Dolceacqua – A medieval village in Italian Riviera

Following the trail of Claude Monet, the picturesque village of Dolceacqua, at the bottom of Nervia Valley, in the Italian region of Liguria is an expressive sight.

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Dolceacqua’s iconic stone footbridge that arches over the Nervia river, dubbed by the master of impressionist, Claude Monet ” jewel of lightness” and the Doria Castle depicted in 1884 is the birth place of powerful Doria Clan who were lord of Genoa in 16th and 17th century. The castle is in ruins however at the top, the restoration has allowed an area for festivals and plays with a panoramic view of the spontaneous nature of Liguria.

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The cobblestone walkways and alleys with twists and loops, the artist shops and the adorable restaurants all air medieval romance and characterize the gentility of the knights of the round table. Among the eateries, “Casa e Bottega”, accentuates the essence of Dolceacqua charm and marvellous cuisine.

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The primary economic activities of the region are olives, production of roses, mimosas, brooms and local speciality wine called “Rossesse”. The wine grape is aromatic and garrigue flavoured, suggesting bushy, wild and fragrant plants.

With every old town and city, there is a story and the legend of Dolceacqua is about women’s emancipation. The tragic love story of Lucrezia and Basso, two lovers who fought against the “Jus Primae Noctis”, which means the newlywed bride should spend her wedding night with the lord of the region.  The story recounts that while Lucrezia and Basso were celebrating their secret marriage, the Marquise’s guards kidnaped her to perform her duty. However, she refused and was imprisoned and left to die in the dungeons of the castle. Basso broke in the castle and forced the Marquis to abolish the law with a knife at his throat. The residents of Dolceacqua celebrate this victory with a sweet pastry called “Michetta” accompanied by “Rossesse di Dolceacqua” wine.

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Teresa Carles – Vegetarian’s Delight

“Eat better, be happier, live longer” 

teresa carles slogan 

Vacations are about having fun and new experiences. The opportunity to explore new ways of life, fresh outlooks and experimenting novel or authentic dishes. Still, tasty healthy meals can be tossed in to this solid time of gourmandism.

Next time you are in Barcelona, treat yourself to Teressa Carles nutritious foods and drinks. With 35 years of experience and author of  several cook books, talented Teresa Carles was influenced by Catalan cuisine and healthy eating.

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She offers variety of tasty and healthy vegetarian plates in “teresa carles” restaurant, a great value for the price in a comfortable setting, as well as in a flexitarian place called “Flax & Kale”.

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The TC’s kale salad, with cherry tomatoes, avocado, mixed sprouts and nori seaweed with their special lime dressing; aubergine cake and seitan burger are highly recommended.

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They also provide nourishing cold pressed juices, smoothies and wellness elixir shots. The brand has also created a healthy fast food restaurant called “Stairway to Health”. A blend of juice bar and healthy eatery, where you can have tacos, burgers, soups and gluten-free bakery.

The “teresa carles” vegetarian restaurant is located in downtown Barcelona, El Raval. A spirited neighbourhood with a dynamic nightlife where you can delight in transcendent activities.

 

Teresa Carles add: 
Jovellanos, 2 | Pelai – Tallers08001 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 17 18 29

 

Fall/Winter 2017/18 Men’s Jewellery – Pins, Earrings, Cufflinks

Our selection for Fall/Winter 2017/18 jewellery for men continues with pins, earrings and cufflinks. Finding jewellery that has a meaning for you, complement your nice attire and very likely to be conversation starter is about having some poise and being in control. Whether you choose punk, gothic, industry or refined aesthetics, keep in mind that “less is more”. The sartorial elegance of cufflinks to edgy earrings and playful pins,  make sure that your choice in jewellery embodies your desires and asserts your esteem and social fancies.

Cufflinks

Dior – Autumn 2017 Bee Vermeil Cufflinks & Rhodium finish silver cufflinks

Torrini Jewerly –  18K gold diamond Made in Italy  & Sterling silver eagle crest cufflinks- Hand made in Florence Italy

Oh My Got Cufflinks

Pins

Dior – Autumn 2017 Black leather flower brooch & Bee pin badge in rhodium finish sterling silver

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Saint Laurent – Multi design brooches  & Set of five hearts and star shaped pins

 

Earrings

Ambush Nail Earring  & Ambush Cross Earring

 

Raf Simons – Silver hoop earrings W/R balls 

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Men’s Jewellery Guide Fall/Winter 2017

Careful selection of jewellery allows the nondescript style to make a statement. Your wardrobe selection whether is subtle or festooned should allow pieces of jewellery that grace your getup.

Since 25,000 years ago, a simple necklace made of fish bones to present day diamond studded jewellery, they reflect a sentiment. As part of our interactions, jewellery is employed as symbols of luck, protection, respect, commitment, love, fertility or belief. Overtly or covertly they unveil our assertions.

Increasingly the artistic expression with the readily available materials & tools of production allow designers to be more creative and craft predominant trends of season or year from expensive to affordable styles. Our pick for Fall/Winter 2017 Men’s jewellery:

Necklaces

Mid length and slim chains compliments the outfit, whether with biker chic t-shirt or french chic tugged under the collar of the shirt.

Luis Morais, Hematite beads, 14kt gold – to the Bone NecklaceLuis Morais - To the Bone Necklace

Jade Jagger Bullet Necklace

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Dean Harris – Wishbone Pendant Necklace

Dean Harris wishbone pendant necklace

Miansai Anchor Pendant Necklace

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Bracelets

Miansai- Moore half cuff double rap bracelet

 

Luis Morais – Eye of Horus Bracelet

 

Miracle Icons – Beaded Necklace

 

 

Cantini MC Firenze – Beaded Bracelet  OR Philippe Audibert – Lozzi Bracelet

 

Rings

 

M.Cohen – Feather Cuff Ring

 

Spinelli Kilcollin Pluto Ring

 

Loren Stewart – Round Signet Ring

Marco Dal Maso – Ara Ring

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Part two of jewellery trends for earrings, cufflinks and pins soon to be published. 

Featured image from deviant art.

By Nessa: One of a Kind Accessories

 

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By Nessa

Looking to have accessories that tell a story? Well, the friendly and talented Nessa, an Iranian born Canadian accessories designer re-creates fantastic tales and symbolic images that ensure originality.  Creating stories to illustrate “My Wonderland”, “What if” and “My fantasies” are at the core of her artistry.  She tastefully adorns the thematically focused accessories, capturing the bygone eras by hand painting and print collage. Nessa’s unpretentious wanderings to the art world and the realm of imagination characterizes her timeless accessories.

Tell me about your beginnings, what set you on this path: Well, this all started at the time I was living in Dubai. I had spent quite some time concentrating on paintings with a focus on very feminine themes. Dubai was a haven for anything luxury, but I thought most of the fashion being offered lacked a touch of individuality. That is when I started experimenting with painting designs, more spcifically traditional/nostalgic Persian designs, on women’s shoes and accessories. I received great feedback from family, friends, and a small group of followers I had and the rest is history.

What does Nessa means:  It means women/ feminine in Arabic but to my surprise the word also has origins with different meanings in Hebrew, Irish and Greek.

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By Nessa

Walk me through the process of your creations: it all starts with anything that inspires me. It could be a poem, a nostalgic image, a character or a story. Then I start playing with ideas on how to incorporate the vision into a design and what to put the design on. Would it work better on bags, shoes or something else, what material would best suit the design, what kind of colors should I use, and things like that. Sometimes it can happen as quickly as the first try, sometimes it would take many many failed attempts after which I might change the idea altogether.  I have a whole collection of items I have started work on, but had to abandon the idea one way or another.

Why “by Nessa”: well, since I love arts in any shape or form, and because I love working on different things,  I didn’t want a name that would pigeon hole the scope of my work, so I guess “By Nessa” allows me to do anything, or even change direction completely without having to change the name.

What does individuality mean to you: I guess is to see things a little different than most. I mean almost everyone has their individual interpretation on nuances of daily life, events, fashion and etc, but some people are capable of seeing certain things in a different light. I strive for that.

Which is your favourite art movement / period  in Iran and why: l am most fascinated by the Safavid period and the Persian miniatures representing stories and ways of life of this era.

PhotoEditor-1472231980738How do you choose words / quotes for your calligraphy designs: sometimes its just the matter of using certain words that simply look great on a design, but most of my inspiration comes from Rumi’s and Khayam’s poems.

What is your favourite quote from Persian literature: It’s hard to pick only one but l like Kayyam and Rumi’s the most.

When you are commissioned, what is your advice for an anniversary gift: anything that represents a memory or personality of the receiver. If one sees the gift and immediately relates it to that individual, then it’s the right gift, and it could be anything.

And your advice to a woman buying her partner a birthday gift: The same applies.

What inspires you: being an artist, I have the privilege to let my mood determine a source of inspiration. Therefore, it really could be anything.

Do you have a muse or fashion icon: I like anything old and classic in fashion from 1920’s to the 1950’s.

Who is your favourite designer: Chanel

What is your style, Gucci or Roots: Gucci of course, if I can afford it.

What is your favourite accessory: I like any big, crazy and out of ordinary, specially rings most.

What is power: The freedom to choose, and to control the outcome.

Are you a Coachella person or attending a Symphony Orchestra performance at Royal Thomspon Hall: Symphony Orchestra at Royal Thomson Hall.

How do you overcome fear and doubt: just believe, if in nothing else but at least in yourself. I read somewhere, courage is not being fearless, it is being scared but doing what you have to do regardless.

As an immigrant, a woman and a designer, what are the challenges in your vocation that government/ community should be aware and subdue: I wish there were more venues specially in rural areas that offer a space for artists to work and display their art. Toronto is great at that, however the small towns as part of Greater Toronto, (I live in Newmarket) lack these types of facilities.

What is your idea of social responsibility:  that is a tough one. Not sure, I guess to remain true to the message the artwork is trying to represent and refrain from  misinterpretations and assumptions.

Favourite book, and why: I generally stay away from fiction. I like philosophy and psychology subjects, things I can actually apply in real life.

Among celebrities, politicians, overall public figures who would you like to create an accessory for:  l have created quite a few pieces for some celebrities and public figures still I like to design for “Farah Diba” and “Golshifteh” as well.

Favourite travel destination: I  would love to go to Morocco and Spain.

 Your life Motto: You can reach anything if you want it bad enough.

 

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Canada’s Great Women – Kenojuak Ashevak

Kenojuak Ashevak was an Inuit artist and one of the most remarkable Canadian pioneers of modern Inuit Art.  She was born in an igloo in an Inuit camp, Ikirasaq, at the southern coast of Baffin Island, on October 3, 1927.

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Kenojuak Ashevak, Inuit Artist
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In 1959, Kenojuak’s print Rabbit Eating Seaweed” was immediate success.

Her valuable work of arts such as carvings from soapstone, drawings, etchings, stone cut prints and prints are sought after by museums, collectors and corporations.

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She designed several drawings for Canadian stamps and coins, and in 2004 she created the first Inuit-designed stained-glass window for the John Bell Chapel in Oakville, Ontario.

Stained glass, Kenojuak Ashevak
Stained glass, Kenojuak Ashevak

Her 1960 print “Enchanted Owl” has become an iconic image in Canadian art.

Enchanted Owl Kenojuak Ashevak
Enchanted Owl Kenojuak Ashevak

 

 

Italian Jewelry designer to watch – Leonardi Emanuele

Leonardi Emanuele, experimental sculptor and winner of Artistar 2017 is channelling human sentiments into his craft. His art speaks at a deep, emotional level, eliciting sublime feelings and aesthetic chills. His micro sculptures portray characters that are unwavering, supportive or crusading. His philosophical approach to body ornaments is powerful and has a symbiotic relationship between the human emotions and the art of jewellery.

His piece called ‘Valutazione del Rischio’ (Risk Assessment) won him the Artistar award. A jewel-work of art crafted from wood, leather and bronze composed of necklace and brooch. The neckpiece depicts human’s desire and willpower to achieve in spite of everything.

"Valutazione del rischio" - Leonardi Emanuele
Leonardi Emanuele – “Valutazione del rischio”
Leonardi Emanuele - "Esodo"
Leonardi Emanuele – “Esodo”