I love the work of Germain painter Cornelius Völker, particularly his hair portrait series. He brings an almost abstract quality to each piece with his saturated and heavy brushstrokes. Drama!
Competitive lawn games are a thing in my family. Nothing epitomizes summer more than a pick up game of bocce, croquet, horseshoes and badminton. And of course, a few cocktails in between. I loves Club Petanque‘s collection of retro t-shirts and sweatshirts dedicated to France’s beloved game of boules. Cheeky chic!
If you know me, you’ll know I’m notorious for my inability to keep plants alive. Yes, I’ve managed to take down even the lowest maintenance of living greens (ahem, cacti). Over watering, under watering, not enough sun, too much sun . . . it’s hard staying green! But after many failed attempts and now, a newfound motivating force, I’m happy to report that 2016 has been off to a relatively good start in the quest to cultivate my green thumb. It all started with an infatuation with handmade ceramics after taking a pottery course last fall. The understanding of the patience and tenacity required to throw clay successfully has given me a new appreciation for the art of pottery making. Not only do I hold the few pieces I’ve created near and dear to me, I find myself addicted to scouring Etsy and shopping from an immense array of talented ceramic artists. So what was I to do with my growing collection of hand crafted pots and vintage vessels? Fill them with happy plants and use them to enliven my home, of course. And no, I’m not ashamed to admit that my dedication to indoor gardens started with my love of ceramics and vintage vessels first. Plants second. Nonetheless, here are two ways in which even the blackest of thumbs can maintain an indoor garden:
Plant Shelfie: Plants are perfect for filling empty spaces on bookshelves, accent tables and even bar carts. I love using vintage brass vessels, found on Etsy, as unexpected planters. I also love the idea of clustering plants of varying heights together but also using really low and flat vessels for cascading succulents that can spill over an edge of a shelf. You’ll need drainage so I recommend punching a small hole with a hammer and nail, or drill, at the bottom of thin brass bowls and cups.
There are some pieces of jewelry that you’ll never find me without: several rings, a special necklace and a rotating group of dainty earrings – all in 14k or 18k gold. I almost only wear precious metals these days, partially because I don’t ever like removing these seemingly permanent fixtures but mostly because they last. I like the idea that these beautifully crafted pieces, using the best materials, will last me a lifetime and will hopefully be passed down to my own daughter someday. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that designer Amanda Thomas, alongside jewelry purveyors Iconery, just launched a small fine jewelry collection for the first time ever. Luv AJ‘s best sellers, like the Cross Charm Earrings and Full Bloom Rings, have been recreated using 14k gold, diamonds and colored gemstones like Blue Topaz and Spinel. Beautiful. Forever. Perfect.