New trend: knuckle rings

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Have you noticed knuckle rings? They are usually dainty rings that sit between the top knuckles. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about them. I think I like the look, but as someone who doesn’t wear much jewelry, I think I would find these annoying. I do appreciate trying to add something new to hand jewelry though. What do you think of this ring trend?

knuckle rings

lef to right: infiniti ring / turquoise ring / love ring / flower ring / gold band

5 essentials for your desk at work (guest post)

Thank you to Becky from Wicked Peacock for writing this post!

We’ve all been there. You’re at the office and something unexpected comes up. Whether it’s an important meeting, business lunch, or sporadic evening drinks with the girls you need an at-work spruce up. I’ve put together a desk essentials kit for these mini work emergencies. Here’s what tops my list for a quick transformation!

  • travel size hairspray
  • lipstick in a favorite color
  • tin of mints
  • roll on perfume
  • go-to accessories

A bold necklace can transform even the most basic black dress and make you stand out (in a good way). It’s an easy way to upgrade your look and to transition from a day at the office to an evening event. Here are 3 necklaces from Wicked Peacock I’d love to hide in my desk…

Blue and Green Riverstone Bib Necklace

Double Scalloped Teal Necklace

Enamor Necklace 

Becky is the Director of Digital Marketing for Wicked Peacock, an online accessories marketplace representing independent and emerging designers. You can read more posts by Becky on her personal design and décor blog Pop & Circumstance.

Shibori dyed by independent designer, Katrin Reifeiss

I think these scarves and clothes by independent designer Katrin Reifeiss are really pretty.  And what makes them even better is that they are individually dyed and designed by Katrin herself using the unique Shibori dying technique.  Shibori is a Japanese dye-process where the designer works in concert with the materials by folding, crumpling and stiching them in a spontaneous but artful way to produce the unique designs.

Here are some designs from her warm weather collection.  Shop them and other gorgeous designs in her etsy shop!  Which designs do you like best?

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the clothing menu boutique closing this weekend!

it’s been a great season achieving one of my 2010 goals opening up an online store.  i learned a lot, met great people, and had fun.  but, it’s time to close it out for now.  don’t worry – this blog isn’t going away – i’ll be back with it in a couple weeks with fresh new posts!

for now, browse the clothing menu boutique, including the sale items, and buy now cause they’ll be gone on monday!

featured item of the week! Kids Playing Scarf by Pattern Recognitions

this week’s featured item is a unique scarf from a talented video artist who digitally prints her artwork onto scarves, like this fun scarf of kids playing.  it is made of chiffon silk, so it is the perfect accessory for any time of the year and  it comes in two colors – white and green.  click here to purchase now!

featured item of the week! circus circles necklace by a.g. ambroult

every week i will be sharing with you on this blog what the featured item of the week is from my shop, the clothing menu boutique.

this week’s featured item is this unique and eye-catching necklace from Boston area designer, Amy, from a.g. ambroult.  the multiple circles on this silver necklace are subtle enough to go with any outfit and different enough to bring on some interest. read more about Amy here and purchase the necklace here. thanks! 

PS – don’t forget to sign-up for the clothing menu boutique newsletter to be the first to know when new designers are added to the shop or when sales start!

holiday gift guide: unique gifts for any woman

want to buy a gift that can’t be found anywhere else?  take a look at this holiday gift guide for unique items from the clothing menu boutique.  and don’t forget – we only carry limited quantities, so if you like it, buy it before it’s gone!

does she like music and going to concerts? buy a tank or tee with attitude from Truth.

does she like getting dressed up for a night of dancing/drinks? buy fun earrings from cuttlefish.

is she an all-american girl? buy a classic top from Fischer Clothing or necklace from a.g. ambroult.

is she an artist or appreciate art? buy a “wearable art” scarf from Pattern Recognitions.

welcome to independent designer a.g. ambroult

last (for now), but not least for you to meet from the clothing menu boutique is independent designer, Amy, for a.g. ambroult.  she is a metalsmith who designs unique necklaces, earrings and rings.  here’s a bit from Amy on her jewelry:

How did you get started creating your accessory line?

Working as a graphic designer just wasn’t cutting it for me. I longed to do something more tactile—paint, garden, craft. Metalsmithing was something I had dabbled in over the years and I finally just decided that I was going to go for it, and see if I could make a business out of playing with metal and fire.

What makes your designs different?

Attention to surface detail. I do a lot of work with texture and patina on my pieces. I love to create contrast between polished and rough, or bright silver and blackened elements. I also try to create interest though hammered and sanded textures.

there are multiple fun pieces from a.g. ambroult in the shop – buy now before they’re sold out!

introducing indie scarf designer Pattern Recognitions

next from the clothing menu boutique to introduce you to is Zohar, the designer for Pattern Recognitions, who makes scarves from her own prints. here’s a little bit from Zohar about herself and the scarves she designs:

How did you get started creating your accessory line?

I am a video artist and I started experimenting with printing video stills from my work on various materials, such as wood and plexiglass and when I printed on fabric I immediately wanted to wear the prints, so this where it all started..

What makes your designs different?

It is wearable art.

there are 2 different scarf designs from Pattern Recognitions in the shop and more to come!

introducing indie jewelry designer cuttlefish

next from the clothing menu boutique, i want to introduce Lisa, the jewelry designer for cuttlefish.  here’s a little bit from Lisa about her jewelry:

How did you get started creating your accessory line?

My company has a holiday fair each year for people to sell/show off their crafty side.  I had been making my own jewelry for some time and thought I would show the few pieces I had for fun.  I ended up selling all of them and taking over 50 orders for additional jewerly.  It made me think maybe there was a market out there for my work.

What makes your designs different?

My designs can vary in tone from season to season – sometimes I lean towards a certain color palette, sometimes I prefer to create items overly simple, and other times I want to create big, grandioise jewelry, but I try to always take a playful approach to beaded jewelry.  I particularly like to bring in a variety of colors and textures and toy with asymmetry to find new styles and designs I have not seen in other work.

there are multiple earrings and necklaces from cuttlefish in the shop.  go take a look and buy now while shipping is free!