Category Archives: Jewelry

Guest Blogger Post: La Boutique Éphémére

I am proud to announce my very first guest post here on Life and Style Madrid.  My fantastic friend Heather Evans and her lovely boyfriend Jesús Hellín found an amazing market of hand-made items, La Boutique Éphémére in Paris, and took some amazing photos and wrote up a summary of it below.  I am so excited to be able to share this with you and a huge thanks to Heather and Jesús for their contribution!  Enjoy!

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Recently in Paris there have been pop up, indoor fashion markets in all the coolest neighborhoods. The most famous (and the most inspiring) is La Boutique Éphémére that assembles the newest & best fashion designers who all hand make their items. For a few days these talented designers get together to display their most recent work. You can find gorgeous, unique pieces from skirts to purses, belts to hair accessories , bowties to watches, each just as cool as the next… not to mention über chic.

Olivia Phélip is one of these designers.  Her line, Jicqy Les Mirettes sells bowties, ties, jewelry and head pieces. How did she become such a talented designer? Olivia was a teacher who had lost her drive and two years ago she decided to take a year off to study and practice music, one of her passions. However, she got a little side tracked and started making jewelry. Next, because her boyfriend started wearing unique ties, she thought it would be cool to get into making them, too. She started with bowties, then ties six months after.  For her first bowtie, she used her grandfather’s vintage Hermés bowtie as an example. She tore it apart, took measurements and, using her thigh as a ‘neck’, learned how to create beautifully handsome, impressive bowties. She also quickly included braided women’s head pieces in her repertoire – good thing!! They are ahhhmazing!

The chains used in some of the jewelry and head pieces are from a fantastic small store that sells pieces to make jewelry. Because her specialty is braided work, she incorporates these delicate chains into intricate braided pieces.

The fabrics she uses are truly unique. She sometimes takes fabrics from a fabric wholesaler in Paris that has the latest materials straight from  the Parisian couture designers (Hermés, Dior, Chanel…) She also collects fabrics from her travels; silks from India, kimonos from Japan, …  each of her pieces is powerful, has a history, depth and couldn’t be more special.

There are two very hip boutiques that currently sell her creations and of course sells online through her website.  She sells at some of these indoor markets as well as doing custom work for weddings, special events, etc.  (Imagine your groom & groomsmen with Jicqy Les Mirettes bowties!)

And check out this  video of Oliva Phélip or follow her on Facebook as well!

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Post by Heather Evans and Photos by Jesús Hellín


Diamonds are a Girl´s Best Friend!

Ever dream of being Grace Kelly or Coco Chanel?  Or owning their diamonds atleast?  Now you can live vicariously through them while visiting the special Cartier exhibit at the Thyssen museum in Madrid.

Enjoy gazing at over 400 pieces ranging from 1847 to present day.  Get lost in the glittery pieces such as early 20th century tiaras, art deco pieces, exotic gems from far off lands such as India and China, ¨Tutti Frutti¨gems (these are studded with rubies, sapphires and emeralds) and of course jewels owned by Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor, María Felix and Wallis Simpson.

Details as follows:

Dates: October 24, 2012 – February 17, 2013

Days and Times: Tues-Sat 10 am to 7 pm

Price: 8 euros

Metro: Banco de España

For more information, visit the Thyssen website.

Additionally, this is a great time to spend a day at the Thyssen, as there is also a special exhibit from painter Paul Gauguin that runs until Jan. 13th, 2013.  You can find information on the Gauguin exhibit on the Thyssen website.



Ring Trend Alert!

My friend Heather alerted me to a rising new trend of rings.  The idea is that you wear the ring above the first joint of your finger.  Now when I heard it I was skeptical but she sent me some photos and won me over.  I am particularly obsessed with this ring, I adore the arrow.  The cool thing is it´s adjustable-you can wear it as a regular ring or  the ´above the first joint of your finger´ring.

32 dollars by CatBird

Here are a few other ideas to get your mind rolling on this new ring trend-alphabet rings.  A small thin ring with a letter or small symbol.

This are 52 dollars each, also by CatBird.

Now if you want to hop on this trend-a few things to remember.  No giant rings-this only works with small, thin rings.  I am certain you can find them at cheaper stores like H&M, or even just regular thin rings that you buy a size to small so they fit above the finger joint.

Happy ring shopping!

Fashion Night Out Madrid: Store Spotlight: Teria Yabar

This year I made an amazing store discovery at Fashion Night Out and I will for sure be back to this gorgeous boutique.

The name of the shop is called Teria Yabar and it is a boutique featuring clothes and accessories.   Above all the purses and jewelry are beautiful and very reasonably priced.

I fell in love with these clutches which were priced at just 42 euros.  A gorgeous AND affordable boutique. LOVE!





I will be passing back into the boutique for sure.  Details in case you´d also like to pay a visit:

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Best Dressed Cannes: Diane Kruger

This year my absolute favorite dress was worn by Diane Kruger, and she actually  wore TWO of my favorite looks! So today´s feature is on her and her two (of many) fantastic Cannes fashion.


The dress , worn for the opening ceremony, was designed by Giambattista Valli  and she is also wearing Repossi earrings.  It looks like shes floating on water or something, just LOVE it!


This short number, a pleated, burgundy Versus dress dress paired with Jimmy Choo shoes was perfect for the Jury Photocall.  I would absolutely wear this outfit, adore it!

Fashion in Paper

Until November 18th, you can visit ´Fashion in Paper,´ a collection of outfits, jewellery and other accessories, all completely made out of paper.  There are more than 100 pieces  in the collection, all designed by fashion design students in Italy.

The best part? Completely free! Check it out at:

Palacio de Abrantes, Instituto Italiano de Cultura (Calle Mayor, 86. Metro: Ópera L2-L5)

Hours: Monday to Friday 10-6

Style Watch: Accessories

A friend of mine recently sported these incredibly bossy earrings at a bachelorette party and I fell in love with them immediately! Feathers and teal are very big this fall, so she is right on trend, if not ahead. I also was a fan of her bracelets.  As I always say, accessories make the outfit, and these certaintly did!

Carolyn and her earrings and bracelets


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