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CultureMap Instagram Takeover

 

 

 

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As one of the featured designers at the recent Culture Map Holiday Pop Up Shop on Sunday at Silver Street Studios, I was asked to do an Instagram Takeover of their account for a day.  It was my first takeover and it was so much fun!  In case you missed the posts, I wanted to share them here – with links to make it easier on you to find just what you’re looking for!
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On my recent Instagram takeover of the CultureMap account, I decided to share a few of my favorite things! I love lattes, all things Christmas and, of course, sparkles! With the holidays just around the corner, I’m here to give you some gift ideas for yourself or a lucky lady!
(Shown:  Principessa White Coin Pearl Necklace, Simple Beauty Earrings in Whisky Quartz, Lucky Chic Earrings in Labradorite,
Laguna Bar Necklace in Sunstone and Pyrite.)

 

 

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These pieces are perfect for the “urban chic” girl. Stylish and effortless, this look can easily take you from day to night. Our Diamond Scrollwork necklace adds some sparkly elegance to any outfit and our Mission Link earrings are incredibly flattering with their long lines. Grab a little edgy arm candy (that looks amazing with tall brown boots) with our Valencia wrap bracelet with a square freshwater pearl and pyrite drop. Throw on your fav jeans and a chic tank top and you’re ready to go!  And don’t forget that we are doing free Priority Mail shipping all month and offer free gift wrap as well.

Gift giving has never been easier – or more stylish! 

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Pure. Glamour. Aren’t there days when you pick just the right ensemble and feel like you’re a movie star all day long? This outfit is a simple way to feel glamorous all day and it can take you from a luncheon to a shopping date with friends…and then to a fun night out! Our faceted green sapphire Catalina earrings are pure style. They sparkle like crazy as they swing on your ears! Pair them with our Nob Hill necklace, featuring a handcrafted 18k gold pendant with champagne diamonds and pink tourmaline bezel-set on a 14k gold chain. Top it all off with our Lombard gold vermeil chain wrap bracelet with white freshwater pearls. This versatile piece can be worn as a bracelet or a necklace. Grab your favorite clutch and a black cashmere poncho
or wrap and a fabulous pair of heels and get ready for heads to turn!

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I love the look of pure glamour in my last post, but to be honest, it’s the everyday that sometimes stumps me on what to wear. How to keep comfy while running errands and chasing kids, but still look cute? This outfit is one of my staples. And to keep comfy jeans and sneaks and my puffer vest looking cute, I go with delicate jewelry. I’m loving mixed metals right now, like our Mt. Tam earrings. Gold and black oxidized sterling together are a fabulous contrast. I love personal jewelry, like the delicate chains here – our letter necklace and our arrow necklace. Love the layering look! (If you’re confused by how to do it, check out the recent post on my blog.) finally, our versatile Kentfield bracelet tops it off with a little dangle of Peruvian opal teardrop. Available in 5 colors, this bracelet has been hugely popular this season! The right jewelry can add a little pizzaz to any outfit…and a little pep to your step! 

 

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Thanks so much @culturemap for letting me do an #Instagram #takeover. It was SO fun connecting with all of you today and I had so much fun at the Culture Map Pop Up Shop on Sunday.  Keep the fun going by following me on Instagram over at @andreamontgomerydesigns.
(Shown here:  Large Bar Necklace in London Blue Topaz, Mill Valley Earrings in Freshwater Pearl, Granada Necklace in 24k gold vermeil.)

Here’s to a holiday season filled with pretty ornaments, hot chocolate, much love, lasting peace and, of course, lots of sparklies!

Directions to our Design Studio

Many of you know that we recently opened up a design studio in Rice Village in Houston, Texas. This is such an exciting step for us.  It is so nice to have a design-focused space in which to meet customers, work on the business and design new sparkles!  It’s a beautiful space and we’ve gotten such amazing feedback about it from our customers.  Yay that you love it as much as we do!

In order to help you find it, we whipped up this lovely little graphic that shows just where we are.  So, stop by and join us for a glass of wine and some shopping.  We would love to meet you.  See you at the studio!

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Introducing our Mixed Metals Collection

Contrast.
It’s one of the keys to stand-out style.
 Velvet with jeans, lace with leather,
gold with oxidized silver – opposites that look incredible when put together.
In our latest collection, we are all about the contrast.  We’re in love with the look of matte gold with shiny black and of hammered sterling with 24k gold.
New designs have been added to the website this week, so take a look around, think contrast,
 mix and match…and have fun!

The Scoop on How to Save…

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It’s time for our 12 Days of Christmas bling event!
 This holiday season, we are offering 12 chances for you to save big on our jewelry designs.  Whether you’re in the market for a gift for
that special someone, your precious mom or your own sweet daughter, we’ve got something for everyone on this list.
Each day, we will feature a different design for up to 60% off
for that day only.  We’re offering free shipping on ALL orders through December 31st and free gift wrapping as well -
just check the box at checkout and let us know what the gift note should say.
Holiday shopping has never been so easy!
We know that you’re busy and we don’t want to flood your inbox though, so we’re only sending the deals to our
email list for “Coupons & Sales Notifications”.
To sign up for that list and get the scoop first, click here.
Feel free to follow us on our Facebook page, our Twitter account or on Instagram
for the details as well!  (Links to each are underlined.)
And be sure to share with your friends – the more, the merrier!
Happy Shopping!

Black Friday Sale!

Thank You!

 

This Thanksgiving, we are counting our blessings with care and YOU are something for which we are very thankful.  It is because of our amazing customers that I am able to do what I love doing – designing jewelry that makes women feel (and look!) fabulous.

As a thank you to you, we’re offering a fun Black Friday deal on our website. So, skip those insane lines and avoid the crowds today.  Stay home with your friends and family and indulge in leftovers and a little more pie.  Save while shopping in your pajamas with a warm cup of coffee in hand and let us ship your item free of charge directly to you (or a gift recipient!)

Check out our Facebook page or our Instagram feed for all of the details (and the coupon code.)  And sign up for our email list (in the box on the right – here on the blog!) so that next time, you’re the very first to know.

PS.  (Don’t forget that we are offering free USPS Priority Mail shipping on ALL orders through December 31, 2014!)

Free Shipping for the Holidays!

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We are offering free USPS Priority Mail shipping for the holidays again this year!  We like to keep it simple and make it as easy on you as possible, so there is no coupon code required.  Just shop our website, select USPS Priority Mail as your shipping option at checkout and the discount will automatically be applied – 100% free shipping!  Each year, our customers rave about this service because, along with our free gift wrap and handwritten notes for each gift, their holiday shopping couldn’t be simpler…or more fun!  Just shop online, enter your gift recipients’ information for the shipping address, check the “gift” box at checkout and let us know in the notes section what you’d like your gift note to read and we’ll do the rest for you!  (Feel free to polish off your holiday shopping in your jammies with a cup of hot cocoa in your hands – we’ll never tell!)  Happy holidays!

We’ve Been Invited…

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We are SO excited to have been invited to be a featured designer at the first-ever Culture Map Holiday Pop Up Shop!  Culture has included 25 invite-only designers to show their goodies at the event and help make your holiday shopping season effortless and fun.  With music, festive food, cocktails, a man cave to entertain your guy while you shop, free gift wrap and tons of great vendors to shop, your gift-giving tasks just got WAY more fun!  (I mean, who doesn’t like shopping with a free cocktail in hand – way more fun!)

Among the list of vendor-friends who are included in this exclusive lineup are Alexandra Knight, Cuatro, Pomp & Circumstance and Tres Chic.  Love them all!  You’re sure to find something fabulous here.  So, mark your calendars now and join us on Sunday, December 7th from 12 to 6pm at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards in Houston’s Historic Arts Neighborhood.  For more info (and all the scoop on the event!) check their microsite here.

See you there!

Save the Date!

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Join us next week at one of our FAVORITE markets of the year – St. Martin’s Joy of Giving!  The market starts with a preview party Tuesday, October 21st from 6 to 9pm.  $15 tickets get you a first look at all of the goodies for sale and appetizers, making it the perfect girls’ night out with your friends!  The fun continues with free admission shopping on Wednesday, October 22nd from 9am to 5pm and Thursday, October 23rd from 9am to 3pm.

Merchants offering fabulous gifts for everyone
on their Christmas list, stylish clothing, one-of-a-kind accessories,
unique home décor, jewelry and much more.

Tuesday Early Bird Shopping Night – Enjoy an evening at the Market and get a sneak peek
at the fabulous items for sale.

Daily Silent Auctions featuring donations from the fabulous merchants
ECW Pantry items for those busy autumn days when there’s no time to cook!

 Delicious boxed lunches, morning and afternoon snacks,
coffee and beverages available at Café St. Martin’s.

Package check to safely store your purchases while shopping.

For safety reasons, no strollers, carts or wagons allowed.

All proceeds support ECW Outreach initiatives in support of women and children.

Get more information on their website here.

We’re on TV!

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Houston-based stylist Natalie Weakly knows trends.  In fact, she makes it her business to know them.  And even better, to help you know them – and how they best work for you.  You may remember her from our “Friend Friday” post about her.  Natalie loves clothes and jewelry (especially ours – she’s got great taste, right?) but what she’s passionate about is helping you find the clothes and jewelry that work for your look and lifestyle.  A self-proclaimed “color obsessed” gal, she has expert opinions on what colors look great – from your closet to your logo to your living room walls.

This morning, Natalie was on Great Day Houston to talk about Fall fashion trends and that includes jewelry.  (Sidenote:  We LOVE Great Day Houston.  Deborah Duncan is adorable and her show always has such helpful tips.  It’s not the first time we’ve been on it and we love it every time!)  Since layering is such a hot trend right now, but also one that is soooooo much harder to accomplish than it seems, she chose that to talk about.  And our jewelry is perfect for layering!

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The layered look featured today on Great Day Houston

From Top to Bottom:  
Letter Charm Necklace
Large Bar Necklace in Labradorite
Pave Diamond Scrollwork Necklace
Labradorite Large Gem Drop Beaded Necklace
Labradorite Bezel Necklace

One great feature about our jewelry that is really helpful in the quest for creating that layered look is that many of them are available with extension chains that allow you to make them longer or shorter, depending on what you’re pairing them with.  While that chain costs a little more because of the extra materials and labor, most of our customers rave about the fact that it makes their pieces that much more versatile, so on a cost-per-wear basis, its totally worth it.  Another great thing about layering is that you can use one newly purchased piece to give new life to some old pieces that you’re not wearing right now.  Toss them on together and voila – an entirely different look.  With delicate pieces that are specifically created for their mix-and-match appeal, layering our designs is a natural and effortless look.

Of course, while layering jewelry looks effortless, it actually takes a little bit of trial and error and it is by far one of the most often asked questions that we hear from our customers.  We hear it all the time… “Help!  I can’t figure out this layering thing!”  And we are definitely here to help.  Looking at a few pieces on our website and not sure how well they will work together?  Drop us a line and ask – we’re happy to assist – and to customize things for you.  Consider us your bespoke jeweler.

As a jewelry designer, I think they key is not to be afraid to play around with it.  Try things on.  Play with varying lengths and colors.  Find what works best for your skin and your desired look.  And then, go for it!

PS – If you missed the TV segment today, click here to watch it online!

Late Summer Harvest

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Introducing our newest collection, the Late Summer Harvest.  Lustrous labradorite with flecks of blue, green, purple and grey along with stunning sunstone in a gorgeous burnt orange sky color are featured throughout the collection.  Neutral colors of smoky grey pyrite and white freshwater pearls are offset by pops of turquoise.  With this mix of colors, these designs are perfect for taking you from Summer to Fall in your wardrobe.  (Sidenote:  We could NOT be more excited that Fall is almost here.  Bring on the pumpkin flavors and cooler weather!)

Check out our most recent designs on our website here and let us know in the comments below – which is your favorite and how would you wear it?

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