Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Everything That Glitters: Melinda Maria

After a gloomy Saturday it was time to liven things up a little and get back into the game.  I awoke on Sunday to the sun shining through my bedroom window and remembered I had been invited to a fabulous jewelry showing by none other than Melinda Maria.

                            Here she is with Hayden P (image via Strong Heart Fellowship)

Have you seen her pieces?  Are you a proud owner?  I would not be one bit surprised if you are.  About a year ago my eye kept catching Vanessa Hudgens sporting this little ring all around town:

Like a woman obsessed I began tracking it high and low.  You know how that can be, right?  With a little research I discovered that it was the Vanessa Pod Ring, and that it was in my price range.  Score!

The first time I put the ring on was a heart swooning moment, and the beginning of my quest to own more of Melinda's pieces.  I learned that she was based in LA and her studio was right in the Chef's neighborhood.  Talk about a sign!  The first time we met was the day after the Chef (kind heart that he is) had almost gotten his car towed from in front of the building whilst picking me up a treat, so Melinda knew exactly who I was!  We chatted like old friends and I immediately understood why she is so good at what she does:  her passion for creating jewelry stems from her love for and understanding of people.  She is a salt of the earth, warmhearted soul, and there really is something for every woman in every collection she designs.

You can imagine how excited I was to be invited to see some of her new collection (and gather more of the current) this past Sunday!!  It's not often that a boyfriend or husband encourages you to shop it up, but the Chef was all about me going to visit Melinda.  He's a huge fan too.  There's the fabulous Sophie and Holly (left to right) in the picture above.  They are little lethal weapons of style and helped me select some wonderful finds.  Thanks ladies!

Here's just a little of what I got to see...

And a little more....

And a little more.  You have got to get on her website and see these pieces up close and personal because my camera does not do them justice in these pictures.  The images on the site are outstanding and the pieces are even better in person.

Pardon my Addams-family like hand here - I wanted to give you an idea of the diversity you will find in Melinda's creations.  Look at that circle ring!!  I haven't taken it off in 2 days!  Sigh.  Being a girl is tough work.

Melinda Maria has something for everyone in every price range and she designs with the idea that you build your personal collection as her offerings grow from season to season.  This is a picture of the pieces I've been able to collect so far...slowly but surely my friends, slowly but surely.  I even mix her bangles with leather wrap bracelets to create more of an edgy vibe.  Whenever I'm looking to add just that little extra to an outfit I always turn to her jewelry.

Anyway, I hope I've left you with enough to get your wheels turning because coming up tomorrow will be a super special GIVEAWAY!  In the meantime, please enjoy :)


Anonymous said...

Oh, how lucky you are! That is one party I would love to attend! Lovely pieces ~ so much fun just to try it all on! ~Debby xo

Fashion Meets Food said...

Wow looks like a fabulously fun party to attend!


Anna Jane said...

I love her jewelry--especially the bracelets you're wearing. You're so lucky!

Anna Jane


Closet Fashionista said...

Oh wow great stuff!! :D

The Book of Right-On said...

Oh my! they are GORGEOUS!! please make the giveaway available to overseas bloggers ;)will be back tomorrow to see!
you are very lucky, great show room!!

Margaux from BORO

Lainey said...

Omg, I love Melinda Maria's stuff. That pod ring that Vanessa Hudgens wears, one of my best friends has, and it so stunning in person. I love everything in her collection, and would love to own one of her pieces myself. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog btw.

this free bird said...

Debby - it was a fun time for sure! Nice to be able to see the pieces all at one time and give them a whirl! -So happy to see you here. Thanks for following.

Fashion - Yes!

Anna Jane - I think tomorrow might be a fun day!

Closet Fashionista - Come on back tomorrow! :)

Book of Right On - YES!! I'm opening it up to overseas bloggers! woo hooooo!

Lainey - Isn't it the best!? You're so welcome for the comment. Hope to see you back tomorrow for the giveaway. I'm figuring out details today and all the info will be up tomorrow.


Valerie said...

Oh my goodness, Carrie! I've never heard of this, but I'm in love with all of it. You have quite a collection! I just checked the website and I'm OBSESSING over the grecian rings. How cool that you're friends with her and were able to go to this party! I'm so jealous. ;)


Sarah said...

Amazing jewellery!!

Marcie said...

Love these pieces, and I am always looking for unique jewelery designers. I love Kris Nations.


Ashley said...

Oh I *love* everything! Especially all of your rings! What gorgeous pieces, wish I could've gone to this trunk show to see them in person!


Bunny Ears said...

great jewelry

alyssa said...

uh great. now i have like 50 more things on my wish list! everything is amazing. i want that pod ring too!
x. alyssa


Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous pieces, darling!
What a fab event!


P.S. Great to meet a fellow Carrie here in this little fashion blogosphere of ours!

Jessica said...

Oh I am just swooning over every piece! I'm s uch a pathetic jewelry fiend. If it were socially acceptable to only wear jewelry, I would. (And I adore your circle ring - I'd be keeping it on too!)

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Wow, I really loved all the jewelry pictured! What a cool friend to make =) And you have such great taste.

Jacqueline said...

Carrie, I am in luv with it all, is it possible to be in luv with jewelery! here is a good one for you, my mom gave me this little magnet at Christmas said "Men may Come and Men May Go, But Jewelery lasts forever"!!!!

this free bird said...

Valerie - You are so kind and I'm so glad you checked out her site. Amazing or what?? Please be sure to subscribe by email. Every once in awhile she offers a great discount - the perfect way to get started on the more expensive pieces while you gather the others in the meantime :) I hope you come back tomorrow and enter the giveaway!!

Sarah - Yes it sure is. Hope to see you back tomorrow for the giveaway :)

Marcie - I've not heard of Kris Nations...hmmm will have to look into. thx

Ashley - I'm so glad I posted Melinda's creations to share. She is such a nice person and her team is made up of amazing fun girls!!

Bunny Ears - mmmhmmmm :)

Alyssa - Great to see you here!! Yes, the stuff is lethal and that pod ring is a stunner!

Carrie - I agree on all accounts. Yay!

Jessica - I hear you!! It's a total inner swoon fest...hard to even think straight!

Lisax3 - Glad you like! And thanks for the compliment too. It's risky to express what you like and so nice when others find joy in it too.

Jacqueline - Hear Hear Lady!! Har!

Fuji Files said...

Ok, the Vanessa Pod ring.. my dream ring? I love organic shapes to my jewelry and this, this ring completes me.

xx Cristina

MARISA said...

these pieces are awesome
so raw looking!

She Wore It Well said...

love love love.. are they available online?

this free bird said...

yes and awesome!! - www.melindamariajewelry.com
girlie i can't wait to see you put your little name in for the giveaway too! woot!!

so excited!!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I love those bangles you have on your wrist!! Sooo pretty! This all looks like wonderful pieces.

Cornflake said...

How much fun! That jewellery looks amazing!!

Krizia said...

Amazing pieces!

x Krizia


Harvels1980 said...

Great pieces! That pod ring is one of my favorites!

Sherin said...

Her jewellery is so amazing and unique! Must have been so great to see all those pretty things. Glad you had a good time.

Taj Acosta said...

What gorgeous pieces! I would love to go shopping with all those rings and earrings!! xoxo

jennine said...

gorgeous jewelry, i love the textures!

The Book of Right-On said...

Hey! here's my email: ourbookofrighton@googlemail.com

Fingers crossed ;)


SheWearSheShares said...

I need that ring now too! <3

Sophie said...

Hi Carrie!!! I'm so glad that you decided to post this up! We at Melinda Maria were so glad that you decided to stop by! So glad you bought those pieces and these photographs came out so well! :D Thanks so much for coming and we'll definitely keep an eye on your blog and give you updates on our next sale! Thanks so much!


this free bird said...

Sophie!! I'm so happy to see you here and I'm glad you like the post!! I love Melinda and have been a huge fan since far before I ever met her. It was so great to get to meet you and H and K the other day. Thank YOU so much for all of your help...can't wait to visit again and get more. p.s. - I should have bought 3 more bangles and that turquoise ring. Why didn't I listen to you?? ugh!



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