I love meeting new designers and recently I got to meet the mother-daughter team at Jonas Studios in San Clemente.
Liz and Christine Jonas make jewelry with a story — collecting beads, artifacts and materials from all over the world and fashioning them into statement pieces unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere.
Their designs are in 20 stores all over the U.S. (including Blue Eyed Girl, Millieand 503 Foundhere in Orange County) and their jewelry was worn by cover girl Lupita Nyong’o in the July issue of Vogue.
Fashion fiends are like knights on a quest. We’re always searching for our version of the Holy Grail — that one artifact that holds all the mystery, secrets and wonder in our fashion universe.
For me that search for perfection is always summed up in The. Perfect. Black. Pump.
Never mind that I have scores (maybe hundreds; I don’t know, I haven’t counted lately) of pairs of shoes — some of which were dubbed to be “perfect” by me in the not too distant past. But, styles and tastes change and, lately, all I have been dreaming about is a modern-day perfect black pump; one that I can wear with anything, one with a dreamy silhouette but with enough edge that I still maintain my rock&roll style, but also one that looks a little more grown up to match my, ahem, age and one that I can fit (well, lets say “cram”) into my supposed-to-be tight budget.
See, I while I have always loved a pointed toe pump– and in an inky black said pump is the equivalent of a wardrobe’s core: it holds everything together and looks great — my cache of black pumps could use an update. Some, like my beloved Jimmy Choos, look too much like the year I got them in; others, like my suede d’Orsay Manolos are still wearable style-wise but they have seen better days and others, like my peep-toe Diors are not pointy-toed enough to be basic (in the best sense of the word).
So, for the last year I have been searching for THE ONE.
And I believe I have found it — the D’Orsay heel from Emerson Fry (cue heavenly choir).
It is everything I want in a wear-everywhere pump. Updated from stiletto to chunky heel; a lovely toe that’s not too pointy but not round and with a profile to die for.
Figures though, because I want virtually every item on the Emerson Fry websitefrom the awesome coats …
to their sweaters and tops …
to their studded belts ….
to their bags …
to their boots …
Since I discovered Emerson Fry I cannot stop thinking about it because it is the fashion equivalent of heaven — filled with Holy Grails; it is perfection.
… at least until I start the search for the perfect pair of sandals.