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Four Summer Travel Necessities

Posted by Amanda Paret on 21 July, 2015 0 comments

If you've been around here for long, it's no surprise that I love color.  Today I've picked four travel necessities that I really can't do without, and of course, they all come in amazingly vibrant colors!  As an interior designer, I value new experiences, other cultures and visual inspiration.  Travel is a great way for me to grow personally, as well as professionally, and so I try to take advantage of as many trips as possible throughout the year.  

For travel-savvy info on airfare rate and insider tips, I enjoy reading The Points Guy's blog.  If you want to learn how to get the most out of credit card points to fly for free or stay in luxurious hotels for very little, I would recommend spending some time on his website.

Once I've booked a trip, I begin to round up the items that I simply can't live without, and a few really great pieces that make traveling so much more fun.  (And you know for me, this means bright hues!)  Read on for four essentials I can't travel without.

 

1. Customized Passport Cover from Etsy Shop Owner, "designbysewandsew."  I got to choose the leather and the inside lining, and there are pockets for credit cards or Global Entry cards, and a flap for your airline ticket.  Truly, she's thought of everything!

2. An awesome statement necklace – Whether I am on an airplane, meeting with a client, or just headed to the grocery store, throwing one of these pieces on instantly brightens my mood and makes me feel like a million bucks. 

3.  Ara Collective Laguna Weekender & Pouch -- I got to meet the founder of Ara Collective recently, and it was absolutely delightful!  I love supporting other small businesses, and this company helps create jobs for the makers of these products, which I love!

4. Jackery portable extra battery – Being a designer, I am constantly pulling my phone out to take pictures or document something. This little thing charges my iPhone about 2-3 times before needing to re-juice. I don’t go anywhere without it.

Those are four of my favorite travel items right now--what did I miss?  Tell us in the comments!

A Study in Patterns: Chevron

Posted by Amanda Paret on 06 July, 2015 0 comments

 

Our chevron earrings are some of the most popular earrings in our shop, and today I'm sharing my thoughts on why I love this pattern and why I think so many of you all do, too!  Currently we have the Fearless Red and the Fearless Green earrings available.

 

This captivating pattern inspires a bit of boldness, and it's easily worn on our Fearless earrings to complete an outfit.  

You may or may not know that in addition to my jewelry business, I am a full time interior designer.  So when I think about this in terms of interior design, this bold pattern inspires movement, and I love that.  It's dynamic and visual, and I think that's what makes it so appealing to many people.  

In doing a bit of research about the history of the chevron stripe, I discovered that it has roots in the military, as the "V" was used to indicate an officer's rank. Over time, though, it has grown to be much more than an indicator of rank, and it can now be found on a wide variety of clothing and decor items.

One of my favorite Instagram feeds lately has been "@ihavethisthingwithfloors," which is a feed dedicated to incredible tile pattern design.  What I love about the few I selected below are the graphic contrast in the pattern and how they are so eye-catching.  Here are just a few chevron favorites:

 

What do you love about bold prints and patterns like Chevron?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

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Necklines, Necklaces and Pattern Mixing with Amanda K. Jewelry

Posted by Amanda Paret on 04 June, 2015 0 comments

 

Pairing necklines and necklaces can be a bit daunting sometimes, so we've pulled together several photos from our founder's Instagram feed to give examples of ways to wear your statement jewelry.

Amanda K. Jewelry is all about statement necklaces, and as you can see, no pattern or color is too bold!  Our mission is to invite women to connect with the Creator, the ultimate creative.


Since each piece is a custom vintage creation, most of the necklaces pictured above have sold.  However, Amanda K. Jewelry offers many original designs, and we've rounded up several similar pieces we think you might like!

Long & Simple Necklaces: The Prayer Necklace // Fine Feather

Medium Length: For the Love of Sun //  When Lightening Strikes

Shorter: The Strength Within // The Stars at Night (pictured, bottom right)

As you can see, patterns can be mixed and matched to varying degrees, like lace with leopard print, larger florals with skinny stripes, and colors can accent in a necklace or become the main event in an outfit.  Truly, the options are endless!

If you haven't signed up for our emails yet, now is the time to do it!  (Either use the pop-up to enter your email, or use the box in the lower lefthand corner.) You'll receive more in depth and exclusive tips on how to wear different necklaces with the necklines you find in your closet.  

Find inspiration in these photos, and feel free to follow our founder on Instagram, too!

Behind the Scenes - Sourcing at an Estate Sale

Posted by Amanda Paret on 01 May, 2015 0 comments

Ever wonder where we find the vintage pieces that are featured in our necklaces?  This is one of the most-asked questions that we get, and today I am giving you a behind the scenes look at a recent big estate sale find that was a treasure trove of jewels.

 

 

The sale was from the estate of a well-known women's clothing store owner in Dallas, Lester Melnick.  You can imagine I was thrilled to discover this, and knew it was a sale we couldn't miss.  One of the first sights upon entering the house were these brightly colored sofas and dimensional art.  He was definitely a fan of color! 

 

 

There were tons of funky details throughout the house, including these unusual barstools that tied into the decor in the adjacent living room. 

 

 

One of my favorite finds was this rare brass tea service set.  It had such a unique design and shape - vintage, yet so modern - and was unlike anything I have ever seen before!  It's a good thing I was on a mission and had a budget to stick to, or else this beauty would have come back to the studio with me and I'd have to find a way to use it on a necklace!  Kidding, of course. 

 

 

 

Luckily, there were mounds of vintage jewels down the hall to distract me.  The piles captured in this picture only represent about one third of all the jewels at the sale!  I had my work cut out for me.  

 

 

After lots and lots (and lots) of digging, sorting, and deciding, I narrowed it down to a handful of special pieces that caught my eye. 

 

 

 

A few stones are missing on the yellow and black clip on earrings, but it gives them such character!  I can only imagine the events these beauties attended, and the dresses they were worn with.

 

 

I already have some ideas for these unique pieces swirling around in my head, and can't wait to get to work.  Stay tuned to see what becomes of them!

Global Home Goods Popup Shop

Posted by Amanda Paret on 23 April, 2015 0 comments

This past weekend I happened upon a fantastic popup shop in Deep Ellum, where I met three amazing women who had come together with their talents and treasures to create a global shopping experience that had me ready to hop on a plane for an adventure.  


Each of their businesses in some way supports women and artisans around the world.  Melissa Moriarty, owner of Azulina Ceramics, partners with local artisans in Columbia to create vibrantly-colored hand-painted dinnerware and serving ware.  The fresh and vibrant patterns are hand painted by women artisans in the small town of El Carmen de Viboral, continuing on a tradition that began over 100 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the things that I love about these ceramics is the super-white base that is so crisp and fresh, making the colors and details pop.  The age-old tradition began in the late 1800s when quartz and feldspar were discovered in the hills of Columbia.  According to Moriarty, the combination of these two minerals are ideal for making pottery and ceramics.  This was a fun fact to learn, because when found in gemstone form, these two minerals are some of my favorites to use in jewelry.  (Labradorite, Sunstone, Moonstone, Aventurine, and my personal favorite Amazonite are all feldspars, and quartz has many varieties, including rose quartz and pineapple quartz.)

 

 

 

Each Azulina product is completely unique and a one-of-a-kind piece, which you know we love!  Moriarty also recently ventured into the world of linens, and has started working with a co-op of single mothers to create beautiful embroidered linens that compliment the vibrant ceramics perfectly. 

 

 

 

 

I already have a self-proclaimed dish fetish, but these ceramics make me want to completely smash all of my other dishes and start over.  I found some tiny bowls and a set of blue on white embroidered napkins that I couldn’t live without, but I wouldn’t be surprised if more of her collection makes its way into my cabinets some day.  

 

 

 

 

The blue and white designs went perfectly with my existing table settings.  It's like they were meant to be together! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariemae is a line of printed goods that are designed by women in countries like Rwanda, Ghana, and Kenya, and then printed right here in Dallas.  For every product sold, the owner, Jillian Ryan, provides one hour of business skills training to a woman entrepreneur in a developing market, through her mentorship program.  I love her desire to see other women succeed in their business dreams, and help provide ways to support their families.  For more about her heart on why she started her company, visit her Mission page here

These "Thank You” cards are so fun and colorful.  Can’t wait to send a few!

 

 

 

 

Betsy Brown, of Quintessence Textiles, has a fabulously luxurious line of home goods, from linens and bags to vases and leather goods, all using ethically sourced materials and made by artisans in East Africa. Modern and minimalist designs are combined with Ethiopian heritage and craftsmanship to create global products that are providing sustainable job opportunities for artists and makers and access to new markets through Betsy's company.  I came home with a stunning and simple ivory on white diamond embroidered scarf, but wanted so many other things.

 

 

 

 

While all of these women had great lines of product and fabulous taste, it was each of their hearts for adventure and the mission behind their businesses that truly captured me. Something that has been on our minds and in our prayers around here at Amanda K. Jewelry is how we can give back to people in need in a way that relates to our business and core values.  We are currently in the exploration phase of this concept, and would love your thoughts on it!  Do you have a favorite organization or a people group that has your heart?  We would love to hear about it.  Drop us a line at hello@amandakjewelry.com or leave a comment with your ideas.  We can’t wait to see where the Lord leads us.

Be sure to follow all of these lovely ladies and their business adventures on Instagram! 

 

 

 

 

Sunny San Diego

Posted by Amanda Paret on 08 April, 2015 2 comments

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that I go out to San Diego several times a year.  It has become one of my favorite places to visit, as the weather is gorgeous, the beach is always nearby, and the landscape is so lush. 

The colors in Southern California are so vivid, and I am constantly being inspired by nature and God's immense creation when I visit.  It's no coincidence that the designs and jewelry you see on the pages of our shop and scrolling through our Instagram feed seem to be connected or color coordinated to my travel photos.  I am truly influenced and inspired by the places I visit and spend time in.  As a creator at heart, one of the best ways I have found to fuel my creative process is by traveling and choosing to live life "eyes wide open," being inspired by the things I see and people I meet.

Here are a few of our favorite photos captured in the last two trips, in case you missed them or are looking for some travel inspiration.  

The 360 degree views from Double Peak Park near San Elijo Hills are amazing.  On a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of downtown San Diego, Catalina Island, and Tijuana. 

Breakfast by the ocean is a must!  I can never quite get over the vibrancy of the blues in California.

During the trip in January, we went to see the famed San Diego Zoo, and I was inspired by the stunning pinks of the flamingos and the vivid blues and greens donned by the peacock roaming freely around the entrance to the zoo.

We also wandered around Balboa Park, which has gorgeous Spanish architecture and such a quaint atmosphere.  At dusk there were twinkling string lights, street musicians and artists, and glowing fountains.  It was like we were in a small European town.

One of my favorite places near San Diego to visit is La Jolla, and after a quick meeting with a client, we happened upon a stunning view of the coastline from atop the hills.  It was a gorgeous day!

Sunset on the beach never gets old, and is an absolutely must after two full days of meetings.

Where Life Happens

Posted by Amanda Paret on 16 February, 2015 1 comment

Being a designer, I always have people asking what my house looks like and musing that it must be cool and all "put-together."  And truth be told, there are some fun elements and unique touches that I have incorporated.  I love my space, and it makes me happy to be in it.  Which is a huge plus, since I work from home! 

I have a mix of styles that can only be attributed to being young and unable to start from scratch, but am slowly collecting some great pieces along the way.  Take a glimpse at the photo tour below for a peek into some of my favorite spots!  (But don't be fooled, it's not always this picture-perfect!  Let's be honest, there was laundry on the floor under the tripod in the bedroom and huge stacks of paperwork on the office console you can't see! Wink.)

The Lounge, aka the living room and breakfast nook.  This has to be one of my favorite spots in my house because it is so bright and cheerful.  And, life happens here!  Guests are entertained, conversations had, movies watched, and true community is lived out.

The office, where business deals go down, conference calls happen, and fabric schemes are created.

Plenty of evidence throughout the house that I am a Baylor Bear, including my favorite neon bear painting by fellow grad Jennifer Moreman, and hand-painted "Sic 'Em Bears" wooden block by alum and Little Branches owner Becky Leach.

One of my favorite ways to make a space personal and bright is to add collections of original art.  It doesn't always have to be expensive, but you have to love it.  Original art can be an old painting you picked up in a vintage shop, your child's artwork, or a treasure found while traveling. 

The Studio, where all the beautiful jewels are made!  Since we're friends and being authentic here, I will admit that it is in a constant state of "creative chaos."  A lot happens in here!  At any given moment, there could be several pieces in progress, and a handful of other designs being hashed out, while a photography shoot is happening (right on that white poster board!).  Inspiration is everywhere and I never know when an idea will strike.

I leave you with a quaint little picture of my patio I recently posted on Instagram, including the lights I put up a couple weeks ago during some unseasonably warm weather. 

 

 

Upcoming Holiday Trunk Shows

Posted by Amanda Paret on 21 November, 2014 0 comments

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? 

They say you can never start too early.  Frankly, I don't know who "they" is, but I do know that I am much more able to enjoy the holidays when I am not frantically trying to buy gifts at the last minute.  Save yourself the headaches by coming to one (or all!) of our upcoming trunk shows, where you will find one-of-a-kind pieces that are handmade right here in Dallas. Get a preview of some of the jewels that will be at these shows by browsing the collection here, but be sure to remember that a lot of new things debut at shows, and never make it to the website. 

These will be our last three shows of the year, so make sure to mark these dates on your calendar!

 

November 23

Sunday, 1-5pm
2724 Austin Ave
Waco, TX 76710 

December 7

Sunday, 2:30-5pm
105 Haddington Lane
McKinney, TX 75071

December 13

Saturday, 11am-2pm
11479 Strait Lane
Dallas, TX 75229

 

 

 

Each of these shows will have yummy treats to snack on, warm drinks to sip, and friends to chat with.  Why not join us?  Can't wait to see you there! 

P.S. - Remember that time last year when we were featured in the Preston Hollow Advocate Holiday Gift Guide?  ;-)

Junior Village Garden Club

Posted by Amanda Paret on 05 November, 2014 0 comments

I recently had the privilege of being a guest at a monthly meeting for the ladies of the Junior Village Garden Club in the Park Cities.  We had such fun talking about the beginnings of amanda k. jewelry, how our jewels are made, where inspiration comes from, and best of all, the mission behind all of our pretty pieces.  The ladies tried on pieces, shopped, and we discussed custom pieces using their special pieces from mothers or grandmothers. 

Are you interested in hosting a trunk show, or doing something similar at your group's meeting?  Let us know!  Send us a message here.

Upcoming Show: Designology Emporium

Posted by Amanda Paret on 22 October, 2014 0 comments

It's time for a trunk show!

Get the first look at the latest Fall jewels at Designology Emporium, a small, local event the evening of November 6 featuring products created by people in the interior design industry, like amanda k. jewelry! This will be a fun event you won't want to miss. It's never too early to start shopping for Christmas gifts!

See you there!