Feeling Precious

August 5, 2016

I bet you have already heard this: “Before I leave the house, I look in the mirror and take one accessory off.” It’s one of the famous quotes of Mademoiselle Chanel, often cited. But before we start to reconsider the number of accessories we wear, it’ s good to be aware of the circumstances, under which this opinion was expressed. Otherwise it could, like other quotes cited without any context, be easily misunderstood. 

This quote is not really a suggestion to adopt the minimalist approach, even though it seems to do so.

Yes, the famous designer used to praise simplicity in clothes and colours, but, when it came to jewellery, she always wore plenty of it. The period, when Coco Chanel started to create the dresses – the times of garishness and opulence – must be taken into consideration. Thereby, what was simple and minimalist in the context of that period, is not the same, what we call minimalism today.

Chanel really designed garments of simple shapes, made of mainly plain fabrics, but they formed an ideal ground to offset her rich jewellery. Coco wore heaps of jewellery, even for day occasions like sailing or going on the beach. From most of the photographs of her, it’ s obvious that she liked to combine even two or more different necklaces at the same time, earrings, several bracelets on each wrist, rings, headband or hat and a brooch. Of course, all those pieces were always in the great harmony, playing perfectly together.




What is really interesting, in regard of the wealth Chanel had, is that most of the jewellery she wore, were imitations. Coco Chanel was the first big designer and ambassador of “fake” jewellery claiming that jewellery should be worn to decorate and amuse rather than to flaunt wealth.

Coco believed a woman should wear jewellery without any worries that it could be stolen. And that’s something, what really can be inspiring for our times, too. It’s not important, how many jewellery pieces (or anything else) we wear, if it’s expensive or not, when we feel it makes us more beautiful and happier. Good taste and confidence is a best luxury we can own.

The key is the exceptional design of the jewellery I choose. When the piece has got something that can catch my attention immediately, that’ s really rare and precious

And that was exactly the case of these statement earrings from the Happiness Boutique. They are such a bold accessory themselves, that I decided to let them shine without too many other elements. And it made me feel like I’ve just came from a Great Gatsby movie.  For me, this is the perfect example of the jewellery, that doesn’t need any other advice than “wear it to feel good”. It’s all that matters.

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Happiness Boutique Jewellery 3

Happiness Boutique Jewellery 2

Statemenet earrings from the Happiness Boutique.

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© Creative direction  – Daniela Rifai Photos – Daniela Rifai Assistance – Martin Jesny

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  • Reply Alessandra August 6, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Beautiful earrings, fit perfectly with light summer clothing. Looks awesome!

    • Reply Daniela August 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Thank you so much Alessandra! <3


  • Reply Chelsey August 7, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Such a beautiful setting to take photos in! I love the styling and editing behind the shoot.

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  • Reply Shannon August 10, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Gorgeous photos & location. I wish there was a greenhouse like that where I am. I also find that quote kind of funny, I always find I need to add more because I only ever wear rings haha


    • Reply Daniela August 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Haha, yes, it’s all depends on the situation! Thank you for you kind comment Shannon! :*


  • Reply portiastylebook August 14, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    great pictures! Love the pants!


    • Reply Daniela August 15, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Thank you so much! One of my favorite pants. :*


  • Reply Alice August 15, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Absolutely agree with your philosophy on jewelry and accessories! The photography is so beautiful, love the outfit!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • Reply Daniela August 15, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Thank you so much Alice! 🙂 :*


  • Reply Brown Eyed Toast August 15, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Those earrings are stunning babe!

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  • Reply hanna August 15, 2016 at 6:22 am

    This looks like it belongs in a magazine. –Hanna Lei

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    • Reply Daniela August 15, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Oh, thank you so much Hanna for your kind comment!


  • Reply Monique | WritingMonique August 16, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    You look beautiful, and such a great place for photos! I absolutely love the pants!

    • Reply Daniela August 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Thanky you so much Monique for your kind words!

  • Reply Carolin August 17, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Stunning pictures! You look absolutely gorgeous 🙂

    Caro x


    • Reply Daniela August 23, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you so much Carolin! 🙂


  • Reply Marta August 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Wow, stunning, beautifully curated post! I’m following you, great job!

    • Reply Daniela August 23, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you so much Marta! I love your work too! :*


  • Reply Jason August 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    What makes this shoot successful is the location and the costumes more likely the jewelry hats off to the creative minds behind the screen. #ecogreen #danielarifai

    • Reply Daniela August 23, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you so much Jason! The location was definitely amazing!


  • Reply Michelle Lee August 21, 2016 at 9:43 am

    amazing photos!


    • Reply Daniela August 23, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you Michelle!


  • Reply Jade Meneguel August 26, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Simple, minimalist and yet so chic!
    amazing earrings darling..

    Jade –

  • Reply Lisa September 6, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Love those earrings – so precious indeed! I find myself gravitating towards special jewels that tell a story, rather than an assortment of accessories! Beautifully done.


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