News, fine Jewellery and a Dress
"Care for a cup of coffee?" Tabita asked me warmly.
It was 8am. Even the sun was still on the other side of the city.
"Yes, please." I answered in a rush, taking my clothes off. A shiver went down my spine and my skin scrambled into a million tiny goose bumps. Then, all of a sudden, I felt a strong yearning for the torrid summer days, that now seemed so painfully far away.
I took a sequin black dress with me and left to the changing room. It was heavy, much like any other valuable clothing item.
I pulled it up, slowly and gently over my body, letting my lingerie fall to rest on the floor. It was the type of dress, that didn't need anything underneath, nothing except for your heated skin and lots of attitude.
I turn around and went back to my coffee. It was sitting on a varnished wooden table, so clear, it could have mirrored every single cloud on the morning sky, if the tall curtains weren't standing in between.
Vlad was still on the way, so I decided I'd just relax for another minute or two, 'till reality sinked in. I opened the two white boxes sitting in front of me and let all my thoughts be blown away by the beauty of the sight. The jewels inside of them were masterpieces.
"Iti fac o cafea?" ma intreba Tabita, dimineata la ora 8, cand soarele era inca pe cealalta parte a orasului.
"Chiar te rog." ii spun, incepand sa-mi dau jos din haine. Pielea mi se aduna in mii de punctulete, in timp ce un tremur imi cobora pe sira spinarii. Si dintr-o data, mi se facu un dor fulgerator de vara.
Intru in cabina de proba cu o rochie neagra in mana. E lunga si grea, ca orice rochie de colectie.
O urc, incetul cu incetul, in sus pe picioare, lasandu-mi lenjeria sa cada pe podea. E genul de haina care iti cere sa nu ai nimic pe dedesub, decat o piele infierbantata si multa, multa atitudine.
Ma intorc si ma ased pe scaunul din fata mesei lacuite, unde, in lipsa perdeleleor inalte, cred ca s-ar fi oglindit fiecare norisor de pe cer.
Vlad inca nu a ajuns, asa ca mai stau o secunda in liniste, asteptand sa ma trezesc la realitate. Deschid cu grija cele doua cutii albe si imi pierd sirul gandurilor privind bijuteriile din ele.
I took my time to get in the mood. Vlad was late and I tried to make the most of it.
If you've had any encounters with a photo camera, then I'm sure you know it sometimes manages to capture more than you can see with the plain eye. Somehow, in a picture, you can go deeper and tell how somebody is really feeling.
Micro-expressions, hidden sorrows, inner values or passionate obsessions, you can read them all from a photograph. No matter how much you lie to your photographer or to yourself, I think you can't lie to a camera.
Of course, the lens distorts the image, as much the face or the eyes, as well as the light or the space. But we're not aiming for perfection here, nor do we want to make an editorial, but rather, capture a moment in a day, in a life as hectic, full and unpolished as any other, but that excites me and challenges me day by day.
But let's just start with the beginning. How about I tell you how we ended up here in the first place?
Oh, in the mean time Vlad came along. His face was red from the cold outside. It was half past 8 by now, but it felt more like 8 in the evening, when all the grand events start accepting their exuberant guests..
Vlad inca nu a ajuns, dar asta imi permite sa intru intr-o stare potrivita shootingului.
Daca ai facut asta deja, sunt convinsa ca stii ca o poza, de cele mai multe ori, imortalizeaza sentimente pe care uneori, in viata fugara pe care o traim, ne e greu sa le constientizam.
Microexpresii, tristeti ascunse, valori si obsesii, toate le poti citi intr-o poza. Nu poti minti camera, oricat de mult ai mintii fotograful.. sau oricat te-ai minti pe tine.
Sigur, lentilele distorsioneaza, atat fetele, ochii si figura, cat si lumina si spatiul. Dar noi nu cautam perfectiune, nici nu vream sa facem un editorial. Ci vrem sa ilustram un moment dintr-o zi, dintr-o viata, care, ca oricare alta, e plina, neasteptata si neslefuita, dar care ma entuziasmeaza si ma provoaca zi de zi.
Dar hai sa-ti spun cum am ajuns aici, vrei?
Ah, intre timp, a venit si Vlad. Are fata rosie de la frigul de afara. Acum e ora 8 si jumatate, dar atmosfera care se crease semana mai degraba cu ora 8, de seara, cand evenimentele cele mai sumptuoase incep sa-si primeasca invitatii..
Tabita, that was politely making some coffee for Vlad, is the designer of the dress I had on. The huge crystal chandelier, the golden ceiling, the gowns, were all in a historical house in the centre of our city, Cluj. It was her showroom.
The flash went off with a quiet mechanical sound, marking each pose. I was taking a stand in the mirror, in different positions, absent minded. My eyes wandered from Vlad, to the lens, to Tabita's blond hair, that looked so bright in the golden room, to my body, that basically yelled at me for not going to the gym lately, to the earrings I already adored. I would pinpoint my gaze on them, trying to act like a professional model.. still getting in the mood.
Tabita, care ii pregatea acum cafeaua lui Vlad cu o amablitate naturala, este desingerul rochiei care ma imbraca. Spatiul in care ne aflam, cu candelabrul imens de cristal, intr-o casa istorica, din centrul Clujului, este magazinul ei de prezentare.
Blitul se declansa cu un sunet mecanic si marca o pauza de la fiecare pozitie. Ma asezam in oglinda, in diverse feluri, aproape absenta de la propriile miscari. Ochii imi fugeau de la Vlad, la parul blond al Tabitei, care se potrivea atat de bine cu auriul locatiei, la corpul meu, care ma certa ca n-am mai fost la sala, la cerceii pe care deja ii adoram. Imi fixam adesea privirea la ei, incercand sa mimez un model profesionist.. Inca imi intram in stare.
a dress by Tabita Gliga
It was the second time I entered this building. The first time, I came, I was here to meet the ladies and have a chat.
Tabita and her partner, Silvana, had a proposal for me, that kept me awake with excitement that night.
Although I've got hundreds of calls and emails from local and international brands, with all kind of ideas on how we can collaborate, in these past two years and a half of blogging, all of them wanted me to let people know that they're here. But this time, it was the other way around. The girls wanted to help me out to spread the world about my own collection.
Tabita invited me to leave a few feathery items in her showroom.
Feather Manifesto was soon to receive a physical little corner in the real world, not just the virtual one you can find in my Shop. I think it's an awesome idea, because it gives all the girls that want to see them, touch them or try them on, a chance to do so at any time. At least for the girls staying in Cluj, or maybe in Targu Mures, where Tabita also has a showroom.
The two are called Elen's by Tabita Gliga.
Era a 2-a oara cand paseam in incapere. Prima data fusesem sa ne cunoastem.
Fetele, Tabita si partenera ei, Silvana, aveau o propunere pentru mine, care avea sa ma tina treaza de incantare noaptea ce urmase.
Desi in cei doi ani si jumatate de blogging care au trecut, am primit sute de emailuri si apeluri cu fel de fel de idei ale brandurilor de prin tara si de dincolo, prin care am putea colabora. Toti doreau sa informam oamenii impreuna de prezenta lor pe piata. Dar acum, era vorba de cu totul si cu totul altceva. Acum ele aveau ceva sa-mi ofere mie piata lor.
Tabita ma invitase sa-mi las cateva accesorii din colectie mea, la ea in showroom.
Feather Manifesto avea sa primeasca un coltisor, acum in lumea fizica, nu doar cel ce il gasesti in Shop, unde, fetele care vor fi dornice sa le probez si sa le atinga, le vor putea gasi cu usurinta. Cel putin, cele aflate in Cluj, si poate in Targu Mures, unde Tabita mai are un magazin.
Cele doua showroom-uri se numesc Elen's, pe scurt. Elen's by Tabita Gliga.
The coffee was starting to hit in and I was slowly warming up. I was trying on Tabita's dress for a future event I'm attending. I picked it up right from the hanger, even without knowing it had that cut out pattern, that fascinated me later so much.
Backless dresses have always been my weakness, when it comes to gowns. I've always thought they are the most seductive, no matter what cut, colour or material comes to count. In this case, the manually knit sequins and those provocative cuts, that flatter the body's natural shape, would challenge a man's senses more than the missing textile on the back, but for, that was still more important.
Cafeaua abia isi facea efectul cand eu incepeam sa ma incalzesc din ce in ce mai tare. Probam rochia Tabitei pentru un eveniment ce va urma. O alesesem direct de pe umeras, inca nestiind felul in care decupajele fascinau atat de tare ochiul.
Rochiile cu spatele gol sunt si au fost mereu marea mea slabiciune. Totdeauna mi s-au parut cele mai seducatoare, indiferent de restul croiului, culoarea sau materialul selectat. In cazul de fata, paietele asezate manual si liniile care flatau corpul te provocau mai tare decat decupajul din spate.. insa pentru mine, asta conta cel mai mult.
The accessories you've seen throughout this article were a gift from House of Treasure, a brand I think you ought to know about. But I'll let you in on the details in a jiffy.
Ever since those two little, white boxes have landed on my front porch, they have been with me on every special occasion, overshadowing the rest of my collection.
The Venus ring has been my engagement ring's substitute for a the whole time I wore the latter hanging around my neck.
It was a sweet coincidence, that it showed up right after our arrival back home from Italy, when we were still starstruck by our burning secret, our engagement. The Venus ring fits the classic engagement ring standard, with a large diamond or crystal as the primary focus point.
Andrei was pretty jealous, to say the least, and the ring has brought me an unbelievable amount of compliments throughout the days.
Accesoriile pe care le purtam, le-am primit de la House of Treasure. Un brand pe care merita sa-l cunosti si despre care am sa-ti povestesc mai multe imediat.
Inainte, tin sa-ti spun ca, de cand mi-au ajuns in pragul usii si am deschis cutiutele pentru prima data, au fost cu mine la toate ocaziile speciale, eclipsandu-mi restul colectiei.
Inelul Venus a fost singurul care a luat locul inelului de logodna, timp in care inca il purtam pe cel din urma la gat.
A fost o coincidenta dulce, cand, abia veniti din Italia, inca exaltati de secretul logodnei noastre, mi-a adus curierul un inel absolut superb, care amintea de clasicele inele de logodna, cu diamant sau cristale.
Andrei era gelos. Iar inelul mi-a adus incredibil de multe complimente.
Vlad was taking close ups of the ring, while Alex Maxim, photographer and friend, came along and filmed a few short clips, all while I was telling Tabita about my jewels. She was curious about them, so I went ahead and told her everything I knew:
"It's a Romanian online shop, with the most exquisite pieces. But that's not it. Actually, what makes them special is that they only make a narrow selection of the finest items, having a total of only 50 jewelry styles available at a time. They kinda focus on quality, rather than quantity, you know?"
"Interesting." she followed, without taking her eyes off my earrings.
"Yup. I really liked their whole concept. They define their selection process as curatorial.." I explained, when a modern art gallery popped up in my imagination.
Vlad facea poze de detalii inelului, Alex Maxim, fotograf si prieten, se alaturase si el, filmand cate o secventa, iar eu, ii povesteam Tabitei despre bijuterii. Ma intrebase curioasa despre ce e vorba, asa ca am inceput:
"E un magazin online, din Romania, cu bijuterii absolut superbe. Ce ii diferenteaza pe ei de toti restul, e ca au doar cate 50 de modele o data. Axandu-se pe calitate, nu pe cantitate, stii?"
"Interesant." ma urmea Tabita, fara sa-si ia ochii de la cerceii mei.
"Da, mi-a placut enorm conceptul. Ei isi definesc procesul de selectia a bijuteriilor ca un proces curatorial.." ii explicam, imaginandu-mi imediat o galerie de arta moderna, cu lumina abundenta si critici de arta bine imbracati, admirand cele mai conceptuale piese, de peste tot din lume.
With 'curatorial' they mean, that they're guided by particular principles when they select the jewellry they build, just like art currators. To be more precise, taking a look on their website, I found it's 6 fundamental values they have:
Selection, context, arangement, expertise, unity and being up to date, forever changing the jewells in their store. You can read more about all of this right here, if you're interested in the details.
Well, it truly matters for a brand in this niche to know how to make a quality product, that fits perfectly in today's social context and that is presented to the public properly, but, just as in an art gallery, where an exhibition takes place and you have a bunch of people admiring the art, each and every one of those people will percieve it in his own, unique way. That's why our experience to the jewellry itself is what matters most.
The ring I attached down below, is for me the engagement ring's substitute. The timing and the inside story had made it that way, no matter how funny it may sound. Most people thought it was from Andrei. It's shine and beauty just coudn't go unnoticed. Wearing it was a luxury, especially when I had a burning secret to keep.
Prin proces curatorial, ei se refera la faptul ca aplica anumite principii in procesul selectiei bijuteriilor. Mai exact, uitandu-ma pe site-ul lor, descopar ca e vorba de 6:
Selectie, context, aranjament, expertiza, unitate si actualizare. Daca vrei sa afli mai multe din ce ne povestesc ei, gasesti aici un link.
Ei bine, intradevar conteaza sa stii cum sa realizezi un produs de calitate, integrat perfect in contextul socitatii noastre si prezentat cum se cuvine, dar, asa cum ne plimbam pe coridoarele unui muzeu de arta, in timpul unei vernisaj, aflam ca fiecare om, vede arta in felul lui, unic si singular, asa ca cel mai mult conteaza experienta noastra legata de acel obiect, acea bucatia de arta, sub forma unei bijuterii.
Inelul de mai jos, pentru mine, e amantul inelului de logodna. Da, suna comic, dar asa a fost, cel putin la inceput. Si intocmai acesta reactie a si starnit. E atat de stralucitor si de frumos, incat nu avea cum sa treaca neobservat. Si eu, usor sireata, cu un secret arzand in suflet, ma jucam cu focul.
I was so flattered for receiving this gift from the House of Treasure team, that it really made it to the most beautiful things my blog had brought me over time. I'm sure I'll keep treasuring it up until I grow old.
But I do imagine it may be even more satisfying to receive it in a different context. Like a gift from a lover, a husband, a friend, even from yourself.
The truth is I've always liked women that got themselves gifts. I think it has to do with self worth and self respect, that you should have a healthy dose of, in order to be independent. You can't sit around waiting for other people to make you happy, now can you?
Well, at least I like to think that I'm one of those women.
Am fost flatata ca l-am primit din partea echipei House of Treasure si e unul dintre cadourile pe care blogging-ul mi le-a oferit pe parcursul timpului, si pe care le voi pastra pana la adanci batraneti.
Imi imaginez doar ca e la fel de satisfactor, sau poate chiar mai mult, sa-l ai din alt context. De la un iubit, de la un prieten, chiar de la tine.
Adevarul e ca totdeauna mi-au placut femeile care isi fac cadouri singure. Mi se pare ca e respectul si dragostea fata de sine pare care trebiue sa o ai, asa incat sa poti avea o viata independenta si plina de bucurii, fara sa le astepti de la cei din jur.
Eu, una, imi place sa cred ca sunt una dintre acele persoane.
Now, about the earrings, I honestly don't think there's any comment needed. Their double plated with platinum and stacked with crystals and the two main crystals are a marquis cut and a pear shape.
They're called Singularity and are exactly like the name suggests, singular, unique.
Cat despre cercei, nici nu stiu daca e necesara o descriere in plus. Ei sunt dublu placati cu platina si presarati cu cristale, iar cele doua cristale principale, sunt taiate in forma marchiz si para.
Se numesc Singularity si sunt intocmai asa cu sugereaza numele, singulari, unici.
As any self-respecting brand, this one has a story and it also has a branding that matches the products they offer.
When I buy something, I'm always looking for the complete experience. The shop, weather it's physical or digital, needs to mirror the brand, then, there should be a warm welcome to invite you in, even the bags you receive when you leave the store have to round up the experiencce. So, imagine how pleased I was when I got to open te letter from House of Treasure, that was so elegantly closed with black wax. A delight!
Inside, a signature of the people who carefully packed my gifts, and from the one who took care of the curatorial process of my items. Ten, there was the warranty for all the jewells.
Asa cum orice brand care se respecta are o poveste, asa are si o forma de prezentare care sa fie pe masura produselor pe care le ofera.
Asta imi place cel mai mult cand imi cumpar ceva: sa fie experienta completa. De la magazin sau site, la vorba buna care te intampina, la punguta pe care o primesti cand pleci. Asa ca, iti imaginezi ca scrisorica de la House of Treasure, inchisa cu ceara neagra, mi-a uns sufletul.
Inauntru, o semnatura a oamenilor care s-au ocupat de procesul curaorial si de ambalarea pachetului, tot acolo si certificatul de garantie a bijuteriilor, in cazul meu, placate cu platina.
Manicure by Giulia Stan, Nail Art Professionals.
Back at Elen's with Tabita, Vlad and Alex: we started packing our stuff and saying our good byes.
Me and Tabita will have a lot more to talk about in the future. We already started drawing the contour of what is soon to be a breathtaking outfit. I really liked talking to her, we saw eye to eye on everything we disscussed, which made me feel I ended up in the right place.
As much as Feather Manifesto , the collection is concerned, I'll keep you posted for when it will be available in their shop. Right now, my feathery items are in Bucharest, waiting to show up on TV.
My life seems to be speeding up towards my dreams and I'm so glad I'm not alone on my way there.
The coffee is done, it's 13 O'clock. I'm saving my post and standing up from my desk, I still got so much to do.
Inapoi la Elen's, cu Tabita, Vlad si Alex, incepem sa ne strangem lucrurile si sa ne luam ramas bun.
Cu Tabita ramane sa povestesc mai multe. Am inceput sa ne punem deja cap la cap conturul schitei unei viitoare tinute. Ne completam ideile reciproc, ceea ce chiar m-a facut sa cred ca am ajuns exact unde trebuie.
Cat despre Feather Manifesto si aparitia colectiei in magazinlor lor, am sa va mai tin la curent. Chiar acum, penele mele sunt la Bucuresti, asteptand sa apara pe "micile ecrane".
Viata mea incepe sa accelereze si ma bucur atat de tare ca nu sunt singura pe acest drum.
Cafeaua s-a terminat, acum e ora 13, salvez articolul si ma ridic de la birou, am multe drumuri de facut.