fashion, jewelry

An Enchanting Project With Elva Fields

Some of the most amazingly beautiful things in the world are coming out of creative collaborations these days, and I can’t tell you enough how much I believe in this concept right now (more on that to come) so when Emily Maynard of Elva Fields asked if I’d like to be her ‘Leading Lady’ for September… I just about fell out of my chair with excitement.

What exactly does being a Leading Lady mean? Well, let me show ya…

Emily asked me to come up with a concept for a new necklace that she would create just for me (yes, i feel spoiled!) that we could collaborate on together to share with all of you! Two things that I immediately loved about this whole project… 1) the thought of this totally intangible board becoming something wearable and beautiful in her hands, and 2) the chance for both of us to dive into something challenging and new.

I started by pinning some vintage jewelry and images that reflected a mood that I somehow wanted to convey with this piece. Out of those images, these were the ones that ultimately ended up influencing the design the most. I wanted an ethereal but somewhat glamorous feel, with my signature green playing a part of the design, but not overtaking it.

When I saw the end product in person, I was incredibly delighted with how it turned out…

Now, the beads aren’t necessarily meant to be twisted up like that – they hang beautifully on their own, but I did love the way they looked a little more tangled together, so I played with it a bit to give the necklace that shape, letting the beautiful little beetles crawl around my neck…

Funny enough… I think this piece actually takes a little inspiration from my Pacific Northwest roots too… it felt very at home amongst an evergreen tree in my new office building. I’m completely infatuated with it and can’t wait to see how I’ll be working it in with my wardrobe in other ways (it looks amazing against black!).

Now, before you ask… nope you can’t have this one. It’s one of a kind. But you can have Emily make you your own custom piece. I know that my mother has several brooches from my grandmother that I’m hoping to have made into a necklace or bracelet at some point – they would make amazing gifts and I love the idea of reinventing some heirlooms into more wearable pieces! You can also start from scratch just like I did with this one.

If you want to see the whole behind-the-scenes process (which I have to say is pretty awesome) hop on over to the Elva Fields blog where Em talks all about how we put this beauty together! And a huge huge thank you to Emily for asking me to be a part of this collaboration! I’m so thankful!