Lately a certain blogger has been attending grown-up events which of course calls for a grown-up look. Being summoned to The British Residence to attend a breakfast celebrating British Luxury Goods hosted by Danny Lopez, who is only the Her Majesty’s Consul General.
A big deal, indeed.
I went straight for classic print mixing. The Escada jacket and Kate Spade dress combo with a turtleneck because it was nippy outside. My family is West Indian, so when in doubt I just go straight for the Miss Marple dowager look. I don’t even hesitate. Granted, the necklace has a skull on it, but pirates. Sensible lace up oxfords and that fake fancy bag completed the respectably eccentric look. I put on all this makeup in about 15 minutes. I have it down now. Brows. Concealer under eyes, a line over eyebrows and over the lipline. Wing that out to put light under eyes t top of cheekbones. Mix a little primer with foundation in your palm, mix together, smooth on face like moisturizer, go over it with a sponge/blender just in case. Brown and gold eye shadow. Eye liner. Blush. And today a classic red lip: lip pencil, then lay on color.
I decided to mess around with the wig a little. I curled the front section on my hair with my Pro Beauty Tools gold curling iron and covered the rest with the wig cap. Fluff up. Shake head around and then look in mirror. Done. Out. Gone. So loving these beautiful views! Even with stormy skies, NYC can be so breathtakingly beautiful. Also, a view like this is says ‘rich people hang out here’. For real.
Cozy little nooks, British artworks, and needlepoint pillows emblazoned with the Fab Four. So English. The ceramic poppies in photo 2 are meant as a reminder of WWII. All of us were there to celebrate the GREAT Britain on Madison Avenue event which took place fromantic November 5th to 8th. Brands like Alexander McQueen, John Lobb, Jo Malone, and Agent Provocateur were participating in a sort of luxury brand block party. From East 57th to East 86th, Madison Avenue was awash in Prestat Chocolates, afternoon tea, and special discounts. A percentage of the proceeds was donated to Historic Royal Palaces.
Halcyon Days, a purveyor of enameled teaware, jewelry and gift boxes, was on hand. Aren’t these things pretty? The brand has three Royal warrants or commissions, basically the Royal Seal of Approval. Basically, Wills and Kate buy their stuff. The Savoir Beds display. I meant to look closer, but I got distracted. Discovered a new British watch brand, Bremont. The watches are created and made in Henley on Thames in England. A sort of rugged, suave adventurer (like Prince Harry maybe?) would wear these while sailing in the America’s Cup or climbing Mount Everest. I really liked these watches, to be honest. It’s the type of men’s watch that would look good on a woman. Had a lovely conversation with Jerome of Ettinger. A luxury leather goods company founded in 1937, they also have a Royal Warrant. I admit that I’m not always a fan of luxury goods? But I do love well made, durable items and Ettinger’s wallets and card cases are guaranteed to age beautifully as you use them.
They’re also a generous brand; a little gold box was at everyone’s seat as a token of their esteem. Which brings us to the table. Oh, the table… My mom tried to teach me how to do this and of course I balked, thinking it was silly. No, I was silly. Seeing a table formally set is a joy. I mean, how gorgeous is this? Let’s take another look, shall we? The retailers from Halcyon Days, Bremont and Ettinger answer questions on the tradition of British luxury goods, how and where they’re made, and why that’s relevant in today’s retail conversation.
Basically, when you move up in the world and aspire to show your improved status, you want to invest in better things as opposed to just spending for looks. A well made watch is useful, and a reminder of how you earned the money to buy it. Enameled china is a hint to your guests that you know what’s what. A gorgeous leather wallet whispers money every time people see it.
It’s not just vanity, either. Luxury goods are an investment in yourself, the brand, and the economy of the country where they’re made. This is me at the table sneaking a look at what was in the Ettinger box. Yum. Then I noticed that our plates were monogrammed. I ate off of Royal China on a cloudy Thursday morning in New York.
Can you imagine?
Next up: the Innocos Digital Beauty Conference and Beauty 20 Awards