Jonas Studio’s pop up market in San Clemente TODAY!

Jonas studio

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.

Jonas Studios tusk and bead pendants and assorted styles by Liz Jonas
Jonas Studios tusk and bead pendants and assorted styles by Liz Jonas
Shorter necklaces from Jonas Studios -- the necklaces are meant for layering
Shorter necklaces from Jonas Studios — the necklaces are meant for layering

Their designs are in 20 stores all over the U.S. (including Blue Eyed Girl, Millie and 503 Found here in Orange County) and their jewelry was worn by cover girl Lupita Nyong’o in the July issue of Vogue.

Lupita Nyong'o in Vogue (July 2014) wearing Jonas Studio
Lupita Nyong’o in Vogue (July 2014) wearing Jonas Studio

Today they are holding a pop up market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Casino San Clemente, 140 Ave. Pico (Behind Ellie’s table). They’ll be joined by friends from Rocket & Rosie, Todo a Mano Artistry, and artist Ale Germann (to name a few) and there will be a raffle benefitting the Nick Pasquale Foundation.

Stop by if you’re in the area, you can do good, support local artisans and maybe get a jump on your holiday shopping!

Ciao for now …

 

 

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The Holy Grail of style: The Perfect Black Pump and Everything by Emerson Fry

Emerson Fry
Emerson Fry

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).

 

D'orsa heel in stealth black, $345
D’orsay heel in stealth black, $345

 

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 website from the awesome coats …

Tailored Coat in Fawn, $475
Tailored Coat in Fawn, $475
See how nicely the pumps go with this drop shoulder wool coat?
See how nicely the pumps go with this drop shoulder wool coat?

to their sweaters and tops …

The Perfect Tee... $78 .. Really I got one and it is perfect.
The Perfect Tee… $78 .. Really I got one and it is perfect.

Drop sleeved shirt, $198

Big Cable Knit sweater, $378.
Big Cable Knit sweater, $378.

 

to their studded belts ….

Studded belts in chrome and jet, $118
Studded belts in chrome and jet, $118

to their bags …

Overcoat in  variegated tweed,  $548; Luxe Emerson Crewneck   $98, Pencil pant in double-faced Jet, $228, Emerson bag in waxed tactical, $625
Overcoat in variegated tweed, $548; Luxe Emerson Crewneck
$98, Pencil pant in double-faced Jet, $228, Emerson bag in waxed tactical, $625
Emerson-Fry carrier bag, $375; Intrepid Parka, $970; Onitsuka Tigrt By Asics Ultimate 81 trainer,  $75.
Emerson-Fry carrier bag, $375; Intrepid Parka, $970; Onitsuka Tigrt By Asics Ultimate 81 trainer,
$75.

to their boots …

Trooper boot, $595

Midi boot, $425

Wrap boot $425
Wrap boot $425

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.

Ciao for now …