Let’s get a show of virtual hands. How many of you have a mound of tangled necklaces hidden in the wild and disorganized depths of your underwear drawer? I know I do! Lately, I’ve been spending a great deal of time designing custom jewellery and ‘rejuvenating’ vintage or dated pieces that customers have discovered in unused handbags, jacket pockets and even the occasional kitchen ‘junk drawer.’
This past weekend, I had the honor of participating in a wonderful Mother’s Day Pop-up at West Elm on Tottenham Court Road alongside the talented Elina of Art Snug. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of my lovely new customers for their purchases.
Next time you book a train to Paris, do yourself a favor and stay on the Left Bank in Saint-Germain. This past weekend I journeyed across the English Channel to the City of Lights and following the advice of a dear friend, booked a room at the delightful Hotel Fleurie right off Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Over the course of the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to sell my jewellery at a handful of markets and holiday fairs all around the city of London. Though some markets have certainly proven more successful than others, I’ve managed to take away a handful of key lessons from each experience that I’d love to share with you today.
This past September, I had the honor of designing the bridal jewellery for the wedding of one of my dearest friends. The bride and her husband were married in a beautiful church hidden between the rolling hills of the Costa Brava over the course of a long weekend filled with countless glasses of cava, arguably the best pan con tomate I’ve ever tasted, and dancing that lasted well into the early hours of the final morning!
Marylebone is a central London neighborhood sandwiched directly between Oxford Street and Regents Park. It’s a wonderful area that gives off a local, close-knit and village-like vibe, which is rather hard to come by when you’re residing in central London. Perhaps equally as important, Marylebone is filled with fantastic restaurants, many of which cook up a delicious and unique breakfast offering.
Nearly three years ago I took a trip to Portugal with my Mom for the very first time. We boarded an early morning flight from London and arrived in Porto just in time for lunch at the lovely Bacalhal overlooking the Douro River. After a full day in Porto, a short stay at the fabulous Qunita do Vallado (more on this later), and a few nights in Lisbon, it’s fair to say I was hooked on all things Portugal.
Just over three years ago, while spending the weekend in Michigan for my younger brother's college graduation, I had the fortune of meeting the very talented and charismatic artist, Caili Dalian. Prior to meeting Caili, I had listened to my brother rave about her beautiful illustrations, but it wasn't until I saw her infamous 'Ann Arbor Map' in person that I understood what the hype was all about.