Monday, January 31, 2011

Back into the wild

by Jewell and Ginnie

Last summer Sully Sullivan asked me to send in some swimsuit for a fashion concept photoshoot.  I love the tall man so I scrounged up some suits that I had doubles of and sent to him.  I had no idea this concept he was so excited about would be this AWESOME!!! My CEO/hubby was not too happy with me as we were in the middle of the selling season and needed all our samples but i went with my GUT...ahh I'm so glad I was right!!!  and sent them anyway...sorry Marie Claire I don't have that sample right this minute...SULLY has them:)....good karma baby, good karma will come back to me I hope.
I love everything about this shoot...the photography, video, styling by Mike Grady assisted by Amanda Rhobles, production by Karen Briggs, hair and makeup by Ashley Brook Perryman, models, clothing ( look below), tent and animals!!!
What a great team to pull this off!  GREAT JOB EVERYONE!
and I bet some awesome mag will pick this up and feature it as it's BAD ASS!:)

The story is about two couples who reunite after several years apart. So dreamy...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Florablanca, Costa Rica

While on our trip in Costa Rica we went to visit  Florablaca, the beautiful resort owned by my friend's parents-in-law Rusty and Susan Carter. My friend Lindsey is also a designer out of Charleston SC and I just adore her line and am so proud of all her accomplishments.   Her label is Troubador...check it out!
Florablanca was just gorgeous and so peaceful.  The pool which Elle is swimming in (those swimmies were off after 5 min..then i had to watch her closely as she frolicked on the steps) was surrounded by a jungle.  We had lunch at Nectar, their restaurant, and went surfing out front.  Next time you are in Mal Pais you have to go and have lunch there- it was by far our best meal out!  i'm salivating just thinking about it......I want to be back there right now! time I'm going to hit the spa too.

ps. notice I put up my daily reads...thank you to all who inspire and make me smile everyday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Color inspiration continues....I was never on the purple team-always pink.  I remember my mom dressing me in head to toe ballet pink- even the undies:)  I still love tonal outfits...thanks Basia!
The girls, bow tie and perfume are from the cherry bloosom girl
 beau joie champagne found on MaeMae Paperie,     
            Limited edition screenprint, 10 x 8 ($15) by Nick Morley, and rings image from once wed blog.
These are some of my daily reads... clearly all pink lovers:) This print would make a funny v-day gift.
Are you a pink or purple team player?

Monday, January 17, 2011


Happy Monday! I started to work on the new collection for 2012! So, I'm putting my inspiration board together and loving these blues...starting from the top right corner, clockwise.
India Hicks with her daughter, The Laduree in Paris, Slim Aarons's "Island Paradise", vintage Vogue re-blogged from a fellow Charleston Designer Bb Inspired blog, lastly I don't remember where this image came from...anyone??

Thursday, January 13, 2011

BALENCIAGA MASTER!!! Happy weekend!

Are you in New York this weekend?  The Balenciaga exhibit is almost over, GO SEE it before February 19th.  We went to the exhibit at the Queen Sophia Spanish Institute, while in nyc....and guess who was there??!!  The curator himself: Hemish Bowels!!!  That made me tickled....he held the door for Moi:)  It made the fantastic exhibit even more fantastic. See this video for a look inside.  and HURRY GO!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Edward Enninful

America Vogue, May 2009 Lakshmi Menon shot by Mikael Jansson

American Vogue June 2010, Raquel Zimmerman, shot by Mikael Jansson

OMG... I'm going to go against my rules and tell you about a recent request I received from the American VOGUE.  I'm especially excited because the stylist doing the shoot is Edward Enniful.  All the above images are of his brilliant work.  I hope this isn't going to jinx my chances to actually have my pieces in the pictures selected for the magazine, but it's an honor just to get the request.  Cross your fingers for us please!!!

Have you seen the new MULBERRY adds?  Edward Enninful styles and Tim Walker shoots, models Lindsey Wixson and Nimue Smit....yup TALK ABOUT INSPIRATION!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Costa Rica

Perrey Reeves, wearing Marysia SWIM

What a lovely jungle my sister in law has! The perfect place for a YOGA retreat and a total get-a-way!!!  and I got to test out the new suits!  They don’t have electricity yet, but I think they aught to leave it that way.  You wakeup with the sun and you go to bed soon after the sun goes down (unless of course you are typing out your blog entry like I’m going right nowJ) and it feels so wonderful to be in one with nature that way.
We had our own beautiful bungalow that was open to the world, only screens everywhere.  The sounds of birds, monkeys, and the waterfall were the best lullaby.

The property is up on a hill close to the town of Montezuma. It took about 10 minutes to drive up to the bungalows...10 minutes of crazy offroading!!

We had the best time chilling with family and the 4 dogs, swimming near a waterfall, hiking, surfing, eating the most delicious meals (thank you Jeff and Perrey), and just having a blast!
Did you go anywhere this resort season?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Resolution #1 DETOX DIET

It's time to start on those resolutions...I know I'm 6 days late but it's hard to diet in Costa Rica while you have a family friend cooking up delicious eats every would be plain RUDE!  hehe so now that I'm back home it's detox time!  I will start Monday...anyone with me?

Do you remember the detox diet I tried before thanksgiving? A seven-day detox I found on Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog, GOOP (full menue here). I’ve been on a mission to get back to my pre-baby body and weight but even though I exercise 6 times a week and ate pretty healthy, I felt there was something in my body keeping me from loosing those last 8 lbs.  Mostly liquid, this diet, with 5 solid meals during the week, no caffeine nor alcohol, no dairy or sugar, WORKS!!!  With a little determination and time, it’s totally doable!

The first day was easy, only liquid and salad this day, but with the 11am delicious fresh coconut juice (the dieter’s daily best friend), and the spacing out of the meals, it was a piece of cake…HAHA.  I wish there was cake. At some points all I could think of was CAKE!  Gwyneth’s other blog entry talked about how to deal with sugar cravings, which also worked!  I did have a slight afternoon headache because of the no caffeine rule, but since I mostly drink black or green tea anyways it wasn’t bad at all. (If you want a smoother transition, quit your coffee the week or two before and switch to lesser caffeinated morning beverages.  Before bed I had a shot of olive oil and that made me feel sick, so the following nights I added it to the dinner soups and had no problems.

Second day had chicken on the menu for lunch.  Even though I very rarely eat chicken I was looking forward to a real meal. The grocery trip that morning delayed the disgusting morning shake (I forgot to tell you about it from the first day, it’s gross but I heard it doesn’t have to be as bad depending on the whey protein and pro greens you put in it.  I had to hold my nose shut when I drank it.  YUCK!!!  That’s really the worst part of the diet but it was worth the result.  The chicken was delicious!  All the sauces and marinates in this diet made the food very tasty.  I especially loved the salmon and kale meal with the same sauce for dipping…YUM!

So after the second day, which I found the hardest (but only because the delay of my morning shake by and hour and a half) it went great!  I exercised all but the second day… did power yoga, Pilates, running and felt an increase in energy.  I slept extra well too!  REALLY the results have lasted for over a month and that’s after the thanksgiving and Christmas holiday!  I only gained a pound back…and believe me I didn’t hold back with the cookies and mashed potatoes.
I feel that the diet did really work as detox and cleared out whatever was in my stomach that was blocking the right kind of digestion.  I’m really happy I did it and I plan on doing in again after the New Year.  I want to do it 4 times a year in 2011 and see if I can get down as low as my wedding day weight, that would make me very happy and healthyJ

Who’s with me?  I would love to have a partner for moral support…