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Galibardy – Chic and Quirky Affordable Jewelry

31 May

I admit that I love playing around on StumbleUpon. As great as BlogLovin is at keeping track of my favorite blogs, Stumbleupon is great because it takes me outside of my “normal” reads.  And outside of my norm is where I usually find great treasures.

This past weekend I stumbled upon (get it?) Galibardy, a small UK online jewelry boutique.  My personal belief is that jewelry is somewhere you can let your personality shine. It’s one place to take a step out of your comfort zone and really make a statement. And that is exactly what the jewelry from Galibardy does.

Scissors, Paper, Rock – $34

Chivalry Ring – $35

Brass Guitar Case Necklace – $33

AK-47 Earrings – $27

I was immediately taken by the quirkiness of the designs. And, for me, the price is just right. Which is your favorite?


Stella & Dot Fall/Winter Finds

1 Aug

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of jewelry line Stella & Dot. The pieces are timeless, beautiful and affordable, all things that I look for when scoping new jewelry. So I was excited when the line launched their Fall/Winter collection last week.

Unlike their colorful Spring collection, this line focuses on vintage inspired work chic. From baubles, to star bursts to even owls, the line has a bit of whimsy for everyone. Here are my favorite pieces:
Clockwise from top left:

Still not inspired? Watch this video and you’ll be jonesing for Fall!

Up in the Air – Portland’s Got Style

11 Jul

When you think of stylish cities in the states Portland isn’t exactly on the top of the list. But that is what Karin Vitt of website PDX Neat Sheet is out to change. Since launching last year the site has become the number one source of fashion news, events and sales in the Portland area (and one that I frequent daily).

Friday night was the official launch party for the site, hosted by Crave Portland. Held at the top of the beautiful Hotel DeLuxe, the party featured a who’s who of Portland fashion insiders, including a fashion show and shopping booths featuring local designers. The night benefited Willamette Riverkeeper, a local non-profit committed to keeping the Willamette safe and clean.

My friend and I arrived a half hour after the event started and the rooftop was already packed. The crowd was buzzing with the excitement of the event, the clear skies and, of course, the free drinks. We made our way around, grabbing drinks and purchasing raffle tickets to benefit the charity. We were both excited to browse the booths featuring local jewelry designers, artists and authors.

One booth in particular caught my eye – Pasteesh, an affordable jewelry line developed by Carrie and Bette of Portland. The pieces were beautifully displayed on top of vintage books and artifacts (you know I’m a sucker for vintage). The colorful pieces are each made by hand, making each one as much of a treasure as the pieces with which they were displayed.

A number of other jewelry designers were on hand, including Sahlia.

And, of course, my friend Melissa couldn’t resist trying on these fun hats!

There was also a fashion show, featuring Portland boutiques like Mabel & Zora and Oh, Baby.

It was a great event, and I am thrilled I was able to attend. It appears that Portland fashion has made it’s mark, and it’s not going anywhere.

Stellar & Dot

15 Feb

Jewelry company Stella & Dot is, in a word, stellar.

When I first saw the line elegantly displayed at the Crave Portland Holiday Shopping Party in December, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. The pieces are beautiful, eye-catching and surprisingly affordable.

I had planned on attending the company’s trunk show here in Portland this past weekend, but unfortunately the weekend got away from me. I would have loved to have seen the new Spring/Summer collection first hand. You see, Stella & Dot cannot be found in stores. Their unique selling structure means you can only get a peek of the line at trunk shows and events. A trained stylist helps you match the jewelry to your personalized needs. This creates a special, one of a kind shopping experience.

(If the personal shopper structure doesn’t appeal to you, you can also shop on their website.)

I did sneak a peek at the new pieces online. The collection ranges from bright exotics to soft romantics. Here are a few of my favorites:

Clockwise from top left:
Colette Necklace ($138), Medallion Bracelet ($59), Bloom Flower Necklace ($62), Stackable Rings ($39)

Love Stella & Dot as much as I do? Find out how to become a stylist here. Otherwise, happy shopping!

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