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Hermès Collier de Chien in Malachite

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Hermès Collier de Chien in Malachite

I've admired this beautiful bracelet from afar for quite some time. I heard the Collier de Chien bracelets (also known as the "CDC") were hard to find, so of course I set out to find one!

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Hermès has a beautiful array of colors and leathers. I recently fell in love with Malachite. It's a very rich-looking green with bluish hues. The CDC is such a fun accessory for any time of the year, but especially for the warmer months in this color combination of Malachite and gold hardware. This CDC in Malachite was constructed with Swift leather, which is durable and incredibly smooth. Maybe if I wear this more often, the beautiful Malachite will usher in spring more quickly...

What colors from Hermès do you love?

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Tory Burch Maya Cuff

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Tory Burch Maya Cuff

Want to add a pop to your next outfit? Not only known for her bags, Tory Burch makes some beautiful jewelry that is fun for many occasions.

Tory Burch Maya Cuff

This Maya cuff is a fun addition to a summer look! It is definitely complementary to an outfit with light accessories, since the cuff is a thickset piece. I can also see this as a very cute accessory for beach or pool attire. Just make sure to take it off before you tan! :)

How do you plan on accessorizing this summer?

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Incase Marc by Marc Jacobs Sparks Snap Case for iPhone 5

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Incase Marc by Marc Jacobs Sparks Snap Case for iPhone 5

Marc Jacobs heard our call! There are beautiful, new iPhone 5 cases on the market. I plucked this beauty up directly from the Apple Store. Designed by Marc Jacobs and made by Incase, this Sparks Snap Case in Lemon Custard is full of demure custard-yellow sparkles on a gray background. For being a bright piece, it is certainly subdued.

Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone 5

Though sturdy as its predecessors, if you drop it the wrong way you could be out about $39. I always go for Marc by Marc Jacobs pieces, but if you know you are clumsy with your phone, I'd always recommend getting a stronger, shock-absorbent case. This is just a snap-on shell. To reiterate, it isn't shoddily made. It's a great case, but consider how you use your phone. Always a fair warning. :)

Marc by Marc Case

The Snap Case doesn't add much weight or bulk to your phone. You can easily slip it into your pocket or bag, and it'll definitely turn heads come spring and summertime! Additional styles of the Marc by Marc Jacobs Incase snap cases are available at the Apple Store or Incase.

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Do you have a cell phone case you really love? Share with us in the comments.

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(Yves) Saint Laurent Arty Ring

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(Yves) Saint Laurent Arty Ring

The past week was spent at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. Despite lots of walking and producing, I had some time to spend on the strip, and I grabbed something special from CityCenter's Yves Saint Laurent store. Yes, it does still say YSL on the store, and nearly everything in there is on sale! If you're anywhere near Vegas, head to the YSL store there for some good deals before all the new Saint Laurent Paris merchandise is stocked. They do have the new Cabas ChYc bags there as well as the old ones.

YSL Arty Ring

But back to the subject...after visiting Louis Vuitton, I moved over to Yves Saint Laurent and spotted the beautiful Arty rings and bracelets. Always an appreciator of the trend, I decided to try on as many as possible! (Insert sly smile here.) The colors available were incredibly beautiful and vivid. From turquoise blues to gold-filled corals, deep woody browns, blacks and greens, the Artys dazzled me. Keeping true to myself, I found the perfect subdued gold Arty ring. I do admit to being extremely obsessed with neutrals, so this ring completely fit in my accessories collection.

YSL Ring

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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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