My recent infatuation with signet rings has led me down a deep rabbit hole, tracing it’s fascinating history all the way back to 1800BC in Ancient Egypt. For centuries, signet rings have been used to signify authority and seal business transactions, with symbols engraved in stone or etched in metal and then stamped on hot wax. Fast forward to the 16th century when wearing signets in Europe became a status symbol, mostly amongst royalty and aristocrats. Today, they are worn blank or monogrammed and most of the time, purely as a fashion accessory. I’m continuously on the lookout for a storied vintage piece, as well as a more masculine signet, to stack alongside my modern version. Scroll down for some of my favorite picks – you might find your own initials emblazoned on one of these gorgeous antique signets!
You can always rely on Hungarian designer Sandra Sandor to inspire with the ease of her silhouettes and the unexpected combination of textures and colors. This season, a softer and more muted palette allows the emphasis to shine on some wonderfully structured shapes and beautifully knitted details. Flared blouses, side slit knit skirts, loose fitting knit fringe dresses and soft suede babouches, get in my closet now.
Let’s talk about how Anthropologie is simply killing it with their new House and Home collection. I spent part of my afternoon yesterday flipping through, and basking in, their latest catalog – their most comprehensive lookbook to date. It’s just oozing with bright ideas and beyond gorgeous inspiration. The concept of wallpapering the fireplace nooks and staircase risers with bold, patterned wallpaper intrigues me and over the top statement pieces, like a carved wooden crane armoire and a hand beaded chandelier from Mexico, have me fantasizing . . .
By extracting elements from his worldly travels and his love of mythology, cultural traditions and different eras of art history, German-based artist and illustrator Olaf Hajek creates wildly colorful and fantastical paintings. Each piece draws you in deeper and deeper with the intricate amount of detail, making all of us believers in his magic.
When the real feel is -8, it’s all about the coat.