r&r | new york

my family just moved to ithaca, new york so last weekend i went to visit them. to my surprise they've shed their city ways and decided to build a lake house. (this is shocking because my family has never been a big fan of large bodies of water. once when we were at the beach, my aunt decided it was too dangerous to play in the ocean because large bodies of water are evil and sweep you away. her solution: the whole family stood in one long line, held hands and carefully waded into the water and let the tiny waves dance around our feet. i'm pretty sure we looked like a cult.) here are some views of one of the lots they are considering. hoping this one is the winner--it's so serene.


onyx update | custom wedding orders

it’s wedding season which means long (but fun) deadlines for me. here are images of a july custom order piece i created for a  lovely bride. she wanted a traditional necklace remixed with vintage and non-traditional elements to complement her french lace gown. the result: a piece that mixes three types of vintage (the jeweled pavé  clasp, silver-plated marcasite connectors and pavé  links) with traditional materials like swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls. it was such a fun piece to work on and very sparkly and commanding in person. she also wanted jeweled earrings for her bridesmaids to match their navy, silk bhldn dresses. here’s a sneak peak of one of the earrings below. it’s a mix of vintage maracasite (to complement the bride’s maracasite), brilliant tanzanite stones, swarovski crystals and silver-plated connectors.  in customary onyx feather style all bridal necklaces and custom orders come packaged in an antique cigar box. i will post images from the wedding when the photographer gets them up. right now i’m working on a necklace for a non-traditional bride (buckets of fun!); i will share those after her wedding!



diy | rolling nordic hills dinner decor

j from boundary line just did a diy post on how to create a simple, nordic-inspired table runner for a dinner party. it’s inspired by the surprise onyx feather city collection themed dinner party the girls threw for me a few weeks ago. they really nailed translating the lookbook into nordic-inspired dinner décor--using moss is brilliant. i also love this flickr image of the icelandic hillside that inspired the johanna necklace. check out the diy details here.

images | dinner decor-ginervitis_ | rolling hillside- ornello  | johanna necklace - arthur moeller for onyx feather

parisian glamour | marion cottilard

the styling is impeccable. the small scale mixed prints, the way the vintage christian dior dress accentuates her tiny waist and derriere, the bright pops of vivacious red and the tiny, emerald-hued ring. this is parisian glamour at its best.  image | vogue & coffee


model crush | joan smalls

love her work. modeling despite her scoliosis only makes me appreciate her hustle even more. via moment blog.

onyx feather | city-inspired dinner party

a few weeks ago my tribe surprised me with a dinner party to celebrate the “best of dc” washingtonian mention. the theme was onyx feather and every course was from a different city collection. i’m so blessed to have such a creative, thoughtful group of friends; i treasure them like the hope diamond.  even the table décor reflected the rolling hills of iceland. here are a few pictures from the dinner party courtesy of emily. haley made tangerine-ginger caipirnhas (a nod to our rio collection)—they were so fresh and delicious. here’s a link to her boundary line guest  recipe post on how to make them. you can skip the rum and just use ginger ale instead to make them liquor free as well. yum!

                                                       images via emily b  | drink via getty


destination | san francisco

been off the radar again. this time i was in san francisco—love this city so much.  i ignored the touristy things this time around and spent more time exploring the mission district and the castro. i have never eaten so much food within a 96 hour period of time. each bite was the equivalent of a child blowing air into an expanding tiny balloon that was threatening to pop. now that i’m back on the east coast i am barely hungry; i think my body is still living off the rich fat from gorging buttery french deserts, authentic tacos and spicy turkish food. i feel like i’m two steps away from temporary gout like the old british kings. here are a few images from the trip. for a full recap of my bay area food adventures check out the boundary line blog here.  and for a peek at my vintage and boutique hopping travels click here. the crème brulee food truck in berkeley is brilliant and evil all at once. who unleashed that on society?


blog travels | festive drinkware

this chilly anthropologie recipe for watermelon margaritas has me coveting the drinkware. more festive drinkware on the boundary line collective blog I contribute to here. heading south for a fun weekend. so excited for a break from this sweltering hot, 100 degree heatwave! via anthropologie.
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