Friday, November 19, 2010

Can't Get Enough - Sparkle and Shine

My obsession with Melinda Maria Jewelry all started with this shiny ring:


I can't remember exactly where I was when it happened, but I had come eye to eye with Vanessa Hudgens sporting the ring and it was game on.  After that it seemed every time I opened a magazine, there she was wearing my that ring. 

 Oh look there she is with the ring again.
Help!

Before long my tracking skills (you know those handy ones right ladies? hehe) led me to Melinda Maria (jackpot!) and I discovered her studio wasn't far from the Chef's house.  Like any awesome boyfriend he snuck over to pick up a treat for me - at which time he met Melinda and narrowly escaped having his vehicle towed from in front of the building.  We know how to make an impression over here at the bird?  The following day when I met her, Melinda sparked an even greater love for her designs because of how kind and genuine she is as a person.  She has a certain lighthearted, warm quality that quite literally shines through in every piece she creates.

Earlier this month I was so excited to receive an invitation to an event unveiling her new Holiday line.  It took place this past Saturday and was an amazingly fun evening filled to the brim with more glitter, sparkle and shine than any girl could ask for.  As people were departing I managed to capture a few photos to share with you.  Prepare to swoon.

Can you imagine walking into a room filled with all this amazing jewelry?
Breathtaking!

I had come to fill my quota of silver and there were so many 
wonderful things to choose from.

Suddenly I glanced up to see all these bracelets...
note Pyramid Spike Bangle on right.  Must. Acquire. More.
 And how about a few of these piled on with them?  Okay - sure thing!
Before you knew it plan 'Acquire More Silver' had been forgotten 
and plan 'Acquire Gold, Silver and Whatever I'm in the Mood For' 
had been adopted. 

All I can say is it was a great time and my jewelry box is aflutter with old and new friends getting to know one another.  Oops!  One of my favorite things about this jewelry line is how Melinda has designed the pieces to be built upon.  You are never left feeling like something is "out", but rather a new item comes alongside to be added to your current collection. Slowly, but surely is my motto with this one!

I hope you've enjoyed this little glimmer into Melinda's latest pieces - if you're making your Christmas/Holiday wish lists, take a peek on her site (I know several of you are already loving it!) and let yourself get excited! Yahoooo for treats for us at the Holidays!!!

Have a great weekend everybody!!

69 comments:

Katie said...

Ok, here's my plan. I'm going to get about 283095 of those bangles. And wear them. All. At the same time. And be happy. What do you think?

this free bird said...

I would have to say that is a fantastic idea. You and your bangly friends will have many happy years together. Glittery, shiny, exciting fun years!! hahaha!! They're ridic all piled on...I could barely hold it together.

jemina said...

WOW, amazing jewels!!!!!!

Swoon..........

xoxo
J

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Contemporary and classic at once! Ooh and those bangles are fun!

Café Bellini said...

I don't wear gold jewellery but I'd be happy to make an exception for these! Amazing.

Marcela said...

Oh no, this is not good for me and my wallet! Stop seducing me, you evil!

:D Muahhh, have a wonderful weekend!

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness. All of these pieces are even better in real life photos than the stock images. You really need to be her official PR gal.

Debby said...

I love her jewelry too. I wear my spike bracelet I won through your giveaway each time I wear silver... LOVE it!! So glad you got invited and sounds like you and chef made yet another friend! xo

Taylor said...

OOO You know I love her!!! I need to get some bangles and add another gold ring or two!!! MORE MORE MORE!!!!

I order some and I will be wearing it NON-STOP!!! ;)

xoxoFashionLady said...

I. Want. Them. All.

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh how exciting!!!!! Such beautiful pieces :D
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

style'n said...

oh no you are posting more of this wonderful jewelry...I have to go to the site now. Love all the goodies in the last photo. I will let you know what I end up buying (great holiday gifts) Naina

briannelee said...

Gorgeous stuff! I love her designs.

Cara said...

Love love love!
<3 Happy weekend!

Emily Jane said...

Oh my gosh, what beautiful stuff - walking in and seeing all those gorgeous things must've been heaven!!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Gorgeous- and chef is the best!

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

So amazingly beautiful. Wish I could have scooped up tons if treasures.

Daisy said...

her work is incredible. I noticed you had the spike bangle on the other day and loved it! the ring is awesome, too. can't wait to see you model the new pieces!!

Daniela said...

Love that first ring!! What a statement that makes!

Courtney Erin said...

Gorgeous pieces! That's awesome that you got to see them in person.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

SiSi said...

Love that ring! Very simple, fun, and still elegant.

http://www.sisisparkles.blogspot.com

Pop Champagne said...

some of those pieces are erally nice, and lol at Vanessa Hudgens always wearing your ring. she's quite fashionable so should be flattering to you!! :D hehe

Alleen said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful jewelry! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

Ms. Givens said...

All I can say is WOW!

Kimbirdy said...

beautiful! i've noticed that ring before too - it's perfect!

Viv said...

gorgeous jewelry!




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Dancing Branflake said...

What an incredible experience! Her jewelry is fantastic and I cannot believe you got such an up close encounter. Amazing!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Girl, that is the hotness!!! Obsessed. I too saw VH sporting that ring in every frickin mag...I'm glad you finally claimed it for yourself! Hope you have a fab weekend. xo

the chirpy bird said...

Fantastic. I black out sometimes when I shop too.. Admittedly I start getting a little grabby and don't know what I'm buying but hey, when I get home and open my shopping bag, it's like being gifted stuff for the first time all over again.........and now that I've said that out loud, I realize I have a problem. ahahha
xo tash

Nikki said...

It is gorgeous! Now all you need is a Zac Efron and you're set ;)

jenna @ a little blue said...

i want everything ~ thanks for introducing her designs to me. i am now in ♥

Valerie said...

Oh Carrie. It's even better than I imagined. All those bangles lined up in a row? Forget it. I'm in love. I agree that these are pieces to build upon. I need to start my collection ASAP. And I love that she has a holiday collection. Those are my favorite kind of pieces because they feel more sentimental to me. Hope you have a great weekend!

xo
Valerie

Jude said...

Be still my beating heart! I love that pretty ring, but also those pretty pretty bangles and well, everything! And who said only men were into The Hunt? I love your exquisite tracking skills leading you to this treasure trove!

LAURA!!! said...

gor.geous.
wow

hip hip gin gin said...

I am SO jealous that you got to meet Melinda!!!! Positively green with envy! I am such a huge fan of her jewelry, every piece is so unique and gorgeous, love love love. That must have been one fantastic event! I see one of my favorite designs, the spike hoop, in the photos and I just want to reach in and grab them!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Oh my word I am in "love" lol! All these bangles lined up in a row how amazing would that be. I think I definitely need these in my life.

xo

Josie said...

I LOVE. You are the luckiest girl alive, Carrie, I swear. Every one of these pretty, sparkly pieces is absolutely stunning -- I love her things!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Nikki said...

That ring is amazing and so unusual!!!


Have a great weekend Carrie!!
xx
Nikki

la petite coquine said...

How GORGEOUS! The ring is a total knockout, but it looks like all of her pieces are just incredible!

Marie a la Mode said...

Oh my God, her jewelry is so gorgeous! I love how you were able to just drive over to her store ; ) One of the perks of living in L.A. I guess!

Kara said...

I have to admit that I'm terrible about accessories. I can find some awesome stuff, but I never buy anything (because if I had it, I'd probably never wear it). I guess I'm just really minimal when it comes to accessorizing. But these pieces are really great, am I'm very into gold right now also.

xx Kara
http://sprinklesinsprings.blogspot.com/

Thanks for commenting on the nails.. I wish you luck (or should I say, you cat!) :)

Annie said...

I love everything! Wow! and so much fun that you actually got to meet Melinda. aww makes the jewelry even better :)
Have a wonderful weekend Carrie!! xo

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Very cool! I have my eye on that leaf bracelette on the left!

Is this the same designer's jewelry that was stolen from your room at that hotel back on your bday?

Emmett Katherine said...

Uuuummmmm, yes please to all of it! So pretty, just my style. It's very dangerous that the shop is located so close to your boyfriends house!

~Em K

Thanks for the comment on my post (clog post) it made me laugh quite a bit. I suspect my clog collection might grow as large as yours!

ryan said...

Thanks for sharing, I have never heard of her but I love that ring! All of her jewelry is so gorgeous, I think my x-mas wish list just got a little longer!

Diana said...

I have a theory that any piece of jewelry with the word "pod" in the name is gorgeous.

I haven't been proven wrong yet.

Jess said...

Um, gorgeous. And the chef is adorable ;)

Lori said...

This stuff is gorgeous Carrie ~ I too have something up my sleeve for next week. Fa la la la la. Happy Week-end!

Freelance Shop-A-Holic said...

Elegant funkynessssss!! My favorite! That's what I live about Leslie Hamel's designs as well! What a discovery! Yeah newness!!
Love those bangles and earrings ...

Linley said...

wow, those pieces ALL look amazingly beautiful!!!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh my sweetie I've been looking at her stuff for days. Everywhere I turn I come across more things I want. Lucky, lucky girl. I would have died and gone to heaven! Can't wait till next week!

Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

SWEATshirtDRESSshirt said...

i love gold jewelry! especially when paired with black or turquoise clothing. :) it never fails to give an outfit that hint of glimmer.

XO,
SWEATshirt DRESSshirt

Nell said...

Such pretty things. I would have bought loads too. How can you resist though, right?! x

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Krystal said...

oh my gosh i would have just been in heaven there!! i was at this fashion show the other for Maniko of Berlin - and I was totally eying their sparkly sparkly top and thought of you!

Jamie said...

Wow her stuff is gorgeous!!! Um...Merry Christmas to me??? ;)

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Clara said...

lovely blog!
xx

Froso M. said...

I really love sparkly details, and those ones are fantastic!

xoxo,
Froso from Style Nirvana

heather yalin said...

Kudos to the chef!!! Look at all this sparkly glittery goodness! I have my work cut out for me, getting a wardrobe in order when I return (and, i guess, get to a normal size again)

Miss Caitlin S. said...

wow, how fun that you got invite to that~!!! That looks like so much fun and her pieces are all so pretty and intricate, I want them all!!! Which ones did you snag???? And Vanessa's ring is super pretty, I always love her hair.

Emily said...

WOW! I am now in love with Melinda Maria jewelry! I love how her pieces are so organic, effortless, and unique! I too must acquire that ring :) and those bangles, and those other earrings, and...ok I'm officially obsessed! Thank you for sharing and how exciting to go to the event!

Stacey said...

These are really smashing pieces! Thanks for the intro to Melinda! Happy Sunday! XX

Chloe Mia said...

wow all that jewellery looks amazing!

style-haus said...

omg! would have loved to have attended this...so many aaahhhmazing pieces

http://style-haus.blogspot.com/

lopezjennylopez said...

Beautiful jewelry!!!
Lovely blog!!!

www.lopezjennylopez.blogspot.com

TheChambrayCountess said...

Wow, when I saw the first pic I was already saying "oooooh" and it only got better from there! Looks like it was a fun time!

LyddieGal said...

it must be so fun to meet designers and get to talk with them about their pieces; i imagine it brings a whole new dimension to the jewelry!

Plus everything is so gorgeous!!

Chic on the Cheap

Bren said...

Ok, that first pic with trays of jewelry is my kind of party!! :D Dying over every gold piece!!! Wish I could see more of her rings...I'm "needing" some new ones. Guess I'll have to head over to her site. Yeah, twist my arm. ;)

xoxo,
Bren @ Chasing Beauty

Oh, My Darling said...

Gorgeous jewelery overload!!!

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