June and Bella Bohemian

June and Bella Bohemian

Greetings!

Hope you all had a great long weekend! It’s June already and I’m hardly believing how time is passing by so fast. The weather in San Diego has been mostly cloudy for a few months now. The sun shows up sometimes but shyly (is that a word?) so from behind the clouds around noon for little while and then goes back into hiding.

I don’t allow the weather to affect me or interrupt the things I have to do. On the contrary, the clouds make me more productive while keeping things nice and cool. At some point, I can take long walks near the coast and feel the breeze.

I’m so thrilled to share the new line of bracelets for women that I handcrafted recently at my studio in San Diego. The whole collection was created with a Bohemian look and feel, using a great selection of materials that I hand picked myself like: charms, metals, leather, beads, corals, wood, seeds, pearls, sari silk, colorful threads, buttons, Swarovski crystals, sparkling gemstones, then mixing and matching different styles and shapes of chains and clasps that are lead and nickel free. All of the twenty six (26) bracelets and bangles are unique from one another with details that will be noticed as soon as you try them on. They are comfortable and light weight as well while looking simply beautiful around the your wrist.

All Bella Bracelets come with a dainty oval oxidized copper tag with our exclusively engraved brand name and logo, which is a Registered Trademark. This way you can be sure these pieces are exclusively handmade by Bella Bohemian.

The pieces are beautifully arranged and well wrapped. The styles vary from delicate with a few charms to more elaborate and beaded bracelets. Or if you like, you can stack up a few bangles adding to the mix other charming bracelets. Each is colorfully accented with interesting combinations to match your style for a modern bohemian look.

Explore the collection and let me know how you like it. I encourage my clients to send me a photo of them wearing our pieces, and with their permission, we’ve been adding them to our new testimonial page on the website.

BRA1_Juliette up cycled antique brass barcelet - 2015 bellabohemian-com

 

BRA6-1_Modern Bohemian Bracelet - 2015 bellabohemian-com

BRA4-1_Delicate Bohemian Bracelet - 2015 bellabohemian-com

BRA8-1_Set of two delicate friendship Bracelets - 2015 bellabohemian-com

BRA7-3_Bella Rocks Bracelet - 2015 bellabohemian-com

Have fun shopping!!

New At Bella Bohemian

New At Bella Bohemian

Bonjour Mes Belles,

I’m so HAPPY to introduce the new Bella Bohemian jewelry collection. I’ve been working non-stop for a while to put this line together. Twenty handmade necklaces, each one unique in its own way, with gorgeous detailing. With my jewelry you won’t look like anybody else.

Beautiful from beginning to the end, light weight, comfortable, unique. All Bohemian jewelry comes with a dainty, oval, oxidized copper tag, engraved with our exclusive brand name. I loved handcrafting each piece and even more how the whole collection turned out. Hope you enjoy wearing it and just wait for the curious questions and compliments from your friends …

We’ll use a nice jewelry box to ship your order, and a gift goodie bag is included as well.

Have fun shopping!!!

 

BB1-4_Down-to Earth Girl Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB2-1_Bohemian Luxe Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB3-3_Shabby Gypsy Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB4-2_Free Spirited Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB5-2_Bohemian Red Flower Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB6-2_Bella Rustic Ivory Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB7-3_Hippie Girl Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB8-2_Malibu Girl Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB9-3_Cascade Turquoise and Pearl Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB10-1_Boho Beauty Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB11-1_Turquoise Skull Copper Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB12-4_Happy Buddha Metal Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB14-2_Red Coral Statement Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB15-1_Ocean Blue Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB16-3_Eco Bohemian Girl Long Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB17-3_Kisses from the Sea Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB18-1_Bohemian Skull Long Chain Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

BB19-1_Sabrina Long Ball Chain Necklace 2015 - bellabohemian-com copy

Adolfo Sanchez – Spring/Summer 2014

Adolfo Sanchez – Spring/Summer 2014

Greetings,
It’s with such pleasure that I now feature an update (via email newsflash from one of LA’s greater designers) to my last Adolfo post. This collection is gorgeous and sophisticated and a little bit sexy. He creates garments that are so real and wearable, inspiring, even reflecting joy, passion, elegance and beauty. Made from luxurious fabrics combined with yellow gold accents and soft pastel colors.

Below are a few pieces from this collection that caught my eye. I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think.

Please visit his official website to view his entire collection.

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PS: All images here are used with permission from the designer.

Interview: British Fashion Designer Charlie May

Interview: British Fashion Designer Charlie May

Meet Charlie May the 24 year-old London based designer. She graduated from the University of the West of England in 2010 with a BA (hons) in Fashion Design, and achieved her London Fashion Week debut with her own label at such a young age. Presenting her first full Spring-Summer 2012 women’s ready-to-wear collection. Ms. May’s designs are a reflection of her passion for fashion which she combines with minimalism, precise interesting tailoring and impeccable finishing to clothing. In addition, her designs are freshly charming with simple silhouettes that slip on your body with elegance.

To learn more about Charlie May, please visit her official website. And her clothing line can exclusively be purchased at BENGT.

RH: You were born and raised on a farm in the South West of England. How did you manage to make the transition to fashion designer esp. at such a young age?
CM: I was totally unaware of fashion until college, I loved shoes and was planning to open a shoe shop, so started a business course. It was then I started getting into Riot Grrl music and DIYing my clothes, I very quickly realised I needed to switch to Art & Design, specialising in Fashion and fell more and more in love!

RH: Tell us about your design process from beginning to end and what is a typical day for you?
CM: My day really varies depending on the stage of the season! The design process for a collection starts usually in the middle of creating the last one; I think about it a lot, the colour palette, the fabrics, the whole mood, and then about 3 months before fashion week and start designing and buying the fabrics. The fabrics then need to be dyed, I toile for a couple of months until the garments are spot on and then start working with my seamstress. The original design sheet usually ends up quite different as I chop and change a lot as I go on, the styling is also changed around before the presentation.

RH: How do you select your fabrics, before or after you draw your collection? And what you look for when choosing a fabric?
CM: I love using naturals fabrics; silks, wools and leathers are my favourite! I’ll loosely design the collection, then buy the fabrics and re draw, letting the newly bought fabrics inspire the designing. As soon as I feel the fabric, I know the purpose they should have.

RH: What does fashion mean to you? And do you have any other passions besides fashion?
CM: Fashion is all about design to me personally. A garment that makes you ask how it was made and the story behind it. My other passions are travel and photography which I share through my blog Girl a la Mode.

RH: What part of your job do you like the best? and Least?
CM: Seeing your garments being worn and loved is the absolute best feeling in the world! Also seeing them in editorials in a completely different context is a great feeling. I dislike the struggle for funding; as creating a collection is a huge money vacuum, but that is to be expected.

Spring-Summer 2012

RH: Do you remember your very first sale?
CH: Yes of course! I got an overwhelming response for the gold studded pony skin headbands from SS12 which I saw being worn around London fashion week!

RH: What’s the biggest, most important lesson your parents taught you?
CH: Work hard for what you want.

RH: What 5 words would best describe your brand?
CM: Minimal, clean, textured, androgynous and effortless,

RH: How would you define your style? If you could give women a fashion tip(s) to be fabulous, what would it be?
CM: Quite minimal and clean but tailored as well. I believe a woman looks more chic when she is comfortable with herself so don’t choose shoes you can’t walk in or a skirt that’s too short because it will show. Just be comfortable with who you are!

RH: Who would you most like to see wearing your clothes?
CM: Tilda Swinton!

 

Autumn-Winter 2012

RH: Who is your style icon(s) and why?
CM: I take a lot of style inspiration from bloggers; here are some of my favourites – Ivania of Love Aesthetics, Jayne of Stop It Right Now, Josefin of Fashion Sphere

RH: What are your goals with your brand? How do you see yourself progressing?
CM: I hope to show on schedule at fashion week and be selling in boutiques worldwide, when I get there, I’ll be happy.

RH: Do you have any any hidden or unusual talents?
CM: I can bend my arms back pretty far, I guess that’s just a talent for creeping people out.

RH: What’s your favorite getaway spot? And where would you like to live other than London?
CM: I love to getaway to my hometown in Devon, on the farm and in the countryside, it’s my happy place! I wouldn’t want to live in London forever, but I wouldn’t want to go back to Devon either; I’ll have to do some more traveling to find out.

RH:  Is there anything you’d like to share with us about upcoming project(s)?
CM: Nothing I can talk about yet but watch this space for some exciting collaborations!

PS: All images here are used with permission. Please do not distribute without first contacting the designer.

Adolfo Sanchez Autumn – Winter 2012 Collection

Adolfo Sanchez Autumn – Winter 2012 Collection

Hi lovelies! It’s with such pleasure that I now feature an update (via email newsflash from the man himself) to a previous post: The new Autumn – Winter 2012 Collection from Adolfo Sanchez one of LA’s chicest designers.

Below are my personal favorites in evening wear dresses. This collection is simply divine,  made from luxurious fabrics and rich pastels, elegant and comfortable, especially designed to accentuate women’s beauty and body. Every season he surprised us with his ability to create uniquely and beautifully detailed clothing, embellished with magic.

Please visit his official website to view his entire collection.

PS: All images here are used with permission from the designer.

Interview – Watch Designer Winky Wu

Interview – Watch Designer Winky Wu

It is with such pleasure that I introduce you this new line of colorful, fun and unique watches for your everyday use, designed by Winky Wu, founder of Winky Designs. So I was excited to invite her to answer a few questions and delighted that she accepted graciously to my invitation. She’s been very busy traveling around the world promoting her brand so I was lucky to be able to share Winky’s dreams, inspiration and creations in this exclusive interview. I hope you love her work as much as I do.

Please check out her official website for your favorite color.

RH: Tell me about the design process and when it began? What first inspired you?

W.W: People may not notice this, but the watch market is going through an evolutionary period right now because cell phones have pretty much killed watches in the same way that video killed the radio star! As a watch designer though, I saw a great opportunity here to redefine what watches mean to the modern consumer. It’s no longer just a time keeping device, but also a fashion accessory, a conversation starter, and a means of self expression. My motto has always been “It’s not just a watch, it’s an attitude!” – and that’s really the core thinking behind my design process.

I was first inspired to do this when I noticed that the selections of watches in the marketplace were either really expensive brand name designs, or very cheap and tacky watches of poor quality. I saw an opportunity to serve the market in-between, by improving the quality, adding style, and still offering them at reasonable prices. So I launched Winky Designs to share my line of fun and affordable watches with the world!

RH: Which part of the business do you enjoy the most? And the least?

W.W: My business is like my baby, and honestly I enjoy every moment of it because it’s extremely fulfilling to watch it grow. If I had to pinpoint one thing though, I would have to say the best part is the flexibility! I can run my business from any location, for example, right now I’m in Munich, Germany where I’ll be staying for a month. Having flexible hours is also great, for example, when I go to sleep at night I never set an alarm to wake up in the morning so the work day only starts I wake up naturally. On the downside, running a business is a lot of hard work and there’s always more to do! I pretty much work from the moment I wake up to the moment I sleep (even on the weekends!).

RH: Is it easy to come up with new designs? What are your inspirations?

W.W: It’s not easy to come up with a new design, but it helps if you have a clear vision. So far, my 3 collections of watches are all inspired by fun foods and cocktail drinks. When you’re wearing a delicious watch like the Mint Choc Chip watch or the Tequila Sunrise watch, it feels like it’s happy hour every hour on your wrist! The themes are great because they really bring out the essence of joy, color and freshness into my products.


RH: What materials do you prefer to work with? What influences your choice of materials? Do you favor one color over another?

W.W: The slap band watches are made out of silicone because the material is durable, comfortable, waterproof, and hypoallergenic which makes it a great “everyday” watch. The bracelet watches are for more classy occasions so they’re mainly made out of leather, but they’re unlike traditional leather watches because they’ve each got their own modern twist to it.The Ice Cream Bracelets features 4 separate leather straps including a braided one which gives the watch a fun and feminine feel. The On the Rocks collection features semi-precious stones weaved into leather straps and are extremely elegant! I love all the colors, but I think I prefer the more unconventional colors because how often can you find a cool mint green colored watch?

RH: What is a typical work day for you?

W.W: Typically, I start my day by checking emails, making calls and corresponding with my customers and wholesalers. Some time is also spent doing research and keeping on top of fashion trends and new watch styles. If I have some new design ideas, I may go out and buy the materials I need and spend the afternoon putting together some samples. At night, most of my time is spent talking to my manufacturers in Asia as we have a 12 hour time difference and they only become available after 9pm. It is a full-day job!

RH: Can you tell me a little about the quality guarantee and warranty for your watches?

W.W: Absolutely! I invest a lot in the quality and every watch I make is equipped with Japanese Quartz movement and are water resistant. The slap band watches are actually water resistant up to 98 feet so that you can swim with them as well! We want people to buy our watches with confidence and we offer a one-year warranty on all our products.


RH: Describe the type of girl or guy (?) you envision wearing your watches? Does gender matter?

W.W: Every watch I design is a watch I would wear myself, so my target customers are generally young women like me who want to express their individual styles in fun and practical ways. I have had men buy the slap watches, but my color selections and styles are more targeted towards women so far (although I do have some ideas for men’s collections in the future!).

RH: What’s the story behind the “On the Rocks” collection?

W.W: This is my favorite collection personally! The accessory trend in 2012 is all about stacking, and precious stones are making a comeback as a popular material in jewelry this year as well. I’ve simply taken it to the next level by making fashionable jewelry that also tells you the time as a bonus!

The “On the Rocks” bracelets are made out of different types of semi-precious stones (onyx, amethyst, pink agate etc) hand-woven through leather straps. I envisioned people wearing these to trendy restaurants and lounges, so my friend Jeanette suggested naming the watches after fun and flirty cocktail drinks. Shortly after, “On the Rocks” came to me randomly one day, and the play on words just tied the whole collection together perfectly. The theme also lends itself to cool slogans like “It’s Happy Hour, Every Hour!” or “These watches will make your wrist drunk with style!”. It’s been really fun coming up with these cheesy but memorable tag lines.

RH: Which five words best describe your brand?

W.W: Fun, modern, colorful, fashionable and affordable

RH: Do your remember your first sale?

W.W: When I first launched my business I was mainly selling to friends, but I do remember my first sale to a complete stranger on my website. I was so excited when I got the order! It’s really fulfilling to know that others enjoy and love the designs as well.

RH: What are your goals with your brand? How do you see yourself progressing?

W.W: So far I’ve been focused on growing Winky Designs in the US market, but the long term goal is to build up an internationally recognized brand. I’ve already started building some traction in Canada, Australia, Mexico, and the Middle East which has been exciting.

Winky Designs has only been selling watches so far but we’ll soon be expanding into other accessories starting with these really awesome Recyclable Plastic Belts. Read on to know more about it!

RH: Is there anything you’d like to share with us about upcoming project(s)?

W.W: We’ve got many exciting things planned for the rest of the year (which is top secret!), but we are proud to announce that our newest collection of Recyclable plastic belts will be debuting this Spring!

These plastic belts come in many vibrant colors and are designed to be one size fits all (you can cut the plastic to make it any length you want). However, they do come in different sizes (Classic cut, Slim Cut and Kids). It’s made completely out of plastic so it’s recyclable, waterproof, hypoallergenic and convenient to travel with (you won’t need to take these off when passing through the metal detectors!) These will be on sale for an affordable price of $25 and come packaged in a cute & clear plastic box which will be perfect for gifting!


PS: All images here are used with permission. Please do not distribute without first contacting the designer.

Designer To Watch: Sara Di Salvo

Designer To Watch: Sara Di Salvo

Hi darlings!

It’s with such pleasure that I now feature an update to a previous post: the new Spring/Summer 2012 collection from the Italian designer based in Rome Sara Di Salvo.

As chance would have it, last weekend I received an e-mail from her about the new collection that is breathtakingly inspired by “Warrior Chic”. Each piece is so artistically designed to perfection, beautiful, feminine, elegant and yet comfortable.

I’ve been following her career growing in the past two years since I met her in New York City during one of the fashion shows. We continued to stay in touch since then.

Below are images from her collection, but expect to see much more in the near future and please visit her official web site.

Have a glamorous week

Sara di Salvo 2012 collection (dresses)

PS: All images here are used with permission from the designer.

Interview with Artist – Anja Van Herle

Interview with Artist – Anja Van Herle

Introducing this extraordinary artist Anja Van Herle I had the opportunity to meet her during one of the Beverly Hills art exhibitions. And I was fascinated with her ability to paint intriguingly glamorous looking girls in a way that is delightful, playful, colorful and seductive, all at the same time. She does this with a mysterious classy touch, with certain details that are usually only seen just in high fashion. The images captivate our imagination and keep us guessing as to what’s behind those stunning faces and perhaps what was on Anja’s mind during her magic hands’ creative process. So I had to introduce myself and I talk to her about her paintings. The more I saw and heard about her work, the more I had an interest in her.

So I was excited to invite her to answer a few questions and delighted that she accepted my invitation to know more about her background, inspiration and dreams.

Anja Van Herle a Belgian-born artist currently based in Los Angeles, grew up in a musical, and artistic family. She has been painting portraits since she was a child. She holds an MFA (Master’s of Fine Arts) from Belgium’s Higher Institute for Art Education in Painting and graduated in 1987. Her paintings have been featured in countless magazines and blogs while being exhibited all over the world in galleries and museums. She’s been recognized nationally and internationally for her talents as a fine artist. So enjoy this exclusive interview with the woman behind these remarkably chic paintings that are so beautifully painted with charm, elegance and especially with love for art. To learn more about Anja Van Herle’s paintings, please visit her official website.

RH: Tell me about your workspace and your creative process? Does it matter where you live as an artist?
AVH: I work in a small studio in L.A, I don’t think it does matter where you live.
I start with photographing my models and then I rework the pictures with adding make-up, accessories… sometimes it’s like a collage before I start painting.

RH: The women in your paintings are very glamorous. What are you influenced by?
AVH: My influences are classy glamorous woman such as Audrey Hepburn (remembered as a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century)

RH: What would be your dream creative project? And what do you find most rewarding about your paintings?
AVH: I have a few creative dreams, first I would love to paint murals or big pieces for cool, hip hotels and high fashion boutiques. Another creative dream is to merchandise my work, especially in the clothing line.

The most rewarding aspect about my work is that I think I create something totally new in the art world, I hear a lot from fans or people that it’s so unique which I think it’s great.

RH: What skill would you still like to master?
AVH: I would love to learn airbrush, the reason why is because most of the people think my technic is airbrush, I have no idea how to do airbrush, :—)

RH: Who, if you had a chance, would you really like to paint?
AVH: I would love to paint the woman who I admire as artists, like Beyonce, Alicia Keys.

RH: If you could give women a fashion tip to be fabulous what would it be?
AVH: Just be yourself, wear what fits you, don’t try to be somebody else and smile a lot, that makes a person fabulous!

RH: Which look best captures the spirit of your paintings? And how long did it take to do a typical project?
AVH: I see it as a life time, you went to art school, developed your style, it took so many years to be where I am now… so that’s a life time.

RH: What are your goals as an artist? How do you see yourself progressing? Or does this matter?
AVH: First you you want to get your images out there to be seen, this in different ways. Now I want people to enjoy my work… through galleries, museums… in my t-shirts. So sharing my work with the people…

Yes, I like to progress in my work so it matters. I see it as being in galleries all over the world.

RH: What other interests do you have outside of art? And what dream do you still wish to fulfill?
AVH: I like to travel, love to collect shells but have to find them… ( not buying in a store) :—)

My dream is to impact people with my art.

RH: Which five words best describe you?
AVH: Funny, friendly, daring, generous and inpatient.

RH: Who did you admire most when you were a student? And now? Are there any artists whose work you enjoy today?
AVH: I admired Dali, Toulouse-Lautrec, Klimt, Schiele

Now I love Murakami, a great Japanese artist!

RH: Any new or upcoming project(s) you are working on that you’d like to share with us?
AVH: Working on my first collection T-shirts with my art on.

RH: Are there any other thoughts or anything else you would like to say?
AVH: That I’m most of the time so happily surprised with all the different kind of reactions of my fans… people cry for my art… not art lovers become art lovers since they saw my work…

Thank you Rhônya for your interest.


PS: All images here are used with permission. Please do not distribute without first contacting the artist.