This Weekend: All Sales to Benefit the Dehnel Family

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This post is going to be short and sweet because I want to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. This afternoon I learned that friends of ours lost their first child at 38 weeks, completely unexpectedly. On top of their heartbreak, they also now have to cover the costs of a funeral that they never planned to have.

This weekend, all proceeds from sales in my shop are going to benefit the Dehnel family. Spread the word, and let’s all lift this sweet family up in our prayers. Get your shop on here.

Looks for Life Fundraiser 2014

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For the second year in a row, I am giving to the Looks for Life Fundraiser at my favorite Maryland salon, Looks Salon.  Each year, Looks partners with Grassroots Crisis Intervention in Howard County, MD, to raise funds for suicide prevention services. In addition to a silent auction – which is where our jewelry set and gift card will be raffled off -  the salon sells advertising space at their hair styling stations to local businesses and holds an event with discounted salon and spa services with proceeds going to Grassroots.

As you may recall, suicide prevention is a cause that is especially close to me after losing my childhood friend and fellow artist Josh Hutchinson last spring. I consider it a privilege to give to an organization that works to restore hope and save lives, and am honored to think that my creative work could contribute to those efforts.

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If you’re in the Howard County, MD, area please consider coming out to this event. You’ll get pampered for the day (at incredible prices!) and know that the money you spend benefits a worthy cause! Check out the photos of the jewelry and basket I designed after the jump!

 

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Mini Makeover with Carolyn Thombs

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I met Carolyn Thombs virtually when we worked together on the Coffee Inspired Wedding Shoot I contributed to earlier this year. A few weeks later, we met in person at a networking event hosted by The Knot and we hit it off immediately. Carolyn is a talented makeup artist and stylist based in northern Virginia and when we got together to style & shoot our collaborative effort with ThredUP she offered to do my makeup and take a few shots. Naturally, I jumped up and down with excitement  said yes!

I tend to go with natural colors for my makeup day-to-day, particularly when it comes to lip color, so Carolyn suggested we do something out of my usual comfort zone. I’m so glad I took her advice because I fell in love with the bright pink lipstick she used! Check out all the photos from our mini-makeover after the jump.

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Love the jewelry you see here? Score it for yourself over in my shop! [Specific pieces linked below]
Necklace, Bracelet #1, Bracelet #2

Style Collaboration with thredUP + Lipstick and Chiffon

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to partner with Carolyn Thombs of Lipstick and Chiffon on a style collaboration with thredUP, an online consignment boutique. Carolyn was given the challenge to pick out some pieces from their collection and style them with selections from her own wardrobe to be featured on her fashion blog. She reached out to me to select some jewelry pieces from my shop to help complete the looks she’d styled and we got together for a photo shoot.

Carolyn styled her own hair and makeup (she is a crazy talented makeup artist!) and I got to play photographer for the day. Be sure to visit Carolyn’s blog for information on the makeup and clothing/accessories she chose for each look.

If you’re interested in any of the jewelry you see here, I’ll be posting links to each piece at the bottom of this post. Check out all of our photos & the three looks we styled after the jump!

Look #1: White on White

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Look #2: Retro Florals

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Look #3: Stripes and Roses

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Shop the Looks: 

White on White: Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, Ring
Retro Florals: Earrings, Necklace, Floral Fabric Bracelet, Pearl Bracelet
Stripes + Roses: Pink Earrings, Black Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet #1, Bracelet #2, Bracelet #3

Vintage Jewelry Repair :: Turquoise Statement Necklace

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From time to time, I get the opportunity to use my jewelry skills to give new life to an old piece that’s seen better days. I love projects like these because they tie my love for vintage to my creative work, which usually involves making brand-new items. Some projects are more intricate and involve a complete redesign while others, like this, simply need to be restrung to be ready to wear again!

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This piece came to my studio from a friend of mine who found the necklace while thrift shopping and thought it would be the perfect birthday gift for his sister. The only problem with the piece was that the stringing thread was clearly falling apart and it needed to be restrung with something sturdy.

The stones (real turquoise – beautiful!) and golden clasp were in great shape, so my job was easy. I chose white natural silk thread to restring the necklace in a nice heavy weight. The beads were large, so I wanted to make sure that they wouldn’t pull apart the knots and come unstrung with regular wear and tear.

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So, with just a little TLC and some new thread this timelessly beautiful necklace is ready for action again!

Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry that could use a little refurbishing? Maybe some pretty earrings with tarnished hooks or a bracelet whose elastic is shot? I’d love to give new life to your old favorites. Send me an email for information on pricing and available repair services! 

Xo, Ali