If you’re anything like me, your Instagram feed is filled with fashion blogger, models, and other aspirational people that are more fascinating than who I goal myself to be like. That aside, sometimes their trend rub off on me and this fashion week was no exception. Fashionistas (I hate that word for the record) and style icons across the board seem to feel that wearing jackets as actual jackets instead of a shrug or shawl is passé. Not that I agree-sleeves and I generally get along, but I found myself becoming just another sheep in the herd. However, I accessorized in a way that most of them are not, with our newst fine jewelry line: Ginette NY. Sleek, sexy, and a little sweet the 18k rose gold collection we received left us blown away. A perpetual fan of letting my jewels do the talking, I suited up and hit the streets, well the alley behind our studio not quite NYC but far cooler in my opinion. Check out the awesome collection, and decide how you feel about sleeves as accessory.
Ginette Rose Gold Collar, Rose Gold Hoops, and Rose Gold and Diamond strip studs
Rose Gold rings by Ginette, FARIS, and Hitchcock Madrona. Black Gold Nico Ring by Selin Kent
Loren Stewarts XL Chain Bracelet, and my wide silver HM Bangle Cuff have yet to come off my arm. Capped off with my Ampersand as Apostrophe (removable) clutch in Buffalo Leather and I’m ready for front row…at the bar of my choosing.
Whether Fashion Week viewing, or strolling to your local dive these Ginette pieces are sure to make your cool, absolutely effortless. Throw in some leather accents, and your favorite pair of shades and you’re good to go.
Spring is in full bloom here in Seattle, and Team Hitchcock is taking a no holds barred approach to vivid color, and soft pastels. This week, Erica talks to us about color and contradiction, her love of Doritos, and how to expertly pair your earthy beads with some serious Heavy Metal for a day of errands in her OOTD. Simple, right?
There is nothing I enjoy more when getting dressed than to mix seemingly contradictory styles. Wearing cooky clothing is my life’s little subversion *cackles* well, that and devouring spicy nacho Doritos. But, I digress. In this post my sole aim is to to illustrate one major “lesson” in personal style. Balance in contradiction, is a mantra I find myself repeating whilst meditating over my morning latte. Your contradiction may not be as extreme or thematic as mine (dramatic? me?) but don’t shy from mixing pieces that you normally wouldn’t. Experiment with color combinations, mix metals, combine designer with thrift. But, and this is key, execute it in a way that is planned. Balance your choices and leave everything else clean and simple.
We start with these delicate layers of colorful, vintage beads set to frame and balance this angry, angular pendant by IOSSELLIANI. The multiple strands of cobalt, translucent pink, white and gold beads dance around the structured armor of the Italian bling. IOSSELLIANI continues to amaze us with show-stopping jewels that are a fashion plate’s secret weapon. Who wouldn’t be impressed by this slightly tribal stunner? Take your edgy pieces, and soften them for a sunny, summer brunch or Happy Hour with the girls. Throw on your frayed denim shorts, a white t-shirt (I know – so cliche!), these two necklaces and a fab pair of this season’s shoe du jour – the flat gladiator sandal.
To keep the balance, make sure your rings and bracelets make an appearance. Tying in our themes of earthy with edgy, a grey Hitchcock Madrona Druzy is always welcome feature in my wardrobe. The perfect neutral compliment for any season, and it compliments my hair-I’m definitely a fan.
Lulu Frost’s Scarab Family Earrings from the Spring Collection were the perfect touch of whimsy for the look. While I am a fan of the rules, I’m always a fan of turning them on their heads. Maybe it’s the rush of Vitamin D, or the flowers in bloom but I’m certainly feeling playful in all corners of my life. I see no reason for my outfit to be anything less than representative of how I feel, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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Spring has sprung a little early here in Seattle, and unlike our friends on the East Coast (sorry, guys) I’m breaking out the beaded necklaces, camo hoodies, and my favorite vintage party dress to celebrate. What better place to shoot my “kitchen sink” OOTD than our brand new studio space? I honestly can’t think of one. Seeing as I’m unveiling the new studio space, I thought it might be a good time to also share our next online trunk show. As our lovely followers know, we took a team trip to Billings, Montana last November where we acquired several amazing vintage, Native American pieces that we haven’t been able to get enough of. Erica has been rocking her beads for years, and has shared her “love of the bead” with yours truly. Now, we’re bringing this love to you guys! Expect a video soon on the ups, downs, pros and cons (there are none, actually), of styling beads from day to night and everywhere in between. For now, I give you beads, a party dress, and playtime in the Hitchcock Madrona Studio.
I hope my peak at spring, has given you guys some color inspiration. Being the perpetual layer heavy lady that I am, I softened my heavy metal hardware with a centralized beaded statement. Balance between the two, no matter how heavy the statement is what I strive to be mindful of. Most of all, just remember: confidence is key and if you love it-wear it.
Rose gold and yellow gold Eva rings by Selin Kent.
The holiday season is upon us. Please join us every Saturday this December for champagne while you shop!
We have beautiful new collections from Pamela Love, Selin Kent, Loren Stewart, Jennifer Behr, Ercolano, Parme Marin, and more.
We are so excited to officially announce the Hitchcock Madrona YouTube Channel!!! We want to welcome you into our world, all the dimensions of Team Hitchcock. Go behind the scenes with us to see how our fine jewelry is made, watch us in our natural habitat, see our favorite new collections, learn to layer like a Hitchcock woman, and much more to come!
We have had so much fun already and we hope you enjoy our channel!
Fall is here! And this October baby could not be happier. Everything good comes back as soon as the leaves start turning: fall tv shows, grandpa sweaters, Pumpkin Spice (although I’m not convinced that is actually a good thing) and LAYERING! Never one to shy away from layering in any form, I have been known to layer sweaters on sweaters, with a jacket on top… or in this case a sweater, on a dress…on jeans? Why not! It’s Fall, anything goes!
I chose to go heavy on the clothing layers, so for my jewelry simple statements felt perfectly appropriate. Opting for our Hitchcock Madrona XL Gold Bars to pair with my constant companion: Catbird’s Chained To My Heart stud. Topped off with Moscot’s classic Lemtosh and Yestadt’s Nomad hat (it’s packable!) for some timeless, masculine touches.
Xenia Mara chains from her newest collection, and the delicate BOMB necklace by Faris were the perfect combination. They have opposing lengths and scale that seem mismatched but work so well together! And a total departure from my everyday, heavily layered look.
Again, keeping it delicate and simple on my fingers, with a cool statement stack by Selin Kent on my right hand to throw things off just a little bit. A curveball that is somehow still perfectly within the lines. Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m off to protest the manufacturing of pumpkin spice chapstick. But not before throwing on another sweater. Stay layered!
Some days, I feel absolutely monochromatic. I’m all black and white – no gray area. This rainy summer day was no exception. My new body con dress (American Apparel x KESH) had finally arrived, and I figured no color was needed when the giant eye print could do all of the talking (seeing?). Thankfully, the brilliant ladies at Dannijo fully supported this sentiment.
Our classic Druzy ring paired perfectly with this Dannijo bracelet. Nora Kogan’s Love ring in rose gold was a singular delicate whisper of color, in the stark landscape of my monochrome look.
Dannijo Max Bib, a statement to rival the all seeing eye.
Jennifer Behr wide black leather headband, MOSCOT Tummel sunglasses, and Pamela Love’s Five Spike Earring.
My ring stacking may be a bit out of control at this point… What can I say? I’m a sucker for a delicate ring! My trusty Hitchcock Madrona sterling and leather cuff balances out Dannijo’s tribal-chic bracelet for a hand party that can’t be beat. After all, who said black and white had to be boring?
If there is one thing I’ve noticed about the summer heat: it seriously makes me feel like I’m at a dead end. When it’s so hot I can barely breathe (and the thought of clothing makes me want to cry), I turn to my favorite, light as a feather summer dress, throw my hair up in a scarf, and push forward with the day.
Faris DuGraf of FARIS Jewelry is not only one of the coolest girls around, but my summer go to. Her Pina necklace is a low key statement for blistering days, when the last thing I want is to be weighed down by jewels.
A Wouters & Hendrix cigar band and Nora Kogan’s Love ring (in rose gold) pair easily with my Catbird stackers for a delicate statement.
Iko Ino Traffic Chain bracelet, Hitchcock Madrona cuff, Wouters & Hendrix cigar band, and Loren Stewart Baby Band Trinity Ring – mixed metal genius to edge up my lacy delicates.
Layered under my FARIS, is Unearthen’s Quartz Bullet. Quartz properties include clarity and stillness of the mind, both of which serve me well during the heatwave. MOSCOT Lemtosh sunglasses in black are the ultimate in cool, and a personal favorite of mine.
Lace and beads, delicates and pops of color guide me when summer is getting the best of me. How do you beat the summer heat when you find yourself at a dead end?
Stop by the store to see these pieces for yourself, and of course – stay cool, Leading Ladies!
Every lady should have a good vintage tee in her closet. This happens to be my favorite one (ever!). Whether throwing it on with your perfect pair of boyfriend jeans, dressing down dark denim, or adding some edge to a frilly skirt, one thing I know is that they are versatile, elusive, and oh so cozy (easy to wash too!).
In my case, I’m currently in a committed relationship with my Rolling Stones t-shirt. I scored this baby at the huge Goodwill in south Seattle. It was a last minute grab as my two-year-old (at the time) was losing patience in the cart. Little did I know what had actually happened in that moment – a t-shirt that would be in the rotation about once a week for years and years. That’s the stuff of thrifting legend. These sunglasses by MOSCOT are such a unique color and shape. The burgundy is spot on – the perfect shade for maximum wear-ability. They are dramatic – when I wear them everyone comments!
A fantastic Tom Binns rhinestone bib necklace anchors this combo. When working with a vintage t-shirt, luxe up the look with some sparkle. I have also thrown on a pearl and barbed wire necklace by Tom Binns and our 18K gold heart necklace (by Hitchcock Madrona).
My skirt is made from tablecloth material. Yes, you heard that right! As it has been worn (I purchased it used) the plastic part has rubbed off and created a cool distressed texture. I just love it! Safety pin and pearl bracelet (I need to get my quota of pearls in every outfit) by Loren Stewart. On my pinky is the wonderful solid gold and diamond signet ring, also by Loren Stewart. Stewart never ceases to amaze us! She strikes the perfect balance between classic and edgy, feminine and masculine. Her price point is very reasonable (in my opinion) for the jewelry that she creates. Her materials are the best of the best. Delicate diamond and 18k gold band by Hitchcock Madrona and sterling silver “Tomboy” ring by Catbird (lately, these two never come off me).
Brass safety pin cuff by Winifred Grace. We can’t get enough of safety pins around here! Rings are the “Tiny Chain” and “Mignon” both by Catbird. I wish I had a whole wardrobe of vintage t-shirts. Give me: Mickey Mouse (a la early Marc Jacobs), 80’s bands (new wave not heavy metal), a little “I [heart] NY”, and maybe some faded collegiate athletic t-shirts. BUT you can’t always get what you want… right, Mick?
Cheers! We have new Nora Kogan!
Kogan’s self-titled collection reflects her worldly nature. She is a talented goldsmith, deeply intertwined in both the design and crafting of her fine jewelry line. Each of her pieces is thoughtfully handmade in New York. Nora’s goal is “to design and create beautiful jewelry that outlives trends.”
Script Love Ring in yellow gold, we have the rose gold version as well.
The Black Arcadia Ring is such a stunner, made of sterling silver with a sparkling rock crystal. The Black Rain Ring is a beautiful eternity band made of white gold and black diamonds (yellow gold is available too).
Nora Kogan’s pieces stack beautifully, as you can see. Millie is wearing the Script Love Ring in yellow gold on her middle finger and the Endless Love (snake) Ring in yellow gold on her ring finger.
The Man Ray Lips Cuff is what started our OBSESSION with Nora Kogan. This is the sterling silver version with black enamel. So chic.
How fun are these?! The Eye Ring is sterling silver vermeil and blue/green enamel.
Matchstick Ring in silver with red enamel.
Matchstick Earrings in gold vermeil and red enamel.
Come visit to see the rest of the collection. It is fine jewelry with a touch of humor – we love that!