It’s All In The (Golden) Detail…

ysl logo monogram nude handbag

I’ve had so many comments about this photograph – it was just a little picture for my lookbook (see full post here), but the pale beige bag and the soft golden details seem to have won a few hearts! I really like gold against my skin tone, it just feels very warm and sexy. In my twenties, I preferred cool tones, hence the platinum wedding band/engagement ring, but as I migrated into my thirties I started to admire all things gold. Like a greedy, non-feathered magpie.

The Yves Saint Laurent bag was a Christmas present from Mr AMR. I have to say, he does have very good taste in bags, and over the course of our fifteen year relationship he’s bought me some crackers. (Good bags, not crispy biscuits you eat with cheese.) In fact, every single bag he’s chosen has been a bit of a classic and I still use two of them on an almost daily basis. (Some of the lesser-used are “vintage” Mulberry, from the olden days when they used very thick, heavy leather and styles came in three shades: black, light brown, dark brown! Blimey, that used to give me a workout when I was trekking about London going to castings – I reckon my bag must have weighed about the same as me. My model portfolio was like a coffee table book and then I had to carry my spare shoes, reading material, makeup bag, the requisite two litre bottle of water, my pouch containing gold bullion…)

ysl monogram poudre bag

Where was I? Yes, the YSL Monogram bag. A beautiful pale beige shade (“poudre“?) that is no doubt going to get dirty within the first three proper uses – I’m considering wrapping it in some cling-film, like they do with your suitcases in the airport. I love this particular version of the Monogram because it has gold detailing and I just have a bit of a thing for gold chains and hardware on bags, rather than silvery details. It looks great with the pale beige leather, too. I don’t think that you can get this exact bag anymore, but please correct me if I’m wrong, I’ve been searching for ages! I think that this is the same bag but in black*, and this is the same colour* but in a smaller size bag. (Bag experts, please wade in – I don’t actually know whether I’ve even got the style name of my bag right!)

bvlgari ring

The shoes are from LK Bennett (Cecilia, here* – use code NEWSHOES10 for 10% off, see this post for details and T&Cs); I had described them as “Grecian Goddess meets Studio 54”, or similar, but an Instagram follower uttered the words “Wonder Woman” and that was that. They are now my Wonder Woman Shoes. They’re a great heel height and, if you prefer something that fastens around the ankle rather than an open court style, this shape doesn’t cut the legs off and make them shorter, which can be a major ankle-strap drawback.

jewellery bvlgari ring

Finally, my ring is from Bvlgari. I’m going to make a video about this ring, because it’s quite special – Mr AMR found it in Hatton Gardens (a whole lane in East London that’s filled with jewellers’ shops) – but suffice to say, for now, that there was a big reason behind its purchase. I have absolutely no idea what the style name is – again, any enthusiasts out there, please do let me know in the comments if you can shed any light – but I’d describe it as a sort of “knitted” yellow gold band inset with lots of tiny diamonds. It’s possibly my favourite possession, but since I first had it my fingers have slimmed down – it’s a bit big and I’m petrified of losing it. So I rarely wear it; I must take it to a specialist and see if there’s some sort of fix…

There – my golden accessories. I’ve been scouring the internet for similar shiny morsels, if you’re interested – my picks are below. I rather enjoyed doing a bit of fantasy shopping! Maybe I should reinstate my Weekly Window Shop feature – what do you think?

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  1. Doobie
    August 23, 2017 / 10:55 am

    Do gifts this lavish make you suspicious? Has Mr AMR had affairs…?

    • Elena
      August 25, 2017 / 10:23 am

      What a weird thing to say.

      • Alice
        August 25, 2017 / 3:37 pm

        Doobie…. what an utterly nasty thing to say ! You’re not bitter and jealous by any chance!?
        We love Ruth’s posts , her style and good for her that she’s got a husband who also has wonderful taste.

        • Sandie
          August 27, 2017 / 1:49 pm

          Totally agree Alice, I really enjoy Ruth’s website and all her beautiful bag posts!
          Who on earth would leave a comment like that! He/she needs to go elsewhere to leave such daft and insensitive words.

    • Victoria
      August 25, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      That’s just really offensive. Take it elsewhere please!

    • Absmad
      August 25, 2017 / 5:18 pm

      What a bloody horrible thing to say to someone … !

    • Gulnora
      August 25, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      I have never posted a comment before, however, this just got me enraged. Disgusting.

    • Onya1213
      August 26, 2017 / 12:52 am

      What a hurtful thing to say…

    • Erna
      August 26, 2017 / 10:32 am

      I agree with Elena, very weird to say something like this. Maybe Mr. AMR just loves the mother of his 2 children very very much and likes to spoil her…

    • J Rose
      August 27, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      What a vile comment by Doobie. Mr AMR clearly adores his beautiful, clever, witty, charming and successful wife. What a surprise! This comment has jealousy written all over it.

    • Kathi Kavanaugh
      August 28, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Quite a few of us have long marriages, loving marriages, to awesome men, who love and appreciate us…for just being us!
      Your remark seems to mean you’ve not encountered such
      love and generosity from that person in your life. SAD

  2. Liv
    August 23, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Great post! I love all things shiny & gold. My husband calls me a “bowerbird”… The ring particularly is stunning, perhaps you can get one link removed to make it smaller?

  3. Jane
    August 23, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    Hi Ruth, I love mixing my gold, some white and some yellow all worn at the same time. You could take your ring to a jeweller and ask them to solder sizing beads inside the band if it’s not way too big, that way there is no cutting of the ring involved and it will fit better.

  4. Anna
    August 23, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Ruth, there is a very simple fix for your ring and that’s adding two or three bumps or nobbles to the inside. These act to reduce the size of the ring without any risk of damaging the style. All good jewellers will do this for you. Hope this helps. Love your posts and your upbeat attitude to life, totally refreshing. Anna xx

  5. Heather
    August 23, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    Hi Ruth, this is a lovely post. I’ve always been partial to gold, but I’ve found myself in the minority most of my life. My dark skin is much better suited to it than silver, bronze, or even rose gold. Your ring is quite gorgeous….and I’ve been partial to Bvlgari most of my life, too! Their jewelry has been exceptional and unique in the world of fine jewelry and I am still dazzled by them.

    Having enjoyed your lookbooks on both AMR and The Uphill, I’m looking forward to a video on your ring. Your content has been really enjoyable lately. Thanks for all your hard work keeping us entertained!

  6. Lisa
    August 23, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    I loved the weekly window shops!

  7. Alex
    August 24, 2017 / 7:33 am

    YES! Please reinstate weekly window shop! I used to love it. Xx

  8. Sumera Qureshi
    August 24, 2017 / 10:01 am

    What was the reason Ruth?

  9. Eleni
    August 24, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Nice post again Ruth! I liked all your accessories, but especially the ring! If it’s a little big, why don’t you try wearing it in the middle finger instead of having it altered? I always hesitate to give my precious items to “specialists” after the dreadful experience of having my wonderful Valentino wedding dress cleaned and totally destroyed! Anyway, I would love to see more of your luxurious possessions, because I like your taste a lot and most of all, I appreciate the innocence with which you approach all expensive items:) xx

    • August 25, 2017 / 7:39 am

      Ironically, it’s a bit small for the middle finger! x

  10. August 24, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Great post as always Ruth. I also love some gold accents on my accessories. Even on clothes it can add a little something. It reminds of a black, wool Day Birger Et Mikkelson cardi I bought a longgg time ago, which had a subtle row of gold sequins along the pockets, which was good for a dash of shimmer in the office :)

    • August 25, 2017 / 7:38 am

      Love a dash of shimmer on knitwear! x

  11. Jenny
    August 24, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Yes please do bring back weekly window shop – loved it! ❤️ Xxx

  12. Hannah chaney
    August 24, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    Yessss please bring back weekly window shop! I loved these posts. You look sooo good Ruth. I’m going to have to purchase these shoes now :-) also are you going to watch the tv series of A cuckoos calling? I think it starts on Sunday

    • August 25, 2017 / 7:38 am

      WHAT?!!!! How did I not know this! I am there with bells on! x

  13. Onya1213
    August 25, 2017 / 1:15 am

    Isn’t that the gold you started wearing after your acupuncturist recommended wearing gold instead of silver or other metals, to increase your body’s chances of conceiving? I must say, while I prefer silver to gold, Mr. AMR did good unearthing this ring.

      • evie p
        August 25, 2017 / 6:08 pm

        I wonder if this is why I suddenly crave gold (and that image makes me like gold more too!). As am broody…

  14. Wendy Brady
    August 25, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Love this! And yes please, re-instate weekly window shop, I like inspiration from you for things to buy or ogle! Love the watches, I have asked for one as my Christmas present this year from my partner and my little girl, I do love metal strap ones, but find them a bit hair pully, do you have any recommendations for something just as classy? Budget about £150-ish.

    • Anja
      August 28, 2017 / 6:34 am

      The Skagen watches have lovely mesh strap in all colours. They make beautiful watches and the prüfe point is ok too!

  15. Gee
    August 25, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    I totally relate to this post. My wedding jewelry and watch are also platinum and for years I felt comfortable with the cool-toned sophistication they gave. Since having kids I am only wearing yellow gold and I struggle to explain why. A yellow gold ring just feels more ‘me’ at a time in my life when I feel more content than ever before. :)

  16. Sandie
    August 25, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Gold looks super sophisticated and glamorous and grown up, doesn’t it! And such a beautiful YSL bag, sigh! |(And would love to see your Weekly Window Shop return but only if you can find the time!!)

  17. August 25, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Really, great post!!!!

  18. Maireaddy
    August 27, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Any small jeweller (not generally a chain) will be able to sort your ring out

  19. Anna
    August 29, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    If you’re worried about the ring slipping off, you could wear it around your neck on a gold chain?

    Love your style, as always! :)

  20. Sarah
    August 30, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Hi Ruth, I have a an eternity band as my wedding ring that was quite loose and they put some ‘shots’ (I think that’s what they called them?! Lol) on the inside which slimmed it down without having to change the band at all, all quite straightforward :)

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