Santa has made his way down 34th Street in New York City officially kicking off the Christmas holiday celebrations. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as Shop Small Saturday – a day dedicated to supporting small businesses in the hustle and bustle of finding that perfect gift.
I am so excited to have jewelry designer Sara from Et Voilà!Design as the featured guess blogger for Shop Small Saturday here on The Paris Itinerary…
In the days that followed after Kimberly contacted me to write a guest blog post, I wrote a light and carefree post in my mind, about my travels, experiences and how Et Voilà!Design came about. Abruptly, everything changed. What I wanted to share seems unimportant and vacant by contrast. But is it really? I love traveling, and I consider it one of the most important life altering experiences in life, if anything, I hope this post will inspire you to keep traveling, especially if Paris is on your list of destinations.
I keep that last thought as I continue writing, as traveling (thanks to my parents) has been an important element in my life since childhood. My early childhood was in great part shaped by travel and art, mostly art. Living in Florence Italy during my school age years made it easy, I had access to the most beautiful works of art ever created, and a teacher passionate enough to share it. My love of creating stuck with me. I carried it along with me all the way to the United States and eventually on to Paris, each step along the way collecting new inspirations for what would become my current creative outlet, Et Voilà!Design.
Four years ago I moved to Paris, France, with frequent travels between the United States and France I was always looking for little things to bring back to my friends in the US, souvenirs and such. After a couple years, I started making the souvenirs (how many Eiffel towers and J’aime Paris t-shirts could I really give?). My first pieces were quite simple: Eiffel tower charm, a pretty little feather, a small vintage key. With a little encouragement from a friend I allowed myself to think of this as a business, and that is how Et Voilà!Design came to be.
Two elements of my personality shaped the evolution of Et Voilà!Design, my impulsiveness and my love for collecting “stuff” (old and eccentric stuff), as well as my geographical location. Paris is a never ending source for inspiration (not only visual), a city for everyone! I found myself taking mental pictures of colors, patterns and movement, seeking ways to capture the subtile.
The story becomes more visual on my Instagram feed, where I post pictures of my treasure hunts, the odd little pieces I impulsively collect and what ultimately becomes of them when I create a new piece.
Creating custom pieces is what I love best.
as well as the recently released éthéré collection, exclusive one of a kind bracelets made from French treasures.
Through the month of November I am including one of my most popular pair of earrings, a gift for all purchases of $50/€50.
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In light of recent events that have taken place in my beloved Paris, I have made a conscious decision not to comment or express my opinion, a form of respect but also, perhaps, for fear of being misunderstood and rendering the subject as trivial. I do, however, feel strongly about this, and want to encourage people with concerns and fears about travel, to continue on their life journey, wherever it might take them, because, quite simply, “to travel is to live” ~Hans Christian Andersen
I just love how Sara transforms her flea market finds into unique jewelry pieces.
It is also part of the monthly #AllAboutFrance hosted by Phoebe of Lou Messugo.