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31 May 2009

obsessions of the moment.

Cartier Panthere De Cartier Ring

the Panthère de Cartier.

Goggling, drooling, lusting, and pining involved. I hardly exaggerate either; I’ve fallen in love with the ring ever since seeing in Elle a few years back, casually placed with a tiny description in one of its features. A glorious ring to behold, a fierce feline of integrity, strength, aggressiveness, and pride – all the things a ring should be and tell about the woman wearing it. I’ve once ventured into a Cartier boutique on the ChampsElysées avenue in Paris with the intention of seeing the ring of my dreams and the Marcello bag, but left only with a glimpse of the Marcello on a mahogany shelf. Truth is, I feared two things:  (1) my stuttering attempts at French would leave the vendeur quite at my butchering of the language and (2) If I had a glimpse of the ring in real life, I would die right then an there at its geometric beauty and green eyes. Oh Lord.

arm candy of the moment.


I was absolutely delighted and quite excited when Lillian, from One Language, emailed me & sent over the canvas bag I’ve been coveting: the one with “Haute” written rather boldly across the front. Perfection, as I’d imagined, in a canvas bag. Huge, with multiple compartments. I can, of course, vouch for its durability and well-constructed design. Definitely one that I shall use for quite some time! And definitely quite the arm candy; I do love toting it about, and having strangers eye it covetously (or simply in wonderment as to what haute means!)

gossip girl.

Gossip Girl Cast

Or maybe just the boys (as I wink coquettishly). I’ve finally had some time to actually watch the show, starting from the first season. Not quite done yet, but I do covet Blair and Serena’s closet. And oh, to see the trio of beautiful boys. Le sigh. Oh, and I loved Terry Richardson’s photographs of the cast.

Gossip Girl Cast by Terry Richardson


La C.

52 Comments leave one →
  1. 31 May 2009 6:05 pm

    Hi gorgeous,
    how was the weekend so far?
    Gossip Girl has just strated here on TV, first season. I’ve missed some episodes – but in my opinion the style is the most adorable since Sex and the City. I’ve missed a great show on TV playing in Manhattan since a lot of shows are based on the West Coast. I’m searching for a dress Blake Lively has worn but don’t know the designer. I was only able to find a picture…. :-S
    Have a wonderful and pleasant Sunday!!
    Hugs&kisses, Sofie

  2. Airam permalink
    31 May 2009 6:05 pm

    I just started watching Gossip Girl too! I’ve reached the beginning of season 2, and is too much in love with Blair’s wardrobe and hair for my own good. Her hair is simply too perfect. *sigh* Oh, well – at least I know there are more of us “droolers” out there, which is a small comfort 😉

  3. 31 May 2009 6:06 pm

    PS. Forgotten – The pictures are great, great, great! So much fun!!!!

  4. 31 May 2009 6:11 pm

    I remember when the ring came out and every enviable celeb fashionista had it.. Made me want it even more!

    The bag definitely is haute, classic and yet makes a bold statement.

    Gossip Girl I can’t get enough.
    I bought the 1st season on DVD and of course I had to spread the love to my gay best friend. He doesnt have cable and I am guessing he was tired of me going on and on about the show he decided to finally watch the show so I let him borrow it and now he’s hooked!

  5. 31 May 2009 6:13 pm

    P. S. I have major hair envy, Blair and Serena’s hair is too perfect!

  6. 31 May 2009 6:52 pm

    The ring is so much love! I can’t get enough of rings either:) I just love to watch it while I type on the computer;) I guess that is why I also love nail polish

    Gossip girl is so much love<3 I adore it to bits:) Especially because of a certain male character xD

  7. mazpe permalink
    31 May 2009 7:14 pm

    i like the pictures better than the show! or maybe i have to watch another one or two episodes to get hooked

  8. 31 May 2009 7:24 pm

    Ooh! Congrats on your new bag! 🙂 And *sigh* Gossip Girl, watched the season finale last week, am hanging for the next season!

  9. 31 May 2009 7:26 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! It’s as if you just tapped into my psyche and put my thoughts down on paper. Love it all! 🙂

  10. 31 May 2009 7:34 pm

    that ring! i usually can’t stand anything with an animal print or motif, but this is such a huge exception! and i’m so glad you’re learning about the awesomeness that is gossip girl – enjoy!

  11. 31 May 2009 9:28 pm

    the ring – very symbolic =)
    A friend got me into watching gossip girl too – i don’t really like the story but I do love their stylists!

  12. 31 May 2009 9:32 pm

    I abosutly adore gossip girl, that’s a great picture!

  13. 31 May 2009 11:02 pm

    I’ve watched some of Gossip Girl and I love it. Hope you had a fab weekend. Cheers!

  14. 31 May 2009 11:08 pm

    Mmm that ring is so incredible and sexy. I love it. I also adore the Haute canvas bags 😉

  15. 31 May 2009 11:34 pm

    very cool ring!

  16. 1 June 2009 1:00 am

    Love your new statement bag and of course, love Gossip Girl! Best season finale ever.

  17. 1 June 2009 1:56 am

    They speak English in the Cartier boutique!
    I love the Cartier panther as well… I have a necklace that was inspired by it (there’s a picture of it in this post

    I love Gossip Girl, too… just watched the finale! It’s such a good show 🙂

  18. 1 June 2009 2:14 am

    Love the Haute bag, if I could afford $110 atm would snap it up!

  19. 1 June 2009 2:49 am

    Pleased you have the bag now, its fab!!

  20. 1 June 2009 3:17 am

    a big yes to the ring and bag! So divine!

  21. 1 June 2009 4:55 am

    I am so proud of you. For watching Gossip Girl I mean =.p Now that season 2 has finished, I’m kind of not sure what to with my extra hour free every week. And because 90210 has finished as well, I’m on the verge of severe distress. Severe I tell you. Have fun watching!

  22. 1 June 2009 6:15 am

    I saw that ring in a magazine and fell in love with it also. It is utterly spectacular!! I would love a hair peice like that – maybe the mouth as the clip for my hair?? Its gorgeous!
    And that bag!! Haute. Its great.


  23. 1 June 2009 6:40 am

    i want that ring from Cartier…YUMMY!


  24. Tamara permalink
    1 June 2009 7:23 am

    I absolutely love that Cartier ring!! So extravagantly bling-bling, you don’t need to wear anything else!

  25. 1 June 2009 7:52 am

    that ring is so so AMAZING!!


  26. 1 June 2009 8:44 am

    Ohhh I’ve fallen so behind in watching gg. Can’t wait til the holidays 😉 x Sushi

  27. 1 June 2009 9:27 am

    What an awesome ring!

  28. 1 June 2009 9:36 am

    That ring is incredible and that bag is fabulous!

  29. 1 June 2009 10:41 am

    The ring is amazing.. and can double as a weapon. 🙂 That’s how I view some of my large rings. That’s a fab bag. Lucky girl! And love the pics of the GG cast. I never got into it and it’s hard to try and watch an episode now when I have no idea what’s going on. All my friends say that I’ll love it though. One of these days I’m going to have to get the DVDs and start from the first season too. 🙂

    xo, Becs

  30. 1 June 2009 12:09 pm

    I absolutely adore the ring, looks amazing. Me GG watching is over for a while, since the second season is over, too bad :(. I love GG!

  31. 1 June 2009 12:14 pm

    Thanks for dropping by my personal blog. I love that HAUTE bag. Wonder where I can get it from here.

  32. 1 June 2009 12:42 pm

    I adore One Language!! Fabulous bags!!

  33. 1 June 2009 1:37 pm

    I’ve been clicking furiously to try to get that group shot enlarged and see the left end girl’s make-up. Love a smoky eye like that. D*mned computer won’t co-operate.

  34. lulu permalink
    1 June 2009 1:45 pm

    Dear ladies, dear sirs,
    what a lovely little hoax this is!
    cute!plus: it does work somehow!

  35. 1 June 2009 2:19 pm

    Ahhh the ring! So amazing.
    The bag is fantastic!!

  36. 1 June 2009 2:56 pm

    love that bag!!!!

  37. 1 June 2009 2:57 pm

    That’s “haute.” LOL. I love the idea of that bag! Must investigate further… Seems like a fun summer tote!

  38. 1 June 2009 4:33 pm

    That ring is gorgeous! Simply perfection. Yay, gossip girl! I am addicted to that show. The combination of great boys and clothes is quite irresistible 🙂

    – laur @ neonmango

  39. 1 June 2009 6:07 pm

    I so love the show!!

  40. 1 June 2009 6:20 pm

    The ring & the bag are both amazing! I just love how practical those bags can be & really great for casual looks.

    I used to watch Gossip Girl when it first started but now I’m starting to get hooked again. One’s got to love Blair and Chuck!


  41. 1 June 2009 6:36 pm

    that Cartier ring is to die for.

  42. 1 June 2009 7:00 pm

    You’re absolutely right about the ring! I’m more into bracelets but that ring, ohmylord! I die! Love the pictures of Gossip Girls! So sexy! xxxoxoxoxo

  43. 1 June 2009 7:17 pm

    That ring is simply crazy, so futuristic yet jungle hugging. I’ve yet to catch up on Gossip girl since I don’t have TV, but really, that photoshoot is gorgeous, hair and all.

  44. 1 June 2009 8:35 pm

    I´ve seen these pics before…but i can´t remember. I still think Blake Lively is the most beautiful girl in Hollywood.

  45. thebaglady permalink
    1 June 2009 9:19 pm

    That ring is TDF.

    And omgsh those pictures!!

    And your bag!!! You lucky girl! You deserve it though, of course ❤

  46. 2 June 2009 1:26 pm

    That gossip girl shoot was so hot 😉

  47. 2 June 2009 6:49 pm

    LOVeloveloVE the ring. so cool.haha. brilliant

  48. rossovelvet permalink
    3 June 2009 2:44 pm

    I already miss GG so much… Chuck. Blair. Blair. Chuck. There’s so much ME in these carachters…. oh, I love it I love it I …. did I mention how much I LOVE that show ? xD

  49. 4 June 2009 6:28 pm

    That ring is SO unbelievably stunning!! And Gossip Girl has to be one of my top shows this year – absorbing stories, wonderful characters and even more amazing fashion.

  50. 18 July 2009 9:43 pm

    I need one of those panthers!!! Your blog is so beautiful, definitely linking you. xx

    • 19 July 2009 12:16 pm

      Fariday: Aw, thank you! Isn’t that ring absolutely to die for?! (: bisous, xx


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