explorations and adventures… The Little Kings love a good museum

November 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am thrilled that my family happily indulges my love of visiting museums. I am continually inspired by artworks old and new. Ofcourse, for some, it is more fun to be photographed with the art then to contemplate it…

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explorations and adventures… photos New York, Spring 2012

June 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am continually inspired by texture and color patterns. Take for example this colorful warehouse we passed as we rode the train to New York this spring. Wow! I can’t wait to see if I can get these texture and color variations in enamels.


Although much of my work is based on graphic images, I strive to visually transform them so that they are perceived as three dimensional.  Take a look at this detail from a bridge in Central Park… we had perfect weather!

Have you visited the High LIne yet? This spring it was gloriously green and filled with flowers. Looks like new buildings are sprouting up along the High Line too!

Vintage Flower Statement Necklaces

May 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Nature is a primary source of inspiration for color, texture and form combinations for my work. Whether I’m driving New England back roads or wandering conservation land near our house, the creative juxtapositions of colors, textures, shapes, and symbols, even in my back yard, are endless.

Statement Necklaces with 1960s vintage enamel flowers, vintage glass and lucite beads.

Using both found objects and my own designed vintage inspired components, the vintage statement necklace collection is designed around eye-catching focal points and intentionally combines earthy with elegant. Usually colorful enameled flowers and rhinestone floral spray brooches take center stage, inspired by my love of gardening, and especially the flowering Clematis vines that bloom in the back yard all spring and summer. I have pretty much planted them to cover every vertical surface!

Late Spring Flowering Clematis Vines, in our Malden, MA garden.

Whimsical yet sophisticated color and texture combinations play a huge role in the unique personality of each piece and in the success of a statement necklace. Customers are very intrigued by the vintage craftsmanship mixed with the contemporary creativity of the collections. The handmade pieces are wonderfully original, combining artistry and imagination with functional details. I strive to create bold yet versatile jewelry that is also comfortable enough to wear all day, and easy to pair with any outfit. That is why ergonomics and wear-ability is carefully integrated into the design of each piece, resulting in jewelry with personality, that you can really live in.

Vintage Statement Necklaces with Enamel Flower Brooch, Vintage Glass and Lucite Beads.

It has always been my dream to own beautiful, confidence building jewelry, and that dream was the catalyst for becoming a designer. The right accessories can transform a simple, everyday top or dress into the outfit everyone remembers. While each woman is different, being genuine and original is key to a successful style no matter what your taste or personality. Be true to yourself, and try not to be concerned with trends or the opinions of others. Whether you love big, bright, contemporary statement earrings, or your grandmother’s favorite necklace, accessorize yourself with what brings you happiness. Adornment should be inspiring and a reflection of your individuality. When you feel good about yourself, you approach the world with confidence, which is the ultimate in polish and style!

Color Trends Spring 2012

February 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

For Christmas this year my mother-in-law received the gift of a closet clean out. Shirt by shirt, pant by pant, her daughter and I gave the thumbs up or thumbs down, and when all was said and done, I think she had about five outfits left, and this was out of a very full walk-in closet. The main culprits? Clothes that were too large, ill proportioned, or the wrong color for her skin tone. Now, with all that real estate to fill, she is eager to shop the new spring collections.

Shocking red, pumpkin, apricot, pink and vivid yellow, combined with english greens, turquoise and sandy nudes. Image from weconnectfashion.com

If you are in the fashion or retailing world, you probably have been thinking about Spring 2012 color and fashion trends for several years already. If you are a trend analyst, you are traveling the world now in search of new trends to create innovative forecasts for Spring 2014. If you are my mother-in-law (the average consumer), color trends might fall into the same category as “what should we have for dinner?” You are living in the moment!

Navy blue, teal, blend of browns, creamy beige's, leather, suede and polar white, with accents of blue. Image from weconnectfashion.com

Trend forecasts are created anywhere from 18 to 24 months ahead of the selling season. The forecasting is approximately a six month process involving extensive travel to seek out samples of new and innovative fabrics and materials, to take pictures of trendsetting locals on ‘the street’ and their organic fashion silhouettes, and to be immersed in culture, politics and the global environment – all of which can impact fashion trends. The goal is to paint a comprehensive picture of where consumer taste, style, and sensibility is headed. For the fashionably curious, trend research and reports are available online from many sources. Pantone, Peclers Paris, (you can find Peclers Paris colour trends HERE.) and mudpie and mudpie trends (you can find examples HERE) all have great reports that include color, silhouette and style information.

Different seasons have different and reoccurring color trends, and for spring you typically see bright warm colors in vibrant tones. For 2012 there are classic reds, elegant corals, saturated yellows and soft pastels, along side cool neutrals like gray and navy, as well as metallic and cream.

Pantone Spring 2012 Warm Color Trends - Perfect for Warm Skin Tones

While trends are great for adding fresh air to your wardrobe, another important factor is your personal coloring and what colors will make your features shine. Which colors you select to wear is very important, because the right colors can add clearness or glow to your skin and enhance the color of your hair and eyes. Take time to determine your best colors based on your skin, your eyes and your hair. What is the underlying color in your complexion? Is it warm or cool? Once you have determined your skin coloring, you can select the fashion and makeup colors that are most flattering to you. Warm complexions have yellow, peach or red undertones and look better in warm tones. Cool complexions have pink, violet or blue undertones and look better in cool tones. A stylist once told me that your face should be the center of interest, not the color or colors being worn. If you have light hair and delicate colored skin, avoid intense colors. If you have strong value contrasts in hair and skin you can wear strong contrasts such as black with white.

Pantone Spring 2012 Cool Color Trends - Perfect for Cool Skin Tones

Knowing your best colors will help you feel more confident about your wardrobe selections so that you can look and feel beautiful, always. You may find, however, that some seasons none of the trend colors look good on you, or you might feel that your wardrobe lacks interest because the pallet of colors is limited. Accessories are great way to add accent and update – a bright colored belt or handbag is an elegantly simple way to stay current. Just remember to wear your most flattering colors around your face. And have fun with it! We could never have cleaned out that closet without a sense of humor.

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