Friday, January 31, 2014

Where did my shop name come from?

Many people have asked me where my shop name came from?
Being in the corporate world for 18 years (most of which in Management) I was expected to behave a certain way, dress a certain way, set an example, etc etc. Then after quitting 18 years later, I felt I could do whatever I wanted with my life. Dress the way I wanted (got my nose pierced straight after), talk the way I wanted (got a bit of a potty mouth on me), and study further (enrolled in an Art School). Most of all I wanted to work in Fashion and set up my own Online Clothing store....AND I DID.

Its like I have been 'Born Again'. And now I am discovering myself all over again....and liking what I discover.

So my shop name: SPARROW LYN
SPARROW - Free as a bird. Free to fly anywhere. Free to soar to any heights
LYN - That is half of my name...Lynda

And that is how Sparrow Lyn came about. I feel it is a true reflection of me, where I have come from and where I am going. Hope you like the name too.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How To Wear Contrasts?

Getting alot of wear out of my H&M pleather pants. I can't seem to get enough of them. And this year I bought a plair of pleather tights which I will unveil shortly. I find myself gravitating towards contrasts when I pick at my wardrobe............pleather and wool, camo and lace............and I find I do the same in my home decorating too. And that is where my label was born SPARROW LYN - Bohemian Rocker style......Sweetness and Edgy in one look.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bohemian Diva Amanda Malm - Blogger Extraordinaire !

Meet Amanda Malm, a girl after my own heart. Her blog is filled with great photos of her outfits, her photo shoots (she rocks a mean 50s hairstyle) and her travels. She is always making things with her hands like jewelry, handbags, suede leather shorts.......these are times when I wish I could sew. I was so impressed with her that I actually wrote to her and told her that if I had to pick a MUSE for my label it would be her. Don't you agree?

Just a lovely, happy, warm person who you wish you could meet in person.

Check out more pics on her lovely blog Amanda Malm. ENJOY !

Monday, January 27, 2014

Boho Style - Free People 'Dream Every Color' Lookbook

All pics via Free People
Love love Love the furniture and styling of this Moroccan flavored shoot and the rooms in these beautiful photos............and the Bohemian clothes too ! We used to have that wooden bench featured in the last pic. I sold it last year when I was changing our whole living room look (from Eastern to French) - and it sold to a movie production company that was featuring it in a Mexican house - how cool was that eh !

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Daily Sketch 'Thorns and Roses'

"Bones and Thorns"
Artwork by Lynda D'Souza
Just messing around with my black sharpei...........

As I sketch daily I find myself gravitating more and more towards portraits. I like the challenge of getting the features absolutely accurate, the shadows, the glint in the eye. You can find more of y artwork at my other blog 70 Popes Lynda D'Souza Art.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hollister and Porter Hovey

I have to wipe off my drool now.............we have a lot of antiques in our home too, not as many as the lovely sisters Hollister and Porter Hovey who's home is a dream to look at. Everything is displayed and arranged so beautifully.

And I have been considering painting our living room this gorgeous rich grey shade too. Doesn't it show case the antiques so well. I have been looking for a fencing mask forever, and I want a tan leather sofa just like that, and that mounted animal head, and..........sigh. 

Don't the colors of Grey, Tan and Gold go so well together.

See the full article here and homes of other collectors too. 

Color Me Nana

All pics via blog Color Me Nana
And then there's the sister of Natalie - Dylana Suarez who's style is just as cool and edgy as Natalie. These two sisters have really inspired me in the last few years. I honestly prefer reading blogs to magazines. Sometimes I wish there was a magazine that catered only to us Bohemian Rocker chicks (as I don't like what I see in the latest Glamours and Instyles - its too pretty and promy). Check out more of the lovely Dylana on her blog Color Me Nana.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Daily Sketch "Fox Fur"

With my New Year Resolution firmly in place (hopefully) I am making the attempt to draw everyday, either a full blown portrait or a simple sketch. This was penciled in and then outlined with a felt tip. You can find more of my art on my other blog 70 Popes Lynda D'Souza Art.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Salmagundi West - Vintage Antique Store in Vancouver

In March 2013 we went to Vancouver for the first time and this shop was the high point of my trip. "Salmagundi West" a beautiful Vintage Antique store selling the quirkiest of things. I went crazy in there and didn't know what to look at or what to buy. After much browsing and debating I finally picked up a gorgeous pewter crow skull pendant which I am in love with.

Definitely a must see if ever in Vancouver.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Natalie Off Duty

All pics via blog Natalie Off Duty
Major girl crushing for Natalie who is a model and blogger. Her outfits are the perfect combination of vintage and rock and everything she throws together just looks absolutely perfect on her. Check out more of her pics on her blog Natalie Off Duty.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Colston Julian Captures Pallavi Singh for Harper’s Bazaar India

Why am I posting this article?
Because the photographer of this amazing photoshoot is Colston Julian who is from my town Bandra, a small suburb in Mumbai (previously know as Bombay).......and to see his work in so many international magazines is pretty awesome. 

All pics from Fashion Gone Rogue

Bazaar Goes to Calcutta – The January-February issue of Harper’s Bazaar India enlists Colston Julian for a fashion spread photographed in Calcutta. Model Pallavi Singh poses in the dreamy colors and rich fabrics selected by fashion editor Krishna Mukhi. The backdrop of local sights creates a high impact effect in the chromatic images. / Hair and makeup by Kritika Gill.

See complete editorial here.