SHŌNA Reforms Vintage Jewelry

When I met Shona Gilbert at a Christmas lunch, I knew there was something unique and special about her. She had just moved to Dallas after living on the West Coast, East Coast and even St. Croix. Shona makes her own rules, which is one of the things I love about her.

I was so excited to see her passion poured out into SHŌNA, Reformed Vintage jewelry. What makes SHŌNA stand out from other jewelry is her statement pieces and bold designs. Shona creates one-of-a-kind “reformed vintage” masterpieces. She is greatly influenced by her travels and the fantastic diversity of fashion and style that she has observed over her lifetime. Environmentally and socially responsible, SHŌNA are hand-made pieces with reclaimed vintage materials and packages them in recycled cigar boxes.

Cherry Horn Filagree Necklace, part of Ayanna collection.
Citrine Hammered Collar, part of EDHA collection
Clear Lucite Choker Necklace, part of Pebbles collection

When Shona is not designing, she is an active philanthropist in the Dallas community, contributing to and volunteering her time to various charities, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Dallas Museum of Art, Family Gateway and Dress 4 Yellow.

Heart Baubles supporting LLS (Left to Right: Kimberly Alexander, myself, Shona Gilbert)

Recently, SHŌNA, Reformed Vintage has partnered with Neiman Marcus. You can preview her new Spring 2013 Collection at select Neiman Marcus stores and on her site, www.byShona.com. Here are her upcoming trunk shows and personal appearances:

  • February 22-23, 2013 (10AM-5PM) at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend, Plano, TX
  • February 28, 2013 (10AM-5PM) at Neiman Marcus, Fort Worth, TX
  • May 10, 2013 (10AM-5PM) at Neiman Marcus Downtown,
    Dallas, TX
  • May 15-16, 2013 (10AM-5PM) Neiman Marcus, Chicago, IL

Once Upon A Time Virgins Saints & Angels Create Jewelry Collection

Sundays nights are popular in my household starting last year when ABC launched a show called Once Upon a TimeOnce Upon a Time is a sharply written modern spin on the classic fairy tales that combines drama, romance and suspense in a truly magical way. The story brings together far-flung favorite characters like Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Rumplestiltskin and Jiminy Cricket. At the center of the show is the tale of Snow White and Prince Charming’s love story sabotaged by the Evil Queen in one world and Regina the mayor in the other.

VSA Designs Crown used in Once Upon a Time

Want to look like you belong in a fairy tale? Virgins Saints & Angels’ (VSA) newest collection is inspired by Snow White and the Evil Queen. They created two collections for the line, one with delicate angelic pieces and the other with an edgier gothic collection.

The Snow line incorporates soft pink and pure white-colored Swarovski Elements, while the Queen collection includes deep red and jet-colored crystals with dragon or spider accents. These two distinct collections were designed to compliment each other and work seamlessly when layered together. The collection incorporates ornate jewelry pieces consisting of necklaces, rings, cuffs, hair pins, and of course, crowns and tiaras.
Which character represents your style? The sensitive vulnerability Snow White or the bold confidence Evil Queen?
I am wearing Snow’s crown while Posh Girl is wearing the Evil Queen’s.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Swag Owner Lisa Alfieri welcomes this new collection to her NorthPark Center store in Dallas, Texas:
Virgins Saints & Angels Global Trunk Show
Featuring the Once Upon a Time Collection
February 8-10, 2013
With a special appearance by VSA Designer and Founder Cheryl Finnegan aka Finn on TOMORROW, February 8, 2013 at 1PM-4PM
 

Top 5 Diaper Bags

There are certain parts of motherhood that you just cannot escape. One is baggage. We all have to carry around stuff for our kids. Diapers, wipes, sippy cups, snacks, toys, etc. I love a diaper bag that makes me feel equipped and organized on-the-go. But, have you noticed all the choices these days?! There are a lot to choose from. I hope that if you are in the market for a new bag, this will help. Some products are made better than others, and some products will outlast the baby stages and continue to be used after your kids are older. Here are a five of my picks for diaper bags brands for your posh family:

1. Ju-Ju-Be combines high-tech materials, intuitive design and fun prints and styles into diaper bags and accessories you’ll love to carry.

Be Right Backpack

2. OiOi Baby bags are stylish, innovative and practical diaper bags known for their superb quality and reliability.

Ikat Tote

3. Petunia Pickle Bottom accessorizing the modern parent with chic style.

City Carryall

4. Skip*Hop are innovative, versatile, stylish and durable.

Lady Bento

5. Timi & Leslie is all the utility you need, and all the fashion you want for a nice price.

Charlie

Regifting Done Right!

Regifting has been given a bad wrap. I am here to rebrand the term and define regifting as “one present at a time can help give to others around the world.” There’s something extra special about giving a gift that has a special meaning. But giving a gift that also makes our world a better place? This is what this season is all about!

Choosing Shoes…
Chooze shoes (started by a local mom) has an antipoverty mission that aims to inspire creativity while selling some pretty cute kicks (from $45). Made of cotton and 100% vegan materials, the shoes are vibrant and whimsical, and no two are the exactly the same.

…And Shades…
TOMS will help a person in need with every product you purchase. From the chic classic aviators to the retro-inspired sunglasses, they are made complete with hand-painted stripes that serve as a reminder of all those in the world without perfect sight.

…Or Food…
OMG S’Mores kit ($15/each) provide 16 meals for the North Texas Food Bank. Held in a 3-foot cylinder, the kit holds enough ingredients for 16 s’mores (graham crackers, marshmallows made to perfection, chocolate bar, skewers).

…Or Bag.
Anne Fontaine EcoBag helps restore the endangered Brazilian Atlantic forest. Partly made of recycled plastic bottles(100%PET), the EcoBag is recyclable, environmentally-friendly and stylish.