Avenue 32 are currently carrying the swimwear collection by Roksanda Ilincic, which immediately caught my eye as it is so deliciously vintage inspired and romantic. As I am not getting any younger either, they also provide a good level of coverage, so you don’t get to show your sins to the rest of the world. See the whole collection here.
As I won’t be wearing them or going near a beach anytime soon, I thought I’d draw a few ladies wearing them. I did them on Paint.net, which is less than perfect and used one of my Florida beach photos as a background. Hopefully I’ll be able to get Photoshop soon and make some nicer looking ones! How do you like them?
The last time I went to Lisbon I arranged to do a little visit to my friend Isabel, who runs a little shop called Amores de Tóquio (may be be translated as Tokyo Loves), near the flea market. She is the creative force behind it – every single object in the shop has been hand picked by Isabel, and the majority handmade by her own hands. I took some photos of the shop and some of the details (there are too many to show here, going in there is a real feast for the eyes!) as I think it’s the kind of thing my Blogland friends would like to see.
I’ve met Isabel for the first time through mutual friends and at the time she used to run stalls at craft fairs and I loved her stuff since the very beginning. I’m not surprised that the business grew as she is so very talented and the objects she produces are very pretty. She is clearly inspired by Japanese aesthetics and particularly origami, something I find myself drawn to.
Here I am with Isabel, in her shop. You can see the lovely hat I left with, handmade using Japanese fabric.
If you ever find yourselves in Lisbon, don’t forget to pay Isabel a visit and see what is new in the shop (it is one of the shops around the old fruit market, right in the centre of the flea market). You can always see what’s new online on the Facebook and blog pages.