Denise Fiedler’s Paste

I stumbled upon Denise Fiedler’s paste creations a few weeks ago and I have not been to able to get them out of my head. Her vintage collages are youthful and fresh, but fit almost any decor. The dog portraits are adorable and I also love the idea of getting a custom piece made. Her background in interior design and fashion give her a unique perspective on art and I’m very excited to see what she comes up with next!

Tastemaker: Ray Griffiths

Australian born jeweler Ray Griffiths has spent the last 30 years creating what he calls “real jewelry”- not seasonal, but classic in design. Originally trained to refinish and restore crowns for royal family members, Ray works in rare metals, stones and gems and often draws inspiration from architecture. Lucky for us we were able to talk with one of our favorite designers about a few of his current favorites:

One of Ray’s current projects includes this Sterling Silver brooch featuring about 40cts of Diamonds Pave set. He states his plans, “I need to replace 9 missing stones, and I think it is only half of a big bow that would have been a center piece for a big pearl necklace and/or a tiara center ( my guess is it’s 1850’s French) or Austrian. It’s almost 4 inches long and a bit over 2 inches wide, all hand made. Make sure to look at the back, every setting is opened by hand to fit each stone and let the light in.” Pretty impressive! Can’t wait to see the final piece.

Visit his website here: Ray Griffiths

Trend Report: Camel Coats

When you have to step outside to brave the crisp, cool air this fall/winter, having a chic coat makes this situation a lot more fun. This season, it’s all about the camel coat. Not only is this coat uber-chic but it’s got some major closet longevity. The neutral hue pairs perfectly with almost every other color in your closet – and it looks especially striking with blacks, softer versions of beige, and reds.

Vogue 100 Under $100

One of my favorite things about the September issue of Vogue was the 100 Under $100 guide in which the editors gathered their favorite 100 fashion finds all under $100. The fab shopping guide includes everything from statement-making jewelry to home decor to essential fall wardrobe pieces. If you didn’t get a chance to peruse this month’s issue, don’t worry because you can check it all out online right here.

Zara Online! … Almost

By now you all know that I am practically Zara’s biggest fan. I love everything about the Spanish-based chain – well, almost everything. I long for the day when I will be able to shop the store from my own home with the click of my mouse. The good news is that it looks like the store is taking baby steps in that direction. You can now browse Zara online – but unless you’re sitting somewhere across the pond (i.e. Spain, Portugal or Germany) you won’t be able to add anything to your online shopping cart just yet (you can look but you can’t touch). The rumor is that we should be able to shop it online by December. I can hardly wait.

Accessories Report: Luv Aj

While the rest of us spent our after-school time chatting away on AIM or pretending to study, Amanda Thomas was turning her after-school activity into a lifelong career: Luv Aj. The 22-year-old (that’s right – just 22!) designer, who was discovered while shopping at Fred Segal wearing one of her own designs, mixes antique chains, industrial metals, and sensational stones to create her edgy-meets-feminine simplicity collection. (Note: The collection is budget-friendly too – those Ruffle Chain bracelets are just $66.) One thing is for sure: this is one designer you’ll want to keep your eye on.
Shop it here.