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In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some style lessons for all you beautiful Mama’s out there! Enjoy! Let me know what you think!
LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER. DEAR ISABELLA NECKLACES IN SAFETY PIN DESIGN MAKE FOR THE PERFECT MOTHER-AND-ME HEIRLOOM THAT CAN BE PASSED ON FROM ONE GENERATION TO ANOTHER. PHOTOGRAPHY BY REALTOR BRIAN JOHNSON.
SAFETY FIRST. DEAR ISABELLA’S SAFETY PIN NECKLACE IS THE PERFECT SYMBOLISM OF A MOTHER’S LOVE AND PROTECTIVE CARE.
I have my mother to thank for exposing me to the possibilities of mixing and matching style pieces. A firm believer of self-care, she would never be caught looking anything less than put together. Her trademark bold red lipstick spoke of unmistakable confidence, a trait I continue to emulate now that I’ve become a mother myself.
MOTHERLY LOVE. SHE’S ALWAYS PUT YOUR WANTS FIRST. RETURN THE FAVOR THIS MOTHER’S DAY AND SURPRISE MOM WITH SOMETHING SHE WOULD WANT: A STUNNING PIECE OF JEWELRY.
As it comes full circle now that I have become my daughter’s first style influence, I look back—in a timely manner as Mother’s Day is just around the corner—of the gems of style lessons my own mother imparted upon me:
1. Look for soulful details.
This is especially true in jewelry. There are some pieces that simply speak to you, one that evokes good energy. When I first saw this necklace by Dear Isabella Larimar Jewelry Company in an adorable safety pin design, it called my name.
Perhaps it is because the brand itself is founded by a mother inspired by her own daughter so I felt a kindling connection with the brand’s story. Dear Isabella, eponymously named after the owner’s daughter, is one mother’s way to celebrate her daughter, aside from honoring the treasures of her birth home, the Dominican Republic. The brand’s classic collection pays homage to the unmistakable bond between mother and daughter and each fine piece honors this lifetime love and connection.
MOMMY AND ME. WHEN TWINNING WITH MOMMY IS IN ORDER, ACCESSORIZE WITH A PIECE OF JEWELRY THAT YOUR DAUGHTER COULD TREASURE FOR A LIFETIME.
2. Find timeless pieces.
Whether it’s shopping for clothes or shoes, I tend to favor classic items that can last through multiple fashion seasons. This is also true in my choice of accessories. My mom, always the practical woman, taught me to invest in pieces that never go out of style, such as black dresses, white tops and precious gemstones.
CARIBBEAN GEM. LARIMAR, THE CARIBBEAN GEMSTONE, RANGES FROM SUBTLE GREEN TO DEEP BLUE IN COLOR.
The part that has drawn me most to Dear Isabella’s collections is that it is made with a unique gemstone called Larimar. A rare blue variety of the silicate mineral pectolite, Larimar is only found in one place: in a little paradise island in the Caribbean called the Dominican Republic.
According to historians, when the gemstone was discovered in 1974 by Miguel Mendez and Norman Rilling on a beach at the foot of the Baroruco Mountain Range, Mendez named it Larimar after his daughter’s name (Larissa) and the Spanish word for the sea (mar). Rightfully so, it is also known as the “Caribbean gemstone” for its color evokes the aqua blue Caribbean waters, although it could generally range from subtle green to deep blue in color.
Like many gemstones believed to exude positive energy, Larimar is thought to provide peace and clarity, radiating healing and love energy.
LESS IS MORE. LET AN INTRICATE JEWELRY SHINE BY PAIRING IT WITH A SIMPLE TOP.
3. Embrace the anomalies in design.
In design, there’s always that one beautiful imperfection that makes an item perfect. This is something my mom had shown me through her style choices, whether she was buying a local pottery or a piece of jewelry.
You often get a little of that design anomaly in handmade creations, as no two items can exactly be alike when crafted by hand. When I look carefully to inspect Dear Isabella’s necklaces, I can see how each piece is carefully handcrafted, giving every piece a unique craftsmanship that’s fitting to become a treasured family heirloom a few years down the road. It is easy to tell there’s much effort made in selecting the best possible gemstone. When it comes to Larimar, the general rule of thumb is this: The more blue the color, the higher the quality.
SMALL BOXES, BIG SURPRISES. THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE TRULY COMES IN SMALL BOXES. DELIGHT MOM WITH A THOUGHTFUL GIFT ENCLOSED IN A LOVELY BLUE BOX.
4. Make it look easy.
In a nutshell, this was my mom’s style mantra: Live in style, but make it look easy. She always made it effortlessly to dress up appropriately, put on makeup and fix her hair like it’s nobody’s business. I try to live in her example by taking the time for genuine self-care and putting comfort as high as looking chic.
To do this, I try to dress up with the mindset that less is more. If the print design is screaming, tone it down by wearing a simple jewelry. Unless you are the iconic fashionista Iris Apfel, it is difficult to get away with wearing layers and layers of chunky necklaces against a psychedelic print.
BIG HEARTS. NOTHING SAYS “I LOVE YOU, MOM” MORE THAN A FINE JEWELRY WITH A RARE GEMSTONE.
As for this style shoot, the spotlight was on the stunning Dear Isabella jewelry, so I opted to showcase it with a bare neck and a simple black corset top. It can’t get any more effortless than that.
Mother’s Day or not, how do you plan to surprise the most important woman in your life? What style lessons have you learned from her? Let’s share thoughtful ideas in the comment box below.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dear Isabella Larimar Jewelry Co. All opinions are my own. To learn more about their latest launches, including on their upcoming bridal collection in June, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Dear Isabella ships free within the U.S. and internationally for orders more than $75. Browse their collections today to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift!