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Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

Ana Luisa Jewelry: Everyday Luxury Without the High-End Markup

Is there anything better than getting the best for less? We love saving money but we know it’s only really worth it when what you’re saving on are exceptional pieces. This is the idea behind the Ana Luisa jewelry brand, who offers everyday luxury jewelry for women. Unlike most luxury jewelry brands, whose prices reflect costs to the wholesale distributor, sales agent, marketing and retail markup, Ana Luisa offers a direct-to-consumer approach. Their approach of in-house designers, responsible production practices, and an online selling method allows the luxury-loving woman to afford gorgeous, high-end jewelry without the high-end markup.

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We couldn’t resist getting to know the Ana Luisa Jewelry and its beautiful jewelry options. Whether you’re looking for everyday essentials or statement pieces, this affordable luxury brand is what you’re looking for. Our introduction to Ana Luisa Jewelry began with three pieces: the Flower Stud Earrings in Iris Pink, the Tessa Friendship Bracelet in Pink, and the Mona Hoop Earrings.

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We were incredibly excited to receive our pieces and although we expected each item to be individually wrapped and placed in separate bags, we realize that it’s not a necessary need. The important thing is “how is the jewelry?” We will say Ana Luisa did not disappoint; let us tell you a bit about each piece first:

Flower Stud Earrings, $75.00 – a 14K Gold plated, delicate flower stud earrings with a natural pearl and an artistic enamel layer that is individually hand painted.

Tessa Friendship Bracelet, $59.00 – a 14k gold dipped friendship bracelet with a soft cotton ribbon braided with a delicate gold plated chain.

Mona Hoop Earrings, $69.00 – elegant, 14K gold-dipped studded hoop earrings with a textured ripple design.

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Out of the three pieces, the Flower Stud Earrings were our favorite (it was love at first sight). We generally go for more statement earrings but there’s something about these graceful beauties that just stands out to us. They have a nice weight to them, they don’t pinch or weigh your lobs down, and they’re wonderfully chic. The first item we actually wore was the Mona Hoop Earrings; we love the idea of studded hoop earrings, it’s a great fusion of the two design details and we think a stylish addition to the earring category. Lastly, the Tessa Friendship Bracelet is a lovely and sophisticated version of the iconic childhood bracelet. Unfortunately, we need to get an extender because chubby wrists are a thing but once we get it, we’ll be gleefully wearing the Tessa.

This was our intro to Ana Luisa Jewelry and we can’t wait to share other favorite pieces with you. Learn more about Ana Luisa on their blog.

E. Shaw Jewels: Give Mom Something Special this Mother’s Day

Are you thinking of last-minute Mother’s Day gifts for the moms in your life? Who better than a mother and daughter jewelry making duo to give the wonderful mothers you know the perfect gift! E. Shaw Jewels offer unique jewelry featuring precious gemstones and one-of-a-kind designs, all handmade by mother and daughter, Eva and Elizabeth Shaw. Whether you select the gift option yourself or give the moms on your list a gift certificate to select their own gift (E. Shaw has all the birthstones available), both you and your Mother’s day gift recipients will not be disappointed in this amazing fine jewelry brand that is made in America.

Not sure if the moms in your life would love a bracelet or necklace? Gift her with an E. Shaw Jewels Jasmine, Luau, or Clear Sky Wrap Bracelets, $125.00. These versatile pieces, made with a variety of assorted gemstones, convert into five layered bracelets, a long necklace, or a doubled necklace. As with all E. Shaw jewels, they can all be worn alone or layered with your favorite jewelry pieces. If your mom is like ours, maybe she’s a huge fan of earrings. E. Shaw Jewels offer several amazing natural and raw gemstone earrings, as well as polished gemstone earrings. We love the Soleil Hoop Earrings, Delta Earrings, and their famed Tassel Earrings (which are available in a variety of styles, gemstones, and lengths).

Want to gift the mom in your life a complete set, why not try one of the Over the Moon Necklaces, and matching Over the Moon Earrings. Give her either the 14-kt gold-filled or sterling silver and sparkling cubic zirconia necklace and pearl earrings or go extra special and give her both pieces encrusted with diamonds.

Would the moms on your list love an E. Shaw Jewels piece? Would you love one or two pieces for yourself? Head over to their website, visit the NYC-based store at 107 Sullivan Street, or one of the retailers that carry E. Shaw Jewels.

Defy Mother Nature with these Stylish Accessories

Thanks to Mother Nature’s some indecisiveness on the weather, we sometimes find ourselves unable to decide what exactly to wear. That tricky time when the weather transitions can be a frustrating one when it comes to clothing selections. Thank goodness that’s not the case when it comes to accessories. No matter the temperature or weather condition, you can just throw on a fab bag, or belt, or jewelry piece with nary a thought of mother nature’s shenanigans. We’re highlighting our fall must-haves from some of our favorite accessories brands, PONO by Joan Goodman, Joanna Maxham, Carrie K Jewelry, Moro Tran Luxury Bags, The M Bag, and Starling Jewelry. Join us as we indulge in some gorgeous jewelry and accessories.

CARRIE K

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It was love at first sight when we first laid eyes on the playfully, provocative artisan-crafted jewelry that is the Carrie K jewelry brand. The Singapore-based jewelry company offers stunning pieces, transforming ordinary items and ideas into fantastic, extraordinary jewelry. From the paint-dripping, Jackson Pollock-inspired pieces from the “A Beautiful Mess” collection, to the genius metallic-looking leather spokes and gears from the “Heavy Mettle” collection, you can’t help but be mesmerized. There’s so much to love from the Carrie K jewelry brand, you’re sure to find several gorgeous jewelry pieces to edge up your fall looks.

MORO TRAN LUXURY BAGS

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We were introduced to Moro Tran, a luxury range of handbags made in NYC, only this year and we’re already huge fans. The range of classic bags boasts premium aniline dyed Italian leather with fully lined leather flaps and pocket collars, as well as handmade, artisan hardware pieces made by the designer, Linda Moro, herself. The timeless silhouettes, crossbodys, wallets, and totes for women, can be found in short-haired Italian suede and Italian calf hair.

PONO by JOAN GOODMAN

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If you read this blog, then you’re very familiar with the jewelry brand PONO by Joan Goodman. We love the bold details, colors, and design aesthetic from this Italian Resin jewelry maker. The fall 2016 PONO by Joan Goodman collection blows us away like it does every season. We love jewelry that makes a statement, and every single piece from PONO could write a book. The colors, shapes and exquisite details from this jewelry brand say so much without you uttering a single word. Take your pick of any of the above necklaces, you won’t be disappointed.

JOANNA MAXHAM HANDBAGS

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Joanna Maxham is another luxury accessories brand we’ve highlighted on My Life on and off the Guest List. The brand doesn’t disappoint when it comes to classic luxury bags, especially since so much goes into making one bag. Did you know it takes seven people and 4-6 hours to make just one Joanna Maxham handbag? The stunning bags are hand cut to the smallest detail and assembled by a team of skilled artisans, assuring perfection from beginning to the end of the bag’s journey. This season, we’re loving the spacious convertible top handle Castaway handbag (pictured above) with the double zipper closure, and the oh-so-chic Flapper Mini (not pictured), a compact crossbody that doubles as a clutch and boasts fringe details on the front.

STARLING JEWELRY

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Delicate and sweet, Starling jewelry continues to offer pretty, barely-there pieces that celebrated subtlety. For those who love more understated jewelry that you can wear every day, no matter your outfit, the Starling jewelry brand is for you. The timeless and affordable fine jewelry is owned and operated by three women who use the highest quality materials to offer you the delicate jewelry pieces you see, without the standard markups.

THE M BAG

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Is your handbag a disorganized mess? Do you need help getting and keeping it from becoming a cluttered nightmare? The solution is one of the many bag options from The M Bag company, coming very soon. The M Bag is inspired by the organizational principles of Feng Shui and thoughtfully designed to foster a sense of peace, ease and beauty within you, and your handbag.

Spring/Summer 2016 Luxury: Must-Have Accessories for Women

When it comes to making a statement, you can’t go wrong with accessories. We’re happy to share some beautiful and striking luxury accessories that’ll make your spring and summer wardrobe stand out in unique and luxe style. Feast your eyes on some must-have, luxury spring/summer accessories for women from PONO by Joan Goodman, Suzi RoherStarling Jewelry, Dara Senders Jewelry, and Joanna Maxham.

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When it comes to statement jewelry, no one does it like the PONO by Joan Goodman collection. This season is filled with eye-catching patterns, modern shapes, architectural-inspired silhouettes, and of course color. There are so many favorite pieces to behold and so many amazing accessories for women from PONO. We love the dual, and triple-hued Paper Chain Chokers (the ebony and sailor….both featured above are gorgeous), the earthy tones of the Bamboo Island Choker, and the unique shape of the Opaline Feather Necklace are beyond mesmerizing.

Suzi Roher Scarves

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The Silvia and Christina scarves all contain original art and photography that beautifully dissolves into obscured forms, and exquisitely layered colors when it is worn as you can see in the Girl with the Pearl Earring scarf. The unique coloring combined with the incredibly high-quality fabrics make these Suzi Roher scarves a must have.

Suzi Roher Belts

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Looking for a stylish, eclectic, handmade belt? Whether you’re looking for a classic or cutting-edge belt, these stylish accessories will add the perfect final touch to your look. The Suzi Roher belts invite the wearer to embrace things that make them and their style unique. Each belt is lovingly crafted in the European atelier tradition for superb fit in the best fashion.

Starling Jewelry

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If a bold statement is not your style and you prefer a more subtle stylish statement, look no further than the timeless and affordable fine jewelry from Starling Jewelry. These delicate pieces are made by hand with reclaimed or recycled gold and gemstones from repurposed or vintage jewelry acquired from trusted gem dealers. This classic, seasonless range of everyday jewelry complements everything in your wardrobe and can be worn alone or stacked with each other.

Dara Senders Jewelry

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Another jewelry brand offering minimal yet eye-catching pieces is the Dara Senders Jewelry collection. The highly feminine brand focuses on handmade accessories, such as hair ties and headbands, bracelets, and necklaces, using only the finest precious and semiprecious materials including, fresh water pearls, agate, quartz crystal, and Swarovski crystals. We particularly love the raw edges, metallic and iridescent tones and textures of the Allison Necklace.

Joanna Maxham

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If you’re looking for a handbag that will seamlessly take you from season to season, the fine leather handbags and accessories from Joanna Maxham may be just what you’re looking for. This luxury bag collection boasts chic and wearable styles that combine an understate color palette and effortless style. Modern shapes, feminine and sophisticated details and statement closures are key factors in these stylish accessories for women.

Whether you’re purchasing for yourself or buying as a gift, these wonderful luxury accessories for women are a must for any stylish fashion lover.

Metal Pressions Jewelry: Your Designs, Artisan Made

If you notice, we have an affinity for great looking jewelry, especially wonderful new jewelry designers creating exceptional pieces and artisan jewelry designers who show that there’s a lot of love into one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces. That sentiment rings so true with artisan jewelry label, Metal Pressions, a meaningful collection of jewelry founded by husband and wife team Elisha and Andreas Argentinis, that is changing the way people buy jewelry.

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With Metal Pressions, you are no longer limited to simply select what’s available. The innovative jewelry designers are here to help you curate and personalize every aspect of your jewelry piece. Forget just selecting a piece and simply engraving it. The team at Metal Pressions will work with you step by step, thanks to the live chat option and design your own jewelry software available on their website, to customize your jewelry pieces, from the metal, finish, embellishments, engraving, and stamping. Show off your personal style and mantra, celebrate your favorite hobby, or give someone the gift of your creativity, with this artisan brand, the possibilities are endless.

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Whether you’re looking for sterling silver or 24K gold pieces, everything is handmade and customizable. With jewelry staples like earrings, bracelets and necklaces to specialty items like money clips, tie clips, key chains, etc, the only limit is your imagination. With Metal Pressions, you are the designer. One of our favorite things about the process, besides the fun of designing your jewelry, are the meticulous updates on the status of your piece, from design finalization, to when designer Elisha Argentinis begins working on your piece, to shipment. You are never left wondering what is going on.

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There’s a lot to love from Metal Pressions, and one of our ultimate favorites is featured directly above. This charming trio of rings which boasts three-word engravings on each (you select your words), with a twist of each ring, you can declare whatever statement you desire. Talk about an elegant way to be expressive!

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If all of the above wasn’t amazing enough, Metal Pressions offers a chance to enter their monthly giveaway for a chance to win a $150.00 gift certificate for personalized jewelry. Just click on the giveaway tab at the top of their website and sign up. If you won, what would you create?

Satya Jewelry’s Spring 2015 Collection

Life is an adventure, a roller coaster ride filled with highs and lows that strengthen and empower our journey. We believe its good to arm yourself with items that will inspire you and the world around you. It didn’t take us long to find the perfect “totems” to compliment this journey…. Satya Jewelry. We were acquainted with the yoga-inspired, fine jewelry collection from best friends, Satya Scainetti and Beth Torstrick Ward two years ago at their Time Warner Center Store Opening. The brand boasts modern jewelry with meaning and features necklaces, bracelets and earrings with the Om, Hamsa, Lotus, Tree of Life, Ganesha, Heart, and Eye symbols. We were invited to a #SatyaSoiree at their Bleecker Street boutique to check out the stunning spring 2015 Collection.

The Satya Jewelry Spring 2015 collection features charming pieces that boasts Jade, which aids in healing and attracting success, Green Amethyst, which enhances love, positivity, and intuition, and Rose Quartz, which aids in attracting love and a sense of peace. The Halcyon Days New Jade Mala Necklace with gold tassels, jade beads, and Citrine bezels, its silver counterpart, the Tranquil Path Rose Quartz Mala Necklace with silver tassels, rose quartz beads, and green amethyst bezels (both of which are pictured above), and the delicate Magnificence Green Amethyst Necklace (available in both gold and silver).

Some of our favorite pieces include the necklaces from the Zodiac Collection, which boasts 18″ chain, an 18kt gold plated and gunmetal over brass amulet, a coordinating birthstone on the front, and zodiac symbol on the back.

We’re sure you will find your favorites among Satya’s pieces, and we hope you take one along with you on your journey. for more fromthis colelction, visit www.satyajewelry.com.

Deepa Gurnani Spring 2015 Jewelry & Accessories Collection

There are so many accessories that capture our hearts, we can’t help it, we love all things fashion. So years we’ve been drooling over and singing the praises of one accessory designer because their work just speaks to us on a level even we cannot understand so we don’t question it. We love everything that Deepa Gurnani does. The collection of jewelry and accessories from the stunning brand simply enchants us; the Deepa Gurnani Spring 2015 Collection is no different, every piece is a magnificent statement, from their intricately designed necklaces to their regal hair accessories, this collection of high fashion, Indian-inspired jewelry will make a fan out of you.
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Their Spring 2015 Collection is filled with tremendous pieces that boast hand beading, embroidery, colorful crystal and glass embellishments, and leather. So many beautiful things to swoon over, we don’t know where to start. Whether you’re looking for standout bib necklaces or pendants, incredible statement earrings that celebs can’t help but love, or cuffs that are beyond compare, Deepa Gurnani’s selection should be your visit option.

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We are already huge fans of their amazing headbands, and it’s quite difficult to select individual favorites, we love it all, but one item launched in winter really stays with us, the above-embellished earmuffs. We think it’s the personification of stylish winter wear and would try to find an excuse to wear it for spring as well. Are you loving the Deepa Gurnani Spring 2015 collection as much as we are?

#SomeJustShine in Ben-Amun Holiday 2014 Fine Jewelry Collections

We all want to make a statement and shine this holiday season, so why not go to the jewelry label who pioneered the statement jewelry movement in the early 1980s and who continues to wow us with his stunning pieces today. For those not familiar, Ben-Amun is named after Designer and founder Isaac Manevitz’s eldest son, Ben, and the Egyptian, Pharaoh Tutankhamun. A-list fans of this extraordinary jewelry collection include Rihanna, Kate Moss, and Blake Lively. We had the pleasure of previewing the Ben-Amun Holiday 2014 collection, which draws inspiration from 1940’s Hollywood glamour and its iconic starlets. We fell in love with several pieces from their following Holiday 2014 collections: City Scapes Collection, Starlet Collection, Classic Gold Collection, and Deco Crystal Collection; when you see the wonderful fine jewelry offerings, you’ll fall in love too.City Scapes Collection

Inspired by the graffiti art found along New York City’s canvas in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, the Ben-Amun City Scapes Collection highlights unconventional beauty. Through its use of vintage glass stones in an array of colors, white pearls, and gold chains, each piece reflects the stunning collage and elaborate beauty of graffiti art.

Starlet Collection

This collection will truly have you seeing stars. With a vintage flare, the Starlet Collection features an assortment of vibrant stars layered together and embellished with Swarovski crystals on lengthy silver chains.

Classic Gold Collection

The staple of the Ben-Amun collections, the Classic Gold Collection features an array of gold plated pieces boasting styles which feature traditional gold links to more modern silhouettes that are both versatile and timeless.

Deco Crystal Collection

Get ready for some major shine with the Deco Crystal Collection. This astonishing collection features a delicate combination of round and baguette shaped Swarovski crystals hand placed into intricate design patterns. it boasts strong symmetrical shapes with a vintage look, some with cascading crystals and others with bluntly cut geometric shapes which resemble great works in architecture.

Have you been captivated by the above pieces like we have? Which of these gorgeous Ben-Amun collections are your favorites?