The Iconic World of Cartier

When it comes to naming the most iconic jewellery and watch brand of them all, there is only one name that springs to mind. Cartier is a name that is synonymous with style and elegance, a brand that has been beloved of Kings and Queens, both of the royal and movie star variety. As a status symbol, it is hard to beat, as Emily Seares says in an article for The Watch Gallery “…The vibrant, strong red of the Cartier packaging, the spine tingling flash of red like a Louboutin red sole and the prestige associated with it. It is like no other…”

Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, and by 1902 it was a favourite with royalty, shown to excellent effect by the fact that King Edward VII ordered 27 Cartier tiaras for his coronation in 1902. He was just the first of many royal fans of the brand, reaching right up to the current Duchess of Cambridge who was given a Ballon Bleu De Cartier watch by Prince William for her third wedding anniversary. This was a lovely touch from William, perhaps in tribute to the Cartier tiara Kate wore at her wedding.

Another royal fan who wore Cartier on her wedding day was Princess Grace of Monaco. The former actress Grace Kelly was given a Cartier engagement ring by Prince Rainier in 1956, and then wore a three strand Cartier necklace for her wedding.  She then often wore Cartier pieces for state occasions right up until her untimely death in a car crash in 1982.

Other iconic Cartier lovers include Elizabeth Taylor, who owned what became known as the Taylor-Burton diamond, a Cartier piece which was one of the largest diamonds in the world, and Wallis Simpson who owned the stunning panther bracelet (one of my favourite pieces of jewellery ever). More recently Karen Elson was the star of a Cartier campaign which fully acknowledged the allure of the brand, channeling Marilyn Monroe in her ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s best friend’ guise as she is surrounded by beautiful Cartier jewel boxes.

 

 

And Cartier is not just the domain of female fans. The iconic Tank watch has been a favourite since it was donned by Cary Grant and Clark Gable in the 1940s, with stylish male celebs like Tom Ford and Warren Beatty all fans of the rectangular faced watch.

A Cartier piece, whether it be jewellery or an iconic time piece,  is a beautiful sign of love and luxury. If you receive one of those special boxes, be sure to cherish it.

 

 

 

BAFTA 2017 – Fave Looks

The most important night in British film is always a good place to look when it comes to glamorous Hollywood Stars and the best of British truly shining on the red carpet. I am talking about the Bafta’s of course, aka the British Academy Awards, and this year has proved to be a bit of a vintage one in terms of fashion, with some really lovely looks including a suitably regal one from the Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen.

This years awards showcased a range of beautiful looks in a range of colours and styles.  There were strapless styles, halter necks as showcased by Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive and a range of sleeve lengths, with Michelle Williams opting for a 1960s style shift from Louis Vuitton (does anyone else think she looks more and more like Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby? Or is it just me?). Naomie Harris was beautifully romantic in Gucci ruffles and frills, whilst best supporting actress winner Viola Davis was bringing a beautiful touch of spring in her striped Jenny Packham dress which just showcased her incredible curves. (Don’t mind admitting I have terrible boob envy when it comes to Viola).

When it comes to taking a  fashion risk you know that you can rely on Emma Stone, a real Hollywood fashionista. This time her risk totally paid off. I LOVED her beautiful midi dress from Chanel that she wore over the top of a pair of peg trousers. The sparkle of the outfit and the otherwise minimal styling was so fresh and beautiful. I really can’t wait to see what she wears when she picks up her Oscar (we all know it’s going to happen!).

There are several other looks, all beautiful, that I really loved tonight. What was your favourite from the British Oscars?

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Viola Davis

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Penelope Cruz

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Amy Adams

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Michelle Williams

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Nicole Kidman

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Naomie Harris

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Duchess of Cambridge

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Emma Stone

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Ella Purnell

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Daisy Ridley

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Felicity Jones

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Thandi Newton

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Noomi Rapace

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Isabelle Huppert

Welcome to the World Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

I spent another bank holiday weekend in Wales, but I was so excited when I woke up on Saturday morning to find that Duchess Kate had had her baby, and that we now had a little princess. Today we found out that the baby had been called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, and I don’t think I will be the only one really pleased that the baby’s name contains a tribute to her beautiful grandmother Princess Diana.

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Kate left hospital fairly quickly on Saturday and looked wonderful after giving birth just that morning. Unlike the birth of George, when Kate left hospital on a gloriously sunny day, the weather was pretty chilly, so the photo opportunity was short and sweet. I have to say though, that I loved the fact that Kate had opted for a lovely yellow floral print dress from Jenny Packham. My post on Friday had been about how much I love yellow as a colour, especially on days when the weather doesn’t want to play ball, and I just loveKate’s long 3/4 sleeved shift dress, which was a simple and elegant choice. (You can see my yellow post here.)

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Get the look – yellow and floral – perfect for Spring/Summer

Petite Yellow Floral Print Tea Dress £17.99 click to visit New Look

Petite Yellow Floral Print Tea Dres

 AUTOGRAPH Online only Floral Jacquard Shift Dress £65 click to visit M&S


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Floral Jacquard Shift Dress
£65 click to visit M&S

Eliza Tunic Dress WH793 Was 99.00 Now £59.40 To £74.25 click to visit Boden

Eliza Tunic Dress

Lace shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/lace-shift-dress-lemon/122291000630008.html Product Number: 122291000630008 Colour: LEMON Online Exclusive £49.00 click to visit M&Co

Lace shift dress

Toast Shigawa Dress, Sulphur £135 click to visit John Lewis

Toast Shigawa Dress

Of course, excitement about the royal Princess is the perfect opportunity for companies to promote all things royal and girly. Personalised baby company My 1st Years has some really lovely things, whether you are celebrating the birth of your own little prince or princess, or finding a special gift for someone else’s special arrival.

Here are a few key picks from My 1st Years.

 Personalised Royal Crown Robe £30.00 click to visit My 1st Years


Personalised Royal Crown Robe
£30.00 click to visit My 1st Years

Red Crown Muslin 2x Pack £12 click to visit My 1st Years

Red Crown Muslin

 Personalised Prince Keepsake Box £15.00 click to visit My Ist Years


Personalised Prince Keepsake Box
£15.00
click to visit My Ist Years

 Not a Royal Bodysuit £8.00 Gift in stock £8.00 click to visit My Ist Years


Not a Royal Bodysuit
£8.00
click to visit My Ist Years

Princess Traditional Money Box £12 click to visit My 1st Years

Princess Traditional Money Box

To view all My Ist Years Royal inspired pieces, click here.