Black & White

Although the black and white trend seems to be prevalent in fashion right now, at least in my locale, the graphic beauty of its contrast is always in style. The painting above is Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 71 by Motherwell. This was painted in the 1950s, and it is still just as compelling today.

I’ve also been looking a lot at what I refer to as “Plantation Style”, which I will probably discuss in a future post. Hemingway, of course crops up a lot in any reference to that sort of tropical British Colonial style. When I came across this photo on The Nest, I fell in love. I love the dark wood and zebra rug, but the pairing they’ve made with the lavender walls is really interesting. Hemingway’s African adventures are drawn to mind with the rug too. I like the use of the black and white photos as well.

Another newer trend I’ve seen in interiors would be this Murano glass chandelier found here. I love the Gothic look of it. Just an amazingly dramatic piece. And Murano glass is magnificent in any color.

I won’t spend time picking out specific clothing examples of the black and white trend, as you can see them anywhere. But, here are two beautiful examples of accessories.

The Kate Spade Hugo Poppy Griffen tote has a bold graphic look. It would be perfect for toting around books or something not-too-personal as the clear pvc might give your secrets away! The bag comes with a variety of piping colors, this one being Snow.

And finally, this beautiful bracelet by Jessica Kagan Cushman. She uses the ancient tradition of scrimshaw to create these pieces with sayings and quotes. The script lettering gives it a daintier look, but the use of black and white really makes it striking.

Red Silk

Last night I held some red silk thread in my hand, and watching the way it caught the light I realized that I was inspired to create my first post – and a new blog. Red is such an amazing color – the color of happiness, the color of desire. A few years ago, I read the book Slammerkin, by Elizabeth Donoghue. It’s the story of a servant girl in 1763 who begins a life of prostitution because of her desire to own a single red ribbon. The ribbon encompassed all that fashion and high society had to offer in her eyes. It’s an interesting thought how a color can have so much impact on us. At a nearby museum, their current exhibit features Japanese painted scrolls, mainly of geishas. What I find mesmerizing about those scrolls, is the hint of red from the underlayer of their kimonos. An invitation at a subtle level, perhaps? The red silk dupioni clutch (above) is a fun little piece with the pleats. This is from Vintage June. I love the idea of carrying such an attention-getting piece with a simple dress.
Make A Wish Necklace

These Make a Wish necklaces from Dogeared are fun too. With the red silk Kabbalah bracelets sighted so often, this is an interesting marriage of jewelry and creating your life.
Reese Witherspoon’s Golden Globe ensemble also uses red to great advantage. I would never have thought to pair that gorgeous yellow Nina Ricci dress with those red Brian Atwood Dorian heels. Gorgeous.
Nicole Kidman’s Oscar dress is actually strangely reminiscent of the Atwood sandals. This red silk Balenciaga dress is so elegant. It almost has that Parisian feel to me.
My intention with this blog is to focus on all those things that epitomize style and beauty for me. I have such a desire for the stylish, the luxurious and the beautiful, and want to incorporate it into my life on a daily basis.