Ca$hing In Like A Karda$hian - Princess Style

Outside of the British royals aka Windsor Inc., has there ever been a family so brazenly branded as the Kardashians?  No, I didn't think so.
And not surprisingly, the brains belong this brilliant branding campaign belong to the power mom, Kris Kardashian Jenner.
This woman is a genius.  No really she is.   There should be case studies written for the Harvard Business Review about how she turned her B list brood into the big buck$.  I have nothing but admiration for her marketing skills which begat a very successful and long running reality tv show making her girls into superstars. And now the biggest star of them all, Kim Kardashian, has just had her celebrity all star wedding.

In case you weren't invited to the ceremony, here's the exclusive video. I wonder if the amount that she made by selling the exclusive film rights to E! paid for the cost of the wedding...I bet it did and more. Kim, like her mother, is seriously  savvy (product endorsements, business ownership, self promotion, etc.) and honestly I admire her business acumen.

Kim is a truly beautiful girl, a true Hollywood princess. Don't you agree?
And doesn't she make a radiant bride?

And I am so thrilled that she chose to grasp the trend that we've been tirelessly promoting at Beladora. Yes, you know what trend I'm talking worn on your head, princess style.  We've been wearing necklaces on our heads for years, no really we have.
Here's a photo from a couple of years ago of  Miss de Ville wearing our Queen of the Nile emerald and diamond necklace on her head.  Seriously, there isn't a fancy necklace here at the HQ that doesn't at one time or another end up draped across a forehead or perched across the top of a head tiara style. So perhaps now, after the Kim Kardashian wedding photos, this trend will finally catch on.

So, if having your forehead draped in diamonds isn't your style, what about wearing a brooch that belonged to a Grand Duchess?
This story that we have on this diamond brooch was that it belonged to the Princess Juliane Henriette Ulrike of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld who married into the Russian royal family and became the the Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna of Russia.
Here is her portrait by Elisabeth Louise Vigee LeBrun. 

The Grand Duchess led quite a life. Married at the age of 14, she was miserable in Russia and returned to Coburg after three years in 1799. After a brief reconciliation with the Grand Duke, she left him for good.  Later, like Germaine de Stael, she led the kind of libertine-intellectual life that was only available to women of her class.
According to Wikipedia

On 28 October 1808 Anna gave birth to an illegitimate son, named Eduard Edgar Schmidt-Löwe. The father of this child may have been Jules Gabriel Emile de Seigneux, a minor French nobleman. Eduard was ennobled by his mother's younger brother, Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and assumed the surname von Löwenfels by decree on 10 January 1818.

Later, Anna moved to Bern, Switzerland, and gave birth to a second illegitimate child in 1812, a daughter, named Louise Hilda Agnes d'Aubert. The father was Rodolphe Abraham de Schiferli, a Swiss surgeon, professor and chamberlain (French:Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, German:Oberhofmeister) of Anna's household from 1812 to 1837. In order to cover another scandal in Anna's life, the baby was adopted by Jean François Joseph d'Aubert, a French refugee.

Two years later, in 1814, Constantine, accompanied by her brother Leopold, tried to get Anna to return to him but her firm opposition prevented this attempt from succeeding. That year, Anna acquired an estate on the banks of Aare River and gave it the name of Elfenau.[5] She spent the rest of her life there, and, as a lover of music, made her home a center for domestic and foreign musical society of the era.

I love her story and I can't wait to learn more about her.