Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Portugeuse inspiration

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Hi everyone - I'm back from sunny Portugal, feeling relaxed and recharged. I thought I'd share a couple of photos of the things that stole my heart. First up are the amazing decorative tiles that cover many of the buildings in Lisbon. They are called Azulejo and were introduced by the Moors in the 15th Century. Pattern inspires so many of my designs and these Arabic beauties are truly amazing. Soon these patterns will be weaving their way into delicate hairwires and combs!

And sometimes a girl can get inspiration from beautiful pastries. (We made a point of sampling up to three a day and washing them down with strong espressos!) Pastéis de nata are the most traditional Portuguese pastry - a delicious crispy layered pastry cup filled with baked custard.

Left to right - an almond paste sweet, a wibbly wobbly coconut delight, pastéis de nata and an iced cupcake.

I even managed to peek in some wedding boutique windows, which were filled with show-stopping gowns like these. Ruffles, tulle and pillow-box layering made these gowns good enough to eat. (Are you noticing a trend here?!)

I'm happy to be back at my design desk and discussing interesting commissions with clients. This morning I had an enquiry about an embellished belt to go with a Jenny Packham, teal green dress. More on that in a future post.

I'd love to hear from you if you'd like to chat about accessories or Portuguese pastries! Have a look at my website or get in touch to arrange a visit to my showroom.


Unknown said...

Great post Aisling, love Portugal, its pastries and the wedding dress is amazing! Also love the blue headpiece on your homepage, more for the piece than the blue but it is stunning! I am now set up with my blog but can't seem to contact you, the mail doesn't seem to be working - will try again soon, also you don't seem to have an email subscription option to you blog

Unknown said...

Thanks Jane - I'm already planning a return trip! I'd love to see your blog - can you email me the link?

Also there is an RSS link on the top right of my blog where you can subscribe to my feed.