Saturday, 31 May 2008

Fashion, Design & Lifestyle Etsy Team Shop Launch.

Fashion, Design and Lifestyle is a team I joined on Etsy where the goal is "to unite similar minded enthusiastic artistic people, who are passionate about style, fashion, life and good taste in every step of their daily lives."

In this team, we will be developing our skills and also working on projects together... very exciting! The first project is in conjunction with tomorrow's official launch of the FLDteam Etsy shop, where the theme is 'Debutante Ball' and the colour palette is turquoise and red. I couldn't find the time to do something for this (which I am very gutted about!) but I have already spotted some beautiful pieces! Here is a sneak preview! First up are these earrings by laurabailliedesigns, which are real stunners and can already be found here.
She was also recently interviewed on the Fashion, Design and Lifestyle blog which I found to be a great read! Secondly, I have been eyeing up daintycrochetbyaly's Etsy shop for a while now, as she produces the most beautiful crocheted necklaces! .. It was great to see her turquoise and red version of them for the FDLTeam shop which you can find here.

I will keep looking back at the FDLTeam shop to see what other lovelies spring up, and I hope to be able to participate in the next project!

Monday, 26 May 2008

Vintage jewellery purchases.

I haven't done an entry on my vintage jewellery finds for a while so here it is! My first and last one was based around my favourite enamel, rhinestones and milkglass pieces which you can read here if you missed it!

I don't do anything with these vintage pieces of jewellery that I collect, they just go into a box and that's that! Although, it is actually slowly growing into a source of inspiration especially as I freelance for a jewellery designer who is always happy to hear about my own ideas. I also absolutely love embellishment, especially on clothing, so I always end up getting inspired by these pieces. Anyway, here are a few of my latest, which are all from eBay! If these were selling at a Vintage fair, they would be going at a price I wouldn't be willing to spend!

I adore the nautical colours used in this floral, starburst-like brooch, the rhinestones are stunning! Something like this I could imagine being the focal point for a dense neckline embellishment on a long flowing dress and very rich in colour! Next time, I may even do a quick sketch of what I mean!

I instantly saw this dark amber rhinestone brooch being the main fixture to have a waterfall of draped fabric suspended from it, like a Grecian goddess! .. and the little brooch next to it I can only see as a delicate little pendant.

And lastly, this long necklace. I specifically liked it because I found the aurora borealis' (love that name!) held in between the little floral caps so charming!

Friday, 23 May 2008

Pink Helium.

Great name isn't it? Pink Helium is a fellow Etsy seller who I found while browsing for new ACEOs to add to my expanding collection! ... she is also from the UK which makes it that little bit more special, as ACEOs are pretty much unknown here.

To find out about my love for ACEOs and what they are, just click 'here', which will direct you to all my ACEO related blog entries!

This entry about ACEOs is slightly different to my others, because, these are the first ones I have purchased that are the actual originals! I found pinkhelium's artwork so endearing and magical, I just couldn't resist! There were actually a few that I wanted to purchase, but I stuck with the three that I just had to have! Firstly is 'Candy', who is my absolute most favourite... and she makes me want to dye my hair bubblegum pink!

... and here are 'Waiting' and 'Swan Princess'.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008


There's something about scarabs that I find so fascinating. I can't put my finger on it, but it must definitely have something to do with my fascination with all things Ancient Egyptian, where the scarab beetle was seen as being 'sacred'.

I read on Wikipedia, that "the scarab was linked to Khepri ("he who has come into being"), the god of the rising sun. The ancients believed that the dung beetle was only male in gender, and reproduced by depositing semen into a dung ball. The supposed self-creation of the beetle resembles that of Khepri, who creates himself out of nothing." ... which I found quite interesting!

I'm not much of an insect-lover, in fact, not at all... but it must be seeing how the scarab has been used in jewellery and ornamentation that has made me love them. I strangely see them as edgy ladybirds.

Anyway, the point of this entry was to actually show-off my scarab ACEO that I purchased from fuzzydragons. I first saw its development on her blog, where she was experimenting with a tattoo design for herself and I thought it was amazing! I snapped it up as soon as I saw that it was available as an ACEO!

I think this design is definitely tattoo-worthy, but then again, it is easier said than done!

I have also come across the most stunning leather cuff by sunnyrising, who specialises in leather accessories. This cuff has a super-intricate carved scarab where she has also painted it with beautiful shades of gold. I literally said 'wow' when I first saw this piece.

You can see it here in the actual listing, where she is also modelling it. Beautiful! Something a modern day Cleopatra would definitely be wearing!

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Polka Dotty.

Some of you may remember my Polka Dot post a few weeks back, but now it is Polka Dotty, because I am officially dotty about polka dots.

I really loved the bag I made and went back to the store I bought the fabric from to buy some more. Unfortunately, they did not have it in the pink, although I wasn't surprised as I did buy it over a year ago... However, they had it in four other colourways!

I could not decide which to get so I went for all of them, problem solved! So far, I have finished Tea Green...

...and when I used my handmade books as props to show the inner pockets, it was such a coincidence that they were the perfect size!

I have also finished it in Vanilla. I think this one is my most favourite!

And, if you couldn't guess what the labels were for in my last blog entry, well I'm sure you know now! I wanted each bag to be special and thought of what I could do, that a commercial brand couldn't... and that was to label each bag using the same fabric and with the same colour scheme. Even if I did two bags of the same colour fabric, the actual polka dots in each label would be different. If mainstream brands did this, they would be losing a lot of money!

I'm almost done!...but when I was in Topshop, I couldn't help but buy this sleeveless polka dot top with ruffles for only £10! I couldn't resist!

All my new bags will be available to buy in my Etsy Shop soon!

Thursday, 15 May 2008

From scrap to labels.

I have been working on some very exciting things lately (well, exciting to me) and I have recently developed some fabric labels for them using the easy, simple method of ink jet transfer printing. (Special paper through your printer, cut it out, iron it on.)
There was a lot of scrap fabric left from these 'things' and I thought what better than to turn them into labels!

This was the first time I was experimenting with my new name and it was such a breeze. The size was great, there were no awkward lines from letters, and, this must be the slight (maybe more) obsessive-compulsive characteristic I have, but I do like words that are all the same level and of similar width...

I've been doing research on what needs to be put onto labels and I have found it to be important (possibly mandatory) that the brand name, where it was made, the fabric content and care instructions are clearly stated. So that's what I did! I originally started off with 'Made in England', but I found it to sound a bit too old fashioned, and 'Made in United Kingdom' or 'Great Britain' sounded too generic. I finally settled for 'Made in London / UK'...I guess I just like to be different!

The care symbols were a bit of a pain as I couldn't find a high resolution image of them anywhere on the Internet, so I had to draw them out myself one-by-one using Photoshop.
When it came down to the actual label, I really wanted something fresh and new, something I hadn't seen before. I was going to sew the sides inwards so the edges were neat, but before doing so, I overlocked the edges as to prevent fraying... and that's when I realised that I really liked how they looked just how they were! They were oozing that homespun feel which go really well with the 'things' I am working on, so I stuck with this new method and used up more of the scrap fabric!

Now, can you guess what these 'things' I am working on are? Sorry, no clues!

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

New name.

I just thought I should make an entry explaining my screen name change as I can imagine it being a bit confusing, especially as I'd acted like nothing had happened, which is what I was trying to do as I was trying to make it swift and easy!

Well, the name 'decadentdiamond' wasn't very thoroughly thought about and seems like it would be best for someone who dealt with jewellery... and as I made labels for my handmade clothing and accessories, business cards, signed up to websites etc etc ... just really getting into having my own little business.. it started to become very tedious to use 'decadentdiamond'.. it just wasn't working very well for the things I wanted it for.

So, I have started a whole new Etsy shop from scratch with the new name 'nuvonova', which is derived from one of my favourite art movements - Art Nouveau (I also love Art Deco, but it didn't have the same ring!).. and one of my most favourite words, nova, which is a cataclysmic nuclear explosion of a star. I decided to spell 'Nouveau' differently as I liked how it looked with 'nova' and would make the whole word pretty unique.
The 'Decadentdiamond' Etsy shop is going to close once everything has expired. So, I guess I will now be known as nuvonova! Also, I just had to change my blog URL and name too, otherwise it gets even more confusing!
I have now developed some new clothing labels for my new name and I am SO chuffed with them...stay tuned!

Monday, 12 May 2008

New earrings. Again.

Gosh, I have been doing a lot of shopping lately! Here are some new earrings I have bought from a very chic and fellow Etsy seller SOUNDandFury. The weather in London was still very dull when I purchased them but when they arrived (all the way from Australia), the weather had tremendously improved, perfect for Summer! ... and if you like a bit of humour, check out her blog!

Also, I had a fantastic weekend! My boyfriend took me to watch the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. The event was called Filmharmonic, where the Orchestra played music from films. My favourites were Mission Impossible, Harry Potter, La Vie en Rose (I never watched the film, but hearing the music made me want to!) and Superman sounded amazing. They also played Rocky as a special at the end, and that also sounded very good. We were sat about 7 rows from the front and I could see the Orchestra perfectly, especially the cellos, which is what I used to play when I was about 11. It made me wish I'd carried it on!.. but Fashion took over, I dropped music, and took up everything to do with Fashion and Art.

Is there anything you wish you'd stuck with as a child? I also did Gymnastics, but the whole fashion thing took over from that too! I sometimes wish my parents were a bit more persistent but they were always happy to let me do what I wanted to do which I am very grateful for.

Friday, 9 May 2008

What my father made.

If you have been following my blog from the very beginning, you may know that my father is a jeweller, and has been for around 40 years. I occasionally like to design things for him to make and the results always exceeds my expectations.
For example, he made a sterling silver belt buckle for me when I couldn't win the original, wooden, vintage one I found on eBay, so I saved the image and worked out the dimensions. You can read all about it in the link above.

So, a lovely lady wanted to buy a Sapphire ring (that my father made, and was in my Etsy shop) for her wedding, but also wanted my father to make a simple, satin finished, Sterling Silver band for her fiancé. I wasn't sure if he was going to have the time to do it as he had been so busy lately with commissions, especially with it being Wedding season, but I was very happy that he didn't mind squeezing it in for me. I got it a few days later and I love the satin finish, it just looks that little bit more special (my buckle would be quite cute with that finish too actually!)... and here it is!

..and here they are together, a really stunning pair.

Now, isn't it hot in London or what!

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Film Review - Ironman.

This film was excellent. So much better than I thought. I originally wasn't sure if I could cope with Robert Downey Jnr's monotone voice as it had put me to sleep 5 times while I was watching A Scanner Darkly on DVD, same thing happened again when I was watching Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, although that was a very fascinating film, I do recommend it.

However, I think from watching those previous films, I became sort of, immune to the monotonousness and thoroughly enjoyed the film, and actually found that the monotonousness made things funnier than they were actually supposed to me, if that makes sense.

Gwyneth Paltrow's character 'Pepper Potts' who plays Tony Starks' (RDJ) assistant, was quite boring as a character and dull to watch at the beginning.
A little while more into the film however, she seemed to be getting more and more glamorous..

...her clothing became more fitted, heels got higher and hair got sleeker. I found myself laughing to myself for noticing these things! By the end of the film, I really liked her character and she was definitely sidekick material!

I recommend this film to all the family. I went with my little sister and older brother, and we were chuckling all the way through, although some parts were supposed to be quite serious!

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Goodbye Erté, Hello Gazette du Bon Ton.

5 months into the new year, I have finally bought myself a new calendar. My 2007 one was illustrated by one of my most favourite, Erté, so I completely blame the fact that I subconsciously wanted to keep his work up on my wall.However, I was getting behind on organisation and scribbling things to do on post-it-notes instead of on the calendar, and sticking them around my computer screen which was starting to look a bit messy! Although, it is actually a really good way to remember things that need to be done on the computer and to be done soon, but not for things like dentist appointments that are months away!

So, I went to the same place where I got my Erté calender, TheCalenderClub. However this time, they currently didn't have any physical stores around, so I had to get it off the website without even a sneak preview of what the calendar contained!

I sifted through hundreds and finally settled on 'The Golden Age of Fashion' which is a 'collection of prints from the original Gazette du Bon Ton publications and is noted as being one of the most influential magazines of the art deco period'.I instantly recognised it anyway as I had read the book version in my final year at University while I was doing research for my 8,000 word dissertation. It was about the extent of how new patterns of leisure and entertainment influenced fashionable dress in the 1920's, and I'm thinking of getting it made into a book because I worked so hard on it and achieved the grade I was aiming for.
Sorry, going a bit off track! I instantly added it to my cart and bought it, I knew the illustrations would be amazing.... I received it a quick 2 days later and checked out what was in store for the year!I had missed a few nice illustrations for January and February but I can always keep them to frame one day. My most favourite is December, it is so so beautiful! I would love to have a whole wall with that image, or even better, a ceiling!

Friday, 2 May 2008


I was thinking that it was about time to evolve my ACEO Albums and decided to test out how it would look if it was the next size up to what I was currently doing which would make it 6" x 8".

To those of you who don't know what ACEOs' are, they are small pieces of art where the only rule is that they measure 2.5" x 3.5". You can visit this site for further information:

I also thought it was still small enough to be allowed to have 'The Little Book of Art' title, although I will need to think of something new for the next size up if I am to do one! The newer, bigger version can now hold 4 to a page rather than the usual 2. I think this is quite handy for people who like to collect ACEOs' by certain themes, colours etc, and like to have a few more on show across both pages. My ACEO fashion illustrations are an example of what I mean:I wonder where I'll be with my ACEO Albums in say, 10 years time, maybe a pop up book?

Thursday, 1 May 2008

MOSCHINO Sample Sale - London.

When I did my internship at Moschino in 2006, I made sure they put me on their sample sale list as I saw first hand how cheap the most beautiful pieces of clothing could go for... and I don't sign up to mailing lists very easily, the only other fashion one I am subscribed to is Fashion Confidential which is by email and not post. Anyway, depending how much money I have at the time, I may have to make a trip!Thursday 8th of May 10am - 6pm
Friday 9th May 10am - 6pm

(entrance via red door, closest train station: Bond Street)
28/29 Conduit Street, London W1S 2YB

Mens & Womens Clothing