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High Drama

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After the warmth and excitement of the holidays, January can feel a bit… depressing. Cheer up: Indulge yourself with some opulent jewelry and accessories. From hand-carved jewels to dramatic Shibori scarves, these beautiful, high-impact pieces are truly luxurious. Learn more about the stories behind these beautiful pieces.

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Bags for the Bold

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Brown clutch by Costella Handbags

Honey Taylor Leather Clutch Bag by Costella

Costella’s bags are not for wallflowers, but they are fabulously fun pieces. This croc embossed foldover clutch in honey is quite classic, but the gold studs give it an edgy look. Designer Luciana Ellington says she designs with strong, independent women in mind, so she’s not afraid to go bold with her bags. They’re really fun pieces. I think every woman should have a Costella handbag for the days when she wants to be extra bold.

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Little Fille’s Space Heaters

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Earmuffs by Little Fille

Leia by Little Fille

Here’s one way to beat the winter blues: Dress like a space princess. Stay with me. Little Fille’s giant earmuffs are modeled on the famous hairstyle worn by Princess Leia, the heroine of the Star Wars franchise. Don’t they look fun and insanely warm? 

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A Wearable Film By Electronic Sheep

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Wool scarf by Electronic Sheep

SCENE 6 - EDGE OF TOWN scarf by Electronic Sheep

Electronic Sheep’s designers Brenda and Helen are graphic artists and illustrators, so they love to add their illustrations to comfy wool scarves. Their latest collection is “a knitted film” and features noir-ish film stills on every scarf. Their Scene 6 – Edge of Town scarf is a fantastic storyboard in black, white and red – my favorite one from this collection. I’m planning to pick one up soon and keep it at my desk to keep me cozy on cold days.

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Glow In The Dark

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Handmade silver ring by Microfficina

Handmade Blue glow ring by Microfficina

Microfficina’s designer Federico is an artist and craftsman who loves to experiment. This unusual ring is a great example of his work – it glows in the dark! Here’s what Federico has to say about it:

“I like starry skies … but also the luminous signs that color the city at night.
I took inspiration from neon signs to make my ‘glow tube’ collection that will attract the attention of anyone watching.”

Expose this piece to a black light and watch it come to life.

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New Stories to Love

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In the spirit of the new year, we’re spotlighting just a few of our favorite new designers and their fantastic stories. There are plenty of new designers to love, so check out these stories and keep an eye on our Fresh Talent columns to see even more.

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This Scarf Reminds Me Of…

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Silk scarf by ALVA-NORGE

Retro Pink Silk Scarf by ALVA-NORGE

Isn’t this pattern mesmerizing? The designers behind ALVA-NORGE say that this silk satin scarf was inspired by the designs and colors of the 1970s, but for some reason, I saw this and thought of the Northern Lights. Do you see it? Electric colors dancing across a black sky… no? It’s just me? Oh well. This scarf is stunning nonetheless.  

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Going Green With The Swedish Model

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Leather bag by TSM The Swedish Model

Balloon Zip Shoulderstrap by TSM The Swedish Model

I love a big bag, but this one is a monster. This gorgeous piece by TSM The Swedish Model is a massive, super-functional bag that can hold just about anything (I love it in green).

Leather bag by TSM The Swedish Model

Balloon Zip Shoulderstrap bag by TSM The Swedish Model

The inventive balloon shape gives it room to expand, so as you add more and more, it will adjust to your needs. It’s great for skirting those pesky luggage limits – because it’s a handbag, not a carry-on, you can load this bag up and no one will say anything! 

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Natalia Dalbem’s Musical Bracelet

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Silver bracelet by Natalia Dalbem

Beat Bracelet - Silver by Natalia Dalbem

Natalia Dalbem is a Brazilian designer who works her magic with wire. Her Beat bracelet is a favorite of mine. Hand-sculpted wire bracelet forms a heart monitor pattern, though I also see it as a rather musical piece. The peaks and valleys of the wire remind me of the changes in pitch, tone and intensity in music. What do you think of this fun bracelet?

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Cozy Up With Ana Maison

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Wool silk scarf by Ana Maison

Ana M : Wool & Silk Scarf by Ana Maison

I just love the pattern on this enormous scarf by Ana Maison. The bright pattern is a fantastic antidote to depressing winter weather. Made of a lovely silk/wool blend, it’s perfect for commuting, because it is lightweight yet warm. A perfect winter purchase!

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