Shop With Sheila

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am rarely seen without Sheila Fajl’s Everybody’s Favorite Hoops in Brushed Gold dangling from my ears. Thick yet lightweight and , these hoops are so versatile, look fabulous with every ensemble and can easily translate from day to night.

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2017. 

Sheila Fajl, a Brazilian-born and Californian-raised woman, stands for beauty in all of her jewelry products. “Beauty, to her, is in the soul. It is in how you wear your body, and has nothing to do with standards or size,” according to the designer’s website. With a focus on Sheila’s roots, all of the products are handmade by artisans in Brazil, and are, in fact, some of the most “eco-friendly” products in the jewelry market.

As an avid Sheila Fajl wearer, I have been given the unique opportunity to serve as a Sheila Fajl Brand Ambassador. Along with that privilege, I can now offer friends, family and Talk Trendy To Me followers, 10% off of any Sheila Fajl purchase. To shop with my discount, please visit Sheila Fajl’s website via my page. Happy shopping!

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Ear Candy: Mignonne Gavigan’s Mini Madeline Earrings

Want to make a statement with your jewelry? Look no further than the beautifully-handcrafted pieces at Mignonne Gavigan!

In 2014, designer Mignonne “Maggie” Gavigan saw a “void in the marketplace for eye-catching jewelry that incorporates elements of couture beading and artistry.” According to the brand’s website, Gavigan’s most notable piece is the Signature Scarf Necklace, which began by chance. After accidentally tearing a couture gown, Mignonne “tied it around her neck and wore it with a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers.” Soon after, the collection evolved to include earrings, bracelets and scarfs, all “define by ornate details, elevated craftsmanship and luxe materials.” Even Mignonne’s loft reflects the aesthetic of her brand, take a tour here.

One Kings Lane.

As someone who spends a good portion of the day on social media, I first discovered the brand through Instagram. After exploring the Mignonne Gavigan’s profile and stumbling upon retailers that stock the brand, I began to consider a purchase, for myself. When exploring the product line, I gravitated toward the earrings; partially because I love a good statement earring and partially because unique, colorful earrings are especially “in” right now. Aesthically, the Madeline Earrings spoke to me, but I ultimately turned my focus to the Mini Madeline Earrings, as they are more in my budget, as a college student.

After more time spent on Instagram, I came across a promotion for all Mignonne Gavigan pieces sold at Gena Chandler, a boutique in Raleigh, North Carolina. With a few Instagram direct messages about the colors and the discount and a quick phone call to the store, Gena Chandler sent a pair of Mignonne Gavigan Mini Madeline Earrings in White & Gold to my doorstep.

Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.

Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.

Personally, I get quite excited when I receive an online order, as I truly do not do much of my shopping online (I prefer the brick-and-mortar shopping experience). Therefore, when I unwrapped my very own pair of handcrafted Mignonne Gavigan earrings, I resembled a five-year-old on Christmas morning. in fact, I received a notification from FedEx that my package had been delivered at 1:19pm, so I raced home from work to find the newest addition to my jewelry box.

Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.

Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.

With the discount I received from Gena Chandler and my choice of a neutral color, I feel as though these earrings are an investment that I will wear for years to come. After all, couture items rarely go out of style.

Trend Alert: Tassel Earrings

From beads and pom-poms to leather and fringe, tassel earrings are this season’s hottest accessory! Whether the baubles add a pop of color or fun element to an outfit, these earrings are certainly a necessity in your jewelry box.

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.

Celebrities and fashion icons, such as Julianne Moore, Rose Huntington-Whiteley and Julianne Hough, as well as royals like Kate Middleton, have adopted the tassel earring trend. Truly, these bold accessories have infiltrated  he fashion industry and become a staple for many women’s outfits. In fact, there is a vast range of retailers that now offer this trend in their jewelry lines.

Anyone and everyone know and love Lisi Lerch’s Tassel Earring; some say she was one of the first to design a tassel earring. BaubleBar offers several affordable options such as their Piñata Tassel Earrings, Crispin Drops and Gabriela Fringe Drops.  Additionally, Vanessa Mooney created a variety of tassel earrings, ranging from The Astrid Knotted Tassel Earring to The Dynasty Earring. If you are looking to splurge on this trend, turn to Ranjana Khan’s Chandelier Earring, Oscar de la Renta’s Long Beaded Tassel Drop Earrings or Auden’s Topanga Suede Fringe Earring.  On the other hand, if you are looking for a steal on this trend, Target’s SUGARFIX by BaubleBar is a fabulous collaboration, with styles such as The Beaded Tassel Earring and The String Tassel Drop Earrings with Embellished Top. Also, Bluumoon Collection offers their unique Four Layer Tassel Earring and Topshop stocks The Sequin and Tassel Earring.

Whether pairing with a simple off-the shoulder gown to a cocktail party or a white t-shirt to have brunch with the girls, tassel earrings can add that needed element of fun!