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Shane Co., ‘One Block East’… You Know the Ads but Have You Been In?

October 30, 2013

DSC_0094Ann Taylor wool coat, thrifted cream blouse, thrifted Oscar de la Renta scarf, thrifted tan leather purse, Hudson jeans and Ninew West clogs.

I have to be honest, I am JUST now entering the territory of purchasing “nice” jewelry.  Could be the amount of birthdays I have accumulated, could be the birth of a daughter, marriage…but something is leading me to make wiser purchases when it comes to jewelry.  Don’t get me wrong, I am a walking billboard for costume jewelry, I LOVE the fast accessories by the cash wraps and it’s hard to pass the jewelry cases when I thrift, but REAL jewelry, REAL gold and gems are calling me lately.  When you see the prices of the fake stuff, you realize you can get an oz. of gold….So when I was invited to attend a fall event, Wine & Wishes at Shane Co. last Sunday, I stepped out of my comfort zone, staying in on a Sunday night and stepped up my jeans a notch with some glam vintage rhinestone earrings to get into the spirit of shopping “nice” jewelry.

FACT: I had not been in a Shane Co. before.  Will I be back after this event?  Definitely!  The staff was so incredibly warm and welcoming and happy to clean my rings and let me play dress up with diamond bangles they brought in especially for the event.  I had a glass of super tasty wine, if someone is reading this who went or worked, what is the name of it because the one with five grapes was SO GOOD!  The catering from Footers was also too good to pass.  Was I the only one walking around stuffing those shrimp and chicken skewers in my mouth?  I had such a great night, playing with jewelry.  That’s what jewelry should be about!  Icing on the cake, cherry on the top, the final touch…stop me… Yes, of course they have the one room with all the engagement rings and wedding bands, and right hand rings and push present type bling- they call it the “Bridal Jewelry,” but they also have a huge room, just as large all filled with “Fashion Jewelry.”  I divided my time between both rooms.  Looking for a belated push present…not to gift myself, but hubby could use some direction, and also looking at all the fun earrings and even REAL strands of pearls in the Fashion room.  EVERY girl should own a strand of REAL pearls.  Did you know you can get a set for $135?!  Might as well get the real ones that won’t chip and break!

I plan to make another trip back soon, next time with hubby.  They have two Colorado locations.  One in Westminster of I-25 and 104th, remember the radio commercials playing in your head now?  Or, one down south off Arapahoe Road in Centennial.  I didn’t realize they also have 22 locations nationwide!  I do know that whatever location  you visit, you won’t feel snubbed, or intimidated and you CAN and WILL find something in a multitude of price points.  I did ask about birthstone earrings possibly for my daughter and while they don’t have “baby jewelry” you can get stones in a very small cut and have the posts cut down.  I also learned that they do not carry semi precious stones, like her birth stone of Emerald, because they are too soft and can break.  Shane Co. offers a lifetime warranty on all of their pieces.

Here’s a few things that caught my eye at the party below.  Oh, and I was happily home and in my comfies just in time to catch my new fave show, The Good Wife.  How about you?  What’s your feelings on jewelry?  Ever visited a Shane Co.?

October 28 2013 020Every girl needs a pair of diamond studs, including moi!  On my wishlist!

October 28 2013 022Hmmm…which one is your fave?!

October 28 2013 025Sterling silver with gold plating.  These stunners are only $37!

October 28 2013 027Real pearls, $135 and square link necklace, (doubled up) $100

October 28 2013 026Rose quartz earrings, $110

October 28 2013 019Vintage looking band, $525

Goldyn Boutique Style Profile

October 8, 2013

A few weeks ago I was approached by one of Denver’s notable women’s fashion boutiques, Goldyn, to share my thoughts on my personal style for their equally notable blog.  A fan of owner Vanessa Barcus for years, I didn’t hesitate to set up an interview with their energetic, pixie-like intern Julia, who also happens to be a budding writer.  We met at Novo coffee on 6th & Gilpin.  The local coffee roaster, previously exclusive to wholesale accounts around town and bags at Whole Foods, now has two really amazing retail shops in Denver.  Check them out downtown at 16th and Glenarm or the Cherry Creek North location at 6th & Gilpin.  You can always pop in Goldyn’s store in Lohi, but if you really want an experience, get tickets to the Matthew Morris 7th Anniversary fashion show coming up on October 12th!  This post is a triple threat because I also happen to get my locks trimmed by Daniel at Matthew Morris!  Check out my style profile full interview here:

I wore: Thrifted Carol Little wrap blouse from the nineties, paired with a 3.1 Philip Lim for Target skirt (love the fit and cut on it), and taupe patent leather pumps by Jessica Simpson from Ross.  Earrings by local jeweler Madeleine O’Connell.

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Scheduled to Meet Carol Ann Wachter, a Denver Designer

September 24, 2013

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See this dress?  I am looking forward to meeting the designer who made it, Carol Ann Wachter.  I first saw her geometric blouses and skirts hanging at Goldyn boutique in Lohi maybe a year ago.  Turns out, she wouldn’t be much of a Denver secret for long as she was just awarded the FGI’s Rising Star design award a couple of weeks ago for top designer.  You can congratulate her in person this Thursday at her trunk show at another favorite local boutique, A. Line.  Find Carol Ann Wachter on Facebook to follow her next moves.  Flag her, bookmark her, remember her name- she’s got major talent and we’re proud that she came from our own back yard!  If you’re looking for a fast fashion fix or trend piece, she is not the designer for you.  I found this quote from Carol Ann on Slow Fashioned’s site, “I believe clothes should last for years. I am against this throw away culture of constantly buying new trends, I feel a women should build a wardrobe to enhance her life not spend her whole life shopping. I am convinced that you should buy less and buy quality.”  However, if you are in the market for a fabulous fall coat like the one below, purchase a CAW.

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What: A Trunk Show
When:Thursday, September 26, 6-9pm

Where: 5375 Landmark Place, Suite 107, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Meet the designer, shop the collection and enjoy complimentary sips & nibbles at A Line Boutique


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