Here is jewelry that makes a statement without being gaudy. Designed by Nina Steenwyk, NinaCristinaJewelry offers trendy handmade bracelets. Earrings and necklaces will also be available soon.
In a world full of change, it seems like nowadays everyone is finally doing their part to help one another. Among the trends, restoring Mother Nature to her former glory is one of the biggest sought after changes. I think Al Gore’s Global Warming speech scared us just a tad bit. Now we have canvas shopping bags, electronic cars and organic foods. Among the many influences, the fashion industry is one of the most influential in pushing eco-consciousness into the mainstream; it’s even created the subcategory of Eco-Fashion. (Check out the Eco Fashion Week video at the end of the post.) Eco-Fashion, in short, means earth-conscious fashion labels that use sustainable, recycled and organic materials. Many of these fashion labels not only create eco-friendly garments and shoes, but they also donate proceeds to various non-profit organizations.
Etsy.com has become one of my favorite sites over the years, as I scour for the cute, the vintage and the unique. New shops pop up like daisies and it can be tiresome keeping track of my favorite stores.
But Jewel Numkki’s sweet line of dresses, tops, skirts and cardigans, all embellished with whimsical appliques and handmade touches, is hard to forget.
Designer Cecilia Lee started Jewel Numkki (pronounced jool-nuhm-kki) as a hobby, and it’s blown up into a bona fide small business for her. After graduating from the University of Hawaii in Fashion Design and Merchandising, Lee worked on another clothing line before moving to California. She continued to receive requests for custom-made dresses and tops from former clients, so she decided to start her own line through Etsy.
So what does Jewel Numkki mean? “I wanted my clothing line to have a name that was youthful, fun and expressive,” says the Korean American, so she anglicized the Korean word for “jump rope.” “It gets people to ask me what it means and I can teach them a Korean word at the same time,” she adds.
To give you a head start on your spring wardrobe this week, we’re giving away a Jewel Numkki gem: a purple “YoYo Garden” dress that retails for $88 and fits any size between XS and M.
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It’s June and that means the official start to wedding season! Now, if you’re anywhere near to getting married, you’re probably running around like decapitated poultry. So while I can’t help you with your quarreling bridesmaids, your in-law-to-be’s insistence on inviting your third cousin twice-removed and their truckload of screaming tots, or wrapping party favors, I can tip you off to the cutest little cake toppers ever.
Asian American artist YuYu custom makes these adorable cake toppers, any ethnicity, any outfit. Check out some of her custom combos: