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Current Spring Faves

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.

  1. tienda ho - super comfy heavy fabric and a classic shape make this my new go-to spring top.
  2. join earring - Spring is all about the gigantic statement earring, and my Join Earring is definitely the new start of the new Level collection.
  3. toms sunglasses - These frames in emerald add just the right pop of color to my generally black white and gray wardrobe.
  4. 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.
  5. eminence SPF - Trying to pay more attention to my sun exposure and excited to try this translucent on the go SPF.
  6. fit flop - Fun street style with the most comfortable shoes, ever!

This or That: Trace Hook Earrings

 

It's finally(!!!) cooling off here in Austin and beginning to feel like fall's on its way, especially with the launch of the new collection next week. Dressing for late summer / early fall in Texas is always tricky so it felt like the perfect time for a "This or That" outfit post using the fail Trace Hook Earrings, one of my best-selling and easy to wear items (they match everything!). I love these earrings as everyday essentials paired up with seasonal uniformshere they're styled with one last all-white outfit for summer and dressing up a LBD / denim jacket combo for cooler temps. 
 
Start brainstorming how you would wear them and if you aren't already, follow me over on Instagram for more Trace Hook fun coming later this week! 

Retailer Love: North of West

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I am a big fan of Portland and I wanted to put a spotlight on one of my favorite retailers and great friends – North of West! The ladies and gentlemen of Make It Good, Nell & Mary & Pigeon Toe Ceramics joined forces to open this gem of a shop a little over 1 year ago.

Along with their own products, you can shop clothing from Rylee & Cru kids clothing, Apothecary from Fig + Yarrow, jewelry by yours truly & Marisa Mason, home accessories from The Granite ceramics & Fort Standard, and much more. Whether you are shopping for the home, your children, yourself or an array of accessories, put North of West on your list. They have a great new website, but be sure to stop by the store on your next Portland trip. Check out their products on the web here and on Instagram here.


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HOME – Spring 2016

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I am thrilled to share images of the Spring 2016 lookbook for HOME!  I slowly rolled out alternative rectangular versions of our classic home pieces over the past few months and was finally able to photograph them in context and wanted to share them.

These new rectangular versions speak to me in a different way than their organic predecessors.  For me they conjure images of Art Deco, architecture, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained glass.  I think they are a wonderful alternative to freeform nature of the originals and between the two, they speak to the two sides of my brain, always looking to find harmony between organic and geometric.  Enjoy!

Shop the entire collection at failjewelry.com

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I also have to give a special thanks to Kristen Vasquez for the use of her home!  What a lovely space to showcase my pieces.

photos by George Barberis

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Forma, Spring 2016

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For Spring 2016 I focused on simple geometry and the interplay of shape, proportion, and negative space.  Forma is the result of a conversation between these ideas.  Our classic hammered texture adds interest and dimension, allowing these pieces to shine in their simplicity.  True to our core, each piece remains extremely lightweight, encouraging you to wear them again and again.  They might just be your new favorite piece!

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Be among the first to shop the collection online.

photographs by George Barberis

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Birthstones: February – Amethyst

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Purple has long been considered a regal color, and amethysts frequently appear in royal and religious jewelry. Buddhists have believed that amethyst enhances meditation, and the gem is often used for Tibetan prayer beads. Various cultures have associated amethyst with peace, balance and courage, and ascribed to it the ability to cure insomnia and relieve pain.
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In honor of the February birthstone, this month, I’m doing a little research on amethyst. Amethyst comes in colors ranging from deep purple to the palest shades of pastel lavender and even pink. The most valuable hue is a strong reddish purple shade, but we love every shade of amethyst.

Identification

Color: Amethyst occurs in primary hues from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Amethyst may exhibit one or both secondary hues, red and blue.
Mohs Hardness: 7.0 Mohs

History

According to Greek mythology, Amethyst was a young virgin who became an object of wrath from the Greek God Dionysus after he became intoxicated with wine. Amethyst cried out to Goddess Diana for help and she immediately turned the girl into a white, shimmering stone (quartz). When Dionysus realized what had happened, he felt sorry for his actions and his tears dripped into his goblet of red wine. The goblet overturned and the red wine spilled all over the white rock, saturating it until it became the purple quartz that is known as Amethyst.

Whether or not you believe in that story of its historical origins, the name amethyst factually derives from the ancient Greek word amethustos – meaning sober. It was said that an amethyst could prevent the bearer from becoming excessively drunk and also instills a sober and serious mind. In truth, it was believed that if a person drank from a cup or goblet made entirely of amethyst, they wouldn’t get drunk at all. Ancient Egyptians used the stone as the representative sign of the goat. That goat was considered the enemy of vines and vineyards and thus, the antidote of wine.

Physical, Mystical and Spiritual Properties

Throughout history, the stone has often been attached to controlling evil thoughts, quickening intelligence, make a shrewd businessman (or woman), preserving soldiers from battle wounds, aiding warriors in victory, helping hunters in search of game, protecting the wearer from contagious diseases and putting demons to fight if the figure of a bear is inscribed on the jewel. The stone was known as a gem that would bring forth the highest, purest aspirations of human kind. Chastity, sobriety and control over one’s thoughts were all attributes heightened by wearing the stone.The gem would guard against the anger of passion and the violent base nature of its wearer- encouraging calm, bravery and contemplation.

Artist Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethyst enhances intelligence and protects against evil thoughts. It is also one of the emblems of the Twelve Apostles and English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.

 


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2016 Calendar Roundup

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I was a little excited to be ahead of the curve this year when I already had my 2016 wall calendar from Karolin Schnoor ready to go January 1st.  I have been absolutely in love with her illustrations since I featured her works in my former retail store, Schatzelein and am so happy to get to look at her beautiful work every day in my home.  For those of you not so ahead of the curve, there is still time to snag a calendar for yourself, and I’ve rounded up a few that might just do the trick.

For the botanist or anyone with a green thumb {or someone just wishing for one}, the 2016 Botanical Art watercolor calendar by Inslee will blow you away. The folk calendar by Rifle Paper Co, includes hand-painted illustrations inspired by Mexican folk art, Japanese textiles and more.  Sometimes the moon rules your life, and in that case the Moon Calendar by Margins Imprint fits the bill.  And for small spaces, try the compact yet visually powerful calendar from illustrator Leah Duncan.

 

Shop 1 Karolin Schnoor / 2 Inslee Botanical Calendar  / 3 Folk Calendar Rifle Paper Co  / 4 Moon Calendar / 5 Leah Duncan

 


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Be Our Valentine

 

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we’ve got you covered.  Snag a little something sweet, like our Fish Earrings starting at just $30, or blow her away with our Slope Ring in 14K gold & diamonds.  There’s even something for the guys with our Elongated Hook Keychain or 3 Piece Rectangular Spirit Chain, among others. I’m sure we have something to fit your valentine’s taste and your budget.

To sweeten the deal, we are offering 25% OFF the entire site.  Use code BeMine at checkout.

The Guide: 1 Half Moon Hoops / 2 Pewter Disc Crescent Earrings / 3 Rectangular Spirit Chain / 4 Fish Earrings  / 5  Galena Necklace / 6 Elongated Hook / 7 Slope Ring


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Retailer Love: Willy’s Detroit

 

 

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Willy’s Detroit is a special vendor of ours with a flagship in Detroit and newly opened second store in Plano, Texas. As part of the Shinola family, you can find not only US made Shinola products, but also a variety of handmade and unique pieces from vendors like Steven Alan, Herbivores, Kerosene fragrances, fail jewelry (of course) and more.

They’ve curated a wonderful selection of indie brands and a variety of objects that would make wonderful gift ideas. If you are searching for something extraordinary for yourself – or someone else, locals can pop into their shop in Detroit or Plano. To keep up with store happenings and their latest finds, be sure to follow them on Instagram.

 


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