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    Holocaust Survivor Fela Weisberg Presthandig & the Ruby Ring

    Holocaust Survivor Fela Weisberg Presthandig & the Ruby Ring

    Fela Weisberg Presthandig is a holocaust survivor from Poland with an incredible story about survival. She lost her mother and younger siblings at the beginning of the war, as they had been sent to the Treblinka extermination camp. Fela stayed behind with her older brother Jacob and her two older sisters. To stay alive, Fela worked in a factory during her time at the ghetto. However, death came close several times. Fela fell ill and risked falling into the hands of doctor Mengele's. Fortunately, she was warned prior to selections, so she could avoid being kills.
    Eventually Fela and her sister were shipped to Auschwitz. They were sent to the gas chambers in Auschwitz. They stood in line for a long time awaiting their deaths. After much time weeping in anticipation, they were let out. Fela and her sister Lacha left the gas chambers alive, and instead, were given a dress and wooden boots, and they were put to work. The sisters received tattoos with personal identification numbers. From that point forward, they had no names, only numbers.
    Fela explains that a friendly German soldier watched her for some time. When Fella asked him why he always watched her, he explained that she reminded him of his own daughter. He began secretly bringing her slices of bread, and Fella secretly distributed the bread to the hungry. One day, a woman in desperate tears approached Fela in search of food. The woman was hiding her 3-year old daughter in the camp and she needed help finding food. Fela was able to obtain more bread from the friendly German soldier. In exchange, the woman gave Fela her cherished family heirloom, a gold ring with a precious ruby center stone.
    Eventually Fela was liberated from Auschwitz. She started a family and passed her story from one generation to the next. Today, Fela has several daughters and granddaughters who feel a strong connection with her experiences from the holocaust, and they wanted a replica of the unique ring that survived the holocaust. Today each of them carries a beautiful replica, custom created by HotCrown.

    Unique Look - Engagement Rings With Colored Stones

    Unique Look - Engagement Rings With Colored Stones

    Let your unique love shine with a colored engagement stone! A blushing pink diamond, sparkling red ruby, or deep blue sapphire could be the perfect way to symbolize your love and commitment to your other half.
    Colored diamonds come in many hues, including yellow, pink, red, green and blue. Many A-list celebrities opt for uniquely tinted diamonds, including Amal Alamuddin, whose engagement ring features a beautiful, emerald-cut yellow diamond, and Blake Lively, who sports a pink diamond in a delicate, rose gold setting. Colored diamonds are rare compared to colorless diamonds, which will make your engagement ring even more unique and special.
     Other colored gemstones include beautiful stones such as rubies, sapphires, amethysts, and emeralds. Kate Middleton famously wears a flawless, oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds, which formerly belonged to Princess Diana.
    Check out Hot Crown’s beautiful selection of engagement rings, including the Shelly Ruby Ring, the Audrey Black Diamonds Ring, and the Sapphire and Diamonds Bella Ring. Your ring should be beautiful and timeless, just like your love story!

    Woman of The Week: Three Reasons to Love Emma Watson

    Woman of The Week: Three Reasons to Love Emma Watson

    In light of International Women's Day 2017, we're recognizing Emma Watson as she redefines style, education and feminism with her unique inspirational philosophy.

     

    In addition to her fight for gender equality, Emma started a feminist book club called "Our Shared Shelf" and it's dedicated to reading female empowering books, such as Gloria Steinem’s “My Life on the Road,” Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple". Emma is on a mission to learn as much as possible about feminism and gender equality and to inspire others to do the same.  For a fun twist, Emma hides books in London subway stations. Some of the books she hides include her own hand-written messages inside, encouraging others to read the books, exchange thoughts online, and hide the book for someone else to find.

    In a recent photoshoot with Vanity Fair magazine, Emma posed for a revealing picture, in which her breasts were partially exposed. Emma received criticism from feminist men and women alike. Emma believes that the excessive criticism comes from a misunderstanding of what feminism truly is. She said, “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality."

    At the Met Gala, Emma Watson wore a dress made from recycled fabrics. The fabric was woven from recycled plastic bottles. The dress had organic cotton and zippers made from recycled materials. On her Facebook, Emma posted “It is my intention to repurpose elements of the gown for future use. The trousers can be worn on their own, as can the bustier, the train can be used for a future red carpet look… I’m looking forward to experimenting with this. Truly beautiful things should be worn again and again and again.”

    We love that Emma is making a positive difference in the world, promoting a positive change in feminism, environmental awareness, and education.

    Moschino's Recycled Fashion - Fashion Week Milan

    Moschino's Recycled Fashion - Fashion Week Milan

    Jeremy Scott has shocked us once again! At Fashion Week Milan, his models sported the unexpected packing tape, brown paper bags, shipping labels, barcodes, black garbage bags, tin garbage bins. Why, you ask? Because the new look is inspired by garbage and shipping boxes!
    After Moschino's paper dolls last spring, we thought Jeremy Scott's surprises couldn't be outdone, but now we have seen Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid in cardboard box inspired wardrobe. The models were dressed in a paper bag brown color, with clear shipping tape accents, and text such as "this side up" and "fragile". We are happy to share the highlights from Scott's Moschino runway collection.
    The shipping materials was just the beginning of surprise inspirations at Milan Fashion Week. After cardboard outfits came dry cleaner bag gowns, trash bag, and toilet paper.
     
    This unique dry cleaner bag creation comes with the standard "We love our customers" insert, protective plastic, the model's hair accessory is the clothes hanger, and the handbag is inspired by an 80's sport sock.
    We also saw a transparent shower curtain with metal ring holes, as if it was just removed from the shower rod. This is recycled fashion at it's best. Created a real buzz.
    The last big surprise was the trash bag / trash bin inspired outfit. The shiny back material coupled with the bin cover hat is spot on!

    Golden Globes 10 Best Dressed Stars!

    Golden Globes 10 Best Dressed Stars!

    We open the 2017 new year with haute couture at the Golden Globes. Everybody is talking about the mesmerizing designer gowns and who-wore-what. Yellow appeared to be the most popular color this year, worn by Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon and Emily Ratajkowski. But the red carpet saw diverse looks and fabrics, (no meat dress this time) but all sorts of sequins and ruffles and more!

    The 10 most beautifully dressed stars at the Golden Globes wore:

    Jessica Biel - This girl is unstoppable, she rocked both the thigh-high slit and the plunging neckline. Biel was born to wear this Elie Saab gown!

    Evan Rachel Wood - A real lady can rock a pantsuit like no one else. Wood announced she wouldn't wear a dress, to show young girls that they don't have to wear dresses.

    Emma Stone - Stone takes classy chique o a whole new level. Stone's is wearing a custom designed Valentino gown with silver shimmering stars (yes, stars!)

    Natalie Portman - Portman rocks yellow Prada just as well as she rocks her baby bump. Her gown is flattering and elegant with a perfect touch of embellishment.

    Emily Ratajkowski - Ratajkowski is sizzling hot, like always. She blew us all away with this flowing feminine Reem Acra creation.

    Amy Adams - Adams has landed at the forefront of our fashion radar, as she looked royal and stunning in black sequins.

    Reese Witherspoon  Witherspoon! This beauty exudes elegance in a curve hugging Atelier Versace gown and shimmering Tiffany jewels.

    Blake Lively - Lively is glowing in her black dress with metallic shimmering embellishment, she is a perfectly statuesque actress.

    Priyanka Chopra - Chopra is on fire, in gold shimmer and long sleeves, she looks as elegant as ever.

    Mandy Moore rocked a plunging neck and cape, beautiful qualities in her already beautiful chiffon Naeem Khan gown.