She is playful and fierce and self-possessed – playful like a candy-flavoured cocktail with a very decided kick to it. Sweet – yes. Delicate – no. This mix of bangles and bracelets speaks to the inner romantic in us all – without being overly fussy.
Pairing up elements that remind you of a scene from a corset drama . . . elements like lace, ruffles, pearls, silks, ribbons are perfect. All of these textures evoke a sense of softness, touch-able-ness and work perfectly for setting a flirty tone.
For adding to this set, you can:
~ grab a pearl necklace and wrap it several times around your wrist – this adds a luxurious element.
~ a coloured ribbon tied in a little bow around your wrist is also perfect – playing up a delicate, lady-like feel.
~ layer with your favourite timepiece/watch – this balanced out the fun with a very business like element.
~ leather plays well with the romantic look – it plays up your uniqueness and adds credibility and an industrial look to all that sweetness.
What’s your favourite mix? Please feel free to share by commenting below!
Fall is a perfect time to pair up daring shades that echo the transitioning colours outdoors. Chilly weather gets spiced up with some new enamel colours available this Autumn 2012 – mixed up with stately plaids and prints, salvaged leather from horse harnesses, and a few addicting textures!
New designs and accessories like drapey earrings, geometric necklaces and chunky rings will be listing in Bullfinch & Barbury’s Etsy Shop soon!
Out of all the bold shades that are trending for this autumn, my favourites are the shades of orange and saffron that are too beautiful to pass up. Whether I’m whipping up a batch of Parisian macarons or set of enameled bangles, it seems like warm citrus tones just have a magnetic draw. It seems like the perfect color for mixing – it plays so well with mocha, pink, blue, and purple . . . is there a single color that isn’t set off by an accent of orange?
Top left to right : Orange Blossom Parisian Macarons with Milk Chocolate Ganache Filling; New for Fall – Enameled and Textile Necklace
Bottom left to right : Orange Blossom Water from Nielsen Massey; Mumford Wallpaper in Rust and Pearl from Thibaut; New for Fall – Teal Cape with Embellished Eternity Scarf from SecretGardenApparel.Etsy.com
The rich colors and textures of Eugène Delacroix’s oil paintings still strike a chord with me – the dramatic scenes of men hunting on horseback contrasting with the intimate glimpses of Algerian interiors is a combination too luring to resist.
Traveling to Morroco and North Africa in 1832, shortly after Algeria was taken by the French, Delacroix was enamoured with the people and clothing and daily scenes that surrounded him. By far I love the paintings he made during this time most of all. These were some of the most inspiring when I starting looking for something to kickstart my ideas for new jewelry, along with the 1930’s drama, Algiers.
“Eugène Delacroix was a curious mixture of skepticism, politeness, dandyism, willpower, cleverness, despotism, and finally, a kind of special goodness and tenderness that always accompanies genius”.