Thursday, 30 July 2009

Paisley Prints with a touch of gold....
Eyelid-like prints....

Just like cross stitched work.... Sorry it is not visually telling enough... I am not going to forget my camera next THursday!

So as usual we bought more than what we need for the kids clothes collection. Coming Soon.... Will blog more about it soon.

Textured Fabric....

THis piece of textured fabric has 2 tones of blue and scattered colors of green and brown. Not a great image but the actual fabric is lovely. Bought 2 meters for what I do not know....

Very missioni....

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Luv the print.... Are u inspired? I am! Blogging via my iPhone.
Looking forward to fabric sourcing n buying tomorrow...

Jim Thompson

A dress I designed. I used Jim Thompson's silk ( paisley print) I purchased from the outlet (hence cheaper than the regular boutique) and a 1-ply smooth Thai silk in champagne color and i had a local tailor sew it together within 3 days. This was for a Wisconsin Alumni reunion (turned out to be a political talk by the Prime Minister, Abhisit) but thank god he has a good sense of humor.

Classic Elegance....

Persian Queen... Hasttie thank u for allowing me to post this pic of you and don't be shy. A classic shot like this needs to be shared. Hasttie is a dear friend of mine and i can't wait for the day i return to California to visit her. This picture was taken at her wedding.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

From Basic to Bows. Some Must-Have Black Shoes

Black Ballerina Flats: A must! Recently purchased one from Bally and I have to say, these are incredible for travel but make sure you get used to them at home. Season them out before you travel with them. Speaking from experience.

The Height Enhancer Pair.... Tailored look with a fabulous finish: Bottega Veneta's simple leather pumps. How much of an enhancer? 4.5 inches high!!!! and plus plus 1 inch platform.

Or Is this your "Must have" style? Ferragamo Fall collection 2 2/3" stacked heel known as "Liage" How about something more fun! Yes from Basics to Bows! by Valentino . By the way, Net-a-porter is currently offering free shipping. Don't Miss.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Vintage Inspired Engagement Rings

Tiffany's legacy is possibly one of the most popular, sought after engagement ring. Inspired by Edwardian period jewelry. However, I think it's been overly copied by jewelers.

why not pick something less conventional, like the late Princess Diana's engagement ring. I think Blue sapphires are quite outstanding too esp. the ones from Kashmir, which are favored by the industry for its velvety blue. Its color is considered to be the most valuable. Burmese Sapphires are also highly regarded. Commonly given the name cornflower blue. Sapphires are also found in Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil and Africa.

I have been searching for that classic yet simple setting. Of course, it has to have that vintage essence...I find vintage works so charming and especially pieces that involve filigree, "wire works"or milgrain (small ball on the edges of a jewelry piece or aka ridges) Filigree, an ancient old technique, is very delicate work that requires skillful craftsmanship. The goldsmith will be working with very thin threads of gold or silver...almost like stitching or embroidery work down on a piece of jewelry. I had a previous posting about Indian gold and those pieces are such fine examples. Note the string of beads along the edges of the setting, that's known as milgrain.

Note the string of beads along the edges of this engagement ring's setting, that's known as milgrain.

My sister is getting married (the customary one) this October and this design above is similar to her engagement ring. A simple prong setting with channel setting of melee diamonds along the shank. A simple, timeless, & elegant design. For a customized engagement ring, please contact us here.

The Sharart bespoke experience begins with a phone call or email to discuss ideas and materials desired. Sharart Bespoke strongly encourages you to provide the inspiration for your very own bespoke piece. We will then present you with designs and a selection of stones if required.
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Tuesday, 21 July 2009

A Jan Steen household

The Dutch proverb “a Jan Steen household” originated in the 17th century and is used today to refer to a home in disarray, full of rowdy children and boisterous family gatherings. I can totally relate to that. My father has 11 siblings and my mother has 7 and that makes 20 of them. in all, I have 28 cousins. via Julie Blackmon and i shall quote her: "The struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate. Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dates, work, and trying to find our way in our “make-over” culture, we must still create the space to find ourselves. "

Friday, 17 July 2009

Thursdays...usual Excitment

I wish there's an extra 3 hours or so on Thursdays. As much as i yearn for a proper breakfast such as egg Benedict which will definitely make me very happy, I hardly have anytime to make myself some hot choc. Well, i am going to try to make simple french toast (without the summer berries)

It's unfortunate: I havent found a place in Bangkok that makes exceptional ones.
Remember visiting MiniBar Royale once and was utterly disappointed in the eggs. They make some great cocktails and dinner but definitely not breakfast. P, K and I took the doggies (Bella and Happy) to the bar one day and it's amazing how dog friendly that place was. The first place that gave us a warm welcome and... the dogs were served before us.

Made a very quick trip to SJ and had my designs finalized. Spoke to K's uncle who is always so helpful and patient with me. So glad he understood my designs because I think that's a very important step as he has to communicate with the goldsmiths how the pieces should eventually look like. Met up with my partners in Chinatown. Went all over the place to find good quality thai silk and ribbons. Found none but ended up buying some imported fabric for K's work shirts. We decided to visit Jim Thompson and try our luck there. The outlet had quite a varied selection. Here are some prints i spotted on their website and coincidentally, i realized some interesting partnerships. I spotted Benjarong.

Benjarong Collection is a porcelain company that used to make exclusively for the Siamese royalty. Today, these pieces are available to us and i cant wait to obtain my first set tea set from them. Heavily inspired by Indian and Persian motifs, these porcelain wares are very exciting and colorful. I literally enjoy these pieces a few times a day because their gallery is just a few steps away from mine...So inspired by the intricate details on these porcelain.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Claire Coles Wallpaper & More

collage1 goldenClaire Coles

Oh I love love love her work...Claire is also on Flickr. U can find her here. Thank you decor8 for sharing.

Indian Jewels: Gem Palace of Jaipur

“Our family was brought to Jaipur around 1700 by the Maharaja, and we were his official jewelers for many years,” says Sanjay Kasliwal, who is responsible for running the shops and also designing some of the jewelry. Soon their work will be housed at Metropolican Museum of Art. Works Shown above.

I also have some Antique Indian pieces here in my antique gallery...Enjoy! Guess what's this? Nosering for the lady. They are all 22-24 k gold hence quite soft and fragile but the work is impeccable.

More Wallpapers!

Love the colors! Love the pattern....
This is Claire's wallpaper roll. Hand stitched work. Check out here work here.

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