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Vacation State of Mind

Photography by Laura James of Laura James Jewelry

photo taken by Laura James

 

Nothing refreshes me quite like a visit to the Ocean. Specifically, a very clear blue Ocean with sugar white sand! I frequent our family Florida retreat as much as I can, soaking up the relaxation and inspiration so that I can emerge fresh, renewed, and ready to tackle what's next. It's really the only way for me! 

I loved pulling out my camera to capture this shot at Sunrise this morning. The mix of colors was just what I was hoping for. I am continually inspired by the Ocean and the Beach! It was also fun to vary from my normal Product photography to Landscape photography. It's always nice to try a new route :)...I am already counting down the minutes till the Harvest Moon tonight to see what I can capture!

Where's your Vacation State of Mind?

Jewelry Trends from the Runway at Fashion Week

"Statement necklaces, arm cuffs, art school earrings and raw stones all made an impact on the runway this Fashion Week." Vogue

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It's always interesting to me to see how a Jewelry Trend starts on the Runway as a fantasy and emerges later as a staple!  Trends may come and go, but they often do find their way down the chain, eventually, and I am going to have fun seeing where these Jewelry trends pop up this year...

 
MINERAL JEWELRY 
Agates, Druzy, Stalagmite Crystals...a Mineral Jewelry moment is my favorite trend! I have been juxtaposing shiny objects with a touch of these rough, organic minerals in my own jewelry collections since the beginning:

Mineral Jewelry Trend on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

 
ARTY EARRINGS
Do you also love a big, bold statement earring?! This trend gives added leeway, so you can go out on a limb without a worry:
Arty Statement Earring Jewelry Trends on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

 
DELICATE CHOKERS
Finally, we're downsizing those 3" chokers of yesteryear and trading Goth for Glam with these wispy, delicate options:
Delicate Chokers Jewelry Trend on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

 
STATEMENT NECKLACES
They're here (did they ever leave?!) and they pack a punch...especially with their Pendants:

Runway Trends and Statement Necklaces on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Now, I can't leave out the UFO Jewelry trend! That's right, there is such a thing. Think TOTAL FANTASY when you see this extremely Avant-Garde jewelry:

Fantasy Jewelry Trends from Fashion Week on the Laura James Jewelry Blog


That's a wrap for today! Now, quick, go through your own jewelry collection and see what's trending...or pick up a new piece or two. :)

xox-Laura James 

 

photos courtesy of Vogue Magazine

Flower Power!

Japanese Magnolia Blooms

If you happen to live in Charlotte, North Carolina, have you noticed the gorgeous pink Yoshino Cherry trees in full bloom? It's something I just noticed this week on Valentine's Day...everywhere I looked I saw shades of Pink. Maybe it's always been this way, but I am finally putting two and two together...only took me 40 years! ;)

Even neater to me was that my favorite Japanese Magnolia blooms opened on...you guessed it, Valentine's Day!

The bright Fuchsia color has certainly inspired me and I can't wait to see what Jewelry comes from this beautiful nod to Nature, one of my largest sources of inspiration.

How about you? Had you noticed the pink blooms coinciding with the month of Love? 

Another reason I have flowers on the bloom is the fact that this season it's all about Floral. You'll see it in boutiques and online, just as I reported earlier the Sag Award dresses hinted of the trend. I couldn't be more thrilled. My inner Flower Child is even making a flower crown as we speak ;).

Here's to Spring!

Laura

Sag Award Jewelry + Fashion 2017

FLOWER POWER

Sag Best Dressed List 2017

It's safe to say that FLORAL is in the air for Spring, seeing as so many stars were sporting flowers on their gowns at last night's 2017 Sag Awards.

Floral trend at 2017 Sag Awards last night

And our fave best-dressed star absolutely goes to Nicole Kidman...as a Parrot. LOVE!

Nicole Kidman Parrot Dress at the Sag Awards

Fave jewelry of the night? Kate Hudson rocking the "Huggie" diamond earring (they literally "hug" the lobe) -in several ways. The diamonds had an edgier appearance set in rhodium, and I loved every minute of them.  I've been waiting for this style to make a comeback for some time now...Huggies are not (typically) heavy plus they are a perfect alternative to the tried and true Stud earring. 

Kate Hudson in Diamond Huggie Earrings at the Sag Awards 2017

Dana Rebecca Huggies

Now, I am off to dig out my own Huggies from the Jewelry box...
xox- Laura James

 

Photos: People

Huggies: Dana Rebecca Designs

Copper Pumpkin Tutorial

Ok, this is officially one of the coolest uses of Metal I have seen in some time outside of the Jewelry realm!

With all of the Pumpkins we're seeing around these Fall days, I think this idea using luxe metallic Copper trumps them all!

Simply gorgeous.

DIY Striped Pumpkins with Copper on the Laura James Jewelry blog


Here's the one-step (!) tutorial if you'd like to make your own DIY pumpkins this Fall holiday season!

From Blog: HomeyOhMy

1. Apply strips of this copper tape down the sides of the pumpkins in between each groove, peeling the backing while at the same time smoothing over the tape your fingers.

Metal Pumpkin DIY Tutorial on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

That is IT! Have fun.

:) Laura

Copper Tape Pumpkins on the Laura James Jewelry blog

 

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