Pastel fans, you’re in for year of fantastically delicate hues! The Pantone Color Institute has announced that Rose Quartz and Serenity are sharing the title of 2016′s Color of the Year. These soft shades of pink and blue evoke the tranquility of nature, a calming sense of security and the sweet freedom of open personal expression. Such versatile colors are nicely complemented by warm neutrals and muted shades, and they make a fabulous canvas for styling a range of accessories. One simple way to enhance this pretty pastel palette: adorn yourself with the cool tones of silver jewelry. Enliven your wardrobe by styling silvertone baubles inspired by old fashioned designs, or make a curated chic statement with crystal vintage pieces boasting the endlessly appealing vibes of yesteryear. If you need further inspiration, we’ve prepared a photo style guide to spark some excitement for 2016′s fashion landscape.
The days are getting shorter, the temperature is getting colder and sweater season is upon us! While these cozy knits are often completely necessary for staying warm, they tend to present one bothersome problem: they can snag easily. This can make styling your favorite pieces of jewelry something of a hassle during the chilly months. Luckily, we here at Heirloom Finds have some tips for choosing pieces that reduce the risk of pulls, snags and loose stitches.
First and foremost, shirk the statement necklace and instead let a pair of vivacious earrings do the talking for you. Statement earrings positioned safely at your lobes won’t pose a threat to your threads. Our favorites for wintertime styling include crystal scrollwork dangles, dramatic black resin drops, Deco-inspired beauties and fanning rhinestone dazzlers.
If you simply must wear a necklace with your pullover or cardi, don’t fret! Not every necklace poses a risk to your knits. Opt for beads and smooth-surfaced pendants rather than crystal clusters and spiked metallics to avoid those snags. Consider, for example, a trendy floral beaded tassel, a bold simulated pearl number, a teardrop tassel pendant with a hammered finish or a chic combination of simulated pearls and sparkly crystal beads.
Wrists aren’t too problematic, provided you skip bulky stretch bracelets and troublesome mechanical clasps. Settle on cuffs, memory wire bangles and magnetic clasp bands instead. Your sweaters will thank you! Need some inspiration? Check out this imitation snakeskin statement cuff, shiny magnetic bangle, double simulated pear memory wire wrap and ultra-glitzy aurora borealis crystal spring coil bracelet.
These suggestions should see you well on your way to styling sweater friendly jewelry like a pro. If you want to bring some retro appeal to your look, consider also adding vintage brooches or sweater clips to your knitwear. They’re the classic accessories for winter apparel. Whatever baubles you choose, stay warm and stylish out there!
by Sarah Clark
If throwback fashion is kind of your thing, you’re in luck this season. Vintage vibes have overtaken the runway! We here at Heirloom Finds have been noticing that brooches have become especially prominent in this year’s fall fashion trends. If you’re looking for ways to rock these retro baubles while making a cutting-edge statement, we have some tips you’ll be dying to try!
Perhaps the most commonplace location for attaching a brooch is on a blazer. However, that doesn’t mean the look needs to be boring. Opt for something large, bright and eye-catching to enliven an otherwise demure lapel and attract compliments on your unique fashion sense.
If you’re not quite ready to go bold with your brooches, a more delicate alternative is to pair a romantic long-stemmed rose pin with a blush pink blazer. The resulting look is flirty, floral and feminine without being overly cloying.
Does your workday wardrobe include several collared blouses? Every one of those tops offers an opportunity to style a vintage pin. Simply attach a classically gorgeous brooch below the top button and go! It’s best to opt for smaller, lightweight pieces in these instances.
Trying to keep off the crisp autumn chill? You can easily rock a brooch while staying bundled up! Pick out a cozy blanket scarf, wrap it around you and attach a brooch to hold it in place. We’re sort of obsessed with the look of sparkling crystals against soft woven textiles.
The resurgence of the ruana this year provides yet another fantastic chance for rocking a brilliant brooch. Choose something bright, bold and metallic to fasten onto a fringed wrap. The ruana’s versatile nature is replete with potential with regard to pin placement.
If sweaters are more your scene, try fastening an eye-catching brooch onto a turtleneck collar. You couldn’t ask to look more fabulous while staying so warm! We prefer the appearance of a metallic flower pin against a darker knit for optimum autumn panache.
Don’t be afraid to wear more than one brooch at once! The clustered look is lovely when you have the right collection of pins. The possibilities here are limitless! A few flower pins, for example, turn a denim jacket into a backdrop for a lovely bouquet of beautiful blooms.
Think brooches are only for wearing below the shoulders? Think again! Any pin styled on a chic chapeau can make an incredibly gorgeous and wholly original statement. A band on a black floppy felt hat is the perfect place for fastening the prettiest brooch you own. You can also experiment in glamming up beanies, cloches and trilbies as well to curate a look that’s uniquely you.
If you have a hair tie, you have one more opportunity to show off a favorite brooch. A basic ponytail becomes something one-of-a-kind when you add a brooch to the back. Any hairstyle you choose, however, has creative potential for stunningly showcasing a pin.
These suggestions should have you well on your way to becoming a brooch styling expert. Enjoy finding your favorite way to wear these dazzlingly versatile accessories!
by Sarah Clark
We’ve been studying the runways, red carpets and fashion mags here at Heirloom Finds and have noticed an absolutely thrilling trend: statement earrings are in for Fall 2015! Our stellar selection of extraordinary ear candy offers something for nearly every fashionista who wants to stay current this season.
Are you dying to combine two of today’s trends while standing out from the crowd? A fabulous pair of tassel statement earrings fits the current fringe fascination and will catch eyes wherever they’re worn. From the office to the gala, these glorious goldtone earrings glam up demure autumn palettes while drawing much-deserved attention to your face.
If you find yourself unable to give up summer’s boho vibes, we have earrings that will let your free spirit shine without looking too festival chic. These brass-tone beauties are full of romantic bohemian attraction that’s perfect for apple picking, pumpkin carving, latte sipping and all your other autumn adventures.
To really amp up this season’s glamour game, try rocking some ultra-luxe antiqued goldtone earrings. These earrings’ modern design, fanning rhinestones and edgy finish make an extra bold statement you can’t help but covet.
The classic mottled brown hues of simulated tortoiseshell resin combined with glittering crystal accents are undeniably appealing paired with cardis, blazers and anything warm enough to keep brisk temperatures at bay.
Don’t overlook the vintage! We’ve noticed how retro-inspired accessories have been adorning couture and are so pleased to have a catalog filled with authentic vintage treasures. These earrings offer a gothic spin on the classic cameo and a linear filigree design that’s fashionably flattering. Looking for something else that’s still similarly unique? Peruse our extensive line of vintage earrings for more beautiful statement-makers.
Are you ready to get out there and get noticed this season? Simply slip on a favorite pair of statement earrings and go!
by Sarah Clark
Tired of your usual jewelry lineup and looking for something fresh to try? We here at Heirloom Finds have a look that’s fun to experiment with and easy to achieve. We give you: paired bracelets! Simply find two identical bracelets, slip one onto each wrist and voilà! You’ve crafted a statement look that will glam up nearly any ensemble. Need a little more inspiration? We’ve got you covered.
For formal attire, all you need are two sparkling rhinestone bracelets with an attractively ornate design. We’re definitely in love with how this blush pink dress plays perfectly with these Art Deco-inspired bands. The look is on-point for wedding couture, soirée ensembles and every outfit in need of some exquisite double shimmer.
Don’t be afraid to try styling multiple pairs of matching bracelets. We’ve combined clear crystal and white simulated pearl stretch bracelets together and found the look to be nothing short of fabulous. Their coordinating antiqued goldtone finish lends a timeless feel that’s ideal for evening wear.
If you prefer something a little more casual, try styling colorful crystal bracelets in a double arm party. The arrangement makes a wonderful addition to your go-to jeans and blouse combo! This look lets you rock favorite colors that fantastically fit your mood. We’re a little bit obsessed with this pink and black stretch bracelet mélange.
Something a little more daring but definitely striking is wearing bold cuffs over long sleeves. Such an eye-catching look makes an incredible statement your fashionable friends will envy. These polished goldtone cuffs create a vibe that’s perfect for fall when they’re combined with a chic marsala sweater.
This incredible style breathes new life into wardrobes, but it’s actually a rather old look. Wearing matching wide repoussé cuffs or wrap bracelets on both wrists was a major fashion fad during the Victorian era. The style also appears in the artwork of ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations, among others. When you’re ready to rock your own take on this time-tested trend, rest assured that we have the bracelets you need to craft a matching double arm party that’s uniquely you!
by Sarah Clark
We’re all about fringe for fall this year here at Heirloom Finds. Tassels that combine attractively sweeping lengths, classically delicate vibes and edgy designs make the optimum autumn accessories. Their elongating effect is fantastically flattering and perfect for adding the ideal amount of flash to any ensemble.
One of our favorite aspects of tassels? They’re so incredibly versatile in their ability to transition from breezy bohemian to elegantly tailored with a simple change of outfit. And their swinging kinetic appeal is both entrancing and effortlessly fun!
We can’t help but notice that this season’s fashion landscape is full of retro-inspired clothing and baubles. Why not craft your own look using authentic vintage jewelry? The tassel pendants of yesteryear are definitely as admirable as they are today. Paired with a cozy pullover and jeans, the right vintage fringe necklace will add a brisk autumn vibe to your casual couture. If you need “something old” for an October wedding, our vintage catalog is replete with classic necklaces that fit well with bridal attire while staying true to the fall fringe trend.
Another thing we love about tassels is the fact that they come is such beautifully diverse styles. They are far from restricted to chain fringe and a metallic finish. Mixed media pieces composed of polished stones, leather and thread add artistically eclectic flair to fit your unique personality. How fabulous!
The timeless feel of the season’s fringe trend is simply irresistible, so make sure your autumn wardrobe is ready for an influx of beautiful tassel jewelry that’s easy to style and always on point. How do you plan on showing off your tassel necklaces, earrings and bracelets this fall?
by Sarah Clark
Heirloom Finds recently had the opportunity to coordinate with local body-positive portrait studio Hot Tomato Pin-up Academy and actress Scarlet Sheppard on a day-long photoshoot. Scarlet grew up near HF Headquarters in Parkersburg, West Virginia and graduated with honors from Columbia College Chicago’s theatre program. She currently resides in Southern California and can be found appearing in film, stage and new media productions. We caught up with her to ask her about her modeling experience and personal jewelry favorites.
How was your experience modeling for our recent photo shoot at Hot Tomato Pin-up Academy?
I absolutely loved modeling some of your newest pieces at Hot Tomato! There was so much gorgeous-ness to choose from; I wish we could have done at least a dozen more looks. I especially loved working with photographer Andi Roberts. She was so quick yet precise in setting up each shot. And now seeing the photos, how they’re lit and composed, I really see her vision and am extra impressed!
What did you like about the jewelry you were modeling?
I’ll be honest, I don’t typically wear a lot of jewelry. I’m pretty petite (a.k.a. short!) and I think that’s made me shy away from accessories in general because they sometimes make me feel like a little kid playing dress up in her mother’s closet. But as glamorous and bold as each piece was, I didn’t feel overwhelmed by any of it. I was wearing the jewelry, it wasn’t wearing me! That’s true for each of the collections, even the uber glamorous Old Hollywood line. Each piece at Heirloom Finds has that vintage heirloom feel as though it’s been passed down from one chic generation of women to the next.
How did you come to be an actress and model? What do you like about the work you do?
Well, I started dancing with the local ballet company around age four and really loved that. Soon it became obvious that I loved performing in any capacity (a.k.a. I was a total ham) so when I was asked to do some commercials and print modeling around town, my parents supported me doing that although they were very careful not to become “stage parents.” I had to be motivated to do these things for myself. So I just auditioned for everything I could in the Mid-Ohio Valley and started planning a path towards acting professionally that inevitably took me to Los Angeles. Along the way, I’ve met various filmmakers and photographers who need models for their projects and kindly think of me. That’s been super fun and a bit of a surprise! I never thought I could model for real. My interest in acting and modeling both grew out of a love of dance, I think. Each is about placing yourself in a new world and allowing the stories of that world to move through you physically.
How would you describe your personal style? Do you have a special approach to fashion? What do you wear on a given day?
I love fashion and sometimes feel like a clothing collector, but I try not to take it too seriously. I wear things that make me happy! Maybe I’d call it “whimsical, cowgirl flower child?” That’s ridiculous, but accurate. I’m inspired by my favorite films and the actresses in them. I have these ankle laced gladiator sandals (which I actually wore for the boho collection photos!) that remind me a lot of the ones Audrey Hepburn wears in Roman Holiday when she gets her hair cut and eats gelato. I always have my trusty, brown leather, map-faced watch on with some kind of delicate gold bracelet alongside it. Or sometimes I’ll just let a big, colorful statement necklace do all the talking!
Do you have any favorite pieces from the Heirloom Finds catalog?
YES! The Opalescent Fan Statement Necklace, Burgundy Warrior Tassel Pendant, Silver Spring Pastels Diadem Statement Necklace, Stone Geode Statement Ring and the Rose Quartz Orb Topped Goldtone Cuff Bracelet are all in my suitcase at this very moment.
Do you have any advice for anyone pursuing a career in acting or modeling?
Be easy and fun to work with! “Networking” is an icky word, but the more people you meet and show kindness to (in life, as well as in your career) the happier you’ll be and the more opportunities will come your way. Be on time, be excited to be at whatever photoshoot or audition or job or rehearsal the day presents you with. Be ready to do your best. Ideally, this will just come naturally because this type of work IS so much fun. But it’s still a job and sometimes you’d rather be in bed. That’s okay, but don’t forget to be grateful that you’ve been asked to come and play!
by Sarah Clark
The Art Deco style flourished across the decades spanning the end of WWI to the end of WWII. You can find this eclectic style with its bold geometric elements that echo scenes from the Machine Age of the early 20th century in architecture, art and consumer goods. Our favorite aspect, of course, is the inspiration Art Deco gives to today’s jewelry styles.
The Art Deco style often summons up images of exuberant parties straight out of a Fitzgerald novel, but that doesn’t mean you need to wear Deco baubles strictly at Roaring Twenties parties. Instead, let the style enjoy some time in the sun this summer.
The layered look is in, so why not embrace it while letting your inner flapper girl shine? This necklace’s coppery finish combines perfectly with peach crystals, resin fans and a geometric design that’s astonishingly striking. We love that it’s so versatile, and can easily transform from edgy to boho with a simple change of costume.
Mint is a classic summertime color, and what’s not to love? Such a fresh pastel shade is perfect for shaking off the winter blues. This statement necklace’s exquisite fanning design and minty color scheme makes it the optimal choice for enlivening summer couture with chic Art Deco appeal.
Whatever you do, don’t forget the earrings! The architectural Deco look of these gold-tone dangle earrings lends a touch of luxuriance to any ensemble. Need something a bit more formal for weddings or summer soirees? We have daring drop earrings to coordinate with nearly any extra fancy frock.
All in all, we’re stoked to celebrate the swanky style of modern Art Deco fashion all summer long. However, that’s not to say we aren’t also in love with the Deco jewelry of yesteryear. In fact, we’re thrilled to offer an exciting lineup of pieces that are either true Deco or heavily inspired by the movement in our vintage catalog. So whether you’re going full flapper for your next party or simply inspired to bring throwback glamour into your wardrobe, we’ve got the jewelry to make this season the Summer of Deco!
by Sarah Clark
Although the little black dress is always in fashion, the long summer days we’re currently enjoying call for something just a little bit lighter. Enter the little white dress! A flirty white frock makes a great blank canvas for styling fresh looks, and we here at Heirloom Finds have pulled together three fantastic variations on this vital wardrobe essential.
The boho chic look is enormously popular this year, so don’t pass up the opportunity to let your hippie chick run free. All you need to do is break out that white dress and pile on a long tribal-inspired necklace, fringe earrings to match and a few of your favorite coordinating bracelets. This updated take on festival couture is the perfect ensemble for road trips, picnics and any occasion your creative spirit needs to shine.
Whether you’re celebrating Casual Friday at the office or running errands on the weekend, this laidback look is the way to keep your LWD cute without overdoing it. You’ll need one white dress, one denim jacket, three or more dainty necklaces to layer (we love this combination of inspirational, iconic and magnifier pieces), multiple bracelets stacked in an arm party and a few of your favorite rings. Not only will you be rocking the trendy layered look, you’ll be showing off the baubles you feel that matter most. How fabulous!
Date Night Dashing
Planning a special evening out? We’ve been crushing on antiqued gold-tone baubles set with sparkling rhinestones as the optimum choice for fancy nighttime glamour. Simply pair that little white dress with a flattering blazer, add some coordinating high heels and then pile on the jewels! The edgy look of an antiqued gold-tone finish plus the classic shimmer of clear crystals will make this evening ensemble truly memorable. A few bracelets, two layered statement necklaces and one pair of dangle earrings later, and you’ve got yourself one gorgeous go-to date night outfit.
The effortless versatility of the little white dress makes it a serious style contender this season, so make sure your wardrobe is ready. As long as you have the right accessories in your wheelhouse, customizing the LWD to suit any occasion is sublimely simple. Whether it’s boho, casual or delightfully fancy, enjoy curating your own unique look!
by Sarah Clark
Summer wedding season is in full swing! Is your wardrobe prepared? We’ve got a fabulous collection of beautiful baubles that are perfect for letting your summertime style shine as you celebrate an extra special day.
All you need to do is pick a pretty floral print dress, and the accessories will effortlessly follow. Although you may not want to outshine the special couple on their wedding day, there’s no reason why you can’t let your own style sparkle with fantastic accessories and fresh couture.
Find some bejeweled bracelets that match your flowery frock’s colorway, then stack them together to add vibrant pop to your wedding guest couture. Seek out a statement necklace and earrings that complement your arm party and match your palette for even greater appeal.
If you prefer classic metallic sheen over colorful crystals, we have trendy tassel bracelets and necklaces as well as dainty hand ornaments that will add luxuriant luster to your ensemble. Their fascinating flash will enliven your wardrobe long after the reception is over.
And don’t forget the hair! Add a gorgeous hair ornament to your up-do to maximize your coif’s potential while catching eyes and lending incredible shimmer to your look.
Whether you have one or several weddings to attend this summer, we’ve got the accessories you need to curate unforgettably unique ensembles all season long. You’ll definitely want to wear the necklaces, bracelets and earrings you choose more often than once, so enjoy using a special occasion to gloriously expand your jewelry collection!
by Sarah Clark