Get ready to fall in love, because New York City based jewelry designer Laurie Windham has launched her first jewelry line and it is drop dead gorgeous! L.Windham combines swarovski crystals and unique geometric shapes with a vintage flare and a contemporary twist to create a jewelry collection that will attract complements all day long. I got the honor of asking Laurie (who I have no doubt will soon be covering the pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue) a few questions!
What is your favorite part about designing and making jewelry?
There are so many aspects of designing jewelry that I love. The whole process is so fun and really allows me to express my creativity into a wearable piece of art. My favorite part about designing jewelry is seeing women wear my jewelry designs. I love when women come up to me and tell me how much they adore wearing the jewelry. That feeling of genuine excitement a woman gets from wearing L.Windham jewelry is what makes me want to continue doing this forever!
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
There is so much beauty around us whether it be in nature, a museum, or a magazine. I draw inspiration from everywhere, but most of it comes to me when I lie down and close my eyes. My best designs come to be when I am relaxed. I am able to piece different shapes together in my mind to form new designs, and once I come up with a design, I put a pen to paper and sketch out the idea.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to others who are looking to pursue their dreams?
I would urge people to not procrastinate. Make an end goal, and see it through. It’s scary! Believe me. I have doubts all the time about whether I’m being silly to pursue such a farfetched dream, but this is what I love. I have only one life to live, so I need to make sure I do something great with it. I want to inspire others to pursue their dreams, and don’t ever let someone tell you can’t do it.
I cannot wait to get my hands on
some all of her gorgeous pieces- here are some of my faves!
Kohl’s launched two Cinderella Collections yesterday, and yes, they are a dream come true! They have a Disney’s Cinderella for Juniors collection, and Disney’s Cinderella a Collection by LC Lauren Conrad – both are full of tulle, floral prints and the classic Cinderella blue. It took all my will power to not buy it all, so these were the three pieces I settled on.
Disney’s Cinderella a Collection by LC Lauren Conrad Tulle Skirt in Ballad Blue
Disney’s Cinderella Floral High-Low Dress
Disney’s Cinderella a Collection by LC Lauren Conrad Castle Tee: I grew up going to Disney World, so I absolutely had to get a shirt with Cinderella’s Castle on it
I also snagged this Boho Lace Trimmed Kimono that was love at first sight!
Here are my top 5 favorite looks from tonight’s Golden Globes!
Lupita Nyong’o in Giambattista Valli Couture
Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein
Viola Davis in Donna Karan
Julianne Moore in Givenchy
Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab
One of the things I’m looking forward to most when I graduate college is having a space of my own to decorate! If you haven’t heard of Modani yet, get ready to fall in love; Modani creates timeless furniture, but with a modern twist! I’ve put together my idea of a perfect living room incorporating sleek modern pieces, with chic girly items, just like my wardrobe!
For the focal point of my room, I settled on a modern black sofa from Modani’s chic Sofa Collection! When it comes to clothes, I
often times always wear all black with a pop of color, so I wanted my living room to reflect that. I loved the sleek glass coffee table and lamp. Hot pink brightens up any room, so I used it as my pop of color! I thought the rug perfectly tied in the black and the silvers in the room. The suitcases were love at first sight; not only do they show my love to travel, but they double as storage!
If you haven’t seen someone who works in fashion carrying a Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag around the streets of NYC, then you may have been living under a rock. As popular as these bags were in 2014, with them currently being sold out until March, there is no doubt that these bags are going to continue to soar in popularity during 2015! Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel were named a Racked Young Gun of 2014 and rightly so, not only were they picked up by Bergdorf Goodman’s, but their bags sell out within minutes on every website! With prices averaging between $500 and $600, these bags hit a niche in the market that is widely ignored- there are few designer bags at this price point. If you can get your hands on one of these beauties, jump on the opportunity!
Bucket Bag in Black with Flamma Interior
Large Tote in Rosa
Happy New Year! Many wonderful blogs that I follow do a ‘Word of the Year’ instead of a ‘New Years Resolution’, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon this year! After struggling to find a word that seemed to fit 2015 (which would be a year full of changes for me), my best friend gave me this necklace and bookmark, and right then I knew that my word of the year would be Peace. While I am over the moon excited about being done with college in 2015, having to find a big girl job does kind of terrify me. I am
sort of 100% Type A and not having a concrete plan come May is really throwing me for a loop, but I know that God can give me a peace that surpasses my understanding.
Now may the Lord of PEACE himself give you PEACE at all times and in every way. The Lord will be with all of you. – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and PEACE as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit -Romans 15:13
The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with PEACE. -Psalm 29:11
What’s your word for 2015?
With the Holidays just around the corner, here are some gift ideas that are sure to please everyone on your list!
For the Jewelry Lover: Gussied Black Agate Bangle , Mint Opal Ring from Chic Crystal Bijoux, Kendra Scott Elle Earrings in Gunmetal Black, Intrinsic Journeys Gemstone Healing Bracelet
For the Beauty Addict: Julep Holiday Neutrals Trio , Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Parfum, Sephora Favorites: Superstars, Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Mascara
For the Coffee Obsessed: Pumpkin Spice & All Things Nice Printable , La Colombe ‘Pure Black’ T-Shirt, Starbucks Christmas Blend, Ban.do ‘But First Coffee’ Mug
For the College Student: Ban.do ‘I Am Very Busy’ Pencil Pouch, Minnie & Emma Gold Sequins iPhone Case, Michael Kors ‘Darci’ Watch, Plum Paper Designs Planner (Use Code: BEAUTIFUL10 for 10% Off)
Looking for the perfect gift for a friend? Or maybe a little something to treat your self? Here are my favorite Cyber Monday Deals!
– C. Wonder: 40% Off Everything
– Julep: 50% Off with code CYBERWOW
–Kendra Scott: 15% Off Everything & Free Shipping with code BFCM2014
–Plum Paper: Free Set of Stickers & No Additional Shipping Cost on a Planner or Notebook when you purchase a Planner
–Express: 50% Off Everything
–Bauble Bar: 20% Off with code CYBER20*
I always look forward to Pantone’s Color Report every September and February; this season’s was not a disappointment! Their top four colors (Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, Lucite Green, and Classic Blue) just happen to be some of my favorite colors! Here are some looks from New York Fashion Week so far that showcase the top ten colors of Spring 2015.
2. Scuba Blue
3. Lucite Green
4. Classic Blue
5. Toasted Almond
6. Strawberry Ice
BCBG Max Azria
10. Glacier Gray
ZAC Zac Posen