There is only one problem with being a creative cat… too many ideas, too little time. At any given moment I have about 4 projects in progress and about 40 more in queue. Most of my endeavors require anywhere from a week to a month’s time but every once in a while I am granted the inspiration of a quick day project. As I was brainstorming what to pack for Costa Rica I became fixated on the idea that I NEEDED the perfect white bohemian dress/cover up/ tunic piece. As I hunted I quickly realized that I was striking out. The dresses I found were either not the right fit, had too little embellishment/embroidery, or were polyester. What to do? After a little Etsy inspiration it was time for a Maria Von Trap moment: vintage Battenburg tablecloth + 1 dress form+ 1 hour= boho perfection. I was able to find the tablecloth on Etsy and had it shipped to arrive just in time for me to transform it with a few snips and stitches before packing and heading off. As it turns out my efforts were well worth it. My dress was indeed perfect. It was great to wear over my bikini or to wear out with a slip underneath in the evenings, and it even made a great day outfit with a bralette and shorts. With summer approaching I can’t wait to get more use out of my newest piece of work… all the outfit possibilities are already spinning in my head.
Destination weddings are excellent excuses for mini vacations and adventures. Last year Eloy and I jumped on board for the wedding of our dear friends Lolly and Mark in Costa Rica. The last 6 days took their time to come but they were well worth the wait. After a 5 hour red eye, we rented a car and hit the ground running towards Manuel Antonio and the Mango Moon. Surrounded by a jungle paradise and our schedule packed with activities (like always) we still found time to treasure hunt. On the second night of our stay we headed up to Emilio’s for dinner where we would stumble upon a little treasure chest of wearable art. Eloy and I poured over a table filled with glowing stones, delicately worked copper, and thousands of tiny hand tied knots. We met Zoe and Angelo, bohemian couple and creators of all the jewelry in the pop up shop. Zoe explained to us that they travel around the world collecting the precious stones. Ah, la vie boheme! Angelo creates the copper pieces, and Zoe patiently builds the knotted pieces. The two styles are completely different but both use the stones they find on their travels and are equally stunning. Zoe’s choice of thread colours draw perfectly on the natural colours within the stones and Angelo’s copper work is inspired by the motifs of Mayan and indigenous art. Eloy chose one of Zoe’s bracelets with tan and blue thread coordinating back to a lapis lazuli stone and I chose this stunner of a necklace crafted by Angelo. It was difficulty choice. Each piece is uniquely gorgeous and the love and effort expended is tangible. I couldn’t wait to debut my newest score so on it went the night of the wedding. The copper and natural stone worked back well to this silk beige Halston dress perfect for a beach wedding. The intricate design of the copper added interest to the neckline of the simple dress. A thin gold belt and rose gold sandals (Love from Cyprus) were the finishing touch with a bit of shine.
To see more of Angelo and Zoe’s work, look them up on facebook or email them. Angelo Ravicini: Anylluz@hotmail.com Zoe Dayan: facebook.com/creaciones.zoe.dayan
Around this time two year’s ago Eloy was trying to figure out how to pop the question and I was getting excited for our trip to Mexico City. Six months into marriage it’s interesting to look back on the range of experiences and emotions Eloy and I have been through these past two years. The only way to describe the period of engagement prior to the wedding is hyper-excitement. There is a flurry of activity and a showering of love. The to-do list is long with tasks you never thought of, one line item being engagement photos. Our engagement photos took us to the Palm Springs desert on an especially hot day where we would brave the scorching heat to capture our couple-hood in editorial fashion. Years later these will be proof to our children that we are undeniably more cool than they can imagine and a reminder to ourselves that we were/are pretty awesome. Thanks to professional makeup and photography, and a bit of vintage styling we have these timeless photos of such a fleeting time to cherish.
Photography: Walid Azami Hair and Makeup: Giovanna Paramo