Spotlight on Betsey Johnson.

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Empires may crumble but great leaders and innovators never fade out from the fabric of time. They are celebrated always with merriment and admiration. Betsey Johnson is no exception to this truth. After thirty-four years on top of the fashion world the, forever respected, designer has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. She was and is the epitome of fun, free and forever young. Here are some photos that bare witness to the great creativity and mastery that was the Betsey Johnson brand. Also, be sure to check her online store, as everything must go but, I have a feeling we have not seen the last of this original wonder woman.

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Vintage Betsey Johnson 1960’s

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These models were temporarily tattooed by Betsey herself by hand for her 2012 Spring runway show!

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This woman (above) is gorgeous. Check her and the other Betsey dolls in the video below.

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I’m in love with this dress.

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Go Gurrl! Not bad for a woman of 69 years old!

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We will miss you.

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The Perfect Engagement. A Vintage Diamond in the Ruff: Erica Weiner

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“I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.”
~Author Unknown

Real love is rare… unparalleled, absolutely beautiful and timeless. The same can be said for every piece of vintage jewelry at the, Erica Weiner shop, here in NYC . When you walk into this vintage dreamland you’ll never want to wake from, what you’ll find to be, the perfect daydream. Vintage lovers all around are buzzing about this treasure chest located on Elizabeth, between Spring and Kenmare street, in the heart of Nolita. Brides to be though are raving about their one of a kind vintage engagement rings!!! Brides.com, The Village Voice, ofakind.com, The Brides Guide… so on and so forth, are all enthralled and spreading the word. Look inside to see my fave five vintage engagement rings!

“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.” – Elizabeth Taylor

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173 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10002 Between Spring and Kenmare Streets.

Indulgence awaits! Continue reading…

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1.1910 Moonstone and Diamond Cocktail Ring

“Moonstone’s popularity hit its stride around the turn of the century, as several emerging design movements affected the jewelry industry and public taste. The Arts and Crafts style emphasized humble materials and semi-precious gems, while Art Nouveau’s tendency towards the fantastic and mystical increased the use of stones with more unpredictable color and luster. This beautiful cocktail ring, circa 1910, holds a luminous cabochon-cut moonstone (about 1.5 carats) surrounded by 13 small diamonds, each measuring about 2 points. The hoop is 14K.” –Ericaweiner.com

“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” -It’s a Wonderful Life

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2. Mad Scientist Diamond and Sapphire Ring

“We’re calling this 1930s jewel the “mad scientist” ring because the two 0.25-carat diamonds look like two little eyes peering out from behind poindexter-y glasses. About a size 6, the body is cast entirely in 18K white gold, with lots of nicely detailed etching on shoulders and sloped bezel. Based on the sturdy and somewhat dense setting… And MAN, are the diamonds nice!” –Ericaweiner.com

“All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.”     -Andre Breton

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3. Late Victorian Opal Trio Ring

“If you look through jewelry catalogs from the turn of the century, you’ll see that three-stone opal rings like this one were all the rage, having bounced back from the scourge of unpopularity the stone experienced after the 1829 publication of Sir Walter Scott’s Anne of Geierstein. It was a random and uncharacteristic moment of ill favor for this mesmerizing mineral, favored by Queen Elizabeth during the Renaissance and, apocryphally, by the Roman emperor Antony. This yellow gold late Victorian ring holds three blazing opals (each about 1/2 carat) in crown-shaped prong settings.” –Ericaweiner.com 

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” -Ingrid Bergman

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4.Turquoise Cabochon and Rose-cut Diamond Ring 

“The word “turquoise” is derived from the French Pierres tourques (“Turkish stone”), acknowledging the widely held belief that the stone was first brought to the Western world by the Turkish in the 13th century. As unfathomably old as that makes turquoise seem, it’s actually even older than that; its earliest recorded use dates from the 5th century (BC!) in present-day Iran. The Victorians were nuts about it, and this ring is a perfect example of late-1800s craftsmanship. The 0.8-carat cabochon-cut turquoise is surrounded by 14 rose-cut diamonds, averaging about 0.03 carats each, and all the stones are set in 14K gold. The juxtaposition of super-hard glinty diamonds and opaque, porous turquoise is extremely fun to stare at it, especially when you’re wearing them on your ring finger.” –Ericaweiner.com

“I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.” -Judy Garland

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5. Oval Sapphire and Rose-cut Diamond Engagement Ring

“The standout feature of this 18k Edwardian ring is the central oval-shaped pale blue sapphire, which is ringed with 11 sparkling and variegated rose-cut diamonds. The raised bezel has trellis-like openwork zigging and zagging its circumference and is clutched in place by fleur-de-lis shoulders. The sapphire measures about .40 carats in weight, and each of the diamonds is approximately .05 carats.” –Ericaweiner.com

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” -Henry Van Dyke

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THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MAGIC

*All photos and ring descriptions were take directly from the Erica Weiner website. Poshpirate.com takes no credit for ring photos posted or ring descpritions quoted.

‘The Twilight Zone’: Spiraling down the tunnle of WTF?

The other day I’m on the Perez Hilton site, right?……Well actually, it turned out to be more like a ‘Twilight Zone’ time portal. You remember the spiral one.. Yeah, just like that! Boo-ya-ka back to the story…..

About three years ago, I had a dream that would’ve had the most prestigious psychologist question my sanity. And of course… I thought it was just morbid and crazy enough to be the most brilliant idea ever! Okay, so not ever exactly, But it was twisted and it was different.

Caution: Before you read on, I would like to assure the public that I am very sensitive to the topic we are about to dive into. Still, the creative connotation of such a controversial concept and topic is Genius. It is because of how offensive, unlikely and unfathomable… even abominable the subject matter is- that makes it sinfully intriguing. This is just MY personal opinion. Continue reading