Sunday, August 9, 2020

Palmier knot

First of all, I'd like to apologize for being behind schedule, and for having missed out on July completely! I will try to make up for it by posting another blog next weekend, which will include an in-depth how-to for the new "Palmier" knot I am featuring today. Anyone who's already downloaded my "Scarf Art App" (available here for iOS. For Android news please scroll to the bottom of this post*) can access the tutorial in the free update that has just been released. 

Life has changed so much for everyone in recent months. I can't remember any five-month period in over ten years of blogging that hasn't had an 'inspired by Hermes windows' post, a travelogue, or any kind of outing to take you along with me. 

The suspension of traveling, outings, and socializing feels almost too strange to be real, but has meant more time on our hands to dive into projects that are otherwise difficult to fit into our normal schedules. I've spent a lot of time exploring and photographing new knots for the app, and I've also found cooking, baking, and home decoration projects to be a grounding counterbalance to a life that seems to be essentially on hold. 

While working on the app, I very much missed the fabulous "La Marche du Zambeze" scarf that I lost on a trip a few years back (I'm becoming increasingly good at losing things when traveling!). So I googled to see if I could find a replacement and stumbled upon the website of Ardmore Artists, the scarf's designers. I discovered that they have a beautiful collection of scatter cushionstable linen, and napkins, that are all very much in the esprit of my lost scarf. The cushion covers I ordered arrived within a week (pics below) and I'm tempted to get a few more! You can also find their famous ceramic collection on the site, as well as furniture, small gift items and fabulous face masks  that you'd actually want to wear. The following code gets you a 25% discount on your first order with Ardmore: ArtIntoDesign

Hope you enjoy the blog and the new knot. Be well and safe. 

I thought "Palmier" would be a lovely name for the new knot, as the overlapping scarf ends remind me of the graceful way that palm leaves rest on one another. The "Index Palmarum" from AW2019 was the obvious choice to introduce it, but as you see further down below, the Palmier is a lovely knot for so many different scarf designs and colors.

With a "Parures de Samourais" 90 Silk Twill scarf

The "Monkey Bean" in Ash Linen is one of the lovely cushion covers I ordered from Ardmore (here). They ship worldwide and you can always email them if you have additional questions:

My relatively new "Plumes en Fêtes" bracelet with Parures de Samourais in CW05

PdS scarf as above, only this time highlighting the tasseled corners.

I feel very lucky that my daily exercise routine walking The Wiener Boys has not been affected by the pandemic. If anything, I tend to take a little bit more time now. I never set off without my (phone) camera, but now I often carry a pair of secateurs as well. I've come to love foraging wildflowers, weeds, and twigs, and then arranging them into bouquets and posies around the house. 

Here's the above, a few weeks later, on my kitchen shelf. While the colors have become a little bit softer over time, they've preserved wonderfully, and are still vibrant in comparison to their sun-beaten counterparts in the fields.

The Palmier in a "Photo Finish" 90 Silk Twill scarf

Over at Instagram, @merlinetmaurice and @lulilutinnytin identified the yellow flowers in the picture below as Immortelle (if only we could know its secret!)

Some may recognize or already know that my car is a BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle). There are many obvious benefits to electric cars (you can find out more here), but one of the lesser-known facts is that you can activate the air-conditioning when the car is parked, which is something you cannot do with an internal combustion engine. On a hot summer day, I can set the interior temperature via my phone app to a cool and pleasant 20 celsius (70 Fahrenheit) when I'm within a few minutes of starting a drive. It is such a great bonus to get into a cool car in the summer and to pre-heated one in winter.

Opaque vases are perfect for foraged bouquets, as wildflower stems are mostly not that pretty. The empty containers of scented candles are perfect for that purpose, and when I buy candles I don't choose them for their scent alone, but also for the shape and color of their containers.  My favorites are Odalysque by Cire Trudon, which makes a great small "vase", and the Ritual's XL candles for bigger arrangements (love Precious Amber and Wild Figs) 

Palmier with a Fantaisies Indiennes 90 Silk Twill scarf

And since this post is as much about home decoration as scarf styling, I thought I'd share my "Geese Gallery" with you. Getting your favorite photos printed on canvas creates wall art that reflects your life and it is easy, fun, and inexpensive.  Those who have followed the blog for a long time might recognize the pictures below. I took them a few years back in the courtyard of a cloister in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (click here to see the post)

Another Ardmore treasure: The fabulous "Bush Bandits" in Stone Linen (available here)

This post wouldn't be complete without trying the Palmier with the beautiful "Plumes en Fête"!  Here with a Hermes Clic-Clac H bracelet in Bleu Indiens and a Biba crystal bracelet (here)

Dear Android users, please bear with me just for a little while longer. We are nearly there and are doing our best to release it as soon as we possibly can

See you next weekend! 


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Sunday, June 28, 2020

A new Gavroche and Pocket Square knotting ideas!

With 4th of July celebrations in the US 🇺🇸 and Bastille day in France 🇫🇷 approaching, and white clouds lazily moving through summery blue skies ...  

... I thought it would be a perfect time to introduce the cute and whimsical "Fantaisies Botanique- Detail" Gavvroche/Pocket Square scarf I bought earlier in the spring.

At first glance, it's predominately red, white, and blue, but its many color nuances make it a very versatile little scarf. The blues range from cornflower, navy, turquoise, and ciel to steel and slate blue, and the reds go from bordeaux to cherry, coral, ruby and salmon. 

 Fantaisies Botanique in Bleu Royal/Rouge/Blanc (ref. H893511S 02)

Gavroche/Pocket Square Playtime!

Clockwise from top left: ChouChou (tutorial to come in one of the next app updates), Simple Loop, Scarf Necklace, and Ascot knot.

In a Petit Bib (only fold your scarf into a triangle once, instead of twice) with an Anneau Infinity ring in rose gold (available here)

The "Plumes en Fêtes" enamel bracelet in "Tropique" came home with me at the same time, and even though it is predominantly orange, it works surprisingly well with the new little Gavroche too (available at here)

Ref nr: H110414FPA365

Clockwise from top left: Gavroche Cowl Neck (tutorial to come) Papillon, Gavroche Flower knot and Asymmetrical wrap with a Petite Classique reversible ring in Bordeaux/Navy/Silver (here)

With my Picotin 18 in Bleu Sapphire and NEW Double mink poms in Cornflower/Ciel (available here)

Reversible Classique scarf rings clockwise from top left: Grande bordeaux/navy/silver, Moyenne navy/bleu canard/silver and a Petite in ivory/black/silver (available here)

Clockwise from top left: Demi ChouChou, Criss-Cross Bow knot (with a Petite reversible scarf ring in bleu canard/navy/silver), Double Gavroche Twist and Criss-Cross knot (same scarf ring as before).

In an Asymmetrical Wrap with a Petite Classique scarf ring in gold (here)

 The"Plumes en Fête" 90 scarf and printed enamel bracelet - best friends already!

Scarf and bracelet, all "Plumes en Fête". The scarf is tied in a Sautoir knot with an Anneau Infinity scarf ring in rose gold (here)

Scarf and bracelet as above with Moyenne Classique reversible scarf rings in bleu canard/hot pink/silver and taupe/orange/silver (available here)

Bracelet as above with a printed tunic and an ethnic statement necklace in coral (here)

MaiTai Collection updates:

The crystal waterfall necklaces are back in stock in duck blue and vert nil (here):

Duck blue crystal waterfall necklace (here) with a Parures de Samourais 90 scarf in a Bib knot and a Clic Clac H bracelet in Bourgogne. 

Vert Nil crystal waterfall necklace (here) with an "Index Palmarum" 90 scarf in an Asymmetrical Wrap and a Clic Clac H bracelet in Bourgogne.