Friday 29 April 2011

Crown & Cake

 

{Image Elizabeth Messina, Kiss the Groom via snippet and inkElizabeth Messina via Green Wedding Shoes}

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Friday 29 April 2011

Royal wedding gowns & tiaras

 

Royal wedding gowns and tiaras to covet.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore a scoop-neck ivory satin gown by Danish designer Uffe Frank, with a veil made from 100-year-old Irish lace that was first used by Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden in 1905. The tiara isn’t a Danish royal heirloom; it’s new to the family, having been gifted to Mary by her royal in-laws, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik, as a wedding present.

HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke and Duchess of Västergötland

Crown Princess Victoria wore a cream-colored duchess satin Pär Engsheden gown with a 16.5 foot train and a Cameo Tiara. “The word “cameo” means a precious stone decorated in raised relief.  The tiara is made of gold, pearls and cameos.  The central cameo depicts Cupid and Psyche from Greek mythology.  The seven cameos were not originally carved for the tiara, as can be seen in their different shapes and colours. The cameo tiara was also worn by Queen Silvia at the royal wedding on 19 June 1976, and continues a tradition started by Princess Birgitta, who was the first Haga Princess to marry, and chose the cameo tiara for her wedding in 1961 to Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern.

The tiara was probably a gift from Napoleon to his wife, Empress Josephine, in 1809.  It was made at the Nitot studio in Paris.  The empress bequeathed the tiara to her granddaughter Josefina who, on 19 June 1823, became the Crown Princess of Sweden when she married Crown Prince Oscar (the future King Oscar I).

Victoria’s beautiful veil was also an heirloom piece: The Crown Princess wore Queen Sofia’s lace veil. It is the same veil that was worn by Crown Princess Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia, at her marriage to King Carl Gustaf in 1976.  This veil was given by Queen Sofia to her youngest son, Prince Eugen.

Crown Prince Felipe Crown Princess Letizia of Spain leave the Almundena Cathedral in Madrid after their wedding ceremony. Princess Letizia’s off-white long-sleeved, collared gown with a silk veil and a nearly 15 foot train was designed by Manuel Pertegaz. The dress was tightly fitted on the top half while a flared sweeping skirt balanced the proportions of the attire. The upturned collar and v-neck were embroidered in silver and golden elaborate threading. She donned the same diamond and platinum tiara that Queen Sofia wore at her wedding to King Juan Carlos.

HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and Anthony Armstrong-Jones.

The silk wedding dress was designed by fashion designer Norman Hartnell. Tony Armstrong Jones renowned for his keen eye for design, had suggested that with her petite frame and low height, she should choose a classic unfussy style that would help streamline her look.   So there was no lavish embroidery, thick antique heirloom lace or heavy embellishment.  Thus the bodice had a V neckline to elongate the line from face to waist and the sleeves were also long and slim.  Thus Princess Margaret’s wedding dress was very simple and uncluttered and the silk tulle veil was satin bound.

The Poltimore tiara Princess Margaret wore on her wedding day was purchased prior to her wedding, and was seen wearing the tiara in the form of the necklace prior to her wedding and continued to wear the piece in its various forms on many state occasions after her wedding day. The Poltimore Tiara was originally created by Garrards in 1870 for Lady Poltimore, the wife of the 2nd Baron Poltimore. The tiara was sold in 2006 at an auction in Christie’s which fetched $1.7 million, far more than its $360,000 pre-sale estimate.

Princess Diana wore the “Spencer Tiara” on her wedding day.

This Spencer family piece has an elaborate design of stylized flowers decorated with diamonds in silver settings.

Princess Diana of Wales on her wedding day. I didn’t like her  meringue dress but I do love this behind the scenes photo.

{Images via mad hattery and google images}

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Wednesday 8 December 2010

Antlers, antlers and more antlers

 

    It’s time to put your antlers on ~ and they are so very fashionable.

    Be inspired by these famous antler fashionistas…

    Lady Gaga

    Mary-Kate Olsen wearing an antler headpiece for Marie Claire.

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    Wednesday 8 December 2010

    Christmas Carousel Countdown {17 days}

     

    Deer me, the antlers are coming to town.

    Hermes to All!

    A sleigh full of orange boxes ~ I’ve been sooooo good!

    Well, Anything in the “orange box” would be loved (sssshhh!!! Santa knows)!!!

    The reindeer stars in Hermes Winter Ad Campaign.

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    Saturday 27 November 2010

    olde, worn, weary beautiful things

     

    I was charmed by the discovery of The Black Spot Books via Blood Milk.

    It’s is a quirky etsy shop stocked full of leather-bound and literary goodies

    that is usable and wearable art made by Margaux Kent from her studio in Philadelphia.

    The miniature books can be worn as necklaces as well as being a tiny journal to record treasured quotes or thoughts.

    And the works are beautifully photographed often with skulls and test tubes as props.

    I couldn’t resist this Antique Baseball mitt large journal necklace, covered with a piece of brown leather from an antique baseball mitt. It is much larger than her usual journal necklaces, and I am looking forward to the joy of opening the package and feeling the leather when it arrives, having travelled thousands of miles across the Pacific ocean.

    And I was so tempted to become the custodian of this little treasure that is covered with a bit of beautiful brown vintage boot leather, and tied it with a piece of vintage deer skin. I may weaken!

    A part from my love of books and paper, it is the stories about each work that captures my heart.

    Leather rescued from an olde sofa, saddle or boot……

    Covered with a piece of antique sofa leather. Beautiful black with brown edges.

    This piece below was abused with tacks.

    I love the texture and crinklyness, as does it’s maker.

    Margaux describes her work.

    My arts are made from olde things, treasures found and recovered from misfortune and neglect, relics of the unusual, the confused and the macabre, cut and pulled and bound into wearable curiosities and inscribable keepsakes. I used to make them for me and now I make them for everyone.

    My books are made using archival insides and vintage outsides. Inside you’ll find line-free strathmore drawing paper – thick, hand-torn, acid-free pages that work perfectly with ink, pens both thick and superfine, pencil, charcoal, and myriad other mediums. The books’ covers are made using hand-picked scraps and worn leather, cut to fit the appropriate size. The leather I use has been bartered from farms in Ecuador, ripped from old chairs in Holland, taken from boots and shoes and saddles and bags and wallets, and found in abandoned houses across the United States. I scavenge dumpsters and flea markets and yard sales all over the world. I hand-stitch each unlined page to the next and then finish it with a soft or hard cover.

    Every book is made with different materials, so no book will ever have a duplicate.

    I covered this with bit a very light yellowy vintage deer skin and tied it with an orangey bit of another. One the front is the roughish part of the hide, uncut by my hands.

    I haven‘t loved a book this much in a long time. I covered this in olde black leather given to me by my husband’s brother’s father in law who is an upholsterer! Good fortune indeed! This is olde and worn mid-century leather that was removed from a sofa. The edges and cracks are brown. I cut out a little hole in the front to frame an antique tin type. I love too.

    Another black leather journal made from crackly olde sofa leather with the brown underneath sneaking through. An old little baby photo afixed upon a tintype, likely from the 1800s, adorns the front.

    There is a lovely interview with Margaux on lillyella.

    And she shares what she is inspired by:

    oh! Perfect combinations of little things.

    These things find me, and are often in cahoots with music and the way the outside air moves around me.

    Landing in strange places. The Sea. Abandoned houses. Abandoned lives. Bits and pieces of what was.

    Dreaming of going back in time. Indiana Jones and Back to the Future. Books. Words. Twilight Zone. Walking.

    Magic. Mystery. Cross over. This is what I call the spot in music where the magic happens.

    It has a name, but i forget it, like in Leonard Cohen’s hallelujah when he sings, …minor falls and the major lifts… oh. mmmmm. that spot. and when notes go up like when Nina Simone sings, “because I have loved so vainly” the vainly part. over and over these things.

    cool air and sprinkly rain and walks through it. when you start out chilly and end up so super cozy.

    cobblestone streets. imagining what it was like when…

    like when i would walk around philadelphia reading benjamin franklin’s autobiography and try to imagine him walking on the same streets, touching the same cobble stone.

    europe. i wear a ring from 100 – 200 a.d. – thinking of who wore it before.

    when i dream of flying (hasn’t happened in a long time) yodeling. running down mountains (and peeing sometimes as a result of laughter and motion) thunder. lightning. olde fuzzy music. stripes. pit fire. swimming. wandering. getting lost. freeing myself of numbers and counting for no reason. horseback riding anywhere, but in Iceland, oh. junk. junk. junk. olde things. dirt. photographs. Anselm Kiefer. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Books. Forests. Walter. Søren.

    Margaux also has another lovely estsy shop of found treasures at Plundered.

    I am always searching and often finding good things that I haven’t a use or thought for straight away.

    This, Plundered Etsy Shoppe is where I shall put these things!

    xo


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    Saturday 30 October 2010

    Halloween Grandeur

     

    It’s party time!

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    Saturday 30 October 2010

    Lovely Bones

     

    There is beauty in bones, expand your mind.

    If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet,

    you’d best teach it to dance.

    George Bernard Shaw

    {Image via unnaturalist}

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    Saturday 30 October 2010

    Skeletons & Tiaras

     

    At first sight skulls an seem gruesome,

    but there is something beautiful about the things stripped to the bare bones.

    My appreciation of skeletons comes from my beautiful mother

    who always collected bones and things.

    Bluebell, a horse head she found 30 odd years ago

    adds an eclectic touch to my home.

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    Saturday 30 October 2010

    candle claw

     

    claw

    gorgeous black or white porcelain candle holders with a mythic flair

    designed by douglas little for dl & co.

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