Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer break

Summer is by now well established... the days are long and warm, school holidays are here, the cicadas are singing and the markets are overflowing with fresh local produce.

I am going to take a break for the month of July and dedicate the days to spending time with my family, cooking, reading and perhaps going for a trip or two.. in short, replenish my batteries. In August I'll be working on new projects. The shop remains closed during this time and there will be no updates on the blog, which means that I can concentrate on the work (and hopefully finish it) before autumn begins. Orders can be placed again in September, and the blog will come back to life then too.

Wishing you all a very happy and beautiful summer, and looking forward to seeing you again in September! xx

Summer market in the South of France - Capsule wardrobe #153











I found the perfect small basket for daily grocery shopping, and a lovely large stripey one to take to the beach










Summertime, Basil time... the perfect time of year to make Pesto. Click here for the recipe


with fresh strawberries in abundance, it's the perfect time to make Rossini cocktails too (click here for the recipe)



mild onions for a leek and onion quiche (click here for the recipe)









Capsule wardrobe pieces: off white cotton trousers, cream vest and black top
Shoes: off-white canvas sneakers
Accessories: Hermès 'Quadrige' printed enamel bracelet and Picotin in Etoupe



More temptation... impossible to resist!







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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MaiTai Collection in action #15

I am absolutely thrilled to be posting the 15th edition of the MaiTai Collection in action collage today. I feel so honored to have received so many new and fabulous contributions during the past three months, and it fills me with tremendous pride and joy to see items of the collection worn so beautifully and with such creativity around the globe.

Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous style, dearest Anne, Annie, Barb, Blighty, Cecilia, Carol, Carole, Christine, Colombina, East Side Pigeon, Faux Fuchsia, happyface, H.O, Irma, Jasmine, Jerrine, Johanna, Katja, KS, Macs in the City, Manuela, Maricar, Marla in the OC, Nadine, Paola, Perla, Preska, Tamara and wordlark, you are the best!


Todays contributions are from: Arizona, Australia, Austria, California, Canada, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Illinois, Indiana, Italy, Luxembourg, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tennessee, Texas, United Kingdom. Thanks so much everyone for participating xx

Here are the links to everyone who has their own blog or site:
happyface313:www.happyface313.com
Macs in the City on instagram: www.instagram.com/macsinthecity

Knot variations by KS with a 'Brides et Gris-Gris' 90 carré and a  Grande Classique scarf ring in Mother of Pearl. Clockwise from top left: Waterfall knot (pic 1 and 2) and pleated bow knot (pic 3).




Clockwise from top left: Nadine (left) and Tamara (right) with Pearl statement necklaces in blanc/ivoire. Still-life by Jasmine with a Pearl statement necklaces in blanc/ivoire. Nadine and Tamara as before. Manuela with a 'Monsieur et Madame' 90 carré in a vertical basic slide, secured with a shawl ring in sunshine honey.



Clockwise from left:Marla in the OC with a 'Paridaiza' 90 carré folded in the rectangle and secured with a lacquered Classique scarf ring in vert sapin in a criss-cross knot. Still-life with ribboned Classique scarf ring boxes by Barb. Still-life of a Toile de Jouy scarf travel pochette by Annie.



Clockwise from top left: Still-life by Maricar with lavender sachets in taupe/gris/rose/lilac. Carol with a pendant necklace in or. Kendal with a 'Zebra Pegasus' 90 carré tied with a criss-cross knot into a belt, end secured with a Moyenne Classique scarf ring in sunshine honey.



Still-life by Katja with a pendant necklace in or, and (from left to right) a shawl ring in black with sunshine horn, Moyenne scarf rings in honey and black horn and a lacquered Anneau Infinity in ivoire.



Cecilia with a tassel necklace in noir/argent and a 'Flamingo Party' cashmere GM in the basic bias fold



Clockwise from top left: H.O with a 'Brandebourgs' cashmere GM tied into a cowboy knot with a shawl ring in sunshine honey horn. Still-life with a pearl statement necklace by Jasmine. H.O. as before. Still-life by Jasmine with a pearl statement necklace in blanc/ivoire and a SAGA fox fur collar in black.



Honorary contribution courtesy of Jerrine, responding to the green shoe style challenge held back in March with aplomb:
"I think I own three green items, as follows: Old pair of Manolo sandals in emerald green alligator, a black onyx and peridot ring, and lol, a bottle of Hermès bath/shower gel. That's it. I don't think there's much I can do to help. Maybe next time?"


Clockwise from left: Katja with a 'Parures de Maharaja' 90 carré tied into a halter top. Ends secured in the basic slide with a Moyenne Classic scarf ring in black horn. Macs in the City with a cashmere scarf and an Anneau Infinity scarf ring in Rouge Noir. Katja as before.



happyface with a 'Ex-Libris en Camouflage' 90 carré tied with a shawl ring in sunshine honey in the basic slide. Still life with a Grande Classique scarf ring in Mother of Pearl (reverse side)



Still-life by happyface with with a shawl ring in sunshine honey and a Grande Classique scarf ring in dark  Mother of Pearl (showing the reverse side).



From left to right: Maricar's Picotin 18 in orange with a Picotin insert in lilac. Still-life by Maricar, with a 'RdV Rive Gauche' 70 carré, a Carré pochette in lilac and a lavender sachet in gris



Clockwise from top left: Carol with a 'Brazil' Maxi Twilly tied in a horizontal basic slide with a shawl ring in sunshine honey. As before, with Maxi Twilly tied into a bow knot with a Grande Classique scarf ring in honey. wordlark with a 'Jardin sur le Toit' Gavroche, tied into a bracelet with a slip knot and a shawl ring ring in dark sunshine horn. Preska with a Gavroche tied into a criss-cross knot with a Petite Classique scarf ring in honey horn.



East Side Pigeon with a 'Dans un Jardin Anglais' 90 carré in an asymmetrical wrap, a 'Serio Ludere' 90 carré in a criss-cross knot, the 'Dans un Jardin Anglais' in a cowboy knot, and the 'Serio Ludere' in a criss-cross bow knot. All secured with a Grande Classique scarf ring in black horn.


Still-life by Carole: 'Indian Dust' 90 carré with a carré pochette and lavender sachet in lilac


Clockwise from top left: Tamara with a Pearl statement necklac in blanc/ivoire. Still-life by Christine with a 32 Kelly in iris and a Kelly32 insert in lilac. Irma with a 90 carré tied with a Grande Classique scarf ring in dark Mother of Pearl (showing the reverse side) into an asymmetrical wrap. Blighty with a 'Sulfures et Presses-Papiers' 90 carré tied into the basic slide with a lacquered Grande Classique scarf ring in bordeaux.


Still-life by Cecilia, with a 'De la Mer au Ciel' cashmere GM and a selection of lacquered scarf and shawl rings (from left to right): shawl ring in Ivoire, Anneau Infinity scarf rings in Ivoire, Taupe, Rouge Jaipur and Rouge Noir.


Johanna with a long gemstone necklace in vieux d'or. Johanna's large Valentino tote with a Birkin 35 insert in noir/naturel.


Clockwise from top left: Preska with a Gavroche Duo 'Monsieur Montre' and 'Vif Argent', secured with a Classique Petite horn scarf ring in honey in a criss-cross knot. Perla with a 'Mystiques Phoenix' Gavroche, tied in a criss-cross knot with a lacquered Classique Petite scarf ring in bordeaux. Faux Fuchsia with a 'Tropiques' 70 carré in a criss-cross knot, tied with a Classique Moyenne scarf ring in honey horn.



Still-life by Carole: 'Jardin d'Andalousie' 90 carré with a carré pochette and lavender sachet in lilac


Clockwise from top left: Anne with a 'Mythes et Metamorphoses' 90 carré, tied into a snowball knot with a Grande Classique scarf ring in black horn. Perla with a 'Les Clés' Maxi Twilly, tied into a bow knot with a Classique Grande horn scarf ring in sunshine honey. Colombina A de S with a silk scarf in an asymmetrical wrap, secured with a Classique Moyenne scarf ring in sunshine honey. Paola's Pictoin 18 in gold with a Picotin 18 organizer in taupe



Clockwise from top left:Preska with a 'Dans un Jardins Anglais' 90 carré and a SAGA fox fur collar in black, Faux Fuchsia with a 'Circus' 70 carré, in a rectangular pleated knot, secured with a lacquered shawl ring in vieux rose, Preska with a 'Clic-clac à Pois' Gavroche. Faux Fuchsia as before.



Clockwise from top: Johanna with a 'La Danse du Cheval Marvari' cashmere GM in a cowboy knot, ends secured with a shawl ring it transluscent horn in a basic slide. Annie with a 'Dans un Jardin Anglais' 90 carré in an asymmetrical wrap, ends secured with a Grande Classique scarf ring in black horn in the basic slide. Annie with a 'Cavalier du Caucase' 90 carré in slip knot with an Anneau Infinity scarf ring in black horn.


Still-life by Carole: 'Au Coeur de la Vie' 90 carré with a carré pochette and lavender sachet in lilac


For further info on all MaiTai Collection items, please click the following links

(Please note that the PayPal buttons in the shop links will be closed down for the summer from June 27 - Aug 31, 2015, and there will be no sales between those dates)

SCARF AND SHAWL RINGS
Classique - Grande, Moyenne and Petite
Anneau Infinity
Shawl rings
Lacquer collection

WOOL/SILK STOLES

POCHETTES
Scarf travel pochettes
Carré pochettes - single
Shawl pochette - single

BAG INSERTS
for Picotins - size PM/18
for Picotins - size MM/22 and GM/26
for Bolides - size 31
for Birkins - size 35
for Birkins - size 30
for Kellys 32 and 35 - already available, but photos yet to come: click here 

HOME COLLECTION
Horn tableware - small bowls
Horn tableware - salad servers

LAVENDER SACHETS

NECKLACES 
Pendant and tassel necklaces
Waterfall necklaces 
Gemstone necklace long (I am currently working on new versions, with different stones. More information to come soon)
Pearl statement necklace 

SCARF FUR COLLARS
SAGA fox
SAGA mink


Anyone who would like to participate in collage #16, please send your picture(s) and a short note with which name/ID/nick-name you would like to be credited with to: maitaicollection@orange.fr Looking forward to your contributions!

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