Singing in Color

When my eyes landed on these amazing color prints, my heart just started singing.  These oh so gorgeous prints by NYC based artist Caitlin McGauley showcase a whimsical and magical side of this city.  Her mix of colors is genius. I love how bold and confident the strokes are, like she’s sketching with her brush.

Seeing beauty in the everyday…

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And last but not least, this is the print I am stalking in her shop.  It’s sold out right now but hopefully more will come!

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Scent of My Youth

Scents are like songs- one whiff and it instantly carries you back to another time, another place.

So, meet my youth:

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I dug up a half empty bottle of this perfume in my bathroom storage bin last night.  One spritz and I was gone.  Back to college: John Mayer songs on replay, an empty dorm room full of promises & possibilities, stolen kisses, a green green campus (I choose to forget Philly winters), a hopeful optimism that was buoyed by every new face and experience.

I look back to that time with nostalgia. But I would not necessarily want to relive it.  Once is enough and you preserve the good times as vividly as you can in your memory bank.  A spritz once in a while doesn’t hurt either.

Gifts for Mom

For once, I am not scrambling this year for a mom present.  Foresight sometimes does pay off. 🙂 But it’s always fun to shop for moms (I tend to scratch my head for dad), because the possibilities are endless!  Here I’ve put together a quick (and very pink…not by design actually) gift guide for anyone looking for fresh ideas.  Enjoy!

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1. Rose & Cardamon Bathing Salt from Marble and Milkweed, $20  Bath = Total Relaxation
2. Peach & Gold Dot Dish from Upintheairsomewhere, $28 For the kitchen or for mom’s little accessories
3. Rose & Gold Leather Clutch from GiftShopBrooklyn, $74 Made of vintage table cloth, this clutch is perfect for weekend errands, garden parties, or summer nights out.
4. Silk Pink Peonies from Braggingbags, $20 Yes real flowers are lovely but they don’t last, so consider this beautiful alternative. 
5. Art Nouveau Rose Gold Locket Square Keychain from DresdenDollz, $85 This gorgeous piece dates from 1920s Central Europe.  Put your baby photo in it for mom’s keepsake.  You can also turn this locket into a necklace pendant. 
6. Together Necklace from Mica, $32  Do you live away from mom? Gift her this cute 14k gold filled ampersand necklace as a reminder of your togetherness.

 

 

Be Jeweled

Yesterday I took a much needed walk downtown, taking full advantage of the gorgeous 70+ degree weather.  On my little meander I wandered into Doyle & Doyle, a gem-like boutique housing a breathtaking collection of antique and estate fine jewelry.

From the moment I stepped into this cozy store, I felt as if I had entered a private gallery or museum.  A wonderful array of Edwardian, Victorian and Deco jewels were artfully displayed in simple shadow boxes on the wall, with neat little captions pinned on the wall explaining the materials and background of each piece.

There is something very alluring about owning a vintage or antique jewelry piece.  It’s like acquiring a living, breathing thing that has had a full life of its own before your time.  And as you wear and mold it, your own story becomes ingrained in its crevices and curves, turning it into a multi layered piece of human history.

I’m getting a little carried away here but just look at these beauties!

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For more pieces, visit their site or stop by their shop!

Color Therapy

I am in the process of helping a friend with her wedding decor.  After months of dormancy, I busted out my watercolor and brushes.  It made me realize how much I’ve missed painting, watercolor in particular.  There is something so soothing about watching the water, color pigment and paper texture mix in unexpected ways.  You can never fully control the execution of watercolor and that’s the magic and beauty of it- a nice metaphor for life, eh?

Here are some gorgeous watercolor prints I found online, sure to brighten up any Monday morning:

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metamorphosing

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Jessica Durrant

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