January 17, 2013

Color Craze: Ginger Snap

Food has influenced my jewelry in so many ways. The smell of a dish, whether savory or sweet has inspired some of my most colorful pieces. Spices always elicit special creative fluidity. Ginger, well, the color that comes to mind most when you try to envision the flavor, has been a bit of a design obsession. I delight in seeing the color everywhere from lipstick to home furnishings. 

Images: (above, top, left to right) Ginger Snap Cookies, Ginger hair, Ginger Taupe laminate (bottom, left to right) Carnelian gemstone beads, Ginger root, Ginger jars 

The golden reddish-brown hue is so rich and warm, it can add a power punch to neutrals. Using Polyvore to illustrate, I teamed it with a classic cream sweater dress and added ginger peep toe suede t-strap heels and a stylish leather bag. Wear with my chunky Ginger Snap Necklace and you've got an extra spicy but sublimely sophisticated look!

What do you think of the color, Ginger?

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January 7, 2013

Loving Lovely Lace

Image Credits (top left, clockwise): Fabric Stock Exchange, Neiman Marcus, Chictopia, Chloe, Stella McCartney

Call me a lover of perforated fabrics. I've made no secret of my adoration of eyelet. There's something fashionably appealing about the delicate airiness of openwork cloth. Lace gives me a similar feeling. Although the art of handcrafting the fabric has been lost over the years, what we see in stores today is artfully made by machines of course but its beauty has not been lost entirely.

At one time, most often used for lingerie, bridal gowns and decorative table covers, you can now find lace being worn for day with jeans, on gorgeous cocktail dresses and interwoven into our favorite accessories. A long way from tablecloths and napkins, for sure. No matter how you choose to incorporate it into your wardrobe, keep this in mind: too much it and you risk walking a fine line between Victoria's Secret and Victorian times.


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