Girl About Town: Dripping in Simon G. Diamonds

Because a girl could never have enough bling...

Because a girl could never have enough bling…

The first time we attended the annual summer celebration of Simon G.’s latest collection of diamonds at Robbins Brothers, we thought life couldn’t get any better. After all, what girl has ever said no to getting draped in gorgeous diamonds. It turns out there is something better than that experience, getting draped in newer and even more gorgeous diamonds. From canary yellow engagement rings, to uniquely cut stones and edgy diamond encrusted serpents wrapped around your fingers, the latest Simon G. collection did not disappoint.

Pretty things - The latest Simon G. Collection at Robbins Brothers.

Pretty things – The latest Simon G. Collection at Robbins Brothers.

Yellow Canary Diamond from the Simon G. Collection at Robbins Brothers

Yellow Canary Diamond from the Simon G. Collection at Robbins Brothers.

Gorgeous Stacked Ring - Simon G. Collection

Gorgeous Stacked Ring – Simon G. Collection.

As Bloggers, Editors and all around fans of the line celebrated the pretty and sparkly offerings of the evening, it was hard to imagine what, if anything could top the latest collection. That being said, we can’t wait to see what next summer has to offer. No pressure of course.

Diamond encrusted serpent ring - Simon G. Collection.

Diamond encrusted serpent ring – Simon G. Collection.

Celebrating Simon G.'s latest collection at Robbins Brothers - Sporting a ruched black skirt with side slit, printed blouse layered with a statement necklace.

Celebrating Simon G.’s latest collection at Robbins Brothers – Sporting a ruched black skirt with side slit, printed blouse layered with a statement necklace.

 

 

Introducing Chic Street Shopping Tours

Chic Street Shopping Tours Los Angeles

Chic Street Shopping Tours Los Angeles. “Whoever said money can’t buy you happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”

We love fashion…ok, so you already knew that but we promise, we really mean it and to show how dedicated we are to promoting gorgeous, chic and timeless style, we are expanding Rue de Chic to include a new venture that we’re incredibly proud of.

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been asked “where do I shop?” and “how do I put a stylish look together?” by loyal readers and strangers alike. Inspired by these questions, we decided to show you exactly how to do this.

Chic Street Shopping Tours - The Luxury Tour

Chic Street Shopping Tours – The Luxury Tour

Chic Street Shopping Tours is your stylish guide to shopping in Los Angeles. We are proud to deliver a curated shopping experience with your own personal stylist. Whether it’s your first time in L.A., or you simply haven’t had the time to explore the première fashion that our gorgeous city has to offer, we’re here to help.

Chic Street Shopping Tours - The Vintage Tour

Chic Street Shopping Tours – The Vintage Tour

Chic Street Shopping Tours - The Mall Tour

Chic Street Shopping Tours – The Mall Tour

Depending on your style and wardrobe needs, you’ll be able to pick between our Luxury Tour, Boutique Tour, Vintage Tour and Mall Tour. Our shopping tours provide an exclusive experience that only the city of angels has to offer. Whether our stylists are guiding you through the pebbled streets of the famed “Via Rodeo” or introducing you to one of a kind vintage pieces, we aim to leave you with a style journey to remember.

Check out more details online at Chic Street Shopping Tours. Like us on Facebook.

Girl About Town: Celebrating 20 years of gorgeous style with Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone - Celebrating 20 years of delicate, feminine and elegant design.

Claire Pettibone – Celebrating 20 years of delicate, feminine and elegant design.

Who: Designer Claire Pettibone brought together quite a few stylish ladies and gentlemen to celebrate 20 years of creating feminine, elegant and delicate dresses and lingerie for her namesake brand.

What: Longevity in the fashion industry is not an easy feat. Claire Pettibone has not only mastered the formula for gorgeous style, she’s developed a lot of success and staying power along the way. The designer started her eponymous line with husband of 20 years Guy Tolemy and both the line and their love are still going strong. With red carpet regulars like Carrie Underwood, Cameron Diaz, Courtney Cox and Leona Lewis already sporting her designs, we can’t wait to see what the next 20 years bring for Claire and her brand.

The gorgeous retrospective took place at "The Castle".

The gorgeous retrospective took place at “The Castle”.

When: Wednesday, June 11th 2014.

Where: “The Castle” (historically called the Heinsbergen Building) on Beverly Blvd., in Los Angeles.

"The Castle" looked like it was right out of a fairytale.

“The Castle” looked like it was right out of a fairytale.

Every nook and cranny of "The Castle" was filled with absolutely gorgeousness.

Every nook and cranny of “The Castle” was filled with absolutely gorgeousness.

A toast for the designer, her family and business was held in the courtyard.

A toast for the designer, her family and business was held in the courtyard.

Sporting floral print at the event.

Sporting floral print at the event.

The designer's affinity for nature was present all around the event.

The designer’s affinity for nature could be felt and seen in her designs.

Notable: From the dresses, to the castle, the night was truly a magical one. Floating through the retrospective, I had to know the inspiration behind Claire’s designs. “Nature” she delicately mentioned as I congratulated her on all her success.

 

Beauty Pick: Vine Vera is luxury skincare at its fullest potential

Vine & Wine Event for the launch of Vine Vera

‘Vine & Wine’ Event for the launch of Vine Vera

The moment I strolled into The Courtyard at Sadie’s Kitchen Lounge in Hollywood, I was welcomed with a delicious glass of wine. The event was the Vine Vera “Wine & Vine” dinner to unveil the company’s latest offerings in anti-aging beauty products and since I was there to discover all the awesome benefits of Resveratrol (a key ingredient found in red wine and a potent antioxidant used to combat signs of aging), I happily obliged.

Newly appointed Wonder Woman --Gal Gadot is the face of the brand

Newly appointed Wonder Woman –Gal Gadot is the face of the brand.

In beauty, presentation is everything and I don’t doubt the team behind Vine Vera knows this. In between a delicious three course meal and several glasses of wine that inspired the products, Bloggers, Editors and Industry Insiders were treated to detailed info about the line, how the products work and even demonstrations. We oohed and ahhed at the Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Non-Surgical Syringe and couldn’t get enough of the Resveratrol High-Potency Powder  which was actually launched at the event that evening.

The products were inspired by various wines.

The products were inspired by various wines.

Vine Vera Chianti Relaxoline Collection

Vine Vera Chianti Relaxoline Collection.

So how does Vine Vera stack up against other luxury beauty products promising to help you turn back the hands of time? For the second time this week, I’m going to quote Beyonce and say #flawless. My pick is the Cabernet Collection which offers a high-potency cream, high-potency serum, high-potency powder and a cellular peel. The collection promises to leave your skin feeling silky smooth and radiant and it does exactly that. I don’t think I stopped touching my face all day after the use of the cream and serum.

My pick - The Cabernet Collection

My pick – The Cabernet Collection.

Infused with Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Avocado Oil, Seaweed Extract, and Resveratrol, you’re getting the best of nature’s offerings. To be frank, the products aren’t some magical potion that will make you look like someone else. Instead, they help you bring out the best version of your physical self. Your skin looks radiant and feels so soft  and smooth before you even apply any makeup that you almost think you absentmindedly put some primer on without realizing it. Plus, I knew I was hooked when I started worrying about what I’d do when my samples ran out.

Vine Vera products are available online. To celebrate Mother’s Day, they’re hosting a contest until May 12th where you can win 2 gift baskets –one for you and one for the special mom in your life. Afterall, who doesn’t deserve a little luxury?

 

Style at the movies: Belle is visually stunning and historically relevant

Belle

Belle. Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

How much is a human life really worth? Is one person’s life worth more than another? These are the questions you find yourself asking after watching  Belle, starring the beautiful and talented Gugu Mbatha-Raw and directed by Amma Asante.

Based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, the story follows the coming of age of a protected yet exposed character trying to find her place in society as a young black woman who has been afforded certain privileges because of her lineage yet denied so much more because of the color of her skin.

The story of Dido is poignant but also now more relevant than ever. It’s amazing that in 2014, we are still discussing the worth of a human life. It’s also incredible that the shade of the skin still carries so much weight on how we treat each other as human beings. This week alone has shown the bigotry that many still carry around thanks to the tape that was released of Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist rants. At least, in the 18th century, there was no pretense on that subject. Racists could be counted on to be openly racist.

The movie not only touches on the politics of color but the fate of the women of that time. So much so that you don’t know who to pity first. Treated as property, a mere means of advancement within society, the idea of marrying for love for women in that age was a luxury that simply could not be afforded. Put frankly, only stupid girls married for love.

As we follow Dido’s discovery of what it means to be “colored” as well her search for love and acceptance, a powerful moment in history is playing in the background –the Zong ship trial. The case acts as the catalyst that takes Belle from the sheltered girl living by rules created for her to a woman who stands up for what she believes in, including the love that she ends up choosing –John Davinier.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is elegant, fiery and vulnerable as Dido Belle

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is elegant, fiery and vulnerable as Dido Belle.

Director, Amma Asante and her team, specifically Costume Designer Anushia Nieradzik put up a beautiful display of life in the 18th century. From gorgeous silks, to beautiful brocades, it was refreshing to see a woman of color shine with such ease against the backdrop of 18th century aristocratic society.  Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s performance was one carried out with vulnerability and strength; innocence and beauty. Tom Wilkinson’s Lord Mansfield was beautifully portrayed with courage and compassion  while Tom Felton’s James Ashford was the perfect unrelenting villain.

Although the film takes certain liberties with Dido Belle’s life story, what her life and fight ultimately prove is that regardless of background, color or pedigree, we have all always wanted the same thing –to be seen, to be recognized and to be loved.

Belle is in theatres today, May 2nd.

Girl about town – Elle Magazine celebrates Women in Music

Actress Sophia Bush attends the 5th Annual ELLE Women in Music Celebration presented by CUSP by Neiman Marcus.

Actress Sophia Bush attends the 5th Annual ELLE Women in Music Celebration presented by CUSP by Neiman Marcus. Photo – Getty Images for ELLE.

Who: Stars like Sophia Bush, Sarah McLachlan, Kat Graham and Stacy Keibler joined Elle’s Editor in Chief and the night’s host — Robbie Myers at the magazine’s 5th Annual Women in Music celebration presented by CUSP by Neiman Marcus.

Stacy Keibler showed off her mommy-to-be body in a cut out black dress.

Stacy Keibler showed off her mommy-to-be body in a cut out black dress. Photo – Getty Images for ELLE.

What: ELLE celebrated its May “Women in Music” issue with a private concert which featured live performances by GRAMMY Award winning artist Sarah McLachlan, rap’s fiercest new voice Angel Haze, and Australian indie-pop-musician Betty Who. The event also featured a special DJ set by Rumer Willis.

Where: Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles.

When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Robbie Myers (L) and recording artist Angel Haze.

Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Robbie Myers (L) and recording artist Angel Haze. Photo – Getty Images for ELLE.

Notable: Betty Who’s electric performance had the crowd (and biggest supporter Sophia Bush) on their feet and dancing the night away while Sarah McLachlan’s beautiful and authentic take on her greatest hits and songs from her upcoming album left a few goose bumps.

Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham went for a bold skirt and blouse combo.

Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham went for a bold skirt and blouse combo. Photo – Getty Images for ELLE.

Zendaya rocked a plaid suit at the event.

Zendaya rocked a plaid suit at the event. Photo – Getty Images for ELLE.

Former One Tree Hill Actress Shantel VanSanten was chic in black.

Former One Tree Hill Actress Shantel VanSanten was chic in black. Photo – Getty Images for ELLE.

Rumer Willis was the DJ for the night

Rumer Willis was the DJ for the night. Photo – Getty Images for ELLE.

Betty Who performed and had the crowd on their feet.

Betty Who performed and had the crowd on their feet. Photo – Getty Images for ELLE.

Sarah McLachlan also performed a few hits after her red carpet run.

Sarah McLachlan also performed a few hits after her red carpet run. Photo – Getty Images for ELLE.

Had a little fun with my BFF and date for the night in the photobooth.

Had a little fun with my BFF and date for the night in the photobooth.

Style becomes her – Emma Stone raises the fashion stakes with her second Vogue cover

Emma Stone covers Vogue in an Erdem suede jacket and Rag and Bone Hat.

Emma Stone covers Vogue in an Erdem suede jacket and Rag and Bone Hat. Photographed by Craig McDean for Vogue.

We’ve seen her turn on her comedy chops in Easy A and Crazy, Stupid, Love. We’ve also seen her stake her claim in the style department with numerous, head turning red carpet appearances thanks to stylist, Petra Flannery. With a second Vogue cover under her belt, Emma Stone is proving that she’s a force that’s here to stay.
Emma Stone stuns in sheer Marchesa.

Emma Stone stuns in sheer Marchesa. Photographed by Craig McDean for Vogue.

The stylish red head got dolled up in the likes of Valentino, Marchesa and Rag & Bone for the May issue of Vogue, all while keeping her sense of humor and humility intact. The actress had everyone from Couturiers (Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz) to previous co-stars singing her praises –”She is just a breath of fresh air, she really is…what you see is what you get…it’s not pretend or a feigned humility, it really is who she is.” says Octavia Spencer.

Emma Stone in Valentino.

Emma Stone in Valentino. Photographed by Craig McDean for Vogue.

Emma Stone is a lady in Dior.

Emma Stone is a lady in Dior. Photographed by Craig McDean for Vogue.

Surprisingly, one thing that seems to keep The Amazing Spider-Man 2  star grounded is googling herself which results in not usually liking what she finds. Being called a “Bland Basic Bitch” would wreak havoc on anyone’s self esteem but Stone seems to take it all in stride and in good humor. At dinner, she now refers to herself as “That Bland Basic Bitch.” Pick up the latest issue of Vogue on newsstands on April 29th or read more about the funny lady online at Vogue.com

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