The Story Behind My Silver Jewelry Collection

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Happy Thursday! If you have been following my blog the past few years, you probably have noticed I wear quite a bit of jewelry. I wear rings on almost every finger, bracelet stacking is my favorite puzzle, and bring on the statement necklaces! As I have defined my personal style in the past couple of years, I have determined that silver jewelry is my metal of choice. About 3 years ago, I would only wear gold because it was so trendy on Pinterest; but I would find myself purchasing cheap fast fashion pieces and within 2-3 weeks they would tarnish, lose their appeal and I would have to start over again. Maybe I didn’t have much luck because I basically live in my jewelry, but I was seeking for something durable throughout my day, and something that I could stack, mix and match.

Growing up I received a few really special silver pieces – from vintage rings I found in Arizona, to a few gorgeous silver and turquoise necklaces I received from my adopted Nana. I realized that these pieces held their value and it was worth investing or holding onto pieces that could take the wear and tear of my day-to-day routine. From that day forward, I said goodbye to my tarnished, now greenish gold, costume jewelry and focused on keeping a few really special pieces in my jewelry routine. I love that all of my jewelry has a story – whether its how I received the piece, where it was made, or an experience I had with it. My pieces are special to me, and my “family jewels.”

My really special jewelry pieces are my rings and cuffs. As far as my rings go, I have a simple silver band that I never take off (see in the next picture) from my sister. I always think of her when I wear it and I love knowing that I have family leading me through my day. I have a couple other vintage rings I discovered at thrift shops on various vacations that were basically a steal – I love how unique they are! I also have a variety of rings I have acquired through working in the fashion/media industry. All of these are special because I know they’re based of friendship, hard work and pride. As far as my cuffs and bracelets go, I have a handful of jeweled silver cuffs from vintage shops, plus a few simple silver bands and bracelets that go with everything. I also love that my silver jewelry gives me a sense of home – that Southwest flair.

Recently on the blog, I partnered up with Capolavori, an online artisan marketplace promoting local crafts – from jewelry to home decor (see post here) and I shared two of my newest pieces to my jewelry collection: The Sipario cuff and the Anello 2 Spike ring. As you can probably pick up from my jewelry history, I am pretty picky to what makes “the cut” and I’m not lying when I say that I wear these two pieces almost every single day. The ring perfectly blends into my ring collage, and I have received non-stop compliments about the cuff because it’s so unique and can easily stand alone with an outfit. I highly recommend if you’re looking at saying goodbye to cheap costume jewelry, and building a collection of nice wearable jewelry, I suggest investing in something that is artisan made, like Capolavori,  made from real silver or gold, and something that you can wear with everything. I have been lucky to start my collection with a mixture of vintage and new pieces, and now I’m really excited to continue to grow my jewelry and find pieces that scream my personal style!

Here is a little bit more about Capolavori, why I’m really in love with this company and why you should check them out:

What is Capolavori?

  • Marketplace of high-end craftsmanship straight from the artisan’s workshop, promoting local craft production rather than mass production (competitors)

  • Owns the process and relationship with merchants

  • Specializes in jewelry, home decoration, tableware, leather goods, and bags

  • Each product is unique since they are all hand-made — nothing is mass produced

  • All the materials used are tracked and natural, and made without any exploited labo

 

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POST IN COLLABORATION WITH CAPOLAVORI

 


Wear It Wednesday: 6 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

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Happy Wear It Wednesday! Today’s tutorial is one that you have probably seen on Pinterest a few times already, so I wanted re-create it and share my favorite 6 ways to wear a blanket scarf this winter. I actually wear this scarf almost every morning during the winter because it’s neutral, cozy and I can easily layer it over a coat or wrap it around my neck and face to shield out the bitterness of the cold.  So let’s get to it – here are 6 easy ways to style your blanket scarf! xo

1. The Standard

I call this The Standard because you can fold your scarf longways in half and drape it over your outfit or coat. Easy peasy.

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2. The Classic Loop

Remember infinity scarves? Well I could not get enough of them during the early 2000’s and I remember I had to have a serious talk with myself at one point because I wore a different one almost every day. I was obsessed. The main problem though was finding one that you could wrap around without having it too bunched up near your neck. By using a blanket scarf, you can still get the same effect of an infinity loop, but no suffocating your neck since you determine how it lays. Hello updated, and more chic infinity loop!

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3. Over the Shoulder

This is my “faking cool” scarf look. Like I ran out of the house and barely threw on a scarf, but I’m a chic blogger. In reality I find this great for keeping your neck still warm but not having to worry about the bulk of an entire blanket scarf around your neck, or falling out of place since I ever so nonchalantly threw it over of my shoulder.

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4. The Poncho

Are you always cold in the office like I am? *Walks in The Poncho. Instead of keeping an extra cardigan at your desk, embrace the poncho vibe with your scarf. You can simply just drape it over your shoulders and arms, or even belt it to keep it in place for the day. You’ll feel snug in a rug like a little bug.

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5. The Pull-Through Loop

I always feel a little preppy doing the pull-through loop with my scarf, but it’s a serious winter full-proof way to style your scarf. It’s efficient, easy to learn and ever so cozy. I do this style on really cold days to keep my neck warm and tuck in the end of the scarf to my jacket.

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6. The Neck Warmer

Say hello again to infinity scarves. This is like The Classic Loop, but for those cold, windy days. It keeps your hair in place, your neck and face warm, plus it’s not moving anywhere.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: ZAFI AHMED

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Snow Leopard

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Oh hey there! I hope you enjoyed your long weekend. I hung out with a few friends, binge watched Netflix, and I even took a little day trip to Stamford, Connecticut on Saturday – it was the perfect getaway from emails, the city and my never ending to-do lists. Now I’m ready to get back to the grind of the week and power through. We got a little snow in the city again on Saturday, but it was nothing like the quick storm we got right after the holidays. During that snowy weekend two weeks ago, I took a photoshoot in Central Park. I think this shoot series will be one of my favorites of winter! I have had fairly mild winters in New York since moving here, so it was fun playing in the fresh snow and seeing the park filled with families sledding, walking around and just enjoying the weather.

I wore my leopard jacket again (you can see the last time I styled it here in November) and this time I paired it with my leather leggings, not-so-snow-friendly sneakers, and my new favorite J.Crew turtleneck. I loved mixing the striped print with the jacket and then adding the olive green beanie to tie together the entire combo. Also, I’m wearing my new Daniel Wellington watch, and I’m so in love with it! I have seen this watch pretty frequently on social media lately and was overjoyed with they asked to collaborate! I couldn’t wait to style this classic piece with my edgy wardrobe and make the watch my own style. Since I received it in the mail a couple weeks ago, I haven’t stopped wearing it either because it matches everything! You can save 15% off your next Daniel Wellington order by using my promo code: SIMPLYAUDREEEnjoy your Tuesday and I’ll see you back on the blog tomorrow for another installment of Wear It Wednesday! xo

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SHOP SIMILAR LOOK IN THE LINKS BELOW:
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BEANIE (SAME) | COAT 1 | COAT 2 | COAT 3 | TURTLENECK | LEGGINGS | CLUTCH | SHOES (SAME) | WATCH , CUFF (SAME)

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BEANIE (MADEWELL) | COAT (C/O THE FASHION FOUNDATION) | TURTLENECK (J.CREW) | LEGGINGS (TARGET) | SHOES (ADIDAS) | CLUTCH (WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET) | WATCH, CUFF (C/O DANIEL WELLINGTON)

PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Starting to Feel like Winter

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I survived my first winter snowfall in NYC this past weekend, and I don’t doubt that it’ll be it’s last. The temperatures have dropped and all I can think about right now is turtlenecks, blanket scarves, and layers on top of layer. I have been catching myself gravitate towards a lot more neutral pieces the past few weeks and I have been sticking to a so-called winter uniform: Sweater, pants and a scarf. It’s cozy and I don’t have to think much about getting dressed when it’s so cold outside.

Today’s look is from NYE weekend when one of my girlfriends visited NYC, and we faced the cold weather for some tourist attractions. I think it’s safe to say to my friends going forward to please visit when the sun is shining! New York is way better when it’s a little warmer! Despite the cold weather, we had a blast and I’m really excited to share my upcoming winter looks on the blog this season. So prepare for a lot of turtlenecks, and cheers to winter! xosimplyaudreekate_8923

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COAT | SCARF | TURTLENECK | LEGGINGS | SNEAKERS | PURSE | SUNNIES

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COAT (C/O THE STYLE THEORY) | TURTLENECK, BAG (C/O LULU’S) | LEGGINGS (TARGET) | SNEAKERS (ADIDAS) | SCARF (ARITZIA) | SUNGLASSES (CONVERSE-JACK PURCELL)

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