Wednesday
Apr172013

Designer Check in with Hannah Blount

 

Working out of her studio in Boston, jeweler and artist Hannah Blount creates thoughtful, delicate, and inspired pieces, sure to please everyone on your Mother's Day shopping list (not to panic, you have a few weeks to shop!). 

 

A graduate of UMASS Dartmouth and a native child of Nantucket, her work is inspired by nature with an organic, yet modern, aesthetic. I checked in with Hannah to see what is inspiring her this spring, what celeb she would most like to see in her designs, and even convinced her to part with her mother's famous chocolate chip cookie recipe- thanks Momma B!

 

Check out http://www.hannahblount.com/ for more on Hannah and her creations, our earlier Hannah Blount interview and the close up on these Herkimer diamond earrings from the holiday shoot. 

 

What's new and fabulous with Hannah Blount Jewelry?

 

Now that I have revamped my Turquoise assortment, I am tackling Sticks and Stones. I am expanding my Herkimer Diamond collection to have some more unique settings and thus adding a bit of edge to my work. Aside from that, I am also working on some delicately hand-carved gold rings with faceted gemstones (sapphires, chocolate diamonds, rubies, the list goes on...). My brain is going in a lot of directions at once.

 

Seriously crushing on all the fabulous Kingman Turquoise- what makes this so unique? How do you find these gems and stones?

 

I am seriously crushing on the Kingman Turquoise as well! I have become more and more familiar with the different grades and qualities, mining processes, and locality of the stone. My two favorite mines are the Kingman mine and the Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona. As I have become more familiar with these two high-quality varieties, I haven't been able to look at other Turquoise the same way... being mined in the US already has its perks for me, since I know where it came from and who is responsible for the labor. I met some of the worker bees of the Kingman mine while I was in Tucson at the gem show, and had to be dragged out of their booth for fear of buying just about everything they offered.

 

Celeb you would most like to see in your work?

 

 The First Lady! She's a celeb, right?

 

Number one item on your personal shopping list for the season (jeans? brands? home decor?)?

 

A couch. Any couch. Seriously, I am growing up.

 

And finally, the one thing that no mom should be without for Mother's Day?

 

I think my Blossom Posts are a wonderful Mother's Day gift! Although a lot of mothers get my barnacle pieces, since barnacles are (apparently) a good reference to the constant cling of children....
Also, chocolate. You were a lot of work, she deserves it.

 

Momma B Cookies
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter (room temp)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups flour, give or take
1 tsp baking soda
1/2+ tsp salt
1+ cup choco chips
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)

Heat oven to 375. In large mixing bowl, mix sugars with butter. Mix just until combined- if you cream it too long, the cookies will be flat. Add vanilla and egg, blend. Add in flour, baking soda, and salt. Then add choco chips and nuts. Drop by spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown- though we always like them on the doughy side.
Enjoy!

 

Wednesday
Apr172013

Marshalls Spring Style Event - UPDATE!

Above: Kate Spade dress via Marshalls (c/o), Hermes Constance bag, Celine sunglasses (similar Super sunglasses), Christian Louboutin leopard kitten heel (similar leopard kitten heel), vintage YSL earrings

 

UPDATE:

Due to the recent tragic events in Boston, this event has been postponed. The event will take place Wednesday May 8, from 6-8.

 

Wednesday, May 8, from 6-8, please join a bevy of stylish area bloggers for a special evening of fashion and fun finds at Marshalls newest location in Boston- in the heart of the Fenway Park neighborhood. 

Khatu of I am Khatu, Alyssa of A Girl in Boston, Jean of Extra Petite, Bettina of Neat Bit and me of course, Noelani of Mon Petit Chou Chou will all be on hand to help you find your own fabulous spring looks, show our hand-picked 'finds' from the store, and help giveaway giftcards and special prizes through out the evening.  Unable to make it? Follow along on Instagram and Twitter with hashtag #fabfound.

 

Event details:

Marshalls Fenway: 126 Brookline Ave, Boston MA

Wednesday, May 8, 6-8:00 PM

You can RSVP for the free event here: http://marshallsfindyourfabulous.eventbrite.com/


The ladies and I went out to this new gem of a store over the weekend and I can indeed confirm the finds are extra fabulous. I came away with this gorgeous Kate Spade dress, oh, on clearance no less! It's so exciting when non-maternity picks still fit the bump. I also curated a selection of other maternity friendly fashions (to take you from the before, middle and after stages), bright nursery decor, and some truly wonderful prizes to giveaway that night (valued up to 50.00 each). One last item to entice you- Georgetown cupcakes, lemonade, and gift cards a-plenty to be given away to guests.

See you there!

Monday
Apr152013

The Start of Something

Above: 7 for All Mankind jeans (via A Pea in the Pod), Banana Republic top, J Crew zebra jacket (similar zebra jacket here), Hermes Constance, Zara leopard penny loafer (similar leopard loafer), Karen Walker Sunglasses

 

Yay, the start of a bump! Still small, but visible in last photo, I swear! I am almost half way through the pregnancy- 20 weeks and counting. I can't believe how fast the time has flown by. I'm quite certain things will slow to an absolute crawl when the weather becomes unbearably hot and I am the carrying a full bump. 

Until then, I can get away with some maternity jeans and a few flowy tops I already owned. I knew my penchant for boxy, boho shirts would come in handy some day. I have been stocking up on lots of long, flowing maxi's for the warmer months (including some fabulous finds from Marshalls and TJ Maxx). Most flattering, and most comfortable.

This weekend saw lots of spring cleaning and organizing. Closet clean out has been epic. I have clothes out at the Real Real, Raspberry Beret, The Closet, and I am taking shots of items to post on my own online shop, which has sadly been dormant for too long! Stay tuned for more to come....