Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kimberly Baker Jewelry

Yesterday my dear friends Sarah and Lisa from LA were in town, and they took me shopping in Fremont, the Seattle neighborhood they used to live in before they were whisked away to the California sunshine. 

One of the gems they showed me was a small shop filled to the brim with gorgeous rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The minute I set foot inside there, wasting no time trying rings on all ten fingers, I knew this was going to be a new Seattle favorite for me. Jewelry designer and and boutique owner Kimberly Baker was there to show us all of her beautifully made designs in 18 karat gold vermeil and sterling silver, which she has been creating since a very early age. 
As a child she was inspired by her mother's jewelry box, which was set up as an altar between meditation chimes, Buddha statues and incense with no hierarchy between ornaments of worship and embellishment. Watching her mom get dressed was seen as a ritual, and jewelry and perfume were a part of every morning.
Kimberly is mainly self-taught, and her travel inspired contemporary designs translate that what stirs her imagination into objects of true beauty.

I've posted some of my favorites below, but you should definitely check out the full collection for yourself if you're ever in the neighborhood or in Kimberly's webshop.

Garden flowers

I love the scent of fresh cut flowers at home. These come from my friend's garden. Aren't they pretty?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Apartment Inspiration

Having moved quite recently, I am still very excited about adding just the right touches to our apartment to make it our own. I am a big believer in the whole 'less is more' theory, but there is still some wiggle room for us to bring in a few more pieces to make our house a home. In my search for ideas I came across these pretty pictures of other people's amazing homes. They inspired me, so I wanted to share them with you.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sasha Pivovarova Channels Her Inner Madonna

I adore this editorial for the June issue of French Vogue by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. The shoot was inspired by photos of Madonna on the street in the eighties. If you compare this spread to pictures of Madonna from 1982 and 1983 you will have to admit that model Sasha Pivovarova is a pretty convincing Madonna here.
In tomboyish looks by Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs and Comme des Garcons—with plenty of polka dots, headscarves and attitude thrown in for good measure—the two are almost indistinguishable. Love it!

Friday, May 27, 2011