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First show of the year

Hello friends!

The start of the year is always very quiet for me. Usually, this is time when I take stock of things, plan what shows to do for the year and other administrative tasks that are essential to the business.

This year however, I had the opportunity to participate in a show organized by the wonderful folks of Pot and Box at no less than the iconic Fisher Building.

The Fisher Building which was designed in an Art Deco style was completed in 1928 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. How could I pass up the chance to be in such a prestigious building?

I have to admit I was a bit worried because the weekend of the show was also the weekend when we were hit with another winter storm.

But storm or not, we were all there bright and early to welcome the crowd that came through those Art Deco doors.

After I finished setting up, I went for a look around and was blown away by the talent shown by the wonderful participating vendors.

Immediately, i was wowed by Project Projections, who laser cuts these beautiful shadow lamps. I loved it so much, I took home his constellation lamp!

Then there was Owen and Abbey with their simple yet beautifully crafted home furnishings and tables made from wood salvaged from abandoned homes in Detroit, Pontiac and other urban areas. Their work is proof that beauty can be found and made everywhere.

I really liked the aesthetics of Corbé

with its smooth handmade curves and a color palette designed to go with everything.

And I loved meeting Corliss from The Lowry Estate. She had funky vintage pieces at prices that won’t break the bank. Just check out the coat she had.

All in all a fantastic show!

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Shop small business

Hello friends,

Apparently today is Cyber Monday, which means it’s deals galore all over the internet. The good thing about shopping online is we are able to support a number of businesses, including those which don’t as yet have, brick and mortar stores, myself included.

But I love brick and mortar stores. Call it old fashioned but there’s nothing like walking inside a store and finding just the right thing. Bonus, if you make friends along with way with the people in the store.

With that in mind as well as the idea of

shopping from small businesses, a friend and I set out to do our version of a pop up store.

Our “store” looked out onto this view…

It’s a pretty good view don’t you think? It certainly didn’t feel like work whenever we looked out.

Shy vs Bold, my partner in this pop up is a purveyor of wonderfully distinctive clothes and accessories. It began with a desire to offer something different from what we find in stores. And now carries a host of pretty dresses, cool jackets and funky accessories. If you want to stand out, Shy vs Bold is the way to go!

Then there’s me with my one of a kind antique charms and storied beads. I will never tire of making these pieces with a little bit of me and a whole lot of history.

What a blast we all had! But the best part was seeing our friends leave supremely happy and content with their purchases. As one friend put it “ I feel like a model after this afternoon”

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Summer stackers 

Hello friends! Temperatures hit over the 90s this weekend and everyone was out enjoying the beautiful weather. And as summer is all about enjoying the outdoors, I’ve been making new pieces that are easy to wear, easy to layer and stack but still very pretty. As always these pieces are designed to slip right among those pieces you already have in your jewelry box. 

This first piece features a wonderful mid 19th century Venetian trade bead on a silver chain. I love the summery colors of teal blue, yellow and green on this bead! 


Nothing says classic more than pearls and this vintage French glass pearl is jazzed up with gold and silver decorative caps.

This necklace is perfect for adding just a touch of color to an all white outfit.


And finally, a necklace featuring a pretty early 20th century Venetian bead of sky blue and gold. 

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Some wonderful news

Hello friends! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start. Mine certainly is as I’m very happy to announce that certain De Petites Merveilles pieces are now available at the Franklin Village Boutique!!


The boutique is ideally located in the historic village of Franklin. The village has cute stores and cafes as well as a cider mill that serves the most wonderful donuts and cider in the fall. 
Terri Cooper, owner of the Village Boutique opened her store 2 years ago. She bought out the owners of the store that used to be there because she says she walked in and felt something special about the space. Immediately, she knew she wanted to open her own store there.  After extensive renovations, her store opened, stocked with the latest fashions but also with local designers and artists. 


Terri believes firmly in having a welcoming and inviting space and she has succeeded admirably in this. I walked into her store and felt like this was a great place for my jewelry.  Talking to her and watching her interact with the people who walked in reinforced this feeling.  
She says the best part of being in the store is meeting all the people coming in and sharing in their lives. “People are so interesting, there’s layers to them just waiting to be discovered” she said to me.  


I love the fact that she believes in and supports local artists. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be carried by a store that still believes in hand crafted products. More importantly, my pieces are in a store that believes in treating everyone as a friend.  That’s increasingly rare in these days of efficient online shopping.

So which Petites Merveilles pieces have found a home at the Village boutique? Here are a few pieces….




I hope you stop by and check out this wonderful store!

Some details:

Franklin Village Boutique

32716 Franklin Road

Franklin, MI

248-8510055

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A match to make your day

Hello friends, remember these earrings?


After I finished this pair I was left with two of these pink and silver foil beads. At first I thought I would make another pair of earrings but I wasn’t convinced by this idea. I want my jewelry to be unique and one of a kind so another pair just wouldn’t do.

So I put them away. Then  I remembered that somewhere in my bead box was a lonesome silver foil bead that was the only one left after I finished a necklace. Now this little orphan bead is a really pretty bead with lots of silver foiling that has remained intact over the years. Just like the pink and silver beads, this one dates back to the early 1950s. In no time, this necklace was born…


I love how these lonesome one-of beads suddenly found themselves together to make a beautiful new piece.

And look how well the necklace goes with the earrings!


The earrings are now listed in the shop and the necklace will soon be added!

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A shop update full of earrings

I’ve been on an earring kick lately. Just check out these beauties that are now listed in the shop. These are all Venetians beads dating back to the period between the 40s and early 50s. What I love about these pairs is no two beads are exactly alike. Each bead has subtle differences that make them so interesting to wear. I like to think of it as the mark of the hands that made them. 

 


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One necklace for different looks

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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Bookish adventures

One rainy misty afternoon, I finally managed to make my way down to John King books. I’d long heard about this 4 story institution devoted to books and I have long wanted to visit.

Well, it finally happened and I can tell you that it lives up to all the accolades it has earned over the years.


The bookstore was founded by Mr John King in 1971 and its original location was in Dearborn. It moved to its downtown location in 1983 when Mr King purchased the Advanced Glove factory. It later expanded to have two other locations though sadly, one of these two has recently closed.

They have an inventory of over a million titles divided among its two remaining branches thought the downtown one has a much larger inventory. It’s not far fetched to think they have a book on possibly every topic you can think of. No wonder it was once ranked no 2 of the world’s 18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit at Least Once. I’m keeping this list by the way and making it one of my goals to visit as many as I can. But I digress.


In this day and age where everything is digital and online, John King books is firmly on the old fashioned side. There is no computerized inventory except for their rare book collection. They cannot look up titles for you,  instead, they have booksellers who can direct your search for titles and then you’re on your own– to peruse the alphabetically arranged shelves and get lost in the warren of musty corridors of shelves lined with books and yet more books. When you come, don’t expect to surface for air until hours later. Actually, it’s best to simply clear your schedule of all other things.


As for my book haul, I came away with a very modest one. But this just means another trip down very soon! 

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Soaking up the sun and finding inspiration

A few days before the close of 2016, we had the pleasure of spending a few days in the sunny island of Puerto Rico. It was a welcome break from the snow and cold and a chance to soak up the sun and recharge.

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 We were greeted by blue skies and the blue green waters of the Atlantic. We could feel ourselves immediately relaxing. The island was first settled in 1509 by the Spanish led by Juan Ponce de Leon. The present site of San Juan was founded in 1510 and was  given its formal name  of Puerto Rico de San Juan Bautista in 1521.  It is the second oldest European established capital in the new world, the first being Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

The remnants of its colonial past is evident in the walls of the city and its two forts that stills stands guard over the city. In days past, the forts constituted the first line of defense against hostile powers who would storm the city and take its riches.

Nowadays, its a popular spot for those who want to take a stroll, and take in the magnificent views of the sea.

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By day, we shared the historic downtown with the numerous daytrippers from the many cruise ships that make this port, a must stop in the Caribbean. All of us were walking around holding our cameras and phones in front of us, trying to capture the vibrant colors that adorn the traditional colonial houses and buildings.

Blue, yellow, violet and pink, every hue was present and it was fun trying to capture that.

Business establishments are on the first floor while families still lived in its upper floors.

At night, once all but the few who chose to stay the night were gone, it was possible to catch glimpses of the families that still live behind the wrought iron balconies and lace covered windows.

The best surprise of the trip was discovering a strong local and thriving artistic community. Yes, there are a number of American style malls but there are also a good number of stores carrying only local artists and featuring only local and handmade crafts and goods.

Take this store which proudly refuses to carry anything other than their own handmade Panama hats…

Or this one store which carried a number of pretty bags, among other things. On the day we were there, we got to meet the artist.  Its a big family undertaking, she told us. Her mother and daughter help her make the bags and her other daughter sells them in the store.

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 Here is a small sampling of her work.

img_7989One gallery I loved featured art work  showing the wonderful old doors of San Juan.
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But my favorite discovery was a tiny shop that also housed a jewelry school.  Nothing touristy about this shop. When I stepped in, I was among residents who were having their jewels cleaned or repaired. This picture is a small sampling of the work of either professors or students of the school.  Their work features gems and stones, silver, gold, and even enamel

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 Needless to say, this was the place to find the perfect souvenir to take back home.

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An array of pretty earrings 

Sometimes you get on a streak of making one thing and the results are like this. All are available in the eshop! 


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Something pretty and sparkly


Hello friends, today I thought I’d share my first attempt to capture one of my pieces in action! The first I hope of many more videos to come.

This is a pair of gorgeous gold foil spiral shaped Venetian beads dating back to the early years of the 1900s. It’s designed to add sparkle to whatever you decide to wear! 

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It’s the oscars this weekend

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Happy Friday friends! I’m sure you must be looking forward to some down time this weekend. The cold shows no sign of letting up so this weekend is all about staying in and watching some Oscar worthy movies.
Then it’s on to the show itself on Sunday!
So to get in the spirit of the awards show, here are a few fun Oscar related links. Enjoy!

I haven’t seen all the nominated movies but there are predictions aplenty about the winners…

Of course a great deal of the fun is checking out all the gorgeous gowns and jaw dropping jewelry. Let’s revisit past iconic dresses shall we? Any favorites to add here?

Ever wonder how the winners celebrate? Here’s a glimpse

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

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Behind the making of a dress

Happy Friday dear friends!! As always, I wish you wonderful things this weekend.To close the week, I thought I’d share this wonderful video behind the making of a dress. But not just any dress, but a couture dress. This is the kind of fairy tale dress that reflects the best in human workmanship. It is a short video and reflects but a small part in what goes on behind the making of such a dress but it does give us a good idea.   Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Weekend reading

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Hello friends! What wonderful plans have you got for the weekend? Mine include diving into this series by Marissa Meyer. I love fairy tales and I’m always interested in their retelling. This series looks really promising and as its cold out, I cant imagine a better way to pass the time.

So to close the week, here are a few fun links from around the web..

More books to look forward to in this article.

Snow boots are inevitable during winter, but there are some chic yet comfy alternatives. Check them out here.

You know how you get those cravings for cupcakes or chips? Well, turns out, there’s a scientific reason behind all that!! Whew! Here is the article in full.

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Baby, its cold outside..

IMG_7262.JPGThis week brought us the first snowfall and freezing temperatures! Brrr…

With such weather, all I can think about is cocooning inside and drinking lots of hot cocoa.  But before signing off for the week, I wanted to share a few fun links.  As it turns out, there’s a theme to my roundup this week.

Secret libraries? In Paris? What could be more fun than that?  Here is the list…After hitting one or more of these libraries, you can treat yourself to some hot chocolate chez Angelina.

If secret ones aren’t your thing, how about a library converted from an old train car?  Read all about it here.

Did you grow up reading the Arabian Nights? Well, there’s a retelling of the tales coming out soon.  Here is a short excerpt of the upcoming book, poetically titled The Wrath and the Dawn.

Have you been following the big stand-off between Amazon and Hachette books? Its a feud that’s been brewing awhile with vocal supporters on both sides.  Well, they’ve finally come to a resolution and it can only be for the good of us readers.  Read all about it here.

And finally, who doesn’t love Pride and Prejudice?  This amazing book has survived 200 years and has been re-invented, re-imagined and re-created in so many ways.  Here is a fun compilation of the various covers it has had over the years. Which one is your favorite?

Bon weekend everyone!!

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Happy Friday

IMG_6826.JPGHappy Friday dear friends! I hope you have wonderful plans ahead of you.  I’ll see you back on Monday! But before leaving, I thought I’d share a few fun links…

The Nobel Prize Winners were just announced and the two winners are shining advocates for young people’s rights.  Read all about it here.

For fans of the late great Alexander McQueen, the Victoria and Albert is hosting a wonderful exhibition of his works.  The exhibit was first staged in New York’s Met Museum where it remains their most popular exhibit.  The British version will feature some 30 new garments that were not included in the Met exhibit. Definitely a must see for fashion lovers! Here is a sneak peek of the exhibit.

I just came across this fascinating story about one of the more famous jewels worn by Barbara Hutton who was once dubbed the Poor Little Rich girl.  Read all about the necklace in this wonderful post.

And finally, if you are a fan of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings and you’re wondering what to read next, here are a few suggestions.

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Its all about the bass

Have you heard this one? Its one of those catchy, irresistible tunes that have you humming along (almost) against yourself.  Its also currently the No.1 song and has even gone platinum! Of course, along with success, comes criticism that this song isn’t all that its message purports to be.  Have a listen and let me know what you think..

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

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Here’s to the weekend

IMG_6591.JPGDespite the chilly mornings, it has been pretty sunny most of this week. Dare I hope that this will continue?  I’m certainly keeping my fingers crossed that we will be enjoying great weather this weekend.  Friends, I hope you have some fun and exciting things planned ahead.

Before closing the week, I wanted to share a few fun links from around the web. See you back on Monday!

So, Scotland has been in the news lately. They went to the polls to determine whether they should be independent from the United Kingdom.  It must be such a huge and momentous occasion for them. I can’t even begin to imagine how I would feel if I were in their shoes.  Whatever the outcome, Scotland will remain a beautiful country. Just take a look at this  slideshow.

Still on Scotland, here are five books that celebrate this country.  Of course there are other books on Scotland, feel free to add to this list!

And while we are on books, if you are looking for something to read, you can’t go wrong with these recent nominees from the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014  or the nominees from the National Book Award.

I know they always say that books are better than their movie versions, but I can’t help but look forward to a few movie adaptations that will soon make their big screen debut.  There’s Gone Girl and then there’s Mockingjay Part I (I’m still iffy on the whole splitting the third into two parts, but that’s just me).  I’m very much looking forward to these movies!

And that’s it folks! Enjoy your weekend!

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Finally, it’s Friday

IMG_6551.JPGThe sun finally made an appearance today but its chilly out! And wouldn’t you know it, I see the first hint of fall colors.  I hope you have great weekend ahead of you! To close the week, I wanted to share a few fun links…

One of the best things about fall is the magnificent change in colors. Here are the top places to see the fall colors.

With the change in colors come the drop in temperatures.  I have to admit, a nice coat can make all the difference.  Check out the best new coats for the season here.

And finally, H&M’s new collaborator for fall 2014 is none other than Alexander Wang.  Here’s a first look at his new collaborative line.

Have a good weekend everyone!!

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A long weekend

IMG_6408.JPGHello friends, its a long weekend in our part of the world and I know that for many, its the last hurrah before buckling down to school work.  I hope wherever you are, you’ve got wonderful plans ahead of you.

Before leaving, I wanted to share a few fun links…

Here’s a list of a couple of good Labor day reads.  I’m very excited about Amy Bloom’s new book, she’s one of my favorite authors!!

Speaking of books, I love trilogies, well-written ones at least.  Nothing like a good trilogy to lose oneself in.  Here’s a list of some great trilogies.

And just because this post is shaping up to be all about books, here’s a list of wonderful books coming out in the fall. Marilynne Robinson, William Gibson and Margaret Atwood are just some of the authors on this list, so its really something to look forward to!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Happy Friday

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Well friends, the work week is drawing to a close  and as I look at my calendar, I can’t believe how quickly this summer is flying by! Its almost August! Have you been on holiday? Or are you looking forward to going on one?  In honor of all things vacation, here’s a short round up of fun vacation related links…

Beachfront libraries –easily the most awesome idea EVER.  Where do I sign up?!

While we are on the subject of vacation and books, here’s a roundup of beautiful bookstores worth making a special trip for.

Are you a fiend for flea markets like I am? This list is for you!

And finally, because whether you’re going to the beach or backpacking, you always need a good book to keep you company. Here are nine new novels worth taking with you..

Have a good weekend everyone!

 

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Detroit’s comeback?

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Hello friends, can you believe how this week just flew by?  I hope you have a great weekend ahead of you!

For this Friday’s roundup of interesting links, I thought I’d focus on the city of Detroit.  Detroit is frequently in the news and unfortunately, its often bad news.  It is mind-boggling to think that it was once one of the richest (if not the richest) city in America.  From its glory days in the 20s to today’s crime-ridden, bankrupt city, the million dollar question of the day is whether it is possible for Detroit to become a healthy and thriving city once more.

It is a daunting task but there are encouraging signs, if we look closely.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is the crown jewel in the city’s artistic and cultural life.  I have to admit that I was skeptical but one visit was enough to convince me otherwise. It truly has a rich and varied collection and one to be proud of.  When Detroit filed for bankruptcy, one of the city’s assets that was cited as a possible source of revenue is the art collection of the DIA.  Fortunately, GM, Ford and Chrysler otherwise known as the big Three have pledged to help save the city.  Three cheers, I’d say! Here is the news.

One group has come up with their own  innovative take on the writer in residence program. Toby Barlow  and his group set up Write a House with a goal of renovating vacant homes around Detroit and giving these homes to writers.  By restoring homes in different neighborhoods, they hope to build and foster a thriving artistic and literary community.  So far, there have been applicants from  South America, Europe and India in addition to writers from other states.  Accepted writers must agree to live in the house for 2 years, pay modest fees for insurance and taxes and more importantly participate in Write a House’s literary activities. And write of course. At the end of the two year period, the writer gets the house for life.  Isn’t this just a wonderful idea? For more details on the program as well as how to donate to the program, read all about it in their website.

Another group that has decided to make downtown Detroit their headquarters is Shinola.  Shinola is proud to say that they are reviving an American tradition of quality manufacturing in a city they believe in.  They have a thriving line of hand made watches, built right in the heart of downtown Detroit and they custom make a line of beautiful bikes.  And that’s just for starters. I had the pleasure of seeing them work up close (more on that in a separate post later!) and its impressive to see.  For lovers of quality handcrafted goods, this is as handmade as it gets.  Learn all about Shinola here.

Detroit wasn’t always just burned out abandoned houses. Once upon a time there was no shortage of lovely mansions. To catch a glimpse of its rich past, check out the Fisher Mansion which is currently for sale at a cool price of 1.5 Million.

So is Detroit ready for its comeback?

 

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Friday links

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Hello friends, its been a bit quiet here on the blog but I couldn’t let Friday go without a word.

One of the blogs I really take pleasure in reading is Design Mom.  Gabrielle Blair writes with disarming candor about a lot of difficult subjects.  Its rare to find someone who writes with such passionate honesty and that’s what keeps me reading her.  A subject that came up recently on the blog was the Twitter hashtag #yesallwomen.  This is an increasingly popular Twitter hashtag and social media campaign wherein users share examples and/or stories about misogyny and violence against women.  Gaby’s post shared her own examples and the discussion that they had as a family.  Her honesty enabled dozens of readers to open up to. It is really thought -provoking.  Despite the progress women have made, why is there still so much violence and unthinking sexism to fight against?  It saddens me no end that our children, especially our girls,  will still have to deal with this.  Here is the post in full.

While we are on the subject of violence and misogyny against women, a French director Eleonore Pourriat came up with a brilliantly poignant and thought-provoking (yes, that word again!) film on the subject of sexism.  It is not long and I cannot urge you enough to watch it.  Watch it here.

Now, to end this note on a more positive note, I want to share an article on Gina Sanders, a CEO in the publishing world.   Enjoy!

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Fun Friday links

20140530-084830-31710090.jpgHello friends, its a lovely sunny Friday in our part of the world! I feel like the weekend has begun.  What lovely plans have you got for the weekend? Before heading out, check out these lovely links…

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but there’s something to be said about lovely colored gems.  And their popularity is seemingly back on the rise.

After reading this article, this reminded me of a book I’ve had for awhile (but have not had the occasion to read) on this very topic. Buried Jewels (reprinted under the title Jewels: A Secret History) by Victoria Finlay is all about her search for the origins and stories behind certain gems.  I can’t wait to dive into it this weekend!

While we’re talking about books, I read an interesting article about the rise of bookshop cooperatives as a response to the declining number of independent bookstores. I love this idea!!  Where do I sign up to get on board?  Here is the full article.

Last but not the least, how about trying out some new photo-enhancing apps over the weekend? There are 5 photo apps that you need to download if you want to do more with your photos.  Check them out here.

Eh voila! Happy Weekend everyone!

 

 

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Buy The Change USA

One of the nicest things about participating in events and shows is the opportunity to meet really interesting individuals. Today I wanted to tell you about Kari Hughes, who I met at the Turning Point event. She is the co-founder, along with her partner Shanan Bunzendahl, of Buy the Change, a wonderful fair trade group. Kari’s group works with local non profit groups from developing countries to find local women artisans. They then purchase the handmade goods made by these women to sell in the US. Their mission is to enable these women to build better lives for themselves and their families.

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Speaking to Kari, you get a wonderful sense of her commitment and zeal towards the goals of her group.  She told me how a simple purchase from us of any of their fair trade goods, enables a woman from a distant land (India, Cambodia and Africa to name just a few), to buy food for her family, gives her an independent means of income and allows her keep her children in school.  And how did she get started on this mission? She wanted to answer the call to action of a wonderful book called Half the Sky.  This is a great example of someone choosing to do something extraordinary.

Their goods ranging from jewelry to accessories and to home products are available on their website. But Kari is also available for home parties and is often at trade shows.

Now, I wanted to show some examples of their products. Keep in mind that there are a lot more in the website.

Handmade jewelry from recycled saris…

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Handmade beaded bracelets from Nepal (these are gorgeous, I bought one in pink and violet!)..20140522-092039-33639551.jpg

And finally bags made from recycled materials from Guatemala.20140522-092040-33640494.jpgIf you’re looking to buy something pretty and do some good at the same time, I strongly urge you to check out Buy the Change!

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Weekend fun links

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Well friends, its almost the weekend. And its Mother’s day too.  Have you got anything special planned? Whatever relationship you have with your mom, life wouldn’t be the same without her right?

Here’s some great advice from some famous people’s moms.

The recently held Met Ball featured some fantabulous gowns. Check them out here. Aren’t these dresses just dreamy?

Speaking of ball gowns, the new Charles James exhibit just opened at the NY Metropolitan Museum. A must see for fashion lovers. Here are all the details.

And finally, if you love books, I’ve just discovered a great new blog that talks a lot about books.  I’ve got several new ones on my list thanks to Mari’s blog!

Enjoy your weekend!!

 

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Friday round up

 

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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

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!!