Ali’s List 8.29.14

Currently Coveting: Tibi Gold Taffeta Jumpsuit

Although it looks like a dress, this gilded garment by Tibi is actually a jumpsuit! Unexpected and oh so chic, it’s the ideal piece for nights out during this upcoming Fashion Week.

Currently Doing: Boating and Beaching in Martha’s Vineyard

Labor Day weekend calls for four days spent lazing about in Martha’s Vineyard with friends. On the agenda: renting a boat, visiting the beautiful New England beaches and enjoying last days of summer.

Currently Inspired By: Flash Tattoo Styling by The Glamouri

The flash tattoo trend took off this summer as beach and festival-goes adorned their bare limbs in silver and gold designs. While I’m of the belief that these shimmy body adornments can’t replace real jewelry, I was blown away by our friend and The Glamouri blogger Kelly Framel’s flash tattoo styling in this recent editorial. Kelly skillfully decorated the model’s body in such a beautiful way, turning a trend into a true work of art.

Currently Following: @lisaperrystyle

Lisa Perry’s penchant for bright colors, geometric shapes and a mod aesthetic has solidified her as one of my favorite-ever designers. In a sea of brands incorporating these elements, she’s developed such a stand-out point of view based on her dedication to minimalism and clean lines. Perry’s Instagram account gives her followers a joy-filled peek into her colorful world. The best posts? Snaps of her vibrant, pop art-filled NYC apartment!

(P.S. If you’re in the Hamptons this weekend, be sure to stop by her East Hampton shop!)

Andaman Microphone Glove Handpiece by Lionette

Lately, I’ve been channeling my inner Michael Jackson (whose birthday happens to be today!) in this crystal and opalescent stone microphone glove. I keep this statement handpiece grounded by pairing it with a flirty skirt, simple top and my favorite jean jacket.

Designer Spotlight: Sarah Magid

We are so excited to introduce Sarah Magid’s line of bold baubles to Charm & Chain! Inspired by everything from modern art and graffiti to her grandmother’s over-the-top ensembles from the 1960s, Sarah’s designs incorporate everything we love to see in jewelry: color, shine, shape, quality and the ability to make a statement.

After designing jewelry, footwear and accessories for over 15 years for such major brands as Coach and J.Crew, Sarah decided it was time for her to bring her own visions to life and launched her eponymous jewelry label just last year.

We sat down with Sarah to learn more about her inspirations, motivations and favorite pieces:

C&C: Describe Sarah Magid Jewelry in three words.

SM: Bold, Colorful, Chic

C&C: After years of designing for major brands, how did you finally decide to take the plunge into designing your own line?

SM: I did not want to be in my 50s and regret that I never took the chance to have my own collection. I have worked for corporate and smaller fashion companies for over 15 years, and feel like the success that I created with them can one day be my own. I feel proud to be an example to my children that anything is possible.

C&C: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made?

SM: I am guilty of making cactus neon earrings out of clay that you could bake in the oven. I wore these to 4th grade everyday. Please burn any picture you may find of these creations!

Images from Sarah Magid’s “Prankster” Collection Mood Board

C&C: Your latest collection incorporates a gorgeous mix of vibrant colors and patterns plus your signature geometric shapes. What served as your inspiration for this motif?

SM: I draw inspiration from Modern Art and a mashup of history, music, humor, and cultural references. The “Prankster” collection is a blend of Picasso’s Harlequin paintings, neon brights from the 80’s, and the activist art of Sister Corita. (Oh, and the song “Electric Avenue” was playing on repeat in the studio.) There will always be a geometric undercurrent, but I aspire to find ways to make it feminine and playful.

C&C: We love that you draw inspiration from your grandmother’s wardrobe. (Don’t we all!) Are there any outfits in particular you can recall that inspire your line?

SM: My grandmothers was a jazz singer in the 1960’s and performed in a turquoise brocade gown with gold paisley motifs. At the time, I thought it was the most important and perfect article of clothing created. There were pink mules with fluffy feathers that completed the look. She had a giant drawer filled with jewelry and allowed me to dress in all her clothes. This was in San Diego where everyone was not as adventurous of a dresser, and sometimes I wore her things to school. When I think of her outfits, I dream of patterns upon patterns in bright colors, and that always excites me a bit when I design.

Double Ingot Lariat (left), Large Recon Malachite Stud Earrings (right)

C&C: Which piece or pieces do find yourself wearing most often?

SM: I tend to grab samples and try everything on in different combinations. I like the balance of metal and stone to keep things feeling mixed in a cool way. Lately I have been wearing the Ingot Lariat because it can be worn different ways depending on the neckline, and the Malachite Studs for a pop of vibrant color. I try to flow the collections so that you can wear different pieces from the seasons year round and they can always sit together.

Click here to check out Sarah Magid’s latest collection on Charm & Chain!

Ali’s List 8.22.14

Currently Coveting: Fabulous & Baroque Victoire Balloon Chair

This fuchsia balloon chair is essentially me in furniture form: bold yet elegant, with an avant garde edge. I’m dreaming of adding one of these to my living room arrangement.

Currently Doing: Colorado

I’m currently in Colorado for a much-needed long weekend of rest, relaxation and family time. On the agenda: spending the weekend in Aspen, dinner at a dear friend’s newly-open first restaurant CO Chop Shop, and lots of fresh air.

Currently Inspired By: Pineapples

It seems like this fruity motif has been popping up everywhere lately—from prints on clothing and wallpaper to costume jewelry and as props in editorial shoots. It’s such a fun shape and I’m a total sucker for the color yellow. Plus, pineapples are one of my favorites fruits to eat!

Currently Following: @tthblooms

As a former intern of style icon Taylor Tomasi Hill during her fashion assistant days at W Magazine, I’ve enjoyed watching her career blossom over the years. Her latest venture as florist to the fashion set has resulted in daily inspiration via her Instagram, where she posts snaps of her whimsical—and highly covetable—arrangements of buds including pink peonies and wildflowers.

Currently Rocking: Kinetic Gold Thin Metal Collar by Alexis Bittar

The ideal collar necklace, this sleek gold choker is an office-wide addiction (myself included). It’s simple yet so cool, plus it lays just right.

Ali Dishes on Inspirations and Trends to

Our founder Ali recently sat down with Accessories Magazine to spill all the details on how she got her start, her daily inspirations, and the jewelry trends Charm & Chain can’t stop gushing over. Of course, she covered all of our favorite trends including midi rings, ear cuffs, and chokers. She also told the website a bit about some of our newest designers, including Doloris Petunia and fine jeweler Kacey K. Check out what else Ali had to say about street style and her runway inspirations here.

Ali’s List 8.8.14

Currently Coveting: Let There Be Neon

Fluorescent signage experts Let There Be Neon have customized pieces for major retailers, artists and as TV and movie props for the last 40 years. I recently discovered that this New York City-based company can create neon signs in one’s handwriting! My apartment walls are begging for a fluorescent yellow iteration of my favorite quote: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”

Currently Doing: DIY Pearl Chandelier

Two oversized crystal chandeliers illuminate the Charm & Chain showroom and look as much like jewelry as the contents of the showroom itself. I recently came across a photo of a chandelier draped in cascading pearl strands and was instantly inspired to take our chandeliers to the next level by adding this new element. On next week’s agenda: a trip to the craft store for yards of pearls and an afternoon spent upping our showroom lighting game.

Currently Inspired By: Fine Jewelry’s Online Retail Success

I read this article in the Wall Street Journal last week and was delighted to learn about the success other online retailers are finding in the fine jewelry space. This summer, Charm & Chain has welcomed two new fine jewelers to the site, Alexa Leigh and Kacey K Fine Jewelry, who are both proving to resonate with our customers already. As long as shoppers are turning to us a trusted source for their cherished investment pieces, we will continue to meet their needs with gorgeous, high-quality styles from well-loved designers!

Currently Following: @graymalin

Photographer Gray Malin is known for his colorful and oftentimes tongue-in-cheek photographs of exotic locals, utilizing kitschy props and aerial shots to give us a new perspective on the world’s landscapes. Malin’s Instagram account is the best way for fans like myself to keep up with his dreamy works and behind-the-scenes adventures. My favorite piece? This shot of colorful parrot balloons hovering over Bermuda’s crystal clear shoreline.

Currently Rocking: Carrie Earrings by DANNIJO

It’s very hard to find a good pair of red earrings. (Trust me, I’m constantly on the hunt.) My search finally ended when I spotted these stunners at DANNIJO’s fall collection presentation in February, and I fell in love all over again when they finally landed at Charm & Chain HQ. I picture myself wearing them with a cool printed dress all fall long.

Ali’s List 8.1.14

Currently Coveting: Shrimps Mabels Faux-Fur Coat

I know we still have a solid month of summer ahead, but I can’t take my mind off this color blocked faux-fur coat by British label Shrimps! I’m a sucker for anything with retro flair and this cheeky jacket fits the bill. I could easily see myself making this my everyday winter coat.

Currently Doing: Jeff Koons Retrospective at the Whitney Museum

I have long been a fan of Jeff Koons’ metallic balloon animal sculptures, so I was thrilled to hear that the Whitney is running a retrospective on the contemporary artist through October 19th. This is the most comprehensive Koons exhibit to date, so I’ll be sure to not miss it!

Currently Inspired By: 3-D Jewelry Printing

The moment I learned about 3-D printing, I knew there would be tremendous potential for it to impact the jewelry space. Apparently, many others shared this sentiment, as jewelry has become one of the fastest-growing categories to embrace the technology. This week, Amazon launched a 3-D printing shop, which includes a jewelry category, bringing “print-on-demand” baubles to the masses. I’m excited to see how this technology continues to impact the jewelry market.

Currently Following: @spokewoven

I discovered this handmade dreamcatcher designer at Pamela Love’s studio and immediately looked into getting one for my home. (See photo above!) I love to see the dreamy creations she crafts for others, many of which have inspired the dream catchers I’ve subsequently bought as baby gifts for friends.

Currently Rocking: Gold Double Ball Earrings by Piper Strand

Double ball studs are easily my favorite earring trend at the moment. Inspired by Dior’s “Mise en Dior” Earrings, these in gold by Piper Strand are incredibly versatile and compliment my daily gold bracelet stacks.

Ali’s List 7.25.14

Currently Coveting: Loeffler Randall Sarie Strappy Sandals

Last summer, I lived in a pair of sandals embellished with large rhinestone parrots. Though they’re my most cherished sandals, they’re far from understated. This summer, I decided it was time to opt for a more neutral pair which, to me, means gold. These crisscross slides from Loeffler Randall are my perfect sandal: easy on-and-off, great quality and they go with everything. Needless to say, the birds have some new competition.

Currently Doing: Seeing Billy Joel in Concert

This weekend, I’m headed to D.C. with friends to catch the Piano Man, himself, live in concert! One of my all-time favorite artists, I grew up listening to Billy Joel with my parents. I admire his ability to storytell with his songs, many of which recount important historical moments (“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “Downeaster Alexa,” “Allentown”). On top of those, I can’t wait to to hear him play some of my favorite ballads like “And So it Goes,” “She’s Always A Woman” and “Honesty!”

Currently Inspired By: Chanel’s Fall 2014 Campaign

Chanel’s latest ad campaign puts Lululemon to shame with its depiction of Cara Delevingne and crew hitting the ring in tweeds, knee-high sneaker boots and hardcore padlock jewelry. This isn’t the only collection that looked to boxing for inspiration. DANNIJO's upcoming fall line, titled Boxerina, draws upon the juxtaposition of the toughness of boxers and grace of ballerinas. These references have me wondering if I should throw on some gloves and try it as my next workout!

Currently Following: @donalddrawbertson

This whimsical artist is hands-down one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. Using fashion as his primary subject, this man can make art out of anything from dollar bills (featuring President Anna Wintour) to raw sugar (a Louis Vuitton logo). It’s so fun to watch what he dreams up!

Currently Rocking: Pearl and Glitter Teardrops Tiered Necklace by Mawi

I’m absolutely smitten with this slightly eccentric mixed media necklace by Mawi. The ladylike pearl strand gets an upgrade when embellished with teardrops made from actual glitter and adorned in rose gold spikes. Plus, the added green rhinestone chain creates a layered effect for an instantly styled neckline. I’ve been pairing it with a bright green dress from Rag & Bone!