Category: Accessories

Gems: The Pearl

Pearls, Photo by JMorton

Pearls, Photo by JMorton

Gems: The Pearl

I am very partial to pearls.  I love them.  I suppose it has something to do with coming from the Philippines, which is known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ lol.

The last time I was in the Philippines, I treated myself to some pearls.  I have to admit that the pearls were first class but unfortunately how it was set needs polishing.

I was told that to tell whether a pearl is real, plastic or whatever, you need to rub the pearl in your teeth.  Real ones will have ridges or rather rough while fake ones are smooth.  Actually, this is good advice.  I have tried this with my pearls. 😉

Pearls should always be worn.  It takes a lovely healthy lustre when it is worn against the skin.

Shoe Life – A Fairy Tale Story

Pepita Jones

Pepita Jones

Clothes makes a woman happy but a good heel can give her confidence and a lot of sex appeal.
– Christian Louboutin


I like women to see my shoes as objects of beauty, as gems outside the realm of fashion, within their own universe.  Shoes are not an accessory; they’re an attribute.  You should open a shoebox as if opening a present.  Voila!
– Christian Louboutin

He is so right.  A good heel tends to elongate and give shape to the leg, that is why women would suffer the pain and discomfort of high heels for long periods of time because they do boost women’s morale and self-confidence, thus, being literally a fashion victim. lol  No pain, no gain!!!

Having said that, there are high heels that are so well made, though could cost the Earth, but despite their towering heights they can be reasonably comfy.

Victoria Beckham is an advocate of high heels. Kudos to her, she makes high-heels wearing looks so natural, elegant and normal.  It is seldom that she goes about her business without her trusted high heels even when seen with her children, with Harper on her hip.


It is better to buy the more expensive shoes because they are better made and more comfortable and as such, it is important that they are looked after good and proper.

The same shoes should not be worn every day.  Give shoes a time to breathe and dry up.  Feet sweat copiously especially during the summer!!!

If in case  shoes become smelly, you can rejuvenate them and vanish the smell by putting orange peel inside the shoes, overnight and the next morning, you will be rewarded by citrusy smelling shoes.

The best time to shop for shoes is during the end of the day when your feet are swollen and tired from all those standing around and walking here and there.  This will ensure that the fitting of your shoes is much better and prevent pinching the next day.  Always try both pair.  Left and right feet are different from each other.



Blue Diamond Found

Blue diamond

Wow, some lucky woman will have her digit and neckline and possibly her wrist too adorned with blings from this newly found blue diamond.

Lucky for some!


As the gorgeous Marilyn, who knew a thing or two about diamonds, sang:

Men grow cold
As girls grow old,
And we all lose our charms in the end.

But square-cut or pear-shaped,
These rocks don’t lose their shape.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.


Blue Diamond ‘Worth Tens Of Millions’ Discovered

Sky News 

A massive diamond with a possible price tag of more than £36m has been discovered at a mine in South Africa.

The 29.6 carat blue diamond, described as being “exceptional”, was dug up at the Cullinan mine near Pretoria – owned by Petra Diamonds.

Chief executive Johan Dippenaar said: “The stones in the last year or so are selling well above $2m (£1.2m) per carat. That’s not my quote, that’s updates in the market.”

However, analyst Cailey Barker at brokers Numis said it could expect to fetch less – between $15m (£9m) and $20m (£12m) – at auction.

The mine, owned by the firm since 2008, was also where the Cullinan Diamond was found in 1905 – described as the largest rough gem diamond ever recovered and weighing 3,106 carats.

Other notable diamonds found in the mine include a 25.5 carat Cullinan blue diamond, found in 2013 and sold for $16.9m (£10m), and a diamond found in 2008, known as the Star of Josephine, which was sold for $9.49m (£5.7m).

How Not to Commit Fashion Faux Pas

Peter has drawn my attention to an interesting BBC article regarding no-nos for clothes. Yes folks, the hubby is now a bona fide metrosexual. He looks after his appearance more. He is Hugo Boss, he is DKNY man, he is Armani, he is Paul Smith, he is D&G, he is Versace, he is so designer lately. He was telling me that he will not be seen dead with white socks with an open toed sandals.

Peter has changed, he is now more aware of what he wears, which is really a pleasure for me.

Anyway, as per Peter, the BBC article is really fine reading, very informative. The advice are sound. I do want to know whether it is allowed to wear a green blouse with a blue pair of trousers. Does vertical stripe more slimming than a horizontal stripe? Well I shall leave you to read the article below and find out for yourselves.



How Not to Commit Fashion Faux Pas

Are there really ‘rules’ to what to wear?

By Denise WintermanBBC News Magazine

Details from clothing: a man's tie, vertical stripes, denim, clashing patterns, green and blue clothing

Blue and green should never be seen, or should they? Do the traditional rules of dressing still apply?

The world of high fashion always claims to be about breaking rules. Take a look at the catwalks at London Fashion Week, which starts today.

But when it comes to our everyday choice of clothes there’s always someone piping up about some longstanding rule. The rules have such longevity because most people like having guidance about how to dress, says Andrew Groves, who heads the University of Westminster’s fashion department. “We all like to think we’re individuals but rules give people a certain security when it comes to fashion.”

So are they arbitrary and outdated or do they still apply?

1. Don’t do denim with denim

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in 2001

It’s a look that “contravenes all known laws of human decency” says the Guardian’s fashion commentator Hadley Freeman.

She’s not alone in her disgust but despite all the haters double denim has made a comeback on the catwalks this year, even appearing on the cover of Vogue.

That’s exactly where it should stay, says Groves. “Only a young, beautiful, 6ft model can make double denim look vaguely OK. That’s because it’s just not right.”

If you insist on giving it a go, mix things up, say the pundits.

“Wear different washes rather than denims that are too matchy, matchy,” says Poppy Dinsey, founder of outfit sharing site What I Wore Today (WIWT).

But remember, when double denim goes wrong it goes really wrong. See image to the right. Enough said.

2. Men shouldn’t wear white socks

If there is one rule all men should still follow, this is it, say some in the fashion industry. The only outfit white socks don’t ruin is a sports kit, they add.

“Unless you’re exercising there is absolutely no appropriate moment to wear white socks,” says Alex Bilmes, editor of Esquire magazine. “These types of rules exist to make sure fashion innocents don’t make such a bad mistake.” Certain people in the Netherlands seem to think so.

As well as attracting attention because of the colour, white socks are usually made of bulkier material and ribbed because they are mainly for sport. They look cheap and nasty with normal clothes, say fashion experts.

“Don’t even try to wear them ironically, they’re horrific,” says Groves. “Coloured and patterned socks are the big trend.”

3. Legs or cleavage – never both

Julia Roberts at the Toronto Film Festival
Julia Roberts obeys the legs/cleavage rule at the Toronto Film Festival

If there is one rule all women should follow, this is it, say the same fashion experts. “It’s the absolute golden rule,” says celebrity stylist Martine Alexander.

“One or the other, never, ever both. It looks cheap, simple as that. No-one with any sense of style likes to see it all at once,” she says.

The rule is about having one focal point, says Groves. “You don’t want different parts of your outfit competing for attention.”

It’s even emerging as a rule for men, says Alexander. The deep V-neck T-shirt, modelled by the likes of Russell Brand, is becoming increasingly popular and a way for males to show off their chest muscle. “Please don’t wear one with shorts, it’s too much flesh,” she says.

4. Vertical stripes are slimming

Vertical stripes at London Fashion week in 2007

The scientific world, as well as the fashion one, have been trying to work this out for years.

In the 19th Century, Prussian physiologist Hermann von Helmholtz studied the effect of stripes on our visual perception.

Historic rule breakers – US college girls

US college students
  • Went from rule breakers to changing global fashion
  • Made jeans, trousers and shorts acceptable for women

He recommended women wear horizontal stripes to look taller.

A study by perception expert Dr Peter Thompson in 2008 supported this, saying horizontal stripes which go across the body are more slimming.

But this was challenged in 2012 by an amateur scientist taking part in Radio 4’s “So You Want to Be a Scientist?”. Val Watham, whose mentor for the programme was Thompson, did a study that supported the theory vertical stripes are slimming.

The results, documented on her Facebook research diary, suggested vertical stripes make people look taller, while horizontal hoops make them look wide.

“My advice is to wear black,” says Thompson.

Fashion experts say any stripe that is stretched across curves, be it big bosoms or big hips, will make you look fatter.

“The clean lines are pulled out of shape,” says Alexander. “My advice is to approach stripes with caution.”

5. The tip of a tie should always cover the last button of a shirt but never go below your belt

The sartorial rules when it comes to ties, shirts, jackets and buttons are a minefield, say those in men’s fashion.

They’re also set in stone and for good reason – men often need a lot of guidance, says Bilmes. “The rules when it comes to menswear are arcane but they work.”

The tip of a tie covering the last button of a shirt but never going below your belt still absolutely applies to those in the industry.

“Any longer and any shorter and it just looks like a mistake,” says Bilmes.

The primary purpose of buttoning things a certain way is show off good tailoring and lines. But they also serve another purpose.

“The rules are all about sending out a subtle message,” says Groves. “Leaving strategic buttons undone shows the button holes on your suit or shirt are functional and what you’re wearing is good quality.

“With cheaper clothes often buttons are sewn on but don’t actually work.”

6. Never mix patterns

Clashing patterns at London Fashion week in previous years
Clashing patterns at London Fashion week in previous years

Clashing prints might make Coco Chanel spin in her grave but it is one of the hottest looks of the moment, says Dinsey. See Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders and Givenchy. Mixing fabrics is also big news.

“It’s edgy,” says Alexander. “Matching everything makes you look like you’ve tried too hard. Style should look effortless.”

Again, a bit of caution needs to be applied or you might make people’s eyes go funny.

“While we may remember our mothers or grandmothers espousing these socio-stylistic tenets of fashionable rule keeping, these days, often they are no more meaningful than any other personal preference when it comes to dressing,” says fashion historian Rebecca C Tuite.

7. Straight men should only pierce their left ear

Diego Maradona with an earring in his right ear
Former footballer Diego Maradona

The ear a man pierced was once thought to suggest his sexual orientation, the left meaning he was straight and the right meaning he was gay, say piercers.

Male rule breakers – the Macaronis

A Macaroni
  • Took flamboyant continental styles of the French and Italians to the very extreme
  • Wore towering, elaborate wigs, garishly patterned waistcoats and brightly coloured stockings

It was an urban myth, they add, but it doesn’t matter anyway as men now get every part of both their ears pierced, from the concha to the tragus.

“Ear piercing has gone past being symbolic of anything in this country,” says Brendan Mellor, manager of Holier Than Thou piercing and body modification studio in Manchester.

The favourite part of the ear for men to get pierced is currently the helix, he says. That’s the rim at the top of the ear.

What’s now debated is the age a man should stop wearing an earring, say those in fashion. “Anyone over 50 looks ridiculous, it’s a mid-life crisis earring,” says Bilmes. “Harrison Ford had his ear pierced in his 50s and even he couldn’t make it look good.”

8. Shoes and bags/shoes and belts should always match

They should match, but only if you want to look like a time traveller from a bygone decade, say experts. “This look really smacks of the 1950s when a sleek, matchy-matchy look was all the rage,” says fashion historian and trend forecaster Amber Jane Butchart.

“The Baby boomer, counter-culture generation really rebelled against it and it’s never really made a full recovery, except for some brief occasions in power dressing during the 80s.”

The look is too contrived for 2013, says Groves. “Nowadays being fashionable is all about being individual, quirky and eccentric – the Alexa Chung look.”

Anyway, women’s bags come in all sorts of crazy colours, fabrics and sizes now, you’d be hard pressed to get complementing shoes, he adds.

9. Blue and green should never be seen

L to R: Naeve Campbell, Claire Danes, Ivanka Trump
In blue and green: Neve Campbell, Claire Danes and Ivanka Trump

It’s not the only colour combination traditionally frowned upon, brown and black, navy and black and pink and red are also a no-no if the old rules are to be believed.

Historic rule breaker – Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette
  • Scandalise 18th Century France by ditching the glitz and adopting a more simple style
  • They were so simple the nation thought she was wearing underwear
  • By the 1790s French and British women had adopted the style

Then there is red and green which “should only be seen upon an Irish queen” and “never be seen without a colour in between”, according to traditional sayings.

“Often these rules come from how similar in tone and hue the colours are supposed to be,” says Butchart.

“People generally think there are clashing combinations, like pink and red. I don’t think anyone adheres to them now, blue and green can look great together.”

Navy and black is fast becoming a fashion red-carpet favourite, says Alexander.

“Black and a midnight blue look so opulent together. It’s what I suggest for a lot of my clients when they are picking out a dress for a big event.”

10. Never mix gold and silver jewellery

The fashion jury is out. It offends some. “Dreadful,” says Groves.

Others are more open to it. “It’s down to personal choice,” says Alexander. “I think it can work in a statement necklace but when it comes to fine jewellery I’d stick to one metal.”

Definitely match the metals of earrings and a necklace, says Dinsey.


1001: Guide to Shoes

Let me be surrounded by luxury, I can do without necessities.
– Oscar Wilde

1001: Guide to Shoes

Which shoes