Posts Tagged ‘Chamilia bead ring’

Photo shoot for NEW WHIMSY release!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

EXCITING STUFF!!!

Today, we had a photo shoot with Carlos, our fantastic photographer who took all the images you see on the WHIMSY™ website. We were particularly excited this time around because our new station necklace and matching earrings were the subjects, and we LOVE them! (Although we’re a little biased…)

As you can see in the photo I took, our model, Barbie, continues to help us create beautiful shots that Carlos makes even better with his creative vision.

These two pieces will be the next release from WHIMSY, so stay tuned for the professional photos from the shoot today so you can get an up-close look of what’s new and upcoming!

-Keri

Change it up!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Jamison Rae Designs
I’d been lusting after these cute little sterling silver and 14k gold filled stacking rings I found on Etsy a while ago, so when I found out that the designer, Jamison Rae, actually sent a stack of six to us, I was giddy with excitement! What a coincidence!

I love the idea of being able to wear one or a whole bunch of anything, and it’s even better that these adorable rings are handmade by an inspired independent artist, making them even more unique. They’re lightly hammered for texture, with a satin finish for a little shine that really brings out the gold color. Wear one, wear them all, wear just silver, or wear the gold rings—it’s totally up to you!

Jamison Rae also sells a variety of other jewelry, including necklaces and earrings. Her prices range from $20 to $62 and include elegant, minimalist designs with gemstones such as labrodorite, moonstone and druzy.
(Photo courtesy of Jamison Rae)

WHIMSY Jewelry
Another way I can update my look everyday is to simply change the beads in my WHIMSY™ interchangeable bead jewelry. They sell beautiful little “Elizabeth” earrings that unscrew to accommodate Murano glass beads from Trollbeads, Chamilia™ and many other glass bead companies. I have plenty of beads to choose from, so I like to change them according to what outfit I have on. Today it’s bright pink!

All of their jewelry is crafted using recycled materials, which is pretty neat. The earrings retail for $125, so they were a bit of an investment for me, but it was well worth it because it’s like getting a thousand different pairs of earrings in one!

What I like best about them is how well they showcase the beads I’m wearing—it really is all about the color and depth of each tiny little bead! And it only takes a few seconds to change the beads in them, meaning I have no excuse not to have cute, coordinating jewelry.

There are TONS of options out there for interchangeable, mix-and-matchable jewelry–leave a comment with a link to your favorite piece!!

-Keri

WIN Gorgeous earrings from WHIMSY!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Susan has written before about the beautiful interchangeable bead jewelry from WHIMSY™ — we’re huge advocates for the versatility of their pieces! From absolutely stunning rings to beautiful sterling silver earrings, WHIMSY has interchangeable jewelry that’s just your style.

Now you can win your very own pair of sterling silver Elizabeth earrings and two matching beads from Eastern Trading. The Elizabeth earrings are casual enough to be worn with jeans and fancy enough to be worn with a LBD for a night out on the town! And of course you can change the beads for a new look every day!

This prize package of a pair of Elizabeth earrings and two Murano glass beads by Eastern Trading is valued at $150, so enter today!

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Contest is open until midnight on June 30 and the winner will be notified July 1!

-Keri

Photo courtesy of WHIMSY Worldwide.

UPDATE 7-1-2010: Katie is the winner of the earrings by WHIMSY and Murano glass beads from Eastern Trading Company. Congratulations!

Chanel-inspired nautical style

Monday, June 14th, 2010

This weekend I saw the fabulous movie Coco before Chanel starring  Audrey Tautou. I’ve been dying to see it since it was released last year — and it did not disappoint!

If you haven’t seen the film yet, this is the truly inspirational story of the very early years of Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel. Of course, I was expecting to see the invention of the LBD and the use of ropes of pearls, but some of her other innovations really surprised me.

One of my favorites was her incorporation of nautical blue and white stripes, taken directly from while watching fishermen on a seaside holiday (Adrienne Tautou pictured). Nautical tradition in fashion is so commonplace today, that it is hard to reconcile that in Chanel’s day this styling was nothing short of revolutionary.

Since today is the official start of summer (no school!) I wanted to showcase an easy way to add Chanel’s whimsical, nautical style to your summer wardrobe without looking like the Gorton’ Fisherman! And Shiraleah has the perfect tote – sporting preppy, nautical style and created using renewable natural resources, reclaimed materials, plus environmentally friendly technologies.

The sturdy blue and white Shiraleah canvas tote (pictured here in blue, also available in raspberry) has silver metallic, vegan “leather” straps and trim, fun anchor and wheel charms, and is lined in bright pink. Secure zipper top, interior pockets for a phone, keys, and more. Perfect for the beach or boating, this tote will remind you of the shore, even when you’re landlocked! Retail $63.00

Shiraleah’s fabulous designs are available at Inspired Living, Bossa, and Ebags.

Now let’s hit the beach!

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and social activist. In addition toStyle on a WHIM Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! Success Won’t Wait! and Susan Said What?!

WHIMSY giveaway ends June 16!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

I’ve written before about the beautiful interchangeable bead jewelry from WHIMSY™ — definitely one of my favorites! From absolutely stunning rings to beautiful sterling silver earrings, WHIMSY has interchangeable jewelry that’s just your style.

Now you can win you very own sterling silver Juliet pendant and a wardrobe of three gorgeous beads from Eastern Trading. The Juliet pendant can be worn with a sterling chain, a ribbon, or black cording for a variety of looks. And of course you can change the bead for a new look every day!

This prize package of a striking Juliet pendant (chain not included) and three different Murano glass beads by Eastern Trading is valued at $150, so enter today!

5 easy ways to win:

1. Leave a comment with this post, 1 entry

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3. “Like” Style on a WHIM, 1 entry (please leave a comment to let us know)

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Contest is open until midnight on June 16 and the winner will be notified June 17!

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and social activist. In addition to Style on a WHIM, Susan also writes for Susan Said What?!, It’s how you play the game, and Success Won’t Wait!

6-17-2010 UPDATE: The winner of our contest is Alicia O. Congratulations

Style Icon — Christina Applegate

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

 

Christina Applegate has come a long way from her big-haired, short-skirt-wearing, red-lipstick-loving character Kelly Bundy on Married With Children—needless to say (but I’m going to say it anyway), her style has changed from 80s Wild Child to Timeless Beauty.

 

When attending red carpet events, Christina wears beautiful gowns in classic silhouettes, creating a signature look that is polished, sophisticated and utterly timeless. Her style is never edgy, but always feminine and classy.

 

In the above image taken at the Golden Globes, Christina wears a pale yellow Roberto Cavalli gown with a sweetheart neckline and keeps things fresh with an eye-catching necklace featuring beautiful cascading flowers. To finish the look, a pair of simple drop earrings–a great choice so nothing competes with her statement necklace. The real star of the show is the Lorraine Schwartz necklace, for sure!

 

In the image to the left, Christina opts for big, sexy curls and an ultra-feminine beige lace-top dress with cap sleeves. The sleeves give her a little extra coverage and balance the low cut of the front. She keeps her makeup demure but fresh and goddess-esque with black eyeliner and blush in just the right shade to match her skin tone. Her tan lines are a little distracting with the cut of the dress, but hey–we all battle tan lines sometimes!

 

At the 2009 Emmys, Christina donned a beautiful navy gown with a draped asymmetrical neckline and lace inset by Basil Soda. She looked very fashion forward and tres chic!

“Whatcha Say” to swagging Jason Derulo?!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

On Monday afternoon, Susan and I got to meet and have lunch at Stanley’s Tavern with Jason Derulo! Known for his current single “Whatcha Say”, which is No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, Jason has also worked with Lil Wayne, Sean Kingston and Danity Kane, among other popular musical artists. 

 

A Florida native and just 20 years old, Jason won the 2006 Apollo Season Finale Grand Championship. He is signed to the Beluga Heights/Warner Bros. record label and is currently finishing work on his debut album.

 

Jason was incredibly nice in person and was very thankful when we presented him with a “swag” basket of Delaware products including our WHIMSY™ ring, the game You’ve Been Sentenced! and coffee from Pike Creek Coffee.

 

After introductions, Jason told us a little about his background in music and performing and then actually sang his hit “Whatcha Say” a cappella!!

 

We ate some lunch and then Jason signed posters and took pictures with everyone.

 

Susan and I were so excited to have the opportunity to meet him, his rep and the great people from WSTW who organized the event.

 

We wish him nothing but the best!

 

-Keri

Keri is a 24-year-old aunt, blogger, editor,

wanna-be fashionista and marketing chick

who loves M&Ms way too much and reads

(real) books.

 

5 Favorite Fashion Picks — Sept. 25-27

Friday, September 25th, 2009

 5

Favorite

Fashion Picks

 

Sept. 25-27

 

 

This week, my 5 Fashion Picks revolve around comfort. When the weather gets cooler and the sky is cloudy, all I want to do is just curl up in a big comfy chair in my worn-in sweats and read. All day. Unfortunately, my “sweats” consist of faded college men’s sweatpants with severely frayed hems and paint stains (being “crafty” for my sorority got messy at times) and a random oversized t-shirt from my random oversized t-shirt collection. Maybe it’s time for me to upgrade…

 

1

 

A comfy tee.

A fantastic tunic-style t-shirt at New York & Company is loose, flowy and super comfortable, yet chic and effortless enough for a trip to Blockbuster or the grocery store. And right now (as the date of this post), NY&C is having a special—buy a tunic and get one select legging for free! A pair in classic black will give you the most bang for your buck, but if they’re free…pick any color you like!

 

2

 

 A grandpa sweater.

 For true comfort, pull a “grandpa” sweater over your short-sleeved tunic and snuggle up with a book. This thick, cable knit, military-style sweater coat from Express is sure to keep you cozy. It buttons to the waist, so it’ll give a little in the hip region, providing even more comfort. My only wish is that it came in my new favorite color of the season—deep purple!

 

3

 

 Thick socks.

 I pretty much swear by cable knit knee-high socks. Like I said in my knee-high socks post, my feet are always cold, so thick socks are pretty much essential to my comfort. These thigh-high cream-colored socks from Target are right up my ally, and they can easily be slipped off before going out in public, for fear of looking too 80s. And I admit I love sliding around on my hardwood floors in great socks like those.

 

4

 

 Cute flats.

 If you need to run errands, the easiest way to look chic is simply to slip on a pair of cute flats with your leggings. On a recent trip to Target, I found these comfortable not-trying-too-hard flats that are very cute and a total steal at $12.99. They also come in bronze and black, but I liked the silver ones best.

 

5

 

 A locket.

 Since it’s all about comfort, you probably haven’t thought about jewelry. But this is From the Jewelry Box, so let’s celebrate a different kind of comfort—the comfort that the ones you love give you. I believe every woman should own a locket with a special photo inside, whether it’s a photo of her husband, her family or even her dog. The locket doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive—jewelry that has meaning is the most valuable kind.

I have my eye on this scroll-motif locket on Etsy by chrysdesignsjewelry because I’ve been meaning to get a new one. This would be perfect for a photo of my beautiful nieces on one side and a photo of my man friend on the other!

  

-Keri

Keri is a 24-year-old aunt, blogger, editor,

wanna-be fashionista and marketing chick

who loves M&Ms way too much and reads

 

5 Favorite Fashion Picks for Sept. 11-13

Friday, September 11th, 2009

 5

Favorite

Fashion Picks

 

Sept. 11-13

 

 

 

 

1

 

Grape cluster necklace.

You don’t have to love wine to love this brooch pendant necklace from SpaceMermaid. Miniature pearly early white grapes dangle from a long gold-plated brass chain—very whimsical and simply beautiful.

 

2

 

 A blue embroidered scarf.

 Wet Seal markets itself as a teen clothing retailer, and even though I’m past my teen years, I admit I still find things I love from them. I own a handful of scarves from Wet Seal because they come in so many different colors and styles that they’re so hard to resist! I recently found this blue embroidered scarf with flower motifs that also comes in grey. I like to wear one with a long “grandpa” sweater when I run errands, so I just might have to add this scarf to my collection.

 

3

 

 A cupcake!

 In the spirit of my upcoming birthday (one week!), I’ve been perusing for new beads for my Chamilia™ bracelet. I like to stick to just Chamilia beads on that bracelet (because I’m anal retentive like that), but I couldn’t help but notice how cute some of the Halia beads sold at Whitten’s Fine Jewelry are, and they fit on my Chamilia bracelet! So I bought myself an adorable pink cupcake bead and a pink flower bead with a dangle. Beads are so addictive!

 

4

 

 A slouchy sweater.

 Our office is (and therefore I am) perpetually cold, so I’m always wishing I had a slouchy, oversized sweater to pull on when I’m particularly chilly. I found a summer/fall transition sweater at New York & Company that’s great for layering. It’s actually more like a vest, but it’s perfect to grab on the way to dinner (chilly restaurants) and a movie (cool theaters). I also love it in the wine color because it’ll go with black or brown.

 

5

 

 A super-affordable bangle.

 Bangles are a must-have because they’re so easy to just slip on and run out the door, and they add pizzazz to any and every outfit. I found an open-weave bangle from Body Central (a store commonly found in shopping malls) for $6!! It comes in silver and gold, and it’s a no-brainer for a bit of pocket change.

 

-Keri

Keri is a 23-year-old aunt, blogger, editor,

wanna-be fashionista and marketing chick

who loves M&Ms way too much and reads

(real) books.

On the Fringe of Jewelry Fashion

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Chain fringe is all the rage in jewelry this season—not surprising, because when you flip through the pages of the latest fashion magazines, you see studded bags, boots and belts. The edgy, biker look is back, and since we—the ladies here at From The Jewelry Box—LOVE chunky and slim, mismatched chains, we’re thrilled to see the trend reemerge this fall! (We’re girly but we like to feel dangerous!)

 

Stella & Dot, a great jewelry company with tons of funky and fabulous pieces, offers these chain fringe earrings. With slinky chains and lines of tiny rhinestones, they’ll sparkle and sway while you’re dancing on tables at a girls’ night out.

 

I was surprised (and delighted!) to find this leaf and chain fringe necklace at Pac Sun. It’s very “funky fall” and would look fantastic with a coral-hued top.

 

Besides the fact that I love the name of the jewelry line—Dirty Librarian Chains—ShopBop offers this necklace that looks like a hodge-podge of delicate, old chains repurposed into something simple and elegant. Check out the model photo to get an idea of what it would look like with a strapless top.

 

Have some extra cash to spend? This FANTASTIC chain fringe bracelet from Winifred Grace is stunning and absolutely beautiful. Featuring freshwater pearls and gold detailing, it’s a definite splurge at $310, but it’s a great inspiration when bargain hunting for something more affordable.

 

I fell in love with this chain and leather necklace from Express as soon as I saw it. It’s a total “mixed-media” statement piece—almost like a treasure chest of all sorts of charms and dangles to look at. For the daring fashionista!

 

I wasn’t really expecting to find anything in a search for “chain fringe ring”, but I stumbled upon this aptly named Studio 54 ring, complete with a generous bundle of fringe! Not sure how it would feel on my hand because the fringe seems rather long, but I’d be curious to give it a try!

 

-Keri

Keri is a 23-year-old aunt, blogger, editor,

wanna-be fashionista and marketing chick

who loves M&Ms way too much and reads  

(real) books.