Yes, today is Mardi Gras. In honor of the festivities (which, as I understand, were not so festive due to bad weather) I wore my fat dress:
This is my favorite little one-move-and-your-dressed outfit and it hides all of the no-no’s I’ve started to consume after tiring of my detox diet (booooooring). It’s also a perfect all-season dress: jeans and booties now, flip-flops in the summer, covered in a sweater during winter. Paired with these and my hair up, I’m ready to party.
And in keeping with the tradition of ‘throws’, I made Alex stand in the middle of the sales floor while I tossed these around her neck (no children, animals or jewels were injured during this / do not try at home):
This is the time of year when the buyers get to have all the fun. They are currently on their second NYC trip in less than a month visiting designers, studios and showrooms packed with the jewelry of our future. It’s super exciting for us because we know that in the next several months we will be receiving new, incredible collections.
Here are some Instagram (yes, you should follow us there – it’s were the all the cool kids are hanging out – @twistonline) pics of their trip:
That’s the sexy, edgy Pamela Love with her signature Arrowhead Ring and new designs.
Eva Fehren‘s iconic XRing, Private Ring, Claw Ring and Zipper Ring are the new must-have modern classics.
And Sara Beltran of Dezso can wear a crown and rock it like no one else.
Is it summer yet?
Wow – it’s been a while. Like a long while. But that’s just because the technicalities of Word Press got me all in a tizzy (read:44,387 spam ‘comments’ causing me to flee the scene of the blog) and I jumped ship. I’m so sorry and will pay for therapy due to abandonment issues. I’m here and we can all do a trust fall and heal together.
What I’ve been doing while away:
Became ossessed with the Eva Fehren X-Ring – the latest addition to my collection (thank you p & l for the sweet gift!).
Plowed through this incredible book. Written so well you feel like you are watching it.
Went on a 3 day juice cleanse followed by two weeks of vegan/gluten-sugar-caffeine-alcohol free eating. I was not nice, but feel great!
Continued to be amazed by the simple, lyrical and ever-imaginative creativity of Cathy Waterman and her selection of rustic diamonds!
And oh, I’ve been working like mad with all of the new jewelry we are buried in – creating emails for it, writing copy about it,
wearing it and sending it out into the world.
And I promise not to leave you again. At least not for a while!
Have a great weekend!
It has been an extremely blurry-eyed week what with the 2 and 3am nights I’ve had. No, I did not just deliver my third child or move to a CSA based farm. I am a serious victim of binge-watching shows. You know, the just-one-more-episode-IPad-propped-on-very precarious-pillow-formation-do-NOT-talk-to-me nights. Fitting two seasons of The Killing in one week is not easy. And I’m stressed out because I just began Orange is the New Black, but really need to brief myself on Breaking Bad before it resumes next week. I think it’s easier dealing with a newborn.
Good thing the incredible jewelry we’ve posted this week speaks for itself.
Arik Kastan is our newest designer to TWISTonline. Lyrical, strong and feminine jewels with undertones of Victorian and Art Deco eras.
Stunning, saturated Suzanne Kalan. These necklaces carry an entire outfit. Summer sundress? Pair it with one of these!
And of course, we love the newest Tai. Such an inexpensive way to treat yourself to something fun and funky!
Have a fantastic weekend. You know where I’ll be.
Once upon a time when I was young, skinny and fit, there were lazy summers lounging around the pool reading these books (don’t judge). Then, things became a little more serious, boys became a lot more interesting and last minute reports were written, typed and sent to teachers (YES – in July!) on books like this and this. College is a big, fat blur of late nights and magazines by toilet, but after I got married, I had the luxury of time to read this. Then, when my kids were little and napped, I stole moments to jump into the world of this book and this book.
Now, with only four free minutes a day to myself, I am quite content with the few seconds it takes to read these words … and these words. More meaning, less time. And if I don’t finish it during the first sitting, I can put it around my neck and read it later!
Happy lazy days!
Our newest, exclusive collection from Kothari Elements takes this attitude to a new, more refined level. It’s about choosing something that resonates with you. Something created in nature, but perfected by the hands and ideas of a master jeweler.
Kothari chooses stones as he comes across them and when he becomes entranced by their natural beauty. He realizes nature has ‘done most of the work’ and will only add to a stone if he feels it will enhance it. The result is a collection with an ancient, yet modern appeal. Simple, strong and expressing the intricate complexity of incredible stones. His wish is that a woman will choose one (or more) to reflect the complex beauty within herself and wear it as a personal amulet.
Slip on your flip-flops, grab a drink and flaunt something exquisite, stunning and statement-making!
… those are my new work hours. Because we have SO. MUCH. NEW. JEWELRY. !!! .
There’s me. Working. For. Like. Ever. So busy, you can see my overflowing garbage I haven’t had time to empty. I like seeing just how full I can fill it. And anyway, who has time? I would much rather be writing about the FIFTEEN NEW COLLECTIONS we have in queue to post online!
Including these new Stormie bracelets which went live yesterday!
Back to work.
… still recovering from my jewelry hangover happily acquired at Couture in Las Vegas … (not so happily acquired was the dry skin and cigarette-smoke-infused-hair).
Anyway, it is ALWAYS such a pleasure to connect with the artists and designers behind our gorgeous collections and to play the face-to-the-name game.
This incredible talent made the jump to Couture this year and we were so excited to spend some time looking at her latest collection:
Read more Emanuela Duca’s adventures here!
In the meantime, I’ll be here, enjoying the fresh air!
… unless I’m tra-va-yaying on a feature with China Forbes of Pink Martini. She is breathtakingly stunning and her style strikes a perfect balance of comfy and contemporary. She came into our office humming and flashing a secretive smile. Her warm (and piercing!) blue eyes were covered by a pair of rad wooden glasses and she was wearing a funky, but totally comfortable, ensemble including an angular, supple black leather jacket and cool clog-booties.
She’s no stranger to TWIST and choosing her top favorites caused a sweet, girlie giddiness in the otherwise calm, collected chanteuse. Twist has been a part of China’s life since her first visit more than ten years ago, as well as a pre-travel stop before every Pink Martini tour.
China Forbes began strumming her guitar and writing songs at age 15 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lured to Portland by her Harvard classmate, Thomas Lauderdale, to sing for his band Pink Martini, she has yet to leave. With two solo records under her belt and countless world tours, she likes to be a homebody in Portland, remodeling her house and recording her music in the rain.
Her latest world tour with Pink Martini had just wrapped up and she was eager give us a peak at one of the shows where she performed ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’ with Rufus Wainwright at the Royal Albert Hall. Her presence in person is just as powerful as on stage.
As she walked around the store peering into each of the cases, she was quick to hover over designers who captured her attention with their quiet, fluid style. Ten Thousand Things is certainly a favorite as she frequently wears a pair of their earrings in a turquoise enamel matching her eyes. She was wearing one of her own gorgeous Rosanne Pugliese pendant necklaces which added to her seemingly care-free, down-to-earth style.
When we approached the Sevan Bicakci collection, each and every ring came out of the case and were quickly slipped on her fingers. Captivated and (a little overwhelmed) by the intricate craftsmanship and hidden worlds rendered in each jewel, China deemed this jewelry stage-worthy. In contrast to her day-to-day style, her performance ensembles tend to have a Rita Hayworth-esque glam and she feels those in the back rows need to see her sparkle!
After a short phase of wearing no jewelry in the mid-90’, she now wears earrings, necklace, ring and bracelets on a daily basis and picks up fun pieces when traveling the world.
What she never takes off? A simple, organically shaped, subtly textured gold bangle made for her by her grandfather, who became a jeweler after his retirement. Even when she’s strumming her guitar, the bracelet remains.
Thank you, China, for playing with us!
Yes I will. Because unless you have amazing, generous bosses who have impeccable taste and nail it, (Every. Single. Year.) you might end up with another useless kitchen gadget. Or nothing. Yes, I speak from experience and yes, I prefer to take control over my own personal holiday rather than feigning excitement upon opening a banana peeler.
My wish list includes so many things… This year, I’m celebrating my journey to 90. And this birthday marks my half-way-point-
to the grave. WITH NO PLASTIC SURGERY. Yet. So I’m thinking I should really treat myself to something super-special. Maybe something to get my mind off of the sagging skin, the inability to stay up past 7:30 (yep, I’m in bed playing Words with Friends before it’s dark), and the slowing metabolism.
This would draw focus away from my geriatric hands:
And these would distract onlookers from the crow’s feet stomping at the edges of my face:
I’m pretty sure that if these were in my ears, they’d make me look thin and fit:
And while I still feel 25 (and have been known to act it), almost-90 never looked so good!