Easy and Breezy: Fashion, Production, and Creative Serendipity

Last night DSM Magazine unveiled the May/June issue to a full house at the Kirkwood Hotel. The chardonnay was flowing, the buffet from Vivan’s was divine, and the weather was balmy perfection. While I always enjoy a good DSM Magazine event and catching up with arts and culture appreciators from around town, this one was really special because it had my production on the front cover!

This was such a feel-good effort all around — one of those blissful projects where there are absolutely no hiccups and everything clicks from planning to on-set dynamics.

Here are some love notes and special mentions for the people that helped bring it all together:

  • Annabel Wimer and Christine Ricelli for being an outstanding design and editorial duo at DSM Magazine. I always learn so much working with Annabel and Christine – they are tough, smart, and nurturing professionals that inspire me to always submit my best versions.
  • Austin Hyler and Andy Sommer for outstanding photography. I cannot recommend Austin enough for his thoughtful, collaborative process and meticulous attention to details. From planning to photoshoot to editing, his eye for beauty and composition is perfection.
  • Kelsey Bulat for being an ethereal model for this concept. We completely skipped hair and make-up styling for this production, because Kelsey embodies a look and vibe that is fresh, natural, and beautiful. Kelsey is also an amazing, accomplished food stylist in her career and a mama to many plants at home (#jungalowstyle :)), so she brought a spectacular attention to the little (but very important!) details.
  • Jeff Naples for being everything and my favorite production partner. I could write pages and pages about being married to another creative, and working with Jeff on-set is one of my favorite things we do together. He has countless ideas for bringing things to life, and when I’m thinking about all the production details, it’s nice to have his balance of vision.
  • Lindsay Berger for being a dear friend and stylist mentor. I am so glad Lindsay came to help on-set — having her confidence, experience, and supportive and happy personality is invaluable always.
  • April Goode and the team at Goode Greenhouses for being so accommodating and letting us take over their greenhouses on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. As a plant lady too, I really appreciate the extensive collection of heirloom blooms that the greenhouse offers.
  • Mary and Gabrielle at Silver Fox — these ladies thought of everything! I so enjoyed visiting Silver Fox on Ingersoll and talking fashion and styling with these two. There is a thoughtfulness and care in what they do, and you can tell by all of the neighborhood women and their repeat clients that keep coming back to them year-after-year (for decades!) for all of their wardrobe needs.
  • And the stellar boutiques that generously allowed us to borrow gorgeous garments and accessories for the production, including Preservation, Domestica, Sahar’s, and Velvet Coat.
  • Last but not least, Henna by Maggie! Maggie’s henna magic showed up in the photos and lent a bohemian detail that accentuated the organic beauty of the shoot.

Here’s the link if you’d like to read the latest issue of DSM!

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“Heirloom Anthology” Collection Bridges Jewelry and Art

Rather than allowing beautiful, vibrant old jewelry to languish in boxes, jewelry designer and artist, Christine Hilbert, wants to give it new life and inspiration in her collection “Heirloom Anthology”.

Hilbert debuted “Heirloom Anthology” at Leona Ruby on Thursday, June 23rd. Each necklace and pair of earrings was created with different vintage artifacts and accompanied by a matching framed print.

“These things are treasured and often kept in a box somewhere,” said Hilbert. “I wanted to create something that commemorates the treasure but doesn’t mess with its integrity… From Grandma’s jewelry to, say, 900 of Grandpa’s fishing lures.”

The “Heirloom Anthology” jewelry and print collection is available online at www.ChristineHilbert.com. Prints are $19-50 and jewelry prices are available upon request.

This story was also featured on dsm Weekly: July 19, 2016.

"Heirloom Anthology" jewelry and art by Christine Hilbert, 2016

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