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It is the story of a San Francisco detective, John “Scottie” Ferguson, who is hired to investigate a woman with whom he gradually falls in love.  A woman, Madeleine,  who is obsessed with her suicidal great-grandmother, Carlotta, believing that she is her direct reincarnation, and thus doomed to repeat her actions.  Another Hitchcock classic, one of the markers of Madeleine’s obsessions with Carlotta, is a ruby necklace that Carlotta wears in a famous portrait that hangs in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.  A tale of murder, fear, and fixation, check out the wonderfully eerie clip:



A European brand with gorgeous streamlined and tailored designs that are on trend, they were long famously reticent to ship to the US.  But at last they have both a store opening in Soho (at 129 Spring St.) this summer and a US website!  Check out their jewelry:

And their website:

The Jewelry of Jacquie Aiche





A great interview of designer Jacquie Aiche by another great designer Rachel Roy, and a shout-out on one of my favorite blogs, Honestly WTF, below:

The Jewelry of Lingchao Shao

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For information about her upcoming show, click here:

The Best of the Alexis Bittar Warehouse Sale

Alexis Bittar is having a warehouse sale!  (Just in case you couldn’t tell from the header.)


Check it out here:

To Catch A Thief

A wonderful Hitchcock movie about a former jewel thief, John Robie (Cary Grant) “The Cat”, who sets out to clear his name from a current string of burglaries with the help of impetuous socialite, Francie Stevens (Grace Kelly), and her sly mother, Jessie (Jessie Royce Landis).  Set in the opulent hotels and mansions of the Riviera, it is well-known among film buffs as not only a great film, but also for being the impetus for Grace Kelly and her future husband, Prince Ranier of Monaco, to meet.


Bling Bandages

Invented in 1920 by a Johnson & Johnson employee whose hapless wife was always alone in the house when she had cooking, erm, mishaps, the band-aid quickly became the go-to item in any first aid kit.  The first orthopedic casts of plaster of Paris were used in war hospitals in the 1800s.  But whoever invented the bandages, whoever added the bling is brilliant!


You can buy some of these at:

The Jewelry of Tara Locklear


For more information on Tara Locklear, click here:

Obsessions of the Week (5/12-5/18)

1. Black orchids.

They’re mysterious, they’re sexy, and they’ve inspired everything from the name of a female superhero to a Tom Ford perfume.


2. Nancy Whang

Musician, DJ, current member of The Juan MacLean, former member of LCD Soundsystem, she has collaborated with Holy Ghost!, Classixx, Soulwax, Shit Robot.  Generally, she’s a DFA records badass  She’s peachy.  Such a girl crush…

3. The Smell of Fresh Jasmine and Gardenias

Being home recently in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, I realized I had forgotten just how heavenly are the scents of live jasmine and gardenias.  Perfumers never seem to quite capture the earthy, seductive, gingery scents.   I went around huffing the air.

4. New Made Vintage

Soooo, I might have bought way too much at Trashy Diva in New Orleans. They have two great locations and create their own designs based on vintage patterns and they are all gorgeous!  I could have bought every piece! They stock not only clothes, but shoes, handbags, and jewelry to complete your ensembles in true vintage style.

But there are other fantastic places that create vintage-style clothes out of fresh fabrics.  I bought a pair of high-waisted shorts from Miss Candyfloss and wish that I had bought four, I love them so much!

And I discovered this fantastic place in Amsterdam last summer:

5.  Speaking of vintage, I’m sort of obsessed with PBS’ “Mr. Selfridge”.  Will Lady May thwart her horrible husband?  Who will come home from World War I?  Which silent film star will show up at Selfridges next?  It’s ridiculous, campy, it’s full of period costumes, and I love it.






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