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Fashion + Technology: ADOPTED Leather Wrap Case for iPhone 5

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Fashion + Technology: ADOPTED Leather Wrap Case for iPhone 5

The wait has been long enough for a sturdy yet stylish iPhone 5 case. Since launch day, I've been using a rather rugged case (which, honestly might be a better choice for me), but concurrently I'm dying for a stylish alternative. Luckily, a trip to the Apple Store alleviated that want.

ADOPTED iPhone 5 case

I just can't get over how nice and heavy the ADOPTED case is. I've tried other "stylish" cases and with one drop I have been out $30 for those cases. Given, this retails for $50 so I'm only hoping that it lives up to its price. It's almost been a week and so far, so good! I've lightly dropped it a few times, but could tell that it is very resilient for the type of case that it is. If you think that you're going to need a something stronger, I would highly recommend a Speck Tough Case or an Otter Box. But if sturdiness and style is calling your name, I'd highly recommend this one!

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What's really great about this case is that all ports are open--meaning I don't have to remove the case to dock it on my iHome clock or to charge it normally. The leather surrounding the phone is premium, genuine leather, and the case has a flash ring to not hinder the camera's functionality. ADOPTED's Leather Wrap cases come in five colors:  tan, black, white, blue, & red. In person it is a truly stunning accessory and will give you piece of mind with a side of style.

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Have you found a stylish iPhone 5 case recently? Let us know your recommendations in the comments!

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Hermès Narrow Balcons du Guadalquivir Enamel Bracelet

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Hermès Narrow Balcons du Guadalquivir Enamel Bracelet

Hermès never ceases to impress. In addition to scarves, my other favorite collectibles are enamel bracelets!

The fun thing about collecting the narrow enamels is that they are easily stackable to create a classy, eclectic look. And they seriously stand up to daily use. I wear my Brandebourgs enamel daily, and you can't tell its age (almost one year old).

Hermes Balcons

Part of the Fall/Winter 2012 collection, the Balcons du Guadalquivir bracelets are on their way out. So if you love this pattern and see it in the boutique, I'd highly suggest pulling the trigger on the purchase.

This piece matches a scarf and handbag combo that I've been trying to further accessorize. Points for any readers who can point out the designer/collection that the bracelet rests upon in the comments!

It was nearly a story of love and loss, because I almost waited too long! It was the last in my size. Without flinching, I said to my wonderful SA, "This was meant to be!"

What are your favorite accessory collectibles?

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HOLIDAY 2012 FEATURE & INTERVIEW with Rachel Reinhardt Jewelry

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HOLIDAY 2012 FEATURE & INTERVIEW with Rachel Reinhardt Jewelry

Decorations are up! The chill is in the air (well, at least in the northeastern United States), and holiday music is abound throughout every radio and store. School isn't quite over yet, but I couldn't be more ready for the holiday season--and break from class of course.

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I was looking to write a special holiday feature a few months ago, but wasn't quite sure about what to feature. Luckily, the lovely Rachel Reinhardt and I came into contact from an earlier post about her beautiful turquoise multi-strand necklace, and everything fell into place. I am more than happy to feature one of her beautiful, hand-made creations for The Shoulder Strap's 2012 Holiday feature. Scroll down to the bottom to read an interview with the designer herself!

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This absolutely gorgeous "Layered Mixed Metal Swag Necklace" is designed and hand-crafted in the USA by Rachel Reinhardt Jewelry. From the Ashley line of her 2012 Holiday Collection, this draped necklace is quite exquisite. The golden hematite chain is strong and sturdy, and is worn very comfortably against the skin. Unlike other statement-piece necklaces of mine, this doesn't weigh heavily upon my neck. It is very delicate and precious, with elegant freshwater pearl and crystal stones . It stood out to me the second I viewed it from her Holiday catalog. Something certainly beautiful to give to a friend or loved one this holiday season.

Rachel's jewelry has been featured often in publications like 'Glamour', 'InStyle', and 'Us Weekly'. Rachel Reinhardt Jewelry is available for purchase in over 250 specialty stores worldwide and on her website, www.rachelreinhardt.com. Please see below for an exclusive interview with Rachel!

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We had the opportunity to speak with jewelry designer, Rachel Reinhardt, about her brand, her family and beautiful aesthetic. 

What drives you in your creations? What keeps you motivated as a jewelry designer?

I just simply love what I do.  I find inspiration wherever I go.  Whether it's the produce section of the grocery store admiring the ruby tones of apples or the emerald skin of a cucumber. It's there that I often find my most beautiful color combinations for my collections.  Sounds silly but it's true.  My late mother's voice keeps me motivated.  We started this journey almost 20 years ago together and unfortunately she only lived for 4 years of them.  She passed me the baton and I will never stop and I will always be forever grateful.

What are your favorite materials to work with and why? How would you describe your aesthetic?

Our collection has always been known for its color combinations and details.  We will often put a crystal or glass bead next to the finest semi precious stones.  For us, it's about creating that beautiful balance.  Our aesthetic is feminine and wearable.  I love to work with anything that has a sparkle and feels luxurious.

What advice would you give to anyone desiring to break into the fashion/jewelry industry?

Believe in yourself and your product and stay true to what you do best.  I think as a designer you should always try to maintain your aesthetic and when designing keep in mind that you are creating a brand not just a necklace or earring.  One other valuable piece of advice is to have a mentor. Try to find someone that you admire and ask for advice when you need it.  It can even be someone in a different field.  As a designer most of us are stronger on the left side of the brain and could use a little help with the right side :)

How do you see your brand evolving in the next ten years?

My hope and belief is that we will continue to create a brand that women can wear and feel glamorous doing so.  I love when I meet a customer and they tell me they are a collector. What an awesome feeling.  If I can continue to move along that path my work along with my children and husband will continue to be my greatest joy!

Thank you so much, Rachel!

STAY TUNED IN A FEW DAYS FOR A SPECIAL PROMOTION WITH RACHEL REINHARDT!

NB: Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” Rachel Reinhardt Jewelry compensated me via a gift of the beautiful necklace seen above. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Michele Mini Urban Diamond Watch

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Michele Mini Urban Diamond Watch

Every fashion lover should have a timepiece that is elegant and yet appropriate for everyday casual outfits.

Michele Mini Urban

Michele makes watches that are casual, fun, dressy and elegant. Remember this Tahitian Jelly Bean? This is just one of many styles, but this Mini Urban with diamonds stood out to me as a great watch to start a timepiece collection. What is nice about this is that it has a very subtle "bling" to it.... ;) There is nothing nicer than subtle bling.

What's going to be your holiday timepiece this season?

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David Yurman Citrine Color Classics Bracelet

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David Yurman Citrine Color Classics Bracelet

This iconic David Yurman Color Classics bracelet is an eye-catching piece. Even my tabletop pumpkin loves it! Ready for Halloween--in style of course.

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What I love about David Yurman is that his pieces are absolutely beautiful but you only know it's Yurman if you've seen the brand before--much like the Oliver Peoples sunglasses I wrote about before. Stylish yet demure. These Color Classics bracelets are made of sterling silver cable, accented with 14-karat yellow gold and are topped with faceted citrine. They are available in a slew of colors; just check online or with your local Yurman boutique.

This is definitely a jewelry trend that should be a staple in everyone's collection. It's classy but casual and is perfect for a business ensemble as well. Yurman is so versatile and is wearable in so many situations.

What's your go-to bracelet?

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