Eye Candy: The Glamourai
I have to hand it to Lucky magazine for introducing me to Kelly Framel’s addictive, wonderful blog – The Glamourai.com. Upon first sight, my pants were charmed off – and then I immediately wished that I was wearing more attractive pants. Or a kicky dress. I have spent an astonishing amount of time coveting the pretties on her site and I always find something fresh and interesting there that inspires me. For those of you who have yet to meet The Glamourai’s acquaintance – clutch your pearls, as you are in for a treat!
Kelly Framel, a.k.a. The Glamourai, is a designer, stylist, blogger, artist and maker of AWESOME. She is a consummate improver of things – much of her jewelry is created by taking apart existing necklaces, chains, charms, stones, etc. and then re-purposing them into something even more beautiful. The resulting pieces are stunning – evocative of a long-lost, treasured heirloom but with a modern composition - each piece is a unique work of art (and – word to the wise – they sell FAST, so if you see something you like, don’t leave it for too long. BELIEVE*). And that’s just her jewelry.
The blog itself is lovely as well, featuring beautifully photographed images and eloquently written, witty posts. I find her sartorial aesthetic to be completely charming, she skillfully combines her artistic eye with fashion – eschewing traditional rules and making the act of dressing-up look fun. The Glamourai.com is updated daily – often showcasing Ms. Framel’s own “Costume of the Day”, do-able DIY projects and images which serve as inspiration for the artist. Also? Kelly Framel recently collaborated with Coach and created a timeless, stunner of a bag in a beautiful, neutral shade that could truly go with everything, anytime. This is a gal after my own heart.
* At least once a month I find a necklace so beautiful that I feel IT MUST BE MINE and I immediately email the link to my Mister. I generally write subtle, whiffs of a hint to him like, “My anniversary/ Christmas/ birthday/Mother’s Day is coming up”, or ”THIS. WANT.” and so on. Alas, without fail, within 24 hours of sending these emails, my coveted jewels have already been purchased by some other, lucky person with exquisite taste. Le sigh.