Giambattista Valli Spring Couture 2012

Giambattista Valli‘s haute couture collection has been described as pure fairytale.  I couldn’t agree more. I can only dream of having a reason to wear such pristine gowns and cocktail dresses. The belts and jewelry, created out of pure sheets of silver by Luigi Scialanga, as well as the hydrangea-like floral accessories are truly stunning. Can you hear Giambattista’s phone ringing for dress requests for the Oscars?

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Mini Bar

I’m looking forward to the first Sunday of February so I can wake up early to scour my local flea market for a vintage bar cart. I figured it’s about time I pull my pretty collection of glassware and bottles out of their cabinets. After all, when the clock strikes 5, having the makings of a cocktail within reach is absolutely necessary – wouldn’t you agree?

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Reconstructed Works

Pep Ventosa‘s style of deconstructing and reconstructing photographic images to create new mosaic-like works is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. His process involves taking as many as 101 photographs of a single subject and then piecing them together like a jigsaw puzzle, creating an entirely new visual experience. I am in love with the image of La Pedrera in Barcelona – I think Antoni Gaudí would be proud.

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DIY Gretchen Jones Necklace

A couple of months ago, while visiting New York, we met the lovely Gretchen Jones and were fortunate enough to spend an entire day crafting in her über charming Brooklyn apartment. Not only is she amazingly talented and fascinatingly storied, Gretchen is one of the most humorous and genuine people we’ve gotten to know.

After raiding a local hardware store for supplies and hardware, we spread out over her workspace, and whipped up several pieces of jewelry while sharing anecdotes. One of our favorite pieces was a necklace inspired by the honeycomb Universe necklace from Gretchen’s collection. With some brass rings, neon cording and a clever trick courtesy of Ms. Jones, this bold statement necklace is a cinch to DIY! (PS scroll down for the giveaway details!)

 

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