More Souvenirs from Paris

~ More beautiful souvenirs from Paris ~

In a previous blog, J’adore Paris, I talked about how I like to shop for one-of-a-kind items while on vacation to commemorate my trip and bring home something special. There’s nothing better than having an item you can continue to use or display that has a unique memory attached to it. That’s why jewelry is one of the first things I look for when traveling.

During our trip to Paris this past summer, we spent a lot of time in the Marais area which is full of fun boutique shops. During one of our shopping escapades, we ran across a cute little store called L’Esprit Parisien, which specializes in hand-made jewelry created right in the Marais district. 

I was immediately drawn to the triangular gold pendant as this is right up my style alley. I love geometric shapes so I knew right away this would be going home with me. Then the woman working the shop showed me the sun pendant necklace which is unlike anything else I have in my collection. She showed me that the chain is long enough to wear traditionally or it can be doubled up as I have it pictured above. I loved the versatility of this so it came home with me as well.

~Takeaway~ When on vacation, always keep your eyes peeled for one-of-a-kind, hand-made, or specialized items that you couldn’t get at home. While a light-up key chain of the Eiffel Tower is fun, I’d much rather walk away with something a little luxe for my daily life that will instantly remind me of the vacation I so much enjoyed. When a friend notices your unique jewelry, you automatically have a fun story to tell them about how you got it.

Labradorite Pendant

~ Gorgeous Labradorite Pendant by Love Harper Boutique ~

This summer, Cherry Creek Shopping Center opened up an exciting new concept called The District Shops. What was previously a two-story Bed Bath & Beyond has been renovated into a market-style shopping experience consisting of local Colorado small retailers and artisans each with their own little vignettes filled with their specialized merchandise. Here’s the description they list on their website: “From all the latest fashions to one-of-a kind-finds, you won’t be disappointed. Showcasing vintage, clothing, jewelry, home decor, bath and body, pottery, pre-packaged foods and so, so, so much more! The District Shops in Cherry Creek has it all!”

I stopped by during a day of shopping with one of my girlfriends and was definitely impressed with what they had to offer. If farmhouse style decor floats your boat, there were a lot of “Joanna Gaines” inspired vendors. A lot of hand-made jewelry designers which I’m always drawn to, along with women’s clothing shops, candles/body scrubs/lotion type stores, and a small handful of honeys/jams/hot sauce type sellers.

My favorite stop of the day was at Love Harper Boutique – a local Colorado jewelry designer. Here’s how she describes her style: “Love Harper is a glitter dipped boutique with a bohemian feminine vibe. My mission to for you to feel how I would imagine MOST woman would want to feel- not only comfortable but beautiful, strong but feminine, and confident like your alter ego 😉 ….all while NOT breaking the bank.” – LOVE THIS!

I picked up this gorgeous triangular labradorite pendant with a very unique gold chain for $29. If you are a believer in the transformative power of crystals/stones, (I personally know nothing about this but looked it up once the woman at the check-out stand was really excited over the fact this was labradorite), then you may be curious to know that it is said to be excellent for awakening one’s own awareness of inner spirit, intuition and psychic abilities… I just loved the look of this blue-green-grey stone and didn’t have anything like this in my collection! 

~ Takeaway ~ The District Shops is a pretty great place to pick up some special pieces, perfect for finding a gift for someone special, and a very cool way for small, local business to be seen and supported. Love Harper Boutique has some awesome jewelry designs – see her instagram to explore what she’s all about!

Seeing in Style

~ Nora in rose gold ~
~ Brady in matte tortoise ~

One of my favorite things is meeting function with style, because let’s face it, it can make some of the more boring and mundane requirements of life a lot more fun and exciting! I typically wear contacts most of the time, but there are definitely times when I just want to throw on a pair of glasses. It’s not just when I first wake up in the morning and want to watch some YouTube to warm up to the day or on those lazy Sundays when I want to be in pjs all day, but also when I want to change up my look and stylize my vibe with an accessory other than jewelry. 

Warby Parker just recently opened up a store at my local mall just as I had updated my prescription, so it was perfect timing to pick up a few new fun pairs. They specialize in vintage inspired, hipster approved styles. Fun fact – for every pair of glasses they sell, a pair is also distributed to someone in need. Love a good philanthropic brand!

I was immediately drawn to the Nora style in a flashy rose gold finish. These are highly reflective, feminine, and oh so pretty in pink. I love how the frames really pop with my dark hair. The perfect look for a girly-girl looking for a unique and unusual metallic finish.

To contrast with the Nora, I also picked up the Brady which is a much more masculine look. I love the bigger scaled frames with the more squared-off lines, but what truly drew me in was the matte tortoise finish. We’ve all seen plenty of shiny tortoise frames, I’ve owned many a pair of glasses and obviously sunglasses in that flavor, but I’ve just recently started spotting the matte option which I quickly became obsessed with. I think it really puts a modernized spin on the traditional tortoise look and truthfully, I just feel cool in these (wink).

~ Takeaway ~ Wearing glasses can be fun and exciting if you shop for a pair that can express your style and your vibe. It’s ok to own a variety of pairs so you can customize your daily look to be exactly what suits you in the moment. Never underestimate the power of an awesome pair of glasses to change up your appearance. Check out Warby Parker for a unique selection of trendy options at a great price and excellent service!

What’s your sign?

~ Scorpio all the way (wink) ~

This past weekend our local city council woman held our second annual South x Southeast community festival. After a rainy start, we headed over to the park to enjoy some local bands, beer, and activities. The day ended up being perfect after the skies cleared and I was lucky enough to wander upon an awesome local jewelry designer in one of the featured pop-up stores.

{afd} is owned by Denver local jewelry designer, Anne Franklin. Here’s a little bio I pulled from her Etsy profile: “Anne Franklin was able to embrace her inner crafter in early 2010. Her determination, hope and passion for life and creating unique handmade gifts have made {anne franklin designs} an up and coming creative force in the thriving Denver handmade arena.”

I was thrilled to find the most elegantly simplistic Scorpio Zodiac Necklace and two pairs of earrings – a streamlined post design and a fun bubble look all for $50.

I’m pretty much a Scorpio to the T – independent, determined, passionate, etc. – so I love finding little items that represent my sign. It’s the perfect understated way of representing a little snippet of your personality in your style (providing you feel a tie to the characteristics of your assigned zodiac). A curious and careful eye can spot your symbol and perhaps find an instant connection to you and your passion for the subject. {afd} has a charm for each of the Zociacs – What’s yours????

Check out the {afd} etsy store!