Three Unique Nashville Jewelry Artisans

Three Unique Nashville Jewelry Artisans

Jewelry; the perfect gift to give that special friend or family member - and an even better gift to receive. Just in time for your holiday shopping, I want to introduce you to three very different, extremely talented local jewelry artisans that are sure to enthrall, enchant, and satisfy all your gift-giving needs. 

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Boticca: Uniqueness In Bling

Boticca: Uniqueness In Bling

Boticca is the place to start your search if you're looking for jewelry, bags and accessories by independent designers from all around the world.

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Pattern Mixing: Make My Day

Pattern Mixing: Make My Day

This outfit is brought to you by a happy, undercaffienated accident. 

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Ikat Figure This Scarf Thing Out

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I know, I'm really pushing the pun-velope. But seriously, even though I adore scarves I've never quite known what to do with them.

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Art2Wear In Nashville

I generally don't post on the weekend but there's a fabulous event taking place in Nashville right now that I just had to share.

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Yours truly and my better half had the honor of attending the preview gala for Art2Wear. Artists and artisans from all over the country presented their hand crafted jewelry, apparel, and accessories to be sold during the Grand Showcase today and tomorrow. We were treated to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, serenaded by strolling musicians, and treated to an ever-changing runway of models wearing some of the items available for sale.

Not only did I get to peruse a myriad of truly gorgeous merchandise, I also spoke at length with many of the artists. Their skill and passion for their work really inspired me. The evening went by so quickly that it caught us by surprise when we literally shut the place down. In the coming weeks and months I will be introducing you to some of these wonderful people and talking about the uniquely beautiful things they create - all of which are meant to be worn.

In the meantime, if you live in the Middle Tennessee area I strongly encourage you to go and see the showcase for yourselves. It's being held at the Student Life Center on Vanderbilt campus, 310 25th Ave. S. from 10-6 today and 11-5 on Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. They can be purchased here.

I'll leave you with some of the video highlights from last night. You can expect many more photos, interviews, and vendor information in the future.

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Let Them Eat Cake

Birthday cake, of course.

It's been a crazy week. I've technically been on vacation, but found myself dealing with important issues that I hadn't planned on for a good chunk of my time. My apologies to my fellow bloggers for my absence in reading your posts last week, but I was determined to have a little fun, too. After all, it was my birthday and I wanted to celebrate in style.

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Here you see wardrobe elements I've always loved. Polka dots, low-cut, body conscious frocks, retro shoes and jewelry. What puts them out of my comfort zone is whether my beloved wardrobe choices still look good on my 50+ body.

I purchased the Mlle Gabrielle dress for less than $20 and had it altered to fit me perfectly. I know I'm very curvy and 20 years ago I would've availed myself of some serious control top action to try to look less round - but I am round and no longer feel compelled to hide it. The shoes are Chelsea Crew Sofia Mary Janes. My skull clutch from Shi is making a return appearance. The lavender pearl bracelet was a birthday gift, as was the turn-of-the-century amethyst necklace.

These photos were taken inside the beautiful Opryland Hotel where I was treated to a fabulous dinner by my better half. I think we look pretty good together, if I may say so myself. In the future I'll be sharing my strategy for healthy eating - but not today. No, not at all. On one's birthday it's only fitting to eat cake. Specifically, a humongous slice of dark chocolate layer cake no sane person would ever attempt to finish in one sitting.

Call me crazy; I didn't leave so much as a crumb on the plate.

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