WRITING REWIND: Why We’re Obsessed With This Fresh Jewelry Brand

WRITING REWIND: Why We’re Obsessed With This Fresh Jewelry Brand

Screen shot 2015-04-23 at 5.26.07 PMThere are two types of people in the jewelry industry: Those with a long lineage of jewelry making with strong connections in the precious metal and stone world. And self-starters who have a unique aesthetic, clear vision and practical business plan.

Meena Osei-Kuffour is the latter. As the founder and designer of Vintage Royalty Jewelry she has evolved the company from its original focus of handmade paper accessories to include metal work, stones, and beading. Making regular appearances at festivals including the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, AfroPunk, and Sweet Spot Festival, the recently relaunched line draws inspiration from everything from Salvador Dali to the Ivory Coast of West Africa.

Her pieces speak of art, history, world travel, and high fashion without loosing their vintage flair. Approachable yet affordable, Vintage Royalty’s beauty lies in its constant evolution. Meena who started the line in 2006 knew that it was time for her brand to move in a new direction saying, “I have decided to completely change the form of jewelry which I was known for to create strong, classic, pulled together collection that I think would pair perfectly with a stylish 20 or 30 something year old woman.”

The relaunching of this line was particularly important to Meena, because it shows not only the growth of her line but of herself as an artist.

“Throughout my entire career as a jewelry designer, I had been trying to define what kind of creator I was. I feel this line introduces me as a real jewelry designer. I want people to feel what I felt when I created the pieces; I want them to imagine just like I did. And I think this collection does just that.”

If you are into conversation-starting jewelry, and are attracted to color, shape, and prints we can almost guarantee that you will see something that you like within the Vintage Royalty collection online. If you happen to be in the D. C. area, you can also shop the collection at the Nomad Yard Collectiv boutique.

Screen shot 2015-04-23 at 5.25.58 PMStyleBlazer candidly spoke to Osei-Kuffour about her success, lessons learned and future plans.

On her background: “I am from the suburbs of Chicago, born and raised.  I studied Fashion Marketing in college and have done many internships in shaping my fashion knowledge.”

On what her creative process is like: “My creative process begins with a cluster of ideas and inspirations.  I usually try to narrow it down to a theme of some sort, then I start with sketching some jewelry aesthetics and it goes from there. Usually there is not a certain time or place that helps me. I used a lot of mixed media in this collection. Taking inspirations from India, Africa, and religions like Buddhism.”

On challenges she’s faced: “I continue to face multiple challenges developing the brand. I feel everyone does. You can never be 100 percent, there’s always something to improve on. My challenge lately has been Marketing. I need to do it more and more and more to compete with all the other jewelry designers out there. So finding the right people to help market my line and finding the time to market it myself has definitely been my biggest challenge.”

On her future plans for Vintage Royalty: “I hope to have my pieces in boutiques worldwide or in my own free-standing store. For myself, I want to learn as much as I can in art and business. Both of these I studied in school, but I just want to learn by travel and taking different artistic lessons.”

On advice she has for up-and-coming jewelry designers: “Plan Plan Plan. Never jump into anything no matter how eager you may feel. Business plan is a great start. And never stop developing your brand.”

WRITING REWIND: Print Mix Style Guide

WRITING REWIND: Print Mix Style Guide

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Naturally when spring rolls around, brightly colored clothing and pastel printed fabrics dominate store shelves—almost uniforms for the season. So what is a girl to do when she wants to break away from the fashion pack? Mix it up with mixed prints! J. Crew, Stella Jean, Proenza Schouler and Rodarte were a few of the many designers who played with prints, mixing unlikely fabric combos within their S/S 2013 lines. Contrasting patterns not only look super  chic, but make each piece pop that much more. Wearing mixed prints is also a great way to rework your closet and breathe new life into old clothes.  With punchy prints, just be sure to keep silhouettes simple, wear complimentary colors, and consider the size and proportion of each print.

Get inspired from our top 3 Mixed Print Match-Ups!

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J. Crew Factory Colorblock Stripe Boatneck Tee

Matthew Williamson Floral-print Silk Pants

Leopard & Polka Dot 

Leopard and Polka Dot

Topshop Animal Print Strapless Bralet

Jonathan Saunders Axel Polka-Dot Stretch-Cotton Twill Pencil Skirt

Snake & Paisley 

Snakeskin and Paisley

A | Wear Lux Peplum Top

Vince Camuto Ornate Paisley Pencil Skirt

How do you prefer to play with colors: print-mixing or colorblocking?

WRITING REWIND: StyleBlazer Time Machine: Get Dionne Davenport’s ‘Clueless’ Style All Grown Up

WRITING REWIND: StyleBlazer Time Machine: Get Dionne Davenport’s ‘Clueless’ Style All Grown Up

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Don’t we all remember staying up for hours spilling the tea about what happened in second period with our high school girlfriends? Or what about the bond made shopping for the perfect Homecoming dress? If you didn’t experience this firsthand, luckily the hit movie and sitcomClueless perfectly captured all the fashionable ups and downs of the stylish Bff’s Cher Horowitz and Dionne Davenport. Of the two, Dionne may have sported some of the 90’s trendiest fashion. Who could forget the ridiculous scene where she pranced down the hall in her plaid suit and matching derby hat while talking to Cher? Classic. On Friday we celebrated Stacy Dash’s birthday with a look back at a few fashionable stills from Clueless. In this week’s time machine shopper we thought it would be fun to look forward to what Ms. Dionne Davenport’s style would be like all grown up.

Check out what we came up with.

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WRITING REWIND: 5 Way To Rock Mom Jeans via StyleBlazer.com

WRITING REWIND: 5 Way To Rock Mom Jeans via StyleBlazer.com

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They say we all eventually turn into our mothers, but who would have guessed in a million years that it would mean borrowing some of her clothes. Apologies are definitely in order for all the times we’ve poked fun of our mum’s sense of style, especially when she wore those infamous “mom jeans” to our PTA meetings. Circling around a lot faster than expected, the fashion cycle has popularized the high-waist, elongated denim in a way no one saw coming. The “momjean” has become a huge hit with bloggers and even trickled its way across to fashion enthusiasts and retailers like ASOS and Urban Outfitters. It’s understandable if the thought of wearing something that your mother may have in her closet makes you cringe, so let us help by taking the guesswork out of rocking this trend.

Check out 5 updated ways to make mom jeans your own.

Cuffed and Heels

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A nude strappy heel and cuffed hem never hurt anybody! Although wearing high-waist denim may seem a bit casual, you can easily elevate your look with small touches and great accessories like the perfect pair of killer shoes—denim paired with high heels and a hint of bare ankle screams chic and is timelessness. Throw in an expensive jacket or clutch, and you are good to go! Continue reading “WRITING REWIND: 5 Way To Rock Mom Jeans via StyleBlazer.com”

WRITING REWIND: StyleBlazer Time Machine Whitley Gilbert Style Icon

WRITING REWIND: StyleBlazer Time Machine Whitley Gilbert Style Icon

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Hillman’s ultimate southern belle, Whitley Gilbert, did more than expound upon her infinite wisdom of the finer things in life during her four years.  This style and beauty maven was one of the first during the ’80s and ’90s to flaunt expensive “Chanel chic” designer labels and ritzy accessories. Whitley Gilbert epitomized dressing to the nines with an unapologetic elegance. No matter if she was going to “The Pitt” to catch up with friends or out with her boo Dwayne, Ms. Relax, Relate, Release was always impeccably dressed.  A true icon, fashion was who she was.

Continue reading and shop the look from my Whitley inspired style guide at StyleBlazer.com