Global Inspiration, Local Design
We haven’t had to look far for style inspiration this spring, thanks to the creativity of several brilliant Oklahoma women who are emerging internationally as jewelry and accessory mavens. Bringing unique expression of style, each of these women shares a passion for beauty through inspired design.
Lisa Karen Jewelry
When longtime friends Lisa Blair and Karen Chaudry combined Karen’s jewelry design background and love for vintage jewelry pieces with Lisa’s passion for global travel, design and fashion, the result was Lisa Karen Jewelry, sophisticated yet affordable jewelry from high quality natural materials. Many of the vintage-inspired pieces in Lisa Karen’s line represent tributes to both Lisa and Karen’s late mothers, who often wore similar styles that continue to inspire the unique designs for which Lisa Karen Jewelry has garnered much attention. Lisa and Karen share their conviction that “beauty and happiness feed the soul,” by donating several Lisa Karen Jewelry items annually to auctions or sales that benefit women and children through the YWCA.
Lisa Karen Jewelry can be purchased at Bebe’s in Nichols Hills, Naifeh Fine Jewelry in Casady Square, Lime Leopard in Northpark Mall and Cayman’s Clothiers in Norman. See more of the Lisa Karen collection this month at trunk shows to be held at Cayman’s and Lime Leopard.
Flaunt by Faith Nicole
When she was 16 years old, Faith Nicole Mouse envisioned a line of fashion-forward accessories and gifts for women that could combine function with style – specifically, bold style. By the time she celebrated her 19th birthday, Faith, now a business entrepreneurship student at the University of Oklahoma, was the force behind Flaunt by Faith Nicole, the manifestation of her earlier dream. Flaunt’s extensive offerings include travel accessories, totes and other items designed to keep the fashionable woman organized. As the granddaughter and niece of breast cancer survivors, Faith was inspired to form a partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® by donating a percentage of sales from Flaunt’s Palazzo Pink Tote Bag.
Flaunt accessories are available at several retail locations in the Oklahoma City area. Visit www.flauntfashion.com to find a retailer near you or to purchase online.
Taja Jewelry Design
The partnership of Taylor Van Cleef and Jodi Hodges began almost two years ago as a shared interest in designing and making jewelry by hand. Arguably, jewelry design must be in their DNA – their aunts owned a jewelry business when Taylor and Jodi were children. However, the two never met until 2007. Their mutual vision for Taja Jewelry Design is to offer one-of-a-kind pieces for wearers of all tastes, ranging from statement necklaces to lightweight, dainty earrings, rings or bracelets. Taja’s appreciation for natural, earthy, raw materials such as 24k gold, sterling silver, copper, turquoise, amethyst, jade, ruby and citrine translates to stunning and sometimes eclectic interpretations of natural beauty.
Taja Jewelry Design can be purchased at Blue Seven and The Fleuriste in Oklahoma City. Items shown are available at The Fleuriste.