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I love making mixed media jewelry. These necklaces combine African crested porcupine quills, spent bullet casings, rough stones, various fossils such as shark vertebrae, agate, and jasper beads. Each one is unique due to the variation in materials. I named them Warrior Necklaces!

Warrior 1 Necklace

Warrior 1 Necklace

Warrior 2 Necklace

Warrior 2 Necklace

Warrior 3 Necklace

Warrior 3 Necklace

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Packing my favorite grey leather motorcycle jacket for my recent weekend ride got me thinking about this iconic jacket style. I purchased my current version in Italy in 2012. It was a little pricy but I have absolutely no regrets. To get that same jacket in the US, I would have probably paid three times as much. And the quality of the leather is like “butta”. I have another black version, a little less fitted, with a fur liner, that I have taken on all of my motorcycle trips and it has withstood wind, cold, sand, dirt, rain, and hail.

So, where did what me call the motorcycle or moto style jacket originate? Well, in 1929, brothers Irving and Jack Schott, the sons of Russian immigrants, created the first biker jacket, which they called the Perfecto. initially made for utility purposes, it quickly came to stand for all things cool, rebellious, and edgy. The company, Schott, NYC is still in existence today making some pretty cool versions of the classic jacket.

Try to imagine James Dean, Marlon Brando or Fonzie without the leather motorcycle jacket. Not possible.

Then try to imagine what you would wear in place of your leather motorcycle jacket whether you want to dress up or dress down an outfit and stay warm. It can even be worn over formal wear. In fact, I can’t think of an occasion when I would not wear one.

 

Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau yoga inspired jewelry collection.
The colors reflect the chakras or energy centers of the body, the circle is symbolic of movement, the hand stamped “OM” charms represents the sacred sound or chant that in Sanskrit means “all that is”. These designs are meant to remind the wearer to stay in harmony and unity with all that exists – mind, body and spirit!

chakras

The bracelets, earrings, and necklaces were designed using mixed metals, leather, crystals, glass, pearls, and stones.

Chakra Butterfly Lariat

Chakra Butterfly Lariat

Chakra earrings

Chakra Earrings

Chakra necklace

Chakra Necklace

Chakra necklace2

Heart Chakra Necklace

Chakra necklace3

Heart Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra bracelet

OM Chakra Bracelet

Om Chakra necklace3

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace4

OM Throat Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace5

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace7

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace8

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace10

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra pendants

OM Chakra Pendants

Om earrings

OM Throat Chakra Earrings

Om third eye necklace

OM Third Eye Necklace

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OM Third Eye Earrings

Another great find at Goodwill!  Actually, I did not find this one – my shopping companion spotted this beauty. Fortunately, she decided against it, so it was mine for the taking. The label states “B. Altman & Co., Fifth Avenue, New York. B. Altman and Company department store New York location was in business from 1906 until 1989.

Fur stoles were meant to be worn with formal wear. They could be described as capelets or shawls. I decided to wear mine over my coat for added warmth with a casual ensemble of jeans, a silk tie front blouse, and leather riding boots.

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“People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.” ~ Alexei Sayle

This Christmas, I decided to make my gifts handmade. I had fun searching Pinterest for ideas on crafty presents. The few other gifts I purchased were thrifted from Goodwill.  My son’s girlfriend received two vintage purses, in almost mint condition I may add. I also found a couple of albums for my son, an LP and an old 45 by a jazz guitarist that he was not familiar with – and he has a really large collection of New Orleans jazz and blues artists.

My son’s girlfriend got this handstamped NOLA necklace. She is from New Orleans and that girl loves her city. She liked the little crown charm the best.

NOLA necklace

NOLA necklace

My sister received the wire-work camera pendant necklace. She is an avid photographer and is finishing her Graphic Design degree. I added her initials to the top to make it more personal.

Wire camera pendant necklace

Wire camera pendant necklace

Her husband got this handstamped luggage tag.

luggage tag

I made the vanilla brown sugar scrub for a family “dirty santa” get together. Oh, I also used a Pinterest recipe for yummy hot cocoa that was a hit that night.

scrub label

scrub

 

I love the clothing designs of Isabel Marant and her blending of French-girl cool with a bohemian attitude. I first saw her designs in the French clothing catalog La Redoute, which I used to order from faithfully, until they discontinued selling in the US…only to begin again a few years ago. I only found out recently, she began her career as a jewelry designer. Jewelry was her foray into the world of design.

Isabel Marant designs under the label that bears her name as well as Etoile (French for “star” which is the symbol on her logo).

I think what I like about her designs are the simple, casual, tomboyish looks combined with a twist of femininity and flair. Below are some of my favorites from the Fall 2012 line. Also, Marant, is still designing jewelry and accessories. If I were making Santa a list this year, both of these pair of boots would be on it!

Turquoise jewelry NEVER goes out of style. Sure, it may be more popular in summer than other seasons and on trend more in some years than others but a turquoise jewelry purchase will stay in your collection for years to come. Even though they are a summer staple, you can still wear turquoise jewelry when the temperature dips. Turquoise is especially beautiful with fall colors such as brown, red, yellow, and orange. This fall, a Southwest-and-Navajo-inspired trend is all the rage, from boots to denim shirts. Turquoise looks lovely with western accents but can also make a conservative blouse, in a solid color such as pink, really pop!

Below are a collection of turquoise jewelry from Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau.  Also, I gathered together a collection on Free People titled “Not So Wild West” with turquoise jewelry and the clothing that accents it so well.

TURQUOISE
by Donovan Leitch
Your  smile beams like sunlight on a gull’s wing
And the leaves dance and play after you
Take my hand and hold it as you would a flower
Take care with my heart, oh darling, she’s made of glass
Your eyes feel like silence resting on me
And the birds cease to sing when you rise
Ride easy your fairy stallion you have mounted
Take care how you fly, my precious, you might fall down
In the pastel skies the sunset I have wandered
With  my eyes and ears and heart strained to the full, I know I tasted the essence in the few days
Take care who you love, my precious, he might not know

Luckymag.com described this fall ensemble from blogger Lucy Z. at the Daily Disguise as having the “most perfect on-season colors in a single outfit”.  I have to agree except for the fact that she is not wearing any jewelry. Sure, the outfit is a gorgeous combination of colors and textures but why not add a touch more of fall color accent with a pair of earrings or a necklace and bracelet. Below are some similar autumn hued suggestions from Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau.

TIGER LILY NECKLACE

FACET-ACTING EARRINGS

KIWI NECKLACE

MONOGRAM NECKLACE

CINNAMON SWIRL EARRINGS

FAR EAST BRACELET

NEAR EAST EARRINGS

I love the blog, Bldg 25, from Free People.  It is filled with fun, creative info on everything from food and drinks to fashion. I especially like the DIY projects. I was inspired by the recent DIY project, Desktop Dream Catchers. I took it a step further and turned it into a jewelry making project. I used a vintage doily and wire-wrapped it into a frame using craft wire and hung it on a leather cord. I call it Heirloom Necklace. I may kick it up at notch with the next one and dye the fabric or add additional beading on the bottom of the ring. Ooh, the endless possibilities!

Heirloom Necklace

Heirloom Necklace

Desktop Dream Catcher Inspiration

I don’t have much pink in my wardrobe. It is not that I don’t like the color, I guess I just have not gravitated toward it much in my clothing choices. I did find a cute black tee with an illustration of The Pink Panther and the word “PINK” to wear to work for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I do choose pink often in my jewelry designs though. Rose quartz, pink pearls, pink coral, and pink jaspers are some of my go-to jewelry design components.

This year our local Komen Race for the Cure will be held on October 20th. I have a special reason to walk the 5K having a close friend who is a recent breast cancer survivor.

So I am inclined to “Think Pink”!

Pink Bamboo Cording on Gold Hoops/Seed Beads/Glass

Feathers on Pink Vintage Crepe Paper Slide Necklace

Vintage Fan and Chain, Pink Jasper Necklace

Pink Jasper on Sterling Silver Earrings

Pink Branch Coral on Leather Necklace

Leather Cuff with Pink Satin Ribbon Corset Bracelet

Pink Feather Glass Slide Necklace

Pink Keishi Pearls on Sterling Silver

Pink Peruvian Opal on Copper Bracelet