Traveling to Italy has become an annual ritual for me since meeting my boyfriend whose family lives abroad. I am so blessed to be able to travel and see so much art and culture. I highly recommend traveling, whether it's to a new part of your city or abroad. Traveling has opened me up to so many creative ideas and experiences outside of my own.
I also got to dine at a Michelin Star restaurant that overlooked the Coliseum. It was exquisite to say the least! I dressed in a chic two-piece pants suit and put on a pair of diamond-like earrings I picked up at an adorable boutique earlier that day. The wheels in my head were turning at this point! I felt so royal and so important being at that restaurant.
This past February, I traveled back to Italy for the 3rd time. This time was so different from my other visits. Mainly because I got to really be immersed in the culture. I stayed at a "bed and breakfast" that had an amazing balcony over looking the streets of Rome. The architecture was amazing. The ceilings had these beautiful embellishments in each corner. I loved the simplicity of the white walls accompanied by the intricate trimmings.
This was the beginning of the design ideas for my newest collection. I started to think about how I could create this same atmosphere and transfer these same feelings of luxury to my jewelry.
After Rome, I took a day trip to Milan. Coincidentally, this was a couple days before Milan Fashion Week. I saw many of the main tourist attractions like the Duomo di Milano (Cathedral of Milan). What I loved the most was the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Every luxury brand you could think of was present in this shopping gallery.
I found myself most in awe of the jewelry display at the Swarovski store. The whole store was a bright yellow color and the walls were filled with individual Swarovski crystals and different jewelry pieces.
When I was dining at one of Rome's top restaurants, I felt so confident and important. I know that this is a feeling that everyone wants to feel. Being in these places and taking part in these activities are not always feasible. The big question for me was how can I offer these experiences in a more accessible and tangible way?
That is my mission with my jewelry. Every time I design an item, that question lurks in the back of my head. I want to evoke the feeling of importance and confidence through my jewelry! I want you to put on a piece of my jewelry and feel armored in confidence!
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