August 2014

Insider Secrets from Tastemaker Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti

Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, founder of Vivre, a luxury catalog with an undeniably strong editorial point of view has a distinctively chic and global sense of personal style! Honored as a “mail-order magnate” by Time Magazine and one of Vogue’s “ten most stylish women in fashion,” Eva is one of the original and authentic taste-makers of our time. She was also recently a designer mentor on Project Accessories, a spin-off of Project Runway. The former investment banker launched her fashionable publication in 2001, which has since grown exponentially- reaching more than two million customers each year. The overwhelming success of Vivre and launch of  Vivre.com has much to do with Eva’s emphasis on classic and timeless style. Eva offers her customers an insider look at a luxe lifestyle to go along with her chic finds. I am excited to share some of Eva’s best-kept secrets and her insider tips, tricks and stylish product picks!

MM: What was your inspiration for starting Vivre?
EJL: I believed that I could create a catalog that had a very different perspective towards luxury. I had a lot of passion and a lot of ignorance at the time. There are always 99 reasons not to do something- and always one overwhelming reason to do it; the experience is always worth the mistakes you make along the way. Experience is the word for the mistakes we survive.

MM: How would you describe your personal style?
EJL: Traditional, classic tailored with a twist. I love to wear architectural, well fitting clothing with accessories that tie it all together! When it comes to fashion I am not into the over dressed look.

MM: What are some of your favorite recent purchases?
EJL: I found this long necklace with beads and different things hanging off of it at (Beads of Paradise) an antique store downtown unexpectedly, and a great pair of blush suede shoes by Prada.

MM: What are some of your fashion rules?
EJL: Wear what fits you and not just what’s on the pages of a magazine. If something is the “it” thing, it’s only going to be “it” for a second so go for what suits you best.

MM: Fashion pet peeves?
EJL: A look that is over dressed and over accessorized, and mixing things that don’t work together, flip flops in the city.

MM: What is your go-to outfit for day? Cocktails?
EJL: For day, a great pair of black or grey pants, a well fitted shirt and a leather jacket or blazer with sling backs! For cocktail, an original skirt with an interesting top or a beautiful pair of slacks. I am not a cocktail dress girl-I actually wear more dresses during the day.

MM: What do you wear on the weekends?
EJL:Lots of jeans-I love J Brand, and fun chords or twill pants. I also wear a lot of blazers and cool jackets with a variety of shirts to dress up the look.

Get the Look of Estate Gems: Jewelry from Ramona Singer’s New Line on HSN

Between wrapping up filming for Season Five of the Real Housewives of New York City and launching a new wine, one of our favorite housewives and my friend Ramona Singer has also added a new collection to her jewelry line for HSN.  This new collection includes some fun art deco pieces inspired by old Hollywood glamour — just like the ones you saw all over the red carpet this past awards season. If you miss seeing Ramona in action and are waiting patiently for next seasons RHONY, check out her third year anniversary show with HSN on March 14th at 5 pm.  You can also shop her collection online.  Here are some of my favorite pieces:

White Topaz & Diamond with Black Enamel Sterling Silver Earrings, $339.90
These dramatic earrings are perfect if you need a great pair of earrings to wear to a cocktail party or a black tie. I love how the black enamel makes the silver and diamonds pop.

White Topaz Sterling Silver Oval Pendant, $399.90
This statement pendant is special and looks very vintage chic. Wear it with a shift dress or even a crisp white button down and pants — a great addition to any accessories collection.


Bezel-Set Gem Station Sterling Silver Necklace, $374.90
Ramona gave me this gorgeous necklace for my birthday and it became my go-to piece during fashion week.  It’s so on-trend, goes with so many outfits, and is great for layering with other jewelry.


Ramona Singer is an astute businesswoman and a true aficionado of fashion with a passion for being a wife and mother. In addition to her role on BRAVO’s The Real Housewives of New York City, Ramona has taken the beauty and accessory industries by storm.
She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, with a B.S. Degree in Business. Ramona started her professional career thirty years ago as a buyer for Macy’s, and then created her first company RMS Fashions, Inc. Her businesses include Tru Renewal skin care, True Faith Jewelry, Ramona Singer Collections on Amazon and most notably, Ramona Singer Jewelry for HSN. Her line of pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings, priced $200 and up, was inspired by her love for estate and art deco, which she says she adores because it is timeless. Having conquered the design world, Ramona was inspired to create a skin care line, Tru Renewal, after struggling to find products she herself could use that were effective, yet free of chemicals that could potentially harm and irritate her skin. Her entrepreneurial skills have received praise from media industry giants such as Women’s Wear Daily, FoxBusiness, People, and Examiner to name a few. Ramona’s newest venture has her expanding to the wine world with Ramona Pinot Grigio.

Everything You Need to Know About Jewelry this Summer:
Carol Brodie Shares Her Best-Kept Secrets

From Harry Winston to HSN, Carol Brodie has accumulated a vast knowledge of information and celebrity style tips. Her virtual jewelry boutique, Rarities Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie, can be found on HSN as can her monthly visits which feature roughly 35 to-die-for new styles at affordably fabulous price points. If you are dreaming about wearing everything on Barney’s first floor… dream no more. Carol’s collection is chock full of her favorites… which are bound to become yours. Here are her tips for summer-fabulous sparkle:

What are the best investment pieces for this summer?

Blackened jewelry will be all the rage this fall, so how about starting now by buying pieces that pair gold and silver such as the Champagne Diamond Vermeil Disc-Shaped Earrings. The Indian Mughal Dyansty was the inspiration for these earrings which celebrate the sun and the treasures of the earth. A long layering necklace is so important all year long… try this one to update every summer mini and maxi. And don’t forget the cuffs… worn single or by the pair, cuffs always provide the necessary extreme makeover!

Buy Now, Champagne Diamond Vermeil Disc-Shaped Earrings, $3169.90
Buy Now, Smoky Quartz “Circles” Necklace, $849.90
Buy Now, Gemstone and Enamel “Dragonfly” Cuff Bracelet, $519.90

What is the one piece of jewelry that you never take off?

My obsession with the evil eye and hamsa hand go way back to summer holidays in Israel and Greece. My diamond evil eyes have so much become my signature that I am just launching my first ever Swiss-Made timepiece with the iconic design brilliantly sparkling on the dial. You can never wear too many talismans and I always suggest that the hamsa and evil eye should be worn together for maximum style and protection.

Buy Now, Champagne Diamond “Hamsa” Bangle Bracelet, $129.90
Buy Now, Blue Lapis and Sapphire “Evil Eye” Charm Bracelet, $224.90

What do you suggest we do to clean our jewelry in the summer?

My favorite summer secret is the jewelry bath. Gemstone and diamond jewelry gets dirty very quickly with sunscreens, soap and moisturizers. Mix the solution: 1 part ammonia, 1 part dishwashing liquid and 2 parts warm water. Bathe your jewelry (except woods, opaque gems and pearls) 10-15 minutes and use a soft tooth brush to gently wipe away the dirt. Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Your jewelry will sparkle like new. For all other jewelry like coral, turquoise, wood and pearls, use a soft damn cloth to clean away the residues that are dulling the pieces.

Can we wear gold and silver together?

One of my favorite things to do is to mix and match my jewelry – old and new alike. I love to layer. I start with an antique piece or one that is black rhodium accented. I layer in yellow gold, rose gold and silver pieces to create a thoroughly modern look. Don’t be scared to experiment… I wear every color and texture of gold and silver as long as I have one estate or oxidized piece to pull it all together like this Diamond Rose Vermeil “Fleur De Lis” Ring.

Buy Now, Diamond Rose Vermeil “Fleur De Lis” Ring, $359.90

I know you love to layer, any tips?

One of the things I’ve learned is to keep jewelry in PROPORTION. Choose one big piece and build from there. If you are wearing a chandelier or a long earring, choose a long necklace – 30 inches or more – to compliment the look and keep everything in proportion. Long and layered is a great way to get a big look while still wearing fine jewelry. Cuffs are my personal obsession, but when you wear them I would skip the rings and keep the focus on an important earring. With bead bracelets or bangles, the more the merrier. Stack them up half way to your elbow for drama and impact!

Buy Now, Cultured Freshwater Pearl 37″ Necklace, $589.90

I lost my favorite earring at the beach, any suggestions?

Repurpose your jewelry — there is nothing worse than the single or ORPHAN EARRING lying at the bottom of your jewelry box. If you have lost an earring with sentimental or monetary value, take the other to your local, jewelry repair shop and have them turn your orphan earring into a pendant, charm or ring.

Buy Now, Diamond Vermeil “Peace/Snake” Pendant, $279.90

To see everything presented on air you can tune in to watch Carol Brodie on HSN on Sunday, June 19th from 11am – 2pm and again at 9pm on Sunday night. Be sure to check out HSN.com and order your favorite pieces on line. Styles sell out very quickly and she does not bring them back as they are true Rarities!

   

The road from Harry Winston to HSN was pavéd in diamonds… Carol Brodie, International Jewelry Expert and host of Rarities: Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie on HSN, has transformed her career from luxury to HSN working with some of the world’s most exclusive brands along the way.Under the leadership of CEO Mindy Grossman, Brodie joined HSN in 2009 where she delivers a message of empowerment combined with a profound knowledge and expertise of jewelry to women of all ages. Leveraging the power of social media and her on-air success, Brodie has been able to reinvent herself from a luxury branding expert and advisor into an electronic superstar becoming one of the top-sellers in the fine jewelry category and gaining a loyal and devoted following of fans and consumers.
Prior to joining HSN, Carol was Chief Luxury Officer of CurtCo Media, publisher to a family of titles targeted to the world’s most affluent readers including Robb Report, Worth, Showboats International and Art & Antiques. In this exclusive position, Brodie lead strategic partnerships, special events, promotions and targeted marketing and public relations initiatives to position CurtCo’s most influential magazines as the voice of the international luxury marketplace.
Prior to joining CurtCo, Brodie was Global Director of Communications for world-renowned jeweler Harry Winston. During her eight years there, Brodie was credited with expanding the reach and image of the old-world brand to appeal to a younger clientele and introducing the concept of red-carpet dressing.
In addition to her work with some of the world’s most prominent brands, Carol Brodie is a sought-after speaker at conferences worldwide on subjects ranging from luxury marketing to international branding. She is also a recognized media personality appearing as a correspondent on Extra, as a style expert on E! Style Court and ABC’s Extreme Makeover as well as frequent appearances on The Bachelor, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, Today in New York, CNBC, CNN and Martha Stewart Weddings earning her the moniker: ‘The Queen of Luxury’. In 2004, Kiplinger’s named Brodie The Queen of Diamonds a name that has defined her expertise in the fine jewelry industry.
Previous to joining Harry Winston in 1997, Brodie spent four years as a partner at award-winning advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, where she managed the Diamond Information Center on behalf of De Beers Consolidated Mines. Not just limited to diamonds, Ms. Brodie has helped build luxury and beauty brands such as Barnes and Noble, Faberge, Ivanka Trump, Clairol, Revlon Professional Products, Maybelline, Matrix and Gucci Timepieces.
Ms. Brodie’s personal interests involve philanthropy, gemology and international travel. She maintains positions on the committees of several prominent charities including The Boy’s and Girl’s Club, The Chron’s & Colitis Foundation of America and the Food Allergy Initiative. She resides in Fairfield, Connecticut, Palm Beach, Florida and Manhattan, New York with her two children, Noah and Grant.

 

 

 

 

Buy V by Eva “Nusa” Multistrand Beaded 20″ Bib Necklace

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Buy V by Eva “Nusa” Multistrand Beaded 20″ Bib Necklace, $99.95, at hsn.com

  • Inspired by the movie Eat Pray Love
  • Bali
  • Adds texture to any top
  • Rondelle and round glass beads with hammered, pear-shaped metalwork
  • Available in black, coral, or turquoise

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Buy V by Eva “Serpent of Venice” Snake-Wrapped Cigar Band Ring

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Buy V by Eva “Serpent of Venice”     Snake-Wrapped Cigar Band Ring, $39.95, at hsn.com

  • Inspired by the movie Eat Pray Love
  • Italy
  • Makes a great set with the cuff bracelet
  • Available in sizes 5–10
  • Antique gold/silver tone

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Buy V by Eva “Serpent of Venice” Snake-Wrapped Cuff Bracelet

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Buy V by Eva “Serpent of Venice”      Snake-Wrapped Cuff Bracelet, $99.95, at hsn.com

  • Inspired by the movie Eat Pray Love
  • Italy
  • Pavé-set, round clear crystals with marquise-cut gray acrylic “eyes”
  • Makes a great set with the snake-wrapped cigar band ring
  • Available in small/medium or medium/large
  • Antique gold/silver tone and brass

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Buy Tagliamonte Aqua-Color Glass “Vestal” Sterling Silver & 14K Pendant

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Buy Tagliamonte Aqua-Color Glass “Vestal” Sterling Silver & 14K Pendant, $224.95, at hsn.com

  • Inspired by the movie Eat Pray Love
  • Italy
  • Chain not included
  • Mother-of-pearl and aqua-color glass
  • 14K yellow gold “flowers” accent rope-textured borders
  • Oxidized, polished finish in sterling silver and yellow gold

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Buy V by Eva “Royal Kingdom” Bold Triangle 8″ Bangle Bracelet

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Buy V by Eva “Royal Kingdom” Bold Triangle 8″ Bangle Bracelet, $29.95, at hsn.com

  • Inspired by the movie Eat Pray Love
  • India
  • Gold tone
  • Rounded interior
  • Bangles make great accessories for all seasons

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Buy Nicky Butler Multi Gem Rectangle Toggle Bracelet

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Buy Nicky Butler Multi Gem Rectangle Toggle Bracelet, $369.90, at hsn.com

  • Inspired by the movie Eat Pray Love
  • India
  • From the Raj Collection
  • Limited edition of 200 bracelets exclusive to HSN
  • Engraved with the NB logo and limited-edition number

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Buy Hutton Wilkinson Balinese “Eye of the Idol” Enamel 19-1/2″ Y-Necklace

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Buy Hutton Wilkinson Balinese “Eye of the Idol” Enamel 19-1/2″ Y-Necklace, $229.95, at hsn.com

  • Inspired by the movie Eat Pray Love
  • Bali
  • Black-and-white star and floral enamelwork
  • Gold tone
  • Bold, Tibetan-inspired design

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