Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What To Wear Wednesday

What To Wear Wednesday

I do like to go back to Garnet Hill's fashion as I think it pairs so nicely with jewelry.  It is simple, tailored and sophisticated and they are having a big sale!

This week I chose

Bob Hoffmeyer & Alicia Marinache  for my guest jewelry designers this week.

First up is the simple yet sophisticated designs of Bob Hoffmeyer from The Hoffmeyer Collection.  I love stone jewelry and he pairs them up lovely and simply with a high level of sophistication.

This lovely sheer linen Easy Open Neck sweater by Garnet Hill is simple and pairs perfectly with Bob's lovely Crazy Lace Agate & Glass necklace from The Hoffmeyer Collection. Lovely pairing for a simple sophisticated statement.


Alicia Marinache of All Pretty Things is the designer of these lovely dangle earrings with an etched and patina'd finish.  This very textural top by Giselle from Velvet by Graham & Spencer pairs perfectly and adds some contrast in color with the darker azure blue patina and brassy gold finish.  I love these vintage feeling earrings paired with a more modern top.  I think they make a modern meets old world statement.


I paired this asymmetrical dress shift dress from Garnet Hill with an asymmetrical necklace made by me from YaY! Jewelry on Etsy.  The large statement size flower with a Zinnia in mind was tied with Golden Coral onto a estate sale find brooch.  I paired it with some Juicy Druzy stone, Orange Calcite and Pineapple facetted Jade rondeles. Center of the Zinnia is a Greek Mykonos Donut.

Thank you Alicia and Bob for allowing me to add your beautiful jewelry into my What To Wear Wednesday Weekly Blog Post and to my viewers.......Have Fun Shopping!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Variety Is The Spice of Jewelry Design

  A month ago I made some jewelry for Dakota Stones product launch of their new wavy coin.  The jewelry was made to give customers ideas for how they can utilize these newly shaped stones.  
Art Beads has a large selection of Dakota Stone's product line and they were so kind to give me a spotlight of my jewelry designs using many of the beads they carry. The goal was to give their customers inspiration on the great textural pieces that can be created using Dakota Stones.

This is what they had to say as taken from Art Beads Website!

"Find fabulous examples of jewelry created with Dakota Stones gemstone beads right here! These high-quality gemstones are the perfect way to start creating something special - a jewelry design full of beauty, meaning and creativity. Designer Kristin Oppold of Yay! Jewelry designed these pieces for Dakota Stones, to showcase how their beads bring a unique element to any design. Since each bead is one-of-a-kind, your jewelry will be, too. Find inspiration from these exquisite designs and then explore what you can create with Dakota Stones gemstones. "

What I really love about Dakota Stones is the variety of shapes, cuts and stone types they have.  You can really come up with some great textural pieces.  

This is one of my favorites that I made with their wavy coin.

This Rose Quartz Wavy Coin Love Bracelet is up for sale in my Etsy Shop and can be purchased 

Simply Stated Rose Quartz & Copper Necklace can be purchased 

So if you are looking for a great variety of stones and wanting to delve into making some very textural pieces please head over to

large selection of Dakota Stones high quality beads.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What To Wear Wednesday

This week I was hoping to get my inspiration for my blog from my many jewelry making friends from my 
Creative Bead Chat Group  

The Artisan Whimsy Group. 

This pool of highly talented jewelry designers and art bead sellers have been very instrumental in my growth as a jewelry designer and an artist.

I couldn't pick from just one guest jewelry designer this week so here they are.

I couldn't resist this lovely knotted olive drab dress by Damir Doma on SSENSE online can be worn in 2 ways. SSENSE.COM is a very fashion forward website that is young and hip with a Urban Chic feel.  I think it pairs nicely with the longer Spring Willow necklace made by SJDesigns Jewelry on Etsy. Sarajo Wentling is the designer and she meticulously embossed and handpainted the leaves in the designs and set them on Vintaj Brass with an earthy twig which is perfection.


I think this pop of Swarovski sparkle is perfect for this very simple yet stylish tank by Pierre Balmain on SSENSE online.  Denim Delight necklace is made by my friend Aime Biondolillo from Aimees Jewelry Treasures online.  It makes a statement in it's triple strand design and in it's sparkle!


I couldn't help myself with this mandala printed dress by Helmut Lang!!!!!!!!  Man I wish I was still in my twenties!  I love the asymmetry and of course the color of this rockin dress from SSENSE online.  I like the play of the peachy pink orange with the muddy hyacinth.  I think the silver adds a bit of a spark and contrast for the warm colors in the dress.  I included Linda Youkman's lovely multistrand bracelet from Lindys Designs on Etsy it has a nice softness with the Cherry Quartz & Rose Quartz  and included my long spikish earrings made by me from YaY! Jewelry to add a little extra edge to this already fabulous dress.

This lovely bracelet by Lindy's Designs can be purchased Here.
This rocking Helmut Lang dress on SSENSE dress can be purchased HERE.
These earrings from YaY! Jewelry can be purchased HERE.

You may note that the SSENSE is having a BIG SALE right now!!!!!!  
Have fun shopping my friends jewelry and these great fashions from SSENSE.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What To Wear Wednesday

Picking jewelry and taking the time to get it right can take time.  Because I am a jewelry artist I am always being the good marketer and thinking who will see what I am wearing and where will I be.  So I do spend a little time picking out what I wear before I leave the house as this is the nature of my business.  I have sold jewelry off of my neck so it is worth a little extra time for me.  

Going monochromatic really is the easiest way to pick your jewelry.  So if you are in a hurry go that route. Shades can be on the same spectrum.  If you have more time think about a complimentary color or multicolored.

This azure blue dress by Anthropologie is very striking.  It has a carefree flow to it and I think goes perfect with Cherrie Fick's lovely beach themed necklace and matching earring from her Etsy Shop called Enlalumiere.  I can picture this well put together lady walking on the boardwalk shopping her favorite shops and heading to her local coffee shop.  I think she would turn the heads of many ladies.  Yes, I say ladies as we really notice what women are wearing.

Cherrie's Necklace can be purchased Here and Earrings Here.

Anthtopologie's Solana Dress Can be purchased Here.

The above peachy pink color happens to be a favorite of mine as of late and I think it has more to do with my love of Sunstone than of really the color itself.  Color or stone this lovely sheer top from Anthropologie would be a great summer staple for those hot humid summer days.  Set this with a lovely chunky statement necklace from YaY! Jewelry to add some vavoom to this relatively conservative top and I think you have a great mix.  I think copper has a great constrast for the softness of the color.  This necklace will give this top just the right amount earthy carefree feel with the Fossil Coral, Sunstone and Riverstone while at the sometime making a big statement. And this is a 

YaY! Jewelry's Necklace can be purchased HERE and Earrings Here.

This lovely feminine Janie Tunic can be purchased HERE.

I hope you are enjoying my What To Wear Wednesdays.  I love fashion and its evolving nature,  it always keeps my jewelry thinking fresh and innovative.  God permitting I will be making jewelry for my lifetime.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What To Wear Wednesday

Ever wonder how to dress your outfit with jewelry?  

Every Wednesday I will be doing a feature on my blog on just that.  Featuring my jewelry and a friends jewelry along with some great fashion that you can buy off of the internet.

This lovely soft and earthy dress from Garnet Hill would look great with a slightly longer necklace in a brighter shade.  You don't always have to match your colors exactly. You can keep your look on the same monochromatic scale as this would be or even do a complimentary color.

I love the pop of color that Donna Bradley's Bracelet and Earrings give this very monochromatic outfit. The bracelets ribbon softens the slate gray tones of the shirt and will be very noticeable in this lovely well tailored shirt by Garnet Hill.  Earrings offer a bit a whimsey also by Donna Bradley.

You can buy the Bracelet Here and the Earrings Here.

Don't be afraid to dress up your lovely clothing with different and exciting jewelry items.  

Go off the beaten path and give it a try!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Artisan Whimsy Magazine July 2013

So happy to have a couple of my designs included in the 
this month.

My Crazee Heart Necklace made it in.  An experiment in tying that I have been playing with.  This one is made with a raw Turquoise Heart that has been tied and macrame'd.  It is fun and whimsical with the carefree waxed linen that is loose and wild on the side.  Set with artisan lampwork, Blue Sponge Coral, Russian Amazonite from Dakota Stones and a handmade clasp by Melinda Orr on Etsy.

This simple butterfly necklace also made magazine. Bottom left corner.

Made with a lovely pendant from Angel Whisperer on Etsy, Czech Glass, Blue Quartz and facetted Amethyst.

Their was a lovely interview done on Sharyl McMillian Nelson a friend of mine and a very talented jewelry artist.  Go check out her interview and many other talented artists and art bead makers works.  You can also pick up some coupons on your visit.

If you are interested in joining the Artisan Whimsey Group it is open to all jewelry artists go here to sign up.