I have the most fantastic studio to share from lifestyle photographer Kelly Brown who is based in Victoria, BC and Southern California. The fabulous Kelly specializes in natural light photography so when se recently contacted me about a shoot that she did for Leah Alexandra, a Vancouver-based jewelry designer, I was so completely smitten that I couldn’t resist showing off this fab space because I’m a fan of the no-flash movement! I bet this studio tour will make you want to go redecorate your workspace ASAP. It did that for me. It also makes me want to order some rings from Leah, my goodness her online shop has some stunning things! Psst: Click on any image below to supersize and Pin.
About this space Kelly says, “I had the pleasure of photographing Leah Alexandra’s, beautiful new studio space in Vancouver’s Gastown District. Leah is a Vancouver-based jewelry designer who uses sterling silver, 14 karat gold fill, 24 karat gold vermeil and carefully hand-selected gemstones and freshwater pearls. What I love about Leah’s jewelry is that its fun and unique while still being versatile. Better yet, all the jewelry is designed and handmade right in Vancouver. Her gorgeous studio is bright and fresh, utilizing lots of natural light, bold colour pops and geometric shapes. One of my favorite details is the diamond lightbulbs and plant holders.” I’m in love, aren’t you guys too???
Thank you Kelly for sharing this with me and my readers and Leah, I’m in love with your rings!
(photography: kelly brown)
I’m really liking these prints from Au Prints today. Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and so Au Prints are special in that gold ink is manually applied and they are each limited to 100 copies. All prints are reproductions of original drawings by Portuguese artist Teresa Esgaio and they represent memories – moments that happened once upon a time. I like how graphic they are and think the whale shark print would look particularly good in Aidan’s room someday. Really nice for a boy’s room! My favorite is the Birds on a shoulder print shown on the bottom. There are others not shown that are great too – so visit her site to check ‘em out, k?
Hope you are all doing super today. The weather is cold and gray and summer has come only a few days in the past two months, but all is well otherwise. I am inspired by gray days because they make me feel more creative since I’m forced to pull myself out of the typical slump this type of weather can bring. Plus, having a baby boy around who is always smiling and laughing really loud (like from the gut, such a riot) and making tons of cute sounds… Well how can even the grayest days be really gray?
(images: Teresa Esgaio)
I was so pleased this morning to hear from Rebecca Newport who is a London-based textile designer and interior stylist today. She recently launched Hello Petal which is a collection printed cushions digitally printed and proudly made by hand in the UK consisting of twelve unique pieces all named after flowers. Based on an original watercolor series inspired by her childhood home of Kew Gardens, London, the floral collection is a celebration of her love for color. Photographed by my friend and professional photographer, Debi Treloar in her beautiful home which doubles as a location space, I’d love to share a few of these with you if you’d like a peek at her look book?
A little more about Rebecca, “Rebecca grew up in the beautiful and inspiring London suburb of Kew Gardens. Encouraged by her mother from an early age to paint and draw she went on to study Textile design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, part of the The University of the Arts London where she sold designs to Guess Jeans and Calvin Klein. After graduating Rebecca worked in retail buying and then turned her attention to styling for interiors, still life and food. For the past four years Rebecca has worked as a stylist and now has a portfolio of international brands and magazines under her belt.” I’ve personally not visited Kew Gardens yet (have you?) but hope to do so very soon – especially now after reading this! Sounds like a lovely place and the perfect spot for me to spend a day with my little boy.
See more of Hello Petal here. Lovely, right?
Congrats on the new line, Rebecca!
(photography: debi treloar//styling: rebecca newport)
Okay you guys. This is not going to turn into a baby blog, though I’ll confess that my Instagram has been invaded by a certain wee lad named Aidan. I’ve tried to keep him and baby stuff in general off of decor8, since lots of you get squirmy about kids’ stuff and I totally get it because for non-parents it’s a real snooze fest to suffer through, “My Baby Loves This” and “Today My Baby Did That” posts. BUT. But… I really have to inject a little bit of baby boy on here now and then because
maybe 20 lots of moms email me asking where I shop for cool boy’s clothes. Apparently, most boy’s clothing sucks or at least has that reputation and you know what, if you shop at most stores I’d have to agree. Transformers this and Elmo that and blue Blue BLue BLUe and more BLUE. I don’t mind blue AT ALL but yeah, there’s more to life than the powder blue stuff that new mamas are swamped with at their baby shower. And while Transformers can be cute (?) and I’m sure Aidan will be dying for a Batman tee eventually (which is kinda cool), for now his wardrobe is in my control (insert evil laugh here) and I’m not about to put him in something that makes him look like he doesn’t have a fashion gene in his body because I foolishly believe that if I dress him right today then tomorrow when he’s in school he’ll care about matching his socks to his trousers.
A little back story. Before Aidan was born, I searched high and low for cool kid’s clothes. I wasn’t sure if I was going to have a boy or a girl at first. If I was going to have a girl her name would be Stella and baby Stella would have dressed in a very fun style – lots of polka dot tights with skirts and dresses and super cute shoes – a little edgy feminine boho girl. If that is even a style. When I found out I was having a boy, which is exactly what I wanted my first child to be, I suddenly received a slew of comments all over the web about how I won’t have much fun dressing a boy and how terrible baby boy clothes are. And is sorta annoyed me because those comments were more commonly left than ones telling me how great it would be to dress a little boy.
Seems a baby boy, according to the internet, is not so much fun fashion-wise. Well, I like a challenge.
And so the fashion search began. Cute boy’s clothes for newborns to 12 months old THAT was my mission. In this post, I’ve added some of my research – my list of 5 of my go-to brands below and a few of my favorite things for each. I’ll do another post with 5 next week and so on until I’ve covered them all.
***And a big BY THE WAY because blogs have become a bit infested with affiliate links and stuff passed under the table… None of this is sponsored, none of my links give me any kick back and nobody gave me any of this stuff so I’d blog about it. I just like these brands, want to shout them out, and most importantly – I want baby boy mamas-to-be and new baby boy mamas to not feel like they are missing out on all of the fashion fun. It’s pretty damn cool to have a baby boy to dress up. In fact, my nearly 5-month-old has a better wardrobe than I do.
MINI RODINI: I love their stuff. Mini Rodini is really on trend and a bit edgy too.
STELLA MCCARTNEY KIDS: If her stuff for grown up girls wasn’t enough, you have to check out her kids line, particularly for babies.
KIDS CASE: I love Kids Case bodysuits (so soft and look nice after many washes) and their jackets are great.
IMPS & ELFS: This Dutch brand is so cute. I have lots of their baby hats.
ZARA KIDS: This is such an affordable and beautiful line of fashion for children, especially for the baby boy. I own a ton of Zara stuff and it’s great and wears better than H&M, though I buy from H&M too. Also don’t miss the Brothers & Sisters photographs on the Zara site. They are seriously so lovely.
Okay so next week I’ll profile 5 more kids clothes makers with a wish list for each that focus on the little guy. I need to go feed my wee lad now and prep him for nap time. See you soon, everyone!
(image top two: zara, everything else linked above)