Friday, February 27, 2015

Designer Dialogue: Nissa Jewelry

Today's designer feature is the wonderfully talented Nissa behind, Nissa Jewelry. Modern jewels with a boho twist, Nissa's jewelry is the perfect mix of casual and glam. Plus, in addition to cool ear cuffs (love this and this) and beautiful necklaces (I'm mesmerized by the Spellbound necklace), Nissa also designs not so typical accessories like hair pins and even a necklace/belt. Check out Nissa's entire collection here and meet the designer below!
What's the story behind Nissa Jewelry?
 I started Nissa because I couldn’t find the kind of jewelry I wanted to wear, so I started making my own. After working in advertising for years, I dropped out of my MBA program and went to design school. I had started making my own clothes and boutiques started approaching me to carry them. I then got a design degree from International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago. While still a sophomore in the program, I was named by WWD “One to Watch” as an emerging designer. Shortly after, I moved to NYC. When I got laid off from my advertising job during the recession, I sold everything I could (all my fancy clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags that I had collected over the years). I used the proceeds to start Nissa Jewelry and the rest is history! 

 Favorite item from the current collection? 
 The Loveland Necklace. It took seven months in production to get it right, but I love it. 

Who is the Nissa Jewelry girl? 
Edgy and confident customers are drawn to the line initially, but there’s really something for everyone. I would say it’s vintage inspired with a modern twist. The Nissa girl is the kind of girl who plans her outfits around her accessories, not her clothes. 

Favorite jewelry trends for 2015? 
Statement earrings, choker necklaces and I love that the hippie/boho look is back in a big way.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Street Smart

We arrived back to Boston this past weekend (photos of our Switzerland adventure coming soon) and the first thing I wanted to do was eat something healthy! After nine consecutive days of indulging in rich foods (soooo much cheeses and meats) all I wanted was a homemade meal with lots of vegetables. 

Not surprisingly, we were also greeted by lots of snow and thankfully, sunshine, so we took the opportunity to hit the streets to show off this gorgeous plaid coat and maxi dress that the wonderful team at TOBI sent over to me. As you guys can probably tell, my closet is heavy on the fur side when it comes to coats so adding a little plaid to the mix was exactly what my #ootds needed. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Best Espresso

Caffé Nero Tee, Goldsign Jeans, Rovi Moss CrossbodyMarais USA Boots

In light of fashion week, I teamed up with my absolute favorite coffee shop, Caffé Nero to style one of their tees for a fun coffee and fashion project. I absolutely agree that a hot cup of coffee can serve as the perfect accessory for a wintery day out by the fashion tents. A little background, Caffé Nero is a European coffee house that opened their first shop in the US a few months ago. Lucky for me, the first US Caffe Nero happened to be in Boston, right down the block from our apartment.