We are so excited to introduce you to a local gem (pun totally intended) that we happened upon earlier this year through Instagram. Simply put, it was love at first sight. C. Alexandria's designs are absolutely stunning & we are thrilled to be sharing them with you! So without further ado, here are a few reasons we love C. Alexandria, as well as a Q&A with owner & designer Cire'...
"There are so many things I love about Cire's jewelry line! I'll try not to write you a book...
When it comes to jewelry I prefer details that are not overwhelming. I personally adore pieces I can wear every single day, like this delicate necklace. I like my jewelry to be versatile and so I tend to choose pieces that I can wear with a t-shirt or a blouse, but that I could also wear with a cocktail dress. C. Alexandria's pieces have fulfilled my desires and then some. Her jewelry is simplistic, geometric, unique, affordable, and local. All the things I LOVE. She has a great eye for design that I can totally get behind... and drool over. Literally... have you seen the Tassel Earrings?! To top it all off Cire' is a fellow small business owner that rocks her creativity on the daily. Her passion is clearly reflected in her beautiful line of jewelry." -Krystle
"Seriously though, those Tassel Earrings ladies. They are totally on my wish list too this Christmas! I have my eye on so many C. Alexandria pieces I don't even know where to begin... there is something so special about discovering a jewelry designer that you feel is designing just for you & that is how I feel every time I look through Cire's designs. I often gravitate towards jewelry with pops of color & tend to choose bold earrings or statement necklaces when I accessorize. The first C. Alexandria piece I fell in love with was the Dark Blue Stone Pendant. Call me crazy, but that shade of blue totally speaks to my soul." -Ashley
Now that you know what we love about C. Alexandria, check out this Q&A style interview we did with owner, Cire' so you can get to know her & her designs a bit more for yourselves...
Q: First, can you tell us about C. Alexandria? How did it all begin?
A: It all really started when I moved back home to my mom's in my mid 20's. I decided I was done working for other people. I wanted to be my own boss. I'd been making jewelry for years, but thought this was the perfect opportunity to try and make it my full time business- the rent was cheap, there was food in my moms fridge, I had a bed to sleep in. I had sold a lot of my things before moving home, I used the little cash to buy supplies and really get serious with Etsy. I also began doing local craft fairs and trying to get my jewelry into stores.
Q: What do you love most about designing jewelry?
A: That it's a great artistic expression of myself, and it can be easily shared and accessed by a lot of people. There's something universal about jewelry. Jewelry can say a lot about a person, I love that it can be such a personal thing for each of my customers.
Q: What inspires your designs?
A: Everything! Nature, color, shapes, history, fashion and interior design. It all goes hand in hand. I see inspiration in just about everything.
Q: What are some of your favorite materials to work with?
A: I use brass a lot- I love gold, the richness of color, the way it looks with stones, it's history and rarity. But I can't afford the real thing, so I substitute with brass. I also mix in 14k gold fill and sterling silver. Using all these materials allows me to create a wide range of pieces. I like using nickel free materials as well, it keeps my customers happy!
Q: What was your favorite jewelry piece or collection to design?
A: That's a hard one, I design a lot around my mood, that changes all the time. I'm constantly experimenting.. So I don't really have a favorite!
Q: Which piece is your favorite from your current collection?
A: The 'Directional Glyph' earrings. I've been wearing them non-stop!
Q: The holidays are just around the corner, which pieces do you think would make the perfect gift for the women in our lives?
A: Our hair sticks! Women love them, it's such a fun new way of adding a hint of glam and sophistication to any outfit. Instead of a pony, you twist the hair and adorn it with the stick, it looks so elegant and effortless.
Q: As we begin putting together our outfits for all the upcoming holiday festivities, what pieces do you think would be a great addition to our holiday outfits?
A: I'm a fan of big bold earrings. You can't go wrong, then add a fun cocktail ring and you're off!
Q: Lastly, where can we purchase & see more of your beautiful designs?
A: All through our website, www.CireAlexandria.com
We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Cire' & her gorgeous line, C. Alexandria. We have a feeling you have fallen in love too & it must be said... sorry, we're not sorry! ;) xoxo
P.S. What are your favorite pieces? Did you see any that you thought would make the perfect gift for the women in your life? We can't wait to hear all your thoughts!
I received so much great feedback & lots of inquiries regarding the "Fall Trends" Segment I did on NBC15 a couple of weeks ago, so I thought it would be fun to put together a blog post for you featuring the same three fall trends! I really enjoyed choosing items that embraced these trends & I hope you find some fun fall pieces you love!
Let's start with my absolute favorite trend this fall... bell sleeves (insert heart eye emoji here). I am loving all things bell sleeves this fall! Lately though, bell sleeve knits have caught my eye. There is something so cozy about the design of bell sleeves, but add a soft knit to the mix & you have discovered the ultimate comfort piece to add to your wardrobe.
A bell sleeve blouse would be a great addition to your fall wardrobe! They are easy to dress up or down, depending on the occasion. Here are a few I'm loving...
Last, but most certainly not least... bell sleeve dresses. WOW... talk about options! There are TONS of fun options out there right now! I had such a hard time choosing which dresses to share with you, but I narrowed it down to a few that I think are super classic.
The next trend I want to share with you is velvet. Hello velvet shoes... where have you been all my life?! I have my eye on the Blue Velvet Superga Sneakers featured below... aren't they gorgeous?! I think the Sam Edelman Heels or Flats would be perfect for any upcoming holiday events you may have.
I'm also loving velvet blazers this fall. Blazers are flattering on all body shapes & are such a great staple piece for your wardrobe... especially during these colder months when many of us are layering up to keep warm!
Velvet skirts? Yes please! Pairing one of the velvet mini skirts below with black tights & your favorite booties would be such a fun combination for fall! I think the velvet pencil skirt or the velvet midi skirt would be perfect for the holidays. If velvet skirts don't feel true to your style, try these Madewell Velvet Skinny Jeans... so dreamy!
The last fall trend I want to share with you is, shine. The holidays are just around the corner, so I thought this would be a great fall trend to feature! Below are some beautiful bags that embrace the shine trend.
How about a jacket that features some shine... would you rock one? I have a sequin jacket that I love pulling out for special occasions! It is a definite way to take your outfit from "meh" to "A-MEH-ZING!". Picture this Metallic Shine Blazer over a dress for an upcoming holiday party! So festive & fun! I know this is a pretty bold piece, but I encourage you to have fun with it & give one a try... you may be surprised how much you love it.
The final trend item I want to share with you is shoes that shine! Any of these beauties are sure to put a pep in your step!
I hope you have enjoyed looking through some of this season's trend pieces! I definitely enjoyed picking them out & sharing them with you. I would love to know which pieces you love! xoxo
P.S. Are there any other fall trends that you've been loving this season? What have you been rocking? I want to know all your thoughts, so be sure to share them below!