Jewelry

My New Favorite Shoes

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I’m the first to admit it. I have a slight problem with shoes. The problem being that I rather love them, possibly a little too much. Let’s face it, the right pair of shoes can make an outfit. And they always fit, which is nice (and which cannot be said for my favorite pair of jeans!) I recently discovered a new shoe company and had to share the deets with you.

M. Gemi is a new company that makes limited-edition shoes that are handcrafted in small batches by artisan cobblers in Italy. Because they are small production and sell directly, they are able to keep the cost of handmade shoes affordable. Each pair of shoes I have ordered has been expertly crafted and are high quality and their designs are fantastic and wear well. Each Monday, they put out a few new shoes and when they’re sold out, they’re gone. Occasionally, they will bring back the high-demand shoes and you can join a waitlist for notification about that, but it is wise to jump on a pair if you really love them. They send a weekly email introducing the new shoes or, if you’re an iPhone shopper like me, there’s a very well-designed app that will notify you as well.

There are several things that I love about this brand that has made me fall in love with them…

They offer free shipping and free returns. That makes trying out their shoes easy and free! You have two weeks to try on their shoes and return any you don’t like for a full refund. Their product descriptions are great, their product photos are detailed, their “fit assistant” is very helpful and they show you a few outfits that the shoes would look exceptionally good with, which I find really helpful and fun when shopping. They offer great customer service. If you have questions, their staff is both available and knowledgable. If you have a problem, they are quick to respond and make it right. The small batch production means you won’t see your shoes on every single person you walk past, which I really like. They are committed to a “less, but better” philosophy and they even include a bag with free shipping where you can donate an old pair of shoes to make room in your closet for your new ones.

Below are a few photos from my first order unboxing! (Please forgive my use of an antiqued mirror for a few of them!) I love the personalized attention to detail in the note with my name on it and the gorgeous box it comes in. I rarely keep shoeboxes, but these are so strong and lovely, that I kept them for storage purposes. I love the strong, clean lines on their shoes. They’re both elegant and comfortable, which is a rare combination! I highly recommend you check out M.Gemi ASAP. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!


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Beautiful packaging, sweet personalization and a great box!

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I love this program – just wonderful!

 

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Great customer service, right from the start

 

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The lovely packaging with copper metallic lettering

 

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Leather shoes with pony hair uppers – I’m in LOVE!

 

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Cure + Comfy

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I love the lines on these shoes. You can certainly tell they are handcrafted.

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Love these fun fringe ones!

 

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Stunning lines make a gorgeous heel!


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Suede meets patent leather for a mixed media look that is beautiful!

 

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Loving these with jeans as well!

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It’s Finally Time…

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After months of working on it, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new website! It’s filled with new content, features that make it easier to shop and a new wish list function that makes it simple to share your favorite designs with others. And best of all, this new design is responsive (which is tech speak for it’s just as easy to view & shop on your tablet or phone as it is your laptop – wahoo!)

 
We’re sure you’re going to love it.
 
So, pop on over for a visit! And let us know what you think in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Get Personal!

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Introducing our new collection of personalized jewelry. Inspired by heirloom pieces from her grandmother, Andrea wanted to offer a modern take on the classic monogram jewelry. Choose from a single initial with diamonds or a gorgeous girly script font large monogram with options in between (including a bracelet that looks amazing stacked up for a serious arm candy party!) These pieces look stunning alone with your favorite soft tee or layered up with some fun, long necklaces for more of a statement look. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. And these items are timeless, so they’re sure to be handed down for generations to come. So come on, express yourself!

Join us to Shop with Heart

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When I was a young girl of just twelve years old, my father died from heart disease. The effects of this disease are far-reaching and have touched too many dear friends of mine, both young and old, to count. This is a cause that is very near to my heart and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of helping to raise money for The American Heart Association in this event. Please join us in Houston for a fabulous night of cocktails, light bites and shopping with heart. . .

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Insider Tips on Spring Thing

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Where, oh where, did the first two months of this year go? Seriously. Someone needs to slow this spinning world down so that I can catch up! Sheesh. I was just sitting down to do some schedule planning with my precious assistant, Sara, when I realized that next week is (you might want to sit down for this one. . .) March. Yes, March. (I’ll pause a moment while you let that sink in.) I hardly know what to do with myself. And if next week is March, then next week is also Chapelwood’s Spring Thing Market. Man, this one really snuck up on me! Being that this is my tenth year selling at the market, I wanted to share my insider tips. . .

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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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We’ve Got a Sparkly New Studio!

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It really is a bit of a dream come true. I’ve long since wanted to open a studio space where I can work in a lovely and well-designed space and where I can meet customers for personalized shopping appointments (and, of course, host shopping events!) I have been designing jewelry for nearly 15 years now (yikes!) and I’ve always done most of my work out of my home. With three littles, however, the game has changed quite a bit and this space allows me a place to think and create in relative quiet and a place to meet customers when it is most convenient for them (even if that is when my littles are napping!) Click below for some lovely photos of our new space and the details on where I got everything!

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Culture Map Pop-Up Shop Photos

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So. Much. Fun. As you know, we were invited to participate in Culture Map’s very first Holiday Pop-Up Shopping Event on December 7th. Culture Map is known for their flawless taste and elegant events and this one combined both. We were over the moon when they called us up and let us know that we had been hand-selected out of all of the Houston-area designers – what an honor! We worked hard to put together the best curated collection for your holiday shopping needs and we had so much fun meeting all of you who attended. It was an incredibly successful event and we are so grateful for the support of our loyal customers like you!  We were too busy writing up tickets to take very many photos, but here are a few we did take. . .

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Directions to our Design Studio

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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!