Tag: jewelry

Jewelry for a second-time mom: Love plus love.

Before I had kids, when I used to see love necklaces like these, I found them a little juvenile, to be honest. But once I became a mom I started to see this kind of jewelry in a whole new light.   While okay, it is kind of adorable to add your initial plus that of your sweetheart on the custom love necklaces from Olive Yew, I think it would also make a really cool, affordable gift for a second-time mom. I would love to have my two girls’ initials around my neck connected by the ampersand. Great, right? That is,...

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Sheer Addiction Jewelry: It’s true. I’m an addict.

This week, my glorious, generous business partners picked out the most stunning belated birthday gift for me: a necklace from designer Tamara Schafhauser. I admit, I’ve been coordinating outfits around it all week long. Can you blame me? The array of necklaces, bracelets and earrings from her line, Sheer Addiction Jewelry, comprises everything I love: vintage styling, statement pieces that are still super wearable, beautiful craftsmanship, and limited-edition designs so not every person on the street will be wearing the same one you are. (Admit it, that matters. A little.) My own Alexa necklace (above) is a combination of chains, crystals and...

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Beautiful little jewelry for girls at just the right prices.

I will never be the mom who gets my tween daughter a Tiffany anything (besides maybe a charm for her charm bracelet that I’m still holding onto for her) but on the other end, I’m admittedly about those $4 necklaces that are probably made with more lead than precious metals. Still, I love the idea of getting her something that feels special and all her own without spending a fortune, and I found some great ideas in a surprising place. At RH Baby and Child–that’s Restoration Hardware, only rebranded–there’s a sweet selection of jewelry for girls that’s spot-on perfect for tweens...

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How to make (or buy) the coolest Rainbow Loom bracelet patterns: The ultimate guide

If you haven’t yet heard of the crazy success of Rainbow Loom Bracelets, you cannot be a parent. Or you are a parent, but for some reason, haven’t noticed that every single kid on the planet seems to be wearing them up to their elbows these days. They’re like the love child of the lanyard of my own summer camp days, and the Silly Bandz craze of a few years ago. If you want to make your own, or your kid is tired of making the same old style, I’ve put together a comprehensive roundup of good YouTube Rainbow...

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Map happy? This chic handmade bracelet keeps your favorite place close by, wherever you go.

Aren’t the lines on this handmade cuff striking? If you’re from Boston, they might even be familiar. Here’s why. ShopJoyo on Etsy offers tons of pretty cuffs, each one made of laser-cut cherry wood over brushed aluminum, lined with soft ultrasuede. We’re especially smitten with the Map cuff, which can be custom made using the roadmaps from the city of your choice. The example above is Boston, but the shop owner is happy to use any address you supply. And the other bracelets are cool, too. Of course, the map idea is the one that intrigues us most since...

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Gifts that give back beautifully: Given Goods Company

We always love websites with gifts that give back, and now there’s another one that’s not just all about do-gooding, but selling truly fabulous products. Let’s just say you’re not going to have to click all that much to find something you want to add to your wishlist.  Given Goods Company offers accessories, home goods, and all kinds of gifts that are amazingly well curated. Don’t expect a world of big beaded necklaces here (not that they can’t be great too), but the kinds of items you’d find in a favorite local boutique. Toggle over the little blue G icon,...

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A black and white striped bracelet that means the ’80s are back, and coming to a wrist near you

I am so happy that black and white clothes are back on trend, never having entirely given up my love for that look a few decades back. So of course I love this strikingly simple black and white bracelet from one of my favorite brands.      The Marimekko Juna Bracelet is a lightweight resin, but with enough chunk that it makes a stylish impression. Wear it on its own, or go nuts and pair it with the teal and black striped bracelet to match. I think it would look great with all black and white, or even with a strong statement color...

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We’re star-struck over these hand-stitched zodiac necklaces.

These days the zodiac is where it’s at in the gift-giving department. We’ve seen this astral trend pop up in a variety of gifts and baubles…and we totally get the appeal. Sun sign swag is personal, fun and perfect for so many occasions. In fact, my usually indecisive Libran self didn’t even need to think twice about falling for this hand-stitched astro sign necklace.     Come on, admit it: don’t we all love the little doses of daily therapy our astrological horoscopes give us? I love the idea of wearing my Libra pride in a way that’s not...

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5 ways to wear the the gold trend this fall without looking like a Goldfinger victim

As much as I’m often running out of the house in my mom uniform of a button down shirt, jeans and ankle boots, I still love to keep up with the style trends, particularly when they’re ones I can easily fit into my existing wardrobe. Even if you’re not a big metallic fan like I am, there are simple ways to add a splash of golden shine into your life for fall, whether it’s a little sparkle for everyday wear, or big fat bling for a date night. Either way, you’ll want to be sure you’re not covered in...

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Buy less, buy well. Madesmith makes it beautifully easy

If you love handmade items by local artisans, we’ve found a collective that showcases the best of the best every week. So, basically, it’s like the cream of the Etsy crop, curated just for you. Even better: these makers are thoughtful and sustainable, and you can read their stories as you ogle their wares.     Madesmith is based in Brooklyn and LA and focuses on showcasing designers and makers who produce goods the old-fashioned way–our kind of stuff. Whether you’re into jewelry, skateboards, handmade shoes, or stationery, you can read about the designer’s background, process, studio, and training....

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Making the first day of preschool a little easier. On the kids, if not you.

As kids go back to school, some are ready to jump right in, make friends, and get busy with the water table, while others need a little more help separating from mom and dad. So I love this craft that could make that first day of preschool, daycare or kindergarten a bit easier for a lot of kids. At Moomah, you’ll find an easy tutorial for a DIY family necklace which incorporates photos of loved ones so your kiddo will know you’re always “with her.” Even when you’re not with her. With any luck it will make the transition a little...

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Freshening up the jewelry box

I’m so excited to have discovered this awesome shop that’s not only packed with gorgeous housewares and gift ideas, but some really pretty jewelry too. Especially as I start to think about pieces that will transition me from summer into (sniff) fall. Scoping out the eye candy (and finger candy and neck candy) at Brooklyn’s LEIF Shop (hi, neighbors!) I really like the focus on indie and smaller brands. I have my eye on Emily Green’s Color Study Necklace featuring colorful clay beads on a leather cord. It’s got a summery feel the way it’s photographed, but I bet...

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A little inspiration for your neck

I’m hardly an inspirational quote junkie, but every now and then I find something that catches my eye. This time, though, it wasn’t a poster, but rather something I can wear around my neck.   I’ve heard of (and adore) letterpress cards, but letterpress jewelry? Well, let’s just say I’m equally smitten. This line at Lulubug Jewelry, made from mostly reclaimed silver, is right up my alley, with all sorts of cool quotes, whether you’re looking for a gift for someone special, or need a little personal inspiration. I’m pretty sure no mom would be able to keep a...

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Our favorite jewelry up to 70% off. Yes please!

After our Editor Liz’s Today Show appearance, we were all clamoring to get our hands on that Karen Ko ring she wore. And now I can, along with matching earrings, and a necklace, and way too many other pretty baubles courtesy of this amazing sample sale that has us snatching up gifts for ourselves and our friends at up to 70% off. {Don’t miss our favorites from this awesome sale after the jump} Along with the gorgeous Mod Ball ring ($50, previously $125), I’ve got my eye on a bunch of other pretty baubles that are all marked down...

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Ready made craft kits from Darby Smart let you make those Pinterest projects–that actually might come out like the photos.

I love handmade items, but it is usually a good idea if someone else’s hands make them for me, since crafting is not where my talents lay. But, now that I’ve seen a new service that makes it so easy to create cool things at home, I may have to give DIY another chance. Darby Smart provides a new way to create those cool DIY projects I’ve seen on Pinterest or one of my favorite design blogs. But instead of driving myself crazy trying to find all the supplies I’ll need, the Darby Smart Kit contains all of it,...

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Gorgeous accessories we bet no one else will have

One of the many things I love about online shopping is that you can find all sorts of cool hidden gems in faraway places without having to actually go there. And that’s exactly what happened when I stumbled upon The Little Drom Store. Now, if you happen to be in Singapore, you can pop into their storefront, but if you’re like me, you’ll be shopping from their online shop, which is full of gorgeous, unique baubles. I’m completely smitten with these fabulous knitwear necklaces (though they’re not actually made of knit). What a cool style statement over a white...

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Gorgeous, fashion-forward accessories straight from…Tibet

I’ve loved Shokay since I first discovered their gorgeous baby clothes and gifts, all made from a yak hair cashmere that’s unbelievably soft and gorgeous, and all made sustainably to support Tibetan artisans. Now they’ve redone the site and made the leap into a lot of great fashion-forward accessories. I love the Turkana necklace, which is all knit out of bamboo, cotton and yak hair. (And yes, I wish there were a sexier term for “yak hair,” the way we don’t call cashmere “goat hair.”) There are also some spectacular shawls and scarves, like the spring/summer-weight black and white...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest like we are? Here are some of our favorite pins this week. 1. Cutest baby shoes ever? Possibly. 2. If you’re hitting a beach this summer you need this.  3. A bracelet we’re coveting–if we could ever afford it. 4. We’re addicted to this awesome new app. Stop us! 5. New moms are going crazy for this simple solution to an annoying problem. Bonus: a fun new board for summer all about outdoor...

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Independence Day indeed: the best indie shopping in celebration of the original 13

Of course today isn’t just about barbecues, sparklers, and if you’re lucky, a big fireworks display that kicks off a four-day weekend. It’s about those awesome forefathers (and foremothers, ahem) of ours who transformed the original 13 colonies into the beginnings of our beloved US of A. In their honor–and in honor of independence–we present 13 outstanding indie, new-to-us Etsy shops that we’re happy to support, one from each of the original 13. –Liz [After the jump, check out 13 can’t-miss Etsy artists from up and down the East Coast] New Jersey: BubbledogThis shop is like kawaii central, with...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out 5 of our favorite Pinterest pins from this week that you might have missed. 1. Our Editor Kristen has her eye on this gorgeous, affordable bracelet and we can see why. 2. Who knew the best homemade guacamole could be so easy to make? You’ll want to pin this recipe right now. 3. Coolest kids’ t-shirts ever. In fact, we want them in our size. 4. You soooo need these, Game of Thrones fans. 5. All you need is construction paper, tape, and a sunny window to make...

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