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#followfriday // natalie borton

natalie borton // jewelry

Thank goodness for the weekend, right? We are especially excited about this Friday because today we are introducing you to a favorite girl of ours, Natalie Borton. She is the one behind the lifestyle blog Thoughts by Natalie and she also has an amazing jewelry line that she designs and creates. Lauren and I both have the Addison necklace and it’s the perfect delicate, gold necklace to pair with almost any outfit. Natalie’s style is laid-back, effortlessly cool, and easily stylish- all things that we love and things that inspire us daily. If you like the sound of that, you should definitely follow her on social {both Instagram and Facebook} and make her blog a regular read. To top it off, she is also a contributor to the Glitter Guide– another site that we are always checking out! xx

natalie borton // jewelry

natalie borton // jewelry

images via natalie borton // necklaces were gifted

Accessorize with Shira Melody

Recently, we discovered a new line of accessories to add to our list of favorites. Enter Shira Wasserman, owner of Shira Melody, a spunky Austin jewelry designer who is inspired by vintage pieces. With a past in designing beaded jewelry, Shira started selling her creations to boutiques in Kansas City when she was only 16 years old. “Last summer I took a jewelry metalsmithing class in Austin, and it really got the creative wheels turning!” After sketching ideas that had been floating in her head for years, Shira formed an official business last winter. “I decided to invest my savings into my new jewelry line.” Austin truly was the right place to be since the creative community supports emerging designers.

Her collection is not only inspired from vintage jewels but also interior design colors and styles she loves. “I felt that there was a void in the market for costume jewelry: either items were cheaply made causing them to only last a season, or the collections were well made and overpriced.” Shira ventured to create a jewelry line that was edgy yet feminine at the same time, keeping quality without the insane price tags. The beauty of Shira Melody is you can layer the items with stuff you already own or mix and match within the collection, which is a major trend right now.

Of course we were dying to know who’s her favorite fashion icon. “Coco Chanel. She created the entire concept of fashion jewelry and was so ahead of her time.” We would have to agree!

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Have you fallen in love with the collection too? Take a look here to see more of her designs online, or you can visit Etcetera, Etc. boutique on 2nd Street in Austin, Cotone on Guadalupe or Beehive in Westlake. Additional boutiques outside of Austin are listed here.

Leighelena + Project Paz: Promoting Peace through Bracelets

Leighelena buckle cuffs and licorice belts constructed from a variety of exotic candy colored skins have graced the pages of glossies and arms of celebs since designer Leigh Navarro launched her line in 2005.

Now in an effort to bring peace to war torn regions of Juarez, Mexico near her hometown of El Paso, Texas, Leigh is stamping her signature “mink” lizard skin buckle bracelets with the Project Paz logo. 100% of the proceeds from each “Leighelena for Project Paz” sale will be given to the New York based organization in an effort to help carry out their goal of promoting peace in Ciudad, Juarez.

A Word on Project Paz

Project Paz is a non-for profit organization, and their mission is to raise awareness about the unprecedented crime levels in Ciudad Juárez. The city borders the U.S and it’s economy and the innocent people who live there suffer greatly every day – 80,000 young people in the city neither study nor work, 30% of the businesses have closed, and 100,000 jobs have been lost. Ciudad Juárez is actually the most violent city IN THE WORLD (outside of declared war zones) and most people have no idea what’s going on there. Project Paz raises awareness about the city’s situation and funds projects that strengthen community bonds and promote peace.

Chatting with Leigh

Your collection launched in 2005, and now six years later, your jewelry is sold in over one hundred stores internationally. What is your reaction to this astounding degree of success?

I am incredibly grateful and proud of my team’s hard work.  We have two retail storefronts here in Austin and now sell to nearly 700 stores across the world! (visit her awesome collection here).

Your website credits your mother and grandfather for lending inspiration to the Leighelena line. What else inspires your work?

Aside from my family, I draw inspiration from fashion, vintage in particular.  I love organic forms and nature.  When I am deciding to make a new piece, it is usually because I want something new to wear.

A little bird told us here at LOLO that you play base in an Austin band. What’s the name of the band and when can we see you play?

Ha!  That Megan.  I am only LEARNING to play.  When things develop I will let you know!!

Fans of Leighelena want to know – what’s next for the line?

We hope to open another store down the road, and I will be expanding on the Crowns jewelry system.

What lead you to partner with Project Paz?

As an El Paso native, I feel a strong sense of community with our sister city Ciudad Juarez.  I hope to help create awareness about the problems that are happening across the border by partnering with Project Paz.

Do you have any words of encouragement/motivation for LOLO readers wanting to give back to their communities?

Anything helps!  If you can’t contribute monetarily, time is as if not more helpful in many cases. GET INVOLVED here.

Tweet Tweet: Follow Project Paz and Leighelena to keep up with their efforts!

Looking for a Mother’s Day Gift? Check out Kendra Scott

In May every year I find myself looking for that special gift for my mom. I am always stuck with that question, “What do I get for a fabulous woman who has everything?” With Mother’s Day around the corner, finding the perfect gift is often tough. Luckily a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting with Kendra Scott at her Austin store to chat about Mother’s Day gifts, and we have the latest scoop for you!

Kendra Scott is a girlfriends brand, with an attainable price point, making it perfect for many holidays. “The brand is something you don’t just buy for yourself. You buy it for your best friend, you buy it for your mom and grandmother. That’s what I love about our brand. Someone is getting a gift that is quality, handmade and beautiful.Enter Mother’s Day. Daughters in their 20’s and 30’s  are buying gifts for their moms from Kendra Scott. “It’s great because they love it, their moms love it and they are both wearing it. So the ‘mommy and me’ term is not necessarily the mom and the little girl but more of this young, hip daughter who is buying for her cool mom. This woman usually has a very similar personality as their daughter: they are fashion forward, they have big personalities and they like to have fun.” When thinking about Mother’s Day this year, Kendra Scott kept these qualities in mind.

They have bundled packages for Mother’s Day. For example they put together the ‘Danielle and the Elle’ as a bundle for you and your mom. “We did a little version and a big version of styles and bundled different colors.” Don’t worry, they haven’t forgotten about the dads who help out on this holiday. For younger daughters, (they made some in child length) a mommy and me gift can be bought for the little girl and their mother.

Another wonderful option for Mother’s Day is the Kendra Scott Color Bar! “I love the color bar for Mother’s Day. We are running a Mother’s Day special, if you come in with your mom anytime during the month of May you can get a discount on color bar.” They will have cupcakes and champagne stocked in all the stores, so if a mother and daughter come in together they can have champagne or sparkling cider for a fun shopping experience. “Even online, doing the color bar is a very special and personalized gift. You have selected the stones that you think your mom would love and enjoy.” What a perfect gift! You can’t go wrong with a personalized present for your wonderful mom.

We hope to have inspired you for your Mother’s Day shopping. Visit Kendra Scott online here or go to one of the stores to check out her jewels for your mom this May!

 

Photos courtesy of Kendra Scott.

 

 

 

Spotted: Alexandra Beth Jewelry

Perusing Alexandra Beth jewelry is like digging through a chest of treasure. Each piece seems to outshine the last, but at the same time, they are all equally glamorous. And what’s even more glamorous is the fact that Alexandra started her craft as a mere 15-year-old. Prodigy in the making? We think so. Despite her young age, a boutique in Maryland bought 90 pieces from her designs to be divided between 13 of their stores. Local selling eventually led to a commercial creation made in the Big Apple, and here we are today.

The result: a collection that perfectly melds various metals, soft leathers and skins, studs, delicate chains and a bevy of vivid gemstones. The Alexandra Beth collection blends everyday simplicity with bold glamour at an incredible price point, ranging from $38 to $220. Gift idea? We vote yes! In the meantime, check out our slideshow of favorites.

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Andraya Necklace, Alex Tribal Earrings, Pyramid Studs, Druzy Wrap Bracelet, Suzy Snakeskin Cuff, Aztec Leather Wrap, Snakeskin Studded Leather Wrap, Eagle Ring. Shop the full collection here!

Kendra Scott Opens Store in West Village: Exclusive Video Interview

Meet the newest addition to the Kendra Scott family–her Dallas location in West Village! It is a store that stunningly showcases her signature pop colors and her couture collection that leans more towards a stunning rustic motif.  Oh, and the best part is the fantastic color bar that allows you to customize any setting with your favorite stones and colors.

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to interview the fabulous woman behind it all this past week. Not only were we greatly inspired by Kendra’s genuine spirit and talent, but we could not get enough of her fun new store, where trying on jewelry is highly encouraged! Visit one of her locations or take a look at the collection online! Trust us, you will love it. Stop by for the perfect gift for a dear friend or family member this holiday season.