Will your week include an evening, or two, of gift wrapping? I'm looking forward to wrapping gifts later this week with a glass of glühwein in hand and a mess of papers, ribbons, glue sticks, spray glue, glitter and ribbon scattered across the table. Looking for some inspiration? Why not try wrapping gifts in fabric remnants? Add a string of baubles if you need to add some sparkle. Embrace kraft paper but add sweet picture applicés from last year's cards or magazines. Wrap pretty paper or fabric in a bow of contrasting ribbon- better yet, two variations of your contrasting hue. And if you fall hard for a specific paper- wrap everything in it! If you have last minute doubts, you can always vary the ribbon. Go at it solo, enlist help, or invite some friends over. The most important thing is to make sure to have fun!
Image 1 & 2, Living Etc., Images 3 & 4, Elle Decoration (UK), and final image Pia Jane Bijkerk.
In case yesterday's holiday dress didn't make the cut for you...
This is the gorgeous ad campaign for one of my favorite collections EVER: Prada Fall/Winter 2000. 10 years old and still so beautiful!! Loving sequins for day, structured accessories, pretty hair and make-up that's barely-there. Starring the lovely Hannelore Knut and a couple of handsome fellas.
Hope you have a wonderful it's-the-holidays weekend and have the chance to really sparkle!
All images from a well loved and somewhat falling apart Prada F/W 2000 Lookbook. There's tons of Photoshop here to join double-page images and get rid of scratches and imperfections on the pages, so the images aren't perfect. Hopefully you won't notice. ;)
If only I had one in my closet! Vintage Miu Miu dress with the perfect holiday reference; peppermint candies.
Oh- mustn't forget the matching bolero jacket! Image source unknown. ;( So sorry about that! The original image is from a large format magazine with very thin pages, and it's French. Maybe I'll figure it out...
Frank Stoeckel's gorgeous pictures for the long defunct (but it was excellent!) German magazine Modern Living are a lovely reminder that silver doesn't have to be über-serious. To be modern, mix it up; old with new, ornate with clean. Give these stunners a click to view full-size.
Also, love Frank Stoeckel's website! Why is it so rare to come across a photographer's site and see decent sized images- let alone a download button! It's a really lovely website and a very refreshing, sane approach to promoting one's own work. It's difficult to marvel at someone's portfolio when the images are wee!
And now, the most convincing argument for marriage this lass has ever stumbled across! An enthusiastic hello to Christofle's new silverware, Jardin d'Eden. Designed by super-fabulous Marcel Wanders, this collection is sttttunning- definitely something to put on a wedding registry. Forget sheets, forget appliances, and forget about thinking silver isn't worth the arm power & effort required to keep it sparkley. It'd be a pleasure to clean these lovelies. The delicate pattern is typical Wanders; baroque in nature, ornate but clean. Looking forward to seeing more from this collection in the future- imagine the serving pieces! Bravo, Mr. Wanders!