A Harry Winston afternoon

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.


  1. T E X T U R E says:

    what a fantastic opportunity.

  2. Valerie says:

    Great that you were invited to this event!

  3. xoxo Kellz* says:

    wow dats great!!

  4. Bri says:

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

  5. Shayne Renee says:

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

  6. Stacey says:

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



  7. Neecy says:

    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

  8. Angela DiGiacinto says:

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


  9. Soul Pretty says:

    Karen, you deserve it…

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  11. thenauticalwheeler says:

    Sounds unbelievable! From Brooklyn with love ~jen

  12. Anonymous says:

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

  13. Sia says:

    Sounds like a AMAZING evening! Your blessed. XOXO

  14. Maggie ☮ says:

    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. =]


  15. Karen says:

    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.

  16. Asia says:

    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.

  17. Caroline, No. says:

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

  18. Nadette says:

    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!”

  19. Natasha Williams says:

    Awesome opportunity..and beautiful pictures of you!

  20. TheMochaPeach says:

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

  21. Huda says:

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

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