a few weeks ago (the holidays clearly distracted me), i had the immense pleasure and honor of being invited to visit the showroom and factory of effy jewelers. started by effy hematian in 1979, the brand has successfully maintained a goal of quality and craftmanship; a tour proved this to be so as myself and the bloggers in attendance viewed many hard at work creating gorgeous wares. brief chats with all i encountered illustrated a sense of pride and most—if not all—had been employed for a substantial amount of time, which says a lot about the corporate culture. i was also able to meet mr. hematian and can attest to his level of adorable. we were informed that, different from most companies, effy built its retail model outside of the united states, though it is based here. instead, it grew overseas through cruise lines and tourist destinations. but aside from all that technical stuff, the jewelry is absolutely stunning!
check back tomorrow to see panthers, panthers, panthers. (it makes sense, trust me.)
many thanks to the lucky team for extending an invitation for this rare opportunity.
after an unfortunate reschedule due to the arrival of hurricane sandy, lucky shops finally arrived! i was honored and flattered and baffled to be invited by lucky to attend the vip night dressed solely in sponsored garb. (because, like, how often does that happen? i was like “heellllllllll yes.”) if you aren’t familiar with lucky shops, it’s when a few dozen brands are curated by the magazine and host booths in a big open space, offering marked-down goods to bargain-hungry shoppers for three days. it’s going down tonight and tomorrow. last night was a more private affair hosted by jennifer hudson. i was tempted to sing a little ditty called “and i am telling you,” but held it back. also in attendance were some fabulously dressed internet friends including rachel and sara (both seen above looking headless and amazing), hitha, eileen, jonell, and rachel.
i cannot thank foley + corinna, ettika, sole society, happy socks, and chloe + isabel enough for stepping in to make sure that i didn’t attend the event naked. and did you forget? you all picked my outfit! details to come.
note: yes, that is *the* anna corinna in the last picture. i love her.
you probably know clarks as a “comfort” brand, also known as “not so cute shoes,” but my goal was to prove that that wasn’t true. them boots is cute, y’all. please see images above for proof. additionally, they were comfortable; the layer of padding allowed me to wear 2-inch heels for an entire day without [much] pain, which that’s saying a lot. prices for most of the styles available ran between $100 and $200, which is pretty accessible for a quality pair of footwear (good leather, simple styling, neutral shades only), so i highly recommend you put your past judgements aside and check the brand out.
disclosure: i received compensation & a pair of boots for my participation in this event