Being on a rather tight clothing budget (yay, tax month!), I’ve decided to invest in jewelry as a way to change up the outfits I have. We’ll see how this plan goes, but so far, it’s opened my eyes to a lot more great jewelry designers. My latest subject of intrigue? Iwona Ludyga Designs.
Several of this Polish designer’s delicate yet eye-catching pieces were spotted on Olivia Wilde this month both on the street and at the Marie Claire April Cover Party. I love that each necklace, earring, bracelet or ring is both delicate and quirky, which makes them great for adding a colorful, eccentric touch to an otherwise classic ensemble. They also layer well, and can be used to dress any outfit up or down without looking gaudy.
Currently, I’m debating snapping up a Tribal Wide Nudes Bracelet (above) or a few Fleur Noir Rings, which I wish I knew about years ago when I was looking for a unique, twig-like wedding band. But there are so many other great pieces to choose from — all of which will be a hit year-round.
WHITLEY Designs is a handcrafted jewelry line based in San Francisco that has been recently spotted on Vanessa Hudgens, Maria Menounos, Audrina Patridge and Bella Thorne, to name a few celebs. The collection includes bracelets, earrings, necklaces (shown: Carly), rings, bobby pins, and one-of-a-kind reclaimed vintage pieces. It also offers pieces that are customizable via colorful charms, modern initials, and initial/zodiac discs.
Conceptualized by California-born sisters Whitney and Hayley Stevens (hence the name “Whitley”), the line balances Whitney’s classic style (she is a practicing attorney) with Hayley’s innovative perspective (she is an artist). Each piece is extremely versatile, layers well and goes with almost anything. We caught up with Whitley and Hayley recently to chat about their inspiration behind the line, as well as how they got it off the ground: READ MORE
The old elastic hair tie on the wrist isn’t just boring, it’s uncomfortable and unsightly — especially when it leaves a crease behind. Fortunately, Mane Message founder Olivia Hayward has done something about that. Her line of “bohemian chic” soft elastic hair accessories double as simple, comfortable and attractive bracelets in almost every shade imaginable. READ MORE
Most of us here at TDO know of friends and loved ones that were affected by Sandy…and we encourage aiding those in need through one of our favorite ways – shopping! Here are some ideas to get you started:
– Joan Hornig, a New York based jewelry designer, has produced a special design dedicated to the victims of hurricane Sandy. This sterling silver “Build Up” necklace is priced at $80.22 with 100% of profits going to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. Joan Hornig’s collection is available online as well as at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC.
– Eva Hanusova, witnessed the effects of Sandy across her home borough of Queens, NY. Always eager to give back, Eva is donating 50% of proceeds from her fan favorite Dorset Tote towards the American Red Cross hurricane relief. Made from Rustic Oil Cow Leather for a durable wax veneer and vintage worn-in feel that only gets better with age. Available online for $239.
– KiraKira, a native of New Orleans is no stranger to natural disasters particularly since relocating to Japan to experience the tsunami in 2011. Now based in New York, designer Suz Somersall is strong supporter of various charities including Red Cross disaster relief. To give back to storm survivors, KiraKira is donating 20% from online sales to the American Red Cross to help with hurricane relief from www.kirakira.com. Psst – for those in NYC KiraKira is in Bryant Park Holiday Shops through the holidays!
– Chilean-born, Manhattan-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz created his “I Still Love NY” t-shirt after his studio was paralyzed from the storm. The debilitating effects motivated Errazuriz to give back by raising much-needed funds for Sandy relief. The water line that marked the walls of flooded galleries in Chelsea inspired this limited edition charity item available for $40 with 100% of proceeds going to charity.
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