Friday, December 17, 2010

This may be my favorite collection...

I discovered this slide show on The New York Times last week and can't stop thinking about it. These are two shots by Valerio Mezzanotti of Chanel's Metiers D'Arts Collection. The collection is a special showcase for the decorative crafts of the Parisian ateliers that have worked with Chanel for decades and those that the company have recently acquired - Desrues the costume jewellers, Lesage the embroiderers, milliner Michel, feather artisan Lemarié, cobbler Massaro, floral designer Guillet, and silversmith Goosens.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Amazing 1920's cape by Caroline Reboux. French, of course, and made of silk. Inspiration!

festive lunch

This past Monday I decided that a relaxing long lunch was in order and so booked a table for lunch at Chez Pannisse Cafe. We started with a lovely glass of bubbly and settled in by the bar before we were seated in the beautiful atrium. I was secretly hoping for this seat! I had the most delicious avocado and beat salad followed by a pesto spaghetti. It was all very delicate and perfectly seasoned.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Summer Kitchen

My hubby and I popped into Summer Kitchen yesterday and enjoyed a perfectly cooked crispy chicken sandwich and blue bottle coffee!It is such a cute, welcoming space with a great communal table and open kitchen. We will definitely be back to try the brick oven pizza.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Latest Ring Design

This is one of the most fun and creative designs I have created since working at Pavé. The gem is a silver topaz which was cut by Richard Homer. The work shop did an amazing job, Yas Tanaka hand fabricated the ring and Roberta Tanaka had the challenge of setting this one of a kind gemstone. The ring is made in platinum with a diamond halo. I am very excited to present the finished piece to the client this week!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ring of all Rings...

Kate Middleton is one lucky lady! Her engagement ring is none other than the late Princess Diana's. Stunning 20ct blue sapphire and diamond ring.

This is my latest art work. Birds seem to crop up frequently in my collages and I am not entirely sure why. It could be the abundance of imagery in my sources or just that they are such beautiful forms and lend themselves so well.

Tale of the Yak and Parfums Del Rae

I went for the first time to 'Tale of the Yak' boutique this week. It is an eclectic mix of victorian mexican and french findings. They have cherry picked items such as milled soaps and hand made candles to georgian and victorian 'momento mori' jewelry. My mother in law introduced me to Parfums Delrae, which they carry in all scents. Sophisticated, classic French fragrance with nice modern packaging. DelRae Roth herself was a graphic designer and I love her aesthetic. Check out her online shop!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

new website!

New website is up and running! I just need to add to the collection and illustration sections some more to beef them up a bit!
Check out the site here at

Holiday Cards!

I got an early start on my design this year! A little sketch with Morgwn, Lilly and me.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hawaii in January!!

Just a little trip for 7 days of sun, sand and cocktails! mmmmm. We are staying at the Koa Kea Hotel in Poipu Beach.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Penguin Classics

I recently purchased a set of these gorgeous penguin classics from Amazon. I love the nostalgic covers and patterns. These are the kind of books you have forever and I plan to collect the whole set!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sisters New Site!

Louisa Preston has completed her new website Please check our her work and enjoy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

little trip

I am planning a little trip to Yosemite next week on my days off with Morgwn and the pooch. There are many great places to stay and I'm liking the canvas hut idea! It's been a long time since I hiked and I am really looking forward to spending some time outdoors and taking some photographs.

Heath Bazaar

something cool to do next week!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Website for Pavé

I have been working on the new website design for Pavé. Michael has several unique one-of-a-kind rings that are really amazing and we plan to incorporate his sketches with the photos.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Back into Grunge

Forgot how good Alice in Chains is!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Cook Books!

Beautiful to read and to admire for the artwork, the series of cookbooks by Alice Waters is a must for any kitchen! I just acquired the Vegetable and Fruit editions in hardback and I am dying to try some of the recipes this week! I'll post some pics of my attempts soon!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Miu Miu Hat-Trick

Miu mius fall/winter 2010 collection hits three glossies at once!

Monday, July 19, 2010

I love this lobster rug designed by New Orleans artist Shelley Hesse. Available at Anthropologie.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Blair Castle Wedding

The wedding pictures are here! Taken by the amazing photographer Nigel Lumsden. There are so many great shots, I cant wait to create the album and frame up the classics!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wedding is Upon Us!

I am getting married in 17 days! I found this picture of Grace Kelly and love the feeling of her wedding, classic and timeless.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Gift from Hawaiian Client!

My client from Hawaii came in today to thank me for the custom pendant and ring I designed for her at Pavé.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

My bridal shower was this past Saturday and it was an amazing day. My step mother in law gave me this pen! I love that it donates to Unicef, my favorite charity. The pen has 18k gold inlay and a blue sapphire accent. I cant wait to write with it for years to come.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dyeing Begins!

I am working on textiles for a fashion collaboration with jewelry designer Sakura Haru. We are aiming to have a small collection complete and shown by mid September.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wedding Favors

For the lassies I decided to give classic books of traditional authors and poets. A little romantic touch and I just love that each cover has a different patterned cover!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Spode Cup and Saucer

Tea just doesn't taste like tea without the smooth china lip of a real cup and saucer! I covet my spode 'blue italian' set.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fashion Shoot Location

I am working on a collection with jeweler and designer Sakura Haru. We are searching for perfect locations for the fashion shoot and think we've found it! Sutro Baths in San Francisco! We just need a photographer and hair/make-up genius!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I don't know who took this picture but its sheer genius.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Florence Travelers Bag!

Contents of which will soon contain: wallet, euros for gelato, sunglasses, lip-stick, travel guide, museum tickets, mints, camera, water, tissues, journal, pen and room keys!