All posts tagged: jewelry

Anndra Neen: Modern Jewelry for the Next Generation

Most people can describe in detail their “aha moment” of finally discovering what it is they want to pursue in life. Sometimes a simple moment from their childhood is the exact instruction or motivation they need to take on the world. Annette and Phoebe Stephens are on a nostalgic journey—following in the creative and stylish footsteps of their father and grandmother—Annette and Phoebe launched Anndra Neen, an haute accessory line in April 2009. Their collection has become a serious game-changer for heirloom jewelry and wearable-tech. After traveling to Japan in 2009, Annette and Phoebe were inspired by the country’s sensibility and storytelling in style and culture. They immediately began fulfilling their artistic calling in jewelry design after this trip. “It chose us. It happened so organically. We knew we wanted to do creative work and be in fashion,” Annette said. Once they returned home to Mexico City, Mexico, the sisters connected with local artisans who shared their vision of designing organically. Anndra Neen is a culturally diverse brand. The sisters draw inspiration from their artistic …

Kiss & Wear: An Accessory Secret Worth Sharing

Is it too early to start talking about holiday gifts? Maybe! A little birdie sent us the scoop on the delicate yet trendy jewels from Kiss & Wear. After launching in fall 2015 the brand caters to its name with a signature lip positioned across its necklaces, bracelets, and iPhone cases. We can’t help but reminisce to graffiti buildings and subway rides of the 80’s with the Brooklyn necklace. The 14k yellow gold-plated frame hugs the heavily printed pendant to give it a subtle feel. Pair this chain with your favorite denim getup for a pop of color and cool. While it might be too early for gift shopping, it’s not too late for us to look back on warmer days. The west coast brand indulges our summer calling with its palm tree La Jolla studs. The 18k yellow gold-plated minimalistic design is the perfect break from traditional circular and gem studs. And speaking of tropical inspiration, the Aloha iPhone case is a dead ringer—yes I said it—for summer getaways. So if you’re on the lookout …

It’s Okay to Hoard: Here are 5 Ways to Stylishly Reorganize Your Life

We have all been there: one day our closet is color-coordinated, super organized, and easy to navigate – but the moment we need to find an outfit, our tidy system is completely ruined. So it’s no surprise most of us can admit to hoarding something. Floppy hats, decorative rings, comfy flannels, or even twenty different shades of red lipsticks. While it’s important to know when it’s time to gear back your shopping, keeping your closet and bedroom organized can help curb your hoarding habits. Elevate to a stylish and cozy living space with these five tips for a more organized lifestyle. #1. Hanging shelves are your closet’s best friend! From giving you extra shelf space for sweaters to adding bonus shoe storage, they’ll help you maximize what can feel like a small storage space. This hanging organizer from Urban Outfitters allows you to see what’s on each shelf which makes it easier to pick an outfit each day. The matching shoe rack will help keep your shoe collection under control and save you space at …

Aralí West; A Creative Genius & Her Adventures

What’s your niche? What is the one thing that anyone and everyone comes to you for advice on? Southern Californian, Aralí West has found her calling in not one, but three creative mediums. The most interesting thing about being an artist is the versatility that comes with expressing yourself. West’s creative skills stemmed from a hobby to a business of photography, graphic design, and fashion. After studying journalism at Azusa Pacific University, West went back to earn a second degree in graphic design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Her magazine experience on-campus helped her devolve a love for more hands-on creativity versus the writing route. While beefing up on her design skills, she then picked up photography from a Los Angeles friend in-tune with the fashion industry. Most, if not all artists have a unique entrepreneurial flare about them. They have to brand themselves and make their passion, and talents evolve naturally. In January 2014, she and Jonathan West, her husband founded West Clove, a modernistic and elegant jewelry brand. West approached her …

Manda Unchained

Taking a chance and making a change in life does not always come easy. There are the finical aspects of it as well as the psychological aspects, but California native Amanda Tjan has been able to conquer that and more. Tjan attended Boston College and while there studied abroad in Madrid. “ I fell in love with the city,” she said. “ I wanted to come back.” And after graduating in 2011, that’s exactly what she did. She moved to Madrid to teach English and continued to fall in love with the city. “ With the city, and not a boy,” she clarified. Always a fan of fashion, Tjan noticed, “in Madrid- and Spain in general- they’re about 2 years behind as far as fashion goes and there’s not a lot of variation.” So she took it upon herself to change that and start her own jewelry line: Manda Unchained. Ava necklace “Manda in Spanish is the command form for the word to demand. The idea of Manda Unchained is to demand what you want, …

Moorea Seal: How to be Versatile in Style

Moorea Seal has more than just a few tricks up her sleeve.  She blended her abilities to design, build, sell, and freely express herself to construct MooreaSeal.com, a shop inspired by the surroundings of the beautiful Northwest. Moorea humbly walked into the YHM spotlight and showed us how she’s working her way to the top in design and retail while making the time to empower the women around her. YHM:  As we can see from your blog, you’ve got your hands on a little bit of everything.  Can you shed some light on that? Moorea Seal:  After I graduated from Seattle Pacific University as an Illustration major in 2009, I created my own job and blog by doing freelance illustration, blog design, and graphic design.  In 2012, I racked up 860,000 followers on Pinterest since the site went live and I’ve been ranked in the top 200 pinners.  I’ve even been featured as a curator on many major websites such as KatieCouric.com and DoctorOz.com. YHM:  What made you want to start your Etsy shop and …