LET’S MAKE A DRESS

IMG_4492There 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.
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Collar de Costa Rica

IMG_6604Destination 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

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Desert Flowers

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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

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SALTON SEA SAFARI

IMG_4192This year’s holidays were a stay-cation for the Flores household.  We love activity and can usually be found rushing from one event or adventure to the next, so taking time out to be homebodies was unnatural but much needed.  After we had our fill of movies and our favorite shows on Netflix we started planning our getaways.  Little day trips here and there around Southern California to explore.  The last day of our freedom found us at the Salton Sea.  Eloy’s friend Noe told us about it and said that he likes going there but wouldn’t recommend it. Eloy and I enjoy the rare and strange so of course we were interested, plus it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take the vintage dress Eloy gifted me for Christmas out and about. The dress was meant for me.  It fits like a glove, the jersey fabric is soft and cozy, plus the pattern is amazing.  It’s not an animal print, more like an animals print: baboons, tigers, and antelopes to be more specific. This is the perfect travel dress. It is comfortable and modest, but it still accentuates the body so it’s not frumpy. The neutral colours are season-less. Overall, it is a very versatile piece. It looked great against the otherworldly landscape that surrounds the Salton Sea.  The best way to describe the area is eerie. Once a hot vacation spot in the 50′s the Salton Sea is now more of an abandoned bird sanctuary with a strange landscape.  Massive salt fields, bubbling mud pits, and obsidian deposits make up the area surrounding the massive placid lake.  It’s a type of modern age ruin.   We ran into people, but not very many. Every so often we came across a tiny dilapidated town with little signs of life and strange isolated factories with steam (or smoke?) billowing from the chimneys. There is not much to do but driving around and taking in the odd landscapes was entertaining enough for us.  We would step out of the car here and there to see the birds or take a closer look at some oddity.  It doesn’t seem like earth.  Everything is a bit alien and off about the place.  It was the perfect Sunday day trip before we headed back to reality.IMG_4165IMG_4188IMG_4164IMG_4173IMG_4169IMG_4181IMG_4185IMG_4141 IMG_4145IMG_4136

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