Sunday, September 16, 2018

Bejeweled Cuff Bracelets

We first started designing cuff bracelets in the Spring of 1999.  I was designing and creating embroidery for a famous L.A. based designer.  At the time, many of our personal clients were requesting custom and bespoke pieces for their romantic homes and wardrobe.

Glamming it up in jadite green
with an embroider wrist cuff and
antique, czech jewel compact.
Layering jewelry for a romantic and very feminine style.
Ray Ban sunglasses are the best for sunny days!

We were working on our boho clothing line with a vintage gypsy vibe.   I am a huge lover of all things rainbow hued and bangle related, and, at the time, I was collecting beautiful silver charms.  Everything from silver hammered shaped roses, to pink crystal studded silver hearts - each special, hand worked charm was suspended from a silver chain bracelet I linked together.

At the end of the year, that silver chain bracelet had so many charms, you could hear me a mile away.  I had many a moment identifying with Rosalind Russell's character in Auntie Mame!  If you haven't seen this 1958 classic comedy, it is a definite must see!   Based on Patrick Dennis' novel and a Broadway success,  TCM wrote a terrific film of the month review here.   Films really do have a lot to do with fashion!

We were already designing embroidered chokers, necklace collars and necklace garlands, incorporating vintage and antique lace, crystal embroidery and our signature, embroidered rose and floral work.  What I learned from wearing my "charming" silver bracelet, was how free spirited and alluring colors, light catching crystals and texture was for the wrist.

With high neck line outfits or chic little black dresses, a cuff bracelet became the ideal accessory.  I also started noticing how appealing these cuff bracelets looked at evening dinners or on a date, where utilizing your hands to gesture and communicate or lifting a glass to drink from, became an almost mesmerizing ritual with a bejeweled studded wrist.

Double Cuffs - stacking the mini cuffs
in shades of mauve pink and lavender lilac.
Twinkling under the lights in this hand worked wrist
cuff bracelet made with all vintage materials.

Woodland themed with this princess corset, sweet-heart, off shoulder dress in pink, high neck Victorian choker, filigree crystal, maharajah head piece and velvet rose and crystal cuff from Roselani Jasmin
We design our cuff bracelets in three sizes; a diminutive narrow band, about 1 inch wide, a medium cuff band, about 1 1/2 - 2 inches wide, to a show-stopping, 3 inch wide band.

The cuff bracelets can come with or without beaded fringing.  Our more demure, soft, natural and feminine styles are typically the 1 inch bands, layered with antique lace, and hand worked rose blossoms.  
Henry James inspired, Victorian Cameo and Antique Lace Wedding Bracelet Cuff

The medium to large cuffs are more of our Sarah Bernhardt inspired cuffs, with dripping jewels, czech crystals and vintage textiles all lovingly incorporated into one-of "art canvases" for the wrist.

Our Newest Cuff Bracelets in our Online Boutique:

Peacock Rose and Czech Bejeweled Cuff Bracelet

Aurora Borealis Velvet Rose and Crystal cuff bracelet

Gypsy Jewel Aqua Cuff

Morrocan Aqua Mint Jewel Cuff Bracelet

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Purple Passion in Fashion and Perfumed Magnificence

Color is such a joyous gift to have in life!  While pink definitely runs a first and foremost on our favorite color list, the lavender to purple color spectrum is an absolute must as well.  From serene, demure to rich and opulent, these colors can captivate any of it's beholders.

It is any wonder that Pantone chose Ultra Violet Purple for their 2018 color of the year.  And purple finds its way to colorizing glorious new shades of fashion and beauty products.  Vogue Italia wrote an insightful article on 10 color trends for Spring and Summer fashion, including the romantic, yet elegant shades of lavender and the jewel toned majesty of purple.  The fashion runway has certainly plunged into a pool of purple. A purple loving audience can dazzle in Gucci couture to Vivienne Westwood handbags.

Our living room: hand made, opulent lampshades that glitter and gleam.  Art Deco design with lush antique textiles, utilizing the richest of purple velvet.
And while it seems to be a new, modern trend, purple has been adored by many throughout the centuries of time.  From Persian king Cyrus, incorporating purple into his royal tunic, to the romance loving Victorians adapting hues of serene lavender, lilac and plum into their everyday sense of style and fashion.

 With our passion for all things old world and romantic, we had been taught from our very young years how regal and special the colors of lavender to purple were.  Growing up around older people sharing their experiences of living in the Victorian era, shaped our attitudes and mind set of clothing design, fashion and all things poetically beautiful.  Mimi Matthews wrote an enchanting historical article that is a delight to read about this very topic.

And the Victorians not only loved the color incorporated into garments but also set in fanciful, filigree designed jewelry, utilizing exquisite gem stones.  Just take a visit to Lady Lovelie's Curio boutique at Ruby Lane to peruse her extraordinary antique jewelry finds - taking an enchanting walk through Victorian gem stone history.

We love old, vintage and antique textiles - in fact, we have been collecting these little pieces of artistically crafted treasures for years.  We believe that materials with so much thought, care and imagination in detail should have a new lease on life.  No longer living in dusty old attics, but re-worked, re-invented and utilized as materials found worked into many of our designs - something newly designed to be loved and worn for years to come.

New blouses in our boutique using a palate of  lavender, lilac, mauve, violet, purple, amethyst, plum and orchid. 

But it isn't just the color that makes design so alluring to us.  Millinery flowers, 1920's' lingerie rose sprays, pansies, violets, ribbon work, embroidery, intricate snow-flake-like lace, pearls, an almost graceful wisteria of draping delicacy in material, combined in harmony to hand stitch a "painting" of artistic grace are equally as essential.

We often take old findings, wash, clean, tint and hand dye these textile treasures, utilizing these components into one-of a kind dresses, tops, skirts, handbags and jewelry.

Belle Epoque Inspired Two-Tier Choker and Necklace in lavender, mauve with bursts of amethyst for this French rose piece.

Lavender and Purple are not only a visual feast for the eyes, but a joy to the olfactory senses as well.  Gardens filled with heirloom or heritage roses in shades of mauve and purple tones are a joy to behold, and yet the pleasure of their fragrance beguiles beyond reason.

Our mother worked with the actress Julie Andrews many years ago on a film set in Hawaii.  She has often remarked at how clean, fresh and always beautiful her lavender fragrance was.  And the same fragrant beguilement can be said of French Alpine Lavender - the enigmatic perfume of such a humble bloom.

And lest Lilacs be forgotten, the magnificence of fragrance and elegance in beauty has impressed writers into works of artistic poems:

"O were my love yon Lilac fair,                   
Wi' purple blossoms to the Spring,
And I, a bird to shelter there,
 When wearied on my little wing!
How I wad mourn when it was torn
 By Autumn wild, and Winter rude!
But I wad sing on wanton wing,
 When youthfu' May its bloom renew'd.
O gin my love were yon red rose,
 That grows upon the castle wa';
And I myself a drap o'dew,
 Into her bonnie breast to fa'!
O there, beyond expression blest,
 I'd feast on beauty a' the night;
Seal'd on her silk-saft faulds to rest.
 Till fley'd awa by Phoebus' light!"

By Robert Burns, 1759 - 1896

When we create our one-of kind pieces, these tid bits of history inspire us and we hope this little article does the same for our lovely readers.

Ethereal tones of lilac and deeper purples set in this unique little dress. Millinery velvet pansies and roses, hand worked embroidered jewelry complete the look.

Our shop Roselani Jasmin:
Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year:
Vogue Italia 10 color trends of Spring Summer 2018:
Mimi Matthews Shades of Victorian Fashion:
Robert Burn's poem "O were my love yon Lilac fair":
Heirloom Roses:
Antique Jewelry:

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Starting on the Path to Beauty

We are often asked when we first started designing jewelry and clothing.  The simple truth is we were around lovely things all of our  lives, the creative process of design seemed to have just naturally blossomed.
Coming from L.A. county, our mother was an interior decorator and we grew up exploring
antique stores with her, watching as something old, worn and discarded was transformed into something beautiful.  You would walk into a room she designed and feel as though you were transported to another time.

I think that really was where our love of old world charm began.  From my earliest memories, I had an ardor for both the classical ballet and the desire to sew beautiful clothes.  All I wanted to do was dance and sketch, upon many sketches of the dresses and outfits I felt were becoming to a woman.

Growing up in L.A., the fantasy and whimsical world of Hollywood influences your creative senses.  Films, especially old movies (thank you Turner Classic Movies) was a favorite pastime.  My grandmother was a singer and entertainer in Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s and she shared her love affair of films from her day with us.

Although, I have a soft spot for Deanna Durbin pictures, would sit on the edge of my seat watching a Hitchcock classic, I think the two of us girls took after our mother's penchant for French Art Nouveau to the 1920s

Those really are my favorite time periods in fashion and design, however, as I was getting older my appreciation for the textile workmanship of Victorian and Edwardian lace and textiles beguiled me.

New Handmade Blouses and Jewelry added to our online Boutique at

Now as designers, our collection of beautiful fabrics and vintage pieces find themselves hand worked, salvaged and re-invented into something that can be treasured and adored by a new generation that love the glamour and romance of the past.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July Jubilee!

One the many fun ways to enjoy the summer months, is having ideal weather to wear gorgeous clothes!

Soft, diaphaneous lines and silky gossamer textures are all beautiful for the warmer seasons.  Additionally, with so many wedding receptions, garden parties and festivities to enjoy during the spring and summer months, finding reasons to Glam up is so much easier!!

We love romantic and vintage inspired clothes, we love them so much we design them and the accessories to go with them!  Besides loving to hand make each piece we offer, we design pieces that we would want to wear, in fact that is how it all started.

We are inspired by 1920's vintage romantic fashion. We also love all of the beautiful embellishment on Victorian and Belle Epoque couture.  When we started designing and wearing our work out, other people would stop us, wanting to know where we got our clothing and jewelry.  We have met so many amazing people who were otherwise strangers, just because they stopped us on the streets! Now we hand make and design unique garments and jewelry for friends and our dear customers alike!  We opened our new Online boutique and enjoy connecting with so many beautiful and interesting artists from all over the world!


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Ethereal Glamour - The Fantasy of Day Dreaming

I remember the first time we saw the 1935 classic "A Midsummer's Night Dream" with Olivia De Havilland and Dick Powell, I was left completely intrigued by the ethereal fantasy in art and costuming for the film.

Of all the set decorations and costuming created for this story, for us, this particular film, epitomized the enchanting fantasy of sequins, lighting and the enigma of black and white cinematography.

There is a sort of shimmering delicacy, swathed in tulle and sheer iridescence, glimmering in lights and dainty romantic nuances - Ethereal fantasy has a distinct kind of glamour all of its own.

Dreamy and ambrosial, with misty ideas of far-away tales, such images conjure up bemused fantasies and inspire the creative. For me, collecting snippets of ideas, images and photographing my take of this 'daydreaming' luminescence aids in our own interpretation of fantasy story telling.

I believe those pretty fantasies should come out in a practical way - which is why our creative work references our own take of this ethereal glamour.