I am totally and completely head over heals in love with the new fall collection from Venessa Arizaga (NYC). Her mixed medium creations combine cotton and lurex thread, metal chain and crystals in a goth meets artsy aesthetic. These are going to be perfect to combine with fall’s big, slouchy knits. When you wear them with a crew neck t-shirt it looks just like it is the collar of the shirt – talk about the best way to elevate an outfit. Hurry in and get the pick of the litter! They are selling fast!
We were feeling a bit stuffy in the shop today so we ventured to the garden of our favorite wine bar, Bottlehouse. If you have never been to Bottlehouse in Madrona you must pop by. They have the most wonderful selection of beverages and snacks. Baguette with honey and creme fresh butter, please! While gracefully sipping water (I know, but I had to go back to work!) I did my best to channel the fragile yet breathlessly beautiful “Daisy Buchanan”. Step 1. Wear a large floppy hat. Step 2. Pile on the pearls. Of course, my “Daisy” had to have a little edge so I combined my pre-requisite pearls with this wonderful Xenia Mara hematite coated chain waterfall necklace.
Necklaces (top to bottom): 1) Pearl strand (personal). 2) Hematite covered chain and pyrite waterfall necklace by Xenia Mara. 3) Tiny seed pearl and pave diamond bead necklace by Hitchcock Madrona. 3) Ring Necklace by IOSSELLIANI (can’t really see this one).
Rings (right hand): 1) On my middle finger, I have my simple diamond eternity band. I am really enjoying this ring beacsue I can wear it on 4 out of ten fingers. 2) On my index finger I am loving my personal sterling silver signet ring. Both designed by Hitchcock Madrona. *More on the new signet ring to come!
(left hand): 1) On my index finger I am wearing a vintage sterling silver, enamel, ruby, and aquamarine ring procured in Paris by Hitchcock Madrona. This was an amazing find in Paris! I love the color combination – black (oxidized sterling silver), white (enamel), ruby and aquamarine. Truly one-of-a-kind. I am so lucky to have found a few great pieces for our collection in Paris (lucky because shopping with a 2 year old in a foreign city is impossible). 2) On my ring finger I am wearing some faux gold bands from my personal collection.
These aren’t actually men’s shoes (my feet are not that big), but they are MADE like men’s shoes. I purchased these in Orvieto, Italy on holiday with my family in June. These are handmade in Italy with substantial materials and detailed finish work. It struck me – women’s shoes are NOT made with substance. I could feel the difference just by picking up one shoe. I was sold.
Earrings: Sterling silver, brass and waxed linen earrings by Winifred Grace.
Rings: (left to right) 1) Sterling Silver monogram signet ring by hitchcock Madrona. 2) Indian head penny (1905) and sterling silver ring by Shannon Koszyk. 3) Steel “Ace” ring (personal).
I am off this weekend for Casey’s family reunion tomorrow. Dustin will be in the store Saturday. Then D and I are off to Edmonton, Canada for an inspirational trip. Kate is back in the store on Sunday. Yeah!
We just got a brand new assortment of items from Surplus. They are tribal, industrial, whimsical and artsy. All pieces are made from recycled bits and bobs. We never know what Harriet will come up with next and it is always a treat seeing a new collection. All of these pieces would be amazing paired with a draped white silk blouse.
Harriet describes the layered piece to the left as “very Santa Fe” and we agree. The little iron heart details on this necklace are the best part, in my opinion.
She was also inspired by childhood games such as tic-tac-toe. Can you see why?
As always, quantities are limited and pieces are one-of-kind. Come visit if you are a fan of Surplus.
Before a mummy was entombed in Ancient Egypt a scarab was placed on their neck to accompany them into the after life. The scarab symbolizes your journey into your darkest places (scarabs live in dung) only to emerge stronger. These concepts were so inspiring to us that we created the hitchcock Madrona Scarab Pendant. It is made from a 2,500 year old scarab imported from Egypt. Available in 18K gold or silver (bright or oxidized) with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Each necklace is unique and handmade. We have turquoise, carnelian and lapis scarabs in two different sizes. Prices range from $795 – $1550.
Pictured: Large Turquoise Scarab in 18K Gold with Rubies (hitchcock Madrona), Layers of Vintage Brass Necklace (Xenia Mara), Amethyst Bullet (Unearthen).