Spring has always been all about colour. Gone are the drab earth tones of winter and I know I can't wait to bust out the bright colours! But what about wearing more than one bright colour at a time? It's called colour blocking and it's a super hot look both on the runway and off.
Bold colour combinations can be a little intimidating. But if you think back to the colour wheel (remember, art class?), you have a useful tool to help you de-mystify colour blocking in all it's glory.
There's all sorts of advice on colour blocking combinations out there, so I'll keep it brief with some of my favourite combinations.
By far the easiest way to get into colour blocking is by using a monochromatic scheme. Think tone on tone shades of the same hue. The beauty is that you can go as subtle or as bold as you like. Blue on blue? Easy peasy. Hot pink on magenta? Whoah - look out!
It's also hard to go wrong with analagous colour blocking. My favourite combination this season are greens and blues. Think leaves and water, spring green buds on a branch stretched across a blue sky... it's an easy, natural and subtle introduction to colour blocking. Green and blue are next to each other on the colour wheel - the very definition of analagous colours.
If you are feeling confident and bold in your colour experimentation, go ahead and tackle complimentary colours - colour opposite each other on the colour wheel. This combo can get a bit tricky, you don't want to end up looking like a christmas decoration in bright red and green. Think softer, subdued tones vs. their primary counterparts.
If you're not ready to commit to colour blocking with your full-on outfits, take some baby steps with your accessories! Use the same rules to combine unexpected bright pops of colour. These bright blue earrings would look great paired with a summery sea-foam green top in either a solid or a print. That's right, green and blue again! Or if you want to try out a complimentary colour pop - try these amber earrings with a soft blue blouse.
I've created a fun colour block page on Pinterest with more great links to explore. If you are on Pinterest, let me know if you want to play along and I'll send you an invite to post pins on the page. The more the merrier!
On a related note, people often wonder if these vintage glass stones I use are indeed really vintage. I go to great lengths with my suppliers to ensure that the glass stones (or cabochons as they are known) are true vintage pieces. I recently enquired further with a supplier regarding one particular stone. Here is their response:
"If a stone comes in its original packaging with the country of origin listed, we try to remember to add it to the description (we are not always successful). Those particular stones did not come in a package, so I can't tell you 100% where/when they were made. However, I can tell you that nearly every other stone that came in with those was either West German, vintage Czech, vintage Austrian, or vintage Japanese. Additionally, many of our other moonstones are West German, so I would say I'm about 95% sure they were made in Western Germany, and I'm 100% sure they are vintage. We very, very rarely buy new stock of rhinestones . . . We prefer to buy the old ones because they are more unique/interesting".
So there you have it! Larger glass stones are getting harder and harder to find in perfect condition. I imagine their prices will start to rise as the supplies get more and more limited, but for now they are still an affordable indulgence. So indulge already!
Here's a link to my latest newsletter with the condensed version of our travels, (minus the mushy stuff)!
What else... oh yeah - these are new! Pretty awesome interchangeable charm earrings - they are like 3 pairs of earrings in one.
Happy New Year! This is a nice way to start a year off...
PS - the photos credited to me are actually Mr M's shots... of course!
Yes, already! It's only December 8 & 9 this weekend, but for me it's my last show of the season. Whew!
But just because It's my last show doesn't mean that I'll only have picked over stock to choose from. Oh no, quite the opposite! I've been on quite the creation bender this week and have a whole bunch of new pieces to choose from. Lots of sparkly business for the holidays, made that perfect length to go with your holiday dresses.
Each piece is hand made from vintage costume jewelry brooches or clips and is indeed OAK: One of A Kind. Some of them are actually made from two brooches stacked together in an assemblage, such as the round cameo piece above, and this stunning one below;
Treat yourself to a little affordable luxury - prices start at $75 for the simple pieces, up to $125.00 for the glorious sparkling piece shown above. I'll also have plenty of earring nummies for you to choose from, including these charmers below...
If something here catches you eye, be sure to arrive early as they are one of a kind pieces. Bonus - if you arrive early enough, there are amazing free swag bags given out to the first 50 people!
Keep in mind the location change this year, and I hope to see your smiling faces there!
I moved my studio into the 1000 Parker Street building earlier this year, so this will be my first year participating in the huge arts event known as the East Side Culture Crawl. If you've never been, it's time you did! Artists throw open the doors of their studios and embrace the public to take a peek inside their daily creative worlds.
1000 Parker is merely one of the buildings involved in the Crawl - but it's the biggest. It's an old maze of a building, with something new to discover around every corner and on every floor.
Friday November 16th is opening night. There might be wine and some small snacks. Come on by and check out my new space!