My Flat in London

If you can’t be a British aristocrat, the next best thing is to accessorize like one.

My Flat in London, a division of the ever-popular Brighton, is a collection of handbags, jewelry, and accessories by American designer Jan Haedrich. Blending old-world charm with a contemporary joie de vivre, each piece is infused with a sense of luxury, playfulness, and exclusivity.

States Haedrick, “My Flat in London is the perfect combination of lady-like charm and ultimate modern luxury”—and I couldn’t agree more. There’s just enough bling to make a definitive statement, yet it doesn’t take itself too seriously. From tiny sequined evening bags to bold leather carry-ons…from stunning hinged bangles to dramatic chandelier necklaces…there’s something for every occasion and every personality.

And hey—the holidays are upon us! It’s the time of year for giving and receiving, and there are treasures to be found in this collection. To secure something extraordinarily special for yourself or a loved one, call or visit:

Maiden Lane
307 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA

Phone orders are welcome, and there’s a special offer in store for callers who mention the Elle Ink blog.

Please check back for more photos over the coming weeks—plus details on registering to win a seven-day, six-night trip to London. You’ll be tempted…I promise!

Vintage Glory

I recently discovered This site features a variety of jewelry styles at a variety of price points, so it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone.

While cruising Charm and Chain’s wares this afternoon, I came across this bib necklace:

It’s designed by Lulu Frost, who blends antique and modern elements in her pieces. I think it’s one of the most beautiful necklaces I’ve ever seen.

Coordinating Jewelry with Skin Tone

I was having a rather bad fashion day on Sunday, incapable of deciding what to wear to a concert at a local winery. It certainly wasn’t going to be a style fest, but I was still having an inordinate amount of trouble putting myself together. No matter what I tried, it looked blah–and then it hit me. It wasn’t the clothing, it was the accessories.

I’d been trying on gold and brass jewelry, and it just wasn’t working. The warm tones of the metals seemed to dissolve on my skin (which is olive), blending in so completely that they almost disappeared. It wasn’t until I put on a chunky silver necklace that everything seemed to pop into place.

While most of us like to wear what we like to wear, it’s nevertheless a style truth that certain skin tones look better in certain metals. If your skin tone is cool, you look best in silver, white gold, and platinum. If your skin tone is warm, it will be flattered by gold, pewter, brass, and copper.

Here’s a guide to help determine what your skin tone is.

Rose (warm)—You have light-toned skin, with pink or porcelain undertones.  A day at the beach is no day at the beach, because you burn very easily and seldom tan. Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, and Mariska Hargitay are rose-skinned.

Yellow (cool)—Your skin tone is light to medium, with yellow or beige undertones. You might be Caucasian, Asian, or a lighter-skinned ethnic mix. You usually burn first, then tan. Think Claudia Schiffer, Charlise Theron, and Naomi Campbell.

Olive (cool)—You have medium-toned skin, with a suggestion of green undertones. You’re Mediterranean, Latina, a fair-skinned African American, or a darker-skinned mixed race. You most likely tan easily. You share this category with Cindy Crawford, Penelope Cruz, and Tyra Banks.

Brown (warm)—You are dark-skinned, probably African-American or East Indian.  Sunburn is never an issue for you. Celebrities in this group include Angela Bassett, Alfe Woodard, and Parminder Nagra.

The Beauty of Serendipity

Yesterday, while I was wandering through the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco, a woman stopped me to compliment me on the necklace I was wearing. “I’ve seen you three times,” she said, “and I finally had to say something.”


I told her that the necklace is from Paris–one of those great, inexpensive finds that generates more compliments than my diamond jewelry. With that, she looked down at my hand and said, “Oh my God! Look at our rings!” We were wearing nearly identical diamond rings. “Van Craeynest?” I asked, referring to a local jewelry designer. “Yes!” she replied enthusiastically.


At that point, I felt a very real connection to her…as if our taste in jewelry reflected a bond that existed at a deeper level. When we said good-bye, I walked away with the feeling that I had just bumped into an old friend.