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Let’s get ready to party! Liven up your January with exciting trunk shows and major glamour. Whether you’re a boutique owner, party hostess, or simply a customer who loves a good reason to shop, we’re making trunk shows even more fun this month. At every party, you’ll have the chance to earn extra rewards including free pieces of jewelry and even an iPad mini! So let’s keep the party spirit of the holidays alive and get ready for another fabulous year with Kitsy Lane trunk shows.
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We have fantastic news from one of our outstanding boutique owners, Janaya Eiland of YaYa’s Palace Boutique!
She recently loaned some of her Kitsy Lane sample jewelry to her cousin who styles celebrities, and this past weekend Ariane Davis from VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta wore the Toni Pendant and Lily Rose Earrings!
What better way to commence autumn than with an earthy hued and multi patterned scarf ? This scarf represents more of a laid-back feel while remaining fashionable and chic! Watch as we are able to transform Sophia into an everyday wear.
Rising designer Jenny Bird delights in indie-luxe style: that oh-so-rare gem where art, soul, and innovative design meet expert, yet affordable craftsmanship.
The result? A jewelry line that boasts a distinct personality and gives any style mood a unique flourish.
1. Start your day with a golden sunrise.
2. Get in touch with earthy hues and tough organic material.
3. Embrace open skies and airy style.
4. Discover fab tassels and fierce patterns in wild, lively looks.
5. Melt away your cares in sweet simplicity.
6. Feel the cool of the night.
fil•i•gree, n. A fine web of metal threads. That fanciful, feather-light air. Lace. Arabesques expressed in gold, silver, and fine metal. Twists. Curls. The sophistication of old ironwork. The romance of a rose petal or a butterfly’s wing.
It’s a brand new season, which means it’s time for a brand new (Free) Style Bonus.
Lately, the Kitsy Lane Team’s Interns have developed a taste for the finer things. And to indulge our fancies, we’ve refreshed our summer faves with bold, black touches and gold sophistication.
We love necklaces. Really, we do. We love those chunky chokers when we feel like going strapless. We love those magnificent pendants and long, winding beads that so fabulously fill out our collars. But sometimes, we’re just in the mood for something different—especially when the weather heats up and we feel more like shedding accessories than piling extra on.
It started with sorting her brother’s Halloween candy into silvers and blues and bars and squares. It grew when she discovered silversmithing at London Metropolitan University. It picked up speed when she founded Nolan Jewelry and her own LA studio. And it really took off when her jewelry hit the pages of InStyle, Lucky, and Us Weekly. Now, her craft’s hit new heights with her newest line. Meet Stacy Nolan, one Kitsy Lane’s in-house designers, and selections from her fabulous Wednesday collection.
Nowadays, the Victorian age has a reputation for being – hmm, how should we put this delicately? Cluttered. Frumpy. Prudish.
Oh dear. That wasn’t very delicate at all.
But when it comes to fashion, does the glove fit? And if so, can Victoriana handle a makeover? We suspect it can.
So let’s take a look at Victorian style, and see how we can make it chic.
About The Designer:
Born in 1980, Vanessa Mooney is a rare breed of a Hollywood rebel, harnessing a unique look and attitude, which transcends into her distinctive accessories line. The great-granddaughter of Harry Warner (one of the original Warner Bros.) has been infatuated with the freedom that art provides and obsessed with all forms of art, music and fashion, her entire life. It was in 2009 when she founded her eponymous line under a core idea: let uninhibited design intuition lead the way.
Self-taught, Vanessa designs everything in her studio in Downtown Los Angeles, combining unexpected materials and techniques that make each design feel brand new. Eclectic in her personal style choices, she portrays “model-off-duty” fashion with a rock ‘n’roll, boho-chic edge. An avid traveler with a keen interest for unexpected beauty, she derives inspiration from different ethnicities and cultures.
With an ever growing following embracing her designs including celebrities like Katie Holmes, Vanessa Hudgens, Venus Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Lily Allen, Juliette Lewis, Devendra Banhart and Hayden Panettiere… Vanessa Mooney may just be the one to watch. Her pieces can be found in over 500 of the top specialty stores and boutiques in the U.S. and abroad, including Bergdorf Goodman, Cusp, ShopBop, Madison and American Rag Cie. She can also be found in pages of Harper’s Bazaar, In Style, Nylon, Cosmopolitan, Us Weekly, Marie Claire and Glamour to name a few. She has scored high-profile collaborations with premiere U.S. retailers like: Calypso, Urban Outfitters, Club Monaco, Madewell, and is now expanding into handbags and footwear.
Last week, the Costume Institute of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opened their Chaos to Couture exhibit – a look at and celebration of all things punk in the high fashion world. And we love it.
Why? Well, we believe every person creates their own style.
Last weekend, we asked you to style your perfect Kitsy Lane ensembles on Pinterest, and now, we can’t wait to get our hands on them!
Check out the winning looks, plus our all-around faves, in this week’s Victory Lap sale.
Thanks so much to participants featured in sale, and everyone else who participated for your clever styling … and stay tuned for more contests, more chances to strut your stuff, and more chances to win.
Maybe you’re rocking organza ruffles. Maybe you’re showing off some silky-sleek slink. Maybe you’re all about long, flowing layers. Or maybe short, flirty flair is more your thing. Whatever your sense of style, we’ve got the jewelry to give your prom dress that picture-perfect touch.
Fashion was born in the natural world. For as long as we can remember, we’ve worn furs, feathers, fangs, claws, and other animal motifs to make a powerful statement, both socially and spiritually.
Today, we figured we’d look at some of the biggest trends to feature fauna, from ancient accessories to modern runways. Was your favorite critter ever a style icon?
Egypt, 3000 – 332 BCE: As they found the divine in all things animal, we’re not sure the ancient Egyptians ever put an outfit together without throwing in a little creature feature – from outstretched wings to feathered headdresses to the vulture and cobra insignia on the Pharaoh’s Hedjet crown.
Central America, 250 CE – Today: Mayans and other Central Americans were almost as obsessed with animal themes as the Egyptians, creating complex and vibrant designs with deer, monkeys, jaguars, eagles, snakes, and even squirrels. You can still find their patterns in textiles woven today.
1954: Pinup girl Bettie Page showed she was one cool cat in a self-designed leopard print bikini. Since then, we’ve loved leopard print for almost every reason imaginable – it’s luxe, it’s exotic, it’s punk, it’s adventurous, it’s sexy, it’s primal, it’s dangerous…
And speaking of 1954, dare we mention the debut of the Playboy Bunny? According to LOOK Magazine’s Oriana Fallaci, founder Hugh Hefner picked the rabbit logo because “it's a fresh animal, shy, vivacious, jumping – sexy.”
(2008-Now): Designers love bringing the big cat to the catwalk, and big names like Betsey Johnson and Dolce & Gabbana have really rocked those leopard and tiger prints in the last few years. Though if you’re not a kitty person, you could always find your animal spirit in zebra stripes and snake motifs from Roberto Cavalli or foxy fashion from Jean-Paul Gautier.
With May 12th just a few days away, we’re making sure we’ve got everything ready to make Mom’s day absolutely fabulous…
Remember the very first Mother’s Day present you gave? For a lot of you, we’re guessing it had a bit of a handcrafted quality. Maybe it was a handpicked dandelion bouquet, or your best crayon-drawn masterpiece, or a painstakingly glued popsicle-stick picture frame.
Times have changed since then, but there’s still something special about a customized Mother’s Day gift, from personalized jewelry to handmade cards (or even just a handwritten note).
So if you’re looking for a little inspiration on how to tell her “I Love You” this May 12 (or if you just want a laugh), check out a few of our favorite sweet, silly, and on-the-nose quotes about Mom:
Celebrating Baby Bumps
This week, we decided to put a Mother’s Day spin on two of our favorite pastimes – finding creative ways to style Kitsy Lane looks and stalking (wait, did we say stalking? We meant … um … following) celebrities. The result? We’ve had a ton of fun pairing famous moms-to-be with our favorite accessories …
A Royal, Loyal Luxury
Whether you’re celebrating a May birthday or looking for one of this year’s trendiest styles, you can’t go wrong with a little emerald glimmer.
Ever since civilization began, we’ve worn jewelry not only to pretty ourselves up, but to feel inspired by the otherworldly and divine, give ourselves a little extra luck and security, and express ourselves through wearable art.
You’re probably familiar with some of these symbols, but do you know them all?
Does she make a sassy statement in graphic shapes and bold glamour?
Is she the picture of sophistication in timeless gold, silver, and pearls?
Is she casually cool in delicate, natural motifs?
Or does she rock that razor-edge in luxe leather and sharp silver?
So there we were, trying to think of the best Mother’s Day gifts we could pass along to the Kitsy Lane Community. We got to thinking – what would our own moms want? Something kooky and fun? Yes. Something classic and understated? Yes. Something vivid and dazzling? Yes.
Brooches, clasps, and pins aren’t just for closing your collar – they can open up a whole new realm of in-vogue possibilities.
Trying to live a more eco-friendly life? Why not apply the three R’s to Kitsy Lane’s jewelry boxes?
How Would You Wear Nikita Sing?
Looking for new ways to spice up your style? Simply swap where you wear your jewelry. Since they can stretch and shrink to fit any size, Nikita Sing’s elastic slip-on accessories make perfect convertible pieces.
Don’t get us wrong. We love our man. We love that he’s worn his favorite watch for five years. We even love that shabby old baseball cap he sports at every game he’s ever been to. But sometimes (*ahem* Guys? Are you listening?), the same-old-same-old just doesn’t cut it.
If you like mixing earthy, organic style with a dramatic flair, there’s nothing quite like cut geodes and druse. But gorgeous as these stones are, they start out as rough, lumpy, rusty rocks.
The Artist Behind Hardcouture
Nowadays, you don’t have to look too hard for fashion with that bohemian flair, but looks by Hardcouture tend to stand out from the crowd. Sure, the line makes the perfect complement to flowing skirts and loose peasant shirts, evoking the world traveler and the otherworldly. But if you’re wondering what to wear with lace and airy chiffon, you’ll love romantic touches like delicate chains, crescents, shells, and seahorses. Not to mention, that golden, fire-polished beadwork gives every style an air of luxury.
If you’re an Aries, you’re a bright, flashy spirit with a taste for simple excitement. If you’re a Taurus, you’re all about effortless, easy class and basking in traditional luxury.
But different as they are, these personalities share one April birthstone: that simplest and most luxurious of gems, the Diamond. And while the two may go together like oil and water, diamonds (and clear, simple stones like them) can be either girl’s best fashion friend. Looking to tune these classic stones to your own taste? Here’s a few ways you can shine:
The Artist Behind Manic Trout
Sierra Bailey always had a talent for fishing out flea market finds, and once she began crafting her collection of antique treasures into jewelry, she discovered she had an even greater gift for design. Thus, Manic Trout – a funky, vibrant line with a vintage flair – was born. As its name may suggest, her look is intended for those manic moments you find between formal events and casual, everyday routine – the occasions she believes make for life’s most vivid and cherished memories.
While she’s passionate about handmade craftsmanship and supporting local artisans, her unique, exuberant line is catching the attention of a wider crowd, making a splash on the set of Gossip Girl and in online issues of Marie Claire, InStyle, and Glamour. Now, her look’s reeled us in, too.
Self- Made with a Gorgeous Sense of Style
Though she’s only 27, Masiela Lusha’s done it all. She speaks four different languages. She’s published two children’s books, four poetry collections, and a novel. She’s the founder of Children of the World and Ambassador for Scholastic’s Read for Life. She’s performed in over 30 films and TV programs since the age of 12. And she’s got one amazing eye for fashion.
Now, she’s Kitsy Lane’s newest Style Pro.
The Artist Behind Astali
In the Spotlight: Shannon De Jong
Two passions have ruled Shannon De Jong’s life: making jewelry and making rock ‘n’ roll. Between childhood dreams of joining an L.A. rock band, she’d rescue popsicle sticks and other odds and ends from a dead-end life of garbage, rejuvenating them into jewelry boxes, and later, actual jewelry.
Fast-forward to Now. After years of rocking out by night and collaborating with L.A. designers by day, her talents converged in ASTALI, a line of unconventional accessories with a bold, rebel edge. Her unique work is definitely turning heads: In the past few years, it’s popped up in music videos by Keri Hilson and Wisin & Yandel, plus issues of America’s Zink, Germany’s Sleek, and Japan’s Vogue. Now, we’re bringing it to you.
Meet Elyse. Our newest arrival in the (Free) Style Bonus Series. Now, for a limited time, we're shipping our free gift with every order over $50. Whether worn alone or styled with jewels, we're loving this fresh blend of easy-breezy, convertible style. Browse our lookbook to see how we styled it...
The Artist Behind Isette
Our mental image of the Victorian era is not always pleasant. Maybe you think about heavy ironwork, ornate baubles, and stuffy, restricted style. Maybe you hear a voice croaking out, “We are not amused.” Maybe you picture industrial factories and belching smokestacks. Chances are, though, you don’t picture any of these things in Jennifer Putzier’s line, Isette.
Emerald: 2013 Color of the Year
Ah, emerald. It’s a resplendent hue, calling to mind one of the most luxurious gemstones; plus it flatters nearly all skin tones, brings out the best in every eye color, and compliments both feminine and masculine styles. Is it any wonder that Pantone, pre-eminent authority on pigmentation, named it 2013’s Color of the Year?
A Cool, Ocean Air
So, what do Carrie Underwood, Mitt Romney, Fergie, Shaquille O’Neill, and Mikhail Gorbachev have in common? All share March birthdays, plus the aquamarine birthstone.
Aquamarines are a type of beryl identified by their clear, blue-green color. As you can probably guess, the stone’s name has to do with water. Specifically, it means “water of the sea” from the Latin “aqua marina”, because if the gem doesn’t put you in mind of calm, tropical seas, nothing will.
We’ve featured elements from Be-Jé Designs before, but every time owner Bea Jaffe brings us something new, we have to catch our breath.
Of course, she excels at that sort of thing. Since 1991, Bea’s maintained a reputation for creating timeless, ever-elegant looks and exceeding her clients’ already high expectations. Starting as a small home office, Be-Jé Designs has grown into one of the top wholesale distributors in the industry with over 400 styles of rings, bangles, necklaces, hoops, and cuffs offered in boutiques across the globe. What’s more, Bea’s accessories have been featured on the shelves of Neil Marcus and Soft Surroundings, the pages of Glamour and InStyle, and the sets of “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.”
Almost since the first cameraman shot the first roll of film, Hollywood’s leading ladies have dominated the style scene on the red carpet, onscreen, or really anywhere, for that matter. And as the entertainment world pauses to honor the film industry’s finest, we’re honoring those iconic starlets who, with their timeless looks and perpetual grace, have made an indisputable mark on today’s fashion.
Fashion Week straight from our own Boutique Owners!
Ever had that dream? The busy streets of New York during Fashion Week, the crush of the crowds, the electric chaos backstage before the brilliant white of the runway, the gasp, the applause … Yeah, we figured we weren’t the only ones. And with top designers strutting their stuff in New York City, we figured why couldn’t we?
We asked you to pick out the Kitsy Lane accessories on the highest end of your wish list, then combine them with your favorite designer pieces to create a heart-stopping runway collection. And man, did you guys put on a show! Here’s a sneak peek at some of your entries:
Take a look at the most riveting sets and more in our Facebook Album and Pinterest Board, and don’t forget - the jewelry featured in these looks are on sale now: For the Y of Fashion Week.
Thanks so much to for your creativity and impeccable styling.
Traditionally, Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is one last hurrah before Christianity’s fasting season of Lent, a time to feast on fatty foods and sweets – but of course, it’s become a whole lot more than that. From Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival to New Orleans’ French Quarter krewes to wherever you happen to be, it’s a chance to bedeck yourself in bold colors and lush feathers, defy convention, and let your wild side show.
We figured we’d kick off our Aphrodite Sale with a fun-loving Mad Lib! Just print this off, ask some friends to fill in the blanks (but don’t let them get a look at the context), then read it back to them. Hopefully, none of your past dates have gone quite like this:
A Royal Gem
From jasper to agate to cat’s eye, there’s all kinds of quartz in the world. But none are so admired as the amethyst.
The birthstone for February (and Aquarius and Pisces), it’s also a traditional gift for the sixth wedding anniversary. The iconic violet gem, the amethyst is naturally found in all shades of purple, but it can become golden yellow, dusky red, green, or clear if exposed to enough heat.
The warrior's stone
Garnet, which we tend to think of as a dark red stone, actually occurs in a multitude of hues - every one, in fact, except for blue. The birthstone of January (and associated with the sign Capricorn), the vibrant stone may appear to change color when taken from daylight to incandescent light (but only slightly). The rarest color is a brilliant, bright green hue.
Awards season is (finally) here!
If you're anything like us, we've had Jan. 10th (Critics' Choice), Jan. 13th (Golden Globes), Jan. 27th (SAG), and Feb. 24th (The Oscars) blocked off since, oh, pretty much last year. Between catching up on our film watching and daydreaming of what we'd wear if we received an invite, this time of year finds us with stars in our eyes.
We wanted to pass along some of the magic by throwing out a challenge: style your red carpet look and share it with us on Facebook! And we were simply wowed by your submissions.
Yvette Craddock, the designer and visionary behind her eponymous line, is a real treat. She's practically brimming over with inspiration and passion (not to mention exceptionally great style)! Have a listen, and don't hesitate to snag one of her creations in this week's sale.
How did you get your start with jewelry and fashion?
I began collecting jewelry years ago and discovered that I really couldn’t consistently find the type of unique statement pieces that I desired through one outlet. That discovery triggered my idea to create a source dedicated to beautiful, unique statement jewelry from a variety of artistic viewpoints. I developed the Style Folio collection to include the works of other artists. Shortly thereafter, one of my dearest friends encouraged me to design my own jewelry. One day I sat down and the designs just began to pour from my soul.
My love of fashion started when my parents accepted an invitation for me to begin modeling at the age of five. Their intent was to involve me in a new activity that would help me to overcome my shyness. Their idea worked. My coy nature was cured and my appetite for fashion and fabulous design grew – along with my closet space.
What goes into your designs?
I start my creative process by laying out all of my gemstones and findings. Most of the time, I allow the gemstones to guide my vision and create designs in the moment. Sometimes I dream about a design, or one will come to me while I am running. I typically finish a design in one setting. Other times, I will begin a search for that extra ingredient that gives the piece its essence. I know that a piece is finished when I experience an indescribable feeling of wholeness and happiness.
What's the biggest obstacle you've encountered?
My biggest obstacle has been helping women to understand their beauty and personal power. When I first started to do trunk shows, I observed women who were afraid to touch the jewelry even with polite encouragement. It dawned on me that these women were actually afraid of their personal power and not the jewelry. Since that time, I look at this initial obstacle as an opportunity to nurture and encourage women to honor themselves.
Best business advice you've ever received?
Pursue your passion.
Best style advice you've ever received?
A friend who graduated from Parsons told me that style is not about a designer label or price tag. It is about identifying the right elements that make you look and feel your best and that truly reflect you.
What's your favorite material to work with?
I love working with gemstones for their natural beauty, healing properties, and spiritual significance.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere. I reference inspiration from colors, nature, films, magazines, photos, art... and the list continues. Each component is a source of design inspiration that truly dictates the story behind each piece of jewelry.
How do you stay refreshed? Any places you like to go to get away?
I spend a significant amount of time in nature (the woods and oceans are my favorite places) to stay connected to the earth, spiritually balanced and to listen to my own creative voice. Exercise is also a critical lifestyle ingredient that keeps my mind focused and strong and my heart open. The ideas and inspirations flow when I enter a calming state of uninhibited bliss.
How would you define personal style?
Personal style is about celebrating your individuality and combines how you dress, behave, walk, speak, and groom yourself. For apparel, style is identifiable through timeless signature pieces that combine line, color, shape, silhouette, texture, pattern, designers, periods, accessories, and more. How you wear your hair and apply your makeup is part of your presentation. I think personal style benefits from consistency with an element of unpredictability.
You have five words to describe your style... go.
Alluring, sophisticated, boho-gypsy, dramatic, and global.
Tell us about your closet. (Well, what's inside...)
All kinds of yummy items – suits, dresses, slacks, blouses, blazers, jackets, sweaters, handbags, hats, shoes, and boots (mostly stilettos), formal attire (gowns, dresses, skirts, and blouses), capes, ponchos, coats, scarves and gloves. My wardrobe is an extension of my art collection. It is full of color and imagination anchored by basic black in unconventional interpretations. I mix designer and vintage with my own designs crafted by my tailor. Every item is uniquely me. My purchase philosophy is to invest in quality and take care of these investments so that I can keep them for years.
Any tips on styling your pieces?
Although most of my designs are on the elegant side, every piece can be worn with a simple T-shirt and a pair of jeans. The key to wearing my jewelry is to have fun and celebrate your individuality. Customers have worn jewelry in an unconventional way such as wearing a long necklace as a belt. I suggest mixing pieces to create interesting textures and pattern combinations for a more visually dynamic impact.
Any style philosophy to pass along?
Find your voice and purchase only those items from apparel to accessories that truly reflect your individuality.
Here at Kitsy Lane, we couldn't help making some style-related resolutions. Topping our list is the commitment to try some new trends - so we're kicking things off with a closer look at colorblocking. We brought in Toni Ferrera, stylist extraordinaire, to give us her insider's take on the trend.
First off, describe the trend for us:
Color blocking is when you pair 2-3 colors together. It can be done with blazers, tops, skirts, pants, shoes, and yes! - even jewelry.
How do you like to wear it?
I like to choose colors close together on the color wheel (remember the whole ROYGBV in art class)? For example, try a turquoise top with cobalt blue jeans. I also love to pair shades of the same color together, ie, a red top with a pink pencil skirt. Remember, opposites attract!
What's the fashion industry's take on it?
The fashion industry's a fan of color blocking, just keep in mind these simple rules: 1. Stick with two colors. No one ever said Rainbow Bright was a style icon! Work with the hues that work for you. 2. Solids never steer you wrong. A big mistake most people make is mixing colorblocking and prints! 3. Shoes are important, but too much color is overkill. Keeping in mind the "less is more" rule when it comes to finishing off the details of your very well-put-together colorblocking ensemble, it's best to stay with nudes and black shoes.
How would you use jewelry to create a colorblocked look?
Define your palette and let your colored jewelry be the accent of your outfit. Choose a shade from either your top or bottom to accentuate the colorblocking trend further. For example, a red blouse, dark purple jeans, and pink earrings work well together. The same red top and purple jeans could easily be paired with violet or plum accessories too. It's your call - have fun with it!
Where would you wear a colorblocked look?
I think there's plenty of times to try colorblocking! At the office, spruce up your work ensemble with a colored slack or pencil skirt. Date night or an evening out with the girls is also the perfect occasion.
How do you use jewelry to build the look?
I think big, bold jewelry balanced with gold or silver really creates a beautiful harmony with a colorblocked outfit.
This is the year. We're resolving to take our look up a whole new notch, and we're using jewelry to do it. Here's how we're getting started:
1. Sparkle every day!
Sparkle and shine will never, ever get old. Here at Kitsy Lane, it's our raison d'etre - our reason for being. And we're resolving to bring it to you every day, from the hottest merchandise to a better and better shopping experience. More ways to get inspired is on the horizon, too!
2. Try a new trend.
Whether it's something we've been dying to try, or something we thought we'd never try, we're giving it a whirl. Open minds, right? From color trends to of-the-moment silhouettes, our sales this year will be stocked full of pieces to challenge and inspire our styling selves.
3. Organize our jewelry box.
Yes, this means we'll inevitably have to throw out some things. (Better yet, donate your once-loved style! Thrift stores, schools, homeless shelters, and other charitable organizations are always worthy causes, and your donations can be tax-deductible, too.) Young daughters, nieces, and friends' kids might also love your extras. Need some inspiration before you get started with sorting out the tangles? Check out this Pinterest board!
4. Master the art of layering.
It's time to stop envying those friends who always have it together - we're diving in 110% and mastering the layered look. Our plan: to start with simple, versatile pieces that can be staples for all the years to come, and build up from there.
5. Share style.
Whether that means playing the give-and-take game with a friend or dishing out styling ideas, we're doing it. No more fear! You can be sure we'll be sharing about Kitsy Lane every chance we get, and we'll be debuting more easy tools to get the word out soon.
We've all been there...
Whether we've had to don a hurts-your-eyes sweater to please the giver or in pure fun for a party, our instinct has been to stay away from additional accessories and hope no one notices us (wishful thinking, yes...).
We asked you on Facebook how you'd style the "ugliest" sweater you could find - and wow, you blew us away with your great style sense and willingness to go a little crazy! You proved that even a horrendous sweater could go high fashion with a little sense of humor. Here's a look at what you came up with:
Stay tuned for more style challenges!
A very special thanks to Beautiful Treasures, Jamie B., Jessica W., Julie D., Lynn's Jewelry, Much Lush, Sam S., Taya E., and The True You by Kimily for your awesome submissions! We've posted your images to our Pinterest board.
Trends may fade, but that perfect jewelry find can endure.
We all know some of the rules: Sterling silver needs a good polish every once in a while, pearls should always be the last thing to put on, and you shouldn't wear leather into the shower (duh). But even fashion jewelry can take a little extra care to keep its sparkle through the season.
Fashion jewelry (n): Cheaper, more disposable jewelry intended to be worn with a particular outfit or as part of a certain trend. Not generally regarded as a collectible or investment, and usually crafted of synthetic materials. Sometimes called "costume jewelry."
The first step to proper care is taking note of the materials at the time of purchase. If it's a true fashion piece, you may see "gold-tone metal" instead of "24K gold" or "resin accents" instead of "gemstones," and so the following instructions (and common sense) will apply:
- Store jewelry in plastic bags or in a closed box.
- Remove while sleeping, showering, or working out.
- Take off when applying lotion or perfume
- Don't wear while cleaning.
- Instead of using soap or a jewelry cleaner to clean, try Windex. Rinse with water, then dry carefully. (NOTE: Never use a silver cleaner - it can strip a silver finish in seconds!)
If you're looking for a day-in, day-out statement piece, finding one crafted of genuine materials is worth the investment. Fashion jewelry, while just the thing to satisfy our trend-loving style and of-the-moment outfit creations, simply isn't made to withstand the everyday grind. But hey, while we have them, we sure love them! (And we'll take any excuse to keep our jewelry box freshly stocked each season.)
Jewelry, like art, but perhaps more than art, is expression. At Kitsy Lane, we’re always on the lookout for designers whose work exhibits a deep understanding of our desire to express, play with, and build our style. And Adia Kibur fits that bill to a tee.
The line’s designer and a once-aspiring diplomat, Nadia Lee, was inspired to create jewelry after seeing a little girl proudly sporting a tiny metal-spring bracelet in Taiwan. She started her experimentation with guitar strings, and now fashions her designs out of the finest available materials (which you can also find at Bloomingdales, Anthropologie, Shopbop, etc.). Now that you’re duly impressed, without further ado, a closer look:
First, tell us how you came up with your brand name.
Adia Kibur is Nadia without the “N,” and Kibur is my brother’s name RUBIK reversed.
Any story to the materials or the production process?
I always look for the newest and most interesting materials that are not likely to be used in jewelry as inspiration for each season’s collection.
Best business advice you ever received?
It’s OK to say “no” if the fit is not right for you, regardless of how big or how persuasive a customer can be.
Do you remember your first jewelry design?
Bracelets and necklaces made from guitar strings but inspired by the shape of rice.
How about your very first job?
Adia Kibur is my very first job and my first business out of college. I always knew I would have my own business and do what I love most!
Can you tell us anything about your studio - paint the picture, set the scene...?
My office is retro modern but classic. It’s very much my style. I want it to be fresh and modern but very comfortable in its environment and utility. We renovated the office from an old sewing factory. We have high ceilings and big loft-like windows with lots of light and space. We put in a touch of femininity using beautiful chandeliers and wallpaper to make its space feel warm and beautiful.
What's the biggest challenge when you're designing or creating?
The biggest challenge is trying to bring the whole collection together when there are so many beautiful materials that excite me. I want to incorporate everything into each season, but am forced to choose. Therefore, narrowing down the line is the hardest part of designing each collection.
How do you keep refreshed? Any favorite places you go to take a break?
I travel to Santa Barbara often on weekends to get away from Los Angles. I love San Ysidro Ranch and Bacara best when I am there. It’s tucked away and quiet place to spend time with my family.
How about to get inspired, invigorated, motivated?
I get inspired when I travel to Asia and see how fast each city, country, and people grow and change each time I am there. I feel energized when I feel that the world is moving so fast and working so hard to move forward into the future.
Any tips on styling your pieces?
When all else fails, keep the clothing basic and put on that statement necklace for impact.
To wrap up, how would you describe your own style?
Classic in its core, yet edgy for every fashion moment.
Celebrity stylist & style expert
To empower women through fashion in a positive way. "It’s not about the pricetag on fashion, because style cannot be bought."
Favorite part of her job:
Transforming clients’ confidence from average to STYLE ICON in minutes!
Celeb stylist and style expert Toni Ferrara has more than 10 years of fashion experience filling out her (very stylish) resume. Working out of Beverly Hills (natually) Ferrara's client list reads like "Who’s Who" of Hollywood: A-List talent includes Kim Kardashian, Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Griffin, Kaley Cuoco, and Ryan Seacrest - to name a few.
Honored as one of the “100 Most Iconic Faces in L.A. Fashion," by Fashion Group International, Ferrara’s talents reach beyond the glossies to include styling and consultations for fashion shoots, celebrity editorials, the red carpet, music videos, film, and commercial advertisements - all while she styles her private clients on the side.
Toni is currently the Fashion Editor for Beverly Hills LifeStyle magazine, and just this past year became a fashion expert for InStyle magazine where you can find her style tips and tricks in the "Reader Q&A" section. She is also Style Network's MyStyle and AOL Stylelist's go-to-girl for "must-have” trends. You may also find her quotes in various newspapers, magazines, and blogs.
As one of the first stylists to head up Kim Kardashian’s ShoeDazzle company, her aptitude for fashion forecasting continues to keep her a step ahead of her peers in the industry. She says: “It’s not just about seeing what trend is hot today, it’s about being able to make trends happen tomorrow." Truth!
Toni worked with us on our 2012 Fashion Week series, too. Get her take >
A real style pro weighs in.
We're thrilled to welcome back Sheree Whitfield - with us from the start of Kitsy Lane, she's back to launch her brand-new line, offered exclusively to the Kitsy Lane community. With a resume that includes casting on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, her career in fashion and retail is something she's been at for years. Her fresh-off-the-press line features loads of full-on style elements, but don't let that fool you - what we love about her designs is their ability to transition effortlessly from a white-tee look to ballgown occasion.
We were recently able to score some time with the busy (and stylish) woman at a recent photo shoot where we got the scoop on her style, design process, and inspiration. See below for the scoop!
By way of introduction, how would you describe your personal style?
Sensible, versatile, feminine yet sexy, and with a bit of edge.
And what inspired you to create your line?
Having owned and operated a retail business for many years, it came natural to me. It is my passion and has always been my true interest.
What’s your favorite material to work with?
I love feathers and anything with texture, it breathes life into jewelry in such a unique way.
What kind of woman do you have in mind when you design?
She is active and fashionable, cares deeply about her family, cares about her health and still yet aspires for more for herself and her family... I love to interact with this woman - she is my inspiration.
Any favorite places to go for a design break or ways you stay refreshed?
I love my workouts - whether strength training, pilates, yoga, or bike riding. I get refreshed through my daily exercise routine. It’s very powerful for me.
Tell us about your design studio!
My design studio is in my home so I can multi-task. I pull tearsheets from color palettes in nature shoots, I watch and listen to women I see every day and I like to mix it up with a bit of my personal soul and style. I often spend a lot of time perfecting a base design, then add dimension to finish it off really nicely.
The Gift List: making unprepared gifting moments a thing of the past.
We've all been there. Your friend/associate/second-cousin-twice-removed shows up with a gift and you're empty-handed. The worst! Starting now and running through Christmas, you can discover The Gift List - a series of sales that runs two or three times a week and highlights a piece that's perfect for giving. (You'll also see The Wish List, which includes selections to ensure you show up to all your holiday events appropriately bedecked.)
Have someone on your list who always makes shopping impossible? Give us the deets on Facebook (or ask your Boutique Owner) and we'll make some suggestions!
TERMS & CONDITIONS
To be eligible, orders must contain $50 or more of merchandise (order total calculated before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of qualifying orders that can be placed during the promotion period. In the event of a return from a qualifying order, free gift must accompany the return shipment, or the value of the piece (up to $50) will be deducted from the refund amount. Free shipping comes standard with any order over $50. While supplies last.
Thanksgiving is a heartwarming time to slow down, take a pause, and let our hearts well up with all the things we have to be thankful for. Among all things great and small, jewelry (naturally!) makes our list - so we thought we'd share the trends that anchor our everyday look with you.
Spin, win, and style!
Answer three rounds of trivia to get your name on the leaderboard. Five winners each week score up to $500 in beautiful Kitsy Lane jewelry! We'll announce the winners each Sunday on the game page.
HOW IT WORKS
Spin the wheel to discover how many points you'll get for each letter you guess. Think you know the answer? Just click "I know it!" and type or select the letters to unveil the answer. Each game consists of three rounds, and you can play as many times as you like - but only your most recent attempt by the end of Sunday counts. Each week it's a new game!
Feeling a little less than confident lately? Tap into your imagination and replace that negativity with joy - it just takes a touch of topaz! The name comes from a Sanskrit word meaning "fire," and the stone was believed by the Egyptians to be colored by the glow of the sun god Ra.
Despite being a particularly hard gemstone, topaz (just like diamond) can be split with a single, well-placed blow. (Speaking of diamonds, there's a giant, colorless speciment of 1,640 (!) carats that was set in a 17th century crown originally believed to be a diamond.) If you, like us, usually think of topaz as blue (Imperial Topaz was a favorite among Russian Czars in the 1800s) its spectrum of hues also include pink, green, red, gold, yellow, blue, white, reddish yellow, brown, and even grey and a colorless sort. Deep yellow and pink are considered the most valuable.
If you're into that sort of thing, the metaphysical properties of topaz include being able to correct unloving behaviors, to bring about lightness of spirit, stimulate metabolism, and to enchance clear-sightedness - physically and spiritually. It's also known as a protective stone - from everything from harm of all sorts to sleepwalking. The ancient Greeks even believed it could make the wearer invisible in times of emergency (we'd like to hear the story behind that one)!
Birthstone: November (Sagittarius) - orange topaz
Anniversaries: 4th, 19th, or 23rd years of marriage
Comes from: Russia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, Utah, and others
Everything about Thanksgiving warms our hearts. The family and friends gathered 'round, the cozy layers required by chilly air, hot drinks, and a table laden with mouthwatering dishes.
In the spirit of thanks, we wanted to share a little tradition. Below is a page you can save (drag and drop to your desktop) full of little cards to cut apart - on each, you'll find a blank to fill in with something you're thankful for. Then, at the dinner table, pass them out for everyone to write their thanks on, dropping them into a hat, jar, or whatever clean pot you have left. Then, pass around the container and have everyone draw one out to read aloud. Instant happy heart!
Verily, verily, verdigris. It turns our head every time. Not only is that vibrant green hue instantly fascinating, the process by which the finish is achieved ensures that every piece is completely unique. Here's how it works:
It all starts with copper. Exposed to acetic acid (or the ocean - you've seen the Statue of Liberty, right?), the beautifully burnished surface starts to react, crusting over with verdigris. Centuries ago, as a required pigment among painters, copper plates were hung over pots of hot vinegar or submerged in pots of distilled wine. The plates would take about a week to turn to verdigris, and housewives would then scrape it off to be used for paint pigment.
And fashion loves it. Bright yet neutral, there's something very earthy about it, and today's obsessed-with-all-things-vintage trends can't get enough. From home accents to clever pendants, we're loving it too!
Well-played conversation starters, the unique sophistication of Alexandra Koumba’s creations turned our heads immediately. The artist, who premiered her “eye for design” as an interior designer, is known to scour auction house and galleries for inspiration – and it pays off: Alexandra became the official designer of jewelry and accessories for the 2011 Special Olympics (summer) and is regularly covered by top fashion publications (it helps that her work is popular among the Greek celebrity set). Here’s her story:
How did you decide on your brand name?
myi4d stands for "My Eye For Design," which encapsulates all I do: proposing and creating 3D objects and spaces which express my eye for design!
Where do you get your inspiration?
I am inspired by nature, ancient Greek, universal symbols, and protection keys. Overall, I use simple bold forms or intricate microorganism-like patterns.
Any story to the materials or production process?
All are handmade from three artisans in Athens – nothing is made in Asia or any other place. Also, all the stones are individually set – not glued – even if my collection is about offering fashion accessories and not fine jewelry.
Best business advice you ever received?
Don’t sell yourself short!
Do you remember your first jewelry design?
I was 13 in a French summer yard of a sculptor who taught me how to make metal wire and how to weld – that was all I could do, so I made a double wire bracelet with many welded columns, like a Roman Coliseum!
How about your very first job?
It was designing interiors in a basement office with endless bright white strips of light. Not great really...
We love picturing our designers working away in their studios. Can you set the scene?
It’s a mess of boxes and drawers. My desk is a quarter filled with samples of tiny bits and half filled with accounting info, manufacturing costs, and bills... not that creative! Creation is a spark of 1% in the overall process I believe!
What’s been your biggest design obstacle so far?
In jewelry making, to make a mold of lace without keeping the lace inside the final object. In interiors, to combine many fabric patterns and colors in a tiny room.
What's your favorite spot for a design break?
Is there a design break? It runs in your veins! But really, it will be Paris revisited!
Metal of choice?
If you could only wear one piece of jewelry for a year…
My Crown pendant with malachite stones!
Give us a few words to describe your style.
Refined, affordable, sophisticated.
How do you like to style your pieces?
Styling my jewelry is about wearing monochromatic combinations with these bold but yet refined pieces to carry through your unexpected days – from work straight to cocktails and late night dinners.
A rainbow of gold? The metal that caused the rise and fall of kingdoms does indeed come in a wider spectrum than you may guess. But it takes an alloy to reflect a hue – other metals are added to 24K gold to take the color in a new direction.
Far from watering down the gold, mix-ins strengthen the precious metal and enhance its color. Even white gold comes with a little something extra: manganese, nickel, palladium, and platinum are common choices for lightening the tone (even then, the alloy is usually coated with a thin layer of rhodium to whiten and brighten).
For that delightfully warm and whimsical hue we recognize as rose – or pink – gold, copper is called upon to work its magic, usually at a 75/25 ratio (so gold is still the dominant element). And in an attractive twist unique to the alloy, the color brightens and deepens with age – that's thanks to the tarnishing of the copper.
As for the other hues, there's purple (mixed with aluminum), blue (with indium), green (with silver), and black (with rhodium or ruthenium). Sound easy to mix and mingle? While all start with a malleable 24K gold, getting just the right percentages of the mix is a tall order – too much or too little and the alloy could be too hard, brittle, or impossible to work with.
We confess, we played dress-up with our mother’s (and grandmother’s) baubles when we were wee ones. While we may not have taken it to the level of success seen by sisters Laura Lee and Tracy (our "creations" were, ahem, a little less inspired), their jewelry line, FULHAM, really inspires us to get out the jewelry box and start getting more whimsical. Their all-grown-up designs have been featured in top style publications (think InStyle, Lucky, and WWD), on Gossip Girl, and we’re so pleased to have them on board!
Tell us about your very first jobs.
Laura Lee worked as a fashion stylist for a Canadian magazine. Tracy (now based in NYC) worked for an entertainment show at a Canadian TV network.
How about your very first jewelry design?
It was a hand-wrapped pair of beaded earrings.
Your brand name is of course your own last name. Any more to the story?
It’s also a bit of a tribute to our heritage, specifically our father whose work ethic we admire.
And where do you get your inspiration?
We're mostly inspired by the classics – from the old movies we love to our very extensive collection of vintage fashion magazines. We've really been inspired by the fashionable women in our lives – our mother, grandmother, and great aunts – women who truly dressed to impress.
You have five words to describe your style. Go!
Bauble-loving, vintage aficionados.
Your pieces are really lovely. Can you tell us a little more about what you’re going for?
The line features handmade earrings, necklaces, and bracelets that meld vintage materials such as crystal findings, chain, fabric, and baubles with modern elements. Our mission is to create affordable, premium, original, fashion-forward jewelry infused with glamour and sophistication. Each piece is handmade and with a definitive attention to detail which speaks of our commitment to the highest standards of quality.
What kind of woman do you design for?
FULHAM pieces can be worn by anyone – from the most chic fashionista to the laid-back, understated girl-about-town. Inspired by our grandmother's costume jewelry collection, we design for the girl who wants to make a statement and knows what to wear to best reflect her personality.
Best business advice you ever received?
Do what you love and love what you do and you're guaranteed to be successful.
Any favorite spots for a design break?
In a quiet spot with a good cup of coffee poring over design and fashion magazines.
What has been your biggest design obstacle so far?
Sourcing findings in Canada. There is definitely a small market on jewelry findings and an even tighter one on vintage.
Any style advice to pass along?
Never follow trends – always wear what makes you feel your best.
Heard of howlite? Versatile and adaptable, the semi-precious stone is a favorite among jewelry designers for its softness and ability to take on dye colors. While it's naturally found in a snowy white or grey with black veinwork, you've likely seen it imitating turquoise, lapis lazuli, or red coral when saturated with dye. (Want a great example? Take a look at Alice Upton's SKULLETS brand!) The majority of all howlite comes from California and Canada.
Now, if you're into the mystical attributes of your gemstones, this one happens to claim some wonderful properties: Calming, it's said to aid in sleeping, dreaming, and stress relief. With a ingrained sense of decency, it encourages desirable personal attributes and pushes out negative emotions (anger, resentfulness, selfness). It also assists in helping you look deeper inside yourself.
So, whether an unavoidable confrontation is on your horizon or you just want to show off your style savvy, add some howlite to your look!
‘Tis the season for going a little goth. And no one’s more ready than designer Alice Upton, queen of all things skulls. But lest that be a frightful thought, take another look – her designs, while edgy and chic, have an element of cuteness and decisive personal style. And they’re no mere trinket: skulls are constructed of dyed howlite (a semi-precious stone), and the eyes are inset with Swarovski elements for a higher-end goth/glam juxtaposition. The cleverness!
So. Skulls. We need some tips on how to wear them!
Try wearing them to a more formal event such as a cocktail party. I also like to see them worn every day. They work well worn layered with more SKULLETS or with other bracelets.
How’d you get the name “SKULLETS”?
It's the merging of “skulls” and “bracelets.”
Can you tell us a little more about what these are made of?
The materials I use are made of semi-precious stones, lava beads, and Swarovski elements. Most all of my designs feature a stretch band instead of clasps so they can be put on and taken off very easily.
We love all the variations of color. There’s a little something for everyone!
Yes, my SKULLETS designs are inspired by different personality types and different personal styles.
If you could wear any one piece of jewelry for a year…
It'd be my Purity Wrap Around because the colors are neutral and it would match everything!
Tell us about your studio!
My studio consists of mostly art materials, works of art from college assignments (Massachusetts College of Art & Design, class of '11), and I have a section of the room devoted to beading/SKULLET making.
First job? Favorite job?
My first job was babysitting, then I worked at a privately owned daycare – I loved working with children. While in art school at MassArt, I decided to follow my passion for makeup artistry and worked with a woman who had a wedding makeup business. Shortly after, I started work for MAC Cosmetics, which is where I currently work. (At Fashion Week in NYC, I did makeup backstage for Katie Gallagher and Peter Som!) I have a makeup artistry and airbrush tanning side business for myself. I love art and design in general as well as the beauty/fashion industry which shows in the work I choose to do!
Equal parts vintage and modern, Kanupriya’s signature look involves overseas influences (she grew up in India) and luxurious overtones, emanating an innate beauty that can be dressed up or down. Citing the smart, stylish, and fearless woman as her inspiration, the line (launched in 2010) is already a favorite among the fashion elite – from the US to South America, Europe, and Japan – and we’re so thrilled to bring it to you!
Can you tell us about your first jewelry design?
My first jewelry design was made when I was 10 – I strung together two of my mom’s pearl necklaces and made something truly glamorous!
Where do you get your inspiration?
When I was starting out, I studied and read about a great deal of ancient Indian and Victorian jewelry, the styles and trends. Ultimately, I draw much of my inspiration from traditional Indian jewelry and add a contemporary twist.
Any story to the materials or production process?
We source materials mostly from Jaipur, Rajasthan which has a wealth of stones and unique materials to create jewelry. I personally travel to India twice a year to sit and design my collection with the talented craftsmen. A lot of jewelry is handcrafted and the intricacies of design in each piece are handled painstakingly.
Describe your style.
Bold, Classic, Elegant, Exotic
Tell us about the woman you design for.
Usually aged 25-45, they are smart, working, and have style, but are not afraid to experiment. They are aware of how they look and the choices they make. These women are fashion forward. I love the style aesthetic of Keira Knightley, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Halle Berry.
If you could only wear one piece of jewelry for a year…
I think my go-to pieces are my cluster necklaces, which I can wear with jeans and a shirt or a cocktail dress. Perfect for dressing up or down.
Best styling advice you ever received?
Reinvent the vintage. Add a modern accessory and voila – you have a new look!
How about the best business advice?
To always listen to my buyers – they are the ones who wear my jewelry and I try to incorporate their feedback in my style of working and designing.
We love imagining the life of a designer. Can you paint the scene of your workspace?
I work from home so I have the shortest commute in the world. The big wall in my office I painted deep red myself – it’s crammed with images of all my recent press. One side of the wall has mannequins which are adorned with my latest creations as they come in. The design board on my desk is filled with sketches of designs as I keep thinking of them. There is a huge color palette on my wall to pick and choose my colors for the next season.
If you need to escape from the studio for a while, where do you head?
The beach – there’s something about the ocean which inspires tranquility and creativity.
Mireya Villareal, Founder and Designer of Pink Pewter Collection, is worthy of a little praise. Her love of all things hair (which began in the salon), has evolved into a clear-cut ambition to accessorize and transform the looks of Hollywood celebritities and everyday women alike. We love Mireya's creative style and use of jewels for trendy tresses. And for a little Did-You-Know: her Pink Pewter headbands were featured in the Golden Globes Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge!
Tell us about your very first job.
I was a shampoo girl in my mom's salon.
Where do you find your design inspiration?
From traveling around the world – I travel quite a bit and try to find the most unique beads and fabric in the most remote places and build the combinations based on international inspirations.
What's the best styling advice you ever received?
Always have a smile on your face. It makes you pretty in any kind of clothing.
What's your favorite spot for a design break?
My sun room. The natural light gives me energy. Sometimes I'll go for a walk in the local nature park and hug a tree.
How did you decide on your brand name?
My daughter actually named it. She loved the color pink (of course), and she used to call the "computer" the "pewter." So, since I was always on the computer working, the two words just merged together.
Karine Sultan is an esteemed French artist and a go-to for Hollywood stylists. Her line, Karine Sultan Paris, is the result of a remarkable 20-year journey in creative jewelry design and craftsmanship. Now living in L.A., Karine designs for women of all ages. What we love? Her timeless manipulation of basic metals. Distressed, twisted, hammered, cutout... each piece is truly unique.
Here, Karine shares a bit of the mystery behind her designs.
Where do you find your design inspiration?
My design is a reflection of what I feel and experience. It might start with a simple bracelet that anybody could find anywhere. After spending some time just looking at objects, clothes, or even people surrounding me, I turn my inspiration into shape.
What prompted your move from the high-style Paris scene?
I had the opportunity to open my first US boutique. And L.A. has a style reputation of its own – the beautiful and interesting architecture, the culture, and most importantly the people of the West Coast, have definitely influenced my design style – organic elegance.
We’re bow-obsessed. If you think they have a reputation for being overly fussy, think again: we have tips to tone down the sweetness and rev up your style cred.
Debra Shepard is a pioneer in the modern jewelry world for designing an earring that requires no backing (yes, you can lose that stash of erasers in your fashion-fix-it kit). We love her lightweight yet dramatic designs that dazzle and command attention in every light - and so does Hollywood!
You have such a large celebrity following. How do you continue to design for the everyday woman?
Most of the designs spotted on celebs like Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Hilary Duff, and Fergie were initially created as one-of-a-kind or limited edition 24K gold designs. Today, I’m excited to offer both sterling silver and gold vermeil jewelry styled after my most popular celebrity designs.
How do you want women to feel when they wear your pieces?
I want women to feel pretty, playful, and feminine – with a genuine sense of ease and comfort. When I can make that happen, I know I’m on the right path.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from the process of design itself. I love to surround my workspace with the colors, shapes, and textures of nature. I manipulate these natural elements to achieve new perspectives and insight.
What inspired you to pioneer a new style of earring?
I was convinced earrings could be designed without post backings in a way that would make them lighter and more comfortable. But I also wanted earrings that would inspire a sense of playfulness and fun. So I attached a thin strand of sterling silver chain to the end of an earring post, then threaded the post and chain through three piercings in my right ear. Then I thought, “I’m on to something…”
How do threader earrings stay on?
With all threader earring purchases, we provide complimentary hypoallergenic, surgical silicone O-stop backs. To keep your threader earring in place, slide the O-stop onto the bottom of the earring post or slide further onto the chain at the length you want your threader earrings to rest. The O-stop will keep your threader earrings secure, however, many people wear our threader earrings without backs.
The celebrity fashion stylist and style expert dishes on Fashion Week and her Kitsy Lane picks.
The high-powered celeb stylist thrives on transforming clients into style icons. Besides styling true A-list talent, the Beverly Hills-based expert is regularly quoted in publications. Here, her stylish perspective.
What are you watching at this year's Fashion Week?
I'm obsessed with J.Mendel, Michael Kors, Rachel Roy, and Naeem Khan. These are heavy hitters who influence me and inspire my red carpet looks for my celebrity clientele. All of these designers are true innovators and continue to reinvent the definition of "sexy" collection after collection.
What look are you dying to try?
I'm dying to try this look I saw on Nicole Miller's runway of the white dress with black leather motorcycle jacket. The blend of femininity with an unexpected edgy element of leather is so fresh!
Your boutique, GLAMORE, has some great picks! What inspires your collection?
The fashion-savvy girl who lives a jet-setting lifestyle. She may be walking Melrose in Los Angeles one day, the beaches of St. Tropez another, or be found enjoying the nightlife of Tokyo. I look for great statement pieces that unify your look and make you effortlessly chic. As a tastemaker and respected celeb stylist, I think this is an amazing opportunity for you to steal the accessories that I'm loving right now. You get to purchase my must-have pieces!
What one style item could you not live without?
I couldn't live without my YSL heels. I believe the higher the heel, the closer to heaven! (I'm 5'9" and still strut in my heels because its all about appreciating being sexy.)
Five words to describe your everyday style?
Effortless, feminine, sophisticated, sexy, classy.
We're thrilled to be featuring the SoCal stylist and former fashion editor as part of our Fashion Week 2012 series.
"L.A. girl in the know and on the go," Stevie Wilson has an eclectic fashion sense and media savviness that's earned her significant credentials in both style and the digital industry. Here, a peek at what drives her style - and her picks for Fashion Week.
First, let's talk Fashion Week. What are you watching?
I am watching Prabul Gurung, and almost anything that seems to show a lot of texture and color. I liked DKNY's collection simply because it is based on three colors but she has wearable designs with that amazing pop of color.
What I am personally looking for in these shows are pieces that are truly wearable, with prints, colors, or designs that work for the modern woman – not just romanticized visions of the world.
Tell us about your dream Fashion Week outfit:
For Spring 2013, Louboutin shoes. The color and style all depend on the outfit, but I would love to have a T-strap if possible with a not-killer pointed toe or an almond toe. I tend to like brights and thinking about them helps make a statement about the entire outfit.
I would have two different outfits: for daytime, wide leg pants – think trousers in an interesting, tiny pinstripe or a great deep dark denim in skinny fit tucked into suede bootieswith a laceup oxford-like detail. Then I’d add a soft top in a silk chiffon or a beaten silk tank in copper or gold and a great jacket in a lightweight wool blend that would be in rust or a dark dark brown or a metallic bronze.
For evening, give me a great mini-tank dress (think a bit body-conscious and sleeveless or cap-sleeved or 3/4 sleeves) in a metallic lace with a black leather jacket. Or, give me a pair of black leather pants that are skinny with a lacy top and a velvet jacket or a metallic almost-tuxedo-like jacket in gold or bronze or copper, with interesting earrings (like the Elyse ones), a couple of layers of necklaces, a cuff, and a seriously great watch.
I’d top it off with a Reed Krakoff bag and also a small clutch from one of my indie designer friends. And don’t forget the Louboutins! But if I am wearing the dress, I want slouchy boots, and if I am wearing the leather pants, I want sexy stilettos.
And what would you say inspired your Kitsy Lane collection?
My personal style – I bridge between sleek and sophisticated and edgy rock & roll mixed with a little bit of surf culture.
What could you not live without?
Shoes (sandals and boots are my thing) and jeans!
What look are you dying to try?
Hmmm... I want Louboutins, and I want a new pair of black leather pants – but anything from Altuzarra would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe provided it's in the right color – and the new Azature nail polish in black diamond!
Describe your everyday style for us:
Eclectic, feminine, vibrant color, layered, and taking chances.
… Stay tuned for more STYLE PRO(file)s soon!
We checked in with blogger Kasey Ellison to get the inside scoop on her style – and what she’d wear to Fashion Week.
In honor of New York Fashion Week, we’re thrilled to be spotlighting Bay Area Style File blogger Kasey Ellison, who’s curated her most Fashion Week-worthy picks for us.
Kasey, you’re about the fashion scene. What are you watching at this year's Fashion Week?
Until I have the opportunity to actually visit a show in person, I go to Style.com and look at the photos from the shows.
Tell us about your dream Fashion Week outfit.
I'd be comfortable, and true to my own personal style, so I'd probably try to wear a pant option from the designer’s show I'm visiting, or jeans, simple black pumps, and the jacket of the season.
What inspired your Kitsy Lane collection?
My own personal style – I look for items that will make my go-to uniform of jeans and a tee pop.
Which one piece could you not live without?
A pair of dark wash vintage flare Gap jeans. They fit great, and since they are dark and have a flare they make your legs look slimmer, longer, and work for day or night.
What look are you dying to try?
If you had to describe your everyday style in five words...
Comfortable, simple, unique, eclectic, fun.
… Stay tuned for more style spotlights throughout the week!
Go ahead, live a little.
Between exotic prints, crystals galore, and animal motifs, our adventurous side is really getting geared up. Our tip: If on-the-wild-side pieces like these feel a bit too much, you can downplay them for the everyday by layering with your usual accessories. After all, it's just about having a little fun!
A few key pieces go a long ways.
We love the thought of having a few pieces in our jewelry box we can always turn to. Standbys that anchor our look. Favorites that make for the finishing touch. We're talking cornerstones of our entire collection here! That said, here are five of our very favorites from our "Style Me: Classic" sale:
We may not have paid much attention in math class, but shapes and colors we can handle! Here's a look at some of the pieces from our Geometry Class sale and how you can work them into all your style equations.
"There are so many ways to try the trend - you can stay subtle with a gleaming and classic collar style, or go a little bolder with a breastplate. Then there's the bright and joyful Peter Pan style - which is really just so fun to try."
--- Meeka, Merchandiser & Kitsy Lane
Bold is always big. There’s something about it that’s edgy, a little bit playful, and generally popping with color. Which is why we’re loving Ashley Spencer’s beaded and woven finds! Colorfully rendered in two-tone, geometric, and on-trend angles, her handiwork demonstrates a command of the craft, so naturally, we wanted to learn more.
Ashley, we’re so thrilled to feature you on Kitsy Lane! How did you discover beading?
When I first started making jewelry, beads was my choice of material. Of course as I learned more, I tried other materials like wire and polymer clay, but I always went back to beads. Once I bought my first bead-weaving book I totally stopped making strung jewelry. I was hooked! Plus, I always loved seed beads, though stringing them is a pain.
How did you decide on your brand name?
I knew I wanted my brand name to reflect my love for sparkly bold things. So I wrote down all the words that I liked that reflected this and daily I would read them aloud to myself and others.
Your colors combinations are really beautiful, and we love the boldness. What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from many places. I like to thumb through old and new fashion magazines. When I'm looking through a magazine, I'm mostly looking at colors and patterns on fabrics and jewelry made with materials other than beads. I also like to people watch to see how everyday women wear their jewelry and what shapes I see worn most. But mostly I like to browse the internet looking at crafts, home decorations, and fashion old and new. Once my creative juices are flowing, I sit down with some beads and experiment. It's rare for me to sit down to bead and know what I'm about to make.
The beach party. It’s an invite that either sparks daydreaming of brightly-colored accessories… or leaves us completely clueless about what to wear. Our resident style advisor always arrives at the office looking so polished each morning, so we thought we’d give her a challenge and see what kind of magic she could work with styling a swimsuit. Here, her tips:
"The idea is balance. When you reveal more skin for those sultry summer days (or nights), your accessories can take center stage."
Laura Haggstrom’s bold yet fanciful creations whisk us away to simple, playful times. With bright colors and delicate filigreed patterns, they’re just the pieces we were looking for to create a one-of-a-kind look and add a little festivity. (And did you know? She’s designed for the cast of Bachelor Pad!)
Pass the style, please!
All that reaching for more potato salad and juggling plate, cup, and napkin (how are you even supposed to eat at these things?) makes for a perfectly unexpected opportunity to cash in on some style advice. Here, a tip from Meeka (she has that chic thing down pat) on ways to amp up your look for the occasional finger-lickin' occassion.
"Eyes are instantly drawn to the wrists at outdoor get-togethers. So reach for bright, bold bangles, stacking bracelets and compliment inducing cocktail rings to complete your casual, yet polished look."
- Meeka, Lead Merchant
An interview with the designer.
Meet Sara Reichert, designer and creator of One OAK by Sara. Her strands (you may have spied them in EXTRA or US Weekly) caught our eye with their heavy, serpentine shapes and layering potential – so of course we had to sit down with her and get the full scoop what goes into her line.
What does your brand name “One OAK” mean?
It stands for One Of A Kind and speaks to the distinctness and uniqueness each gemstone. One Oak represents the individuality of the everyday woman. The versatile pieces can be paired with casual everyday clothing or glammed up with formalwear. With a chic but earthy feel, the collection can easily be paired with other accessories.
We're so excited to welcome our newest Boutique Owner - and this week's guest editor - here at Kitsy Lane...and she's thrilled too!
Hint: It started waaaaay before summer camp.
Ever wondered how those iconic friendship bracelets got their start? Well, the first thing to know is that they’re a version of macramé, a craft which uses knot tying to create patterns (rather than weaving or knitting). In China, they’ve found decorative knots from as early as 481 to 221 (B.C.!)
While the craft itself originated in Arabia in the 13th century (travelling from there to Italy and France), the practice of giving a bracelet as a gift of friendship is traced to Central America. Sailors, too, furthered the skill, using their knowledge of knots to pass the time at sea.
There are two versions of the tradition: one has it that the recipient is to wear the bracelet until the cords wear out naturally as a way of honoring the love and hard work of the creator; the other tells that the wearer is entitled to a wish once the bracelet falls off. Either way, friendship rules!
The colors mean something, too:
Purple: royalty and magic
Pink: kindness and beauty
Red: courage and confidence
Orange: energy and joy
More reasons to love the hue.
We love the range of this color. Whether you’re inclined more towards the romantic or a shade more laced with energy, the many messages and meanings of pink run the gamut. A few:
- Action and confidence
- Calm & non-threatening
- Nurturing (either the need to give it or receive it)
… there’s more:
The name comes from the flower (genus: Dianthus). (Bonus fact: the pink flower has frilled edges, which is where the verb “to pink” comes from. Remember that the next time you pick up your pinking shears!)
As a combination of red and pink, it comes with the passion and action of red with the potential for success and the completeness of white. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy. Read More
Don’t think you can pull it off? Our stylist lays your worries to rest!
The Aztec-inspired trend delivers just the challenge we were looking for. Its geometric shapes and golden finishes evoke heat, adventure, and travels – whether boldly colored or crisply black and white. While those guttural tones sound great for the sultry nights of summer, you may be wondering how they translate to in-the-office wearability.
Our stylist and lead buyer Meeka is here to tell you to rest easy, take it one step at time, and have a little fun.
"Don’t overthink it by focusing on more than one piece at a time. A simple hammered metal ring is a great way to introduce the look."
Meet Devon Pavlovits, designer and creator of her eponymous line – and self-professed “inspiration hoarder.” Here, she dishes on her start in fashion, her process, and the best business advice she ever received.
First, tell us how you got started in fashion.
Besides babysitting, my first job was in 1999 when I was 17, working in a boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. (I got to help Alice Cooper find some crazy rocker pants... highlight of that job!) After that, I ran boutiques around Los Angeles. That led me to once manage the women's half of the Barney's Warehouse Sale, and they asked me to work at the store in Beverly Hills, where I worked as a bridal consultant in the Vera Wang Bridal Salon (not there anymore).
And where do you get your inspiration?
From literally everywhere I look. At the supermarket, someone's sweater might inspire some cool color combinations in a piece, or a blanket at a flea market. Maybe a piece of exotic fruit, or a painting. Studying different cultures definitely has a huge impact on my designs.
I'm an inspiration hoarder. Many laptops have died from being overloaded with my thousands upon thousands of reference photos and inspiration images. I save everything from colors, textures, silhouettes, proportions that spark something in me. Sometimes I look back and draw inspiration from, something I saved years before, and I see it differently upon second glance. Read More
Its powers include added oomph, double takes, and instant style cred. Need we say more?
Not one for getting lost in a crowd, neon knows how to stand out. And, anyone can wear it! Yes, it looks especially spectacular with a tan, but even for those more apt not to get more than a peck from the sun (we’re not jealous ... we’re not jealous …) it knows how to get things done. Not to mention, it’s just plain fun!
At the peak now of summer, we’re grabbing hold of everything playful and touched by the sun – and not planning on letting go anytime soon.
PS – Feel free to save this image and post it on Facebook with a link to your store!
Just like building out a “dream closet,” our jewelry collection should be stocked with a few foundational pieces that we can always fall back on when we’re simply stumped about how to accessorize.
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