Friday, October 26, 2012

Weekend Market - Tampa Downtown Sundays

Come visit Jessalynne at our newest and favorite market location! 

Sundays, 10am - 3pm, October - May
600 & 700 block of Franklin Street Downtown Tampa

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall in Love - Honey Gold

Crystal Bracelet * Jessalynne * Tribal Tunic * Miss Selfridge * Cardigan * Vanity * Mustard Jeans * Current/Elliot * Studded Ballet Flats * Overstock *

I won't lie, yellow is not one of my favorite colors. I might even venture to say I don't have a single yellow garment in my closet right now. However, these mustard jeans look very cute with a flowy tunic and some flats. So this outfit didn't remind you all of a bumblebee, I paired the gold pants and black cardigan with a soft pink top. Now it's just ultra-girly. But you add the studded flats and suddenly she's a little more edgy and the dagger crystal bracelet lets you know she's not nearly as sweet as you thought.  Yes, it's gorgeous and doubles as a self defense weapon. The gold hues of the bracelet are perfect for Fall and dagger shapes tie into the tribal embroidery on the tunic. This outfit might just change my mind about the color yellow!

I think with the right accessories and attitude you can be comfortable in any color. It's all about making it your own and adding your personal style to the look. Is there a Fall Color way outside your comfort zone?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Swarovski Rhinestone Stud Earrings

I just want to start off by saying that Swarovski rhinestones are possibly the most beautiful object on Earth. I don't believe I am exaggerating one bit. When I opened the little pouch of glittery awesomeness I was not ready for the jaw-dropping brilliance of each of these little gems! As you know, I've been trying out a couple new ways to incorporate stud earrings into my inventory and as I was browsing for more round crystals I stumbled across the rhinestone section on my favorite bead website. I like to purchase my beads in mixes of colors, that way I get a good variety of products without having to buy a huge quantity. Unfortunately my store didn't sell the rhinestones that way so I had to go looking for them. I eventually found exactly what I was looking for (non-heat set flat backs) and then starting hunting all over Etsy for the perfect backdrop to my sparkly little angels.  These discs are special. They aren't just plain old metal stamping blanks, they are stainless steal stamping blanks. The stainless steel is basically a flawless mirror that reflect almost as much light as the rhinestones. How could I not put them together to make one Super Stud?!

They turned out even more brilliant that I had hoped for and have been selling like hotcakes! If you want to get your hands on some, come see Jessalynne at the Tampa Downtown Market or wait patiently until I have a free few minutes to list them on the Jessalynne shop.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall in Love - Olympian Blue

Charm Bracelet * Jessalynne * Cardigan * Dorothy Perkins * Lace Tank * Rock Candy * Pencil Skirt * Alexander Wang * Boots * White Mountain *

If you don't already know how much I love wearing the color blue than you haven't been paying very good attention, have you? Blue is a staple, a neutral, in my wardrobe. It's the color of my eyes and my birthstone. It's also become the color of my business cards, banners and most of the jewelry I design.  I pair blue with black and grey pretty often, which seems kind of dark but I promise the blue makes everything pop, and I don't get teased for wearing all black that day! This faux-wrap pencil skirt by Alexander Wang looks gorgeous and comfortable! You can definitely wear this in any season. For the Fall, I would wear some calf-length boots and a cozy flyaway cardigan. No matter how chilly it is, I always end up pushing my long sleeves up to my elbows. I'm weird but I can't help it. In this case, I would definitely recommend rolling your sleeves up so you can show off this adorably bright blue charm bracelet. The glass orbs are too beautiful to cover up! Now that you've accessorized your sexy pencil skirt, you are ready for work and whatever you have planned that night!

In Florida we still haven't broken out our boots (sad face). At what temperature do you get to dust them off and strut your stuff?

Monday, October 15, 2012

10 Tips on Caring for Swarovski Jewelry

Almost every pair of earrings I design have Swarovski crystals all over them.  I splurge on these crystals because they are undoubtably the best - the best clarity, shine and overall awesomeness.  When I got my first pouch of crystals in the mail my jaw dropped at the how much these little beads sparkle! When I bought my first batch of rhinestones I had to immediately grab my camera and take a million photos so my friends would believe how ridiculously beautiful they were.  Anyways...Cleaning and caring for these delicate gems is a bit tricky. That is, if you're clumsy like me and bang your wrists on every surface and lazy like me and just throw all of your jewelry in a bowl at the end of the day. Well, STOP! These crystals should be treated like royalty! I've searched Swarovski and some related sources for some Dos and Don'ts...

Do: Store your crystal jewelry in separate pouches or boxes to avoid scratches and chips
Do: Polish with a soft jewelry cloth regularly to maintain luster
Do: Put your jewelry on last and take off first when dressing
Do: Avoid hard contact with surfaces
Do: Clean by hand with lukewarm water and a soft cloth (do not soak)
Do: Dry immediately to avoid streaks and spots
Do: Use baby wipes to restore brilliance quickly (except on crystlas with AB finishes, these last longer when only cleaned with warm water)
Don't: Wash hands, put on lotion or exercise while wearing your jewelry
Don't: Soak or immerse your crystals in water
Don't: Use abrasive cleaners, window cleaners, chlorine, toothbrushes or sonic cleaners on your jewelry

There are a lot of tutorials out there about cleaning your jewelry and most of them involve soaking in soapy water or scrubbing with a toothbrush. Don't do it! All Swarovski crystal beads have at least one finish on them (more if they are AB or fire polished). Soaking them and scrubbing them will only remove those finishes and dull or scratch your crystals. For detailed care instructions on more than just their jewelry, please visit the Swarovski website.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Balmy Night

Stone Bracelet * Jessalynne * Chiffon Dress * Calypso St. Barth *
I've found myself matching bulky chains with oversized stones and charms when creating my newest bracelets and necklaces. Maybe I'm overcompensating for the delicate earrings that have so far been my staple? Maybe I'm not as girly as I was trying to project?  Maybe that doesn't bother me at all? I love the look and feel of a bombastic (that's right!) bracelet or cuff. The chunky chain should enhance the large focal point.  You should sparkle and feel extremely confident as you walk through a crowd and everyone is staring at your wrists in awe.
Do you prefer chunky or dainty jewelry for every day wear?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wire Wrapped Crystal Earrings

I'm still new to wire wrapping anything but I've been dying to make some stud earrings. The chandelier style is awesome but I need some change every once in a while.   These adorable earrings were a great start to wire wrapping, sort of like dipping your toe in the pool before jumping in.  Just creating the 90 degree angle for the stud was challenging enough - I kept holding it too tightly and bending it backwards and sideways and all over the place! The loops on this pair are a little wonky but the sapphire fire polished beads are so pretty that I wore them anyway.  I have 5 other colors with and without AB finishes. These sweet little gems will be debuting at the Ybor Saturday Market - Come out and see them sparkle!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall in Love - Titanium

Crystal Bracelet * Jessalynne * Grey Beaded Sweater * Lela Rose * Plum Chinos * Republic * Laced Wedges * Shoe Fashionista *

I know, more purple pants, but I can't help it! I love the color!  This time I paired the colorful bottoms with a comfy grey sweater. The sweater is amped up with sequins and a back zipper. These cuffed chinos will look ultra relaxed with these lace-up suede platforms and the arm candy in lavender crystals popping from under the grey sleeves. I've been told I wear grey way too much and get teased for thinking it counts as a color. Well, Pantone dubbed it a focal color of Fall so take that! You better believe I will be rocking Titanium grey all season long!

Do you consider grey chic or blah?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Stripes and Pearls

Bauble Earrings in Silver * Jessalynne *  Striped Sweaters * Bluelans

Anything with a dolman sleeve gets my vote, especially super comfy sweaters. The color grey is also something that has caught my eye in the past months. What was once thought of as a cheap, dreary color, now represents something more chic as well as confortable. I think I am relating the color to silver and in my head that makes it beautiful. Being decked out in grey, black and silver is my ultimate dream outfit. If I could wear it every day without looking like I have too many feelings, it would be a perfect world.  Of course not everyone is a big fan of subdued fashion, so there is a bright and bubbly alternative to my bauble earrings.
Are you most comfortable in deep, dark colors or bright and bubbly hues or (please say no) neons?