Holiday tribes. Big celebrations. Too much cake. Too much vino.
Good. Good. And Good. So far.
Too much friends and family? OK, maybe…sometimes. But a celebration is meant to be shared. With our tribes. All celebrations are tribal.
My new Tribal Wrap Bracelets are all wrapped up with little talismans that include vintage items and beads that have unusual stamps and carvings.
The African beads have their roots in a society that values jewelry as a form of tribal identity. The “soul” of jewelry is the stories that make it more than just adornment. The first story of these beads is their journey from the hands of the one who made them to the wrists of the one who wears and appreciates them.
My jewelry is a mixture of earthy and elegant elements. Think rich hippie. African Trade beads with freshwater pearls. Pearls are associated with purity, goodness and tradition. Mixing them with tribal beads makes them less prim and more accessible; not so precious that they can’t be worn everyday.
Show us the family jewels!
It doesn’t have to be the maharajah’s pearls or a golf ball sized diamond to be valuable. While so many of the items we accumulate end up worn out or abandoned without a second thought, even the humblest of jewelry often retains an emotional value far beyond its material worth.
This week we invite you to post pictures of your most memorable jewels and tell us about the stories and memories they hold. We’ll be selecting the best 3 posts and those readers get $50 gift certificates for jewels. Go HERE to post your images.
I’ll show you mine and now you show me yours!
My sister, Liz brought back the Angela Caputi bracelet (4) and necklace (5) from Italy. I wear the bracelet so much I worry I’m wearing it out! We’ve been giving one another gifts of jewelry forever. I buy her things I know I would want for myself and she does the same. Anything she gives me instantly becomes cherishable.
David Yurman is for lovers. The cable bracelet (2) is the first serious gift I got from my love before he was my husband. This gift took me by surprise when he handed it to me over dinner at Bouley. We’ve been married about 3 years.
The David Yurman link bracelet (1) was a gift from him the following Christmas. I love wearing them together. I mix them with some ummm… imitations. It’s too good and too bad that David Yurman is so widely copied… but no one (but me) ever knows which are real and which are not. He followed these up with the chain necklace (7), I wear it ALL the time with different pendants.
Finally I said, “I have enough David now, please give some other starving jewelry designer a chance.” He took the bait and gave me this Monica Castiglioni ring (3) for my next birthday. It’s magnificent. I crave MORE Monica…
The freshwater pearl bracelet (6) was a gift from one of my best friends. For a few years we were buying one another gifts from a jewelry designer we knew and adored. This bracelet became even more special when the designer died.
I have more. Much. More. Jewelry that is…
Happy July Birthday! The Ruby Rules this month!
According to gem lore, the ruby is considered the most powerful gem in the universe. They are associated with many astral signs but most notably with July birthdays. Rubies carry intense energy that can sharpen the mind, heighten the awareness and stimulate the whole system.
Ruby is the stone of courtly love and romantic commitment. It is an aphrodisiac long associated with all forms of love, from wild sensuality to mystical communion. Ruby helps foster happiness in those who wear it. It also boosts courage to help achieve one’s best potential. Those who wish to strengthen their self-confidence should meditate on rubies. It is said that ruby rings offer the best protection when worn on the left hand.
NOTES on images above:
After centuries of being thought to be one of the most valuable rubies in the world, the Timur Ruby was deemed to be a spinal sometime around 1851. Though a spinel is a naturally occurring mineral, it is far less valuable than a ruby. The Timur Ruby is still a very valuable piece and is now part of the jewel collection of the British Monarchy.
Lily Safra was a Brazilian philanthropist and socialite who attained considerable wealth after four marriages. This ring was part of a jewelry collection she sold at auction last year to benefits charity.
The Gautama Mala is a Flashioista piece made of vintage red Czech glass, it along with the zoisite and the Bohemian Garnets are all rubies in color and can carry the same intentions.
Zoisite is a natural gemstone. Bohemian rubies can be made made glass or red rock crystals.
It’s the Show-Off color of summer. Tans, attitudes, and jewelry are all enhanced by wearing white. But wearing it requires some level of responsibility. One drop of red wine or a not-so-clean park bench and there goes your pristine whites.
Plan to replace your white basics every season: t-shirts, pants, shorts, shirts etc. If you want to look really crisp and fresh in white, this is the way to do it. Wear and tear and washing take their toll on pure white.
Make sure you have a fully lined t-shirt bra to wear under ALL white tops. Bras, panties and shapewear should be nude. White underwear will show through when worn under white (or any light colors).
With white pants, skirts and dresses make sure the fabric is thick enough that the pockets or your underwear do not show through. Linings are not the answer. Most lining fabrics are man-made nylons and polyesters that do not breathe; wearing them in summer is like sweating in a plastic bag
1. Ann Taylor Stripe T. 2. Flashionista (of course) Crystal Quartz and Labradorite Necklace. 3. Rachel Zoe Wrap Top. 4. Eskander Wide Leg Linen Pants. 5. Black & Red Buddha Mala Necklace. 6. Flashionista Pearl Wrap Bracelet. 7. Frye Rachel T Sandals. 8. Michael Kors Skinny Ankle Pant. 9. Mod Cloth Stripe Bag.
10. Eskander Shirt Jacket. 11. Mary Marino White Coral Industrial Necklace and Black Lava Charm Necklace. 12. Eileen Fisher Layered Tank. 13. Oakley Shades. 14. Black Lava Wrap Bracelet. 15. Stuart Weitzman Sandal. 16. Kate Spade Fabric Bag. 17. Eddie Bauer White Jeans.
If it’s true that you become what you think about the most then I should be a chunky necklace. Maybe bodacious rough cut aquamarine with a large crystal or a LONG strand of exotic elements wrapped into a BIG statement. Just SHOW ME THE JEWELS!
Flashionista.com has a new web site and to kick it off we are putting the whole store on sale! Starting now for one week your whole cart is 50% off.
Use code: 50jewels
“Never give up on something you can’t go for one day without thinking about.” Winston Churchill said it. Wonder what he couldn’t go a day without thinking about? For me, it’s always the jewels!!!
As much as I loved to write articles about fashion and style, I discovered that the more I wrote, the faster my bank balance evaporated. I had to figure out a way to make money AND I wanted to still be doing something I love.
For the last six months, I’ve been reinventing myself and my website. I realized that as much as I love clothes, I loved jewelry even more. After years of designing clothing for BIG companies I decided to see if I could design jewelry on my own.
Designing on my own means I no longer have legions of opinionated colleagues and corporate buyers to please. So, I have to ask you all to be the judge – the new E-commerce jewelry store is up and running, and I love it. The bigger question is do you love it?
In addition to my new jewelry venture, I never intended to stop writing. The difference is now besides writing about the designs of others I am also going to tell you about my own designs. I will share with you how the creative process works as well as how the business challenges fill my day. This will be more personal and I hope more meaningful. I know it will be for me.
As many of you know, I’ve written many, many articles since I started Flashionista.com 3 years ago. But, I’ve been working away quietly and a girl can’t make a business staying under the radar. If no one knows you’re there, you might as well not be. So now that I have a new site, a new e-store, and a new jewelry line, I need to do things differently.
The biggest learning curve I’ve encountered is marketing myself. I have NO problem mingling with a room full of strangers but when it comes to selling myself I can really get tongue tied. THIS is what I’m REALLY working on now. I decided to incorporate stories into my posts about a woman (me) re-creates a successful career.
For the last 3 years I’ve been meeting groups of other women entrepreneurs who were also re-starting careers. I realized that I was not alone. There are a lot of us out there who are re-tooling our important areas of our lives. In my case, I’m re-styling my career after over 25 years of working for others.
Creating my business is only the first step. Now I have to make it successful. So I hope you will stay tuned to Flashionista.com to learn about how that is working and NOT working. I plan to be VERY honest about both.
And I will continue my fashion and style advice, because a girl cannot conquer the world without paying attention to the MOST important ingredient to her success which is HERSELF.
I got an email from a longtime friend who’s been following me for several years. She said she was recently inspired to do two things that changed her life. She colored her hair AND she started a group for several women who, like herself, needed to get unstuck. They get together regularly and coach one another.
Seems the new hair color boosted her self-confidence enough to go out and gather together other women she knew could use a boost. This was great news! It’s happening all over that groups of women are finding strength in one another.
Her email inspired me to tell you about a similar group that I affectionately call my posse but is aka my Creative Mastermind Group.
About 2 years ago I sent out an email to women I know who have at least 20 years work experience and are now reinventing their businesses and/or careers. I explained that the purpose of the group was to create a “personal board of directors,” that could help us solve problems that we were facing with our individual projects.
The initial meeting drew about 15 women. They were all interested and at that initial meeting we laid out draft for creating forward momentum. I invited everyone back the next month and asked for a 6 month commitment from those who were really serious about moving their proverbial trains. By the third meeting the group had dwindled down to the “core six.”
Now 2 years later we’re going strong. We had one drop out replaced by one new member this past year. We’ve become close friends as well as business coaches for one another. We all share common goals that include building sales, defining our brand, and taking on marketing with a vengeance.
We’ve worked on vision boards, hired coaches, and read books related to business, mental toughness, and soulful purpose with intense discussion on to apply what we learned to our own lives and business.
About 6 months ago we invented what we lovingly call ‘the fairy chair.’ At each monthly meeting one of us is designated to sit on the chair with wings. For the next hour that person is treated to a brainstorming session on any issues with which they need some input. It’s an opportunity for them to benefit from 6 other brains.
My Fairy Chair session is coming up! Can’t wait to share what happens here. Once I put it in writing I’m accountable. Right?