It must be the pisces in me or something but, the ocean and the seashore have always called to me and made me feel peaceful and at rest. I am definitely a city girl but there is just something about living by the ocean, feeling the warmth of the sun and the taste of salt on your skin that I could get used to.
I have seen the ocean, once. I was lucky enough to go on a trip years ago to the Dominican Republic and that virgin glimpse of the ocean from the plane window is something I have never forgotten. The smell first thing in the morning when I walked along the beach of the salt air mixed with tropical flowers is something no one could ever accurately replicate and bottle. Someday, I am hoping to travel to my dream destination of Bali and experience the Indian Ocean.
As part of my fascination with oceanic life and the seashore, I also have a love of shells. I find their architecture, texture and wide array of shapes and colours fascinating. They are a wonder of nature in how they can provide a home and nutrients for a myriad of sea creatures as well as provide us humans with such beauty and elegance as decorations, both for our home and person.
This month I was sorting through my collection of shells in my studio and became inspired to create hair accessories using shells. I had made similar hair combs a few years ago but, mostly as bridal accessories. This time, I wanted to produce some hair accessories that could be applied not only to special occasions, but everyday style as well. Here are the results of my imagination and efforts.
So, if you are looking for that special piece with which to add a touch of your own seaside dreams or memories to your style statement for that summer party, destination wedding or even your next trip somewhere warm, one of these might just be the finishing touch. You can find them for sale now at Stunning! in the Byward Market here in Ottawa at York and Sussex. The wonderful and most passionate owner, Mandy, can help you pick out just the right one and perhaps even one or two other special pieces….Stunning! has a never ending smorgasbord of one of a kind, unique, quality pieces to salivate over!