Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quote of the Month

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am in love with these dresses from CLF by Claire La Faye. Aren't they gorgeous? Now I just need a fancy event to attend so I have an excuse to get one for myself!

Photo Shoot

I recently did a LUCIUS Jewelry photo shoot with some friends of mine, and I could not be happier with the results! Everyone did a wonderful job, and the jewelry just looks great. I look forward to doing another shoot outdoors when it gets warmer out!

Greek Isle Earrings with Blue Topaz
Skully Ring
Victorian Ribbon Necklace and Earrings
Phoenix Wing Earrings
Sweet Cupcake Necklace
Skeleton Key Necklace
Victorian Ribbon Necklace and Earrings
Photos: Chris Turowski Photography
Model: Andrea Lucius

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Quote of the Month

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Einstein

Gorgeous winter photos by isphotography.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Quote of the Month

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
Edgar Allan Poe

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, and I came across these amazing art prints on Etsy the other day. The colors are wonderful, and I just love the overall mood of the work. The artist's name is Annya Kai, and her shop is Kind of makes me want to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas again for the third time in two weeks...!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Local Lookbook Grand Opening Party

I had a great time at the Local Lookbook Grand Opening. It's such a fabulous store featuring only local Chicago designers. From clothing, to jewelry, to hats and accessories, Local Lookbook has it all!
Proud owner Halli Mulei (right) cuts the tape.

Here I am with Jackie, who works at Local Lookbook and is rocking the Victorian Ribbon Necklace by LUCIUS Jewelry!

These two lovely ladies modeled designer outfits all night.

LUCIUS Jewelry at Local Lookbook:

If you're in the Chicago area, check this boutique out!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Jeweler's Studio

I just love my studio. It may not be big, but I try my best to make sure it has character! I spend a great deal of time here, so it has to be a place that inspires me. I love toys, and my studio is a perfect place to deck out in stuffed animals and little trinkets I find. Admittedly, these things would be pretty ridiculous out in my living room. So with my studio I really get to be a kid again!

Here are some of the tools I use when making my jewelry...and some cupcake key toppers I got creative with. They come in a set of 6, and the other three are on my keys. Aren't they fun?

I love mint and red together, so I painted a mint accent wall and added a red floral arrangement. I know it's a slightly strange combination, but I like it!

This is my inspiration wall, where I pull photos of jewelry I just adore out of magazines. A few of my favorites are Dior Fine Jewelry, Ippolita, Chanel Fine Jewelry, and Stephen Webster.

I had to decorate the studio with some of my husband's work! These three images look great together.

I especially love kitschy pin up pics from the 50s and 60s. I got these at a flea market and discovered they are reproductions from the famed pin-up artist Gil Elvgren. He has literally hundreds of photos like these. I love the expression on the blonde's face. Who is your favorite?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Quote of the Month

I do a job I really, really love and I kind of have fun with. People think you can't be grown up unless you're moaning about your job.
Robert Smith
Who says we need to grow up anyway? Everything in life seems just a little more fun if you approach it with a sense of humor and whimsy. I am trying to live by my own advice, and every day it does seem to get easier. The more I learn about the business, the more fun I have and the less scary it gets. I think that is when really good things happen, when you let go and dive right into the unknown. Granted, being in a creative field helps, because I believe there is nothing more fun than the arts.
I also must say, it's pretty easy for me to remember to have fun with my work when I have such an amazing husband to remind me! He is, after all, the artist behind these creative and incredibly fun prints. You can view his entire collection at his Etsy shop LuciusArt, The Visual Work of Kevin Lucius.

And who is the little fella behind this next print?

It's our cat Tango, and I think he makes quite a dapper young gentleman in a suit. Here he is just hanging out by the bar, apparently he doesn't like to listen to our "no paws on the table" rule.

Here I am with Tango, forcing a snuggle as usual.

Some more prints in the LuciusArt Shop:

I love the use of texture and vintage imagery in each one. It's easy to see that Kevin had a good time making each of these prints! Isn't that what it's all about anyway?
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