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

Love Is Brewing :: Coffee Themed Bridal Inspiration

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I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with some stellar D.C. area wedding professionals to create this awesome coffee-themed styled shoot full of inspiration for all you caffeinated brides out there. The shoot took place at Cervantes Coffee, a warehouse that made the perfect setting for the urban chic look we hoped to achieve. Here’s a look at some of my favorite shots…

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For the bride, I created a necklace of clear Swarovski crystals, ivory Swarovski pearls and sterling silver elements in a lariat-style design. [Look familiar? That's because this was a revisited version of the bridal set that I made for Abby last summer!]

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Following the theme of pearls in various hues inspired by coffee and the industrial setting, I created a longer necklace for the maid-of-honor using Swarovski pearls in ivory and beige with hematite beads and gold-filled metal elements. This necklace echoes the lariat style of the bride’s necklace with a different color palette and length. I love this pairing of the necklace with a chambray top and black dress.

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The styling of this bridal inspiration shoot was simply gorgeous, down to every last detail. I can practically smell the coffee brewing!

Thanks so much to our photographer, Megan Chase Photography, and our partners in the shoot:

Flowers and Planning:  EightTreeStreet
Jewelry:  J’Adorn Designs

Other Participating Vendors:

1. Spoons: Milk and Honey Luxuries 

2. Hand-stamped coffee theme hanging tags: Charonel Designs

3. Printable “Love is Brewing” sign: Borden Specifics

Models: Anna Joy Lees, Rebecca  and Jesse Baskin

Small Business Saturday

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I love being a small business owner and am so thankful to every one of you who makes it possible for me to do what I do. Now through Sunday night I’m offering 10% off all of the earrings in my shop, including 11 new pairs of stud earrings that are making their debut today, as a small token of my appreciation.  They make perfect stocking stuffers!

Happy shopping, and thank you for supporting small businesses like mine!

Xo, Ali