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Recap: All the Wire Preview at Pomp and Circumstance
Vintage and Stella & Dot Trunk Show – Austin
Kendra Scott In-Store Appearance in Beverly Hills

Recap: All the Wire Preview at Pomp and Circumstance

All the Wire is a Dallas, Texas based jewelry brand founded by two sisters- Tori Gonzales and Desiree Cox. The name, ‘all the wire’ stems back to the following love story between Desiree and her boyfriend (as told by Tori).

One day, driving down the country roads she {Desiree} asked, “Jeff, how much do you love me?” and of course, typical guy answer, ” a lot.” Which didn’t sit well with my sister. She needed full on detail, so she asked again and got the same answer. They kept driving and he told her to look outside the window, “See how the telephone wire keeps going and going? That’s how much I love you, all the wire….” I think she finally got the answer she was hoping for. These two love birds got married and on their wedding day, he had “All The Wire” engraved in her band.

Tori has always loved the story and the idea to start a jewelry line started to churn. She asked Desiree if she would partner up and the next day they started stamping jewelry. They built their brand with the foundation of that love story and wanted to create simple, yet customizable pieces for people to wear and express themselves. These pieces range from message bar necklaces/bracelets to charming wire-wrapped initial rings/charms to fun pieces with recycled bullet and mini pocket knife pendants. The brand launched in 2013 and has gained quite a lot of recognition. You may have also seen Gonzales on the hit Bravo reality show- Courtney Loves Dallas, which follows her bestie, (and number one supporter of All the Wire) fashion blogger – Courtney Kerr throughout her day-to-day adventures.

The All the Wire girls recently took a road trip down to Houston and hosted a trunk show at Pomp and Circumstance Boutique, where I had the pleasure of being in attendance. Courtney was also there to support her friend. There was a line out the door as trendy Houstonians packed the small boutique and were eager to check out the brand, as well as meet Gonzales and Kerr. I checked out the necklaces and all were simple yet statement-worthy. Tasty bites were provided, as well as delicious Texas themed macaroon pops that were provided by Macaron by Patisse. The Deep Eddy Vodka girls were on hand, serving their famous Texas-made specialty drinks in cute mason jars and striped straws. Outside was a food truck and lounge that was hosted by Houston Tidbits. I had the chance to meet Tori, Desiree and Courtney, who were so sweet and hospitable, taking their time to chat and take photos with guests. The girls only brought along a select few of their necklaces for the trunk show. It seemed that the “H-Town” message bar necklace was the favorite of the show, as everyone I spoke with bought one. I personally like the pocket knife and “Y’all” message bar necklaces. The brand not only stands behind their product and the story behind it, but they also want to be able to share others stories. They also believe in affordability, as the price points range from $30- 50. Besides being sold at Pomp and Circumstance, All the Wire is also available at: Duck and Dressing Boutique, The Buck Commander Store and Jul’s Boutique.

Thank you’s: Pomp and Circumstance, White Park Media, Houston Tidbits and All the Wire (love my ring)!

Vintage and Stella & Dot Trunk Show – Austin

I just recently made a move from Austin and before I left, I had a small trunk show/ going away soiree. It was held at The Sugar Factory on W.Koenig in North Austin. The Sugar Factory is owned by iconic Austin jewelry designer- Gay Isber and is a boutique that’s filled with local brands, vintage goodies and Gay’s handmade creations. It is such a fun, whimsical, creative space that serves as a multi-functional haven for the local community. I was so happy when Gay gave me the ‘thumbs-up’ to host my event there. I was doing a pop-up shop with some of my vintage inventory {future vintage shop} and my friend and Stella & Dot rep- Whitney F. was also co-hosting and selling some the latest Stella & Dot collection. We hosted the event in the back and was a nice, intimate setting with jewelry, vintage, lemonade, wine and mini cupcakes that were graciously provided by Cupprimo. I want to tell you that Cupprimo is such a lovely cupcakery and coffee shop that is located near Spicewood Springs/ 183 area and has THE BEST chai latte EVERRR! The staff is also super-friendly and I just had to get them involved with my last hurrah in Austin. The day turned out to be a success as friends came, got styled, got fed and mingled. The highlight of my day was when I made my first sale and first Square sale… as a start-up vintage entrepreneur…it’s the little things that count. The Stella & Dot pieces were beyond amazing… statement necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings- you name it. My faves are: the “Jolie” necklace, the “Spring Awakening” necklace, the “Olivia” bib necklace, the “Gilded Arrow” bangle, the “Zinnia” bracelet and the “Julep” and “Carrie” bracelets. It was great seeing how the jewelry can be styled (and look really great) with vintage.

For those wishing to shop the Stella & Dot portion of my trunk show, you can HERE and you have until March 17th.

I want to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to: Gay Isber for loaning out a room of the Sugar Factory for the event, to Anastasia for assisting in the shop that day, to my co-host Whitney, to Cupprimo for graciously sponsoring the yummy cupcakes, to Andee, Michelle W., Michelle Z., Miranda, Hannah for the love and support!

Kendra Scott In-Store Appearance in Beverly Hills

I always love when events work out to be on the date I’m going to be in the area. For example, my friend-one of the best reporters around and I went out to lunch at the Chateau Marmont to celebrate him finishing the a book based on his life. It was my first time dining at “le Chateau” and hopefully won’t be my last! The food was exceptional! Anyway, that day was also the day that Austin-based jewelry designer- Kendra Scott was making her in-store appearance in Beverly Hills, just minutes away from the Marmont. When we arrived at the store, my friend went off for a work, while I indulged in all things girly. The loft-style boutique was welcoming and bright. Guests were treated to champagne and an open candy bar. I especially loved the tree where realistic and colorful butterflies sat underneath the white chandelier. Luckily, I brought my giftcard (from FNO Beverly Hills) good for making a piece of jewelry under $100 at the Color Bar. When I was introduced to the Color Bar and saw that I could design my piece on an iPad or on the giant plasma screen, I was ecstatic, though somewhat overwhelmed. There were so many colors and color schemes to choose from, but with help from one of the lovely staff members, I wound up creating the Otylia Cocktail Ring ($75) with shades of blue and red. I really enjoyed having that “hands-on” experience at the Color Bar. It’s one of the reasons that makes Kendra Scott jewelry stand-out. (You can also create your piece online as well).

Since it was an in-store appearance, I also got to meet Kendra, who was so welcoming in every way. She realized her dream of becoming a jewelry designer at a young age. She would find that there were certain jewelry features that she was unable to find. So what’s a creative girl to do?? Do-it-yourself of course! She began wire-wrapping stones at her dining room table and realized that she caught onto something. And yes…the rest they say…is history. Kendra Scott jewelry is now a household name, tailored to that woman who wants to turn heads when walking into the room. The jewelry is a mix of vintage and modern and is known for the stunning color mixes and use of custom-cut stones. Each piece of jewelry is designed in her Austin studio and each stone is set by hand (as it was when my ring was being made). Kendra adds, “I also pay close attention to detail with my metal silhouettes. They never act simply as a frame, but rather add interesting touches to the pieces through filigree patterns, modern curvatures, and antique pod-like accents.”

When asked about the Color Bar experience, Kendra explains in more detail, “As a jewelry designer, I feel like I have the best job in the world and I wanted to share my passion with other women by allowing them to play designer and create their own custom jewels. Whether for a red carpet event, for your bridal party, or for that outfit you just can’t find the right accessories for, our Color Bar is the perfect way to create exactly what you’re looking for. You can create custom jewelry using our Color Bar at any of our stores or online and the process is as simple as 1, 2, 3. You simply choose from 26 jewelry silhouettes in 2 finishes, choose your custom stone combo from our 26 choices of stones, and place your order. Your final custom piece will either be handmade in our store while you wait in just a matter of minutes, or will be shipped out to you if you order on-line.”

Does this make you want to head to her store or online and create your own custom necklace, cuff, earring or ring yet? Personally, I’m a little obsessed with the design of the cuffs and am eager to head back to the store and make one. The prices for the jewelry are fairly reasonable, ranging anywhere from under $55-200 for a statement piece. The jewelry is also guaranteed to have a long life in your jewelry box, as they are made of semi-precious stones, 14 karat gold or rhodium plated brass. Think of it as a major investment in your wardrobe. You won’t be disappointed!

I want to leave you, dear readers, this motto from the company- Kendra Scott thrives on our three core philosophies, fashion, family, and philanthropy and our motto, “dream it, live it, love it” because this was the basis of our business from the start. We want girls to feel that same positive, radiant vibe that our company was built upon when they walk into a Kendra Scott store or wear our jewelry.

For more information, please go to the website here.

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