happy holidays and happy 2016!

happy holidays and happy 2016!

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Fearless Fridays: Alexis Bittar (aka my lucite love)

Fearless Fridays: Alexis Bittar (aka my lucite love)

More than four years ago when I worked as a Nordstrom personal stylist, I was introduced to Alexis Bittar’s jewelry. His fondness for vintage baubles (no doubt influenced by his antique collecting parents) is reflected in his use of lucite.

Alexis Bittar sword earrings

I was taken by the sculptural element of Bittar’s jewelry, and the use of color.
And in one of my first blog posts I showed how I liked mixing my vintage jewelry with his square bangles.

mystackedbracelets

My love for his aesthetic has expanded recently. Bittar used style icon Iris Apfel for his recent spring campaign. Using the ninety-four-year old aligns with his effort to broaden the fashion industry’s often narrow view of beauty.

Iris Apfel and Alexis Bittar

Who is your favorite jewelry designer?

A Peace Treaty

A Peace Treaty

 

Friends,

Most of you are aware that I LOVE knowing about up-and-coming fashion lines…  I am especially excited to come upon the accessories brand, A Peace Treaty.

 

a peace treaty scarves

For Farah Malik and Dana Arbib, APT is a product of their shared philosophy of peace.  Their goal is to not only employ artisans whose ancient crafting techniques can continue, but also support harmony in areas of the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.  It’s worth noting that the owners practice what they preach–Malik is a Muslim and Arbib is Jewish.

This union translates into a beautiful ornamentation of scarves and jewelry.  The Tavla collection is inspired by the Op-Art movement and has a particular mod look.

a peace treaty white circular necklaceThe clear Eserazade necklace is made of resin and brass, which is handmade in India.  I enjoy the sculptural element to the design.

I love the illusion of your ears being spiked by the Tekneci earring–the two pieces actually screw on.

My favorite scarf is the Aurora Neon.  Made of crepe silk, this generous scarf has a graceful drape and lightness.  It can easily be worn with denim, or as an evening shawl.

a peace treaty square scarf model

Why not shop for beautiful adornments that also have threads of social consciousness?  Visit apeacetreaty.com!

 

 

all that glitters is not gold

all that glitters is not gold

Friends,

As my title suggests I have a love for shiny things and they needn’t be the kind that you get at Tiffany.  My favorite type of jewelry is costume since it can exhibit more character and usually isn’t overtly precious.

One of my favorite designers to date Alexis Bittar.  His jewelry has a sculptural element to it, becoming wearable art.

When I do wear gold or silver, I love a vintage inspired, slightly tarnished look.   A line that’s caught my eye is Elizabeth and James.  I’m a fan of their neo-grunge style, and it’s certainly extended to their jewelry.