Carla loves photography and we love Carla!

Search for photo inspirations carries on and today I want to share with you an immensely inspiring Carla Coulson.

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Carla is a Paris based photographer working mainly with Australian magazines concentrating on portraiture, fashion and interiors. Her passion for Italy and France are translated in her images into magnetic energy, and sexy delicate French style.

Carla also offers private photo shoots and over the next 3 days you have a chance to win with a Double Make-over and Portrait Shoot with Carla.

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What I love about Carla is that she lives and breathes Audrey Hepburn words:

“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows.”

Not only she makes the real beauty shine through in her models, she also shares her love and passion with the world.

I found her story very inspirational, and hope she will be even more successful in the years to come!

From passion to business – The Papered Parlour

Setting up an online jewellery store ourselves we’re constantly inspired by people who successfully turned their passion into a business. We love Confucius’s quote:  “Give a man a job he loves, and he will never work a day in his life”;  this is exactly what we’re trying to achieve, so whenever we learn about other people doing the same thing we’ll write about them here and hopefully inspire more of you!

Ladies and Gentlemen – we give you The Papered Parlour.

Papered Parlour - Claire Heafford and Louise Hall

Claire and Louise met as arts graduates working for Battersea Arts Centre. United by their dream to make a living off artistic activity they joined forces to create and auction their artwork to raise money for their business investment. This is how The Papered Parlour was born.

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They provide studio space for artists, offer a varied programme of workshops, and create incredibly engaging arts events.

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In 2010 they won the Barclays Take One Small Step competition – and received £50,000 to aid the development of their arts space.  We wish them all the best for the future!

If you are thinking of making a career of your passion Barclays organise several free seminars and workshops that will help you get your feet off the ground. Good places to start are also Business Link services, and British Library Business & IP Centre that gives you free access to business databases perfect for an insightful market research.

life in both directions

Marilyn MonroeI’ve recently been given an amazing present – a book with never-before-published thoughts, letters and poems written by one of my favourite icons – Marilyn Monroe. The book’s title is “Marilyn Monroe: Fragments” and was edited by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment. I found it really interesting and thought-provoking; it showed me a little bit of who this beautiful and amazing person really was…

What I wanted to share with you is one of the poems that made me stop and think for a while. It contains a motif Marilyn (or Norma Jean if you like :)) used on a number of times in her poems – the motif of life in both dorections, hence the title of this post. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Life –

I am both of your directions


Somehow remaining hanging downward

the most

but strong as a cobweb in the

wind – I exist more with the cold glistening frost.

But my beaded rays have the colors I’ve

seen in a paintings – ah life they

have cheated you”




so let us stay foolish!

I thought I’d share a few words we recently found very inspiring…

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.(…)

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.(…)

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.(…)

Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

Steve Jobs