Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chic in Paris: Atelier Brancusi

I love that two months into my stay in Paris, I am still discovering new places.  But I can't believe I've not one person or article has ever suggested visiting the free Atelier Brancusi exhibit next to the Centre Pompidou.  The artist Constantin Brancusi bequeathed his studio along with the entire contents to the French State on the condition that it would be reconstructed as it stood on the day of his death in 1957. 

During his lifetime, Brancusi spent much time rearranging his sculptures in his studio and even photographing them.  He often refused to sell his work in his later years so as not to disturb the unity he had created in his studio.  When he did sell a piece, he would replace it with a plaster cast. 

The studios and display of his tools make it feel as though Brancusi has just stepped out and might be back at any minute to continue his work.  The whole space seems almost a cross between a shrine and a chapel.  It's quite moving and definitely worth checking out on your next visit to Paris. 

Atelier Brancusi 
Place George Pompidou
near rue Rambuteau 
75004 Paris
Hours 2:00-6:00pm 
Closed Tuesdays and May 1st
Free Entrance

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight & $1000 Giveaway from Gemvara

One of the other occupations I toy with trying is jewelry designer.  Since I don't have the time or energy to take jewelry making classes, I get to indulge my fantasy on Gemvara. Each piece of Gemvara jewelry is customizable in over 20 different natural gemstones and nine different precious metals. Once you've designed your piece, it's handcrafted by one of their artisans in New York City and delivered in less than two weeks with free shipping.  You can even return an engraved piece with their 101 day return policy. 

I've been seeing rose gold everywhere in magazines and in jewelry stores so I chose the Gemvara Puzzle Ring in rose gold.  It actually looked a little like a ring I saw in a store window in Paris. The Puzzle Ring can be worn fitted together or even apart for a different look.  They even sent it to me in Paris with no trouble.  It's a fun memento to remember my trip too. 

The best part is that Gemvara is offering one lucky HC reader a $1000 credit to their site to create your own unique piece. Just click on this special Gemvara link, sign up your email address and then leave a comment here with your name and the url of your favorite piece of Gemvara jewelry. One entry per person will be accepted until 11:59pm on Wednesday, July 31, 2014. Please keep in mind that comments are moderated so they might not post right away.  Do not leave multiple comments or email me directly to enter. 

As an added bonus, Gemvara is also offering HC readers 15% off their order in the next 72 hours by clicking this special Gemvara link.  The discount will automatically be applied to your order.  No promo code is needed. 

Here's a few of the fun pieces I customized on the Gemvara site while playing jewelry designer. I warn you that creating pieces by mixing the gemstones and metals can be addictive! Above is the Gemstones by the Yard Necklace in 14K Yellow Gold with Aquamarines.

One of the only things I thought they didn't offer was a grey pearl but they have those too! Flowering Pearl Ring with Tahitian Cultured Pearl and Diamonds in Rose Gold

You can also custom design your own engagement ring so you make sure you like it!  I love this Adele Ring with Diamonds in 14K White Gold

This post was sponsored by Gemvara but all opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lower Light

Paris is known as the City of Light but the light everywhere starts to change once we move closer to autumn.  It becomes lower and warmer which is part of the reason I want to wear more neutrals and warmer colors. They just go together. I was cleaning out a Paris Vogue from May and noticed a fashion spread called Un Week-End, that epitomizes this feeling. It looks like a very chic French version of Thelma and Louise but you get the idea.  

Someone commented that I was rushing the seasons with my Shifting into Neutral post.   Other than a few really hot days, it hasn't been that warm in Paris.  Most of the mornings are rather cool and grey before the clouds burn off and the afternoon becomes bright and sunny.  The temperate weather means that I could wear many of the pre-fall clothes starting to trickle into the stores.  Not the coats obviously but that hasn't stopped me from looking  Everyone knows you have to buy a coat before you actually need it or they'll all be gone.  Don't hate the player, hate the game. 

Photos by Mickael Jansson

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