Here is a post that I had apparently left on draft for over 6 months:

I suppose I should have written down my thoughts on Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction right after the event, but for what I have narrowed down to a couple of reasons, I procrastinated.  The more practical one is that we had such horrible weather that day, the 9th of December.  If not for the fact that I had gone to the viewing two days earlier and was quite intrigued by the selection of pieces that were going to be put up, I would not have braved heading out more times than was absolutely necessary.  The auction was also not as glamorous a scene in comparison to the other auctions I have been to, or even half as chic as the exhibition for it.  There were no regally dressed women, none of the fashion-forward younger crowd, because as can be expected, New Yorkers can be quite pragmatic about dressing for the weather.   A uniform of Hunter boots (I was in a navy blue pair myself), Arche water resistant boots, and other such footwear complemented the parade of trench coats from the small fraction of people who managed to attend.  Leaving Sotheby’s was also a bit of an ordeal with everyone clamoring for cabs, that I did not have the energy to actually put pen to paper (or in actuality, type on my laptop) later that evening.

The other reason is that I had decided before attending to make a list of my top 5 pieces, but as is usually the case when it comes to jewelry, my greedy eye had the best of me, and I marked more than double that number.  I eventually edited down to 10 pieces that are either classic, regal items that I would love to have worn in the Regency era, or more ironic, interesting pieces that suit my personality (not that I would currently be able to afford any of them, but it never hurts to dream ).

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In true project management fashion (I have started thinking of the whole pregnancy as a project), here is a status update

  • We are a mango this week, today at 18 W and 5D (last week we were a sweet potato)
  • The hubby has purchased a portable AC (for us to be comfy in NYC’s Heatpocalypse) and track lighting – he has installed the AC, the track lighting is waiting for the weekend.  I am so happy to be married to a guy who knows his way around home repairs/installs – add to that he’s gorgeous too :p  Anyways, buba and I now sleep very well on our sleep number bed with 4ooTC sheets, silk pillowcases (made by my mom, thanks mom!), and perfect 74degree temperature.
  • We find out in 5 days what buba will be 🙂 – The hubby has always said that it looks like it will be a girl, because I am getting prettier by the day.  I am not quite sure that’s true, but I am sure that he is the sweetest guy in the world and I am the luckiest woman I know :).  Also, yesterday, one of my colleagues said that she is predicting I am having a girl (she’s had two babies, and got the gender right both times).  So if I am having a girl, buba when you read this someday, I am making a conscious effort to dress her in neutral colors, or blue and whites stripes, or red and white stripes, anything with stripes really, yellows, greens, but NOT bubblegum pink.  Definitely NOT.  If buba turns out to be a boy, then no issues 🙂
  • Incidentally, I am wearing bright pink today.  Uncharacteristically colorful for me.  Come to think of it, I have worn a lot of reds this week.  Perhaps its on account of my comfy red flats, or the red coral bracelets that my mom sent me (to wear for good health), or the halfway present that the hubby got me, which is the brooch with a dangling red heart in the photo above.  Also, on the bus this morning, I was looking at the various designer collections on the Style.com app (which, since getting the iPhone 4 has  become my favorite app), and found myself again uncharacteristically drawn to the colorful and quite floral Fall 2010 Couture Collection from Dior (below are some pics).  So now I think, perhaps buba is a girl, with my current odd attraction to feminine styles and colors.  Hmmm, five more days.

Here’s what works for me when I get stressed at the office:

1) A 10-minute Facebook break, going through my loved ones profiles (I especially love seeing old pictures of me when I was a kid looking so very happy with my parents)

2) Looking at gorgeous, gorgeous jewelry from my favorite designers/brands, Cathy Waterman, Gurhan, Yossi Harari, Temple St. Clair and Chanel.

3) And if you are like us, instead of just working on a necessary, my husband and I are actually applying finishing touches to our entire apartment.   I am finding shopping for things like wall sconces and door knobs really relaxing.  Here’s a door knob I really like from Emtek.

4) And if all else fails, I get myself a treat like a cupcake from the place beside our building 🙂

Ode to Chanel

October 2, 2009

It seems apropos that for the Jewelry category, our first post would be about the legendary (inappropriate visual of Barney, Neil Patrick Harris’ How I Met Your Mother character here) house of Chanel.

There is a fresh wave of Chanel-mania this fall, what with the new Coco avant Chanel movie starring Audrey Tautou and the brand’s new fragrance commercials airing on primetime TV.audrey tautou as coco   Add to that the many magazine features:  the spread on the Venice debut of Chanel’s latest cruise collection in Marie Claire, the Verdura cuffs feature in Bazaar, and many other October magazine issues.  There is also the current chain purse trend, Tory Burch, Derek Lam, Chloe, and other names have released amazing pieces that could not have been inspired by anything other than the classic Chanel 2.55.

In our household however, the obsession with all things Chanel started late last year.  Zaha Hadid’s Chanel Mobile Art Exhibit took up residence in Central Park in October 2008, and while the half hour voice-guided show can take you to a place of stillness and enchantment, the giant luxuriously mink-lined quilted Chanel bag at the end is an image no woman can shake.   And then this past June we were able to watch Shirley Maclaine play an older Coco Chanel in a Lifetime movie, a role she received an emmy nomination for.  In the movie, Coco Chanel’s heartbreak, was so very well played out, that one felt truly awful over the very bad reception for her comeback in the 1960s.  You sort of want everything else in life to be great for someone who lost their loved one at what should have been one of their happiest moments.  That movie continued to haunt me for days until I finally decided I wanted my very own Chanel item.  I scoured antique jewelry stores, online vintage retailers and even ebay for not-so-current Chanel jewelry, I wanted my purchase to have that specialness of a feeling of age. After weeks of looking (and becoming an expert on identifying authentic Chanel pieces), I finally ended up with three very guilty purchases, a  heavy gold chain pendant necklace, a cable-link turnlock bracelet, and the most precious pink and white pearl hearl brooch.

Of my three new babies, the brooch is the one that has given me so much joy (I wear it everywhere and receive tons of compliments) and guilt (it cost more than the bracelet and necklace combined).  But I shall be guilty no more, as this morning, Barbara Walters came on at The View wearing what I recognized as a pastel Gripoix Chanel brooch, and I got this very smug feeling that one only gets when one thinks “mine is so much better than hers.” – Happily, Stella