Pretty Palettes :: March Inspiration
The Oscars this past weekend set the tone for glamour and elegance. I didn’t get a chance to watch, but did catch glimpses of some of the stunning outfits walking the red carpet.
I love seeing the different shapes and silhouettes of the dresses. And I love to see the jewelry. Of course most of it is, in my opinion, rather ho-hum. Not that dripping with diamonds from every appendage would be a bad thing, just that everyone does it. How cool would it be if they opened their eyes to other options? (Speaking of options…Did you happen to see the BEST accessory on the red carpet? It was on Whoopi Goldberg’s wrist/hand. And I would be remiss if I didn’t point out Saorise Ronan was wearing mismatched earrings. You have to see it!)
I love it when there is color (although you should know that black is actually my favorite), I really appreciate the risk it takes to wear some of these stunning colors. Like yellow. Or fuschia. Or plum. Or white. Or orange. (My absolute favorite dress was the future Mrs. Aaron Rodgers, Olivia Munn. She is as close to royalty as we get in Wisconsin. No one else on earth could pull off that color as well as she did.)
Which one was your favorite look of the night?
So I went searching for some red carpet-worthy looks to inspire us this month and I stumbled on this gorgeous art photography by Mark Mawson. A London based photographer for over 25 years, Mark’s specialty is shooting underwater. His work with liquids, called “Aqueous,” was projected on the walls of Buckingham Palace when Sir Paul McCartney sung for The Queen’s diamond jubilee concert. How cool is that?! (You simply must click on his Motion link and watch the Aqueous movie. Mesmerizing!) I couldn’t pick just one of his images, so I have settled on three for this month: ruby red, sapphire blue and emerald green. So choose the color you like best, pick your favorite beads and make something that would be worthy of the finest awards show red carpet!
Stunning details, huh? These fashions are titled “Aqueous Dresses” and they really do look like they are pouring right over the model. The way the folds and the details are billowing really feel like rolling waterfalls cascading across their bodies. These might not be real Hollywood starlets, they are more like a fantasy version of them. And if those pictures don’t grab you, why not find your favorite actress from the Oscars and create jewelry that works with her look!
Since I couldn’t decide on just one of these images, you have options, too! I think that you can find appropriately colored beads from the Halcraft Bead Gallery Line for almost any look on the red carpet, but here are the beads that I chose to work with this month.
I am selecting the emerald green dress for my inspiration. I love her wild don’t-mess-with-me persona. These are the beads I will be working with:
10288521 – green and gold resin multi slider
10150024 – green glass 13x20mm oval faceted beads
10436607 – goldtone rhinestone square rondelles
10374645 – bumpy gold tone 6mm metal spacer rondelles
My partner this month is Alison Herrington. Alison is a regular in the monthly challenges. I love that she jumps into the challenges and tries new things, always pushing her own limits and having fun in the process. You can follow her blog at AlisonAdorns.Blogspot.com.
Name: Alison Herrington
Company: AlisonAdorns Jewelry
10290865 – sapphire glass teardrop chain
10436605 – sapphire blue and silver rhinestone rondelle