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Wed 11.07

The Woods Fine Jewels: Forest Goddesses

The Woods sisters have been my favorite jewel designers for years, so when they came to town for a trunk show, needless to say, I was there with my credit card in hand! I was pleased to see that their commitment to natural materials remains strong with the line’s old mine cut diamonds juxtaposed against … Continue reading The Woods Fine Jewels: Forest Goddesses

Mon 10.15

Monique Péan: Organically Graphic

A CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award winner in 2009, Monique Péan was a finance exec who was once obviously out of her element. Her talents clearly lie in jewelry design, and she excels in her industry by creating organic designs using only eco-sustaining materials, such as mammoth bones and the like. Sound contradictory? Here’s how she … Continue reading Monique Péan: Organically Graphic

Wed 10.03

Chanel Spring 2013 Collection: Large Baubles Ahead

In Karl’s world, there is no fashion without frivolity (which is the way it should be pretty much all the time, if you ask me) and there is no business like fashion-show business. This season, he went full force at Chanel, applying elements of exaggeration any and everywhere he could. Hula-hoop bags (yes, as in … Continue reading Chanel Spring 2013 Collection: Large Baubles Ahead

Wed 08.29

Top 5 Pristine Pendants: A Penchant for Pendants

Sometimes one good thing is all you need. A statement pendant gets you noticed fast, without the obviousness of a chunky, clunky necklace. There’s a certain je nais se quoi about wearing something so striking yet so simple. From emerging butterflies to shooting stars, here are a few of my favorite pendants: 1. Marni Pendant … Continue reading Top 5 Pristine Pendants: A Penchant for Pendants

Thu 08.23

Venna Necklaces: Life of the Party

What I love most about traveling in Asia is the discovery of new designers. The latest trove of treasures to catch my eye: Venna, a line of eclectic necklaces designed by Central St. Martin graduate Patrick Wong. Applying an array of Swarovski crystals, punky chains, pearls, and beads, some in neon brights and others in … Continue reading Venna Necklaces: Life of the Party

Mon 07.02

High-Style Shells: Bring the Beach

I’m in a touristy mood lately. There is no beach vacation without coming home with some sort of seashell trinket. But just because I’m after beachcomber souvenirs doesn’t mean I’m interested in looking like a dorky adventurer. Instead of a typical and cheesy Waikiki puka-shell necklace, these pieces offer that same laidback surfside feel – … Continue reading High-Style Shells: Bring the Beach

Tue 05.22

Top 5 Statement Rings: What's the Big Idea?

Whether it’s fossilized walrus ivory, a tulip-carved white amethyst, or a melding of natural pearl and aquamarine, a bigger-than-Texas statement ring is key for the season. This isn’t the moment to fret about good taste or worry about subtlety (or lack thereof) – indulge yourself and invite the over-the-top to your fingertips. Monique Pean‘s Scrimshaw … Continue reading Top 5 Statement Rings: What's the Big Idea?

Wed 04.18

Music-Festival Jewels: Get Your Rocks On

Every girl who calls herself carefree, young at heart, and a hot-to-trot music fan is currently in Indio, California for double-packed weekends of music, courtesy of Coachella, the most famous festival for miles. Even if you’re listening to your favorite band on your iPod and not in person, it’s the perfect time to pay homage … Continue reading Music-Festival Jewels: Get Your Rocks On

Wed 04.11

Fallon Jewelry Classique Long Pearl Necklace: Fifty Shades of Grey and Two Shades of Style

If you haven’t heard of the book Fifty Shades of Grey, get ready! Call it whatever you want (mommy porn, erotic romance, lusty chick-lit), this bestseller is grabbing the attention of housewives and power players alike. I’ll admit: I read it while I was in Miami recently, and despite the questionable caliber of the writing, … Continue reading Fallon Jewelry Classique Long Pearl Necklace: Fifty Shades of Grey and Two Shades of Style