Paris

Pink blossoms, Spring fever and creativity overload...

Hello lovely readers! I've got Spring Fever! I'm planning and creating like a mad woman and I don't want to stop. Lol. Even a bad cold isn't stopping me! I have been in bed for three days but I'm sketching away.

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Dreaming of my upcoming retreat to Scotland - (that is Edinburgh Castle). Can't wait and yes...you can see my sweet kitty companion, Leo has been keeping me company while I rest.

And one more - a moody gal inspired by some vintage fashion photography.

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Lucky for me, I have a pretty great view from my cozy bed - the pink blooms of a cherry tree are just starting to pop! One of my favorite things about Spring. They inspired a bit of a Pin-fest and this board emerged...

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Oh and speaking of PINK and gorgeous images, my dear friend Georgianna Lane just published her stunning book! You must get it. If you love Paris and flowers then you will adore this...

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To go along with all this flurry of Spring energy, I'm having a BIG SALE on our online classes too! Why not!? It's the perfect time to encourage growth and creativity, right? I would love to have you in class.

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Hope you enjoying the first signs of Spring where you are!

Much love and gratitude,

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Art to Adore

Happy Friday my readers! Hope you have some lovely plans for the weekend! I'm actually going to go see Madonna!! Eeek! Kinda a childhood dream so I'm a little giddy! Anyway, before I break out in my Vogue dance...I wanted to share some more gorgeous bird themed artworks! I've been working non stop on my Flight & Feather  online workshop so yes, I have birds on the brain....big time!

Enjoy these beautiful and inspiring creations....and go visit these artists' galleries of work.

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Evening by Jeanie Tomanek

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Introspection by Alexandra Douglass

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Paperbirds by Steven Kenny

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Danielle O'Brien

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Lynn Watt

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Have a beautiful weekend!

xo,

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Art Love : Marie Laurencin

Hello friends, How's life? Hope you are enjoying the changing of the seasons. I do so love Fall!

I've been taking the online course - "Studying under the Masters" with Jeanne Oliver and I'm eating up all the information and reveling in the feeling of artistic growth! Along the path of studying, my thoughts were brought back to an artist that I love but never truly researched before - Marie Laurencin.

She was a French painter (1883-1956) and lived in Paris for most of her life. She hung out with other powerful artists of the time including, Pablo Picasso, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Robert Delaunay, Henri le Fauconnier and Francis Picabia. She was celebrated as one of the few female Cubist painters. Her style only emulates the elements of Cubism early on and quickly fades after World War 1.

bd0aaafad85c57e30f94b17c5ae6fed6Her style moves toward an ethereal look of soft colors, gentle curving shapes and doe eyed female figures. These resonate a beautiful feminine power and grace - a serenity and grounded energy that I find captivating. I had the pleasure of seeing her work at the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris when I was there in 2012. I feel deeply in love with her work.  What do you think?

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One of the most important things I have learned from this online course is to NEVER EVER stop learning about Art. It feeds my soul and is such a wellspring for inspiration and growth.

If you are in a rut, creatively, I encourage you to research a favorite artist, experiment with a medium you've never used before or sign up for an online Art course! Don't give up on your creativity just because you've hit a wall. Find a rope and climb over it! Be open to your potential and trust your path.

xo,

Ivy

All images via here.

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello friends! Happy Friday and Happy Valentines's to you. I hope you are surrounded by the people you love. Hubby and I are going out for a much needed date night. Can't wait to get all prettied up and sip a fancy cocktail. I did splurge yesterday on a little gift to myself - this book - and I'm so pleased I did. I've already devoured half of it and I'm loving every page. If you were a fan of Eat, Pray, Love then you will LOVE Paris Letters by Janice Macleod. I'm so tickled with the book that I just subscribed to receive one of her magical, illustrated letters from Paris via her Etsy shop. Anyways...had to share this with you!

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Okay I'm off to get ready for my date....it takes a while these days! ;)

Much love to you all,

Ivy

P.S. I've been doing a ton of art so I promise to share more of it next week! More vintage treasures to show you too!

Blog Design Mood board

Hi friends. How is your day going? So far so good over here. I've already done my homework for my Blog boss e-course, which I'm excited to share with you. We were assigned to make a dream blog design mood board. I started it yesterday and could not stop till it was done. I'm so excited to be actively  re-designing the blog and finally making the transition over to a WordPress.org. Don't worry, I will let you know when it happens so we don't lose track of each other. It's time for Gracy & Ivy to graduate to a new level. So here's my mood board... Dream blog mood board

Let me know your thoughts. Nothing is set in stone at the moment and I may even make another board to play around with some more ideas and different colors.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

xo,

Ivy

French Note Cards

Hello friends! Hope your Tuesday is less wet than mine! It is dumping rain outside. I have resolved to spend the afternoon creating a series of Paris inspired note cards...here is my first one...

What do you think? Should I add text to these? I'm thinking a series of six would do nicely.

A trip to Paris might be necessary...you know...for reference.

I wish!

More to come...

xo,

Etsy Love: Macaron Magic

Lately, I've been wanting to buy macarons. Not because I have a craving, or I want to give them as a gift...I just want to take pictures of them. Yah...I know it sounds weird but I have seen the most gorgeous photos of macarons and I want to give it a try! I've almost ran out to Pix to get some...but I decided to head to Etsy for some inspiration first! My dear friend, Amy referred me to the beautiful work of Havilah...a local Portland photographer! Her Etsy shop - dearmachine has some lovely images! Check out these delightful photographs of this most famous French cookie...

So pretty right? I love that something so simple as a baked good can look so special. Almost as enchanting as a cupcake...

xo,

 

p.s. want to try making them yourself? here's a recipe from Martha. ;)

 

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Travel Visions

Hi there. Well...unfortunately, I don't have a Friday Escape for you today. My little Grace is home sick with an ear infection so my attention needs to be on her. But...I didn't want to leave you with nothing, so I'm sharing some of the beautiful travel images I've collected for my Pinterest Travel board.

A majestic landscape in Val di Funes, Italy.

The gorgeous city of Prague.

Colorful hot air balloon over Paris.

Simply charming tea houses in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

Last but certainly not least, my beautiful home town, Sydney, Australia.

Hope you enjoy these. I want to hear from you - where would you like us to explore on our Friday Escapes? Any ideas? I'm making a list.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

xo,

 

Friday Escape: The Most Romantic Hotel in the World

My first thought of where we should go today was Paris. With Valentine's day upon us, I figured it would be a suitable destination...but...I found myself hesitating. Too obvious. So, I did a little digging and decided to take us somewhere a little bit unexpected - India! Currently ranked as the most romantic hotel in the world is the breathtaking Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. Incredibly beautiful and dreamlike, this white marble palace seems to float on Lake Pichola waters, like a precious ivory flower. This architectural masterpiece was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743. Royalty used it as a summer get away to escape the intense heat. Not too shabby for a summer home right? Let's go!

Obviously we've got to hop on a boat to get to the palace so...all aboard!

Almost there...

Welcome to the Palace. Ready to be treated like Royalty? Yes please.

I can't wait to see what the rooms are like! Let's have a peek into several of the suites...

Gorgeous right? Tough choice! But I think we deserve the Presidential Suite...don't you? Go big or go home.

Check out the view from our private terrace! This place is beyond magical.

I'm dying to explore the pool and gardens...come on...

I'm getting the feeling that romance was actually born here. Aren't the grounds stunning?

Okay, so I have a real treat for you. We usually hit a spa of some sort on our escapes but today...we are actually going on a SPA BOAT! Yup. Why not sail on the gentle waters of the lake while we slowly slip into a state of bliss...here it comes...

This spa boat idea is pure brilliance!

As the sun sets, let's go enjoy some dinner...

Don't want to join us? Would you rather have a private dinner out in the middle of the lake with your love? Go for it. It can be arranged. How's that for romantic?

As for the rest of us...let's enjoy a cocktail in the lounge while our table is being prepared...

I think we should dine in the gardens...don't you?

I leave you here to enjoy your meal and watch as the Palace is veiled in darkness. Experience the twinkling lights of a thousand candles, the fragrance of exotic blooms and hopefully a romantic night you'll never forget!

Thanks for coming with me on this Friday escape.

Happy Valentine's Day Weekend! Spend it with those you love.

xo,

p.s. Not quite ready to leave the Palace...watch the video tour here.

Images via here, here and here.

Christmas around the world: Paris

I miss our Vicarious Vacations. Do you? I do love to research new places and although it was hours of work, I miss that feeling of discovery. So...I thought I would start a new little series celebrating the holidays. These journeys won't be as thorough as the VV's, but I couldn't resist hunting down beautiful images of places around the world and how they look at this special time of the year. I asked Grace which city I should begin with and of course she said, "Paris!" Together we perused Flickr, finding the prettiest pictures of Paris during Christmas.

Here's what we found...

The City of Lights certainly doesn't disappoint. It would be truly magical to stroll the Parisian street during Christmas. Maybe one day we will...

Want more? Check out this video tour...featuring some of the elaborate window displays on show this season...

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What is your favorite city at during the holidays?

Hope you have a lovely Monday.

xo,

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