The power of girl talk

Alcomar Patio in Austin, TX
A great side effect of girl time is that I am always trying new fantastic lunch spots! Today was at Alcomar on South 1st.

I was planning on writing a Deep Thoughts post today, as it’s been awhile, but then my first thought became so long, that I decided it was worth some more brain space. You see today had not one, but two situations where I was with awesome ladies whom I see at least once a month for some girl time. The first was Cynthia who came to the studio this morning so we could work together and plan out her accessories for an upcoming conference. We’ve been talking about doing this for some time and decided it would be best to bring the dresses. It was a great plan and worked really well, so yay for that! The second was lunch with Kelly with whom I have lunch every month where we gab about mostly my jewelry business and her in the works handbag business. We share what’s been going on in both and end up usually each bringing up a dilemma that we end up brainstorming over.

What is amazing is that both of these events were relaxed, chatty and super fun. I however was at one point taking notes at lunch because we stumbled upon a solution for a few problems I was having and I was afraid I would somehow forget them. Really there is no fear of doing so as I am so excited about what we talked about. This morning while I was pulling jewelry from the closet and draping it all over Cynthia, it was very clear what I needed to focus on for the next few seasons and I was so inspired to design them. On my way home from lunch, all I could think about was how much I love that women have such a natural rhythm of talking about things. The conversation always circles around and flits from one subject to the next and comes back around to touch back on things. It jumps and gains momentum as we get excited and so much is always covered! It’s pretty amazing how I felt so refreshed, inspired and excited…simply by hanging out with friends for a couple of hours each!

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Current Obsession: Doorways

Door, East side Austin, TX

For the past couple of years, I have been obsessed with doorways. So much so that I began collecting them on Pinterest. I like to scroll through them and just gaze at their beauty. I never really think about what lies behind them or the people that go through them,, its all about the door and its frame. This is not an obsession exclusive to pinterest…when I spied the above door at a party a few years ago, I spent half the night standing by it, just to be close to its awesomeness. It’s a really good door.

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Dose of Inspiration

Vogue Italia, September 2014

I dread putting lights on the tree. It’s my least favorite part, but it’s such a great feeling when it’s done, isn’t it? In my procrastination of doing this task, I found this beautiful image from Vogue Italia, September 2014. Fitting, no?

You can see more beautiful and inspirational editorials on my pinterest page, here.

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Current Inspiration

Submerged

I often find that in gathering images that inspire me, the obvious theme is not apparent right away. This happened with a collection of images that are hauntingly beautiful that I came to call “Submerged“. They are as you may imagine, photographs of bodies submerged underwater. All are of women, sometimes in gowns, sometimes with their heads not visible and above the water line and range from standing to floating to diving. I love everyone of them and would pet them on the head each night before I went to bed if it were possible.

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Current Inspiration

Umbrellas in Italy

I’ve been obsessing over umbrellas recently. I’m not too picky about the kind, in the ground or the the carry around variety are both equally impressive. I prefer them without people though. It’s the patterns for sure, but they tend to be on beautiful beaches and the rain, both of which tickle my fancy. I enjoy them so much that I have an entire board devoted to them! What are you feeling inspired by this week?

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Current Inspiration Obsession

Dock

One of my favorite things about Pinterest is that it encourages you to obsess over specific types of images to your hearts content. I have gathered hundreds of images of life’s minutiae such as doors, icebergs, water and skirts. All in the name of inspiration. You never know from what your next great idea will come. My current favorite board is all about Docks. Well, docks, boardwalks, diving boards, piers and rafts to be exact. I’m only up to 43 images so far, but I’m pretty sure that by next week…it will double.

What are you currently obsessed with?

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Wear this while looking at that

Wear this while looking at that

Wear this Yellow Happy Pills Necklace while looking at that Chihuly piece

Wear this while looking at that

Look at those Bahemian starfish while wearing this Ocean Waltz Necklace

Wear this while looking at that

Wear these Zenina Sweetest Things Earrings while looking at that hibiscus

Wear this while looking at that

Look at those adorable elephants while wearing this Eleanor Over and Over Again Necklace

Most of the time I find inspiration in images when I’m designing but sometimes I see already designed jewelry in images. This jewelry pairs pretty well with photos from pinterest, doesn’t it?

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Wear this while looking at that

Caribbean Queen Necklace

Look at that beautiful parrot while wearing this Caribbean Queen Necklace

Rhona Insects Are all Around Us Necklace

Wear this stunning Rhona Insects Are All Around Us Necklace while gazing at that magnificent sky

Way Back Then Necklace

Look at that lovely beachy art while wearing this Leala Way Back Then Necklace

Pink Happy Pills Necklace

Wear this Pink Happy Pills Necklace while eating those delicious maracons

No One Like You Necklace

Look at that gorgeous bug while wearing this No One Like You Necklace

Slow Ride Necklace

Wear this Slow Ride Necklace while looking at that amazing sky

Most of the time I find inspiration in images when I’m designing but sometimes I see already designed jewelry in images. These statement necklaces pair pretty well with photos from pinterest, don’t they!

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Art that makes you question if its art

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland 1997-98.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland 1997-98.

I have always had a love for art that makes you look at it and wonder if it’s art or not. I’m not talking about street art type things, but more of the wrapped trees variety above. How gorgeous are these trees? I know that to see them in person would be such a different experience then a small photo on a blog, but I love it none the less. Installations have always been high on my list of favorite types of art, and I swear the fact that Magda Sayeg, the founder of Knitta Please was based out of Austin is what made me first want to live here many years ago. I keep a board of them on pinterest (of, course) and am always delighted when I stumble across an unexpected installation in my path.

Peeks at a few of my favorite installations (see details in Pinterest)
Peeks at a few of my favorite installations (see details in Pinterest)

One of my favorites that I visited in NYC when I was in high school (and it still exists!!) is The Earth Room. Its basically an apartment in SoHo that has been filled with nothing but 22 inches of dirt and has remained that way for three decades. It was actually created the year I was born and hopefully will last as long as I do. The Dream House was also a favorite, but that seems to be closed at the moment. I’ve noticed over the years that installations are not for everyone, even some my classmates in art school hated them. But those who love them, like myself, never get over the delight of experiencing them and are glad that art like this exists.

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