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Precious Online Shop Opens

spoilt for choice Precious online shop opens

We are thrilled to announce that our new online shop is now open.

We hope you will be spoilt for choice!

Happy Shopping

www.precious-london.com

Precious One wins FiFi Award for Best New Independent Fragrance 2012

Angela and I had a wonderfully glamourous evening at the Fragrance Foundation UK, annual FiFi Awards. Having been shortlisted, amongst other very respected perfumers, Roja Dove, Jo Malone (with her new brand Jo Loves) and Byredo – we were very excited and also a little nervous. With the entire great and the good of the UK Fragrance Industry and many other celebrity guests including Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Nancy Dell’Olio – all gathered together this was a super glamourous event.


The Award for Best New Independent Fragrance was judged by a panel of eight Jasmine Award winning beauty writers including Persolaise and Henry Farrar Hockley of the Sunday Times Style Magazine, seen here with us at the pre dinner champagne reception. And you can read what Persolaise thought of Precious One here on his fabulous blog.

The tables were beautifully set for dinner, followed by speeches and entertainment from Blue – who were great! Who was at our table – we had a lovely evening mixing with Jo Malone, the team from Selfridges beauty and Cartier fragrance. And then the moment arrives – it’s Award time!

Judge Vicci Bentley announcing the winner for Best Independent Fragrance 2012 Precious One by Angela Flanders. What a very proud moment as we walked up to the stage through all those tables!  Wow!!
Angela with her coveted glass FiFi Award for Precious One.
If you would like to see all the pictures from the evening you can do so here 

FiFi shortlist Precious One

We are thrilled to announce that Precious One, the fragrance created exclusively for us by perfumer Angela Flanders, has been shortlisted for Best Independent Perfume by the Fragrance Foundation

 

The four finalists are:

Mister Marvelous from Byredo
Pomelo from Jo Loves
Precious One from Angela Flanders
Reckless from Roja Parfums

The winner will be announced at the FiFi Awards ceremony on 17th May.

Fresh Inspiration from Bill Cunningham…

It’s not always easy to be inspired – and apologies to you all for the lack of Pearls of Wisdom over the past two months. All I can say in my defence is that other things caught up with me – exciting and positive projects – more news to follow soon. We should always endeavour to be inspired, even by the simple things in life, and particularly by the arrival of Spring.

At the weekend I was lucky enough to see Bill Cunningham The Movie. If you can catch it do. The man is a total inspiration. At 82 Bill is still out researching his weekly column for the New York Times, On The Street. He is totally inspiring, and devoted to what he does. Don’t only see the movie. I suggest that you start looking at Bill’s weekly column on line here 

OK so this week Bill says it’s all about shoes – flat shoes which signify the beginning of Spring in New York. Boots are out now and Ballet flats are in and to be seen everywhere – which means maybe it’t time to lighten up, get into the Spring mood and treat your self to a new pair of Bloch flats!

Bloch classic flat £120

Screenings of Bill Cunningham The Movie can be found here

Style Icon – Margaret Thatcher

Mrs Thatcher at the Conservative Party Conference (guardian.co.uk)

Now Margaret Thatcher may be an unlikely style icon for us to select, but with the recent release of the Thatcher biopic, The Iron Lady only last week, it seems there is a surge of interest in her sartorial style.  Now I am not suggesting that there is suddenly going to be a trend to don, bright blue jackets and skirts, have a bouffant hair do and carry a lady like handbag (although I do rather like the idea of that) but it has been clear for some time now, since buying the SS12 collections last year, that shall we call it “Thatcher Blue” was making a comeback.

Several of our favourite collections, here at Precious, including Carven, Moschino Cheap & Chic, and DVF all championed brighter shades of blue. It is a clear trend this season, and one we thought was perfect for working the look.

 

Thatcher blue on the Carven Runway

and again with this cute peplum dress from Moschino Cheap & Chic

You get the idea, take the colour trend and make it your own, rather that copy the style. Interestingly enough, at the time Mrs T was never considered a style icon, and I think it’s because she adopted her own way of dressing, and stuck to a formula that really did work for her. Something we can all think about, especially when choosing clothes for work or business.

Meryl Streep as Mrs Thatcher (eveningstandard.com)

 

Meryl Streep’s performance is strongly tipped for Oscar success, I was lucky enough to see a pre screening of The Iron Lady back in December and can highly recommend the film, really for Ms Streep’s fantastic portrayal.

Maybe the January blues aren’t so bad after all!

 

 

Elizabeth Taylors Jewels

Elizabeth Taylor is one of our Style Icons here at Precious.

Earlier in September I was invited along to a Private Viewing of some of Elizabeth Taylor’s amazing jewellery collection at Christies in London. Can you imagine my excitement! This was  a very special invitation and not to be missed.

The Taylor Diamond – all 33 carats of it -wow!

Not only could we see about 58 lots of some of the most famous jewels in Hollywood, including the now famous 33ct Taylor diamond, and the beautiful engraved heart shaped diamond pendant from Richard Burton, we could try on and hold these wonderfully famous pieces. Jewellery always seems to carry a story with it, and these iconic pieces still seem to hold the resonance of the Taylor/Burton romance all these years later.

Beautiful diamond earrings in an 18th century design

“I never, never thought of my jewellery as trophies,” Elizabeth Taylor, wrote. “I’m here to take care of them and to love them. When I die and they go off to auction I hope whoever buys them gives them a really good home.”

The evening auction on the 13th December, in New York, is for the finest 80 pieces of jewellery, with an ongoing on line auction of memorabilia, jewellery and fashion accessories running from the 3rd to 17th December.

Well girls – you could always add it onto your wishlist for Santa – it’s just in time for Christmas and well, you never know!

Sam Cam’s Red Shoes


 

Samantha Cameron, looked as chic as ever at last night’s British Fashion Awards, but has in today’s press been critcised for wearing a pair of shoes that cost £595. Mrs Cameron, was sporting these rather lovely Charlotte Olympia red satin platform court shoes. Here at Precious, we’ve long been a fan of a pair of red shoes to complement a black dress – it’s a great way to add a pop of colour and can be a great talking point too.

Lola Cruz shoes £145

 

So this rather reminded us of our lovely Lola Cruz pony skin pointed courts which look just as stunning with a little black dress, a pair of jeans or a red dress for that matter and only cost a mere £145.

Perfect for playing Santa in!

 

Photo of Samantha Cameron courtesy of the Daily Telegraph Rex

The Frog Prince

 

Well they say you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your Prince….and maybe that’s true. I think that you have to believe that it will be worth it in the end.  One of our favourite new blogs on the block is The Plankton, a very well written and often wry blog with a daily post about the trials and tribulations of a single divorced mum, with kids, in the dating game. It’s wry, funny and often heart-warming.

Anyway to help you practise on your quest for the Prince, we have tracked down these cute frog rings from Paris. They look suprisingly good on the finger, and come in quite handy for kissing practise….until you find your Prince that is.

As for me…no comment just yet…we’ll wait and see if the frog kissing works!

As for The Plankton – maybe we should send her a frog ring?

Frog rings from Precious £29

The Plankton Blog 

 

We’re loving Lucza

With the clocks going back, and winter nights really drawing in now, we are more than a little in love with our newest find – Lucza.

Finding ourselves more inclined to cosy up indoors with a great DVD, supper a deux, or maybe even Saturday night Strictly & X Factor – how’s a girl to add that extra “wow” factor? We think we have the answer for you – why not slip into something chic, elegant and comfortable at the end of a long day. Why not come and discover Lucza.

Karen Scofield

Style savvy, New Yorker, Karen Scofield launched Lucza in April 2011 after searching unsuccessfully for pieces she could “throw on without thinking and look instantly chic yet completely comfortable” whether for entertaining or dinner at home with her family.

Lucza is a luxury lifestyle brand specializing in timeless, elegant and truly effortless wardrobe essentials made with the finest fabrics and the highest quality finish. Designed for modern, sophisticated women with demanding lifestyles, Lucza’s capsule collections can be dressed up or down, providing endless styling options whatever the occasion or mood.

Lucza Tunic and Skinny Pants

The label specialises in classic essentials in high quality fabrics that are suited to women looking to strike a balance between practicality and style; pieces that last a lifetime, travel well and offer multiple wardrobe solutions.   The new A/W collection includes the perfect black trousers in two flattering easy to wear styles, luxuriously soft cashmere sweaters, silk trousers to be dressed up or down and gorgeous alpaca/wool gilets that are hand knit in the UK.

Not surprising then that Samantha Cameron, Mariella Fostrup and Erin O’Connor are already fans!

www.lucza.com

For three days only from November 30th to December 2nd Precious will be host to Lucza Pop Up Shop – usually only sold on line – this is an exclusive opportunity to come in and try these easy pieces on for yourself, and better still come in on the evening of Wednesday 30th November and meet Karen in person.


Precious One

 

At last we have our own fragrance for Precious – developed exclusivly for us by perfumer Angela Flanders we are thrilled to have this new addition…it’s actually quite addictive!

Rich in exotic fleurs de nuit, tuberose and jasmine lend their seductive perfume to the top notes of this fascinating fragrance. Floating on a base of softest green chypre, oak moss lends it’s warm distinctive scent and beautiful colour to the heart, whilst deep in the base echos of intriguing smoky depth of vetiver, and other magic ingredients reveal themselves. As comforting and warm as a length of precious, green cashmere gauze.

 

 

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