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This is the second installment a series called “Two of a Kind”. The series features the likeness of fashion accessories and interior design. Gorgeous cocktail rings and beautiful bedrooms are the focus today. Enjoy!

Ivanka Trump Black Onyx Ring with Diamond Accents | Lonny Magazine May/June 2011

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Arty Too’ Gold-Plated Swarovski Crystal Ring | Red Online Bold Colour Bedroom

Kenneth Jay Lane 22-Karat Gold-Plated Orange Resin Ring | Lonny Magazine June/July 2010

John Hardy ‘Naga’ Square Stone Silver Ring | Lonny Magazine Feb/Mar 2010

Yves Saint Laurent Multicolored Glass and Crystal Ring | Lonny Magazine December 2010

Tacori ‘Truffle’ Large Smoky Quartz Ring | Lonny Magazine July/Aug 2011

Charles Albert Agate Slice Ring in Nude | Lonny Magazine Sept/Oct 2011

Any “Zoolander” fans out there??




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This week I have the pleasure of featuring the amazingly talented jewelry designer, Joe Polthakorn. Joe is the owner and designer of Vilaiwan Fine Jewelry. He took time out of his busy schedule for a Q&A with me. My first glimpse of Joe and his beautiful line was when I attended a Sue Wong event to celebrate her Spring 2012 collection with my friend and Celebrity Stylist, Kendrick Osorio. Joe designed all of the jewelry for the show. Each piece was stunning and I knew I had to meet this designer.

Joe grew up in the jewelry business. He was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand and learned the ropes from his mother who developed a successful diamond business. In fact, Vilaiwan is his mother’s name. What a lovely tribute to her. I also found out that Joe is a fellow Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising alumnus. Go team FIDM! While in school studying Interior Design, he honed his design skills and envisioned jewelry that is more than an accessory but art that makes a statement. I think it’s safe to say that he made his vision a reality.

Now let’s hear from Joe.

Love and Rosen:  Tell us a little about yourself and jewelry line. What materials do you use?

Joe: My name is Joe Polthakorn; I am a jewelry designer, retail designer, colors consultant, nice, passionate, creative and ambitious guy. 🙂 My jewelry line is called “ VILAIWAN FINE JEWELRY” which is my mother’s name, which means “Beautiful” in Thai. She is my inspiration and I grew up designing in her diamond business. My pieces are all handmade with precious and semi-precious stones. We also have some mixed media collections like measuring tapes, leather and pincushions.

L&R: Your designs are all truly wearable works of art. I think I have a tendency to be attracted to statement jewelry because I prefer to simple clothes and bold accessories. What is it that you love about the type of jewelry you create?

Joe: Exactly. We are from the same planet; I also love simple clothes with bold accessories. I believe that accessories reflect your inner soul, passion and energy. They are like the extra substance that you put on your body to compliment your appearance and that’s how you choose to tell the world who you are in a way.

L&R: What do you look to for inspiration when working on a piece or collection?

Joe: Much of my inspiration comes from nature: flowers, leaves, dirt, etc. Also, textures. I love textures of things. Of course colors. Coming from my interior design background, architectural shapes and graphics all inspire me. Basically anything that is beautiful. Beauty and inspiration is everywhere, just depends on if you see it, recognize it and appreciate it.

L&R: Do you have a muse or type of woman that you design for?

Joe: I love strong, creative, passionate ladies who have their own style, know what they want and go for it!

L&R: What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far?

Joe: I have many exciting moments and feel very blessed that my line has come this far and has been honored by a lot of press and clients. But I must say that the most exciting moments for me are when I put the right piece of jewelry on the right person. It is like Aha! moment, that person shines and becomes radiant. To witness those smiles and sparkling eyes are my best moments. I get goose bumps.

L&R: What is your favorite accessories trend of the moment?

Joe: Hard to say as my trend changes everyday, mostly depends on my moods or what inspires me. My best accessories trend would be that you wear what makes you feel and look good. The most important thing is that you wear them and not let the accessories wear you.

L&R: What are you working on now?

Joe: Many things and they all exciting. I am working on my new jewelry collections and Vilaiwan evening bags, scarves and home accessories, which are coming out later this Fall. Mostly are one of a kind…. The special kind.

I can’t wait to see the new jewelry and product lines! 

A few of my favorites from his new collection…

Photography by Matt Sillapasoontorn

For more, visit: Vilaiwan.com and “like” on Facebook here.

Thanks, Joe!



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Ready for color? I am. Here are some pretty and bright finds that make my heart sing for Spring. ♥

See By Chloé Twirl Leather Shoulder Bag in Lemon
Barden Brook Cuff in Blue from Anthropologie
Bee Trinket Flats in Orange from Anthropologie
Happy Jeweled Headband by Ban.do
Giuseppe Zanotti Color Block Wave Sandals in Cloisonne Blue
Cabochon Cluster Ring from Banana Republic
Anya Hindmarch Mini Gracie Bag in Coral from Matches Fashion
Gucci Chain Strap Mary Jane Sandals in Green Suede

I had to include the item that inspired this colorful post. These Sapphire Skinny YMI Jeans caught my eye when I went to visit my friend Evelyn at the YMI offices.

When I wear a bold color, I like the rest of my look to stay pretty neutral. I can imagine wearing these bright skinnies with the following:

Teardrop Blouse from Zara

Cece Leather Ballet Flats in Tawny Sand from J.CREW

Kendra Scott ‘Luca’ Bangles from Nordstrom

That was fun!



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Lana Del Rey is the girl everyone’s talking about. Her debut album “Born to Die” just released and she just showed everyone how talented she really is with her recent performance of “Video Games” on David Letterman. I think she is so beautiful and I love the haunting and sultry style of her voice. I can’t get her song “Born to Die” out of my head. My next favorite has to be “This is What Makes Us Girls”. Lana recently landed the Vogue UK March 2012 cover by photographer Mario Testino. Such a perfect sparkling pink Spring cover it is…

(image via Fashion Gone Rogue)
(Interview Magazine Russia)

(Images via Complex)



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I am always a proponent of handmade gifts but it’s nice to mix it up sometimes. Here are some fantastic finds for Valentine’s Day or really any day. Enjoy!

For the beauty addict

1. ∞ Compact cosmetic lovebirds bag in red by Apple&Bee ∞


A bit of a splurge but so pretty

2. ∞ 18K Rose Gold Open Heart Stackable Ring by Cheryl Lynn Jewelry ∞


 I received the ‘A’ mug as a gift and I still use it almost everyday

3. ∞ Monogrammed Mug from Anthropologie ∞


Who wouldn’t love to receive a daily gift of chocolate?

4. ∞ Artisanal Chocolatiers Monthly Delivery from Chocolately


Such a chic way to stay organized

5. ∞ Panama Diary from the Rose Collection by Smythson ∞


Perfect to set your monogrammed mug on =)

6. ∞ Celestial Coasters in Green from Anthropologie ∞


For your foodie friends

7. ∞ Schott’s Food & Drink Miscellany Book from Jayson Home ∞


I so need this

8. ∞ Grey Leather Card Holder in Gold Dash & White Dash by Falconwright ∞


Simply divine

9. ∞ Arrow Ring from the Athene Divinus Collection by Odette New York ∞


I can imagine wearing this with a great pair of brown boots

10. ∞ Windowpane scarf in navy/ivory from J.CREW ∞



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I am on the hunt for color and this editorial feature of Annabella Barber by Jamie Nelson for Madame Germany February 2012 shot in Hollywood, CA caught my eye. Had to share a few of my favorites…

{images via Fashion Gone Rogue }

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Another feature on the latest accessory eye candy would have been fine and dandy, yet I was inspired by Victoria from the blog SF Girl By Bay and her post “Separated at Birth“. To spice it up, here are some really beautiful pairings of a stylish clutch and an inspiring interior that just seem meant for each other. In the process I was able to get some great interior design ideas for my own home.

Do you find yourself drawn to any one pair in particular?

Sondra Roberts ‘Pearl’ Clutch | Red Online Bohemian Opulent Living Room
Glint Silk Clutch | Lonny Magazine Living Room
House of Harlow 1960 ‘Riley’ Bag | Red Online Modern Retro Living Room
Rebecca Minkoff Amour Clutch | Red Online Contemporary Country Living Room
Elie Tahari ‘Colleen’ Clutch | Red Online Bold Bohemian Living Room
Alexander McQueen Scull Box Clutch | Red Online Bold Colour Living Room
RED Valentino Bow Clutch | Lonny Magazine Living Room
Felix Rey Gold Snake Clutch | Red Online Bohemian Living Room



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