12.29.2009

A Celebration in Pink+Green


Winter is for the birds
artwork by Laura Loving , enamel on canvas, 10x10
I was only too happy to slip into my flip flops
sugar cookie by Bernadette Gallego
to spend the holidays with family in West Palm Beach
tableau of personal things: Lilly Pulitzer: A Guide to Colorful Holidays,
elephant bag from the Siem Reap flea market,
vintage sunglasses from Melrose Place,
sequined bag from acquaintance Christina Yu of Ipa-Nima fame,
Lilly P pouches, green leather bag from Hong Kong with Luella pompom keychain
It began with a spectacular surprise at The Breakers

my senses were in full bloom
gumamela/hibiscus from Alegre Beach Resort Cebu
the ocean never fails to balance me
Frou La La napkin ring in green turbo shell
with baby starfish on vintage ribbon, boar tooth, freshwater pearl,
wood beads, swarovski crystals strung in coconut beads

A.Postcard.Perfect.Moment.
from the Lilly Pulitzer holiday stationery collection
I couldn't ask for a better birthday celebration that turned into a week long affair
surprise birthday cake from Bernadette Gallego on my big 3-0
of flowers
flower centerpiece from a best friend's wedding reception
food and wine
one of Garrison Rousseau's fabled dinners
corals and carved bone crustaceans from F.S. Henemader's
sweetness
Crema Catalan fresh from Bernadette Gallego's kitchen
song
Lillified Steinway





and merriment!
photo from my Moroccan themed 27th birthday at my father's garden (2002)

I've always been enamoured by the pink and green mix.
fashion shoot for Zee Magazine's Most Stylish 2006
vintage dress by New Yorker in Manila, iguana-Martin Gallego's pet,
jade & diamond ring-family heirloom,
photography by Jon Unson, makeup by Romero Vergara
bougainvillea on terrace, Alegre Beach Resort Cebu (2005)
coffee table tableau at Richard Stolzman's beach paradise in Mactan Island (2003)
facade of Alex Kafe, Argao (2005)
sideroad bushes, Pilar, a fishing village in Siargao (2005)

beach house of Ed and Bernadette Gallego, Alcoy (2005)
Tops, lookout point in Cebu (2004)
the sweet Margarita at our Cebu Mardi Gras brunch
with my parasol from Saigon's Ben Thanh market (2006)
Its vibrant cheer immortalized by icons
photos from Renovation Therapy blog
The colors were also my inspiration for an Advanced Textiles school project
photo taken at an abaca weaving hut in Alcoy, Cebu (2005)
pink and green raffia lariat necklace by Ethnic Ventures
where I used the image of one of my favorite sculptures,
for a sinisterly whimsical tangent.

Segueing into Christmas
photo from Freshome blog

card from the Lilly Pulitzer holiday stationery collection
we partook in holiday feasts
another one of Garrison Rousseau's fab table arrangements
he designed the china for Shanghai Tang
table linens from Iloilo made of indigenous fibers (2003)
much tooo much
photo from the old Schnadig showroom, High Point Market (2005)
With my embonpoint, I am starting to look like this ornament
but also filled with new lovely memories of family
photo from Lilly Pulitzer holiday collection
no time for food related postsantum depression
I relish the blessings of 2009 and have purged its ills.
photo taken from the Hot Springs Pharmacy, Virginia
where everything has eerily stood the test of time (2007)
Ready to greet 2010 infused with pink champagne
photo from moblog
with my nearest and dearest from all over the world!




Pink Champagne by Julia Gilmore


*photos, unless noted, are from personal archives*

Attached is a video by Fashion TV Philippines documenting the Zee Magazine fashion shoot.














video

12.24.2009

Christmas Splendour

"Forget about sabbaticals or meditation when looking for inspiration. Ideas come when you work, you become dumb in the sun." - Karl Lagerfeld

This statement is the impetus of my Christmas blog post. I have been in mañana mode amidst swaying palm trees in the salty breeze since I got to West Palm Beach two weeks ago. These photos were taken from last Christmas when I interned with the brilliant gentleman, Barry Dixon . I blogged about the lordly Elway Hall last Halloween. This century old estate was made for the kind of entertaining that are for the legendary social books. Barry and his partner, Michael Schmidt's, passion for celebrating a beautiful life continues the tradition of its forebears. I still count my lucky stars that I experienced an Elway Christmas tradition and share these colorful memories with you. The pictures speak for the talents and effortless way Barry weaves elements of beauty into a room. Virginia Living did a fabulous holiday spread of Elway Hall that you can read here.
The Blue Room

The Pink Room

The Purple Room

The Venetian Room

The Breakfast Room
 
The Music Room

The Living Room


The Library


The Loggia


Alas, all good things must come to an end...
Wherever you are, hope you created beautiful moments today!

*photos from personal archives*