There’s no better feeling than that sudden surge of creative energy. Inspiration can be found everywhere, and I am beyond lucky to surround myself with some truly amazing, creative, and inspiring people. One of the best parts about attending The Fashion Institute of Technology for my Bachelor’s degree was the amount of creativity that surrounded me. Another truly wonderful part of my college experience? The lovely friends I left with. I’m so excited to introduce to you our industry insider of the day: Alyssa.
Alyssa and I met through friends when we were doing summer abroad trips. She, living in London for a month, was interning at luxury department store Harvey Nichols, and I was jet setting around Europe, making stops to London, Paris & Florence. Alyssa is a self-described lover of fashion with an eye for accessories, stemming from her previous job as an accessories editor. Hello, I wasn’t kidding when I said insider;) She enjoys reading, and is a kick-ass writer if you ask me. She’s the kinda friend that everyone needs: encouraging, super sweet, and always down to waltz into the Barneys Warehouse sale when you randomly stumble upon it minutes before closing. Yes, that happened. She can’t resist the thrill of a great designer find and apparently neither can I. I won’t make you wait any longer babes. Today, Alyssa shares her latest jewelry cravings.
There’s nothing I love more than stumbling upon new jewelry brands to lust over; okay maybe some things like chocolate, flowers and a good designer snag, but the thrill of the hunt is one gratifying experience. In my previous job as an Accessories Editor I reveled in the moment when I walked into a market appointment and saw stacks of dainty rings itching to be on my fingers or beautifully fashioned necklaces that simply were begging to be layered across my neck. As it stands I still get that same incomparable feeling when my eye meets something that’s worth a second look. I’m more than ecstatic to share some of my well known favorites as well as some newer discoveries that I’m craving to wear year-round.
A collection for anyone craving minimalist appeal, all pieces are handmade in Japan. Their stud game is on point, literally speaking, with elongated and short linear diamond pieces that sit either horizontal or vertically across the ear. Pearls, that are anything but matronly, look like they’re floating from one’s earlobe when fastened on an ear cuff or drifting in between your fingers as part of an illusion bar ring. Expect to hear more about this brand soon as they’ve recently been scooped up by retailers like Barneys New York and Otte.
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Alison Lou Jewels
Like everyone else out there I don’t think there’s a text that escapes my phone without some emoji, so it comes as no surprise that when I stumbled upon Alison Lou Jewels I immediately fell for many, if not all, of the unapologetically sarcastic pieces. A range of open faced bangles, short pendant necklaces and stud earrings boast a wide array of random emojis, everyday items like match sticks and screws and token phrases that will absolutely liven up your jewelry box.
images via instagram.com/AlisonLou
Truly the most editorial of the bunch is Eva Fehren, the brand has been notably spotted on the likes of Emmy Rossum, Rihanna and Cara Delevigne. Edgy and elegant in appeal, each piece, be it ring or earring, is coated with diamonds making you feel like you’ve donned a beautiful suit of armor instead of a piece of jewelry. Although Eva’s pieces come with a serious price tag, I couldn’t have been more excited to learn of the upcoming collaboration with J. Crew for something much more affordable. The collab is now available in stores and online! In contrast, the J. Crew collection is super playful, mixing pops of neon rubber with rose gold for a lighter take on signature pieces.