Earlier this week, I did a photoshoot with Miss Jordyn Page. I'm waiting on the underwater photos to come back, but in the mean time, here are some outtakes from the day!
Tomorrow is Independence Day, do you have your red, white and blue picked out? Here are a few favorites from the shop!
Is there one place on Earth that you are just dying to visit? That place for me is Byron Bay, NSW. I've always wanted to visit Australia, but once I discovered this little hippie paradise, I've been dreaming about it ever since.
There is a great music and arts scene, it's a surfers delite, and has many incredible local designers. I bit the bullet today and applied for a travel rewards credit card so I can earn points for a trip there! I'll escape the winter cold here in Alabama and head south to summer, if not this coming February, then Feb 2016.
Where is your dream place? Have you been yet? Are you planning a trip? Want to go to Byron Bay with me?!
I have seen this recent explosion of concho belts and jewelry lately and I wanted to learn a little more about their history.
Conchos are those little silver round or oval decorative pieces that adorn leather belts, or bolo ties, or even some handbags.
Concho comes from the Spanish word "concha," which means "shell." The first use of conchos was seen in Mexico as a way to decorate saddles and bridles. Horses need jewelry too!
These were borrowed by the Navajo Indians and have been a strong Navajo tradition ever since. True Native American concho belts are made with Sterling Silver and Turquoise or Coral (other stones too). The museum quality pieces produced by the Navajo silver smiths can cost upwards of $20,000!
Most concho pieces on the market are not Native American made and are not Sterling Silver. Most of what you'll see on the market are fashioned after Native American designs, but are made from an alloy and are stamped from a machine. The alloy doesn't tarnish, is more durable and can be found for a much lower cost.
Authentic Sterling Silver Native American leather concho belts can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $9,000. Most vintage belts made from an alloy will cost under $50.
Gypsie June has several new swim suits for you this summer! Most are now available in the Etsy store, the others will be soon!
There are several great summer dresses available at Gypsie June! And I went a little denim crazy yesterday and bought 15ish pairs of jeans! Some will stay jeans and some will be cut into cheekies, but they will all be available soon!
I've seen many versions of Prayer Flags made and displayed by different friends and artists. I was curious about the history, so I did a little research!
Prayer Flags originated in Tibet, where primary-colored, rectangular cloth (sewn onto string), often include text (prayers and mantras) and images (generally of the Four Dignities: dragon, garuda, tiger and snowlion). Traditionally, the flags, from left to right, are blue (sky and space), white (wind and air), red (fire), green (water) and yellow (earth). According to Traditional Tibetan medicine, a balance of the Five Pure Lights (sky, wind, fire, water, earth) produces health and harmony.
There are two types of Prayer Flags: Lung ta, meaning "Wind Horse" (horizontal) and Darchor, meaning "Flagstaff" (vertical). Lung ta are traditionally hung between two points, like the top of a temple and a rock, or across mountain passes. Darchor are traditionally large single rectangles attached to poles and stuck in the ground.
Prayer Flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. The belief is that the prayers and mantras written on the flags will be blown by the wind, spreading the intention and compassion to all surrounding areas. The flags are not intended to carry prayers to dieties, but to bring benefit to all.
As the words and images fade from exposure, they become a permanent part of the universe.
According to tradition, the best time to hang new Prayer Flags is on a sunny, windy morning. Prayer Flags should be treated with respect, never placed on the ground and old ones burned when replaced.
I think I'll make a set for the studio once I get the sewing machine set up, I'll share photos when I do!
Do you have Prayer Flags at home?
Sunday it was sunny and 75! Monday it was snowing as I left work. I'm SO over this rollercoaster in-between season. I'm ready for spring to come and stay! Here are some lovely spring pieces I'd love to add to my wardrobe!