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In love with Epoxy Resin….

Posted by Winifred on June 9th, 2014  •  No Comments »

We probably have harbored some desire to work with our hands since Demi Moore sat at the pottery wheel in Ghost. We have never yet sat at a wheel, but managed an experience or two decorating something at a Color Me Mine. Kim Novak once discussed her lifelong love for painting, something she started when she became an actress, and would often do during breaks in filming. Juliette Binoche created all of the paintings shown in her new film Words and Pictures. Periodically we too feel nudged to create. Something lasting, something to leave behind.

Along came a workshop at the Met teaching sculpting and jewelry casting, the material used would be epoxy resin, which had first captivated us with Maarten Baas’ ‘Smoke Chair.’ The ‘Smoke’ series consists of furniture that Baas torched, then brought back to life by coating them in epoxy resin. Black epoxy resin, a look we find the most beautiful still. We always thought the entire process so sensual – burning, smoking then treating an object into a unique and exceptional kind of beauty. Of course we would come out for black epoxy resin…

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Our first project, creating molds from a soft gummy substance that then hardens into a kind of rubber. Once we had our mold, we mixed epoxy and blended in color. Layer by layer we folded it into the mold, and waited patiently for it to harden into something that still unexpectedly, vividly, perfectly takes the mold’s shape.

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The second, filling bezels with layers of resin, depositing colors next to or through each other, each layer contributing more depth and complexity than the previous one. This takes much patience, as it’s best to let layers dry before adding to them. Filling even a small edged bezel may take some hours. But every layer sparks new creativity and a new story to the final piece.

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The workshop lasted 5 hours and yet we felt quite rushed, especially through the second half. This means we could have done much more with our bezels, but we love having a laid a foundation. We have the first layer of two pieces that we can choose to add complexity to. Similarly we have the first layer of creating by hand. Now we can add depth and add new stories, like layers of rock, our history to hold…

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Opulent and Refined…

Posted by Winifred on June 6th, 2014  •  No Comments »

What else is the seductress to do

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But to bathe with Tuberose soaps

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By the flames of the red poison apple

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Then feast from gold lined plates

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Draping herself in diamonds, and

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Swaying in pom pom heels

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Golden Eye – 24kt Skin Care

Posted by Winifred on May 7th, 2014  •  No Comments »

Surinamers love their gold. Our jewels have cultural meaning and we select most of our pieces based on what our spirit (our “yeye”) tells us we need. Usually protection, guidance, strength, love. We rarely seek spiritual meaning behind our skincare routines. Now comes an opportunity to do both.

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Recently, we discovered KollagenX 24KT gold eye serum. A collagen and nano gold (tiny particles of gold) infused serum that is said to smooth away signs of aging and dark spots. We do love serums for their concentration and for their fluid texture which penetrates the skin. Though we were amused by the concept of gold infused skin care and felt the packaging would make a lovely addition to our beauty shelves, we did not expect to find the product very compelling. Nonetheless, we were open to try the serum. When we came across the KollagenX line, we first tried the face mask. It too is gold and in addition to appearing like a cross between a mardi gras mask and Friday the 13th, it has a quite slippery texture.

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The mask is packaged in rosewater, and once one gets past the slippery, almost creepy texture and feel, you are left with a cooling sensation that starts to feel fresh and soft. We left ours on for a brief 10 minutes, but we did feel at the very least, there were possibilities for cooling and relaxation after a stressful day and perhaps a freshening of the skin. This got us hopeful about the serum which we sampled at home over several days.

Can we just say we love it? The serum truly hydrates sensitive under eye skin, leaving it brighter, softer and firmer. Particularly when the eyes are a bit puffy or not quite as rested as they should be, we found the serum offered a nice, instant perking up of the skin. We felt protected, almost as if the serum gave us the ability to take the skin back to its former state, undoing the damage from the night before. KollagenX’s About Page, claims their Nano Gold Technologies were in fact discovered as an alternative to plastic surgery. We cannot speak to that just yet, but let’s see if we have other experiences with their products and notice their claims to be true…

In the meantime, we adore the serum and are sad to see our sample go. Once in a while when we use it, a fleck of gold stays on the skin. A new kind of birthmark for us, apropos for our yeye…

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Something borrowed of a different hue…

Posted by Winifred on May 1st, 2014  •  No Comments »

Recently we had the opportunity to attend a few bridal wear shows; a romantic sea of white and embellishment, vintage inspiration and a lot of lace. All of it lovely and traditional with hints of Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Onassis, also the Duchess of Cambridge came to mind. Imagery we have so often seen in Central during Summer. Then we remembered that only once we had actually stopped and for 30 minutes were mesmerized in a way we need in our lives again. It was at the Mandarin Oriental New York, outside rather, as the bridal party rode in. The betrothed were from Pakistan, the ceremony a tale from The Ramayana that stopped time as much as it seemed to transport us back.

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The groom rode in on a white horse;
we suppose an elephant on the streets of New York would have maybe been too much…

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He was wearing a traditional formal coat, a sherwani, off white,
with the most beautiful and intricate embroidery,

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He was surrounded by over a hundred guests who filled the street with music,

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song, dance, clapping, laughter,

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Mostly women, in their traditional wear, saris,

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Saris in styles, colors and with embellishments, we never knew to exist,

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And as we live for ritual and tradition,

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And because of the wide influence of South East Asian culture in Suriname,
particularly Indian and Indonesian,

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We savored feeling at home amidst the color, beauty, theatre and
ceremony of this pre-wedding parade,

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The bride was already inside the Mandarin, thus we never saw her attire,
or make-up and jewels,

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But we can imagine, that what followed the groom after he rode in, would have been even more,

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More decadent, more perfectly crafted in detail,
more visually arresting than the brief feast on our eyes.
We look forward to the experience of such a ceremony in full;
saris and 24kt gold suit us…

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Our favorite vintage find…

Posted by Winifred on January 31st, 2014  •  No Comments »

Early on and always, our father dreamed in Spanish.  As a teenager in Suriname, he had become beguiled by the rhythms of Sonora Matancera.  He became determined to know the words that accompanied the drums, the trumpets, the moving vocals and he began to learn Spanish.  Then, he and our mother moved to the Netherlands and were married and he became a real student of the Spanish language.  He read Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  He traveled to Spain, he was lost to us forever.  

When he decided to immerse himself by studying in Spain, the family went with him.  We lived in Barcelona.  This is when our mother purchased some of her jewelry that we would covet from the time we first saw it.  The foot we wear on our Surinaams boto keti necklace, came from Spain.  We love the color, the smoothness, the unique shape of it.  We love our shared history of moving back with our family to the Netherlands, then to Suriname, returning with us to the Netherlands, and making the long journey to the United States.  

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It was with us when things were simpler, there to hear our parents’ laughter, see their dancing, smell their cigarettes and whiskey.  There to also see them grow apart…But what we love is that all of the significant experiences that make us who we are today, are carried with us through this piece.  It is only recently that our mother gave the foot to us. And that it is now witness to our glorious times and elegant times.  The foot is one of our most important things refined, forever our favorite vintage find.

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New traditions with Hermes

Posted by Winifred on December 16th, 2013  •  No Comments »

Recently our sister gave us a most treasured birthday gift. She had engraved for us a dainty silver box with our name and birthday and the words Sister Love. Inside were some of our best memories – she and I dancing together to some of our favorite music from Suriname, our style of dancing totally our own, defying categorization. Us as little girls, our trip to Curacao, her graduation from her Ph.d program, Disney World, there were many. Each memory, a photo scanned onto a tiny card with cutout borders. Notes accompanied each memory, some with our favorite sayings, others with an anecdote about the moment.

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It was creative, thoughtful, sweet, heartwarming, loving, precious…a new tradition. There will be more events, more trips, more experiences and we will need more boxes. Maybe one by Hermes like the limited-edition wine trunk. We will commission one, as Sammy Davis Jr. did, his a traveling bar in black crocodile, lined in red leather.

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We love crocodile, we would make ours lavender. The inside lined in Hermes scarves. Not a traveling bar, but a treasure box filled with David Webb jewelry, L’artisan perfume, a Bond Street journal, Fantasia cigarettes, and of course a hand fan. There would be a pocket just for the tiny memories. Safari in Tanzania, quiet serenity in the Maldives, Shocking blues and greens of Tahiti, skiing and eating the freshest of seafood in Hokkaido. Maybe we would add a leather bound flask, a nip of Laphroaig along for the ride…

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On Sunset Boulevard

Posted by Winifred on October 29th, 2013  •  No Comments »

Recently, we decided to, again, watch Sunset Boulevard, the 1950 classic film, considered the 12th best film in American history. This time, however, we gave it fresh eyes. Scanning for all the little things we may have overlooked or taken for granted in past viewings. It was satisfying to affirm why this has always been our favorite classic film and why we feel its magic everytime.

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Upon our recent viewing we also felt lucky. Sunset Boulevard was the classic film that launched us into the world that continues to fascinate and inform our refined style. It is a stunning commentary on the opportunism of Hollywood and the poison that fame can be. A message not only completely relevant to today but even essential. But Sunset Boulevard is stunning in its details. Transporting in a way that we feel few other, even excellent films are. It is to be savored, all senses at the ready.

First the early scenes of the cars driving down Sunset Boulevard, then the view of Norma Desmond’s 1920s Spanish colonial style home and the look of old Los Angeles that we love;

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Arches and sweeping hallways, framed spaces…

Diane Keaton House in AD

Diane Keaton House in AD

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Then comes Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, entering the picture in a leopard print turban, sunglasses, red lacquered nails (even in black and white, you see red), the stacks of bracelets on her wrists and oversize charms dangling from them taking us captive immediately. She delivers one of many great lines, “I am big, it’s the pictures that got small,” and you become small and she remains big through the entire film.

Echoes of this,

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surely set the stage for this,

Karolina kurkova met gala Rachel Zoe rose gold gown turban

Karolina Kurkova Met gala

And still inspires the bold look of this,

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There is the gold lame coat and chandelier necklace, casual dress in which Norma Desmond watches her own silent films.

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Dries van Noten, took note, the powerful punch of gold ruling his Spring runways,

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Only needing a bit of this,

Monique Pean

Monique Pean

There are beautiful touches to devour everywhere; Joe wearing a Vicuna hair coat, his gold cigarette case, the car rides they take in the Isotta Fraschini. There is the sley bed in Norma’s bedroom and the mirrored room divider, the tiled floors in the ball room, the seminal staircase and great lines delivered with the kind of theatrical flair consistent with the best of the silent movie screen.

Nancy Olson tells of being on set and watching the set designers crush pumice between their hands and blow the dust over the film set’s living room to create the feel of aging splendor – the home as well as the star herself. The eye cannot pick up the dust,

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but can sense the attention to detail that made absolutely every frame divine. This is a film that one slathers oneself in, marinates in, absorbing a richer experience than words can even describe. While the message may be bitter, the tale is decadent and sweet, current and of great style…

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In the Air: Art Deco

Posted by Winifred on October 16th, 2013  •  No Comments »

Gucci did it for Spring, inspired by the Chrysler Building, Versace on the red carpet, and along with Tiffany, everyone was made giddy by the release of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby.’ Before the recent wave of roaring 20s excitement, long beating them to the punch was Terence Winter, the creator of HBO’S Boardwalk Empire, now in its 4th season. But luxury, glamour and exuberance will never be passing trends, these are always going to have it’s aficionados and enthusiasts and remain associated with great style.

The term, Art Deco, derived from the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, was first used by the architect Le Corbusier to describe the colors, geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation of what was in the 1920s a new design style. Created by the French, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and a belief in technological change. From interiors to architecture, fashion and its accessories, and of course art, hints of this style, particularly the geometric shapes still make the most beautiful of decoration, at once a celebration of the modern, still best expressed in a classic way.

Art Deco Bathroom in 'The Women' 1939

Art Deco Bathroom in ‘The Women’ 1939

Tamara de Lempicka 1931

Tamara de Lempicka 1931

Gucci S2012

Gucci

Versace

Versace

Hirschell

Hirschell

Angel Jakson

Angel Jackson

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