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2013 Jewelry Trend: Double Necklaces featuring Berricle

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Shirt: Zara | Denim: Armani Exchange | Pumps: Shoemint  (similar)| Solitaire Diamond Pendant: c/o Berricle | Earrings: Aldo | Watch: MK (similar) | Sunglasses: c/o SmartBuyGlasses

Sparkle and Stripes! It’s NOVEMBER! My gosh this year went by fast. It will be 2014 in two months!

It’s all about the holidays and the parties! Berricle contacted me to style one of their fabulous and affordable necklaces. This type of sparkle is just what I need for my holiday dresses! They have rings, necklaces, and bracelets for any occasion and the price is AMAZING.

I decided to wear this new trend that I have been seeing on mannequins in all the department stores like Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Dillards. It is such a cute alternative instead of wearing the chunky statement necklaces (which I love) for those who want just a little interest. It’s dainty and gives just enough sparkle.


shopbop.com Longsleeve Tops · Forever 21 Sweaters · Vila Skinny Denim

Which do you prefer: Chunky Statement Necklaces or 

Simple Dainty Necklaces?

Embellish: Cher Lenay


This series will feature all things that give your outfit that extra flare. From jewelry, hats, scarves, and other accessories, I will feature individuals whose passion is to adorn the everyday woman. They specialize in designing what you are looking for and how it can make your style speak volumes.

A couple of weeks ago at a jewelry trunk show at Willow Life + Style, I met an amazingly talented woman. She was personable and dressed very well. She introduced herself to me and we chatted the whole night when I was actually supposed to be working! She then mentioned how she made leather jewelry and even showed me some of her designs right in the store. Her styles are very classic and can be worn any season.


*What inspires you to work in this industry?
 I am not a slave to trends. I simply believe style should be tailored differently for each individual. All women come in different shapes and sizes, and women deserve to own accessories that not only flatter their figure, but also allow them to feel confident before walking out the door. Unlike some clothing, accessories are versatile and can be re-worn throughout the week.  With CherLenay products, a woman can easily switch her look from casual to formal without doing a complete wardrobe change.  My goal is to help women create their own unique look without putting forth much effort.  I believe my products can provide this for all women.  In addition, all CherLenay products are designed locally and handmade in the United States – This gives all women a reason to proudly display their accessories!

*What was your first constructed piece? How did you go about choosing 
beads, colors, etc.?  
My first constructed piece, the Flo bag, was named after my grandmother, Flora.  My grandmother has always been an inspiration to me and I felt as though this bag mirrored her lively personality.  Boho meets country, with a little bit of flamboyancy; this bag truly says it all. 
All CherLenay bags are named after people in my life that I truly cherish.  The material is chosen separately from the bags.  I first pick the leathers that I love all on their own.  I adore the vegetable dyed browns as the nature created color makes them so rich. The wrinkles in the gray, the crackle in the patent, and of course the printed and embossed animal printed leathers make each bag so unique.  I think of the texture, the feel, and the quality of the materials, and then I ask myself: “Will this last a long time?”  Once I have decided upon the leather, I then begin to think of who the bag reminds of. 

*How long does it usually take you to construct a piece? What is your
jewelry making process?  
If I was to make my own sample handbag, it would take me 8 hours to design the pattern and then an additional 8 hours to construct the purse.  A majority of the time, I draw a concept sketch of the handbag for my manufacturer.  He then creates a sample and sends it back to me for approval.  Upon receiving the sample, I often times make additional changes until I am completely satisfied with the look and feel of the bag.  This process can take up to several months.
In addition, I also order the corresponding Italian hardware that matches each bag.  I currently have several leather suppliers in L.A. that send me swatches to choose from before making a final decision. I love doing my job and the distance hasn’t stopped me yet.  I hope to find a manufacturer here in Houston for the smaller products in my line.

*Do you have big plans, new ideas or designs you will be exploring soon?  
I am currently drawing up new handbag designs. Considering the distance between Texas and California, these designs probably won’t come to fruition until early next year.  I am continually designing new leather bracelets. These projects require little maintenance and take less time to create, approve, and manufacture.  I plan on continuing to acquire new stores in Texas. I love my Texas ladies just as much as they love my flashy products.  I am enjoying the colors that Texas flaunts, and I love working with leathers and prints that are a little edgy. These products are the most enjoyable to create, and my clients loves them as much as I do.

*What accessory do you mostly NEVER leave the house wearing?  
My grandfathers nugget pendant he bought when he was stationed in Alaska (airforce), it has the diamonds from his mother’s wedding ring embedded in it, he was her only child, my husband wears the ring that matches it with the remainder of my great-grandmothers ring diamonds.
*Where can you designs be found?  
On the internet: cherlenay.com, on Facebook, at these locations: 
Coquette -at 1848 Westheimer, Houston, Tx
Settlement Goods & Design -at 3939 Montrose, Houston, Tx
Fashion Studio Houston -at 1111 Westheimer, 
Willow -at 3201 Westheimer, Houston, Tx
Oh La La -at 833 Studewood, Houston, Tx
Annie’s Boutique – 326 S. Catalina Av, Redondo Beach, Ca
Artist Tree – 722 Yarmouth Rd, Palos Verdes Estates, Ca

Designer Cheryl Martin
What do you guys think of her designs? 
I’m in LOVE with them!

Embellish: Anjolee, The Art of Jewelry

I must admit, I wish I could get married again. Not because I wasn’t satisfied the first time, but I loved the whole experience. Picking my dress, picking my shoes, and of course the most important part was picking the accessories. My husband is actually very good a picking jewelry and he has an eye for what I like which is a plus. But Anjolee makes picking the right stone, the right style, and the right price to make a bride feel like it was made just for her.
Anjolee definitely holds up to it’s name as being a company that customizes your jewelry piece for you. The art of handcrafting a ring, bracelet, or earrings is all in your hands with the help of 35 year old company that has been featured in many retail stores across the country. Being able to purchase right from the manufacturer is always a plus for any customer. I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the designers from Anjolee and tapping into what it takes to make a customer’s customizable piece.

*Introduce yourself – Name, Origin, Education, Length of time as a jewelry designer.
 My name is Mila, I am originally from Los Angeles, CA. and have been living in Northern San Diego for over 12 years. I received a degree in architecture from San Diego State University in 2004. I ended up switching gears and interests and decided to enroll in a full year of jewelry courses at the GIA  (Gemological Institute of America) up in Carlsbad. I have been working full-time as a 3D jewelry and CAD designer for the last 5 years.

*What inspires you to working in this industry?
My passions revolve around creating unique and cutting edge jewelry designs.

*How long does it usually take you to construct a piece? What is your jewelry making process?*What is your typical day like creating Anjolee pieces?
It usually takes me 4-6 hours to brainstorm ideas about a design concept. Sometimes I start with a sketch and draw by hand while looking for inspiration. I am still intrigued by the strict rules observed in architecture but also the softness found in nature. When I begin to think about a concept, I try and visualize the end result and decide in advance if it will be an attractive jewelry piece when it is finished.

*What is the biggest perk of being a jewelry designer for Anjolee?
My fulfillment comes from being able to do something creative for work, and also draws largely from seeing an idea that originated in my mind become an item that sells well on our website. I am especially proud when it  become a top rated design (by customers).

*Do you have big plans, new ideas or designs you will be exploring soon?
At this time, a team of us are focusing on a brand new line of wedding rings called the ‘Luxe Collection’ to be offered on Anjolee.com later this year. I am currently setting up files for a darling ring that has a princess cut center diamond, accented by a combination of round and marquise shaped diamonds.

*What accessory do you mostly NEVER leave the house wearing?
I don’t leave the house without my wedding ring, and usually choose something simple to accessorize like a pair of studs or a precious pendant necklace that was given to me from my Aunt.

*Thanks Mila!

After conversing with this company, I felt like this company allowed the customer to create their own special piece. To be different and to set yourself apart from others. That’s what style embodies. Let Anjolee help you create what’s best for you!

Embellish: The Series

 Hello my dears! I’ve come to realize something about myself that I can no longer ignore. When I go shopping I peruse through the clothing section, but what catches most of my attention is the accessories! I carefully examine each piece of jewelry or make sure I check the handbag section before I leave. I noticed this on a recent shopping trip and wondered why I hadn’t noticed before. 
This gave me an idea to tap more into my love for accessories and give you an inside glimpse of how they are made, how the designers make your wonderful piece, or what stores cater to this market. I thought this would be interesting and helpful to some of you who love jewelry, bags, and anything that adorns your style. I’ve created a series that will go deeper in the efforts of designers and stores to give you an inside look on how accessories make you, YOU!

This series will feature all things that give your outfit that extra flare. From jewelry, hats, scarves, and other accessories, I will feature individuals whose passion is to adorn the everyday woman. They specialize in designing what you are looking for and how it can make your style speak volumes.
I hope you are excited about this series as I am! I would love for you to give ideas and comments on this series so that I make sure I give you the information you are interested in. If you know anyone/company who would like to be featured, please let me know and I will contact them. 

Have a wonderful day and be on the look out for the next Embellish feature!