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Monday, August 30, 2010

The sun also rises

Last night I started reading Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and came across the quote "Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters." The quote reminded me of a trip to Madrid a couple of years back... my girlfriends and I walked into the arena with a complete naivety towards the sport, we walked out heartbroken for the dead bull and with a completely new appreciation for America's passion for football

Monday, August 16, 2010

The photographer to know

I have been so fortunate to work with the incredible Dallas based photographer, Dixie Dixon. After she shot for the Whitney Williams Collection photo shoot we made plans to get together and take photos for the "About the Designer" section of the website. I met Dixie at her place and we took a few shots on the lake. She is so talented!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Shooting for Resort

For the past few months I have been working on re-branding my jewelry company and we finally had the photo shoot this past weekend.  The brand is built upon the idea that the jewelry is convenient enough for travel, yet stands apart no matter the surroundings. I decided to go with a resort style theme for the shoot because it ties in with the overall look and feel of the collection. Everyone did such a great job working on set, i'm excited for the website launch in a couple of months!
Photographer: Dixie Dixon
Stylist: Carlos Alonso
Model: Jenn VH

Monday, August 9, 2010

It's in the details

The World Trade Center is an unpretentious building in Dallas that houses the world's largest wholesale merchandise mart. On the seven floor expect to see the walls dripping with stones, women swiftly threading thousands of tiny pearls into hundreds of necklaces and the hushed words among the vendors spoken in foreign languages. Over the years i've fallen into the habit of asking Annie (a close friend and vendor) to show me her most unusual pieces. It may sound funny but when i'm talking to Annie I feel like a little girl looking at all of her grandmother's treasures, I especially love the pieces that have a story behind them. She has shown me buttons from emperor's coats (which I made into charms in the past) and ornate antique silver bells mother's used to tie to their children's feet so they could hear them running through the house (great pendants). I once asked her about a strand of bronze (pictured above) and she explained that each piece has been re-molded from African antique bronze and then handcarved into a the intricate beads they are today. I decided to make them into a necklace with leather, cream jade and touches of gold. I love how these little additions create a defiant juxtaposition of practicality and adventure.