When Korean American Grace Lee‘s firstborn, Olivia, turned 1, she left her career in finance to be a stay-at-home mom. But it wasn’t long before the 33-year-old got antsy. One day, Lee, her husband and Olivia went for a drive in the family minivan. Lee turned to her husband and said, “Honey, what do you think about me designing jewelry?” He answered, “Go for it!”
And Oli + Me was born.
We got the scoop about this new fine jewelry line from Lee herself.
What with all the smart phones that people carry around nowadays, do people even need watches? I find that in my personal life, I do. I do because I am always late and if I don’t have something that is wrapped around my hand 24/7, I would not be as on check with my punctuality. But watches that stand out are hard to find these days. I don’t want one that just flies under the radar. So I would totally get this Chrissie Double Wrap Watch in 18k Gold by Sasha Rhett. In hot pink, your wrists are sure to catch the attention of any eyes. I also like my watches big and bold. I think the contrast of something so manly on smaller, more delicate wrists looks great. However, the girly pink will surely stake the ground home that yes, you are a girl. (But hey, you know, if you’re a guy and you want to wear this watch, I ain’t gonna stop you.)
Simple. Classy. Elegant. That’s how I would describe this Buji New York Puppy Love I Necklace. Nice and long, it’ll spice up any old boring outfit. But the black beads on the side breaks it out of the norm. It’s delicate yet got a hard edge. I think I could probably wear it to my grandmother’s birthday and then out clubbing and it would fit in either way. That’s awesome, no?
The right clutch for an event is always difficult to scrounge up. You only need a few necessities for the evening. A lipstick, credit cards, a camera, your phone. Therefore the bag has to be compact yet pretty enough that acquaintances won’t think you just picked a random brown bag off the street and decided to use it for the night. No one is going to think you just lifted this Beth Springer Clam Shell Metallic Gold Leather Minaudière off the street. Perfect to fit your nighttime necessities, this little clutch has got all the right class and sass. Blinging!
I think earrings are the ultimate accessories. Dress up or dress down, with long hair or short, they make any face look just a little bit better. The right pair of earrings are not always easy to find. If you get one that’s too big, it might make you look a little big. Sometimes, ones that are too small can seem too casual or prim and proper. But these dagger drops in black garnet have just the right touch of class and sass. Drop earrings are great because they slim your face down and black matches…everything. Plus they look a little vintage. And we all know vintage is so now.
This knockout pair of earrings is 18 karat yellow gold florette studs, set with 2 brilliant cut diamonds weighing 0.04 carats total. They’re cute and casual, but have a hint of sophistication that’s sure to look good on any woman.
OOoh! It’s gold! It’s silver! It’s shiny! It’s pretty! This gold and silver bars necklace from Aiko Designs takes me back to the days of my girlhood when I read Sweet Valley High books (remember them?). I remember how Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield were always described as wearing these delicate “lavalieres” that they got as presents from their parents and I always wanted one! I’d imagine what they wore might look something like this one. Dude, how cool is that? If you get this, you could look like the girls from Sweet Valley High! You know that’s cool.
Kaila Yu is the lead singer of the Asian girl band Nylon Pink, and as they like to say, they sound like “Hello Kitty on acid.”
So it makes sense that if Yu is going to venture out into jewelry design for her line Hello Drama, you’d expect nothing less than punked-out cuteness. With a penchant for bloody cleavers, slashed teddy bears and heart-shaped handcuffs, Yu does not disappoint.
Her “Love” earrings are all geometric angles and sharpness, but with a message oh-so sweet. The gold pair is on sale today at AudreyShops.
There are certain colors one associates with the different seasons. For me, deep purples and burgundies always remind me of autumn. While as a child I associated — of course — red and green with winter/Christmas, now I think of winter in terms of glittering silvers and golds. And spring will always be a brilliantly happy peony.
Ah, summer. Those lazy, hazy, halcyon days of summer. In my mind’s eye, if halcyon had a color, it’d be the culmination of the different hues in a serene, tropical bay — blinding aquamarine waters, creamy golden sand, translucent and yet milky, crisp and yet warm.
Summer would be the color of blue agate, like the ones in Marcia Moran’s double set of geometric rings. Two gorgeously hued stones set in 18k gold plated angular rings. Modern and yet so easy. A little touch of summer whatever you’re wearing, wherever you are.
With the imminent onset of summer, I’m seriously feeling some of the lazy-hazy associated therewith. I picture a blindingly blue sky, an equally rich sapphire sea, a gleaming white catamaran. We’re just off the coast of Cannes, gently bobbing in the waves.
Right. Back to reality.
But I can still hold on to my seafaring fantasy. I may be wearing my most professional, respect-worthy work clothes, but just knowing I have a cheeky little hand-forged anchor dangling from each earlobe makes me smile.
Sure, I’ll finish that memo by noon. But my heart is in the Mediterranean.