DAINTY GOLD PRETTINESS WITH WIND BLOWN JEWELRY

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

"We aim to help women realize their beauty and worth by providing them with truly everyday pieces of jewelry that can transcend trends."
I've shared before how much I love supporting small, women-owned businesses, and today I'll be telling you guys about a company that I just recently discovered and fell in love with that is both those things!

THE BRAND

Wind Blown Jewelry is small jewelry business based out of Wake Forest, NC. All pieces are hand sawed, soldered, textured and forged by owner and creator Rachel Calhoun. Rachel has been creating jewelry since she was just 8 years old and has turned her passion for design into a career!

Rachel creates her brass and gold jewelry with inspiration from simple lines and shapes. Her styles are effortless, minimalist and meant for everyday wear. Right up my alley!

THE RISE NECKLACE

Wind Blown's RISE NECKLACE is one of those pieces that you can literally wear with anything from a white tee to a LBD. I love the 16 inch chain that lets the pendant sit at the perfect spot on your neck, and the size of the pendant itself is just bold enough, while still being dainty! The quality is lovely and I don't feel like I need to baby the necklace - it feels sturdy and all the seams in the metal are closed well. The clasp is a good size and is easy to put on without looking - always a plus!




LOOK #1: DRESSED UP

I love the subtle sparkle this necklace gives a more formal look, while still being minimal and cool. I layered this beauty with other dainty pieces to edge up this simple white dress and I love how the different chain lengths adds interest to the whole look.




LOOK #2: DRESSED DOWN

The Rise necklace is the perfect touch to a jeans and sneakers look. I love how it pokes out from the collar of a button-down and adds just a little extra somethin' to the outfit.




LOOK #3: MIDDLE GROUND

I love gold and black together and the contrast of this necklace against a simple black sweater is just perfect. I kept the rest of the outfit pretty basic so that the necklace (and hat) are my statement pieces!




DESIGN I LOVE

I love all of Rachel's designs, but some of my very favorites are the Hammered Knot Ring, Faithful Ring (paired together!), and the simple circular design of the Radiant Studs! You guys should definitely check out the rest of her work on her website, and the beautiful imagery on her Instagram feed!

Follow Rachel on Instagram @windblownjewelry



HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2018

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Holiday season is HERE and that means gift giving and gift receiving. I put together a few of my favorite things that I think would make kick-ass gifts for everyone! It's a mix of fast fashion, sustainable fashion, and some personal faves. Hope you guys enjoy!


FOR THE GALS

    
    

Everlane // The ReNew Fleece Half-Zip *Sustainable! Made out of recycled plastic bottles! No sales, but for Black Friday they donate all profits to charity!

Veja // ESPLAR Leather White Black Sneakers *Sustainable!

Windblown Jewelry // Horizon Necklace *Handmade! Black Friday: Buy one, get one 50% off
Small Biz Saturday-Cyber Monday: Free pair of Staple earrings with purchase over $40 

Sephora // LANEIGE - Lip Sleeping Mask *YOU NEED THIS! It's seriously like crack

Nordstrom // THREAD & SUPPLY - Wubby Fleece Pullover

Nisolo // Simone Crossbody Shopper *Ethical! (15% off with code EXTRA15)


FOR THE GUYS

    
    


Everlane // The ReNew Lightweight Hooded Puffer *Sustainable! Made out of recycled plastic bottles! No sales, but for Black Friday they donate all profits to charity!

Nordstrom // BARBOUR Danby Beanie Hat

SOLO Eyewear // Dominican Sunglasses *Sustainable! (30% off for Black Friday)

Amazon // Northern Brewer Brew HomeBrewing Starter Set (5gallon)

Credo Beauty // Josh Rosebrook - Nourish Shampoo *All natural! (Free gift worth $100 with any purchase over $125)

Nisolo // Diego Low Top Sneaker *Ethical! (15% off with code EXTRA15)


FOR EVERYONE

    
    


Yeti // Rambler 30oz Tumbler

Smile Brilliant // cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush *Enter to WIN one!

Target // As Seen on TV 2.4qt Power AirFryer XL

TJMaxx // TAHARI - Hand Knit Oversized Throw

Target // Ultimate Ears WonderBoom Wireless Speaker

Credo Beauty // Vertly - Hemp-CBD Relief Lotion


STOCKING STUFFERS

    
    

Target // NATIVE Deodorant

Morrocan Magic // 6 Piece Organic Lip Care Gift Set

Color Street // Nail Polish Strips

Nordstrom // INVISIBOBBLE Original Hair Tie

Credo Beauty // Non Gender Specific - Everything Serum

EMS // Summit Wool Socks, 2 Pack



SWEATER ROUND UP

Friday, November 16, 2018

Well, today is November 16th and it SNOWED a few inches last night! New England weather is wack, y'all. But with cold weather comes plenty of opportunity to cozy up my outfits with chunky knit sweaters - my favorite thing to buy! (Other than shoes, obviously)

I've rounded up my TOP 9 favorite sweaters at 3 different price points - hope you guys enjoy!

UNDER $25

    
    
    

TOP ROW
H&M // Knit Sweater

MIDDLE ROW

BOTTOM ROW
H&M // Knit Sweater



UNDER $50

    
        
    


TOP ROW
H&M // Long Sweater
Old Navy // Slouchy Garter-Stitch Turtleneck Sweater
ASOS // Pull&Bear - Chenille Sweater in Cream

MIDDLE ROW
MANGO // Chunky Knit Sweater
ASOS // ASOS DESIGN oversized sweater in fluffy yarn
ZARA // Cropped Sweater

BOTTOM ROW
ASOS // Wednesday's Girl knitted sweater in fluffy stripe
ASOS // ASOS DESIGN fluffy sweater in rib with roll neck
ASOS // ASOS DESIGN cable sweater


UNDER $100

    
    
    

TOP ROW
EVERLANE // The Cotton Turtleneck
EVERLANE // The Oversized Alpaca Crew
& Other Stories // Oversized Turtleneck Sweater

MIDDLE ROW
& Other Stories // Wool Blend Cropped Turtleneck
NAADAM // The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater Black
SLUMLOVE // The Hemless Vee - Ecru

BOTTOM ROW
H&M // Knit Mohair-blend Sweater
H&M // Chunky-knit Wool Sweater
H&M // Mohair-blend Sweater


Happy shopping friends!!