Monday, March 23, 2015

Get to know: Nikki Nation Jewelry

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the studio of on e of my favorite local metalsmiths - Nikki of Nikki Nation Jewelry. Her workshop is in a very cool building full of artists. It's in an industrial area of Denver called RiNo. I love Nikki's designs because they are geometric yet edgy and I really love the dark grey color of oxidized silver. This pieces would look amazing in bright 18ky gold as well.


Nikki started studying jewelry while in college. She was originally pursuing interior design, but after taking a metalsmithing class for fun she decided to switch her major.
The process:  "My process usually starts with general ideas that have been floating around in my head. I tend to just start working versus sketching. Once I start working, more and more ideas tend to bounce off of my current design or project. I then go and sketch out those ideas, fairly fast, and use them as a reminder of a idea to come back to. Once I have finished a piece, I sketch out all of the exact dimensions and details so I can reference it for the future. I also tend to work in groupings or start a series with slight design changes. I guess I tend to work backwards in comparison to a lot of artists!" 

The inspiration: My inspiration comes from patterns, textures, architecture, geometry, urban landscapes, systems, and connections. I would say a mix of all of these elements both natural and man made, and how they interconnect.

Favorite artists: "Alexander Calder, Piet Mondrian, Flora Bowley, Todd Pownell, Todd Reed, Victor name a few!"
Currently listening to: "Right now I'm all over the place! I've been listening to a variety of Aphex Twin, Leftover Salmon, Frankie Knuckles, and a lot of jazz. I've been in my studio so much, that I have been rotating all over. If I had to pick one, I would say I listen to  Badbadnotgood at least once a day."

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Milan & Paris Fashion Weeks

Hello! I'm back from traveling! All the while I've been following the fashion weeks. Below are my favorites from Milan and Paris. I was most impressed by the accessories - and jewelry!





Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscar Jewelry 2015

I was unimpressed. By the fashion and the show. There were statement pieces and bright colors and such, but none of them were very exciting to me - or they were designs we've seen before, on the red carpet. I think I'm drawn to the classics. Here are some favorites for the red carpet.
Julianne Moore. I especially loved her custom Chanel gown, but thought her Chopard jewels looked lovely as well.

 (image via Chopard's Instagram)
Felicity Jones. Again, most excited about her Alexander McQueen dress. Also loved her Fred Leighton earrings. 
Meryl Streep. She was wearing beautiful 19th century, mine cut diamond earrings by Fred Leighton.

Leslie Mann. She wore several gold necklaces layered together, one of them was an amazing vintage piece by Neil Lane.

(image via
Margot Robbie. The best jewelry moment of the night was this Van Cleep & Arpels Zip Necklace. It was the perfect statement piece and the design is just amazing. The necklace can be turned into a bracelet. Inspired by the Duchess of Windsor in 1938, the design took 13 years to engineer. Margot wore this stunning piece of history so well! 

Who were your best dressed?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday I'm in Love: Jewels & Music

The jewels on my mind this week and the songs currently playing in my head.
Emerald Bird Studs by Arman Sarkisyan: All of Arman's designs are beautiful, but I especially love these little bird studs. They look even better on.
Malachite Crescent Moon Ring by Andrea Fohrman: Andrea designs adorable celestial themed jewels. She's very much inspired by the past, but the end result is modern due to the color choices and whimsical details. This ring caught my eye - I love the crescent moon shape and the shades of green in the malachite paired with bright blue and gold.
Classic Nail Bracelet by Pat Flynn: This bracelet is perfect. Simple, edgy, minimal. On my short list of jewelry to own because I would wear this daily.  


I also wanted to mention these custom pet pendants designed by Irene Neuwirth. While they are so far out of my price range, I just love these.  Irene is amazing - no one creates gemstone showstoppers like her. And she combines different colored stones with ease! Her statement necklaces are simply stunning. I have my heart set on these smaller, yet unique and well-designed pet pendants - I'd get one of each pup if I were able.
And the music:
- A New Wave by Sleater-Kinney: Both the video and the song are great.
- I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty: An album definitely worth checking out, and whole your at it, listen to his previous album, Fear Fun, as well.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NYFW 2015

Like I said earlier this week, for the first time ever I closely followed NYFW and now a new goal of mine is to attend. The whole week of events seems so exciting! There is so much energy!

What drew me in as designers were showing their Fall/Winter 2015 collections was the ease of some of the designs. Fashion does not need to be over-the-top, crazy high heels, tons of make-up, super-tight fitting craziness. It can be really great, simple design. I am not a real fashionista - but everyone has a style of their own, so although my opinions probably do not align with Anna Wintour's, I still wanted to share. There are some designs I liked from designers not mentioned below, but these are my favorites.

Classy, sophisticated, simple, beautiful design.

Easy punk rock vibes with plaid, boots and leather. I especially love the silk slip dress.

Sequins! Very much disco inspired. Bright colors and short-shorts. These two dresses were the best part of the collection in my opinion.

Classic 70s. Cable knit sweaters, wool skirts, belted dresses and earth-tones. I loved this collection so much. The whole thing - although, I'm not sure if I really loved it or if it feels reminiscent to vintage items found in my moms closet. I think I really love it - I'd wear any of these outfits. Especially a fan of the loafers - they add such a cool, casual feeling to these looks. Effortless! Yet even from afar you can see the high level of quality.

Lela Rose

Sophisticated sparkle. These outfits are so good - funky business casual? I especially love the little details like the bird sweater clips and the bold patterns paired with more subtle ones.

 Rosie Assoulin

This collection is what dreams are made of. Tailored, voluminous dresses in bold colors and simple (yet bold) patterns. Each model had a huge flower earring which was a wonderful addition to the looks.


Another 70s inspired collection - a bit boho, but refined. The outfit on the left below is so perfect - easy and chic with a bit of sparkle! The dress on the right is just so classic. 

I included this collection because it caught my eye - the white runway with the bright colors. These two looks are so fun. The whole show was a dreamy, modern fairytale.
This collection reminded me of the designs from Dolce and Gabbana I loved so much from last season, but a bit more accessible. The floral coat? Just perfect.

 Bold, bold prints in the prettiest colors!

Easy-to-wear, classic cool. How comfortable do these outfits look? They also look extremely stylish.

Banana Republic had a great collection as well, but I really loved the pieces from J.Crew. The color combinations are so, so beautiful!

Sequins, floral, plaid and jackets. Punk rock glam perfection.

 (images via