Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New stuff at Etsy

I completed this way back in August, and even named it Leandra, and then totally forgot all about it. *tight slap on the hand* I guess I was contemplating whether to put it at colette, or have it in KL, or put up at the Etsy shop.

So now, it's up at the Etsy shop. Do drop by (click here) to take a closer look... :)

The Next It Thing

From the same little genius who gave us the the statement beaded loops a few seasons back, comes this irresistible tangle of snakes.

Alber Elbaz does it again. Expect to see this too-much on celebrities and/or fashion victims, and in the pages of umpteen fashion and accessories shoots throughout this season.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Day Ruhi Got Her Ears Pierced

A little nervous to begin with...

...and a bit teary-eyed just after.

"But who cares, the camera's on me and my new earrings!"

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Rochas Ready-To-Wear 2010

Where I am digging the palette, and anticipating some wraparounds and bib necklaces to come out of for the summer...

(pics via style.com)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The MAYA & RUHI Jan10 Collection - Monet's Garden

This season, MAYA & RUHI pays homage to my hands-down most favourite painting in the whole wide world, Claude Monet's "Garden Path in Giverny", circa 1902.

I love it so much because it was painted at a point in Monet's life where he had already gained recognition for being the founder of Impressionism, and had just settled his young family in a country house with a sprawling garden, in Giverny, just outside Paris. The painting is of his very own garden. And that's a whole other story...

Monet's garden is legendary, and a masterpiece in its own right. He designed the entire layout himself, putting in pathways, ponds, and even Japanese-inspired bridges. He picked every single species and variety of flower, and determined where each would be grown. And according to their colour and bloom phases, Monet orchestrated the look of his garden through the seasons.

Monet's garden is open to the general public at a small fee today, and is managed by 2 supervisors and 8 gardeners. It would be an absolute I-am-not-worthy privilege for me, if I could make my way to Giverny one day, and revel in Monet's garden for an afternoon. I will be the one walking up and down the paths and bridges with audible whimpers of ecstasy, and most probably, tears of joy rolling down my face. And then to get me back up on the tour bus, you'd have to slap me silly.

"Harmony" earrings

As such, the "Monet's Garden" Collection is a celebration of colours and how they all come together. I love how there is a high-density of hues in the painting, and how there is not quite a form, yet you know what's going on, which is what Impressionism is all about.

"Garden Shade" , "Garden Rain" earrings

The pieces are all aptly titled, echoing the garden's beauty and sense of harmony. So most of them are based on flora...

"Rosea" rings

"Bouquet" earrings

"Honeysuckle Blush" choker

I am particularly proud of the multi-strand chokers. They are so feminine, yet so dramatic; so chunky in itself, yet so delicate to look at. There is a strong connection in both colour and form. And if you look closely enough, you might just find that piece of MAYA & RUHI in "Garden Path in Giverny"... ;)

"Of Marigolds and Fuchsias" choker

"Water Garden" choker

What you have seen here is just a part of the collection. The entire ensemble is making its way to Kuala Lumpur as we speak, and should be on the shelves by the weekend. Any more specific information, Rachel is your woman. ;)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Best Dressed at The Golden Globes

In my opinion, it's Toni Collette in Elie Saab.

(pic via e!online)

More New Stuff at Etsy

I managed to get my hands on some very pretty glass briolettes and I am on a roll with my signature Chic and Unique hoops.

And I will be making more of them in a slightly smaller size, now that I know how to... :)

(click on the pics to get to its Etsy listing for more pics)

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Pop of Socks

I am going to try and get away with socks under my ankle-strappies. But first, I must get a billowy skirt, a nerdy blouse, and a bowl haircut... ;)

(pic via The Sartorialist)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

On My Lust List...

How genius is a Mix 'n Match Watch-n-Bracelet, you tell me? I chanced upon this on one of my many magazine forays, charged towards the website, only to find myself even more smitten by the entire idea of creating your very own piece of La Mer.

You can either shop from the existing collection, or customise a piece for yourself. La Mer's website has this really clever feature that lets you pick your preference of a watch face, a strap colour, and a set of charms, and bungs it all together seamlessly, to entice you into clicking the 'Add Watch To Cart" button.

Very dangerous stuff, if you're the click-happy Internet-shopper. You know, the type that zone out and start chanting "Got. To. Have.". 'Coz seriously, these things are just too goddamned cute!

(Funny thing. I showed Maya the website so she could have some fun mixing and matching, and she said, "Why would anyone want to call their stuff 'Lame-er'?")

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New at Etsy

I am going to try my luck at putting some of my more luxe pieces online. Currently, most of them are at colette. But let's see how this goes...

This sophisticated boho number is of natural African turquoise, carnelians, Swarovski pearls and onyx, and accented with 24K gold plated 925 silver. I love how you can wear it wrapped around for a more luxe and formal double-strand effect, or as a single long strand for a more dressed-down but equally elegant look.

For more pics at the Etsy shop, click here.

Monday, January 11, 2010

On A Yoga Tip

I discovered today that I could get into the Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (King Pigeon Pose) quite easily. And boy did it feel GUUUD!

With the elbows pointing to the sky, I got a lovely stretch all through the torso. And then I held the elevated ankle with my hands, arms parallel to the floor, and gave a gorgeous squeeze to the shoulder blades, and a highly liberating opening of the chest.

Best feeling in the world, I tell you.

My next conquest: the Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Inverted Staff Pose)...

(pic from about.com and yogajournal)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy New Year Giveaway Result

Ruhi does the honours this month, because Maya is frantically practising on the piano before her piano teacher arrives.

And the winner is...

Congratulations, Anoymous Iv! Please email me your mailing address, and your prize will be on its way! :)

Thank you so much everyone for playing! It has been really good fun. Hope to see you around the blog AND at next month's Giveaway!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

More Scenes from London

Here are more pics.

These were from my Me-time, when I marched off to the Victoria and Albert Museum with much excitement. I had the privilege of viewing the exhibition Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts. The following snippet is taken off The Luxury Channel.

It was, needless to say, absolutely breathtaking. I even got to see the mind-boggling Patiala necklace "in the flesh"! I have often googled, read about and breathed heavily over pics of this iconic piece of jewelry, and, I tell you, no photography/videography can ever capture the slap-in-your-face bling on this beauty. I was, indeed, very happily, slapped in the face.

On my way to my most favourite place to be in the whole wide world, the Victoria and Albert Museum.

And right-smack next to the V&A, the Natural History Museum. Also pretty awesome, with, among lots of other things, a huge collection of stuffed birds from around the world, and an entire upright T-Rex skeleton in its neo-classical lobby.

The underground walkway that leads you directly from South Kensington tube station to the cluster of museums.

Incredible !ndia on a London cab. Could be cute, could be satirical. Depends on what kind of hang-ups you have. ;) As for the Crown Jewels, let's not go there...

Ah, the gorgeousness of a rose shop (yes, they sell ONLY roses), complete with rose petals strewn outside. SOO-PER!