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6 December 2008

Hello darlings – I do hope you all are having lovely weekends! 

And the answer to le petit examen de vogue #4 is (as most of you guessed correctly)… the fabulous Kate Lanphear, Style Director of U.S. Elle!

Image Source: Jak & Jil

I absolutely adore her. And perhaps even that is an understatement. Obsession sounds a bit too strong – on the creepy side, perhaps. I love her edginess, her all black ensemble, her shoes, those blazers, and most of all, how she accessorizes. Though I must admit that her style generally differs from mine in the sense that it is a bit more darker/rock-chic, I do, nonetheless, greatly admire her.

Coco Chanel had always said every woman needs a good amount of costume jewelry. Jewelry does not always have to be expensive or bedecked in diamonds and other precious gems – jewelry should be fun! And now, some great pieces to invest in. The basics of jewelry, you could say.

heart4 The Cocktail Ring


I guess you all understand my infatuation with lovely rings – especially cocktail rings – after my last Etsy post. I do believe that they are the easiest and subtlest way to incorporate and interweave your personality or even a new trend into an outfit. And it does serve as a great centerpiece and a conversation starter. Bigger isn’t always better in this case, however. Do keep in mind that if you have small fingers or hands (like myself), wearing larger or bulkier rings can offset and draw too much attention to that one piece. It can also be overwhelming, making your already petite hands seem even tinier. But investing in a few cocktail rings can upgrade an outfit: a lackluster day uniform of a tee and jeans is immediately glamorous with the addition of a ring, and a little black dress can go from simple to exquisite. But where to wear the ring, you ask? I personally wear larger rings on my pointer finger for no particular reason really; perhaps its just an aesthetic thing?

heart4 The Bangle


I am completely infatuated with Kate’s pave pyramid bracelet – it’s glamorously edgy, a perfect mix between the feminine and the punk rock look. Before I completely go off on a tangent about how I found a piece just like hers, and it would have been mine had it not cost hundreds of dollars, I shall address the difference between a bangle & a bracelet (as requested by a reader :-)). A bangle is made of one piece of metal; rarely is it seen with a clasp. Bracelets, as you have guesses, have clasps of all sorts, and are usually made with chains, elastic, or string of some sort. My personal preference would be the first; they’re hassle-free, easy to slip on and off in under a few seconds, and easily stackable. The one problem I do have with them is because they are not adjustable, it’s so incredibly difficult for me to find one that fits me (small wrists are quite the problem here). So when I do find a piece I love and fits me, I buy multiples, as a precaution in case I lose a few. I love the look of bangles; they’re always perfectly polished and sit beautifully on the arm because of its set structure. Which makes them perfectly versatile; wear it on your wrists as you would a bracelet, or push it up on your forearm for a slightly different feel. With bangles you can get away with larger pieces or more ornate ones – but once again, keep in mind that if you are tiny, wearing large bits of jewelry can overwhelm and take away from you. What I love most about them is the variety of materials and textures used; they can be carved of lucite, of metals, of plastic, in fabric; pave, engraved, enamel, studded – the possibilities are endless.

heart4 The Statement Necklace


It truly is the ultimate piece; some are so extravagant that they require a great amount of bravery to wear them in public. Yet the notion that all statement necklaces are ostentatiously large or could have potential blind innocent bystanders with it’s uncountable gemstones is false. A statement piece could be a unique pendant on a simple chain. Or a variety of chains, all of different textures, lengths, or color worn as one piece. Whether you love them simple or rather them to be as excessive as possible, wearing them is an easy way to transform an outfit. It is recommended that the base (the outfit) should be as simple as possible. Solid colors and non-printed tops should be worn; like, say, a plain tee with jeans or pants. I find that statement pieces work extremely well with more modest neckline; and they work wonders when paired with little black dresses. I absolutely love Stephen Dweck’s collections; everything is just so impeccably designed. A bit out of my budget as of now, but, nonetheless, dream-worthy.


La C.

40 Comments leave one →
  1. thebaglady permalink
    6 December 2008 11:39 pm

    first to comment!

    wonderful post. so much packed into one! 🙂

  2. 7 December 2008 12:03 am

    Agree with thebaglady here, your posts are very thorough, and it’s clear that you know your fashion terms and references. Though I can appreciate personal opinions as much as many others it’s always nice to feel that they’re based on knowledge and experience 🙂

  3. The Seeker permalink
    7 December 2008 12:25 am

    Great post, with really useful information.
    Also great pictures.
    Kate Lanphear is indeed amazing and her style an inspiration.


  4. 7 December 2008 3:34 am

    this entire post is drool-worthy. i agree with everyone else, your posts are always informative and packed with goodies ;p

  5. 7 December 2008 4:46 am

    Kate Lanphear… Adore her! She is not only style inspiration, but she was also really sweet when I asked her to pose for a pic!

    Great post! It was interesting to read!

    Have a lovely Sunday!


  6. 7 December 2008 6:49 am

    aww thank you honey, i missed you too!
    oh i couldn’t live without jewellery, i absolutely love it, and lots of it too!
    great choices

  7. 7 December 2008 7:19 am

    Love Kate L. That Chanel ring is so pretty! Can I just say how much I love how clean and simple your site is. Great layout ideas 🙂

    “i’ve been in love with that dress ever since i saw it on blake. i am sooo incredibly jealous. it looks AMAZING on you!!”

    Aw thanks a lot! The dress was actually quite ‘tent-y’ for my liking so I had to get it taken in. The comfort level does not match the beauty of the dress….

  8. 7 December 2008 7:26 am

    I love everything u’ve post! Wish I had money to buy all of that! LoL

  9. 7 December 2008 8:27 am

    oh i love that chanel ring… its sooo beautiful!!!

  10. 7 December 2008 11:11 am

    great she looks really good on her outfit. I can understand why you like her 😉

  11. 7 December 2008 11:13 am

    She has an amazing style & love the chanel flower ring, so cute!

  12. 7 December 2008 12:41 pm

    Yummy cocktail rings, La C! Fab post!


  13. 7 December 2008 12:50 pm

    ouuuuuu… the chanel ring is GORgeousssss!

  14. maisha permalink
    7 December 2008 12:52 pm

    great post – i love the bangles!

  15. La Couturier permalink
    7 December 2008 2:06 pm

    hello my loves 🙂

    thank you soo much for all of your kind words! they really do mean a lot to me!

    and airam: thank you sooooo much! your comment really did just make my day. you are too sweet!

    La C.

  16. 7 December 2008 2:06 pm

    I gave you the i love your blog award sweetie 🙂

  17. 7 December 2008 2:37 pm

    thank you 🙂
    and its no problem sweetie, you totally deserve it!

  18. 7 December 2008 3:35 pm

    Great post! I love her style too; she always looks impeccable!
    And cocktail rings are my new obsession. I love the ones of Kenneth Jay Lane.


  19. 7 December 2008 3:42 pm

    I love the look of cocktail rings but not how they feel on my fingers…I’m just not used to wearing rings lol. Although I could be persuaded otherwise if someone were to give me that pink Chanel ring… 😉

  20. 7 December 2008 4:15 pm

    love ur post as always, and i’m not trying to brag(well maybe a little bit) i just got that MJ bracelet from my best friend as a birthday present! teehee =)

    thanx for the awesome post!

  21. 7 December 2008 4:34 pm

    those cocktail rings are so fun!
    i was admiring your collages and spreads on your blog and wanted to know which photo software you use/ reccomend? I am trying to figure out what to invest it.

  22. La Couturier permalink
    7 December 2008 7:42 pm

    song of style – that’s soo cool! haha you’re a good present giver ;]

    emma – i wish i could give you a good recommendation, but i actually just use paint :(. photoshop is kind of expensive and i hear its really good, only i’m not too good with technology haha. so i just stick with the basic, old school stuff :] sorry if i’m really of no help!

    La C.

  23. 7 December 2008 9:17 pm

    Cute post! Chanel coctail ring is amazing! oh! 🙂

    xoxo: Janet

  24. 7 December 2008 9:19 pm

    Wow, i love that flower ring!!

  25. 7 December 2008 9:37 pm

    I love her as well!

  26. 7 December 2008 11:23 pm

    Love that Chanel Flower Cocktail Ring– soo cute!

  27. 7 December 2008 11:51 pm

    Ahhh beautiful!!I am a huge fan of rings, partucuarly huge cocktail rings, so these images completely satisfied my lust to gaze at a few 🙂

    I love the huge chanel finger. Its so amazing!!


  28. 8 December 2008 12:19 am

    [Chanel ring, not finger! hah]

  29. 8 December 2008 12:39 am

    Oh Chanel!!

    I love all of this… perfection.


  30. 8 December 2008 7:24 am

    I love all this jewellry!
    You’ve made a great selection.

    And the Chanel’s camelia ring is just so beautiful.

  31. 8 December 2008 8:17 am

    great piece honey and Coco chanel was totally right.i like mixing pieces from high and the pieces you featured.

  32. 8 December 2008 9:52 am

    That black chain link S&M bracelet is the bomb!

  33. 8 December 2008 1:35 pm

    I recently purchased my very first giant ring–I’d quit wearing them entirely in college. I have a feeling this new one will only be the first of many…

  34. 8 December 2008 2:34 pm

    That’s sooo beautiful 🙂

  35. 8 December 2008 3:28 pm

    Love this post!
    Man, i would love anything on this post for christmas. Time to go write my letter to Santa…lol

  36. 8 December 2008 3:52 pm

    I love it all. I need some jewelry

  37. 9 December 2008 4:01 am

    You really are a genius baby. You’ve brought my penchant for cocktail rings back with a vengeance. I’ve bought a couple already. Once again GENIUS.

    ♥, China Le.

  38. 13 December 2008 2:17 am

    Those cocktail rings are divine! I’m on the hunt for one as we speak 🙂

  39. JingYi Yuan permalink
    26 February 2009 5:50 am

    See here!! An absolutely amazing post for the London Fashion Week street snap!

    Enjoy it! I


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