Spring is finally here, which means it's time to say goodbye to chunky sweaters and hello to breezy tops for most of you. For us here in Austin we never really got into our chunky sweaters! While I tend to keep my wardrobe minimal, this season seems to be all about making a statement. I choose to keep my statements focused on my accessories with bold earrings, colorful glasses, and urban footwear. Here are some of my favorite things I'll be wearing all season.
- tienda ho - super comfy heavy fabric and a classic shape make this my new go-to spring top.
- join earring - Spring is all about the gigantic statement earring, and my Join Earring is definitely the new start of the new Level collection.
- toms sunglasses - These frames in emerald add just the right pop of color to my generally black white and gray wardrobe.
- imogene + willie - I am dying to find a pair of vintage-like military pants like these from imogene + willie. Unfortunately, these are too short for my 6’ self.
- eminence SPF - Trying to pay more attention to my sun exposure and excited to try this translucent on the go SPF.
- fit flop - Fun street style with the most comfortable shoes, ever!
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your sweetie some love, but why stop there? Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to stop and appreciate all of the important people in our lives. While picking a Valentine’s Day gift can be overwhelming, my best advice is to keep it simple and elegant. To help make it effortless, I’ve created a gift guide with some of my favorite fail picks for loved ones. There's even something for the men in your life!
Snag a little something sweet with classic Round Hoop Earrings, starting at just $34. She'll be over the moon with elegant and modern Luna Earrings. Or, if you're looking to make more of a statement, EPIC Pebble Studs and Atol Ring with bezel set rose cut diamonds in 14K gold are special choices sure to melt her heart. Guys will love our GRIT Long Pendant Necklace and Wide Stepped Cuff, which are perfect for ladies, too! To bring it home, our Organic 4-Piece Tiered Mobile catches the light of their eyes.
Whether for your significant other, your best friend, loving family, or even a secret crush - fail has something sweet to fit your Valentine's taste and your budget.
As the year winds down, I want to take a moment to reflect on all that has happened and look forward to the potential of all that can happen in the upcoming new year.
I do have to say 2016 was an interesting and exciting year for fail!
I was most excited about reaping the rewards of some serious streamlining in the studio over the previous year. All of our hard work definitely paid off and we were able to take out the peaks and valleys of the workload, resulting in a stress level that was at an all-time low for me and my staff. It doesn't get much better than that!
What took me by surprise, even though it shouldn't have, was the willingness of my staff to step up when we were thrown an unexpected curve ball in my busiest month, November.
I’m most thankful that we dodged a bullet with the weather and pulled off the inaugural Origin Designer Market! The overwhelmingly positive feedback from both customers and vendors alike, along with partnering with some bad ass designers made this holiday market a super high note to end the year on.
2017 should prove to be just as, if not more, exciting!
I’m hoping for more time to design and be creative, and to actually have time to act on all of my ideas!
And, I resolve to continue to learn! I could coast for a while with the business and be fine, but I know there are opportunities I will be better prepared to tackle if I continue to study and learn more about myself and my business.
Happy New Year to all of you in the fail family! May 2017 help you realize all your dreams and hopes.
Once again, there is an abundance of birthstones in December: Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise. Let's focus on Turquoise; a gem many can currently find in their jewelry box, or at least hope to be gifted this holiday season.
Color – Admired since ancient times, turquoise is known for its distinct color, which ranges from powdery blue to greenish robin’s egg blue. It’s one of few minerals to lend its name to anything that resembles its striking color. Turquoise is colored by copper, which creates some of the most vivid blues.
Mohs Hardness – 5-6
Appreciation of turquoise spans the globe, from Egypt to Mesoamerica to China. It is one of the first gems mined and used in jewelry. Archeologists found it buried in ancient Egyptian tombs, where it was referred to as “mefkat,” which means “joy” and “delight.” Chinese artisans were carving it more than 3,000 years ago.
The gem’s name, which originated in the thirteenth century, comes from the French expression pierre tourques, or “Turkish stone,” reflecting the fact that the material probably first arrived in Europe from Turkish trading routes. - GIA
Pre-Columbian Native Americans mined turquoise throughout the present-day southwestern United States. Shamans used it in sacred ceremonies to commune with the spirit of the sky. Apache Indians believed that attaching turquoise to bows improved a hunter’s accuracy. Turquoise became valuable in Native American trade, which carried North American material toward South America. Consequently, Aztecs cherished turquoise for its protective power, and used it on ceremonial masks, knives and shields. The turquoise-studded silver jewelry that’s commonly associated with Native Americans today originated in the 1880s, when a white trader convinced a Navajo craftsman to transform a silver coin into turquoise jewelry.
Turquoise is found in arid regions where rainwater dissolves copper in the soil, forming colorful deposits when it combines with aluminum and phosphorus. Copper contributes blue hues, while iron and chrome add a hint of green. Some turquoise contains pieces of host rock, called matrix, which appear as dark webs or patches in the material. - American Gem Society
Physical, Mystical and Spiritual Properties
Turquoise is the national gem of Tibet, and has long been considered a stone that guarantees health, good fortune, and protection from evil. For thousands of years, Turquoise has spanned all cultures, prized as a symbol of wisdom, nobility and the power of immortality.
It has been recognized as possessing the power to protect riders from injury due to falls. First used as amulets by Turkish soldiers, it later came to be used for protection against falls of any kind.
Turquoise is also reputed to be influenced by the physical condition of the person who wears it. It is thought to grow pale when its owner is sick or sad, lose all color when the person dies, and gradually recover its color when transferred to a new healthy owner.
Turquoise is a strengthening stone, good for exhaustion, depression, or panic attacks. It enhances physical and psychic immune systems, supporting the assimilation of nutrients, alleviating pollution and viral infections. It is anti-inflammatory and detoxifying, reducing excess acidity and benefiting gout, rheumatism, and the stomach.
It also assists in problems of the brain, eyes, ears, neck and throat, especially cataracts, migraines and headaches, and problems with balance. It is thought to be helpful to the respiratory system and aid in healing lung disorders and allergies.
Turquoise is a most efficient healer, providing solace for the spirit and well-being for the body. It benefits the overall mood and emotion by balancing and inducing a sense of serenity and peace. It is a stone for finding wholeness and truth, and communicating and manifesting those qualities.
In traditional thought, Turquoise unites the earth and sky. Spiritually, Turquoise heals and cleanses both the energy centers and the physical body. It acts to induce wisdom and understanding, and to enhance trust, kindness, and the recognition of beauty.
Turquoise enhances the ability to see all aspects of ourselves, good and bad, and to integrate these aspects into a cohesive whole. While it is tempting to try and rid ourselves of the traits of self that are not entirely enlightened, Turquoise, like an ancient Grandfather ally, reminds us that all experiences are valid and that mistakes are simply another experience. Wholeness can only come when we are willing to embrace all of who we are and what we have learned. - Crystal Vaults