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Last week, I debuted my first post for 12th & Broad's Broad Style. I am excited to share some of my favorite obsessions with a whole new audience every other week. It's also pretty rad to collaborate again with Stella Shops's Sustainable Style Editor, Marcia Masulla, who happens to be 12th & Broad's Editor and Community Manager. The subject of my first post, which you can read here, was the gorgeous capsule collection created by Amanda Valentine and McClaine Richardson from Margaret Ellis Jewelry for Amanda's finale collection on Season 13 of Project Runway. The six pieces in this collection are bold, modern and definitely make a statement. I am obsessed with the Oculus Cuff, and the McClaine and Amanda Collars are beginning quick favorites too.
For this week's How To Wear It, I've styled the Oculus cuff and the McClaine collar for day and night.
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Caviar Noir was started in 2012 by designer Julie Ramos. I love that this line mixes materials so there's the perfect juxtaposition between hard and soft. I'm not a pearls girl, but I like the edge the handcuffs give this pearl necklace, appropriately named the "Lady Rebel Necklace." Many of Caviar Noir's pieces are designed this way which means they work perfectly with a feminine maxi dress or a pair of jeans and combat boots. No matter what your style, there is at least one piece of Caviar Noir that you're sure to love.
Lady Rebel Necklace ($120)
I can't wait to see this line in person at Posh in Hillsboro Village from March 13-19. Join me this Friday from 4-7pm for a Caviar Noir Trunk Show. We'll sip champagne, snack on cupcakes and try on a whole lot of jewelry. I was thrilled that Julie had some time to answer some questions for me about the line..
Julie Ramos (image from Caviar Noir)
When did you start designing jewelry? It all started when I was looking for body chain jewelry all over the internet and in stores, but they were nowhere to be found. This was before this trend started becoming mainstream. So I decided to make my own. I wore it out to parties and I would receive lots of compliments. It was jewelry no one had ever seen before, but it took well to the mass.
Dominique Shoulder Chain ($302)
How did Caviar Noir begin? It all started when I started posting my work on my Facebook page. People would comment and I would receive positive feedback. It was then that I thought to myself, "hey... I could start a jewelry line!" There was nothing else out there like it (at the time).
What does the name mean? I would describe caviar as being luxurious and sophisticated. I would describe noir as being dark and edgy. I put them both together and that describes my designs.
Who or what inspires your designs? Femininity mixed in with some masculinity is the style I convey in my designs. I am inspired by strong women who know who they are and what they want. They exude confidence and have a strong sense of style with an edge. Some women that possess that quality are Gwen Stefani and Rihanna.
Xenia Necklace ($226)
With your punk aesthetic, does music influence your design? If so, what bands are you listening to? Yes, music does have a big influence on my design. I currently have No Doubt's Push and Shove album on my playlist. I love how the songs are dramatic rock with a hint of reggae beats. Its an unexpected musical twist. I think it translates into my designs because I try to incorporate pearls and other gemstones in an edgy way.
What are your favorite materials to work with? Pearls and chains!!! Pearls remind me of caviar and chains add that noir edgy side.
Ophidia Necklace ($250)
What are some of your favorite pieces from your current collection? The Valeria Earrings are one of my favorite and are one of my newest designs. They are 3-dimensional earrings that are unlike anything out in the market today.
Valeria Earrings ($168)
What current trends do you love? Are there any you wish would be retired? Although I get nostalgic with the 90's flower-printed everything, it was something I wore back when I was a kid and would never wear it now. So I guess I would have to say the flower print trend should be retired.
Fashion month just ended. Which collections did you like best? I liked Elie Saab's collection (Dark Opulence)
If Caviar Noir was a cocktail, what would it be? It would be a Black Velvet. Its a beer cocktail made from Guinness and champagne. Its classy and simple.
Thanks Julie! View more Caviar Noir here. Find your favorite pieces and then come see me on Friday at Posh in Hillsboro Village.
It may be Monday, but I'm already thinking about the end of the week. There's no better way to start your weekend than with a Happy Hour Trunk Show. Join me at Posh in Hillsboro Village this Friday, March 14 from 4-7pm for the Caviar Noir Trunk Show. Caviar Noir is a jewelry line based in New Jersey that I can't wait to see in person. Big chains, mixed metals, pearls, hand chains, shoulder chains...you get the picture. It's a pretty badass line that is both sophisticated and edgy. One of my favorite pieces is the Xena necklace. I love mixed metals and I love taking what could be a tough necklace and pairing it with something flowy and feminine, like this maxi dress by Show Me Your Mumu. You can find Show Me Your Mumu at Posh too.
See you Friday afternoon for champagne, cupcakes and copious amounts of cool jewelry. Bring on Friday!
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Helllllooooo Spring! It's a gorgeous day, so while you're out soaking up the awesome sunshine today, make sure you stop by a few boutiques to take advantage of their spring savings. 12 South
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Leona - It's an Elaine Turner/Leona pop up event. Shop from 10am-7pm on Saturday.
The Cosmetic Market - There's always a special deal happening at the Cosmetic Market.
Posh - Take an additional 20% off sale items at the Hillsboro Village Posh this weekend.
Join me this Friday at Posh from 4pm-7pm for the Caviar Noir trunk show. Posh will be carrying this badass jewelry line March 13-19. They'll be bubbles and light bites and lots of jewelry to check out. Get your weekend started right with the perfect happy hour.
Valentine Valentine - Amanda is making way for spring, so there are a lot of great tees and iphone cases on sale in her shop. I am dying a little over her new leather bags. Check out this leather triangle bag!
Elizabeth Suzann - Another great designer sale is happening at Elizabeth Suzann's online shop. Her hand-painted splatter paint prints are on sale. Elizabeth's silk scarves are gorgeous. Even Stella has one (and an Elizabeth Suzann cocoon coat)! I need a matching one, right?
Deanna Eller-Goodin is the designer behind d. marlene jewelry. Each new collection makes me love her pieces more and more. The gemstones she uses are stunning and all of her pieces have an elegance and an edge to them that make them perfect to wear by themselves or layered with other pieces. I love that you can see the thought and effort Deanna puts into making each and every piece. It's what makes them so special. Not only is Deanna super talented, she's one of the sweetest people I've worked with. I always look forward to her booth at the Scene's Fashion for a Fraction. Here, Deanna shares her background with us and her insight on her jewelry making process. Now I can't wait to see the Sine Cera collection.
When did you first start designing jewelry? When did you launch d. marlene jewelry?
This is taking me way back! I started designing bridal accessories (garters, ring pillows, veils) during an internship with Nashville Bridal guru Jeanne Dudley Smith for my degree in Fashion Merchandising back in 1993. Even though I’m both creative and analytical, I’ve always gravitated toward the creative side. So while crunching numbers in various finance roles in the music industry for 13 years, I was designing accessories for bridal clients on the side. All my brides were asking for jewelry, so to provide their need I said “Yes. I can do that!" I’ve always loved jewelry, but it found me, really. I realized later the need to design fashion forward jewelry for everyone - not just brides - and began doing so. I signed up for a metalsmithing course at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and that’s when the magic started happening! Since then I’ve honed my skills through Sarratt Art Studios at Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee Gem and Mineral Society. I launched
full time in 2009.
Photo courtesy of Kelsey Harrison Photography
Who or what inspires your designs?
On my first trip to Monument Valley in Arizona I remember thinking “I should have been a geologist!” I had a rock collection as a child and my love for all things natural continued through to geology class in college. This was my introduction to Mohs scale and testing, formation studies, and actually observing what makes a mineral (stone) beautiful. I’m thankful that now as a jewelry designer I’m actually able to work with what I found intriguing as a child. Many times the stone is what inspires the design. One client said it this way, “You have captured the best representation of the stones and have put them in the best possible light." What a compliment, and a standard that I try to attain with every design. Many times in moments right before falling asleep I find that my mind clears and ideas and images will come. I can see at that moment how metal will connect and how it will “work."
What are your favorite materials to work with?
I work mostly with sterling silver, but am slowly adding 14 karat gold elements. Aesthetically speaking I used to prefer all silver, but I’ve been enjoying mixed metals and the contrast is really beautiful. And of course I love working with the stones themselves! I’ve really fallen in love with the labradorite in our PURE Collection - the aurora borealis effect it displays is quite stunning. I designed a few of the pieces with an open back, to allow the light to heighten this effect. I want all of my pieces to find a good home, but sometimes it’s really quite hard to let them go!
Photo courtesy of Kelsey Harrison Photography
What are some of your favorite pieces from your current collection?
Our current PURE Collection is by far my favorite collection! It comes from a place of returning to the basics in the design process as well as emotionally. I was at a point as a designer that I needed to just enjoy the simple tasks of making jewelry...filing, sawing, soldering, etc. and “be in the moment." The Lord really poured through me to create these pieces. One piece in particular is the Luxe Necklace. It has an ancient Phoenician feel that came through in the design process. This is one piece that was created with an open back to let the light really play up the coloring in the stone. I also love the asymmetry of the Simplification Cuff. It’s both edgy and elegant which is very d. marlene.
Photo courtesy of Kelsey Harrison Photography
Do you have plans for your next collection? What can we expect to see?
The next collection will be our Sine Cera Collection. Sine Cera is Latin meaning “without wax." From it, we derive our English word “sincerity." During the Italian Renaissance many inferior sculptors would use a layer of clear wax to smooth the marble and hide any imperfections and pits of the marble. Fine China manufacturers also used this practice. Only by holding the piece up to the light could one discern any cracks beneath the surface. The light exposed what was really glossed over. When stamped with the phrase “Sine Cera," it meant the piece was “without wax." Sine Cera is valuable in design because it’s about truth and being real. The refinement concept that was started with our PURE Collection is carrying over in our Sine Cera Collection. I’m using Bronzite which is quite beautiful along with Golden Rutile Quartz and Citrine gemstones. I’m excited to introduce spinner rings to the line in mixed metals.
Do you make custom pieces for your clients?
Yes! I’m happy to consult with clients on bespoke pieces.
What current trends do you love?
I tend not to follow trends but gravitate more toward timeless, staple pieces with a few unexpected twists in detail thrown in (maybe it’s my dual left/right brained surfacing!) My go-to outfit is a soft washed button down shirt in white or pattern, a soft cardigan in any color, smart denim, fabulous boots and scarf, with an amazing piece of d. marlene jewelry!
What other designers or brands do you like?
I find the wearable luxury of Ralph Lauren and Chanel inspiring. I love Anthropologie and Banana Republic (their not too preppy pieces). And the interiors at Tori Burch are amazingly dreamy!
Name five of your favorite places in Nashville.
Fido - When I was 7 I bought a Cocker Spaniel key chain here when it was actually a Pet Shop.
Opryland Hotel - Water and plants make for a good experience
Sixth & Pine - Avocado and turkey sandwich with fries and aoili is amazing.
Spaghetti Factory - Manager’s favorite with meat sauce and mizithra please!
Hill Center Green Hills
Merridee’s - I know...it’s Franklin, but I couldn’t resist.
Hhhhmmm...4 eateries. Does that tell you anything?!?
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