Do you have a group of women in your life that just never ceases to inspire, empower and support you? Well, I'm so lucky to say that I do. And in celebration of these incredible women, I decided to throw a fun mani party last week for us to get together and try on some Misa Jewelry rings, lots o' Misa Jewelry rings, at the gorgeous Olive & June salon in Beverly Hills. There were enough diamonds to go around for all the lovely ladies and of course some bubbly on a school night. Thank you all so much for coming and getting some well-deserved pampering with me!
Delicious cava beautifully chosen by sommelier Danielle Francois. It was the perfect drink of the night to accompany the sparkly Misa Jewelry.
Oh what I would do without these wonderful friends of mine... Thank you always for the love (and inappropriate laughs), Cat of Cat Wright Style and Racked LA, Steph of Rustic Wedding Chic and Ashley of Huffpost Weddings!
My best girl of I-don't-know-how-many-years-now choosing her fave nail color of the night. Julie of Julie's Kitchen is not only one of my best friends, but she always inspires everyone around her and opens so many doors for her friends. You're truly the best, Jules.
Olive & June's Sarah Gibson Tuttle, Julie's Kitchen's Julie Lee, Smitten Studio's Sarah Sherman Samuel (this hot mom-to-be came even when she's just days away from her delivery date!), 100 Layer Cake's Jillian Clark and Kristina Meltzer, The Chalkboard Mag's Suzanne Hall, Rustic Wedding Chic's Steph Hallett, Cat Wright Style & Racked LA's Cat Wright, Huffpost Weddings' Ashley Reich, Angeleno's Laura Eckstein, Sonya Dakar's Mimi Dakar, Fiore Beauty's Jaimi Brooks, Lila West, Time Out LA's Ramona Saviss, Sisilia Piring, Jane Houle, Samantha Shaw & Shelley Som (many photos above are courtesy of this sweet gal!) -- thank you ALL so much for coming! I know how busy you all are as business owners, editors, stylists and writers that I'm SO touched by your genuine support.
Sommelier Danielle Francois, thank you for pouring the most beautiful cava, aka liquid gold. I'm so grateful.
Endless thanks to my Misa Jewelry girls: Lien Ta and Talya Jacqueline. This mani party would have not been possible without these two. In fact, my mind would be mush without these two. I love you two.
I hope you had a blast as much as I did! Being in a room full of creative, kind, motivated women was already a highlight of my year. Can't wait for the next one. Party on!
My tropical holiday seems like a distant memory now that it's almost the end of January and I'm back in full work mode, but looking through my vacation pics instantly warm me up and take me back to my happy places of Oahu and Guam, two beautiful islands where I spent my childhood. Crystal clear beaches everywhere you turn, the kindest people on earth, my fun and loving family, and lush gardens galore are just some of the things that make me come back multiple times out of the year. I hope you enjoy these pics of my White (Sand) Christmas.
My niece and nephew always lead the way to a good treasure hunt. Last holiday's goal was to find the coolest shell; this year's target was to dive in the warm waters to spot the coolest "fishes."
Hiking to the top of volcanic craters, discovering new beach coves and exploring my parents' deliciously green backyard are my go-to muses for my new jewelry pieces each season. Inspiration is all around us, especially when you travel, so put that phone down and start observing the beauty that surrounds us.
Thanks to my family and nature for recharging me for 2015!
I love awards season. Especially since I live in the host city, it's hard not to love it. I love driving past all the hard workers rolling out the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton. I love listening to my stylist friends dish about their behind-the-scenes stories (yes, Amal Alamuddin IS really that gorgeous in person). I love when I catch a glimpse of my industry friends on the pre-awards shows. And of course, I love ogling at all that couture.
That being said, here are my faves from this year's golden girls at the Globes.
Oh, that Emma Stone. How chic, cool and comfortable is she in this Lanvin jumpsuit? And that butt bow = perfection. I want to add a butt bow on all of my pants now. Just put a bow on it.
Jemima Kirke could have Saran-wrapped herself and I still would have put her on my best-dressed list, because she just oozes ultra coolness. The red-carpet rebel really went up my Women I Want To Be Friends With list though with this Rosie Assoulin's metallic caplet crop paired paired with a flowing white skirt. I wish I could have worn this outfit as my third outfit change at my wedding.
You can probably guess by now I was feelin' last night's liquid silver. Dakota Johnson, you looked like supermodel meets "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" mercury and I loved every single bit of this Chanel number, especially that frayed-looking high slit.
There were a LOT of plunging V necklines last night, but Sienna Miller's Miu Miu stood out from all of the V's. The deep neckline of this dress isn't TOO sexy; it's a perfect mix of vintage-inspired, modern, feminine and, of course, sexy.
I love how Felicity Jones always brings a touch of unique to the red carpet. Whether it's in the form of a structured high neckline or petite button accents along her backside or a new hair color, she always brings something different and you can tell she and her stylist really care about the little details. I appreciate that. She looks like a detailed dream in this Christian Dior gown.
I don't think I've ever posted a #wcw pic on Instagram, because it would get very boring and very repetitive with every week's post being of Julianne Moore. How could you not crush on her when she looks divine in everything like this Givenchy custom couture with grey ombre feathers? #wcjm
And last but not least, the best jewels of the night goes to the always beautiful Naomi Watts with that incredible Bvlgari serpent choker that stole the show from her also stunning Gucci gown. Jewelry just completes, and oftentimes makes, in this case, the outfit. Did I ever tell you I love jewelry?
Gem Gossip's Danielle Miele is among the loveliest lot of individuals I've had the honor of meeting while working in the accessories & fashion sphere. As a GIA graduate with a wildly successful jewelry blog, she has deservedly gained the utmost respect within our jewelry industry. Check out my Q&A sesh with this beauty!
Thank you so much for the interview, Danielle!
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