Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Feeling the Olympic spirit today!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine's Baubles

 Vintage Yves Saint Laurent and Christian LaCroix heart baubles for Valentine's Day. Available at space519 (http://www.space519.com).

Friday, January 24, 2014

Dawning of the Age…..

This is a photo of one of my favorite Birthday presents - a vintage Aquarius paperweight from Baccarat. The zodiac series was discontinued about 30 years ago. I'm now on a hunt to find more from the series - maybe one for my moon sign and one for my rising sign?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I am SO beyond thrilled that Ladybug Vintage is featured today in the #11 issue of Gwyneth Paltrow's blog, goop!

      You can check it out here: http://www.goop.com/journal/go/256/goop-mag-11  
      or see below. Thank you, goop!   oxox Ladybug

goop mag #11

The Fashion 


Ladybug Vintage

Stuart Mesires' Ladybug Vintage is Chicago's best vintage business.
Without a brick and mortar store of her own, she sells at several
boutiques (including space519 for her jewelry finds) and is available
by appointment only. When you’re lucky enough to book some time
with her, you will find a trove of bright (she loves color) pieces from
Schiaparelli to Lilly Pulitzer. Her real passion, however, is jewelry.
Bright, playful, statement pieces from Ciner, Yves Saint Laurent and
Kenneth Jay Lane at prices that are fair to say the least.

Stuart's Picks:

80's Ciner
"Perfect for this fall’s trend for long chains and coin jewelry. The length makes it very versatile and it can be worn alone or layered with other necklaces."
1972 Napier "Fox in the Forest"
"I love not only that it is fall-themed but that it is so whimsical and unique. It was designed by Eugene Bertolli for Napier in 1972 as part of their ‘Endangered Species Series’ – this is a Grey Fox."

1967/68 Juliana
"This necklace (and matching bracelet) is great for fall not only because of the trend for colored gemstones but because it's the perfect complement to fall’s midcentury fashion trend: nipped-waist coats, skirt-suits and full skirts."

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Mecca - Barbara Berger's Collection of Fashion Jewelry

Two weekends ago I was in Manhattan and finally had the chance to go to the exhibit of Barbara Berger's fashion jewelry collection at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). The exhibit opened this past June and I have been dying to get there. It did not disappoint! It was like arriving at Mecca. Everywhere you look there are AH-mazing one-of-a-kind costume jewelry pieces - 450 to be exact out of Berger's collection of over 4,000. 

Vintage Chanel Necklaces by Maison Gripoix

The pieces were produced from the 1920s until today and include examples from Balenciaga, Valentino, Chanel, Dior, Miriam Haskell, Yves Saint Laurent, and many other one-of-a-kind runway pieces.

Lobster brooch by Iradj Moini

It is interesting that Berger has decided to collect costume jewelry as she is the daughter of a New York diamond dealer and the wife of a Mexican fine-jewelry designer.

Chanel Cruciform Brooch 1990

Miriam Haskell c. 1950

Berger does appreciate fine jewelry, "But in fine jewelry, you're limited," she said. "The most fabulous, extravagant, the very baroque is fashion jewelry."

Toucan Brooch by Isabel Canovas mid 1980s

Lanvin by Roger Scemama c. 1950

Coppola e Toppo 

In a Wall Street Journal article written by Sara Clemence, Berger says that she spends 1/3 of her year searching for pieces for her collection. "When I travel, my first stop is always the market," she said. "There's always a march aux puces in every city in the world."

Chanel Bracelet by Maison Gripoix 1993

The exhibition runs until January 20, 2014. If you have the opportunity, run don't walk to get there!

Chanel Necklace 1983

Cat earrings by Niki de Saint Phalle, 1989

There is also a fabulous book that accompanies the exhibition called, Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger published by Assouline.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Farewell to Alex Colville

I had never heard of the Canadian artist, Alex Colville until I went to the National Gallery of Canada a few days ago. There I was struck by his 1965 painting, To Prince Edward Island

Alex Colville, To Prince Edward Island 1965

I immediately wanted to know who had painted it and when. I loved the stylized way in which it was realized and the way that the viewer is drawn into becoming part of the scene. I couldn’t believe that I had never heard of Colville before. Upon doing a little research, I was surprised to learn that he had died only a few weeks before on July 16, 2013.

Alex Colville On a River 1996

Colville was born in 1920 in Toronto Canada. At the age of nine he moved with his family to Nova Scotia, Canada where he would live for the rest of his life. Colville graduated with a degree in fine art in 1942 from Mount Allison University. In 1944 Colville was deployed to Europe as a war artist for the Canadian Infantry. In 1946 Colville returned to his alma mater where he would teach until 1963 when he felt secure enough to earn a living solely from painting. 

Alex Colville Child & Dog 1952

Colville's paintings have a sort of a Hopper-esque quality to them. He painted every-day scenes of people but there is a loneliness to them - a sense of isolation. 

Alex Colville Woman on a Ramp 2007
Mostly Colville's paintings are set in the maritime background of Nova Scotia. At first glance they seem realistic but on closer inspection the forms are very simplified.

Alex Colville
Colville's paintings can be found in many collections throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, The Musee National D'Art Moderne in Paris, the National Gallery in Berlin, and the Museum der Moderner Kunst in Vienna.

Alex Colville, Family & Rainstorm 1955
I love the painting above titled Family & Rainstorm. It seems appropriate as summer starts to draw to a close. Farewell to Summer and farewell to Alex Colville.