Work in progress…

work in progress, earrings making

Finally the jewelry making course at MCAST is going to be held, and I am so looking forward to it!

Next Friday will be my first lesson, and I have to bring with me a piece of metal, brass or copper because I think we are going to start making stuff straight away! wowowowowowowowowowow

I think I will share with you everything I learn during the class, it will be all new for me and might be interesting for you too if you are jewelry lovers or makers.

Meanwhile I am still working on my own collage collection of earrings, and they are coming out really well 😉

What do you think?

collage earrings, earringspassion

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From US with love – American souvenirs

Black cats earrings

Everyday is a new day, and today I am absolutely happy! The daily quote says “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything” – so true, I totally agree with this and I want to stick it into my mind forever! Well, I am also happy because apparently the jewelry course that got suspended is actually going to be held. Not sure when but I will wait 😉

While I’m working on my personal earrings collection I never forget all the earrings I bought around the world, they always give me great inspiration. Like this pair I bought in US for example.

Some years ago I ended working for Disney World in Florida at Epcot center, it was an amazing adventure, but unfortunately I quit a bit before the ending date. Anyway, when I was in the US, but flying back to Europe, I bought this pair of earrings, which I love and I wear them every time I want to downplay a more serious outfit.

These metal black cats are so cute in my opinion, I love cats and I used to have a black cat called Oreste, when I was a child, so although some may think that they bring bad luck, I simply love them, they are long, and give me a smart look with a touch of frivolity. Do you agree? 🙂

both turquoise – both Parfois!

flower earrings parfois

I had never heard of Parfois brand before I came to live here… what a pity!! I love that shop, and I just realized that is not just a small shop in a town but a big brand that sells online of course!! Anyway I still love to go in the shop and have a look around, I love their style… cheap but chic – my favourite!
The earrings in the pictures are from Parfois indeed, I bought them last year, and I use them so much! The top ones were sold in a package with another pair of blue lace bows, cute as well, but I think those ones have a more vintage flavour.
The ones in the bottom picture are so cool for an elegant outfit, nice silver drop earrings give always a smart look 😉
Do you agree?!
C u soon 🙂

drop earrings, parfois

My own collection preview :)

collage earrings preview

Today I am a bit upset, I just found out that the jewelry course I was going to follow is not going to be held, lack of participants – those are the bad things of living on a small island… but I will keep studying jewelry by myself for sure! which is a bit difficult, but not impossible.

At the moment I am working on my own collection, which takes inspiration from “everything” I see around me, it’s about famous paintings, collage, movies, music, stories – a bit of everything I love. Here are some models (just prototypes :P) – I would like to know what do you think about them – the hooks are missing hihihihi –  Thanks!

C u soon 😉

First prototypes

prototypes

New prototypes

new prototypes

Sunny Greece Part 3 – Santorini

Santorini - Imerovigli - View from Kapari Restaurant

I was looking so much for Santorini, it was the only one of the three islands that I actually saw pictures before, and I knew it was going to be the best place of the entire trip! Well, Santorini is beautiful I cannot say differently but nothing more than the other two, just different… The landscape that you can admire from Firà, Oià, Firostefani, Imerovigli is stunning and breathtaking, the so called “Caldera”. Those cities are set at about 250 metres on the sea level, so you cannot even imagine what you can see from there until you are actually there! Breathtaking is the only word that came into my mind… many boutique hotels are located in the towns overlooking the caldera, with private balconies and pools – perfect place for honeymoons without any doubt.
So I realized that Santorini can be divide in two part, one really amazing on the west coast, looking the volcano and the one on the East coast, special, but not so much as the other one unfortunately. There long black sandy beaches (because of the volcanic soil) with clean waters, and very organized. We ate on a wonderful terrace the first night in Imerovigli at Kapari Restaurant, and was simply fabulous! On a balcony watching the sunset, eating good food, and enjoying the amazing moment – I can definitely say that the sunset from Imerovigli is one of the greatest wonders in the world! The second day we decided to wake up at sunrise and have a walk through the towns, getting also to Skaros rock, and although the hard and tiring walking when we arrived there it was amazing to be just in the middle of the sea… Then at night we decided to do something different and using tripadvisor tips (we love that site!) we went to the open cinema in Kamari a really cool place and a cool idea – an open cinema where you can also have really good drinks while watching new movies.

Santorini mix

There were fine boutiques also in Santorini, they usually sells jewelry made from volcano stones like Athens Protasis, but to be absolutely honest I really preferred the ones in Mykonos and Paros. Santorini is full of visitors every day and walking around the towns is not so relaxing as I thought before arriving since there are many hills. Of course I cannot write of all the things we saw during this amazing trip, I can just suggest this trip to everyone and feel free to contact me if you wish to know more 😉 – you can see other pictures on my instagram.

C u soon 😉

Sunny Greece Part 2 – Paros

heart earrings, Melissa Store - Paros

After two days in Mykonos we ended up in Paros, a totally different island, very relaxing and not crowed at all. We stayed at the Alexandros studios in Naoussa and the owner of the place Litsa was really helpful and kind. I loved Paros, beautiful sandy beaches, but not organized as in Mykonos, wilder, but so relaxing. Going around the island by bike allowed us to see many amazing places and landscapes, we also went to Lefkes town and the Butterfly valley! The first night we ate at Soso in Naoussa a nice small restaurant hidden in the white street, we had a very romantic table under hearts and the second night at Thalassa Mou on the beach, and when I say on the beach it really means on the sand… see the pictures… we could see the sunset, after the last swim, while eating amazing food! What really impressed me by Parikia (the main town) and Naoussa were the beautiful boutiques around the towns, I bought a cool pair of earrings – I couldn’t resist 😛 – from Melissa stores, I loved that shop, every centimeter is well-finished and they sell awesome stuff. I wish I could buy everything!! Going around the town I also found out that some jewelry shops were selling a line called “kissthefrog”, but unfortunately I didn’t buy anything, but they have a website, and I hope the online shop will be ready soon. Before going to Paros I didn’t know what to expect but Greece has surprised me from the first very second I set foot on. Next island soon…. Santorini here we come!
Paros

PS. For more pictures remember to have a look at my instagram profile 😉

Sunny Greece Part 1 – Mykonos

mykonos jewelry

I just came back from an amazing trip around three Greek islands and I can hardly wait to tell you everything I saw. We explored three Cyclades islands – Mykonos, Paros and Santorini. We booked flights, ferries, hotels, restaurants many months before to be ready for this great adventure! Arriving to Athens airport we spent the night going to Piraeus Port to get on board of the first ferry that was going to take us to Mykonos. Before this trip I wasn’t sure what to expect from Greece, at the end of the day I live in Malta – which is an island itself and I come from the South of Italy so Greece was going to be pretty the same landscape… Actually it was amazing, of course not so different in colors from what I am used to, but so good in services and details – in Mykonos everything was just perfect! Mykonos town is a pearl, all white, full of restaurants, bars, fine shops and jewelry boutiques! It was a paradise for me, I never imagine Greece and Greek people had such a good taste for making jewelry, they are for sure really great artisans! Mykonos is a bit expensive, compare to the other islands, but it is like living in a dream. Beautiful beaches, completely organized, they are really customers oriented and make their best to pamper guests and should definitely be taken as example. We stayed at The A hotel, just outside Mykonos town in the countryside, but from the pool you could see the sea and we toured around by motorbike. Eating at M-eating the first night and at Ergon restaurant the second was just perfect – this last restaurant is located in an Art Hotel called Rocabella, and there is also a really nice Art Gallery inside “Nymphes Art Gallery” where you can find very precious jewellery – even though a bit expensive for my budget. I wish I could stay in Mykonos longer, but Paros island was waiting for us!…

Mykonos collage

Beautiful red pomegranate earrings

YooLa Pomegranate earrings in red

Looking around boticca.com I found those special earrings and I couldn’t resist sharing them with you… they just look really cute and delicious and are not expensive at all.

Yoola, a designer from Israel made them, and I personally think they look really cool and stylish! She used a crochet hook following a rare technique.

She was inspired by the pomegranate shape and symbolism… basically it seems that pomegranate represents many good things in life, like abundance, fertility and good luck. Nice thoughts then!

I think they just deserved a place in my future wish list! Let you know when I will physically have them on my ears…

C u soon 🙂

Walking around Barcelona – comfy style

Barcelona Mix&Match

Starting from the pair of gold and pink earrings that I bought close to Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, (read the full story here) I decided to create my personal style for this amazing city.
I am dreaming of walking around the various art treasures in Barcelona, carrying my personal casual style with me.

I chose a pair of summer boots, a beautiful maxi bag, round sunglasses to match my earrings and use all of them with two different outfits. One more girly with a nice round green skirt, not loosing humor with a funny t-shirt. And a more comfy style with skinny jeans and a white pullover.

Don’t forget a light make up!… what do you think?!

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