Heavy on Fashion Reviews: Funktional Wearables - The Brianna Bracelet*

Hello, all my divas and gurus! I am so happy to be finally back on Heavy on Fashion. As you all may know, I am determined to get to a healthier & happier place.  Today, I wanted to talk to you about a super smart and innovative product- Funktional Wearables. 

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Heavy on Fashion talks to Lily and Eve

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to interview another great company, Lily and Eve!  Lily and Eve was started by three sisters Maria, Mia and Tanya. Lily and Eve is an ode to their grandmothers, Lily and Eve and their upbring in the Southern Philippines.  I love the vibrant colors and fabulous mission behind the brand, which is to bring women together and bring them back to their roots of diverse origins.

I also love that they are fellow Jersey Shore girls. 

So without Further Ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Lily and Eve






Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What's your educational background? 

I was born in the Philippines but raised in Jersey, exit 9 - I see you're from The Shore! I actually have a degree in Telecommunications Management so I'm a daydreaming project manager in the daytime and get busy when I get home. 



How did Lily and Eve come to be?

Lily and Eve consists of 3 sisters. We grew up in the States so this is our way of appreciating and holding on to our identity and culture. The style of jewelry is inspired by the indigenous tribes of the Southern Philippines with their beading and bright colors. The cloth we use for the oversized clutch purses are traditional tribal clothing. When a friend or relative comes to visit, we always request accessories only because it's nothing that's available here. Every time we wear the accessories we always get compliments. We were lounging in South Beach when we realized maybe we should stop hording all these goodness for ourselves and open it for everyone. 




When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer? 

I wanted something more than what is being offered. I usually dress in monotone and what a fun way to stand out by accessorizing in bold colors and pieces.





What is your favorite part about being a jewelrydesigner? What is your least favorite part about being a designer?

My favorite part is coming up with unexpected colors to come together and/or designing something that I'm not such a big fan of but everyone loves or designing something that I really like but not everyone feels it - It plays with my emotions sometimes. It makes me wonder if I have bad taste?? My least favorite part is when a design just doesn't work! I recently tried to make these beaded French knot stud earrings and they were just too heavy. I have to find another way to make it work. It's frustrating but I have to find another way.



What was the first article of jewelry you ever designed?

The first ever accessory I created were these bangles made of twigs. Some where braided others were intertwined all were secured using twist ties from the grocery store. I thought I was so cool. I even painted them gold. 




What do you like best about designing jewelry? 

I don't consider myself a jewelry designer, I'd like to expand and say I'm an accessories designer. The best part of being an accessories designer is having successful "accidents". I say accident because I also sew purses. These purses were an afterthought - not part of the plan at all! I decided to make them to add variety to the line. The Lily and Eve oversized clutch purses are our most popular item. 




What advice would you give any budding designers? 

Be consistent and determined - business is slow when you first start but don't give up! Set goals - it doesn't have to be huge goals but make sure you work towards that goal. Last year, we set a goal to do 1 show a month. Not only did we reach that goal but we superseded it averaging 3 shows a month. It was TIRING but definitely fulfilling. Most of all, don't forget to have fun - it's all about balance.



How has the art world influenced the Lily and Evebrand?

Art, to me, plays on feelings and emotions. I especially like Roy Lichtenstein because his work challenges "tradition". I also like the surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Both of their works are bold, thoughtful, and memorable. Those are the qualities I want to exude with the Lily and Eve brand. 




Describe the Lily and Eve woman?

Lily and Eve is an ode to my grandmothers so it should be fitting to say that the Lily and Eve woman embraces her roots. She radiates style and grace. She is fearless who stands up for what she believes in and looking good while doing so. 


If you had the chance to dress *anyone* who would it be.. who do you think is the most stylish person around?

Hands down, the awesome Iris Apfel -SERIOUS heart eyes! I love how she does not conform at all. I love how she puts everything on but still looks cohesive. I can go on and on -  I really admire this woman's fashion and style!





Where do you see Lily and Eve in 10 years?

I would love for Lily and Eve to get the recognition as a respected company not just for jewelry but an accessories house with a women's and men's line. 


What does fashion mean to you?

Our company motto is Believe in Bold so fashion, to me, is about emotion and having the confidence to stand out and express yourself. 


I would like to thank the creators at Lily and Eve for the interview
You can check out the entire Lily and Eve line at http://www.lilyandeve.net/

(All photos courtesy of Lily and Eve)

Heavy on Fashion Talks to The Creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar!



Hello all my divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you my latest interview with the creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar, Misha Wilson and Ericka Hamilton. The Erimish bracelets are affordable stackable bracelets. The founders, Misha Wilson and Ericka Hamilton,  found inspiration for the fabulous collection from everyday life. With over 1000 styles currently available, each stack of Erimish bracelets is a unique reflection of  anyone's style and flair! 

So without further ado here is Heavy on Fashion Talks to The Creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar! 






Heavy on Fashion: How did Erimish come to be?


 Erimish Bracelet Bar: We started a “bracelet bar” in our retail location and it was a hit.


Heavy on Fashion: When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar: 8th Grade 


Heavy on Fashion:  What is your favorite part about being a designer? What is your least favorite part about being a designer?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar:  Freedom of style




Heavy on Fashion: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever designed?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar: Bracelets





Heavy on Fashion: What do you like best about designing jewelry? What do you dislike about designing?

    Erimish Bracelet Bar:  Like: Mixing colors and textures to create a color that is new.
     Dislike: The trial and error- it’s hard to cut a bracelet apart after so much thought.





Heavy on Fashion: What advise would you give any budding designers?

Erimish Bracelet Bar: Mix styles and color together that you don’t think will work. You will be surprised.




Heavy on Fashion:  How has the outside world influence the Erimish brand?

Erimish Bracelet Bar: Colors and patterns are our biggest influence.




Heavy on Fashion: Describe the Erimish woman?

   Erimish Bracelet Bar: Late 30’s busy mom- but wants to be stylish.





Heavy on Fashion: If they had the chance to design for *anyone* who would it be.. Who do you think is the most stylish person around?


Erimish Bracelet Bar: Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, SJP



Heavy on Fashion: Where do you see Erimish in 10 years?

Erimish Bracelet Bar:  On the arms of celebrities who want some sparkle and color on their days off.





Check out Ermish at 

Until Next Time
Live, Style, Write
Malanb



Photos courtesy of Erimish Bracelet Bar


Heavy on fashion talks to Alexis Dawn Geller of Roxhouse


Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you all a great jewelry designer from Florida, Alexis Dawn Geller. Alexis Dawn Geller is the founder/lead designer for ROXHOUSE, a creative and unique jewelry line which uses precious stones with symbolic meaning. 

So without further ado, Here is Heavy on fashion talks to Alexis Dawn Geller of Roxhouse !




photos courtesy of  Alexis Dawn Geller of Roxhouse


Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Ft Lauderdale until I moved to South Beach 4 years ago.

What led you to start your own business/brand Roxhouse?
When did you realize you wanted be a jewelry designer?

Roxhouse began way before I even decided to turn it into a business. For many years now, I would brand, see a color, a stone or a specific chain and my mind would fill in the blanks around it, creating a unique vision of the perfect piece of jewelry. It began to happen so often, I soon had a very large amount of inventory filling up my house. Shortly later friend after friend would request a custom made piece for themselves or for a gift.  I was so honored with these requests that I put a great deal of energy into designing something people would be proud to wear. I then realized if I could turn this passion of mine into a business, I would be honored, proud, and fulfilling other’s requests on the daily.



How did Roxhouse come to be? How did you come up with the name Roxhouse?

I put much thought into the name ROXHOUSE. I wanted to find a name that would encompass the main theme of my line which is stones, hence ROX (rocks). ROXHOUSE sounds like a powerhouse and feels like an energy source when I say it aloud. To me it is not only a name and a noun, but also an adjective.

Describe the Roxhouse client. What celebrity or icon do you see modeling the Roxhouse style?

The ROXHOUSE client is literally anyone that has la little but of spunk, swag or someone that is looking for something that will ever so slightly set them apart from others. The measure of funk varies from piece to piece. It is for someone looking for that statement necklace that will tell a little bit about who they are without saying a word. It is fitting for the most feminine female and the edgier chick.  It is for the t-shirt wearing guy that never really felt comfortable rocking jewelry as well as the guy looking to add to his arm party of 3 other bracelets.

I know Rihanna would love ROXHOUSE. Lenny Kravitz would be ideal as well. Honestly, any individual, celebrity or not, that is looking to push style boundaries just a drop, would be perfect.


photos courtesy of  Alexis Dawn Geller of Roxhouse



Where do you see Roxhouse in the next 5 years?

I see ROXHOUSE being a word most people are familiar with. I see it being sold in higher end retail stores and I see it being the ‘go-to’ accessory for any occasion. I would love to do more collaborations with clothing designers and/or celebs looking to explore their fashion outlet.

Where can my fashion divas and gurus check and buy Roxhouse?

ROXHOUSE.com is the easiest way to purchase a piece. SOFi Salon also carries a wide range of items as well as Blush Boutique.


What advice would you give a budding jewelry designer?

I would tell a budding jewelry designer to find inspiration and ideas in everything. I would suggest sitting down with tools and materials and just seeing what happens. There have plenty of days where I have tried to create a specific design but then my vision starts to change and something even cooler, more unique and more fitting then I ever imagined is developed.


photos courtesy of  Alexis Dawn Geller of Roxhouse



Finally, what does fashion mean to you?

To me, Fashion simply means expression. It can be a slight expression or extreme. It can be clear and deliberate or soft and delicate. It is a form of expression that is understood among all languages and cultures. It is one’s shield between a person and the world while simultaneously being inviting and introducing exactly who we are. It should be embraced, accepted, and encouraged.


Find your fashion.


You can check out Roxhouse at 
and also on


Until Next Time
Live,Style,Write
Malanb

Heavy on Fashion Review - The Anthony Bracelet by Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry & Accessories *


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Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you a new review. This time I am going to give my thoughts on the Ronnetta J. Coleman "Anthony" bracelet. I love showcasing new innovative I independently designers and this was a fabulous treat for me. 

So without further ado, this is Heavy on Fashion Review - The Anthony Bracelet by Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry & Accessories 




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OK, I am wearing this bracelet the wrong way but either position, The Anthony bracelet is fabulous !

When I received The Anthony Bracelet by Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry & Accessories by mail, I was so engulfed in the craftsmanship that this piece showed.
Though I have seen several pieces from the collection,  viewing the piece in person was an experience. 
 The intricate use of metal and jewels to form such a unique and eye catching piece,  let me know that Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry and Accessories is a must for all you fashion divas and gurus. 

Photo courtesy of Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry and accessories


The Anthony bracelet retails for $85.00. A steal considering the craftsmanship and details work that's this bracelet exhibits. I can not gush enough about this bracelet. 

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The Anthony bracelet is a great piece for a ball or paired with a white tank top and a pair of jeans. I live this piece because the visual story that the gold metal work plays with the jewels.  It is just a lovely time for the eyes. 

The Anthony bracelet will be making a debut on my very first style post for Heavyonfashion.com ..stay tuned. 



About the Designer 


This is Ronnetta,  the creator and primary designer of Ronnetta JColeman Jewelry and Accessories. Ms. Coleman was Buffalo, NY local, studied at International Academy of Design and Technology, and later moved to New Jersey with a gift for jewelry making.

Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry and Accessories has been featured on Talk show host and television star, Wendy Williams, published in HudsonMod magazine, presented in a New York Fashion Week runway show, Interviewed with Bionic Mark on Sirius XM satellite radio, and more. 

I am so happy Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry & Accessories asked me to review this lovely piece. 

Be sure to check out Ronnetta J. Coleman Jewelry and Accessories at her website

On Instagram at 
and on Facebook at 


Until Next time
Live, Style, Write 
Malanb

Heavy on Fashion reviews - 9th and Elm*



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Hello, all my fashion divas and gurus! I am excited to bring you my thoughts on 9thelm.com. Thanks to the darlings at 9th and elm,  I had the chance to shop and experience all that 9th and elm had to offer. You are probably asking, what are 9th and elm? Well, 9thandelm is a flash sale site with handmade jewelry, clothing,  accessories, and otherwise awesome stuff from some crazy good independent designers. Think of it as an awesome retail store that is constantly having a great sale going every single day. The best thing about 9th and elm is that you do not have to leave the comforts of home.











Well, without further ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion reviews - 9th and elm!

 I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by all the fabulous and affordable fashion accessories on 9thandelm.com. I was able to obtain a lovely Black tote with gold hardware by Lemonberry Lane , a red druzy bib statement necklace, and a navy and white sailor inspired bracelet for just $70. Yes, just $70! The price for many of the items on 9th and elm are very affordable.The shipping at 9thelm.com is extremely fast and all the items were packed nicely.  All these pieces are very well made. 

The black tote is very durable. I love the gold turn lock hardware and handles are super comfy. The handles are dark brown which adds a nice constant to the black bag and gold hardware. The best feature on this tote are the pockets, 5 in all, which is a must for my constant traveling. Great job Lemonberry Lane! This Black tote by Lemonmerry lane was $54!

The red druzy bib statement necklace is adorable and great for a night out or a casual day in the park. You can't go wrong with this statement necklace. I love wearing this necklace with a crisp white fitted t-shirt, dark denim jeans, and a cute pair of flats. I also love the length.  Not too long, not too short, just right! This necklace lays flat against the chest and lightweight. The red druzy bib statement necklace retail was $9.00!

My final purchase was the navy and white sailor inspired bracelet. This bracelet is a great look for the summer due to its nautical inspiration. The fit is great on my small wrist. The nautical charms lay very flat  against the skin. I love the brass color charms, which compliments all types of jewelry.  The navy and white sailor inspired bracelet was $7.00 during a flash sale!



I will also be doing mini reviews of all the items seen on my Instagram @heavyonfashion, So stay tuned!
This 9th and Elm items will also be featured on my new style post coming very soon to my Instagram account and Heavy on Fashion!

I would like to thank all the gurus at 9th and Elm for the opportunity!

Until Next Time
Live,Style,Write
Malanb

Heavy on Fashion Giveaway and Review - Majestical Jewelry*





Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to introduce you to a great online jewelry store - Majestical Jewelry. Majestical Jewelry is a online jewelry store that sells fashion jewelry, costume jewelry and handmade jewelry at wholesale jewelry prices! Yeah you read right, whole -sale- prices! I am all for finding a great deal especially when I can stick to my budget. With Majestical Jewelry, you can buy something beautiful regardless while keeping some cash in your pocket. 




Check out these lovely Fleur De Lis Long Drop Earrings. These long drop earrings are fabulous. The bling is insane and the length is great for a night out or a black tie affair. The weight of the Fleur De Lis Long Drop Earrings is light enough to wear all night long. I love that these earrings are so well-made.  Oh and did I mention the bling. I love to shine and these earrings will bring some flare to my wardrobe. Check out my instgram @heavyonfashion for additonal looks these lovely earrings on me!! 

You can pick up a pair of Fleur De Lis Long Drop Earrings at http://www.majestical.com/Long-Drop-Earrings-p/efe0031-fb.htm



Guess what! You can win a $20 eGift Card from Majestical Jewelry.
You can add some serious pieces with this prize . 

I would like to thank Majestical Jewelry and Brandbackers.com for Sponsoring this Giveaway! 

 Check out Majestical Jewelry at http://www.majestical.com/ 
and on
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MajesticalJewel

Until Next Time
Live, Style, Write
Malanb

Heavy on Fashion Talks to Melissa Borrell



Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! Today I am bringing you a great interview with Jewelry designer, Melissa Borrell. Melissa Borrell Design is a great mixure of art and design.  Pop-Out Jewelry, 3D print out jewelry, and Topography Jewelry collections from Melissa Borrell design are innovative and creative. Melissa's work is wearble art and I must know how this line came to be. 

So without further ado 
Here is Heavy on Fashion Talks to Melissa Borrell!








Heavy on Fashion: When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer? 

Melissa Borrell: I fell in love with jewelry making when I worked in a bead store in Boston after I graduated from college. I started selling my designs to galleries right away.  I was so excited about it that I would wake up in the middle of the night with ideas for new pieces.

Heavy on Fashion: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever designed? 

Melissa Borrell: The first piece was called the Orbit Necklace.  I made my own beads from wire and combined them with colorful glass beads. (image attached). 




 Heavy on Fashion: Explain the technique behind Topography Jewelry, Pop Out jewelry, and 3-D printed jewelry. 
Melissa Borrell: Topography Jewelry is made by soldering chain together at certain points so that it creates a "drawing" on the body.  After the piece is completed I oxidize the metal to turn the metal black.  

The shapes for the Pop-Out Jewelry collection come directly from drawings that I make.  I scan the drawings to the computer so that they can be transferred directly onto the metal. The final pieces are exact replications of the hand drawn shapes.  

3-D Printed Jewelry is drawn on the computer and then output in nylon by a 3D printer.  On some of the pieces I then add metal accents to highlight the sculptural elements of the design much like gemstones are set in traditional jewelry. 


Heavy on Fashion: 
How long does it usually take you to construct a piece? It really varies from piece to piece. 

Melissa Borrell: For many of my pieces it takes more time to make decisions and figure out how to make a piece than it takes to actually construct it and other are much more time intensive like the Topography Necklace which takes hours of very detailed soldering.








Heavy on Fashion: 
What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a designer?  

Melissa Borrell: I was very honored to have my designs chosen to be sold at the Museum of Modern Art design store in New York and Tokyo. 

Heavy on Fashion: 
What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, 10 years from now?  

Melissa Borrell: I hope to have  pushed the boundaries of what people will wear! 

Heavy on Fashion: 
Who are some of your favorite designers? 

Melissa Borrell: I love Issey Miyake - his technology driven design is a constant inspiration to me.




Heavy on Fashion: 
Where can readers buy your jewelry? 

Melissa Borrell: www.melissaborrell.com 

Heavy on Fashion: 
What advice do you have for aspiring designers?  

Melissa Borrell: Recognize what your talents are and push yourself as far as you can creatively.  Also, ask for help -- know your weaknesses and don't be afraid to work with others if you can't achieve your vision on your own.  

Heavy on Fashion: 
Finally, what does fashion mean to you?  

Melissa Borrell: Fashion is about expressing yourself and your individuality.  I love the fact that my pieces look different on everyone and show off each person's unique beauty.  



Check out more from Melissa Borrell Design at 
http://www.melissaborrell.com/

Heavy on Fashion talks to Nataly Aponte


Hello all my fashion diva and gurus! You love jewlery...I love jewlery. I am happy to bring to you a fantastic Brooklyn based jewelry designers and craftswomen, Nataly Aponte. Nataly is launching her next collection: The Matchstick Collection. The Matchstick Collection is her largest, and also most varied with uses of fine metals such as yellow gold, sterling silver, and citrine, as well as gems such as garnet, rubilitie, topaz, and more. Here is a look at Nataly's latest collection and How Ms. Aponte started as a jewelry designer

Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Nataly Aponte!


Photos Courtesy of Nataly Aponte

Heavy on Fashion:  Where are you from? 

Nataly Aponte: I'm from NY. Born in the Bronx and my family moved to Larchmont when I was 5 years old.

Heavy On Fashion: Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of jewelry.

Nataly Aponte: I'm usually inspired by a gemstone, color, pattern, or material. Sometimes furniture or a well styled interior. Simple shapes and nature can get my wheels turning. I also have a passion for ribbon and knotting. Most of my larger pieces start there.

Heavy On Fashion: How would you define your city's jewelry?

Nataly Aponte: NY is edgy and modern. There is constant reinvention. Materials are always being pushed to the limit. Each designer can have their own take on materials. You can walk around all day and see variations of one common denominator. I love seeing an interesting piece of jewelry on someone and wonder, who made that?

Photos Courtesy of Nataly Aponte


Heavy On Fashion: When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer? 

Nataly Aponte: At a very young age. I began making those colored woven plastic string bracelets they teach you in camp and never stopped making and creating since then. My aunt gave me a box of leather swatches she had from a shoe designer she worked for. I loved the leather, texture, and colors so much I decided to make earrings out of them. I folded, cut, glued, and jeweled them up in my grandmothers house and gifted them for Christmas. This box traveled with me for years up until art school. It became my palette until all the scraps were gone. My aunt still has her earrings!



Heavy On Fashion: What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a designer? 

Nataly Aponte: When I run into someone who's wearing one of my pieces and I cannot stop starring at how great it looks on them. Part of me adorns them. That's a huge feeling.

Heavy On Fashion: How would you define your personal style? 

Nataly Aponte: Eccentric, eclectic, vintage meets modern. I'm pretty glamorous!






Heavy On Fashion: What's your favorite part about conceptualizing a design? 

Nataly Aponte: When I have one idea for a piece and I can instantly see other variations unfold. Its all there, I just have to quickly get moving with a raging fire!

Heavy On Fashion: What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, 10 years from now? 

Nataly Aponte: Nataly Aponte=matchsticks! The girl who creates fire and then some...


Heavy On Fashion: What does fashion mean to you? 

Nataly Aponte: Your own style, periods that inspire you, colors and materials that resonate with you, things you feel good in. Not what's trending, that's kinda like following a seasonal look book. Unless you're into the trend but always try and put your own stamp on it. Mix it your way! In a city where black is a staple, you can be in head to toe black but its the accessories that truly define you.

Check out more from Nataly Aponte at http://natalyaponte.com/
and on 

I would like to thank Nataly for doing this interview

Until Next time
Live,Style,Write
Malanb