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One necklace for different looks

| Beads, Fashion, Jewelry, New pieces

When I make something, I always try to imagine it slipping into my jewelry box and getting along with everthing else that’s there. I also like it when the piece goes with lots of different looks. After all, we work hard, do different things so we want our jewelry to be equally versatile. That’s why I’m so happy with this new necklace.


Today’s piece is a simple enough necklace composed of multicolored crystal rondelles.  These rondelles date back to the early 40s and have clearly lived other lives. They’ve been well loved as evidenced by the missing crystals in each rondelle. When I saw these in Paris, I knew immediately that I wanted to make something with them. Yes, they aren’t perfect but I couldn’t bear to just throw them away. As it turns out, it goes with a  number of different looks. So far, I’ve come up with three looks to give you ideas on how to wear this beauty. 

If you’re feeling casual, it’s the perfect accessory to jazz up a shirt. Throw it over a tee, or in this case, a turtleneck since it’s still cold, and you’re good to go.


It’s also great for layering. I love it with another long chain over a simple black shirt.


This last look may yet be my favorite. When you want color and layers, it’s totally possible with this piece.


How would you wear this necklace? 

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On wearing beads

| Beads, Fashion, Jewelry

During shows, I’ll sometimes get comments or question on how to wear beaded jewelry. Some people think it’s difficult to incorporate in daily wear. Some people think it’s too new-agey or too much of a throwback to the 70s. 

To this, I say, beaded jewelry can be as modern as any other accessory we have today. It can be worn singly, simply or in layers.  It’s all in how we want to wear it. 

For example, I like to wear bigger pieces under a collared shirt, for days when I want to have a more serious look but still have that special element. This one is an easy look to pull.  And I like to layer thinner necklaces around, but these are optional.
Other days, I like a more minimal look like this. Simple but sparkly.

I love that these antique beads have enough character and beauty to stand alone, worn simply on a chain but the best way I think, is when you can layer it with other pieces you already have in your jewelry box as I’ve done with this antique Georgian pendant.

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A glimpse of Mademoiselle’s inner sanctum

| Fashion

If there was one figure in fashion that fascinates me no end, it is  Coco Chanel.  From the different biographies I’ve read about her, she seems to have been a formidable woman and her influence continues to be felt today.  It was thus with great interest that I read about a new exhibit about her. Sam Taylor-Johnson was asked to do a series of photographs on Chanel’s private apartments on 31 rue Cambon in Paris.  This is Taylor-Johnson’s first exhibit in five years and is designed to be a psychological portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel. The photographs feature Chanel’s personal items, many of which had an almost talismanic meaning for her.

I wish I could fly to London to see this exhibit.  And while, that might be a bit challenging at the moment, I’m going to content myself with this lovely video which gives us a tantalizing glimpse of the exhibit.

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Friday round up

| Daily life, Fashion, Friday links, Uncategorized

 

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Hello friends, we’ve been blessed with beautiful sunny weather this week. Just look at that sky!  Here’s crossing my fingers it’s for keeps! What brilliant plans have you got lined up this weekend? I’m hoping we get to a good antique market.  Or maybe break out the barbecue grill.

And since its Friday, here once again are a few interesting links I’ve found.  Enjoy!!

After last week’s news about David Letterman retiring in 2015, its been announced that Stephen Colbert is taking over.  I like Stephen Colbert, I can’t forget the time he came out in support of the Philippines after last year’s Hurrican Haiyan tragedy.  He just about endeared himself to the whole country with that video.

Do you like fashion films?  Remember when Vogue’s The September Issue came out?  I remember playing hooky and watching it in the middle of the day in one of the theaters along the Champs Elysee. Anyway it seems that fashion films have become more common these days. Here are the top 10 of the moment.

Are you on Instagram? It seems hard to believe that Instagram was launched only in 2010. That’s a mere three years ago, but I guess that’s light years in terms of technology. Just recently it was announced that there are over 200 million users.  I am fairly new to it myself but its completely addictive, I have to admit.  Its true what they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. With such a great deal of users, it  has even altered the landscape of fashion.  Read all about it here. I love discovering different Instagrammers.  Do you have a particular favorite? Do share. I am Petites Merveilles (what else?) on IG.

Speaking of pictures,  I was amazed at this collection of photos showing Detroit in its early years.  Its hard to believe that it was once one of the country’s richest cities.  These pictures are so poignant and evocative, view them all here.

And that’s it folks!! Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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Fun Friday roundup

| Fashion, Friday links

First flowers

Hello friends, what fun things have you got planned this weekend?  I’m crossing my fingers it’ll be nice and sunny in our part of the world. Did I tell you that we saw the first flowers bravely coming out in our wee garden?

I thought last Friday’s post (you can check it out here) of different links was really fun so here goes another list…

Are you a fan of candles? I’m not talking about run-of-the mill, chase- the -smell -of cooking from your kitchen candles,  but rather, of sumptuous, voluptuous candles  replete with heady scents.  Well if you like that kind, then you had best check out the newest one today.  By Khol is a luxurious and exclusive new line of candles (with more luxury products planned for the future) made exclusively in France with only with the finest ingredients.  And did I mention that the candles are housed in fine Limoges porcelain? Find out more in their eye catching site and be one of the first to know about this up and coming brand!

Louis Vuitton has just come unveiled the WorldTime, its new watch for men. It features several time zones (the better to adjust while you travel) in an impressive 30 color palette.  You can check it out here.

Fans of Kate Moss, rejoice!! After a three year hiatus with Topshop, she’s back with a fabulous new collection.

David Letterman announced that he is retiring in 2015. I came across his first show interview with Bill Murray.  A must read for fans!

Finally, I just had to share Ellen’s brilliant response to a recent controversial Target ad. (Backstory: Target photoshopped a model to inhuman proportions and was forced to take down the ad).  Here is Ellen’s response.  First the Oscar selfie, now this, the lady is on a roll!

Have a good weekend everyone!!

 

 

 

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Puttin on the Ritz

| Fashion

Hello friends, remember the post I wrote a few weeks ago about the Intersection of Fashion and the Automobile?  I had the chance to see the lovely lady curators in action last Sunday at a Roaring 20s themed fashion show in connection with the  Roaring 20s: From Riches to Rags exhibit at the Lorenzo Cultural Center.

It was a lively and fun fashion show with Lynn masterfully recounting the beginnings of 20s fashion and its evolution in relation to the times.  The audience of nearly 600 people were enthralled especially when the models started to walk the room.  There was a good mix of day and evening wear which gave the audience a concrete idea of twenties fashion. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without fabulous jewelry to complement the outfits!

Take a look at this authentic and original gingham dress worn as a housedress. As Lynn pointed out, can you imagine dusting and cleaning while wearing this outfit?!

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Along with live models,  the curators brought along some special outfits such as this authentic flapper dress which was completely hand beaded. It weighs a ton and is now too fragile to wear. It comes out only for special occasions like last Sunday’s fashion show.

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The other memorable piece was this 1920s wedding dress which came complete with the original wax flowers on the headpiece.  This dress belonged to the grandmother of one of the curator’s friends and was donated to the exhibit.

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If it was memorable seeing these dresses on display, it was even more memorable to see someone in the audience dressed in her own 20s fashion.  Ginny here has been a collector of vintage fashion for over fifty years and she came dressed to the nines with her wonderful jewelry, beaded bag, bejeweled cloche and that silver whisky flask!   20140401-202126.jpg

Here are Victoria and Elaine, two of the curators along with who was arguably the cutest model of the show wearing an authentic sailor outfit from the 20s.  I love how her doll is wearing the matching outfit!20140401-201618.jpg

Here is Lynn as Thedda Bara.  Check out that headpiece, which was very typical of the 20s.20140401-201657.jpg

And finally, the cast taking a well deserved bow.20140401-201812.jpg

For more photos of the show, check out Fashion and the Automobile on the show.

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The intersection of Fashion and the Automobile

| Fashion, Jewelry

IMG_3917Hello friends, remember my show last February?  I didn’t have much time to go around and check out the other booths. But during a lull, I took a quick look around and what immediately caught my eye was a lady in green with a gorgeous vintage Czech glass necklace and a pretty 1920s hat.  I just had to go up to her.  We got to talking and it turns out that we both share a love for vintage Czech jewelry.  It was so interesting talking to her that I spontaneously asked if I talk to her further, maybe even interview her later on.  Fortunately she agreed.

Lynn is actually part of a trio of ladies who curate Fashion and the Automobile, a touring exhibit that showcases a unique intersection between fashion and the automobile and the changes wrought in them by popular culture. The exhibit is composed of 10 eras with authentic clothes and accessories to reflect each decade.  The automobiles are rendered in fine art paintings, photographs and renderings.

Here are the three ladies decked out in all their finery!

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All three ladies share a passion for automobiles. Victoria says that this touring exhibit idea is the fruit of her lifelong fascination with cars and her interest in fashion.  Early on she recalls being brought by her mom to look at cars as they whizzed by.  Elaine, the third member of this talented trio (who left before I could take her picture!), co-owns with her husband over 20 vintage cars!  Lynn supplies the wonderful clothes and jewelry but is herself a lover of cars. She is a proud parent (as she calls herself) of a 1965 Herbie the Love Bug beetle.

What started out as 2 seemingly separate interests for the trio is married beautifully in an exhibit that is rich, varied and interesting.  Automobiles and fashion, as with all other objects, exist within a context of its times and this undeniably influences and changes it.   One example I could cite — when cars started to be more common and women started to drive more, they couldn’t very well get into these cars in those voluminous clothes of the 18th century.  By the time Ford was  mass producing his T-Models, women’s clothes had lost most of their bulky underpinings and waistlines were dropped. I’m sure this was a more comfortable way of tooling about in the T-Model.

From its beginnings in the Anton Art Center, the exhibit is a continuously evolving process for the three ladies.  They are constantly looking for ways to make it more interesting and rich for its audience, which is a growing one.   Now, they have people coming up to them and donating vintage gloves and hats and on one memorable occasion, a beautiful wedding dress from the 30s.  Their enthusiasm is contagious and one senses a palpable love for what they do.  They genuinely want to share the knowledge they’ve accumulated and its amazing how far they will work with grassroots museums all over the state.  They will happily set up the exhibit, give fashion presentations and even do a full on fashion show such as the upcoming Roaring Twenties Fashion Show that will be held on March 30 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center.

Oh and did I mention that there is a book?! Yes, all the years of research is going into a wonderful book that will accompany the exhibit.  That’s something I’m really looking forward to.

I’ve taken the liberty of sharing some photos of previous exhibits in order to show you their work.

Here are two beautiful Victorian gowns on display at the Ford T-Plex Museum, one of their first exhibits.fashionauto2

Lynn and a vintage Packard car from the 1920s at the Packard Proving Grounds car show.fashionauto5

A gorgeous bias cut 1930s gown with a 1934 Chrysler Airflow series car at the Chrysler Museum

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And finally, a sweet 50s red roses sweater and skirt set with a vintage Chrysler  also from the 50s.

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It was such a blast talking with these ladies!  Oh and I haven’t even talked about the jewelry yet! That’s a whole other post which I can’t wait to share with you all soon!

 

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