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Weekending in Fredericksburg

Posted by Amanda Paret on 21 October, 2014 0 comments

Holiday season is crazy, is it not?  This year, before we got lost in football season, busy work schedules, holiday dinners and family gatherings my sister and I decided to have a little girls' retreat down in the Hill Country.  We met up in Fredericksburg, the quaintest little town, where we dined at some great new spots, wandered through art galleries and did a little "Enchanted" hiking.  

If you are planning to visit any time soon, you must, I repeat MUST, visit Otto's.  They have done a remarkable job crafting a creative German Bistro fare, and the atmosphere is quite charming.  Don't leave without having the Cambozola Cheesecake

We also stumbled upon a fantastic gallery, The Good Art Company, that is bringing a fresh look to the Fredericksburg art scene.  They had some colorful modern pieces, mixed with several impressionistic artists.  We loved this hot pink sculpture out on the front porch! 


Our favorite place was Vaudeville, a curated shop/gallery/bistro/coffee bar filled with unique items for the home or gifts.  We loaded up here on the best coffee in town at least once a day (if not more!)


Root was a well-curated boutique that carried some great brands like Ella Moss and Alice & Trixie.  We picked up some inspiration for new jewels that you'll see this fall and holiday season!


And just in case you thought this trip was getting too girly, we hiked to the top of Enchanted Rock early Sunday morning to get this fantastic view. 


Even though each of us had been to Fredericksburg many times before, we enjoyed exploring new places and spending time together.  We even did a mini-photoshoot for #StyleMeSeptember, an everyday outfit challenge put on by Hilary Rushford.  Stay tuned for a look at a few of those images soon, and why I love what Hilary does.


Until then, stop by on Facebook or Instagram and say hello!




This is How We Style Jewels

Posted by Amanda Paret on 29 July, 2014 0 comments

Ever wonder how to wear your favorite jewels?  Well, around here, we frequently plan our outfits around the statement jewels we wear, so new combinations are always being tested out.  Sometimes the most unexpected pairings have become favorites! 


If you need some inspiration for your next outfit, head over to our Pinterest board, "What We're Wearing" for a fresh dose of style and an inside scoop on how we style jewels. 


Dallas Area Trunk Show

Posted by Amanda Paret on 08 December, 2013 0 comments

What a fun event we had in Waco today!  Thanks to all of our loyal friends and family for braving the weather to enjoy an afternoon of shopping and treats!  I can't wait to bring everything back home to Dallas for the next holiday show.  And, since you've all been patiently waiting, here are the details for the Dallas Trunk Show:

A big thank you to sweet friend Linde Giddens for hosting and letting us invade her (truly beautiful!) home for a few hours.  For those of you who don't know her, this incredibly talented woman is an artist and painter, specializing in juvenile, baby, and children's design, as well as hand painted furniture.  We seriously can't wait for all of you to get a glimpse of her home. 

This holiday show will feature some new pieces, not on the website or seen at a previous show.  And, as a special holiday treat, there will be a sale on select items.  You really won't want to miss this opportunity to pick up some one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts!

See you there!

Waco Area Trunk Show

Posted by Amanda Paret on 19 November, 2013 0 comments

We love the holidays around here, with all the merriment and gatherings, and it has truly sneaked up on us this year! However, we have managed to schedule a couple local trunk shows in the Dallas and Waco areas, so please join us for jewels and holiday fun as you shop for gifts (or a little something for yourself!). 

Here are the details for the Waco show:

A big thanks in advance to my parents for hosting this event, and showing off their lovely newly remodeled 1920s home in the heart of old Waco!  Details on the Dallas show to come soon.  Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!

Going for the Gold (Jewels)

Posted by Amanda Paret on 01 March, 2013 0 comments

Who doesn't love a good party? Especially when it benefits others! We are excited to announce that three stunning new amanda k. jewelry pieces (including the two pictured here) will be auctioned off at the Going For the Gold Gala this evening, benefiting the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing by providing scholarships for deserving students. We feel honored to help support these students in their pursuit of nursing as a higher calling. And such a worthy cause, too! We will all need a nurse at one point or another, and we are thankful that these students have chosen this path.

Our necklaces will be auctioned off alongside many other highly desirable items and experiences, such as trips to Europe, signed Robert Griffin III memorabilia, Dallas Summer Musical tickets, and more. It seems we are in great company!

We will be headed to the Gala in Cowboy Chic style (and decked out in amanda k. jewels, of course!) so stay tuned for pictures of the event!

art + jewelry

Posted by amandakjewelry on 17 September, 2012 0 comments

As a designer, I am very inspired by original art and color. I love how studying a painting or a room design inspires me to create a specific necklace or color palette for my jewelry. The principles and elements of each of these areas of design are very closely related, and can be translated into many other areas of design as well. The process is the same, no matter the outcome. Sometimes, it's after the finished products are revealed that the connection between fashion and art or interior design is discovered.

Last week I went on a quick trip to San Antonio with a mission to find some great artwork for a project I'm working on.  (If you're not aware, I am an interior designer with Astleford Interiors here in Dallas, in addition to owning amanda k. jewelry.  You could say I have a lot on my plate!)  While searching through Sally's amazing monotypes, Ashley and I noticed we had dressed the part!  Our outfits coordinated perfectly with a couple of our favorite pieces.

What you cant see in the picture of me is that I also have on green pants and yellow shoes... it was like I had translated Sally's monotype into an outfit.

And as an added bonus, we discovered we were all three wearing amanda k. jewelry!  An impromptu photo shoot was necessary.

Another sweet detail to this story: Sally is Ashley's mother-in-law.  She creates watercolor monotypes with all sorts of beautiful colors and textures. What a fun and artistic family!

Black Tie on a Budget

Posted by amandakjewelry on 10 July, 2012 0 comments

A budget can definitely be the bane of any glam girl's closet. For those who live in big cities where being fashionable is almost a requirement, looking great can be especially challenging on your wallet. Fear not, in our opinion great style doesn't always have to equal high price tags. Mixing lower priced items with one expensive piece can cinch together an entire look without sending you into a fiscal meltdown. Below we've done just that using an amanda k. black onyx and rhinestone bow tie necklace as the focal point.  The rest of the pieces are around $150 or under, proving you don't have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. 

Inspiring this look is the glittering age of the flapper: The Roaring Twenties. We imagine a Gatsby-esque party full of fabulous people and equally fabulous clothes and jewels. The champagne is flowing, the band is swinging, and everyone's got their eye on you- the girl in the bow tie. 

This fun and flirty beaded mini dress is from Dress Up Topshop and the jeweled heels can be found on Piperlime. Both run a cool $150. The pavé earrings are from a designer called Shashi and sell on Shopbop for $72. The BCBG mesh clutch is priced on the higher end at $168 but could easily be replaced with a cheaper alternative. The woven and jeweled bracelet by Sabine is a steal at just $36- again, another superb Piperlime find. Holding together the entire runway-worthy look is the black onyx and vintage, rhinestone bow tie necklace (contact for pricing info). The bow tie could be worn in the front, a menswear inspired look, or paired with an up-do as a fun surprise in the back. Stunning, either way and a sure conversation starter. Now you're styled to the nines and ready for the biggest party in town!

How would you wear the bow tie necklace? It's a versatile piece that could also be dressed down, adding a little sparkle to a simple outfit. Tell us your ideas below!

All Tied Up

Posted by amandakjewelry on 08 July, 2012 0 comments

Black tie affair? Put a feminine twist on the classic bow tie with this incredibly fun and majorly elegant piece made from black onyx and a vintage rhinestone buckle.

With this stunner you won't need much else to complete your look, except a killer smile. Très chic.

Another "How We'd Wear It" soon to follow!

Beach Party

Posted by amandakjewelry on 08 May, 2012 0 comments

With a bit of rain and cool weather sneaking back into the early summer forecasts, we're dreaming of warm sunsets, white sand, and parties under a cabana. Whether your summer get-together is on an actual beach or just a beach-themed pool party in your backyard, you will look positively perfect in this elegant and easy ensemble. Talk about beach-chic!

This stunning Anthropologie maxi dress looks great with the lime jade, aquamarine, and vintage gold amanda k. earrings. Flat sandals and a neutral croc clutch from the trendy brand Asos compliment the look, while a tropical bangle from the fashion/bargain powerhouse forever 21 adds just the right touch of bohemia. Don't forget to channel your inner celeb-hiding-from-the-paparazzi with a wide brim hat and colorful retro sunglasses, courtesy of J Crew. Altogether, this ensemble is a little bit Riviera and a little bit Caribbean, with just a touch of the Hamptons for good measure.

Beach Party

 Now if someone would just get us a sangria...

It's Wedding Season!

Posted by amandakjewelry on 04 May, 2012 0 comments

Throughout the upcoming summer months many weekends will be spent either 1. by the pool, or 2. attending weddings. Yes, several of you probably have calenders similarly booked with the blissful nuptials of friends or family and all the festivities that go along with the occasion. Whether you find these events enjoyable or stressful, fun or dull, we want you to look particularly fabulous. (After all, you'll never know who you might meet...) No, you do not want to upstage the bride - but there's no harm in coming in second!

Below we've paired a color-blocked French Connection chiffon dress  with a pair of Anthropologie wedges that would be simply divine with a peaches-n-cream mani-pedi.. With colors reminiscent of a summer sunset, the look is sophisticated yet relaxed and subtly "come-hither." A chic up-do would show off the gorgeous amanda k. earrings made from gold vermeil and dyed jade that add just the right pop of blue. Add in a lovely Amrita Singh cuff and cocktail ring, grab your ombre clutch from Calypso St. Barth, and you'll be ready to go.

Looking this good, how could you not catch the bouquet? And the attention of that cute groomsman...  That's how amanda k. does summer weddings.  Have a great weekend everyone!