31 Aug 2011

That was August...

Nothing much happened in August - mainly because at the start of the month I was stuck in my hometown looking after the family dog for two weeks while my parents were away and then was snowed under at work as we prepared a double issue of the magazine.
Summer cold - FAIL! | Dog sitting Lulu | Lots of walks on the beach with the dog | Mmm, cake | Thank-you fudge from the parents | Alan Carr's warm up tour | A night out in Hoxton - the bf has a go on a vintage racing game | Stealth photo of a dodgy garage - well, why not? | Bank Holiday Monday in Covent Garden | The really tacky M&M store in Leicester Square | Icecreamists - delicious!

30 Aug 2011

Lily Loves: Cat mask rings...

I would definately feel like the cat who got the cream if this Anita Ko cat mask ring were to come into my life! Unfortunatly, because it's 18 karat gold it's over £2000 -yikes!

More info: "Since launching her eponymous line in 2006, LA-based jewelry designer Anita Ko has established a stylish following - including Cameron Diaz and Ashley Olsen - who can't get enough of her contemporary classics. Expect elegant gold pieces bedecked with sparkling pavé diamonds and shimmering semi-precious stones."


23 Aug 2011

Lily loves: Embroidered art...

This is the work of Buenos-Aires based artist Jazmin Berakha who creates these brilliant pieces of embroidered art. Make sure you check out her portfolio for more of these often very Missoni-esque illustrations!

found here

22 Aug 2011

Lily Loves: Button art...

How brilliant an idea is this button art from Hello Geronimo? Each piece of art is created with vintage buttons, badges and pins. I particularly love the use of relevant buttons, such as in the British Isles piece below - a Yellow Submarine badge where Liverpool is, a Mind the Gap one for London and a "Tidy" pin for Wales. Genius! You can buy these Hello Geronimo pieces direct from their website, or from Not On The Highstreet and Graham & Green. Or I can see it making for a really fun DIY project. Just find a deep-set box-frame, sketch out the shape you want to make on some art-board, source your buttons, badges and trinkets and some good glue and you'll have your own unique button art to hang in your home in no time!


16 Aug 2011

Fashion through the ages...

The Kyoto Costume Institute's website is a dream for anyone with even a vague passing interest in fashion and costumes. You can browse through an easy to navigate timeline of costume history (from the 1750s to the 1990s) and view high quality, large scale images of some truly stunning dresses, intricate undergarments (how on earth did women wear those things day-in-day-out?!), amazing headwear and gorgeous shoes.
You may be able to tell, but I had quite a hard time picking just a small selection of images to share on this blog! I could have quite happily posted every single image from the archive. If you do one thing this week, be sure to visit the site. Your eyes will thank you for it. I promise. 


15 Aug 2011

And the winner is...

Special Announcement:
Firstly, a massive thank you to everyone who took the time to enter and support Lily in the Labyrinth's first ever Giveaway. The promotion was a special celebration of the launch of my etsy shop and as such, entrants had the chance to win a product from the shop along with a number of other goodies such as statement Accessorize earrings, a really handy bird-print Paperchase fold-away shopper and two cute nail varnishes from Barry M.
So without further a do, it's time for me to announce the winner! Chosen at random by random.org was:

*drum roll*

Steph from BeautyBangs!

Congratulations Steph! I will drop you an email to confirm so please remember to check your inbox :) To everyone else, I sincerely appreciate your support and can assure you there will be more Giveaways to come here at Lily in the Labyrinth so do keep your eyes peeled. 


9 Aug 2011

Jewellery Box: Grandma's Goldmine

When my parents moved house a few years ago my mum unearthed and very kindly gave me my late Grandma's jewellery box. One thing I remember about my Grandma was her love of a good set of beads! She had a beautiful dressing table in her bedroom with drawers bursting with strings of beads of every colour, stone and pattern imaginable! Every time we went on holiday we'd always make sure we bought my Grandma home a new set of beads for her collection. Today, my mum still has the beads - and a lot of my Grandma's other jewellery - stored safely away and I have a brilliant, sparkling Opal ring of hers kept safe for me. But coming into the posession of this small sample of my Grandma's jewellery collection really did mean the world to me. Mainly consisting of costume jewellery, mismatched earrings and vintage watches, it's a great source to dip into whenever I need a good quality vintage chain or brooch. I love putting my own pendants on my Grandma's old chains - wearing them makes me feel connected to her still. 
I couldn't resist sharing this little collection with you as part of Lily in the Labyrinth's ongoing Jewellery Box posts which usually take contributions from guest bloggers. Please take a peek and see what you think . . . 
Favourite pieces:
These three images represent some of my absolute favourite pieces from the collection. Top left is an unusual, solid gold bracelet made to look like a belt complete with buckle! The buckle is purely a design feature with the chain actually fastening at the back with a hidden clasp. Top right is a gathering of turquoise based items. Readers of this blog will know I am a sucker for turquoise and silver jewellery! The maple leaf was no doubt bought by my Grandparents on a trip to see my aunt who lives in Canada. The bottom image shows a delicate, vintage, gold Rotary watch that I remember my Grandma wearing, along with a pretty pink stone ring. I hope you enjoyed this post. It really means a lot to me to own this modest collection. 
If you would like to tell the readers of Lily in the Labyrinth about your jewellery collection, or perhaps some jewellery you have inherited, then please just leave a comment and let me know!  


3 Aug 2011

That was July...

July in photos...
July Part 1: My brother came home from Hong Kong for 2 weeks, found England very cold! (That's why he looks a bit 'special'. haha) | A Brighton weekend | Hotel room and view | Pimms on the beach | Accessorise | My brother turned 28 | Antiquing in Lewes | Sunny days in the garden | Lulu the dog sunbathes | A much needed hair cut | A day at Hever Castle with my brother and his hubby | Anne Boleyn's book | A walk around Hever lake | Cream tea | A new article of mine in print | A bright full moon over the sea | Nights out in London . . .
July Part 2: My friend Clare on our way to Lovebox | Lovebox | Blondie | Mud | Festival toilets... eww | Scissor Sisters | Accessories | At the O2 Dome to see the last Harry Potter | Shopping in London | Sad news, Amy Winehouse dies at 27 | Out and about | Kasabian at the iTunes Festival - Camden Roundhouse | Brighton again - Dinosaurs in the shopping centre | Gorgeous hotel room | Lovely wallpaper | The Grim Reaper has his own private toilet in Brighton - who knew?! | Sunset on July. 


1 Aug 2011

Lily Loves: Yunus & Eliza

How stunning are these rings from Yunus & Eliza? Bridging the gap between art and fashion, the UK-based jewellery duo take inspiration from theatre and fantasy to create sculpture to be worn. Truely stunning!
About Yunus & Eliza:
"Heavily influnced by theatre and fantasy, Y&E create signature sculptural collections
that are at once mythological and futuristic. Classical fine features, subtle and luminous, are contrasted with raw and dark realities. Fragmented remains metamorphose into graceful hybrid beings."
"Artist Yunus Ascott and Sculptor Eliza Higginbottom met in 2007 whilst casting precious
metals in one of the last surviving specialist Foundries in London, launched Yunus & Eliza
in early 2009, and remain based in this same metal foundry."
View more jaw-dropping collections from Yunus & Eliza on their website.

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