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A Look Inside The Best Jewelry Store In Town

Jessica Wagner

C Sterling Jewelers - Levis Commons

 
Family, Fashion & Philanthropy 

Right now get 15% off any in-store Kendra Scott C Sterling Jewelers purchase with code: WEEKENDER15

Do you have a jewelry box? When I was a little my grandmother gave me a silky gold covered box and filled it with her priceless gems and costume jewels. It was the best! I would play dress up and treated my jewels like prized treasure. Depending on my mood, I would layer on the gaudiest pieces like some sort of ancient Cleopatra - charming and dishy - in my head to toe clip on earrings, strings of pearls, chokers, and charm bracelets. (Oh wait, that was yesterday!) 

Truth is I still love to get dressed up and play with jewelry, but my jewelry box has changed a bit. It still contains priceless pieces mostly with sentimental value. The one-of-a-kind gemstone Rob gave me our first Christmas together. A little bar necklace from Noah that reads "mom." A few favorite vintage pieces. A beautiful ruby ring from my grandmother. 

Recently, I have started to collect more classic pieces and fine jewelry to one day pass down to my daughter, and even my son (for his future wife! Aw, omg I am crazy - lol.) They don't have to be diamonds and gold, but pieces that will remind them of me, hold sentimental value and withstand the test of time. 

So where does one shop for designer + custom jewelry, an experience, and expert advice? The best place in town is C Sterling Jewelers hands down! 

Family Owned

C Sterling Jewelers is a family owned and local business right here in Levis Commons! (They are located next to Fiddle Stix!) You guys know I love to promote shopping local. They have an amazing variety of gems, and an even better variety of price points. Their staff is super friendly {and fashionable} and as much as I love walking around Levis, or meeting up with my girl gang for brunch or wine nights, I love stopping into C Sterling to see the latest collections in person from designers like Kendra Scott. So while you might feel intimidated by fine jewelry - this is a family friendly place. (Coco's has come with me - dangerous I know lol-  the girl loves to shop!)

You guys know I am always looking for vintage, but vintage jewelry shopping can also be a bit tedious and overwhelming. Walking into C Sterling, I love how bright, open, and inviting the showroom is. I think there is a common misconception that jewelry stores only carry diamond rings for weddings and engagements. Not true! C Sterling carries an awesome mix of designers. Pop in, bring the littles or a friend, and play dress up!  

You will find Kendra ScottMichele, and of course a fine jewelry, like Tacori and Forevermark.  Their showroom is cozy and inviting and includes local jewelry artists! (How cool is that!) 


KENDRA SCOTT

"You're a gem, and you're allowed to treat yourself like one!"

I love this concept! "Treat yourself' is nothing new, but you are allowed - and C Sterling is the place to do it! 

When I heard C Sterling carries Kendra Scott {and that I've been living under a rock - because I didn't know} I almost cried. LOL. I just purchased my first pieces and I am SO in love! (See below!)

Sivan Choker Necklace

Petunia Ear Climber

Kendra Scott is SUPREME down south. My sister Kelly lives down in Lexington, KY and told me about Kendra and her jewelry line and all her charitable giving back, but I rarely order jewelry online. I didn't think anywhere around here carried Kendra. I like to see my jewelry on, feel how heavy it is on my ears or neck, and often have a specific outfit or occasion in mind when adding to my jewelry box

What I really love about Kendra Scott is that it's style that gives back! In 2016 Kendra donated more than 75,000 pieces of jewelry to 3,500 local and national organizations. Plus she started out as a mama with a dream. 

"As a young mom, I began designing my first jewelry collection 15 years ago with $500 and a dream. I wanted to build a fashion brand that put family first, pushed the boundaries of fashion and quality design, and above all stood behind the importance of giving back." - Kendra Scott

Elyse Ring, Alex Drop Gold Earrings in White Pearl

Not only are her designs affordable, and special, but it's jewelry you can wear everyday. Pieces you will want to save. It hits that sweet spot of looking elevated, yet still really goes with everything. I can't go buy myself a pair of diamond earrings, but I can go buy a piece of Kendra and feel just as special. It's affordable classic pieces with a high-end feel.

Kendra also makes a perfect gift for graduation, Mother's Day, birthday gifts, or a boyfriend/ husband could also make a great surprise with it.

 Denise Gold Statement Earrings in Pink Agate

I'd been looking for some new everyday pieces, and had been hunting for a new pair of statement earrings for summer. (Bright, bold tassels are everywhere right now!) Adding a little bit of thoughtful detail to an outfit can pull it together. I love how one piece of jewelry can add glamour to a basic tee and jeans or black dress. Have a wedding coming up? This is the place to look for a new set of jewels.  C Sterling helped me find the perfect pieces, and has me wanting to own every piece of Kendra out there! 

Kendra also has a home-good line, and C Sterling carries her amazing candle collection! 


MICHELE WATCHES

With working full-time again, I also have been on the hunt for a new watch for everyday wear for work. Something about a classic timepiece that goes with everything is one of my favorite accessories. My oversize gold watch could use an upgrade, and my wood watch is not dressy enough for work. 

Deco Sport

Iconic Michele watches are created with versatality in mind. These timepieces offer feminine and elegant look. Their Sport and Cape styles are an affordable line, and charms with it's wear-anywhere silicone strap. Both playful and luxurious!

The C Sterling selection includes diamond, hybrid smart watches and interchangeable watch straps.


TACORI

If you are looking for something extra special, C Sterling's Tacori line carries engagement rings, weddings bands, women's fine jewelry and men's jewelry for those big moments! Handcrafted in California, each Tacori design reflects the passion of the Tacori family for creating beautiful heirlooms to be treasured for generations.

You want fine jewelry that tells a story and Tacori not only signifies style but speaks from the heart. Everything from their beautiful design elements to their uncompromising dedication to quality and attention to detail connects you to who you love the most.

Tell Your Story

Rob and I have an anniversary coming up and I know where I will be sending him! {Kidding!} But ladies, feel free to send this post to your man if you need a little help in the *hint- hint* area. ; )

I truly love the variety of designs C Sterling has to offer when it comes to filling your jewelry box with stories that sparkle. It's about the little details, the simple moments. It's celebrating love, cheers-ing to an anniversary, a mark of a moment or a goal reached. Let your jewelry tell a story. The tale of how you got engaged. The way your significant other surprised you on your birthday. Maybe it was a "push-present" for your first born! Or maybe just a because... why not?! 

Jewelry from the big moments and the little ones in between is about a feeling - sliding on your special ring or wearing you favorite necklace. It can take you back to those moments. Let C Sterling help you make your next memory! 



Right now get 15% off any in-store Kendra Scott - C Sterling Jewelers purchase with code WEEKENDER15

Thank you to C Sterling Jewelers for partnering on this post.

I'd love to know, do you prefer to shop your jewelry in person or order on-line? Have you heard of Kendra Scott? What's your favorite piece of jewelry you own?

Outfit Details:
Top: Blank Cami (old) Jeans: Levi's Mile High Super Skinny Jeans Shoes: Jessica Simpson Levin Pump

5 Summer Trends You Should Know & Try

Jessica Wagner

Wearing TKB  Floral Tank & Blush Open Toe Heel Booties


Top Knot Boutique: Your Best Friend For Summer

Summer trends go way beyond floral, although I must admit I love blending in with a wildflower garden.  

Allow me to introduce you to Top Knot Boutique, an affordable online boutique, currated by my friends and fellow busy mamas who are on a mission to help women balance life’s many roles with fashionable ease.

I’m so smitten!

Top Knot Boutique or TKB is all about the reinvention of good ol’ classics with effortless on-trend aesthetics. Each piece featured is hand-picked by Hannah and Anita. (Read more about theses two lovelies and the "behind the scenes" on their blog here!)

Top Knot hits that sweet spot when it comes to comfort and clothing for morning, noon, and night. Laid-back, cute and easy. They carry the softest everyday pieces that brilliantly transition from work to weekend. What I love about boutique style clothing is the attention to detail. They make it easy for you to find an item that has my three musts: affordable, exclusive, and compliment worthy.

Top Knot has a great selection of slouchy tops with artful touches, timeless dresses that are so very much of the times, and that unexpected tomboy-sexy that will elevate your outfit top-knot ballerina bun and all!

Scroll on to see my selection of the ones that I’m keeping on my list of “must buys” for summer/vacation holiday 2017 and let me know which trend is your favorite! 


Stripes


What is a summer trend forecast without beloved stripes?! This season the print comes in all forms, but my favorites are in contrasting blue and white hues!

This open-shoulder top with little bell sleeves is sure to make you belle of the BBQ! I’m already planning a vineyard picnic with this sweet fitting cutie in mind. So easy. I paired mine with cream and lace shorts, but any type of denim would work just as seamlessly.

Wearing TKB first look exclusive! (Keep an eye out for this is a soon-to-be new arrival!)


Ruffles

Shoulder baring tops have taken to the next-level with a few ultra femme and frilly touches.

The color of clementines, peaches, and tangerines, this darling top will make a summer glow sing. Doll it up with a skirt, or pair it down with dark-wash high waisted denim, this look is grown up and girlie.


Blush Pink

The new neutral.

These knotted mule sneaks are the ultimate summer companion. Way to combine super comfy, supportive and adorable, TKB!  All in a shade that leans towards the earthier end of the pink pallet - that hint of warmth makes them subtle enough to wear with all! (Only $25!)


Distressed

I’ve been seeing this trend everywhere and am so drawn to the disregarded edginess of it. I do find it a little tricky – the distressing has to be done just right  – or this look can come across disheveled. This one has a high-low vented hem with a tattered design. The soft pink color and oversize comfy distressing hit all the right places!

Look 1:

Wearing TKB Distressed Crew Neck Top & Blush Open Toe Heel Booties

Look 2:

I had to style this distressed top two ways (I just like it so much) – above, with heels to show you guys how easy it can be to style something like this up, and one with my sneaks and the dreamiest TKB kimono. This kimono might be one of my favorite pieces in the shop. It can be worn as a swim cover up, or to add a light layer of interest. The sheer shades of pink, tassels and the teal accent trim are on point!

Wearing TKB Distressed Crew Neck Top & Printed Kimono

Graphic Statements/Slogans

Unless you’ve living under a rock, you should know by now that wordy tees  are absolutely everywhere. From subtle word stitching to instagram friendly “hashtags” this trend is hard not to mention.

I am in love with this tank. It has ALL the good vibes! The fit is so cool – it’s cut to flatter. Just right for that “little to no effort look.” I know that’s how I like to get dressed!

(TKB also carries cute slogan baseball caps and hats. They have some new arrivals I can’t wait to get my hands on!)


>>Top Knot Boutique $50 Giftcard Giveaway!<<

To kick off BBQ and picnic season {and my favorite sparkly holiday -- the 4th of July} @shoptkb and I have teamed up to gift one lucky winner a $50 gift card to shop their effortless on-trend classics! Top Knot Boutique @shoptkb is on a mission to help women balance life's many roles with fashionable ease. It's almost summer, and officially time to update your wardrobe with the seasons latest trends! To enter:

1. Like this photo (on instagram here)
2. Follow me on instagrem @theweekenderfashion and @shoptkb
3. Tag a friend in the comments on instgram (each friend tagged is an additional entry.)
4. For additional entries: subscribe to my blog here and/or follow @shoptkb on Facebook here.

Winner will be announced on our instagram accounts on 6/24, good luck! 


Wearing TKB Slit Sleeve Top - 2 Color Options Charcoal or Mauve


From errand running, to puppy walking, hanging at the coffee shop, or relaxing/chasing the kids parkside, Top Knot Boutique is the answer to all your weekend destination needs!

What are you waiting for? Get shopping!

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A special thank you to Hannah and AnitaTop Knot Boutique for partnering on this post!

Be sure to check out Top Knot on Facebook here, their business page here and instagram here!

Noonday Collection

Jessica Wagner

Shop The World

Noonday Collection + Giveaway

School's out and summer is upon us! Time to layer on the sunscreen and accessories!

You know when you hear a story that gives you the chills (and maybe a few tears spring into your eyes?) That’s how it is with April, an ambassador for Noonday Collection (check her out on Facebook here.) We sat over coffee and she shared the most beautiful stories of how Noonday is using fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world.

Noonday Collection is a fair trade fashion and design company known for their extraordinary handcrafted pieces and the heartwarming stories behind the artisans who create them.  

Their jewelry reminds me a lot of the unique and creative styles you find at Anthropologie – one of my all-time favorite places to shop. It has a sense of urbane adventure – and is majorly fashionable without feeling like it’s just following the latest trends.

How cool is this ~ Noonday partners with artisan entrepreneurs in vulnerable communities globally. They help artisans develop businesses through fair trade, and empower them to grow sustainably. Noonday is on a mission to create dignified jobs for people who need them, and in turn, they are building a flourishing world where children are cherished, women are empowered, and people can perform meaningful jobs.

April reached out to me in hopes of spreading news about their fab jewelry, as well as the genuine honest work opportunities Noonday is creating for those who may otherwise be facing poverty, gender violence, human trafficking and HIV/AIDS.

When ambassadors like April showcase Noonday and style their friends, customers can create a growing marketplace for the global artisan businesses. By hosting a Noonday Collection trunk show, you can help change the lives of the artisans right from your own home. Your local ambassador will share stories of the artisans and help pick out a piece or two specific to your style, all while having fun with your friends.

When artisans have good jobs where they earn reliable, fair and sustainable incomes, they are empowered to provide for their families and experience renewed hope for the future.

Many of these entrepreneurs hire people in their communities who may otherwise be overlooked for jobs, including women, people living with disabilities and survivors of trafficking. Noonday ensures they pay fair wages, provide safe and healthy working conditions and prohibit child and forced labor.

Right now Noonday works with 29 artisan businesses in 12 countries around the world. You can read more about each of them and their personal stories here.

 A note from Noonday Independent Ambassador, April:

"I've always been aware of social needs throughout our country and the world and it is a huge passion of mine. It is the main reason I decided to join Noonday. Since becoming an ambassador my eyes have been opened to how business can change communities. I never used to like giving power to money because it can be turned into greed. However, our purchasing power in the U.S. is unlike most throughout the world and THAT is powerful. If we all are more conscious about where we buy things that we already purchase, then we will create a flourishing world. So the next time you are shopping, go to a local boutique or farmers market and seek out the ethical and fair trade stores online. When we do this, we have the chance to be better together."  


April was kind enough to share her pieces with me, and I am so excited to share some of my favorites from the collection with you! 

PLUS, since June is an extra special month, a portion of all Noonday Collection sales support the giveback impact and social needs in Hati. Noonday is hoping to raise enough funds to build a mother and daughter a home. I can’t think of a better reason to elevate your summer look!


Agra Earrings

These cobalt beauties are made of leather and seed beads. Tassel earrings have been huge this season, and this pair is especially lightweight - making them easy to wear all day long!

Serenity Wrap Bracelet

I adore the colors in this piece! If you follow me, you know I am drawn to anything pink and blue! Made with glass beads and featuring a soft cotton tassel, the boho-femme vibes are strong in this dainty everyday bracelet.

Spectrum Cuff

This glass bead and leather cuff compliments any outfit with its rainbow of hues. It’s a great summer statement piece and comfortable to wear – a must when it comes to jewelry in my book.

La Bella Bag

I fell in love with this weekend-ready/carry-all bag the moment I saw it! The intricate embroidery and butter-soft leather is exquisite to touch. Made with hand woven wool, this bag is crafted by women in the rural regions surrounding Ayacucho, Peru. They work from their homes, allowing them to earn an income while caring for their children. They use traditional embroidery techniques and motifs that preserve their cultural heritage.

Romantic Leather Wallet

This earthy wallet is made entirely by hand by artisans in India. The stunning color palette and hand woven leather make for a truly special accessory to hold all your essentials.


Fringed Crescent Earrings

One of Noonday’s most loved styles, and one of my favorites from their collection! These are SO lightweight and look amazing with everything. Bold, easy and boho, these earrings are made with love in Hati, using upcycled metals like oil drums, allowing artisans to transform unwanted materials into something truly beautiful. The artisan business in Haiti empowers Haitians to pull themselves out of poverty through dignified work. Haiti is a country that has faced numerous challenges, from government instability to natural disasters. The artisan partners there are masters at creating beauty from the rubble and use their materials to their fullest potential.

Silver Steps WrapAzamad Cuff, Woven Dreams Bracelet

I love stacking bracelets, and these three just felt right together! The silver wrap and cuff are so great because you can adjust them to fit your wrist. The vibrant glass bead bracelet has a magnetic clasp, making it extra sturdy to wear.


Revelry Earrings

These navy and coral earrings are made in a vulnerable community in India, with leather and mixed metals. I seriously love how you can dress them up or down! And that they are empowering both men and women to provide for their families.

Messenger BraceletSet In Stone Cuff

Two more favorites here! Send a message with this gorgeous brass bracelet handcrafted by artisans from the slums of Kenya. Classic gold makes this piece endlessly wearable while the special hand-etched design makes it stand out from the crowd. 

Dazzling amazonite and gorgeous abalone shell adorn a sweet brass open cuff for a style that will elevate any ensemble, made with love in Peru! 

Paper Dreams Necklace, Firelight Orange

This simple paper bead necklace can be worn so many ways! And is an easy add-on to any outfit. Jalia and Daniel are social entrepreneurs in Uganda who share Noonday's dream of using fashion to create opportunity. They launched their business in 2010 and have created dignified work for hundreds of Artisans in their community. The Artisans gather every day to eat, laugh, and create together. 

Alchemy Bracelets {3 Set} , Safari Stack Bracelet {Aqua}

This bracelet set is the perfect accessory for a casual look or something more glam. Perfect for an everyday arm party as well! The aqua paper bracelet is made in Uganda and comes in aqua salmon or teal.

 

Artifact Necklace

This ivory resin necklace is so chic – I love the gold strip down the middle - wear layered or on its own. The gold shimmer of fringe on this pendant is perfect for adding some length to your look.

The name Noonday Collection comes from Isaiah 58:10:

If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

I absolutely adore all of the collection. I wish I could let all of you see, touch, and try them on in person, but believe me, you can feel the love, care and craftsmanship built into each piece. 

NOONDAY COLLECTION GIVEAWAY

Here Comes The Sun - Parlor Earrings

GIVEAWAY! To celebrate summer and sunshine, I am partnering with April (@ordinaryadvocate on instagram) to gift one lucky winner a Noonday Collection set of gold plated Parlor Earrings - made with love in Peru! These are one of my favorite pieces in the entire collection and one of their most versatile styles ! This 4-in-1 pair can be worn as a simple gold stud, or dressed up with an extender or ear jacket. To enter:

1. Like this photo (on instagram here)

2. Follow me @theweekenderfashion and @ordinary_advocate

3. Tag a friend in the comments on the instagram photo here to enter (each friend tagged is an additional entry!)

4. For additional entries: subscribe to my blog here and/or make a Noonday purchase through April at http://bit.ly/TheWeekenderNoonday

***All Noonday Collection purchases this month support the giveback impact in Hati and you get something pretty! How does that sound!?

Winner will be announced on my blog next Saturday, 6/10. Good luck!

Outfit Details:
Jumpsuit: Nordstrom (similar here and here) Shoes: BCBG (old, similar here) Sunglasses: Zara (similar here) NOONDAY:: Earrings: Agra Bracelet 1: Spectrum Cuff Bracelet 2: Serenity Wrap Lipstick: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé

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