Have a beautiful weekend!

Friday, 29 June 2012

Apologies for not blogging much of late! We've been very busy so we are just dreaming of these stunning, tranquil pictures of lakes. They can look amazing in good and bad weather but hopefully this weekend the warm weather will persist. Enjoy!

images via pinterest

Piles of rings, part 1

Thursday, 14 June 2012

We love the recent trend for piling on both bracelets and rings. As you can no doubt tell from our cards, we're very much into jewellery in the Anzu office! Above is our rings card, which is hand-decorated with Swarovski crystals.

This Massai jewellery and skirt looks amazing.

The English eccentric poet, Edith Sitwell wearing her piles of rings in the 1930s. She was ahead of her time! And below, Daphne Guiness, a modern day English eccentric with her armory of jewellery

National Gin Day

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Today is National Gin day! Above is our French 75 cocktail card complete with recipe. So just add Champagne, gin and lemon to the mix and you're away.

I read recently about Gin palaces, and I must say it conjured up a very decadent image. Somewhere with indulgent decor where ladies would sip gin cocktails and eat ice cream sundaes in lace dresses.

Although Charles Dickens did speak of the lavishness of the interiors I think the reality, sadly was rather different and was rather closer to a den of iniquity/pub! Above are two images which even though they are very pub-like, certainly do have a touch of decadence to the design.

From the illustrations of the time they also look quite raucous. There is a great description over at this blog, just click here

Gin was also very much associated with speakeasies, and in the Prohibition the name Bathtub gin was born, where people would make alcohol at home. I bet it tasted awful.

Here's Cagney making some, but we wouldn't recommend it! However, you could visit the new rather more glamorous speakeasy in New York called Bathtub Gin.
So if you are making gin cocktails tonight, click here for the BBC's top gin recipes, and try one of our favourite brands Monkey gin made in the Black Forest.

The sporting gentleman.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Don't forget that Father's Day is coming up on the 17th June. We have lots of cards to choose from. Today we thought we'd suggest a card and gifts for the traditional sporting gentleman. You could send our Kennedy's golf clubs card (above),

buy a vintage volume of some of PG Wodehouse's entertaining golf stories,

one of the traditionalist gifts such as this cricket sweater on Mr Porter's fun Father's Day gift guide,

an Oyster the Rolls Royce of boats (secondhand ones available here)

with the perfect accompaniment this Fortnums West country hamper.

Lorenzo Duran

Thursday, 7 June 2012

These Lorenzo Duran laser cut leaves are so beautiful. We really like the Arabesque geometric style motif,

the tree is a beautiful idea,

and the intricacy of this circular design.

Happy Jubilee weekend!

Friday, 1 June 2012

Hope you all have a lovely time,
Anzu x

(image above Anzu Royal crown card, hand embellished with Swarovski crystals)