Glitter & Pearls

Hand-Painted Cakes + Creative Outlets

I’m featuring these jaw-dropping hand-painted cakes over on Glitter Weddings today, but the stunning creations, by the oh-so-talented, Maggie Austin, were too cool not to share here.  Each of the former ballerina’s designs looks like a watercolor work of art; almost too good to eat … almost.  Maggie even offers a two-day intensive flower workshop in D.C. (where I desperately need to be.)

Also, I’ve noticed that the more I blog, i.e., delve into this unbelievably creative world, the more cities I want to visit and re-visit, and the more creative classes I desperately want to take.  In the past week alone I’ve considered pottery, cake painting, wire-wrapping, and novel writing.

Does anyone else have this problem?  Do you take classes “just for fun”?  Do you have the time or do you make the time?

Images Via: Maggie Austin


Vintage Maps
February 9, 2012, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Design, Travel | Tags: , , , ,

I was bit by the travel bug a long time ago, and though we’re on a budget now, it certainly doesn’t stop me from dreaming in air travel, brasseries, foreign languages, the ever-popular tourist traps, rows of quaint shopping streets, and marble-lined museums.

I love the idea of incorporating vintage maps – or any maps, really – into home design, especially because the images remind me of where I’ve been and where I most definitely want to go. Plus, maps are inexpensive, but look luxe on your living room and bedroom walls.

Images: 1 // 2 // 3 //4 // 5 // 6

Glamping (a.k.a., Glamorous Camping)
April 14, 2011, 10:27 pm
Filed under: Design, Travel

I am a music junkie.  And I dream about attending music festivals.  It’s the season of the music festival.  But I don’t camp.  I consider hotels with a portable air conditioning box (you know, the kind that sits on the window ledge) “camping.”  I cannot fathom a day without toilets; it’s just that simple.

And then Style Swoon introduced me to “glamping.”  You had me at “glam.”  I’m still working on the “ping” part.  But these pretty pretty pictures have me reconsidering.  Sort of.

{images a la Style Swoon}

I can’t lie – I’m still totally partial to indoor tents and forts.

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La Droguerie, Paris
March 24, 2011, 8:56 am
Filed under: Arts & Crafts, Sewing Fun, Travel

New to sewing, I am mostly still in the I’m-enamored-with-notions-and-sundries stage.  In Yiddish (impromptu lesson in Judaism), notions and sundries are better known as chachkas, in other words:  knickknacks, dust collectors, bric-a-brac.  In my nerdy world, chachkas are simply:  the best stuff on earth.  And so, when one of my fave blogs, Oh Happy Day, shared these incredible photographs, I had to gush about them.

This is “The Drugstore” or La Droguerie, located in Paris, France.  Filled with ribbon, beads, yarn, feathers and various crafts and sundries, this unexpected little Parisian gem is chock full of chachkas.  I am officially kicking myself for missing this perfect shop during our December Honeymoon.  Apparently, a second trip to Paris is imminent.  I do it for the love of stuff.

La Droguerie | 9 Rue Jour 75001 Paris | Métro : Étienne Marcel

Bon Voyage
March 11, 2011, 11:13 pm
Filed under: Blog Love, Travel

{image a la Could I Have That}

Spring Break here I come.  I have nominated myself the recipient of a much-earned vacation.  I promise to try to blog as much as possible … because let’s face it, I never run out of things to babble on about.  I’m hoping to tan, practice my photography skills (editorial photos of feet and wrists, here I come!), eat, gym, eat again, and all-around-relax.

And while I’m on the subject of vaca [vay-cay? (sp)], I am the world’s worst packer.  I pace my closet – all two-and-a-half feet – and then stuff every single article of clothing into my luggage.  I have three pairs of boots in my suitcase right now … I’m going on a Caribbean cruise.  This may or may not be practical footwear.  I have two ballet flats.  Two sandals – flip flops don’t count as sandals.  Three pairs of heels and I am concerned this is entirely inadequate.  Okay no more listing – this list is making me feel like I should take out a pair of shoes, and I just don’t want to.  I like my shoes, and clutches, and dresses, and tights, and jeans, and stretch pants (when the vacation jeans get too tight), and cardigans, and, and, and.

Practical bloggers lay out perfect outfit combinations and photograph their choices for prosperity and kudos.

I give you Exhibit A (a la Lori’s Shoe Blog):

I’m tired already.  I laid on my luggage and got it closed.  I consider this packing success.  (Organization is overrated.)


February 22, 2011, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Accessorize, FASHION, Travel

Swoon.  How great are these reconstructed canvas bags by Forestbound – these durable tote bags are made exclusively from found and salvaged materials.  They’re utilitarian, masculine, and one-of-a-kind.

New in the shop today (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE) — 1940’s mattress ticking outer, 1940’s work apron outside pockets, beige linen liner, leather shoulder straps. Available HERE.

And now, Forestbound is offering an exclusive line for Anthropologie!  (Leave it to Anthropologie to scour the boho fashion world for such a unique brand.)

The bags created for Anthropologie are constructed of canvas salvaged from farm grain sacks dating between 1910 and 1940.  Extra awesome.

{images a la Unstitched and Forestbound}

Just for fun: Check out this great post on Forestbound’s blog documenting a weekend haul, where the creators hunt and salvage a variety of heavy fabrics/canvases, including striped ticking/shirting from the early 1900’s, a bunch of old work aprons & grain bags, and a pile of WWII era US duffels.

Honeymoon Wardrobe
January 24, 2011, 2:55 pm
Filed under: Travel

If your honeymoon plans involve sand and sun, scoop up at least three or four of these adorable Tolani tunics.  Jessica Alba was spotted wearing an adorable Tolani Ginger Tunic (available from Black Label Boutique, $129) as a swimsuit cover-up in Cabo San Lucas on December 29th, 2010.

{image a la i heart that}