When the publicist for Joyo jewelry, a company based nearby in Scituate, Massachusetts, contacted me to see f they could send me a sample, I told them I’d prefer to pass it along to one of you. They were game with the idea of a giveaway.
The designer behind Joyo, Jenn Liddiard, who started the company in 2012, creates wood earrings, necklaces, and bracelets in modern geometric and naturalistic shapes, laser-cut from real walnut and birch. Liddiard laser cuts everything herself, and does all of the design, sanding, oil finishing, and assembly by hand.
Liddiard is inspired by architecture, history, and nature. She likes transforming natural materials into unique, intricate, and unexpected forms. She says, “I have a habit of looking for patterns in ordinary places, like storm drains, sidewalk bricks, window grates, and fences–things that normally blend into our everyday surroundings.
E N T E R t o W I N t h e s e E A R R I N G S
Tell me in the comment section of this post about an interaction with nature you had this summer. Did you climb a tree? Grow tomatoes? Make seashell mobiles? Swim with dolphins? Pick flowers? Gaze at the super moon? The simplest gesture will do.
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I have less of a waist then I’d like, so belts aren’t always at the top of my list. I have two skinny patent leather Calvin Klein belts from the early 1990s (belts were enjoying a moment back then), that have long been relegated to my luggage accoutrements, perfect for securing a stack of folded clothing in a suitcase. Sadly, they will likely never fit again, so no matter how prominent belts become, there they’ll stay.
I purchased a stretchy elastic belt with a hook that I might wear with a dress, but feeling way too bloated of late, the last time I wore it was with my “Like a Virgin” Madonna getup for an 1980s theme party last summer.
For everyday, I have a great medium width black belt with little brass studs and buckle that I tend to use to keep my pants up, if necessary. Walking around as though I have a loaded diaper is probably not the best look, so I have been making a fair effort to take the time to thread my belt through my Lycra-infused Madewell jeans belt loops. It’s pliable and goes with everything. I also have a wider, totally worn caramel leather colored belt with matte brass buckle that’s perfect when I’m going with more of a natural, neutral look.
The other day I bought skinny zipper pants (with two percent stretch) at J.Crew, and it being summer, also picked up a skinny perforated leather belt on which the perforations go all the way around. (Who knows, I could love three inches if I starved myself. And my belt would still fit, or so exclaimed the perky stylist.) The buckle is a too shiny gold tone, but I won’t be tucking in my popover, so it’s not really an issue. (Except for me, privately, but I’m trying to get over it.)
An in other personal belt news, my boys, who are just a year apart in age and about the same size, have been sharing one belt between them. They go to different schools, so dress up days vary and it hasn’t been an issue. Last weekend we all had to go to a bar mitzvah so I had to buy another belt. Two belts in one week, a personal record.
Before you totally fall asleep with the ins and outs of my belt life, I want to introduce a KeepYourPantsOn.com. Founder Sivan Soffer has kindly offered a $50 gift card to KeepYourPantsOn.com for one StyleCarrot reader. The site has a large selection and the prices are quite good, so depending on the style(s) you choose, you will likely be able to get more than one new belt for yourself.
KeepYourPantsOn.com has skinny belts, wide belts, stretchy elastic belts, metallic belts, beaded belts, rope belts, and a variety of belt buckles too. You can even design your own belt. Here are ten belts I like from KeepYourPantsOn.com:
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If you’re in the market for furniture (or even if you’re not), enter this giveaway for $150 to LA Furniture Store, a modern and contemporary furniture store with three locations in the Los Angeles area (including an outlet), as well as a Miami showroom and Brooklyn showroom. There are sofas (lots of sectionals, which are the store’s best sellers), bedroom furniture, dining tables and chairs, lighting, and home accessories. I’ve pulled together a few pieces of modern furniture below, all available online at LAFurnitureStore.com. See below for instructions on how to enter.
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Onzie Active Apparel, originally created by a Bikram yogi for hot yoga, blends traditional yoga wear with modern technology making it perfect for pilates, spinning, running, and the rest. Better yet, all the pieces are under $60. Onzie fabric is durable, breathable, and fast-drying, and it’s all 100% made in Los Angeles. Here’s a sampling of styles. Comment on this post to win a $75 online gift certificate.
Leave a comment on this blog post sharing your favorite way to keep in shape. (I could use some inspiration!)
Deadline:Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at 12:00 noon ET
One StyleCarrot reader will be chosen at random to win a code for $75 off an order at Onzie.
This cruise around Boston Harbor includes a plated dinner, live entertainment, and historic harbor views. To enter: Leave a comment on this post noting what your dad’s dream present would be.Contest ends Thursday, June. 13 at midnight ET. Winner will be notified on Friday morning. Don’t forget to include your email address!
C R U I SE D E T A I L S Date: Sunday, June 16th Board: 5:00pm Cruise: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
This cruise features an acapella group for entertainment, called The Honeymooners, a dynamic quartet who will perform a lively and eclectic set of classics, standards, and originals.
S A M P L E M E N U C H O I C E S
Farmer’s Market Garden Salad Chef’s daily selection of the freshest salad greens
Roasted Chicken Pan-roasted chicken breast infused with our traditional Moroccan chermoula seasonings, topped with our chef’s inspired harissa sauce and served with a citrus couscous and bok choy
Grilled Salmon Fresh grilled salmon topped with a ragoût of braised cherry tomatoes and black olives, served with sautéed spinach
Short Ribs Grilled and slow-cooked boneless short ribs with smoked Gouda mashed potatoes and glazed baby carrots, finished with a cabernet wine demi-glace
Vegetable Napoleon Layered portobello mushroom, roasted red peppers, zucchini, eggplant, summer squash and tofu grilled atop basil marinara