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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.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

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.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

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.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

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.

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GIVEAWAY: Mujus Jewelry. These Sustainable Accessories Empower Women

Almost four years ago, while attending an Accessories Council holiday gift ideas event, we were first introduced to Mujus Jewelry, a stunning handcrafted jewelry brand with sustainable connections.  We were so captivated by these gorgeous jewelry pieces, we highlighted their eco-friendly jewelry again the following year.  That was too long ago, so we’re back to share some more of our favorite pieces from Mujus Jewelry and offer you, dear readers the CHANCE TO WIN a piece from the jewelry brand that empowers women.

Mujus Jewelry pieces are handcrafted in Ecuador by artisan women who are either single mothers or heads of household. Mujus Jewelry Founder, Paola Delgado created the brand to reconnect with her culture and create a more meaningful life for both the women in Ecuador and for herself. By making these beautiful pieces, these women gain financial independence, strength, and an amazing sense of self. Mujus Jewelry’s Working Mother’s Program not only teaches these women the art of jewelry making, it allows them to work from home to spend more time with their families.

As we’ve mentioned before, the jewelry pieces are carved from Corozo Nuts, seeds from the South America tagua palm tree that are known as vegetable ivory. It is incredibly durable and lightweight and boasts the same luxurious smooth texture as ivory, giving you the same luxury without having to harm any Elephants. Doesn’t that sound like a must-have for your jewelry box? Well, here’s your chance to win. We are happy to offer you the opportunity to win one of our favorite pieces from the collection, the Gema Bib Necklace ($69.00), in one of the following colors – Monaco Blue, Teal, and Yves Blue.

The Gema Bib Necklace is versatile and has an aura of its own. The 18″ eco-friendly necklace with 3″ extender, can be worn with an evening gown, or can chic up a basic summer tee shirt. Paola named this necklace Gema, which in Spanish means gem because let’s face it, the necklace looks like it’s made with raw gems. Each piece of tagua nut is hand-sewn together to create this beauty. It takes months to master the art of placing the tagua nut pieces at the right angle, to create the perfect collective shape. So, ladies, are you ready to win? To win the blue color of your choice, enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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It’s Shop’O Clock: PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale

Hello fellow fashion lovers. If you haven’t noticed, the season of savings is upon us. That’s right, sample sale season has begun. It’s time to “not-splurge” on some of your favorite splurge-worthy luxury fashion accessories at a budget-friendly price. We’re happy to share the upcoming sample sale of one of our favorite luxury jewelry labels, PONO by Joan Goodman. What’s so wonderful about the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale? Aside from the fact that they are gorgeous and you’ll be rocking the same fabulous pieces that have become it’s own character on shows like The Good Wife, you’ll be in the same style company as Rihanna who recently wore a few pieces in June’s issue of Vogue Magazine.

So join us in springing into spring and summer style by heading over to the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale where bold and beautiful pieces are yours for the taking at 50-80% off. Peruse all the pretty things with Creative Director, Joan Goodman, and enter their raffle to score an astonishing ensemble of jewelry that will knock your fashionable socks off!

You will fall in love with links like the Lena Necklace, originally $500.00, now up for grabs for $200.00; or find fashion in the stars with the over-sized Gemini Necklace, once $340.00, now a novel $100.00. For the edgy and elegant, there are the perfectly pastel Ice Angle Bangles available, normally $60.00, now simply half price at $30.00, or PONO’s sensational Swing Earrings, all your favorite pool-side hues, normally $55.00, now all yours for only $25.00. Finally, take home this season’s “must-have” on-piece “Maker”- the textured Touchstone necklace, it’s everything you’ll need to be beach glam, now $50.00, way down from an earlier $490.00!

 

 

See all the location and sale details below:

Date: May 30th – June 8th, from 9am–6pm
Location: 224 W 30th St, suite 304, between 7th and 8th Aves.

Getting to the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale is easy via the following subway lines: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to Herald Square, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station.

Holiday Gift Ideas: The Ultimate Cuff for Your Apple Watch

While getting an Apple Watch as a Christmas gift this holiday season is an amazing thing, it’s overall look may not reflect your personal style or even fit with what you may be wearing on during an evening out. What if you can style up your new ultimate piece of technology with a variety of very chic and very stylish watch straps to enhance your everyday style? Look no further than The Ultimate Cuff to style up your Apple Watch.

The Ultimate Cuff for Your Apple Watch

 

Created by founder and CEO Anne Zacharias, together with Creative Director Tiffany Castillo, The Ultimate Cuff range is 100% nickel free, so they’re perfect for people with sensitive skin. The fashionable cuffs are made out of brass, which is then plated with either 14k Gold, 14k Rose Gold, or Silver Rhodium. The Ultimate Cuff is available in eight straps styles that range from thin to wide, and come in two sizes – 38mm or 42mm, so you can accurately match and fit the Apple Watch series 1, 2 and 3. These stylish Apple watch bands include the Mia, Catalina, Artemis, Cleo, Lola Mini, Diana, Coco, and Coco Mini. All boast adjustable closures that features a chain designed to make resizing to your ideal fit a breeze.

  • The Mia Cuff ($98.00) is a classic design with a streamlined look to enhance your everyday style.
  • The Catalina Cuff‘s ($122.00) tropical design of the Monstera leaf will pair perfectly with your vacation wardrobe.
  • The Artemis Cuff ($98.00) is designed after the Greek Goddess for which she was named. The cuff represents the goddess known for carrying a bow and arrow. Its double arrow design will surely make your inner goddess stand out.
  • The Cleo Cuff‘s ($116.00) scalloped design offers a softer look while being both stylish and feminine.
  • The Lola Mini Cuff ($112.00)adds a little extra jewelry to your everyday smartwatch. The cuff is dressed up with beautiful white and turquoise Howlite stones (each cuff is set with 8 stones – Silver with turquoise dyed, and yellow and rose gold with white Howlite).
  • The Diana Cuff ($116.00)was named after the original Wonder Woman. The new Diana cuff was designed with sleek and modern lines to make a statement whether worn with your own jewelry, or on its own.
  • The Coco Cuff ($116.00) is a cool statement piece on its own. It has hammered detail and high shine polish.
  • The Coco Mini Cuff ($98.00) is the sister to our original style, only half the width. It makes for a very cool statement piece with its hammered detail and high shine polish.

What are your thoughts on these stylish offerings from The Ultimate Cuff? Are they going to be on your holiday wish or gift list?

SHOPPING NYC: PONO by Joan Goodman Holiday 2017 Sample Sale

Raise your hand if you love receiving gorgeous things as gifts. Take, for example, the gorgeous jewelry from PONO by Joan Goodman, the statement pieces are conversation starters and always elicit compliments. What better to show how much someone means to you than to give them something beautiful. The best part, you get to save money on the gift.Pop into the PONO by Joan Goodman Holiday 2017 Sample Sale where baubles galore are 50-80% off. As you shop, take a tour around the tables with designer Joan Goodman, and learn all about the amazing jewelry you’re picking up.

What great deals can you get at the PONO by Joan Goodman Holiday 2017 Sample Sale? How about the Dancing Flower Necklace formerly $425, now available at a novel $150. Why not make the holidays glisten with a Petal Resin Choker in Stardust – originally $415, now all yours at an accessible $100. For those who fancy something fierce and fabulous, select a stack of Metallic Animal Print Bangles, originally priced at $80, currently collectible at only $25 apiece. Go bold with the Big “O” Choker reduced to $75, from its original price of $275. For your deal shopping finale, finish at PONO’s bangle bar, where 3 bangles are $25, 5 bangles go for $30, and 10 bangles can be yours for only $50. All the PONO by Joan Goodman bangles are originally valued at $30-$45 each.

The PONO by Joan Goodman Holiday 2017 Sample Sale takes place from Dec 6th – Dec 15th, from 9am–6pm (please note it is closed on Sunday). The sale is located at 224 W 30th St, Suite 304, between 7th and 8th Aves. To indulge in all the pretty things, get the following subways: B, D, F, M, N, Q, or R to 34th Street/Herald Square, or the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station. For more information, call 212-216 0044 or visit www.ponobyjoangoodman.com. Will you be stopping by the PONO by Joan Goodman Holiday 2017 Sample Sale?

Meet Costume Designer Dan Lawson at the DL for PONO Fall 2017 Event

Calling all fans of The Good Wife, it’s sequel series, The Good Fight, BrainDead, and all things jewelry and accessories. Emmy-nominated Costume Designer Dan Lawson, the man behind the fabulous fashion for these three tv shows, is hosting a special event to launch his DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection of handcrafted Italian resin jewelry and accessories……..and you’re invited!!

If you love the fashion from his shows, this is the perfect time to preview the stunning DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection with Jewelry Designer, Joan Goodman (before they make their television debuts), and perhaps pick his brain on all thing fashion and costume design. This event, which will be held next Thursday, June 15th at the Museum of Art & Design in Columbus Circle, promises baubles, bubbly, and even appearances by Good Wife VIPs. The event also allows you to shop the pieces from the luxury jewelry collection, available at the Museum of Art & Design.

There are many inspirations that help to forge the beautiful pieces from DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection such as the stunning dark green hue of malachite, represented in an eye-catching two-sided necklace, the cool blue, white ice hues, and raw look of an iceberg, and metal etched by fire. The bold jewelry collection is not for the timid fashionista, DL for PONO loves wearers who love to make a bold statement with their style. We love the mix of colors and textures (many times this mix varies from piece to piece, making the jewelry pieces one of a kind), and love the idea that they embrace those of us who love to stand out. We promise you’ll love it too.

So if you are free next Thursday, June 15th and want the chance to see some gorgeous jewelry, speak with a renown Costume Designer, and Jewelry Designer, and enjoy a glass or two of wine, head over to the Museum of Art & Design in Columbus Circle between 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Hope to see you fellow jewelry lovers there.

 

Kapten & Son Limited Edition PRIDE Watch to Celebrate LGBT Pride Month

In case you didn’t know, tomorrow, June 1st, marks the beginning of LGBT Pride Month.  This month honors the Stonewall riots, which happened in Greenwich Village, at the end of June 1969. This month commemorates all who celebrate, fight for, and love the LGBT community. To celebrate this impactful month, Kapten & Son, the affordable luxury brand that offers adventurous and stylish accessories, is launching a Kapten & Son Limited Edition PRIDE watch to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

Each Kapten & Son limited edition PRIDE watch features a custom rainbow nylon band and stylish stainless steel 316L casing (rose gold or silver), a white or black watch face, and is available in two sizes – Campina at 36mm and Campus at 40mm diameters. This limited-edition watch not only looks very fashionable, it does great work as well (and we’re not referring to its precision timekeeping). 15% of proceeds from the sale of each watch benefiting Heritage of Pride, the non-profit organization that produces New York City’s official LGBT Pride events each year.

“We are grateful to Kapten & Son for their support of our efforts and community,” said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of Heritage of Pride. “The Pride watch is a great way to show your pride and support, through continued visibility for the community, and the funds raised will help support our programming.”

Other features of the Kapten & Son Limited edition PRIDE watch include 7 MM case size,  Ronda 762 quartz movement, and 5 ATM ~50M water­proofness.

Founded in 2014 by three college friends, Artjem Weissbeck, Fabian Deventer and Johannes Theobald, Kapten & Son offers watches and sunglasses designed to be the perfect companion for the global wanderer, celebrating today’s generation and each individual’s unique journey.

The Kapten & Son Limited edition PRIDE watch will be available exclusively online at www.kapten-son.com, ($149.00 for Campina, $159.00 for Campus) starting tomorrow, June 1st. The rainbow watch strap by itself is available for only $19.00 and easily fits other Kapten & Son watches. More than 700 global retailers, including Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Need Supply, and more carry Kapten & Son watches.

SHOPPING NYC: PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Jewelry Sample Sale

If you didn’t get a chance to be gifted with, or grab some of the PONO by Joan Goodman spring jewelry collection for yourself for Mother’s Day, now is your chance to get some of their gorgeous pieces for yourself, at a great discount. You may remember we highlighted some of our favorite PONO pieces in our Spring 2017 Accessories and Mother’s Day Gift Ideas blog post. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the spring sample sale season has arrived. Why not treat yourself to one or several of PONO by Joan Goodman’s amazing jewelry pieces.

What savings can you expect from the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Jewelry sample sale this season? Score all the gorgeous baubles you can imagine when you pop into PONO’s Spring Sample Sale, where all the pretty things and statement pieces are 50-80% off. Get to know more about the brand and this stunning collection as you review the line with PONO’s designer, Joan Goodman. After you’re well acquainted with the pieces, select from PONO’s exceptional array of items like the utterly divine Dream Catcher Necklace once $365.00, now yours at the reduced price of $150.00; collect a cool choker or two, like the Paulina Arctic Resin Choker, originally priced at $225.00, now yours at an easy $100.00; or go galactic with The Stardust Ana Choker, a steal at $60.00, from the original price of $215.00.

If arm candy is a must-have for you this season (and it should be), why not top off your trip with a big win at the PONO bangle bar, where three pieces are only $25.00, five bangles go for $30.00, and ten bangles are yours for only $50.00. You’ll be saving a bundle, as all of these beautiful bangles are originally valued at $30.00-$45.00 apiece. the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Jewelry sample sale runs June 5th -June 9th, from 9am–6pm.

 

We must note that PONO has a new address.  You can now find the ladies and their gorgeous jewelry pieces at 224 West 30th St. suite 304, conveniently located between Seventh and Eighth Aves. Access can be found with the following Subway lines: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to Herald Square, or the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station. For more information, call (212) 216-0044 or visit www.ponobyjoangoodman.com.