wowsh! there's been a whole lotta online love of late!! the lovely queen michelle at one of our favourite blogs kingdom of style features jimmy d's new collection (due in-store february/march) and describes children of vision as 'incredible' - awww bless!! the stunning elena zubielevitch is featured in the latest issue of online mag 1am, photographed by matt benns, elena is dripping in jimmy d aw11 (thana silk dress, nighthawk bra, and venom knickers to be precise). and super cute website michi embarks on a round up of auckland's best stores and takes a visit to children of vision.
many an hour has been spent looking for unusual candles and perfumes for the store - and it ain't easy - there has to be that perfect mix of an intriguing, unique scent, beautiful packaging and a bit of a story behind it...
so when we discovered black amber balms by 'a treatise on white magic' we all got pretty excited. created by emmelie brunetti, black amber balm natural solid perfumes are made with a variety of the highest quality essential oils, absolutes, and co2 extracts available, as well as certified organic jojoba oil, certified organic unfiltered beeswax and vitamin e.
each perfume has an amber base, this common accord, which acts as a base note and fixative, enables the perfume to linger on the skin and will impart a delicately sweet yet woody aroma. each scent is captivating on its own but it also perfectly suited to be layered with other black amber balms or even used as a base to compliment a favourite perfume to create a truly personalised scent.
anyway, blah blah blah. they smell incredible, and emmelie was nice enough to answer our random questions which will probably give you much more of an insight into what black amber balms are about...
name of designer/owner: emmelie brunetti
right now the time is: 12:05 am
and where abouts in the world are you?: los angeles, ca
date of birth: june 29 1980
label name: a treatise on white magic (atwm)
year label started: 2009
describe the concept/motivation behind black amber perfume balms: black amber balm is the product of an eclectic mix of influences, observations, fascinations and in-depth research on master plants, perfumery and the occult.
the ultimate black amber lady or gent is: anita pallenberg
most exciting fashion moment? styling our 3 year old daughter bella
on my day off I would....: get a pedicure, swing by agent provocateur, pick up a few good bottles of red wine.
favorite smell: campfires what do you know about new zealand? kiwis, diwali & rugby
shoot, shag or marry: 1,2 & 3: my husband, erik
complete this sentence, i had a vision and my vision was… from beyond.
black amber balms are available in-store now and online soon. each 12ml tin retails at $40.00
remember getting letters? as in, hand written letters... not bills or bank statements... but letters from far off places in ever so slightly crumpled brown envelopes with clusters of exotic stamps... we do, and we sorta miss them. that's why we really love getting deliveries where the sender has injected a little bit of character into their packaging, whether it be quirky handwriting, a little hand written note or something like the above. this box is from the lovely emmelie brunetti who not only has an amazing blog 'a treatise on white magic' but makes beautiful black amber solid perfume balms that just arrived today. in the box above. which we love.
black amber perfume balms are in-store now, more information very soon.
jimmy d designer, and children of vision co-owner james dobson caught up with rachael churchwood and grant fell from iconic new zealand magazine black to talk "norwegian black metal, chiffon punk, ms. 45, and selling bernhard back to the europeans.."
we're often drawn to that potent combination of pretty and dark with our buying for children of vision - and when it comes to jewellery 'dainty' just aint our thing... so when we came across the work of new york jeweller chris habana we knew we were on a similar wavelength.
his new collection 'loosing my religion' is full of suitably gothic imagery, crosses are made three dimensional and wrapped around the wrist or inverted and turned into small (but definitely not dainty) studs. A ram's head is covered in tiny nail heads and large frame work quartz shapes form a striking neck piece.
yeah, we're pretty much in love.
the above selection is in-store now and online soon.
the recently opened douglas + bec is one of our favourite destinations for amazing furniture, accessories and one off gifts - we visited last week and left with one of their incredible white angle lamps... but that's a whole different story...
the lovely owners rebecca snelling and paul dowie were just featured in the latest issue of home new zealand - rebecca wears the jimmy d 'remains' silk shirt dress and paul wears an andrew mark smith 'duo' shirt, and they wear 'em mighty well...
rebecca also divulges that she's (not so) secretly coveting a deadly ponies mr. sleep over from children of vision.
children of vision is a boutique nestled amongst the cafe's, galleries and strip clubs of auckland's notorious karangahape road. children of vision are fearless supporters of all that is avant garde, intellectual and unusual.