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Monica's Inspiration Board

Monica's Inspiration Board

Every great artist has a process, and while inspiration for many comes from a variety of places, for us here at Monica Rich Kosann it can come from just a cork board. That's right, we said a cork board.

While digital pinning is probably the most popular avenue of giving and collection inspiration these days, we can still appreciate the physical delight that comes from tearing out clippings, collecting personal notes and trinkets and physically tacking those anecdotes to the wall. Have you forgotten thumb tacks? We haven't. We perused Monica's personal office mood board to see just what makes her collections tick...

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10 Pieces To Make Your Fashion Week Outfit

10 Pieces To Make Your Fashion Week Outfit

It's New York Fashion Week; and while many are focused on their clothing, shoes and bags, we're obviously focused on the most important part of the outfit: Jewelry. Just how a great scarf, or electric heels add a pop to an outfit that may seem otherwise ordinary, jewelry adds a special accent to even the most basic white tee-shirt.

And isn't that what NYFW is all about - figuring out how to achieve a unique look without being over-the-top? We love over-the-top as much as minimalism. After all when it comes to jewelry, more is more. But for those looking to just add little layers this week, here are our ten favorite NYFW Monica Rich Kosann staples to subtly make your outfit...

1. Ribbed Link Bracelet

2. Rosalind Link Bracelet

3. Diamond Shaped Earrings

4. "Dream" Moon Necklace

5. Kaleidoscope Gold Pendant Necklace

6. One-of-a-Kind Sea Charm

7. "Style" Tassel and Toggle Necklace

8. "Creativity" Mercury Wrap Ring

9. "I love you more" Poesy Ring Necklace

10. Round-Bezel Ring

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Inspired by: Lockets and Hermès

Inspired by: Lockets and Hermès

Ever since Grace Kelly slung an Hermès scarf around her to secure a broken arm, we've all been in love with the timeless, effortless versatility associated with the iconic accessory. But we all know one of the best parts of the Hermès scarf is what it's paired with. In this case, we couldn't think of a better coupling than scarf and locket. It's hard to say which piece is more elegant, and we've realized there's no need to decide, as they're definitely a perfect pairing. What two better things to drape around a woman's neck? We couldn't think of an answer, so here they are together at long last...

*Shop our Locket Collection here

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Our 5 Labor Day Getaway Essentials

Our 5 Labor Day Getaway Essentials

It's the Friday before Labor Day weekend, and hopefully you're either jet-setting somewhere, sitting in Hamptons traffic, or just taking a stay-cation in your city. Just as the majority of people never used to travel sans pocket watch, cigarette case or locket; we hope peoples' 21st century travel essentials still include an expressive charm bracelet, an image case with loved ones or a poesy ring with an inspiring inscription.

We are aware though, that the essentials for the present-day jetsetter include things other than keepsakes. It's why we comprised a list of the five things we think you absolutely need on your weekend away. Peruse our essentials and answer our question: What won't you travel without?

1. Shiseido Sun Protection Spray

2. Global Compass Charm

3. Dream Leather Journal

4. Ancient Greek Sandals

5. Saint James Striped Shirt

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Focus On: Earrings

Focus On: Earrings

Earrings are the upside to the end of summer. Let us elaborate; when it's hot, sometimes we feel more encumbered by extra hair, extra layers, and even extra bling dangling from our ears. Once fall hits though, we can't really get enough of earrings; it's the same feeling we have towards coats and jackets. These pieces are the upside of those back-to-school-doldrums.

That's why today we're celebrating all things of the earring persuasion. Earrings can say as much about a woman as her shoes; to us they're not just an accessory, but a means of expression. Which of these are you in love with? We're kind of obsessed with all of them...

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What's On Monica's Desk?

What's On Monica's Desk?

With fall around the corner, and Labor Day looming, we can't really help but start to have that "back to school" feeling. It's like in You've Got Mail when Tom Hanks says fall in New York makes him want to buy school supplies and - more importantly - send Meg Ryan a "bouquet of sharpened pencils". Even though the perfect bouquet for us would be of the gem persuasion (who wouldn't want flowers bedecked in jewels?) we can appreciate the sentiment.

We figured before the start of the "school year" was the perfect time to peruse the contents of Monica's desk. Usually we ask "what's in your locket?" but today we're wondering what's on your desk? Both answers tell a story, see Monica's...

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Iconic Image: Remembering Lauren Bacall

Iconic Image: Remembering Lauren Bacall

It's hard not to remember the first time you saw Lauren Bacall. Whether it was her iconic line ("You do know how to whistle, don't you?") in To Have or Have Not, or her performance alongside Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep, Bacall had a timeless style and sultry presence that no doubt continues to captivate our hearts every time we curl up to watch TCM on a Sunday night.

Today's image features what is arguably one of the most iconic Harper's Bazaar covers of all time. This issue, from March of 1943, was covered by Lauren Bacall, who had recently been discovered by the legendary Diana Vreeland.

*Photo from Harper's Bazaar

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Spotlight On: Monica Rich Kosann x J.Crew

Spotlight On: Monica Rich Kosann x J.Crew

Collaborations are everything today. Unlikely musicians like Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg make music together, luxury designers like Lanvin do lines for retail companies like H&M, and Victoria Secret models like Karlie Kloss design with eyewear magnums like Warby Parker. Most often in the end, something innovative and beautiful comes out of these exciting combos, and most recently one's happened in our own backyard - J.Crew and Monica Rich Kosann.

In a move to start a fine jewelry collection, J.Crew enlisted a few top jewelry designers - including Monica - to helm the start of the new line. Monica's designs come in the form of three very special luxe gold lockets, and are a testament to the storytelling and heritage that makes Monica's brand tick.

Shop the Collection Here.

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Inspired By: Making Colour

Inspired By: Making Colour

Since June, when The National Gallery in London debuted their exhibition - Making Colour (which chronicles the history of color and creating new pigments) - we've been intrigued by what colors inspire us and are our personal favorites. That's why we created shoots inspired by hues Monica Rich Kosann can't live without. Peruse the shades and combinations that make Monica's collections tick...

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Exhibit: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Exhibit: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Next week is the final week to see the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and we can't recommend it enough. Monica in particular fell completely in love with Charles James' work upon seeing it, and explained to us why…

"After seeing this exhibit I have a whole new respect for fashion design. Charles James once said, "In fashion even what seems most fragile must be based on cement." This is exactly what he did. The viewer sees how the ball gowns were built to become these incredible works of art. For a woman, wearing one was like becoming a beautiful sculpture. Each fabric and texture is placed with almost mathematical and architectural precision. His choices of mixing those was genius.

The exhibition allows the viewer to mechanically watch the deconstruction and reconstruction of each ball gown, piece by piece. One of my favorites was a ball gown, wrapping a woman up like a cocoon, and then blossoming into a butterfly - metaphorically of course. Only Charles Jame could accomplish that! They are truly iconic pieces of art." - As told by Monica

Charle James: Beyond Fashion runs through August 10th. For more information, click here.

*Photos courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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