POLO: Ralph Lauren x Elle

Happy November, my darlings!!

It’s Kay B here with another fun article for you guys. About two weeks ago I attended the POLO: Ralph Lauren Grand Opening at the Northpark Center, which was hosted by Ralph Lauren and Elle Magazine’s Senior Market Editor, Jade Frampton. This was a grand opening unlike any other with a live fashion exhibition of the new holiday collection by Polo Ralph Lauren, an on-site artist sketching guests upon request, a lively DJ, and so much more.

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Fun Fact: This live model and I wanted to take a picture together, but she couldn’t leave her platform, so I hopped onto her platform, modeled with her in the store and then snapped a photo together. We weren’t sure if it was allowed, but all worked out and we had fun in the process! (:

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The pieces from the collection had an overall modern-classic vibe. What I love and always have loved about Ralph Lauren is that their clothing, accessories, etc. are incredibly sophisticated, versatile, and wearable for practically any style. The styles are timeless while keeping up with the times. It takes true artists to accomplish such a thing in the world of couture.

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Fringe on fringe on fringe!! Definitely a big trend this Fall and Winter, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a hardcore fan of the fringe. *heart eyes*

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One of my favorite pieces from the entire collection had to be the deep blue, velvet blazer with black satin detailing. It’s perfect for the holiday season and the Fall/Winter season all together. It’s a great statement piece that speaks volumes not in the patterns, but in the color and material. How gorgeous is this!

The collection had a good color balance with neutrals such as jean, black, and grey as well as pops of colors from pastels to heavily pigmented blues and greens. The best part was that every piece, regardless of pattern or color, could be styled in several ways. Again, the versatility is admirable.

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Elle Senior Market Editor, Jade Frampton, and I after our interview.

While at the grand opening, I had the opportunity to interview the Senior Market Editor of Elle, Jade Frampton. To see what we talked about and get the inside scoop on what one of the biggest trends will be this spring, click here to read my interview with Jade Frampton.
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Elle shared their November issue with the party and took a brief moment to skim through and soak up some of the sweet details they had to share with us readers. Make sure you pick up a copy if you haven’t already!

The event was so much fun, and I enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. It was so nice to catch up with Janie and Blair Flowers of The Perennial Style, and to meet Kelley Barnes of The Style Barn as well as Leni Wagers of Brasillian Doll Blogger. These ladies are so sweet and even more gorgeous in person- definitely take a look at their own blogs and check out their style!

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Blair Flowers of The Perennial Style and I cheesing it up. (:

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It was so nice to finally meet Kelley Barnes! She’s such a sweetheart and joy to talk to.

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Leni Wagers is such a character! She’s as fun as she is kind and it was a pleasure to meet her.

Now if you guys follow my Instagram, then you know I just made a major change to my look. (If you aren’t following me already, then go ahead and follow to see what I’m up to when I’m not blogging!) If you didn’t know and have been oblivious to my past few photos, then you should know…

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I CHOPPED MY HAIR! Yes, I am now sporting a bob, and I love it. It took some getting used to, but I’m head over heels, all for it. It’s a different vibe, but it’s perfect for me. Let me know in the comments or on my Twitter if you’d like me to put together an article about how I style my short hair!

Here’s my full look for the Grand Opening. I wanted something chic but simple, so I opted for a white, cropped yet over-sized, crochet sweater and contrasted it with dark jeggings. To dress it up, I went for my strapped, platform, nude, suede heels (a mouthful, I know) and my black and white purse with gold hardware. It’s pretty neutral, but chic and put together. Pro-tip: whenever you have an event for which you aren’t sure what to wear, you can never go wrong with a black and white ensemble! I wanted to go for the cool city-girl look, so hopefully that worked! 🙂

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Well, my loves, that’s it for this article! Be sure to check out Ralph Lauren’s new collection and all their other chic goodies here, and be sure to check out my social media- Instagram, Twitter, you know the drill. I’m super active there and I love talking to you guys, so that’s the best way to see what I’m up to and even connect with me! Also, sound off in the comments below with any ideas you all may have for articles you’d like to see. I’d love to hear from you. I love you all lots, and until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B. xx

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Spotlight: Interview with Elle Senior Market Editor

Hello, hello, friends! Guess who’s back?

Hint- it’s me. I run this place. Who else would it be? *laughs to self*

Ah, anyway, I’m back with a spotlight interview with someone very special. In my POLO x Elle article, you guys read all about my night at the POLO: Ralph Lauren Grand Opening hosted with Elle, and you know that I got to meet the Senior Market Editor, Jade Frampton.

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You may also know that I got to chat with her in an interview about the new collection, her job, what advice she has for those aspiring to enter any part of the fashion industry, and much more. Read on to find out what else Jade Frampton and I got to discuss!

Kay B: What are your thoughts on the new Ralph Lauren collection for the holidays?

Jade Frampton: I love it! I love the new direction that Ralph Lauren is going in for Polo. It’s really sophisticated, and it has a lot of free formed themes- something we haven’t seen from them which I love. It still keeps that classic Polo feeling, a little preppy and sophisticated, but it’s really great for day to evening looks. It works for all styles, so there’s something for everyone and every situation.

Kay B: I was talking about that earlier and noticing that as well. Ralph Lauren is one of my favorite brands, and the versatility and the fact that it can acclimate to any time and any person makes it like a blank canvas, allowing anyone to style their looks to suit themselves.

JF: Right, and this (in reference to her own outfit) is all Ralph Lauren. It doesn’t necessarily look the way it was styled on the mannequin, but it’s unique to me. So I think everyone can really make their own look, which I do love about this [collection].

KB: What’s your favorite piece that you have seen tonight from the grand opening?

JF: I’m actually obsessed with the track pants, and I’ll tell you why. Track pants are actually a huge trend for next spring. They’re everywhere on every runway, so it’s all about wearing the track pant with a sophisticated top, wearing it in a non-traditional way. So, I’m all about the track pant right now, and I love the ones on display for the collection because they’re all black and I think they’re really sophisticated. It’s how I could get behind a track pant, whereas I don’t think I could get behind a red track pant.

KB: What statement piece must every woman have in her closet this season?

JF: I think that an amazing knit is always the best thing to have in your wardrobe for Fall, I just think it’s so great. We saw it so much on the runway in so many different ways, from skirts, to dresses, to sweaters, and I find it chic, comfy, and it looks good on everyone.

KB: What is your favorite part of your job as Elle Senior Market Editor?

JF: I think my favorite part of my job is to see things first, I mean, I love that! It’s so exciting when you’re at a show and you know that while there are a lot of other people watching it with you, you’re seeing something for the very first time. I think my favorite part of my job is meeting new designers, really young designers that haven’t had a chance to be seen by a lot of people. It almost feels like you’re discovering them and getting to meet them and seeing their progression from being a new designer. Someone like Jason Wu, a new designer, and then really blossoming in his brand and now being the head designer at Boss and just seeing the progression of people’s careers is really inspiring.

KB: What advice to you have for anyone wanting to enter the fashion industry?

JF: Intern. That’s basically what you do. It’s the only way that you can have a resume built up, it’s the only way to build up a resume to get a job. If you wanted to work at a magazine, it’s interning at a magazine, definitely. I think in any industry, like design, it’s interning, but it’s really interning at as many places as possible as opposed to staying at one place. Get as many experiences as possible. That’s good to know not only what you want to do, but also what you don’t want to do. For instance, I interned as a jewelry intern and it wasn’t for me. It was too small, things kept dropping, things go missing. I like tangible, big items, and I don’t want to lose anything- jewelry made me too nervous! So, definitely intern to know what you want to do and what you don’t want to do.

There you have it, darlings! It was so much fun to talk to her- she was so sweet and insightful. I hope you got as much out of the interview as I did, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Elle’s November issue before the month is up! Until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B. xx

Lady in Black: NYFW Edition

Hey hey, my darlings. Happy September and Happy Studded Collar Sunday! It’s crazy how fast time flies as we say goodbye to the summer and begin to welcome the fall season.

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Dress: Vince Camuto | Shoes: Steve Madden | Jewelry: gifted | Purse: gifted

Photography: Anna Grace Votteler

With the fall season comes New York Fashion Week, and this past Thursday, I was able to kick off the NYFW festivities in style with Allison Mitchell’s private preview party for her SS 2015/2016 Collection.

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I opted for a classic look, and what’s more classic than a little black dress? I love that the chiffon overlay of this dress is tea-length while the thicker dress layer underneath is knee-length. It adds a funky yet simple dimension to the look of the dress as well as modernizing what some like to think of as a “dated hemline.” I also really like that the dress combines a sleeveless cut with a turtleneck neckline. It’s simply unique and it makes this dress easier to transition from summer to fall- a richly colored jacket or coat over this number and come heeled booties would make this dress easy to “fall” for. (pun very much so intended.)
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I wish you guys could have seen the back of this dress- it made what seems like a simple, black shift dress stellar. the turtleneck collar wraps around and becomes similar to a shirt collar in the back. Then, along the center and down the back of the dress, a gold hardware zipper lines the dress. To add to the impeccable details, the chiffon layer splits down the middle so that the gold zipper is visible and adds a kick to this outfit. I’ll have to share a picture of it with you guys so you can see it.IMG_3718 IMG_3720 IMG_3714IMG_3725 IMG_3713

My dress was black with gold detailing, my shoes were black with gold studded detailing, and even my eye makeup was pretty dark with a slight gold tint gracing my lids, so I definitely wanted to add some color to this ensemble. I went for red because it’s bold and contrasts beautifully with all the black and gold details. It wasn’t too much and added a great pop of color to an otherwise dark outfit.

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Tip: If you want to vamp up your neutral or simple outfit, a bold statement necklace is definitely a lifesaver. If it’s in a bold color, pattern, or design and contrasts well when worn against one or two solid colors, you have a winner!

Putting together this outfit was almost as fun as the party was! It was so great to see Allison and her gorgeous handbags again, and I had so much fun catching up with old friends and making new ones like Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes. Fun fact she was the first fashion blogger that I knew about and read, and she had a hand in inspiring me to start TSC, so it was quite humbling to meet her- she is even lovelier in person and such a sweetheart. Be sure to check out her blog!

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Allison worked long and hard on designing a gorgeous line for the coming year, and it definitely showed! Her work is impeccable, modern and definitely one of a kind. She designed her over-sized clutches to be functional, fashion-forward and different, and they definitely turn heads and get people talking. They’re made locally with dyed Connecticut calf hair, and you can see the quality in her work. It was pretty cool to see her bags before they made their debut on the runways of New York and Paris Fashion Week. If you want to see more of Allison’s work, head over to her website to check out the rest of her gorgeous bags for yourself!

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Well, my loves, that’s all for today’s post. I want to get more ideas for articles, so go ahead and tell me what I should work on next in the comments down below! Don’t forget to follow my Twitter and Instagram because I’m pretty active there. You also get to see what I do when I’m not blogging- I sometimes feel like Hannah Montana when I show you guys the more glamorous side of what I do, so check out my social media to see the best of both worlds. (: Thanks so much for reading, I love you oodles and noodles and poodles, and until next time…

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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx

Happy SHAKiversary!

Hello hello, sweet sunshines, and happy Friday! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your weekend. I have been so busy recently, and just returned from a week in California! It was my first time to visit the Sunshine State, and I am already looking forward to the next time I can travel out there. I’ll be sharing a recap of my visit soon, so be on the look out for that! (:

Until then, I want to share with you all my recap of last night’s events. Stanley Korshak is a high-end store in Dallas that sells designer clothing for men and women such as Alice+Olivia, Rag and Bone, and Zac Posen. Stanley Korshak also sells bridal gowns and home goods. A year ago this weekend, Stanley Korshak revamped their setting and opened up in a new space, so of course they hosted a party with The Perennial Style sisters and Young Teens Against Cancer to celebrate their one year SHAKiversary! IMG_2096IMG_1803 IMG_1805 IMG_1798_2 It was my first time into the new store, and it is a gorgeous space. The layouts are fresh, clean, and fun, the store is bright and vibrant with its abundance of lights and windows, and most importantly, the clothing, shoes, and accessories are to die for, of course! IMG_1800_2 IMG_1799_2 IMG_1812 IMG_1814_2

How cute is this layout! I love the three varying dress styles as well as the feminine and artistic backdrop for the center mannequin.

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It’s all in the details: What I noticed is that parts of the store are sectioned according to the designer. I think that is such a great detail that can be appreciated as it makes the shopping experience so much easier and more enjoyable for shoppers!

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The entirety of the front half and back half of the store is lined with tall windows from the floor to the ceiling. It provided such a welcoming and lively ambience.

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The jewelry at the Shak varied from simple to formal and would suit anyone’s style! Definitely one of my favorite parts of the store. IMG_1867IMG_2095I had the chance to catch up with the Flowers sisters (from left to right: Ellen Flowers, Janie Flowers, and Blair Flowers) of the Perennial Style, and it was so lovely to see them again. They all looked gorgeous as usual and were as sweet as ever!

I had such a wonderful time at the SHAKiversary party, and I look forward to what the next year holds for Stanley Korshak! Thank you so much to Ellen Flowers for extending an invitation to me. What a great event it was! If you want details about what I wore to the party, check out my outfit post here! If you liked this article, don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe! Feel free to check out my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to keep up with me when I’m not blogging away. Thanks a bunch for reading, my loves, and until next time… IMG_1898 Stay Fab, Kay B xx.

Paris for a Day: Camille Albane Salon Grand Opening

*Opens hypothetical door leading to a feathery pink room that is the blogging chamber of my brain*

*In a sing-song voice* Guess who’s baaaack!

Yes, you must be thinking to yourself as you stare at your computer screen, “This seems to be a recurring thing- disappearing and reappearing and continuing to do so in a viciously stylish cycle. We miss you!!!” Never fear, my loves, Kay B is here, and here to stay. I have some fun new posts and projects coming up and I do not want to miss a beat! Summer is finally here, and as the seasons have begun a fresh start, I have to. Enough chit-chat: Let’s start our fresh start together.

On Wednesday, DFW Style Daily hosted a party for the Grand Opening of Camille Albane, a renowned Parisian Salon that has now opened their first location in Texas. I had the chance to attend the petite fête and learn more about this stellar salon!

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Let me offer you a little bit of background information. Camille Albane, as I mentioned before, is a well known Parisian salon that began in France in 1994 and has now not only established itself as one of the most popular franchised hair salons in Europe, but also extended its influential reach to other countries, including the U.S. This salon is unlike any other, and is quite a trend-setting organization.

Does the term balayage? sound familiar to you? If it does, then you have Camille Albane Salons to thank- the Dessange Paris chain that owns Camille Albane created the balayage trend in the early 1970s, and the hair coloring technique was grown and perfected in the Camille studios. For those of you currently scratching your heads, Balayage is a technique that offers a more natural and sun-kissed version of the popular ombre look. It’s one of the top “in” hair trend of the summer, and Camille Albane is the salon that popularized it.

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An example of warm brown to blonde balayage

Boasting 300 locations in 11 countries, Camille Albane has graced Texas with its very first salon by the franchise. DFW Style Daily’s leading ladies, Leah Frazier, Amber LaFrance, and Lisa Petty, hosted a fabulous soiree that included a giveaway, massages, a braid bar, and a makeup station.

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Fun Fact: Every item in the salon, including the furniture, was imported from France! The employees of the new Texas location were even trained by Camille Albane professionals who were flown in from France!

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My friend, Rachel, and I smiling into some French-imported mirrors. (:

Camille Albane offers several services and products, but the most interesting one, in my opinion, is their Natural Pigma shampoo.

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The Natural Pigma Shampoo is unlike anything I have ever seen before. What this shampoo does is it temporarily colors your hair or revives the warmth and tones in your hair. Yes, you read that correctly, this shampoo can temporarily color your hair! There is a base for the shampoo that actually cleans your hair, then, with the help of a specialist at the Camille Albane salon, you can choose any combination of hair colors from the 11 options to be added to your shampoo. These colors can be customized to give you a new, brighter, or cooler color, to maintain the color of already dyed hair, or even to simply liven the color of your hair and make it more dimensional! The combination possibilities are endless, and you will be sure to get a color that is made just for you! 

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The best part is that this shampoo gives you color without the commitment. When you use the shampoo, it is best to leave it in your hair for 7-10 minutes for the best, most noticeable results. However, if you end up not liking the color you ended up with, just lather your hair up with your normal shampoo the next time you wash your hair, and that will wash the color right out!

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Rachel got a bottle of her customized Natural Pigma shampoo to brighten up her brunette locks.

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Dress: Forever 21 | Shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: Ralph Lauren |  Belt: Cotton On |

I got to meet one of my readers (this lovely lady) at the party, too. She came up to me and said hi, she was such a sweetheart! If any of you see me out and about, please always feel free to come up and say hello. I don’t know what I would do without your support, and I love you guys! ❤

image It was so fun to reunite with the ever so bright Valery Brennan and to meet sweet Sevi. Both of these ladies are bloggers too, so be sure to show them some love and visit their blogs!

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Ms. Frazier and I met again and posed for a picture to show just how much we la-la-love DFW Style Daily. (:

The Grand Opening of Camille Albane was so much fun, and I loved getting to reunite with friends and meet some new faces. Shoutout to my friend, Rachel, for attending the event with me! (:

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I have so much in store for you all, and I can not wait to share it all with you guys! If you have any suggestions for articles you want to see from me, just comment down below or tweet me your ideas. Don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram and Twitter to keep up with me when I’m not uploading on to the blog as well! I love you guys oodles and oodles, and until next time…

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Kisses, from Cher and Dionne (if you understand my reference, then you get an A+ from me and you win at life.)

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx.

Monthly Lovelies: Mad Jewels Spring Collection 2015

Bonjour, mes petites croissantes! How are you all? Well, I hope! I’ve been a little under the weather, but never fear, this is a nice opportunity to get some more writing in, yes? There’s always an upside in my world (:

In my last article I shared with you my interview with Madison Patrylick, the designer behind MadJewels. I also mentioned her current Spring Collection, which, if I do say so myself, is quite impeccable. I’ve been loving on the MadJewels designs a TON this month, so here are some of the pieces from the line that I can assure you are some of the cutest accessories out there.

Necklaces

What I love about these necklaces is that regardless of how elaborate or simple, there’s a style for everyone’s taste. These pieces can also easily be dressed up or dressed down.

Stellar Stalactite Necklace

Stellar Stalactite Necklace

Sandstorm Tassel Necklace

Sandstorm Tassel Necklace

San YSidro Y Chain in Smoky Blue

San YSidro Y Chain in Smoky Blue

Purple Reign Tassel Necklace

Purple Reign Tassel Necklace

Neon Yellow and Pink Agate Pendant

Neon Yellow and Pink Agate Pendant

Monogram Necklace

Monogram Necklace

Hunstress Pendant

Hunstress Pendant

Hera Pendant

Hera Pendant

Heartbeat Pendant

Heartbeat Pendant

Gaia Necklace

Gaia Necklace

Forager Pendulum

Forager Pendulum

Floridian Pendant

Floridian Pendant

Eros Pendant in Turquoise

Eros Pendant in Turquoise

Cassandra Necklace

Cassandra Necklace

Carly Crystal Necklace

Carly Crystal Necklace

Caitlin Choker

Caitlin Choker

Adonis Quartz Bib in Clear

Adonis Quartz Bib in Clear

How gorgeous are those stones? I want every single one in my jewelry box, pronto! *heart eyes* Alright, let’s move on to the…

Earrings

Blair Tassels in Mint

Blair Tassels in Mint

Essie Hoops

Essie Hoops

Mini Goddess Earrings

Mini Goddess Earrings

Moon Beam Earrings

Moon Beam Earrings

Sting Ray Ear Jackets in Black

Sting Ray Ear Jackets in Black

Ok, these are absolutely to DIE for. The tasseled earrings are a great way of  translating the fringe/tassel trend to jewelry. The vibrant color is also a great way to liven up any look. Each of these pieces are so classy and organic, but the pair that stands out the most to me is the Sting Ray Ear Jackets in Black. It’s simple, but edgy (a great pairing with the Sandstorm Tassel Necklace), and the coolest part is that the earring itself is a sphere, and the backing is an even larger sphere. How cool is that? Very trendy.

Bracelets

Ambrosia in Blue

Ambrosia in Blue

Cloud 9 Druzy Bracelet

Cloud 9 Druzy Bracelet

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Sea Whispers Tassel Bracelet

Sea Whispers Tassel Bracelet

 

White Rock Stretch Bracelet

White Rock Stretch Bracelet

Dreamy, classy, one of a kind, and everything in between. These bracelets are a great addition to any outfit, day or night. Which of these is your favorite?

Hair Accessories

I love that MadJewels also offers some pieces to spice up your hairstyles! Check out these stunningly unique hair ties.

Navy Prep Hair Tie

Navy Prep Hair Tie

Peacock Pyrite Hair Tie

Peacock Pyrite Hair Tie

The colors in this hair tie’s stone? AMAZING ❤

Sand Storm Hair Tie

Sand Storm Hair Tie

Violette Hair Tie

Violette Hair Tie

Ok, how in love with these are you? Because on a scale of 1 to 10, I’m at about a 30. For more, check out the MadJewels website! Take some time to browse and see what speaks to your own taste. If you want to learn a bit more about the designer behind these gorgeous items, check out my interview with Madison Patrylick, the mastermind behind MadJewels! Comment below and tell me which pieces are your favorite- I’m curious to know. (: That’s it for now, but until next time…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx.

On the Radar: Madison Patrylick of MadJewels

Hello, hello, hello, loves! I’m baaaack! Boy, have I been absent lately. You can hear those crickets chirping loud and clear… and let’s clean those cobwebs out of here, please! Geez Louise, I have to dust off this keyboard, too…

Oh, but all jokes aside, I have been insanely busy lately. As a student, school is a huge priority for me, and junior year has been anything but a cakewalk, but I’ve gotten to a point where I can return to my pink Studded Collar throne and grace my bloggy kingdom with my presence once more. (:

Now, I’m very excited to return with this article. Late last year I met a sweetheart of a designer named Madison Patrylick.

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Madison is the driving force, founder, and designer behind the company MadJewels. From designing safety-pin bracelets for her grandparents at the age of eight, to the launch of her vibrant jewelry company in 2011, Mrs. Patrylick has come a long way in her career. MadJewels specializes in hand crafted jewelry using gorgeous, high quality, natural materials and gemstones. I had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Patrylick about her company, her business advice, and some of her fashion must-haves. Keep reading to learn more about the face of MadJewels!

Kay B: How would you describe your brand? What sets your jewelry apart from others and makes it unique?

Madison Patrylick: Mad Jewels is bohemian chic and very bright. I think jewelry should bring out the brightness in your personality, and is really is a way of further expressing who you are as a person. Mad Jewels is unique compared to many other jewelry brands because it is BRIGHT. I am not afraid to use color, and I really love a good piece that pops.

Kay: Take me through a typical day in the life of a jewelry designer.

Madison: Oh gosh, every day is different! The to-do list is always a mile high; we are busy working on shipping out web orders, filling orders for our retail stores, heading to market to restock on supplies, designing new styles for upcoming collections, photographing new pieces, putting them into catalogs and lookbooks, marketing, social media, accounting, attending trade shows all over the country, and so much more.  There are so many business aspects separate from actually designing and putting a piece together, and most people don’t realize that!

Kay: What do you prefer about working for yourself versus working under someone? What are the pros and cons?

Madison: PROS: Love being able to spend time with my husband and daughter on a regular basis. She is the most important thing I have done in my life and always my priority. Working for yourself also allows you to be able to work when you feel most inspired or most productive, rather than being chained to a desk 8 hours a day.

CONS: I 150% miss receiving a regular paycheck, a Christmas bonus, and healthcare benefits. It’s way more expensive to be self-employed. I am now in charge of employees, so I have to make sure they come to work on time and do what they’re supposed to, so that the company isn’t losing money.

Kay: What has it taken to develop your brand into what it is today?

Madison: Blood, sweat, and tears…literally. I have stayed up until 3 am some nights completing orders, and have ended up with bloody fingers at the end of some days after making so many pieces of jewelry. It is very trying at times, and I have to constantly find the tenacity and will to keep going – and not throw the towel in.

When I have to travel for trade shows, it’s really difficult being away from my family and young daughter, but it has allowed Mad Jewels to meet so many new buyers and grow our rapidly expanding boutique stores that carry our line.

I have also made a lot of mistakes, and you have to quickly learn from them, get up and keep moving forward. But, as the saying goes: “Nothing worth while ever comes easy.” I can honestly say that I am doing what I love, so most of the time, it doesn’t feel like “work.”

Kay: It must be nice to be your own boss and manage your company- what advice do you have for young women who want to follow that path and start their own business?

Madison: It is great to be your own boss, but you have to be very disciplined! I would say be extremely organized; this is something I still struggle with. I am constantly reorganizing each and every day and finding new ways to stay “put together” within our office. Time management is a MUST. I have a detailed calendar and tend to certain business aspects at specific times during the week, such as planning out our collections, etc.

I also would advise anyone who is interested in running their own business to research in depth what type of costs up front they should expect, as well as save up money or have something else on the side to be able to live off of.  In new business ventures, the first few years are “startup” years, and most businesses put just about every dollar earned back into the business without paying themselves in order to continually grow.

Kay: How did you get the name for your company, Mad Jewels?

Madison: My dad called me “Mad,” short for Madison, growing up – so it fell right in. I do have to say though, when I am out or people say, “Oh, there’s Mad about Jewels,” it drives me craaaazy. It’s Mad Jewels, just like a first name and last name.

Kay: What is your favorite collection that you’ve created thus far, and which piece is your favorite overall?

Madison: Honestly, I would say our upcoming Summer Collection is probably my favorite. The La Dulce Vida collection for summer has neons and brights, paired with neutrals and everyday gems – so it really does have something for every occasion. Oftentimes, to get through working nonstop, I keep my head always “at the beach,” so I associate this collection very much with me being on a beach in my cute baubles and a bikini — rather than stuck in the office working. 🙂 My favorite pieces are the Serenity bracelets; they’re bone, freshwater pearls, hematite and quartz. Quartz is a great healing stone, and these are just neutral enough you can wear with a t-shirt and jeans or paired with brighter bracelets and a fun outfit.

Kay: Do you have any fashion, style, or beauty trends that you’re really liking right now?

Madison: I LOVE FRINGE! Leather, suede, lace – all of the textures done in more feminine ways are so hot right now. I am also loving the combat boots look for cooler temps. I own several pairs of gladiator sandals, too; I bought my first pair when I lived in Spain in 2006 before they were a “thing” in the States. To me, gladiators can take your typical sundress into something amazing.

As for beauty trends, I’ve been rocking purple lips lately! Its a very bright purple, and so fun for summer; I feel like it makes my blue eyes really pop!

Kay: If you could only keep 3 items in your purse, what would they be and why?

Madison: Burt’s Bees Chapstick (because I’m always chewing my lips when I’m deep in thought), my wallet (duh, I might need to buy stuff!), and a camera to snap pics of my cute little nugget…. I would love to not have to carry my phone around and be able to “disconnect” more, actually!

Kay: What is your favorite item in your closet, and what staple item do you believe every girl needs to have in her closet?

Madison: I recently purchased a vegan leather jacket that has a slightly wider shoulders, which balances out my hips! I am really loving pairing it with just about everything for an edgier look. I think every girl needs a cozy white and black v-neck, a well fitting pair of jeans, and a pair of killer gladiator sandals. AND OF COURSE, TONS OF MAD JEWELS!

Kay: From where do you draw inspiration for your designs?

Madison: I find inspiration all over the place! My daughter inspires me quite often; she’s so young that she makes me really take a step back sometimes to enjoy my surroundings and notice the little things in life a bit more than I ever have.

I also love getting color inspiration from my travels all over the world. Japan (and Asia) is probably where I’ve drawn most inspiration from, because they are a very vibrant culture and even their landscapes seem to have so much more color to me than many other places in the world. For example, our Belissima Hoops were inspired by the cherry blossoms that are a specific shade of pink; the labradorite ovals pick up so many hues of blue and iridescence that can be seen in the ever changing sky.

Kay: What do you hope for the future of Mad Jewels?

Madison: My long term goal is to be a household name! Ultimately, I want to have retail storefronts where anyone can come in and dress themselves up in our jewels, or send their man (or woman) in for sweet little gifts from the heart!

Kay: Have you faced any hurdles as a female business/company owner, and how have you overcome these obstacles?

Madison: Honestly, off the top of my head, I cannot think of any obstacles I have encountered just from being a woman. There are a lot of powerful women out there today, and so much of the fashion industry is run by strong women, I think I would be surprised if I did. My biggest obstacle in general as a business owner, is people underestimating all the things it takes to run our company; I don’t just sit at my desk and make jewelry to sell…it’s so much more than that.

Kay: What are the most important lessons you have learned in business and do you think these are applicable in everyday situations?

Madison: What a great question! Always listen to your gut, always. If it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not.  On the contrary, if you feel like its right, then don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

Don’t get caught up in the bigger picture, and work on everything a little bit at a time — Rome wasn’t built in a day.

I also need to learn how to not be so hard on myself. I am my biggest critic, so sometimes I get caught up in things that maybe I haven’t been able to accomplish yet, and have to sometimes take a step back to regroup and say “Wow, I did that!” I think absolutely any “life lesson” overflows into a good business model and vice versa. At the end of the day, YOU are your business when it comes down to it. So how you treat your customers, employees and how you handle everyday situations is basically the same for your business.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I think Mrs. Patrylick seems like a pretty remarkable and fun lady! Her personality definitely shines through in her accessories and designs. Her current spring 2015 collection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and hair accessories are so fun and vibrant- there’s a great style for everyone! Go ahead- click here to feast your eyes upon some her amazing pieces!

Also don’t fail to check out the Mad Jewels social media! (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter)

If you’re already hooked on MadJewels, head over to the website to check out more of Mrs. Patrylick’s accessories! I’m sure you won’t want to leave emptyhanded.

I hope you guys are all doing well, and are enjoying some warmer months! Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe, follow my social media, you know the drill. (: Also, if you want to ask me some questions or share something with me, hit up my email on my contact page! Until next time, darlings…

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx