*well...formerly a southern child...now she's a southern mom raising a city baby. and when she has the time, she's on the hunt for all sorts of inspiration.
part jeweler, part designer, a dash of artist with a side of silly

Monday, January 27, 2014

wedding belles...

This past summer, I was very honored when one of my nearest and dearest friends in the whole wide world asked me to not only be a bridesmaid in her upcoming wedding but also make jewelry for the bridesmaids.  Emily is the sort of friend everybody should have...she's the coolest girl you'll ever meet, quite possibly the smartest, and without a doubt the most fun.  She is the best kind of friend...one of those rare people with whom you can always be yourself and pick up right where you left off the last time you saw each other.  I am so flattered that she has kept me as a friend despite the distance between Birmingham, Alabama and New York City. (And I have learned over the past eleven years that sometimes that distance is enough to make even a great friendship fade.)
As I mentioned before, Emily is just a cool chica, so it is inevitable that she would plan a cool wedding shindig.  Case in point: she wanted each bridesmaid to feel as comfortable as possible on the big day.  None of that typical fussy wedding stuff for this bride...we got to choose our dresses; wear the shoes of our choice; and even pick our own hair-do's.  No wedding nazi with a side of bridezilla here.  Just fun and friends and love.  Like I said: one cool chica. 

Since the bride had decided to let each of us customize our bridesmaid dresses, I decided to customize the bridesmaid jewelry as well.  Seven pairs of custom earrings were made for the bridesmaids, plus one more pair for the bride. 

The earrings, all related but each one a unique design, were made from rose quartz, freshwater pearls, agate and crystals, making the perfect complement to the second half of the gift, a stack of pearl bracelets.   

A mix of freshwater pearls with pink and peach agate created the perfect complement to the barely there pinks and mix of whites in the bridesmaids' bouquets.  Sterling silver and gold vermeil accents in the jewelry mirrored the metallic touches found throughout the wedding reception, and flax colored linen made rustic yet sophisticated pouches for gifting the jewelry.  Left over linen was torn into strips and the bracelets were bundled with a simple bow for safe keeping until we walked down the aisle.    

Linen pouches
Freshwater pearl bracelet sets
22kt gold plated earrings

And one cool wedding shindig it was.  Everyone ate, drank, danced and laughed the night away.  I think it is safe to speak on every guest's behalf and say it was the best time.  I mean, how can you not have fun with seven different flavors of wedding cake?!  (Not kidding.)  But more importantly, we all knew we were in the presence of the real deal.  It was in every way a happily ever after in the making.
Congratulations to one of the best girls I could ever know!  I couldn't be happier for you guys.  Thanks so much for including me in your big beautiful day.  I love you so much!!!


Friday, January 24, 2014

couture crush...

Happy Friday y'all!

It's no secret that I have a love affair with Couture.  Even before I knew what Couture was I knew I loved it.  I don't know...maybe it's the Scarlet O'Hara in me, but I've always loved a big beautiful dress!
There were, frankly, too many gorgeous styles to choose from this season, but here is a tiny sampling of the beautiful looks that have been marching down the Parisian runways over the past week.

I am particularly obsessed with Giambattista Valli's collection this season.  In my humble opinion, it is perfection in every way...which is why he gets to have two pictures :)  One day when D and I retire back to the South, I plan to spend my days sipping mint juleps on the veranda of our plantation home while wearing one of his gowns...

Just saying...

Have a happy weekend! 

photos via instyle.com

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Don't go breaking my heart...

I'm loving these quirky Valentine Kits from Paper Source.  They would be the perfect activity to pass  the time away on a snowy day like today... 

It's definitely an arts and crafts day at Chez Pea...
This morning we attempted to go out on our terrace and play in the snow...it took more than fifteen minutes to suit up, and we were outside for about 90 seconds before someone was heading for the door.  My baby may have been born in the city but he enjoys the snow about as much as his southern mama :)

Stay warm today!


Friday, January 17, 2014

here and there...

Happy Friday!
This weekend, l'Pea and I are on our way to South Carolina to celebrate the first birthday of our favorite little couture baby in high style!  And what better way to say "Hooray!!!" than with a wee bit o'glitter???  Since I am on a quest to use more glitter in 2014 (#1 on the list), I have compiled a few shiny and sparkly ideas (or "farkly", as the Pea says) from here and there so that we may all enjoy the weekend with a bit of glittery gusto!   

1.) A DIY sequin heart here 
2.) glitter sugar champagne rims there (also glitter votives, glitter wedding cake and glitter favors...my kind of wedding), both from 100 Layer Cake...

1.) Glittered coffee stirrers here 
2.) spray painted branches here (would also look great in gold glitter) 
3.) glittered mason jars for the perfect candle holder there

And finally, glittery drink stirrers here...

And speaking of celebratory gusto...my lovey dovey hubby took me on a date last Saturday night, complete with sky high heels, light hearted conversation and lots of food.  It was a blast!  We started out at this wine bar and then ended the night at this little place around the corner for shared plate upon shared plate...I highly recommend both if you're looking for something new and delicious!

Have a gorgeous weekend!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

one night only...

Over the weekend I happened upon these gorgeous images of Giorgio Armani's One Night Only show in NYC.  Spotting them first on Dust Jacket Attic (a long-time blog crush of mine...Debra's taste is impeccable) I knew I had to see the rest of the shots immediately.  I especially loved the dramatic back views captured by Ann Street Studio, each one more stunning than the next.  
Here are a few of my faves from the show hosted just down the street from Chez Pea on the Super Pier...

I can't get over this last image...it's spectacular.  Which one is your favorite???

Go to Ann Street Studio to see all of the looks from Armani's first show in America.