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Style Hacks for Last-Minute Plans

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Sometimes life throws a change of plans at you, like impromptu drinks with friends after work, or a surprise dinner-date with your in-laws. You don’t have time for a full outfit change, but a few quick updates can totally change your look. Here are my favorite hacks for dressing an outfit up or down in an instant:


A white tee and jeans feel casual, but pair them with heels and long, sparkling earrings (like the Ridgeline Drops in crystal) to dress them up.

Images, clockwise from top left:    James Perse tee ;  Ridgeline Drops ;  Isabel Marant heeled sandals ; vintage Levi’s

Images, clockwise from top left: James Perse tee; Ridgeline Drops; Isabel Marant heeled sandals; vintage Levi’s


Wearing a dress automatically feels like more of an occasion, but make it more casual with modern, all-metal accessories (like these Nova Earrings or Undercurrent Bracelet) and sneakers.


A button down and pencil skirt are great for the office, but throw on a slouchy sweatshirt and oversized metal hoops (like these Halo Hoops) for after-work drinks.

Give these a shot and let me know how it goes! Have other quick tricks that have worked for you before? Share the love and leave them in the comments below!

Cleopatra's Emeralds

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Left: Still from Cleopatra (1963), 20th Century Fox/Photofest; Right: Emerald specimen, photo by Klaus-Peter Kelber.

I’ve always been fascinated by powerful women in history, and Cleopatra has to be top 3 on that list. She took Egypt from her younger brother and made herself queen; she had affairs with some of the most famous men in history (Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, no big deal); and she had an impressive collection of gems and jewels. (It’s entirely possible she was reincarnated as Elizabeth Taylor!)

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But one of the stones most synonymous with Cleopatra is the emerald. She figured out way before anyone else that in order to command fear and respect, she had to look look the part of an impressive, heaven-sent ruler.  And she did that by owning all the gems and constantly showing them off. 

She scooped up all of Egypt’s mines for herself, using emeralds as her royal calling card, wearing and giving them as diplomatic gifts. The Roman author Lucanus wrote that her home was littered with emerald-encrusted objects, and that she adorned herself with so many that he wondered how she didn’t “faint beneath the weight of gems and gold” (#goals). She had so many that during her time, when you thought of Egypt you simultaneously thought of emeralds. 

If you’re feeling as inspired as I am by this queen of Egypt, I highly recommend watching Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (buckle up, though, it’s a 4 hour movie). Or, dive into more gemstone lore with Victoria Finlay’s “Jewels: A Secret History” where a lot of this incredible information came from. 

Perfectly Imperfect

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Symmetry and perfection are overrated. I’m a firm believer that things that are slightly off or a little messy are so much more interesting and memorable.

I’ll never say no to a beautiful, crystal clear diamond, but I’m obsessed with salt and pepper diamonds, full of inclusions and things that technically dirty them up but give them so much character. And a bouquet of fresh, unblemished roses is gorgeous, but I much prefer an unruly arrangement of wildflowers.

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That’s why I’d never really been a fan of pearls for most of my life — perfectly round circles, all the same shape and size.

But then Baroque pearls came along and totally changed my mind; they’re bumpy and wobbly and asymmetrical, each one different from the next. Then I discovered stick pearls: longer, more rectangular, with all sorts of ridges and dips. They feel like modern versions of your grandmother’s pearls, and I became obsessed with creating simple designs that show them off.

My newest collection of pieces are all about those beautiful imperfections, with plenty of baroque and stick pearls, plus a sprinkling of Dalmatian jasper and cloudy crystal quartz. I’d love for you to check them out and let me know if you, too, are a fan of the perfectly imperfect.

I Have This Thing with Earrings

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I’m gonna go ahead and say it — earrings might be my favorite pieces of jewelry to wear and to design. You can easily swap them out to match your mood, they can add a splash of color and drama to any outfit, and they’re like little pieces of art framing your face. 

I am picky, though, about how much they weigh. I like wearing earrings for the day without having to give my ears a rest, so when I’m designing them for each collection I’m always testing and adjusting them to meet that criteria. I carved multiple versions of the Halo Hoops until they were light enough, I use hollow snake chain in the Undercurrent Earrings so they feel weightless, and the Galaxy Earrings are convertible so you can wear only the stud but still have the option to go more dramatic for dinner parties and date nights. 

I’d love for you to see the end results of all that fine tuning — check out all the earrings I make and come try some on at my next market!