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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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Today's Read: The Shoe Book

Today's Read: The Shoe Book

Assouline's new book - The Shoe Book - celebrates shoes as a form of expression, and takes us through the history of the one accessory women truly can't live without. The question is, what shoes can't Monica live without? See below for a list of some of her favorites...

1. The Statement Heel (Valentino)

2. The Black Pointy Toe Pump (Manolo Blahnik)

3. The Nude Patent Leather Pump (Christian Louboutin)

4. The Stacked Heel (Nicholas Kirkwood)

5. The Statement Flat (Charlotte Olympia)

6. The White Sneaker (Golden Goose)

7. The D'Orsay Pump (Celine)

8. The Grecian Sandal (Duccio Venturi)

9. The Satin Evening Sandal (Christian Louboutin)

10. The Bootie (Brian Atwood)

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Coveted: Pocket Watch Keys

Coveted: Pocket Watch Keys

Pocket Watch Keys were used by men at the turn of the century to wind their pocket watches, but for us they are timeless elements that can reveal our stories. They inspired our Pocket Watch Key Collection, which is full of both delicate and bolder pieces that can be layered, added onto bracelets as charms, or worn on their own. Here, we spotlight this essential that will never go out of style...

SHOP OUR POCKET WATCH KEY COLLECTION HERE.

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Inspired By: The Glamour of Italian Fashion

Inspired By: The Glamour of Italian Fashion

July is the final month of The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum. What better way to celebrate the show than with a few gems and jewels we think most fitting for the quintessential Italian woman?

1. The Blue Lapis Locket reminds us of the colors around the Amalfi Coast in Italy...

2. A chunky gold Charm Bracelet is something we would imagine Sophia Loren wearing, walking in Capri...

3. The Gate Cuff is a classic cuff to wear everyday running around Milan.

4. The Gate Locket reminds me of all of the gates and iron work all over Italy, especially Rome.

5. The Initial Locket could be worn with a gorgeous sweater and nothing else (maybe a bathing suit underneath) holding a photo of a secret from long ago...

*Feature photo c 1960: Arthur Zinn/The Image Works/Roger-Viollet

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Music Festival Dressing: What To Wear With Your Jewelry

Music Festival Dressing: What To Wear With Your Jewelry

It's music festival season! That means pillaging your wardrobe and jewelry box to find style-appropriate choices that somehow pull off both a chic and casual long-hair-don't-care vibe...simultaneously. Challenging? Not so much. We picked five outfit choices paired with our favorite Monica Rich Kosann pieces to bring your festival look full circle...

1. Try the floral patterned cuff bracelet with a black lace dress - or anything black for that matter - because you can't go wrong with silver and black.

2. Get boho with the petite initial gold locket, paired with a peasant blouse and jean cut-offs. A quintessential fest-friendly look.

3. Wear the Carpe Diem necklace with striped anything, and then don't forget your camera. You're about to capture the moment, seize the day, and if all else fails...gold always goes great with stripes.

4. Combine what's classic: the charm bracelet and a quintessential white minidress. It doesn't get any more timeless than that.

5. Pair the Pockwatch key charm (on a short chain) with a cropped or shrunken white tank and long printed skirt. The delicate chain blends perfectly with a good, simple white tank.

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Monica's Jazz Playlist

Monica's Jazz Playlist

It's the final week of the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City, so we couldn't help but tap Monica Rich Kosann for a favorite jazz playlist of her own. At a time when everyone peruses iTunes for all their favorite songs, Monica picks the tracks she likes to listen to on her record player (don't worry, you can get them on iTunes as well).

We were also inspired by Monica's Sugarloaf Collection (Art Deco Gold Jewelry Collection), which draws inspiration from the roaring 1920's, and is full of vintage looking pieces with a modern twist.

With an incredible record collection from her Father, Monica often entertains with music from the likes of Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Serge Gainsbourg and other jazz notables. See the top ten list she's created…

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