Friday, August 1, 2008

Comfort Station, Edith Piaf and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Back at the beginning of the year, I read an article on Comfort Station - it's the name of a line of jewellery by designer Amy Anderson. After reading the article I was filled with a burning need to own the Heart Pendant. It's an engraved chocolate-coloured wooden heart, a silhouette of a diamond ring and a small porcelain circle with the words "Je Ne Regrette Rien" in gold paint on it - these three hang at the end of a silver chain with a black onyx bauble at the clasp. It's insane! And today it arrived in the mail from far and away and I couldn't be happier. 

The website for the line is also one of my favourites: 

I have never been into the store, but my friend Maria has - she told me how the jewellery is displayed in vintage suitcases. I adore an old suitcase - especially if it has old ship stickers on it. The aesthetics and presentation of the whole line is lovely - very intricate and detailed with such an eye to detail. The feel is very Victoriana but stops short of being too dark and gothic. In the package with my pendant came the look books for Spring/Summer 08 and Autumn/Winter 08 - a lot of the pieces have words engraved on them such as Keep Me etc etc. It's very Alice in Wonderland. 

But I'm glad I got my Je Ne Regrette Rien - I love me a bit of Piaf.

Speaking of Victoriana, dark and gothic - I was walking about at the beginning of the week and saw THE biggest Great Dane I have ever seen ever. It had had it's ears docked or whatever the word is, so it's ears stood upright rather than pointing down. It was jet black and the size of a small cow. I know they are meant to be exceedingly docile creatures but this one looked like the inspiration for the Hound of the Baskervilles. I had no problem imagining it leaping across the misty moor and scaring the beejeezus out of Watson & Holmes.

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