Friday, April 29, 2011

Catch the Royal Wedding Fever...Catch It

I’m not sure that I ever announced this on the blog but my grandmother passed away this past summer. It happened while I was in England, on the day that I was presenting at a conference in Exeter and, because I was only due to be in the UK for another month at that point and it would have been really, really expensive to fly to Canada for a few days, I was unable to attend her funeral. Anyways, my grandmother lived an incredibly full (after her three children were grown she moved to Vienna and lived there alone for several years – to me this has always been the most romantic and daring of her many achievements and adventures) and very long life. She was also a member of the Elk Lodge (kind of like the Free Masons for women) in Canada and my family recently sent me these gorgeous pieces of jewelry that were a part of her Elk regalia (I’ve always had a thing for my grandmother’s sparkly jewelry (surprised?) and over the years I’ve been gifted a number of beautiful vintage by her including my prized possession of a stunning green Austrian crystal bracelet that I wore at my wedding). Aren’t they lovely? I’m thrilled to have this small legacy from grandmother and wanted to share them.













Also, all of my royal wedding dreams have come true because the bride wore McQueen and, even though I know a lot of people were less that thrilled with several of the fascinators (I think it's been a while since the term "hot mess" has been so liberally thrown around the interweb) but I seriously and truly loved them all! As a historian of Britain I can tell you that watching the royal wedding was like getting in a time machine and seeing the spectacle and large scale public rejoicing associated with, for example, the public entry of Elizabeth I into London in 1558 or the marriage celebrations held for Jane Seymour and Henry VIII. It was amazing and I loved every minute!!!

















images from style.com

Finally, the Overtop the Top Swap happens today and tomorrow at Edmonton’s Telus Field! So if you are in that area, check it out.

47 comments:

Isabel said...

ahh im so glad i got up to watch to royal wedding.
im also very sorry about your grandmother.

Michelle said...

That cuff is gorgeous!! I loved watching history in the making - I got teary several times. The hats are all amazing!!

Have a great weekend,
Michelle

Bonnie said...

I was mostly concerned with what Victoria and David Beckham would be wearing. That is the couple I really care about in all of this Royal Wedding madness.
Kate Middleton's dress is really pretty, though. It looks like something I would wear. Maybe. If it was shorter. And showed more skin.
SLUT ALERT.

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StyleID said...

OMG her jewelry is beautiful! I love the detail in each of those pieces.
Thanks for sharing [royal] wedding pictures ... I, of course was sleeping when it all happened, did not record so I am getting a little from here and there.

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Emma said...

These are Beautiful pieces!

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh those are sooo pretty!
and yes I LOVED Kate's dress...so gorgeous :D
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Marie a la Mode said...

Sorry to hear about your Grandma. Her vintage jewelry is beautiful and I'm sure it means a lot to you that they were passed down to you.

P.S. I HATED Eugenie's hat!!

Courtney Laura said...

That jewelery is amazing!! Wow! that's such a neat thing to have :)

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FASHION ICE said...

that is some gorgeous jewelry! and kate looks stunning! love all the cool hats too

Jennifer Fabulous said...

The vintage jewelry your grandmother passed on to you is stunning. You're very lucky to have such beautiful mementos of her.

I agreed, the wedding was spectacular. My favorite part was watching the couple ride in the horse carriage afterwards, for the exact same reason you said. It felt like a step back in time. It was a real fairytale...

I also feel satisfied that the marriage will last. The two have been together for a long time, are a proper age to marry, and I can't imagine Will treating his wife the way his father treated his mother...

laura said...

I love all the pieces you've inherited from your grandmother, especially the cuff.

And I totally slept in and didn't get up until 9 am, totally missing the royal wedding. When I saw Kate's dress, I was soooo super impressed. It is huge and lovely. But I didn't see the pictures of David and Victoria Beckham until now! And ooooh lala. I did not think he could look any hotter.
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Kristin said...

How lovely to have such wonderful mementos to remember your grandmother by! And I'm still dying over Pippa's dress. Kate looked gorgeous of course...but that bridesmaid dress...LOVED!

Chelsea Lane said...

love this! yay for royal wedding and special jewelry ;)

xoxo

jamie-lee said...

sorry to hear about your grandmother - looks like she leftyou some very beautiful pieces.

haha yes... I often said last night oh she looks nice, if she wasn't wearing that hat lol

fashion said...

Very beautiful jewelry!!!!Kiss

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Sarah said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother.

Those pieces of jewelry are lovely.

Sarah
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Clélia C. said...

Alexander Mcqueen dress :)

Cat said...

How sweet that you have these wonderful pieces from your grandma to remember her by!

Love your Royal Wedding round-up...I saw that pic of the two girls in those crazy hats on another blog and they were jokingly called the "ugly step sisters"...due to those hats...what is up with those hats?!?!? (I think they are William's cousins?).

Happy weekend, dear!

xx Cat brideblu

jess said...

Your jewelry is so pretty. I love Kate Middleton's dress. I loved seeing all of the fancy hats.

Annebeth said...

sorry to hear about your grandmum. You have lovely items to remember her by, she sounds like an amazing woman!

I loved Kate's dress too, McQueen was the perfect choice :)

Christie said...

I loved the ceremony and see all of the attire. The beckhams looked amazing too!

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Catita said...

great post, a find it is a nice honor you made to your grandma by telling us about her life and her achievements. And well how not to bring the Royal wedding topic on, I must say that David Beckham was superb! e a am honestly not into man fashion but wowwww! It shows he is married to Posh because he looked amazing, I can't get enough of what he wore and how he had his hair....I feel like I am a 14 year old with a major crush but seriously, he really blew me away!
xoxo

Minnesota Maven said...

I love that jewelry! I'm always into family jewels-I have many of my grandmother's pieces that are highly cherished.

On the royal wedding front I have to say I love pippa's dress, she looked amazing! Kate is always lovely and I think her dress is a timeless piece that will look good years to come. The fascinators however-I really don't even know what to say except for hot mess.

wilybrunette said...

your grandmother sounds like she was a truly spectacular woman!

Angga said...

That cuff is gorgeous and your grandmother was an awesome woman through her entire life!!
I wish my grandmother would pass me some of her stuff, but I think she end up throwing most of it away when she moved in with my aunt, my family is not that big on passing family heirloom, but now my mom and I start doing it and I surely pass it to my daughter.
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Claire said...

love those pieces of jewelry. they're beautiful, and even more special because they belonged to your grandma. i love wearing my grandma's jewelry, even her costume jewelry. i remember as a kid she'd always buy so many bright pieces which at the time seemed gaudy, and now i LOVE 'em and can't get enough of 'em! it's just nice to have a piece of her.

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Carrie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your gram, but so happy you got to have some of her treasures. Those are wonderful keepsakes!

And re: the Royal Wedding? I lost my beans. Still feel like I'm on some kind of high from it all...it was marvelous and touching and heartfelt and I think I'll stop now.

xo,
C

Jessie said...

The royal wedding was so amazingggggggggggg

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Mirror of Fashion said...

I recently got a saphire ring from my grandmother. I immediately put up a picture on which she's wearing it in my living room. I love vintage jewellery and if it's a family piece it feels like you're wearing a bit of history on you.

joana said...

thiis is absolutely PERFECT

blorange dice said...

wow, your grandmother's jewelry was amazing! she sounds like she was a wonderful person. i have some of my grandmom's jewelry too, and it's such an amazing way to remember her.

sincerely, YCM said...

I loved the royal wedding! I was dying the whole time. You grandmother's jewelry is insane! Each piece is beautiful!

Sincerely,
L

Tinfoils Tiaras said...

What beautiful jewellery your grandmother had! My favourite pieces are from my grandmother as well- when she passed away I inherited a lot of the pieces. I must admit that I didn't watch the royal wedding- I just googled pics of Kate's wedding dress :)

Kavery said...

Great for an Anglophile to have these pieces. I confess to being excited by the Royal wedding!

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THE-LOUDMOUTH said...

I'm totally not into the whole RW craze, but her dress is pretty freakin' gorge. I also love the story about your grandmother and her jewelry.

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Pop Champagne said...

the pins are nice, I like the dangly ones, and I didn't get up at 5am to watch the royal wedding, I watched the 5 min recap that night haha, Kate looked beautiful with her dress though!

Ellie said...

I have to admit that when it came time for the wedding, I was SO over it all, but I did think she looked absolutely flawless. Hot mess? People are crazy! That dress was fantastic! I was a bit upset that my chances at becoming a princess were slashed in half, but that's okay...there's still one left ;)
Have a great day!
-Ellie

Pratishtha Durga said...

Wow! Great stuff from your grandmother.

Loved every bit of the royal wedding. Hope you have a great week ahead.

Diana Mieczan said...

Those jewelry pieces are so stunning, darling and Im so sorry about your grandma.
Btw: Kate looked amazing on Friday and it was such a special day! Happy Monday, sunshine
Kisses

Leia said...

I'm sorry to hear about your grandma! :(

Leia

Twenty.Something said...

STUNNING jewelry! Wear it well. All so lovely and special.

And I agree - wedding was awesome watch! She looked gorgeous!

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Oh to Be a Muse said...

so, your grandmother had amazing taste. her jewelry is so awesome. it's very nice that you are able to keep those treasured pieces. and it's so cool that she lived in vienna by herself for a while.

i'm also happy kate wore mcqueen! i think the dress looks great on her.

LANI said...

Beautiful post about your grandmother Courtney. x