How To Wear It: Amanda Valentine & Margaret Ellis Jewelry - Roman Holiday

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. 12th and Broad Amanda Valentine Margaret Ellis Jewlery 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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Designer Spotlight: Caviar Noir

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.

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Caviar Noir ladyrebel_grande

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 Caviar Noir

Dominique Shoulder Chain Caviar Noir

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 Caviar Noir

Xenia necklace Caviar Noir

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 Caviar Noir

Ophidia necklace Caviar Noir

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 Caviar Noir

Valeria Earrings Caviar Noir

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.

How To Wear It: Caviar Noir Xena Necklace

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 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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Caviar Noir xena1_mediumCaviar Noir Xena Necklace ($226)

Screen shot 2014-03-08 at 9.54.09 PMShow Me Your Mumu Jocelyn Maxi Dress ($216)

Nashville Boutique Sales & Events: March 8-9

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

Emerson Grace - Check out the feature I posted on Emerson Grace earlier this week, and head there this weekend to stock on spring goodies.

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Leona - It's an Elaine Turner/Leona pop up event. Shop from 10am-7pm on Saturday.

Leona Elaine Turner pop up

Green Hills

The Cosmetic Market - There's always a special deal happening at the Cosmetic Market.

Cosmetic Market Bumble and Bumble

Hillsboro Village

Posh - Take an additional 20% off sale items at the Hillsboro Village Posh this weekend.

Posh Sale

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.

Caviar Noir


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!

Valentine Valentine BlkLeatherPyramidBag

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?

Stella in her Elizabeth Suzann

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Happy Shopping!