Shopping NYC: PONO Jewelry Sample Sale

It’s time again for one of our favorite seasonal moments, the summer fashion jewelry sample sale from PONO by Joan Goodman. Some of you are showing off your beautiful, new engagement rings, why not accent your new diamonds with some bold and colorful resin jewelry? As always, there’s lots of gorgeous jewelry to drool over from the PONO sample sale, where their gorgeous goods will be 50-80% off. What’s more, you get to meet designer, Joan Goodman, while you’re scooping sensational bracelets, and necklaces for your jewelry box. See all the sample sale details below:

Get PONO’s stunning jewelry at unheard of prices. Pieces we advise you to look out for include their mixed medium Pathways Bangle now only $25.00 each, originally $250.00, the mesmerizing colorful Sea Farer link necklace on sale for only $50.00, down from an earlier $250.00, or one of our favorites, the funky, chunky Meteor Resin Necklace, originally $365.00, now yours for only $100.00, and last but not least, snag a stack of elegant and eclectic Bangles for an amazing 10 pieces for $40.00, originally valued at $250.00.

Once again, the sample sale runs from Monday, June 1st-5th, from 9am–6pm, and is located at 347 W 36th St. suite 405, between Eighth and Ninth Aves. Subway: A, C, E to 34th St. (212-216-0044, ponobyjoangoodman.com).

Island Style: Anitanja Jewelry Collection Launch

Have you ever been introduced to something that truly speaks to you? Something that can remind you of your favorite place, thing or person. That is what we felt when we attended a preview event for jewelry designer, Anitanja Lawaetz’s US collection launch. The Anitanja Jewelry Collection was inspired by the gorgeous island of St. Lucia, a place we hold very near and dear to our hearts. Her jewelry line features six collections, inspired by various aspects of St. Lucia, from the iconic Pitons, to the cocoa pods. Get ready to fall in love with the Seed Collection, Sea Fan Collection, Piton Collection, Medallion Collection (available in gold and silver), Drift Cone Collection, and Cocoa Collection.

Want to learn more about each collection, and the inspiration behind it? Keep reading on to find out more information below and see our interview with Anitanja Lawaetz:

Seed Collection – inspired by the wild seeds Anitanja discovered walking her family’s estate in St. Lucia, these pieces feature tiny, textured, “wild seeds” strung together with brass to create elegant necklaces and bracelets.

Sea Fan Collection – Anitanja perfectly captures the beauty and delicate, openwork design look of sea fan corals found in the Caribbean Sea. The filigree-esque texture is highlighted in gold, black and silver tones with CZ accents, white, or white pearls. Ee are particularly in love with this collection’s CZ Cuff Bracelet and the Gemstone Collar Necklace.

Piton Collection – capturing the iconic “twin” Pitons, St. Lucia’s volcanic peaks and the most recognizable landmark on the island, this collection celebrates the Pitons with its pyramid-shaped stones, a symbol that is also featured on St. Lucia’s flag. Onyx and green malachite give pieces in this collection the design element to capture the majesty and beauty of these iconic peaks. We love how the Piton Mountain 2-Stone Malachite Ring captures the lush green color and size difference.

Medallion Collection – also inspired by Sea Fan Coral but with more geometric details and a structured design, pieces from the Medallion collection boasts a more versatile appearance that keeps your look contemporary while still remaining quite polished. This collection is available in both silver and gold and is more high-end, so therefore is at a higher price point. Our favorite piece is the stunning statement Bibb Necklace.

Drift Cone Collection – just as rocks gets their smooth texture in the rivers, drift wood gets distinctive shapes and textures from the waves of the sea. Drift cones are ample on the shores of St. Lucia and this collection captures the characteristics of an these unidentified seed cones. Black cultured freshwater pearls and ridged texture and groove patterns add luxury and edginess to these pieces. We love the 2-Tone Gemstone Cuff Bracelet, the Bronze Bangle Bracelet, and the 2-Tone Gemstone Drop Earrings.

Cocoa Collection – no we’re not talking chocolate diamonds; this collection celebrates both aspects of the cacao pod, the whole pod itself and the floral-esque shape that is seen when the pod is cut vertically…..these segmented pieces are the cross-sections. One look at the stunning Cocoa Pod Gemstone Drop Earrings or Gemstone Drop 8″ Bracelet and you’ll be in love.

We had the pleasure of talking to Anitanja about her stunning current collection, life on the beautiful island of St. Lucia, and the inspiration for her upcoming collections. Enjoy our interview below:

Pieces from the Anitanja Jewelry Collection can be purchased directly from her website,  www.anitanja.com, as well as on HSN.com.

Cookie Lee’s Fall 2014 Collection Helps You Get The Look For Less!

Over time, we’ve learned that you can make any simple and plain outfit into a great one if you follow the 3 A’s: Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize! Sometimes the right necklace or bracelet can really complete a look. However, like most things, accessories are usually either great quality and high priced, or low quality with a matching low price. Cookie Lee Jewelry and Accessories changes this seemingly tried and true fact – which is great for us women on a budget! Once we took a look at Cookie Lee’s Fall 2014 Collection, we fell in love with all of the new possibilities we had to create new, fresh looks with their accessories. Here are a few statement pieces by Cookie Lee that can really help bring that extra flare to an outfit:
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Pairing any of the statement necklaces with a simple blouse, skinny jeans, and a pair of knee high boots would create the perfect fall look for a casual girl’s night out or date night. Here’s a look we put together to give you guys an idea of the chic style we are describing:

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All pieces seen here are less than $50.00!! (Product names + prices are shown at the end of this post*)

This Boho Glam Turquoise Necklace featured below would be a great addition to the above-featured outfit. We think it’s a perfect way to add some color to an otherwise neutral, fall outfit. This piece is amazingly affordable at just $44.00! Cookie Lee’s collection is all essentially under $50! (How exciting is that?!)

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Here are just a few other great looking pieces from the Cookie Lee Fall 2014 collection that particularly caught our eye (click on image to enlarge view):

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Cookie Lee offers you great styles that help you keep up with the trends or start your own, with prices that won’t give you buyer’s remorse later. As a person who has suffered buyer’s remorse on many occasions, this is great news for me and my wallet. But…it gets even better! Cookie Lee has been in the business of direct sales for 23 years – and they are now offering e-commerce sales for the first time ever!! You can now shop for all of their fabulous accessories from the comfort of your home. Online sales now make Cookie Lee as accessible as they are affordable! Visit them at Cookielee.com to shop quality accessories for less!

*Fashion pieces shown in outfit are:

Boho Glam Turquoise Necklace $44.00 Cookielee.com
Forever 21 Structured Mini Satchel $28.00 Forever21.com
Dark Denim High Waist Jeans $36.00 7twentyfour.com
UNIQLO Women Silk Long Sleeve Blouse $40.00 Uniqlo.com
Double Bow Skinny Belt $6.90 Wetseal.com
Tall Zip-Back Riding Boots $40.00  Wetseal.com

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I Want (Arm) Candy | LuLu Avenue Bracelets #Giveaway

One of our favorite current jewelry trends is layering. Whether it be rings, necklaces or bracelets, we love the eclectic mix of chunky and delicate pieces, bold and subtle colors, and leather and metal pieces stacked wildly together. We remember enjoying this trend as a child (granted it was with candy bracelets) and we love that it’s gained popularity again. This resurgence shows that this hot trend is great at any age, plus it really is arm candy. Today we’re going to celebrate this hot trend by hosting a giveaway of five stunning bracelets (pictured below) from Lulu Avenue Jewelry that are perfect for layering.

Lulu Avenue is known for their elegant jewelry that offers both understated and statement pieces. The collection is diverse enough to include core pieces, dramatic indulgences, and everything in between. Lulu Avenue’s jewelry are always on-trend and feature a flare for those that want to captivate those around them. One (1) winner will receive the Madrid Cuff Black Leather and Madrid Cuff Pink Leather – a versatile leather cuff that compliments absolutely everything you could have in your closet, Venetian Leather Cuff – a leather black cuff lined with a rhodium silver finish that’s perfect for layering, Pilar Black Bracelet – a chic combination of leather and hardware, and the Sloane Bracelet – a beautiful gold and hematite multi-chain bracelet with crystal detailing.  The five pieces total up to a value of approximately $263.00.

As stated, one lucky My Life on (and off) the Guest List reader will win all five of these beautiful pieces. To enter, you must complete all the Rafflecopter entry options shown below. Please note this giveaway is open to US residents ONLY: