy

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My other satchel staple is a vintage embroidered number that has been with me for over 10 years! It never goes out of fashion and is still practical – the perfect blend! When I use this bag I feel ethereal and earthy, it puts me back on the ground and celebrates my love of Mother Nature. So here is a similar bag, that I have found, that I feel will give you the same feeling!
This amazing and different example of the Satchel from TopShop, is not only a great example of the current 70’s trend but also a great staple that will last for years to come. Firstly I love the shape of this bag, it has a slightly Swedish feel to it that I simply adore. The floral printed leather is also chic and simple, it is noticeable but also adds textures – this can only add value to this investment!
As this is a smaller version, I can wear this at a longer length, it won’t hit my hips as badly as the larger version, and this would work great as a cross over.
I have styled this bag with a typical outfit that I would wear with mine, so I wanted to start with this seasons favourite Palazzo pant also from TopShop. The colour of these trousers are perfect for me, they ooze femininity and playfulness. These are also great for all sizes – yey! I have teamed these with this amazing denim number from
Miss Selfridge. To complete the look I have styled with these wedges from Sam Edelman, Miss Dior perfume, sweet and light like the outfit and necklace also from Miss Selfridge.

Go and invest in a Satchel this season, not only are you  investing in history but you are also grabbing a staple that will last through your history!

To my dear Alex,

Thank you for the opportunity to blog with you – it has been so much fun!
Your support means the world to me!

Love from your friend across the pond,

Clever Little Caz x


Totally Vintage: Limited Edition Chuck Taylor All Star’s

Chuck Taylor Vintage All Star Kicks

I know it’s a bit strange, but I was more proud of my Brothers when they both started wearing classic Chuck Taylor ‘Converse‘ low-tops than when they ranked in the Fifth Grade Science Fair. Partially because I did their Science Fair Projects for them, so praise wouldn’t have been justified, but ever more-so because I was so intensely proud that they were following in their Big Sisters All-Star footsteps.

My first pair of Chuck Taylor‘s were high-tops. Pink. They rocked. They also matched my hair color. It was fantastic. I have yet to find another pair of Converse that I find as perfectly suited for me than that very first pair. I wore them until the soles had grown thin and the pink had turned to more of a grey with muted pink hues, and loved every moment of it.There is something so purely classic and completely capturing of a sense of childhood in traditional Chuck Taylor sneakers.

If you recall, all of those cute boys (I can say that because I was just a girl when the movie came out) in ‘Sandlot‘ had their classic Chuck Taylor’s laced up when they went out to talk of the Great Bambino, scheme up various ways to obtain new baseballs at the local store and how to hit on the lifeguard at the community pool by successful methods of false drowning. Even Smalls, the new kid in town who knew nothing about the game of baseball sported these classic sneakers.If ever a piece of Americana was captured in a shoe… It was done with the original vintage Chuck Taylor All Star’s.

These kick are a true American staple. Frozen in time by decades of footprints and design.

Key Colors of Summer: Feature Pieces of Coral and Turquoise Vintage Jewelry

As we discussed on Friday, this Summer will be filled with the presence of three key colors

Coral, Turquoise and Marigold.

The rings pictured in the images below are a sample of the incredible vintage jewelry that we carry in our Boca Raton Showroom.

  • The three rings in the photographs include an 18kt yellow gold and coral ring with 1 ctw diamonds (Bottom Left). This item is currently selling for $2,900. 
  • The alternate coral ring is also 18kt yellow gold, and set in an incredible unique shape (Bottom Right). This item is currently priced at $2,495.00.

Stop by our Showroom in Boca Raton to browse these and many other pieces of vintage jewelry that capture these vibrant colors. Other pieces in the Showroom that are in high demand this season include a 14kt yellow gold coral flower pin, 14kt yellow gold coral dangle earrings and a turquoise vintage yellow gold cameo pin.

Turquoise and Coral Rings at Raymond Lee Jewelers Boca Raton

Turquoise and Coral Rings at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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