I teamed up with the Lincoln Motor Company to create a new shade in my lips illustration collection inspired by their new exotic purple color, Tahitian Pearl, for the 2015 MKC. It’s a bold color (which also inspired a deep purple lipstick by Bésame Cosmetics), and is perfect for people who like something different. If you saw my instagram recently, I just got engaged (yay!) and chose a sapphire ring in lieu of a diamond. So I can definitely get behind going for a non-traditional choice!
The minute I found out about the Oxford Exchange in Tampa, I decided I must go there (and couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard about it sooner). Not only was it minutes away from where I lived, it turned out to inspire some new pieces of art! The decor is a perfectly lived-in, scholarly and elegant space with exposed brick, marble floors and mismatched furniture. One end is a curated bookshop full of must-read classics and new arrivals; while the other end houses a shop full of home decor, vintage pieces and gifts that would make any Anthropologie addict hyperventilate. The atmosphere is relaxed and sophisticated (there was a bathroom attendant), and the lounge area invites you to grab a tea or coffee and stay a while. Oh, and they also have a restaurant and office space for rent. So enough gushing…go there and experience it for yourself.
I created four pieces in this collection: fashionable oxford booties, a stack of cute reading glasses, a stack of classic books and a more detailed piece of a stylish girl reading on a daybed in a room closely resembling the OE.
I love finding new stores with familiar products as well as new ones. You know there’s going to be items you already love (like the Vita Fede titan stone bracelet and ‘V’ ring), but you will also end up finding new-to-you brands with awesome pieces— like Melissa Joy Manning’s pearl claw earrings (how cool are they?!) or KC Designs diamond criss cross ring. Fragments is the store to find trendy pieces as well as unique ones, and I highly recommend you check them out!