^NYC Haul: Louboutin shirt, Saks’ gift bag filled with cosmetics/fragrance goodies, Clé de Peau skin care set, Tom Ford highlighter/concealer pen, and Google Glass from Mr Porter!!! But best of them all are the jewelry pieces from the house of:
Cartier LOVE Ring with Pink Sapphire Set in 18K Rose Gold
Well there you go, I broke my own rule of never buying fine jewelry for myself even though I’ve been yearning for the classic LOVE ring for years. I recently went to Toronto’s Cartier boutique with a few friends and couldn’t get it out of my head. Still I did not purchase it because I knew it would always be around in the permanent collection. However when I was traveling to NYC, I saw this pink sapphire version and it was just LOVE at first sight. I was sold! I love the extra thick band compared to the classic ring and it’s perfect for daily wear! Well this is all good, ready for the rant now? lol
Rant Part I: The Saks’ Cartier (let’s call this boutique A) did not have my size, and told me boutique B had it… Ok so I ran 10 blocks up just at the time of their closing and the security guard would not let me in! I called the SA back at boutique A, and she was like, “Oh I did not mean boutique B, I meant it would be located at boutique C!” Really?!?! You made me run up all this way and tell me I went to the wrong place??!!? What irked me the most was that she was trying to make a sale for a smaller ring size which she had in stock, and I insisted that’s way too small for my liking! Talk about deceiving… Anyhow, so I head to boutique C and got like 5 SAs all worked up cuz they said they don’t have this item reserved for me and the SA I’m referring to who took for phone call from SA at boutique A did not exist! Wtf?!?!?! I was pretty upset… The flagship store did have great customer service and tried to amend for all this confusion, which I really appreciated. Rant to be continued in second reveal below… lol
Cartier FW14 Amulette Necklace with Diamond, White Mother of Pearl, and 18K Yellow Gold
Of course I was also interested in the Amulette necklace but couldn’t decide between the black onyx or white MOP. I think in pictures, black onyx with rose gold looks best. However in real life, I was pretty taken aback by how gorgeous the white MOP is with it’s almost translucent pendant which is hard to capture in pictures and I guess that’s why in 2D, the white MOP looks “flat.” Unfortunately Cartier does not offer this with rose gold, only 18K yellow gold, which the house apparently believes best compliments the design. Cartier offers a complimentary 2 inch extension for those ladies who wish to wear it as a longer pendant, and I have mine currently getting its spa job!
Rant part II: After that SA from Saks‘ Cartier (boutique A) “inadvertently” made me run up and down Manhattan, can you believe that she LIED to me trying to make a sale for the necklace now?? So yeah, after she insisted that the much smaller LOVE ring is more suitable for me and I politely declined and asked to see another item, i.e. the Amulette collection, she said, “No we do not have the white MOP necklace, in fact, I just checked last night’s inventory in all of North America, and it’s sold out. We only have the black onyx, so I think you should take this before it’s also sold out!” Anyhow, later as I went to the flagship boutique (C) to hunt down the LOVE ring as this was my priority, I casually asked whether they may happen to have the white MOP Amulette necklace as well, and the nice SA said, “but of course we do! Here is our selection!” and they must have had like at least half a dozen in the drawer! I swear I will never shop at this Saks’ Cartier boutique!
Traveling in NYC:
My other adventures included meeting some wonderful ladies from The Purseforum. We met at Saks‘ first, with them serving us champagne and delicious macarons, and getting their gift bag filled with goodies as shown in the first picture. Next we gathered at Barney’s that went through serious lengths in preparing us a fabulous light lunch/snack. I loved how we could order everything right from the touch screen menu of the table AND shop from the same screen as we ate!!! Finally we had to check out Barney’s new penthouse, which was reserved for our private shopping day. What a great time it was as we shopped, drank, ate, and chatted along. I finally got to meet my other lawyer and doctor friends who are just like me, i.e. addicted to shoes and bags!
^And I had to get some more goodies and macarons at Ladurée which I devoured all too soon lol!