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Weekend fun links


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




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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Who’s idea was it anyway?

One of the reasons I like twitter so much is because I get to read a constant stream of news from all over. And since I make jewelry, I follow a lot of fashion related news tweets. One of the stories that caught my interest recently is about a brewing “fight” between Vena Cava and Alice + Olivia, two relatively young and cool brands.  Vena Cava accused Alice + Olivia of copying one of their prints from the 2012 collection. (read the full story here).  This is the print in question (photo courtesy of, with the one on the right belonging to Vena Cava and Alice + Olivia on the left.

 Vena Cava Olive Alicia

But are these original prints to begin with? Its not. Both designers both admit that they were inspired by other prints when they came up with these dresses, one by a vintage dress owned by one of the designers and the other by a vintage wall screen.

The idea of being copied is something we all have to contend with but its especially true in the case of designers.  Creating a piece of art, or jewelry, or clothing is in a lot of ways a very personal matter.  It involves putting a lot of oneself in each piece which makes the issue of being copied really personal in turn.  But how can you protect yourself and your ideas from being copied? Having an online presence makes it even easier to be copied because your designs are out there for all the world to see.  Unless you’re name is Gucci or Chanel (and even Chanel doesn’t manage to win all its trademark battles as this story shows), its very hard to trademark something you’ve created.   Legal and financial difficulties aside, how can you prove that your design is really yours and is truly original? Is anything ever truly original and born without being influenced by something else?

This is something I think about long and often. I like to think that what I create is truly original and one of a kind. I take pride in the fact that no two pieces are the same and once something has sold, I cannot repeat the same piece. So you get an original in that way. But I’m also endlessly inspired by so many other artists and just about everything can be an inspiration.  These influences can’t help but filter through in my work.  I suppose I draw the line at taking someone’s design or idea and replicating it exactly or so close to the original as to be almost indistinguishable.  Is this a good line to draw? Or does it leave too much leeway?  I don’t know. What I do know is that I can (and should) get inspired but I won’t ever copy.

Now did Alice + Olivia copy Vena Cava? They’re certainly very similar to each other. But maybe its a really popular look or color scheme because look at this dress I just got from a recent trip..


At least mine has ribbons in it!