This past May I got an amazing opportunity to travel to Italy with my family. We flew into Rome, rented a car and drove to the Tuscany region. We rented a beautiful, quant little house in the city of Pelago and used it as our base. During the day we took day trips to different towns and had the most amazing time eating and drinking and basically just taking in the beauty that was all around us. Everything was so aesthetically breathtaking. So inspirational. The wineries, the museums and the countryside were all so spectacular. I kept getting lost in my camera as there were just so many great shots!
I just recently got a new camera so that I could start taking better pictures for this blog. So I was very excited to have my new camera for this trip. The only bummer was that I wish I knew the camera better since there was just so many cool things to photograph. So I just messed around with it a lot and had fun being an amateur photographer.
As an artist being in a place like Italy makes you want to create. All of the colors and the romance. There were many mornings where I would wake up from sleep and I would have different ideas for a piece in my head. It really made me miss my studio!
May is also the time where Italy is blooming with red poppies. Everywhere you look there were huge clusters of these super vibrant red flowers. They literally painted the countryside with red. Outside of our place in Pelago there were tons too. So my Mom and I would go around collecting flowers for bouquets that we would put around the house.
Basically you can give me great wine and food and flowers and I am pretty much a very happy girl. Well, that and the fact that I was traveling. Oh traveling. I really do love you.
After our week in Tuscany we hopped back into the car and headed back to Rome. I had heard mixed things about Rome so I was curious to see it for myself. I know some people think its too big and noisy with too many tourists, but I have to say that I love love Rome! The history there is palpable. You can literally feel it running through you when you take it all in. It was a bit overwhelming for me. But in a good way. I am so fascinated by history, thats why I am so in love with vintage. Anything old and you’ve caught my attention. And Rome, Rome is OLD.
You would be just walking down the road, on your way to getting gelato and BAM, there next to you is a huge pillar. Just kicking it on the side of the road. It’s crazy! Truly magical and ridiculously cool.
And yes, there are a lot of tourists. But that’s to be expected. But then you go out at night and all those people just seem to disappear. Maybe all the warnings about theft and pickpocketing has kept them in their hotel rooms. Which is just fine by me.:) But everyone needs to see Rome at night. The later the better. Words can’t really do it justice. You just have to see it for yourself.
So needless to say I came back from this trip pretty inspired. How could you not be. I most definitely will be back to Italy as I am truly in love with it now and there are many parts that I didn’t get to see. But I had to get back to work, and my studio and my animals and my Bjoern. But when I got back I named a few pieces after cities in Italy. Just to have as a little reminder of this special trip that I had with my family.
Vintage bangles, a small collection of antique wedding bands and the gold bracelet that Bjoern’s Oma in Germany so generously gifted down to me. That’s just some of the pieces in my jewelry box (well, closet).
I think you can tell a lot about a woman by the jewels that she collects and wears. And the fashion stages she has gone through. Like the HUGE malachite wire wrapped ring I used to wear religiously in my raver days. And that rings not going anywhere. I might not wear it anymore but that doesn’t mean there wont be a day in the future that it wont slip back into rotation. I keep all of my jewelry, even if it is “passe”. You never know when it will be back in fashion again. And besides, the thought of passing down my collection makes me happy. And isn’t that what jewelry is all about? To make us happy.
So in honor of all you sexy, saucy, fashion loving, jewelry obsessed women out there, I am creating a blog entry highlighting different women and their jewelry boxes. Their most prized and beloved bling. And some great stories and memories too. “A Peek Inside” the jewelry boxes of some fabulous women and their fabulous jewels.
Sometimes it’s just time for some fun. And a give away. And a Thank You. So I have combined all of these into a contest to give away one of my new pieces. I love giving unique names to my jewelry because I think it’s important in telling it’s story. And there is always a story behind jewelry. That’s one of the reasons I love it so much. I thought it would be fun to let you guys pick the name behind this one. What comes to your mind? What is this little guy’s name? The FB fan with the most fabulous and creative name gets to take this guy home and give it a new story. It is made with vintage brass and has a pyrite chunk as an accent. Please vote at facebook.com/vervejewelry now until Sunday August 5th. Winner will be announced August 6th. THANKS AGAIN to all of you for a great 6 years! More give aways to come!!!