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Le Baigneur At Comptoir Des Objets

November 6, 2015 • CollabDesignLife

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my poor husband. he didn’t ask to become the plus one to a blogger, but he’s such a good sport about it. one day he’s my photographer, the next he is my editor. he accompanies me on trips to cities (which he loves) and boutiques (which he likes a whole lot less). he sits quietly when i ask him not to touch anything on the table because i need to take picture, and he doesn’t complain when three out of four rooms in our house are a huge mess because i’m styling a few photoshoots. he understands that this blog is an important part of my life, and he respects the energy, time and love i put into this project.

he’s on a first name basis with our postman, who frequently delivers packages with goodies for me to create content with. and yet, almost none of the packages have anything in them for my sweet, understanding, patient husband. not cool, susanne of COMPTOIR DES OBJETS jokingly told me. and then she added a little care package for the man in my life to our collaboration. she figured – if steph will enjoy those deliciously scented cleaning products from COMMON GOOD, perhaps matti will appreciate the fresh and masculine scent of the LE BAIGNEUR soap set you can see pictured above.

well, she was right of course, but she probably also knew that i would fall madly in love with le baigneur’s branding and packaging. so when this particular parcel was delivered, matti was psyched that it was meant for him, and then i went and told him he couldn’t touch anything before i had taken an appropriate amount of pictures. that’s how horrible a wife i am. all jokes aside – these soaps are not just ridiculously goodlooking – they smell divine, too. we’re using one of them sparingly (yes, we – i love masculine scents in the bathroom) and leaving the others lying around the guest room because they spread such a lovely scent.

photos by stephanie duval

You + Me

November 2, 2015 • CollabStyle

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i can’t believe it’s been a month since my new collection for DIAMANTI PER TUTTI came out and i still hadn’t shared it on here. i’ve been busy traveling back and forth between belgium and switzerland, and i admit it used to be a whole lot easier (not to mention efficient and fast) without a little one in tow. she makes my life more beautiful though, and i much prefer the hassle of traveling with her than leaving her behind even for a few days…

for the longest time, i couldn’t imagine myself having kids, ever. there was just so much i wanted to do and see, and i imagined having kids would come between me and my life goals. i never fathomed that having a kid could actually be one of them. even though my husband and i made a conscious decision to start trying for a baby after getting married, it took most part of my pregnancy to wrap my head around the idea of her becoming ‘real.’ it was a very weird experience, and one that continued well into the first few months of juliet’s life. the idea of having someone rely on you for everything, let’s all agree it’s enough to freak out a little, am i right? but then gradually, i started loving that idea. during my pregnancy, i started longing for it to finally happen. i wish i could say that from the moment i found out i was pregnant, i felt ready. but the truth is it took me a while. on the other hand, i could never have predicted how deeply i would be moved by all of it.

when i had the opportunity of designing a second capsule collection for DIAMANTI PER TUTTI, i was already pregnant and i knew right away this brand new feeling would be my source of inspiration. i rarely, if ever, wear jewelry that has no symbolic meaning to me – so when designing a collection, i always start from a very personal place. as my first collection was based on my moodboard for our wedding, centering the second one around our new family member felt natural and very special. i used one of my favorite geometric shapes – the plus sign – as a symbol for that feeling of never being truly alone again. the plus sign is also a perfect swiss cross, which for obvious reasons is an added bonus for me. but i wanted to design something that could be open to interpretation, so that it can take on a meaning that is special to its wearer. i loved seeing belgian blogger nathalie from YAYZINE post her ring ON INSTAGRAM with a message of positivity, for example.

you can discover the entire collection RIGHT HERE, or in the pictures above taken by the talented ELINE ROS. i’m super curious to hear what you think, and to find out if you have any jewelry that symbolizes a special person or event in your life?

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my name is stephanie duval, and i am a storyteller. this blog is where i share my favorite stories about design, travel, fashion and the nice things in life.

 

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