Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Seconds of Style #6: Timeless

Whilst strolling down Portobello Road on Saturday I came across these very interesting pendants made from the skeletons of vintage watches. Such an innovative way to reconstruct the past into something unique and modern.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Seconds of Style #5: Heirloom

I just turned the big three zero and my gorgeous Grandma passed me down a very precious heirloom as a surprisingly wonderful birthday present.

The gold pin set with rubies belonged to her Grandmother and dates back to the late 19th century. The combination of the flora and wishbone is both unusual and beautiful. It really reiterates for me the importance of the past for current fashion and that true style is timeless.

There is a prevalent trend for using elements of nature and everyday life in costume jewellery at the moment and a host of new designers that use everything from insects to hot-air balloons as subject matter with the wishbone strongly featuring in this trend. Californian based designers, Dogeared www.dogeared.com, are a front runner, their ethos is to create beautiful jewellery that makes a hopeful and happy statement. Dogeared 'Make a Wish' necklace shown below.
British jewellery designer Alex Monroe, www.alexmonroe.com, has become famous for his nature inspired pieces, in particular his bee necklace (see below), however my favourite are his feather pendants.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Seconds of Style #4: Beautiful Bottles

My Aunty has an obsession with all things antique and has been collecting for over 30 years now, it helps that she has fantastic taste. Her collections range from large vases, jewellery boxes, sugar bowls, dressing tables and my favourite - perfume bottles. In the vain of giving my readers 'little moments' of beauty and style, here are some pictures of these beautiful bottles.

The intricate glass work, unique bottle stoppers and opulent use of colour is just something we don't see today. I draw an immense amount of inspiration from the frivolity of antique design.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Seconds of Style #2: A Very Simple Triptych

Making your walls look gorgeous doesn't have to break the bank, especially if it is for a baby's room. With a brand new nephew I decided to make some cute and original artwork for his nursery. I started out with the idea to paint silhouettes of nursery rhyme characters using complimentary colours.

I ended up just choosing cute childlike images found online. I bought three canvases, 25 x 25cm for $2 each and used paints and brushes that I already had. I chose three colours and intermixed them for images and backgrounds.

 The result is simple, colourful and fun - and the best part, it only cost me $6!