A Harry Winston afternoon

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Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Elle & Harry Winston
Last Thursday I was invited to a private tour and intimate lunch at the Harry Winston flagship Fifth Avenue salon. The invite was to celebrate Harry Winston’s new behind the scenes bridal video and design my own Harry Winston engagement ring. I am off the market for one, but I saw this as an opportunity to harmlessly play with different styles.  

To have a working class British girl like myself, raised by her Mum, exposed to this type of luxury did make me pinch myself.  I remember walking past this Harry Winston store years ago as a tourist thinking: ‘God I’d love to walk through those doors one day.’ So you can imagine why this felt like a surreal version of Alice in Wonderland when I finally did. 

I tried on diamonds in various sizes and cuts – pear, round, square & emerald. Let’s pause for a moment to let that sentence sink in….

Everyone selected their favourite diamond (I chose square emerald cut) and each design was drawn and signed by the Harry Winston designers for our keeping. The afternoon ended with a lunch held in the private office of the late Harry Winston himself.  

I never knew how a diamond goes from start to finish until now, but this video gives us a rare glimpse.
The above video is being shown to the public for the very first time.

Most of all, this is the first time that I finally got to walk through those famous Fifth Avenue doors.




  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00691064436394666416 T E X T U R E

    what a fantastic opportunity.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03872038432668180648 Valerie

    Great that you were invited to this event!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13188129530623284245 xoxo Kellz*

    wow dats great!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00325841470229145960 internodiciotto

    i looove your dress karen!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03893115976422663458 Ashley

    Sounds like a dream come true! And those rings… *swoon*!


  • http://adoretoadorn.blogspot.com/ nancy – adore to adorn

    really lovely! =) a dream come true!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04783823686564686418 Bri

    What an amazing experience, and neat you got a sketch of your favorite piece! I’m also loving the print you are wearing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02571761301203352767 Shayne Renee

    Sounds like an amazing lunch and experience. How exciting for you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16396183891339754733 Stacey

    Wow such an amazing experience!! I went to a diamond place in Amsterdam and it was amazing seeing them shape the diamonds!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00659204102631514553 http://glamourmission.blogspot.com/

    What an amazing opportunity! Good for you Karen!

  • http://www.ivyleagueclique.blogspot.com/ Neecy

    Wow, I can’t even express how jealous I am. Right now, I’m that girl who wishes she could be in your shoes…the world of fashion is so mindblowing (in a good way) there are so many opportunities and only a lucky few get to witness all the fashion world has to offer. You my friend, are one of the lucky few.

    *One day, I hope to be just as lucky as you are.
    XOXO, Neecy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09022203116142439305 modern Suburbanites

    gorgeous photos, what a great event!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00189448664814949594 Angela DiGiacinto

    gorgeous photos! love it, must have been an amazing time! xx A


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02837704835971767727 Soul Pretty

    Karen, you deserve it…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08415185401369185552 nadia

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15848228991056695673 Raspberry and Rouge

    You went too! That is AMAZING! XO Rebecca


  • http://thenauticalwheeler.wordpress.com/ thenauticalwheeler

    Sounds unbelievable! From Brooklyn with love ~jen

  • http://iwantyourlook.com/ Bindi

    Wow.. every girls dream!


  • Anonymous

    ok ring is great and all but ….the dress…what about the superb dress!

  • http://www.mymymode.com/ mymy

    NICE !
    u’re so pretty 😉


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05356879226724207942 Sia

    Sounds like a AMAZING evening! Your blessed. XOXO

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05479660870779798748 Maggie ☮

    I just so variously lived through you! That has to be so exciting to be able to live out such a dream you lucky woman!! =] Because of your story I will continue to work hard towards my dream also. =]


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08532358185597781862 MerelyMarie


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

    Thx guys. It was great to be in such a iconic place looking at all these incredible diamonds up close in my HAND!!

    Anon – thx re the dress. There’s more pics of it 1 or 2 pages back on this blog :- ) I posted pics in it last week.

    Maggie – thats really good to hear and do continue. Don’t stop.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16472083874334861654 Asia

    Karen you are such a beautiful person you look amazing in all of the pictures. You always come off as a very humble person and you really do deserve these opportunities that come your way.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08336930653974932980 Caroline, No.

    Wow. You’re so pretty! Love your cat eye liner. And THEY’RE SO PRETTY. Sigh. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17246616555311280161 annie markantonatou
  • http://eatreadrant-nadette.blogspot.com/ Nadette

    Well then, that’s pretty friggin’ awesome. And I’m also a fan of the emerald cut diamond, rectangle for me.
    Congrats on “making it!”

  • http://shopnatamari.com/ Natasha Williams

    Awesome opportunity..and beautiful pictures of you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09471450481417622605 TheMochaPeach

    *gasp* I am so so jealous! What a great opportunity!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16767041124542363983 Huda

    that looks like one in a life time experience. I’m not into diamonds, but that is one pretty ring.


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