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Fear of Failure & The Creative Process

The creative process as a jewelry designer can be pretty tricky to navigate. It will fill you with doubt and hesitation. ⠀ ⠀

When I was designing my latest collection, Siren’s Song (see pic) I had to learn some new skills in order to be able to create the pieces I had sketched out. (For those of you who are new here, all my jewelry is handmade) The process of learning how to hand-engrave and carve out metal patterns was a long one, it took me about a year to get really comfortable with it.  Day 1 was so scary and Day 0, the day immediately before Day 1 was even scarier. Why? Because I knew there was a long journey ahead of me and I didn’t know if it would pay off. There was a chance that I was putting all this time, money and energy into something that could fall flat on its face. ⠀ ⠀

As a creative person, I’ve found it’s important to choose courage over doing nothing. At the end of the day, I want to be able to tell myself that I was a bad @ss mermaid who followed her dreams in the face of self doubt. That fear of failure wouldn’t stop me from doing what I love and developing my craft because when it really comes down to it, I can’t imagine doing anything else.⠀~ Jen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

I spent this past weekend in Newport, RI attending my best friend’s Spring wedding!  There’s nothing better then being in one of your favorite places with one of your favorite people.  As with any event, I was left wondering about what to wear to this Spring wedding.  If you’re finding yourself in the same boat, no worries!  I’m sharing my wedding expertise (I’ve been to somewhere around 36 weddings!).  P.S. These tips also work for a baby or bridal shower as well as any type of Spring dance!

What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

Let’s start with the main part of your outfit, the dress.  (Side note: jumpsuits are also acceptable!)  If you think it’s going to be warm enough and not too early in the Spring season, a knee length cocktail dress is fully acceptable.  Unless the wedding invitation says, black tie, then I go with a full length cocktail gown.  The dress I’m wearing is from Donna Morgan and it’s actually a bridesmaid dress, although I didn’t realize it at the time when I ordered it.  I picked it out last year, as soon as I received my wedding invitation because otherwise I forget and end up running around last minute trying to find a dress.  (Color note:  I think it goes without saying not to wear white to a wedding but I also try to avoid wearing the same color as the bridesmaids if I’m not in the wedding party).

Let’s talk makeup and hair.  For Spring weddings I like the idea of keeping everything fresh and light.  I gave my hair a more natural wave and forgoed any heavy products that might weigh my hair down.  This was a great hair style for Spring in Newport.  Keep in mind the location and humidity of the place where the wedding is being held.  When I’ve been to destination weddings in tropical locations, I always put my hair up and hairspray becomes a necessity.

What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

As far as makeup, I kept it pretty natural using mostly Bare Minerals.  I like to stick with beauty products that are kind to my skin.  I recently discovered their new Hydrating Foundation Stick.  My skin has always been more on the dry side and this gave my skin a well hydrated look with a soft glow.  I’m also in love with their Buttercream Lip Gloss in Sugar.  It works really well with my complexion and is a nice pop of pink for Spring.

I’ve always found the easiest part of getting ready for a wedding is the accessories.  My trick for pairing the right accessories with my dress is to match styles.  If you’re going for a bold look, try just one or two bold pieces of jewelry to complement your look.  Since my look for this wedding was more on the romantic side, small and delicate layers of gold helped to highlight the soft flowing nature of my dress.  Also, did you know that gold jewelry can help bring light to your face and skin?  Win, win!

I already had this soft pink clutch that seemed perfect for a Spring wedding.  I loved the pink against the turquoise of my dress and along with the pink lip gloss, it helped to really tie in the whole look.  I didn’t have time to get a manicure or even to do my own nails so I opted for a soft matte look by using a buffing block.  This only takes a minute or two and offers a polished finish when you are short on time!

What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

Last but not least, shoes.  Even though this was a day wedding, since it ended in the evening, I went for a black pair of heels.  I’ve found you can’t go wrong by having a black pair of heels and a nude pair on hand.  If the wedding had ended during the day, I probably would have chosen the nude instead.  When choosing footwear it’s important to keep in mind what you’ll be walking on during the ceremony and reception.  Flats and wedges are great for weddings that happen on a beach or lawn as there’s no heel to sink into the sand or grass.  Heels are always fun and my personal preference since I’m on the shorter side.  Overall, you should love your look and feel comfortable enough to dance the night away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reformation Spring Fashion Look Book 2019

What’s better than a sustainable fashion brand?  One that offers up some serious style along side their planet conscious thinking!  Reformation does it again with their Spring fashion look book.  I’ve got my eye on quite a few of the dresses and this top shown immediately below.  How cute is this top?!  I’m also sharing a Spring/Summer trend I’ve noticed popping up at the end of this post.  Check it out:

 

Reformation Spring Fashion Look Book 2019

The cutest!!!

Reformation Spring Fashion Look Book 2019

I am crushing hard on all their new white dresses!

Reformation Spring Fashion Look Book 2019

Reformation Spring Fashion Look Book 2019

Reformation Spring Fashion Look Book 2019

Reformation Spring Fashion Look Book 2019

Reformation Spring Fashion Look Book 2019

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Reformation Spring Fashion Look Book 2019

These shorts are trending for Spring + Summer!

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Madewell Sustainable Swimwear – Second Wave

I got really excited when I heard that Madewell launched a sustainable swimwear line called Second Wave!!  All of the super cute swimsuits in the Second Wave collection are made from recycled water bottles.  I love that!  I want to explore the idea of taking the ocean’s trash (aka our trash) and turning it into something beautiful (but that’s for another time!).  In the mean time, take a look at the sustainable chic goodness Madewell is pumping out:

Madewell Sustainable Swimwear - Second Wave

Loving the ruffled straps!

 

Madewell Sustainable Swimwear - Second Wave

 

Madewell Sustainable Swimwear - Second Wave

I can’t believe these are made from recycled plastic bottles?! Who would have thunk?

 

Madewell Sustainable Swimwear - Second Wave

Madewell Sustainable Swimwear - Second Wave

 

Madewell Sustainable Swimwear - Second Wave

More ruffled straps? Yes, please and thank you!

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Rolla’s Spring Guide to Australian Denim 2019

I recently discovered Rolla’s, an Australian based denim brand based out of Melbourne.  Owner and designer couple, Andy Paltos and Sarah Gilsenan are the creative pair behind the brand.  Their style is simple 70’s mixed with modern clean lines (probably why I love it so much!).  Originally working for Wrangler before starting their own denim line, Andy and Sarah wanted to create something that represented their own heritage and identity.  (Love that!)  P.S. Their line is also available in U.S. shops!

Rolla's Spring Guide to Australian Denim 2019

 

Rolla's Spring Guide to Australian Denim 2019

 

Rolla's Spring Guide to Australian Denim 2019

 

Rolla's Spring Guide to Australian Denim 2019

Love this look!

 

Rolla's Spring Guide to Australian Denim 2019

Just give me all the stripes!

 

Rolla's Spring Guide to Australian Denim 2019

 

Rolla's Spring Guide to Australian Denim 2019

 

Rolla's Spring Guide to Australian Denim 2019

 

Rolla's Spring Guide to Australian Denim 2019

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Value in Buying Handmade

Lately I’ve been choosing to spend my money on items that have more meaning and better quality over “fast fashion”.  I’m choosing to spend more on handmade instead of mass produced.  I’m choosing to support artists instead of corporations.  Sometimes I feel like we get so caught up in having things “now” that we forget how good it can be to slow things down.  “Slow fashion” instead of “fast fashion” has provided me time to see the bigger picture of what I’m buying.  It’s allowed me to find brands who’s values align with my own.  It also allows me to find unique pieces for my home or body that not everyone else has.  I like that.  I’m a unique person and why shouldn’t I showcase that?

Value in Buying Handmade

 

I’ve found that jewelry is about bringing love and light into your life and into what you wear, and that’s something that can’t just be manufactured by a machine.  Jewelry is something so personal and close to our hearts.  It’s something we choose to wear, not something we have to wear.  There in lies the difference.  It’s a choice and what we choose effects not only us but every single dollar we spend gives us a voice.  When we choose to buy handmade and “slow fashion”, our dollar says, “I care about handmade, the artist, and the way this item was produced.”

Value in Buying Handmade

Mermaid Scale Ring – handmade in Sterling silver

When I buy handmade I also love that pieces can be customized for me.  I do this for my customers as well, since not everyone wears the same size, likes the same colors etc.  Many handmade artisans can customize their pieces.  Why is that?  It’s because most of the time, the items aren’t made yet.  The item you are ordering is going to be made just for you!  How awesome is that?!  You become part of the handmade process by working with the artist and customizing something to your liking.

Value in Buying Handmade

Slowing down and taking the time to understand the handmade process allows us to see where an item is coming from, how it’s being made and who’s making it.  I often find myself getting lost in the corporate umbrella of companies.  Often times when we go to the store, most items and brands are produced and owned by only a few large companies.  It’s an illusion of choice.  When I buy handmade it’s simpler.  I can talk to an actual person about why they made an item, why that item means so much to them and how it was created.  It’s an entirely different buying experience.

Value in Buying Handmade

Mermaid Hoop Earrings – handmade using 14k gold over Sterling silver

I find this to be especially true of items that touch my skin.  This is one of the reasons I’ve always gravitated towards handmade jewelry instead of mass-produced jewelry even before I started my line, Nautical Wheeler Jewelry.  An item is much more intimate when it touches you.  I also find that the closer an item is to my skin the more meaning it tends to carry.  Jewelry is one of those things that often holds a lot of meaning for us.  I think this is because it’s so often given as a gift during birthdays, holidays or other special occasions. The meaning in a piece of jewelry goes deeper then just its outer appearance, making that much more special.

Value in Buying Handmade

There is so much value in buying handmade but it’s only when we slow down are we able to see that value.  Choosing “slow fashion” over “fast fashion” not only allows us to see where our items are produced but involves us in the handmade process.  Each and every one of us is so unique, shouldn’t the items we purchase reflect that?

Value in Buying Handmade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dressing Up for Spring with Free People

This Winter has been so funny!  A snow storm one night and the next day it’s 50 – 60 degrees.  I’m taking this as a sign that Spring is coming sooner than later this year!  Which means it’s time to take a look at the Spring fashion trends so I can update my wardrobe!!  Lately I’ve been loving all the cute new Spring dresses from Free People.  (Among other things that I’m sharing today!)

 

Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People

This one is labeled as a “trench” but I swear it would look cute worn as a dress!

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Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People

Two pieces? Yes please!

Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People

Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People

Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People

Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People

 

 

Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People Spring Dresses - Spring Fashion Trends with Free People

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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