Friday, February 26, 2010
A look at just one of the newest and hottest cuffs to shake up the runway at the Spring/Summer 2010 NYFW shows. This futuristic 3-Triangles Leather Cuff bracelet from Givenchy is what I'd call "hard-core pretty". Paired with the black and cream-themed feminine chic pieces below, it adds the perfect edge to any night in the city...Non???
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Part knight in shining armor. Part damsel in distress. This ultra hip chain mail and ribbon cuff is 100% medieval siren!
Q: How long have you been designing cuff bracelets?
Q: Describe the cuffs you design (materials, style, special features etc.)
Q: What type of woman do you imagine wearing your cuffs? (Include the name of at least two celebs that you think would love to rock your cuff and tell why...)
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
On this dreary hump day Wednesday, I wanted to share with you one of the most exquisite cuffs I've seen in a long time. This sea-inspired beauty is knitted and crocheted into a delicious concoction of fine and oxidized silver wire, Swiss blue topaz, Turkish chalcedony, Chatoyant Aquamarine, lagoon blue Apatite, Vesuviante and Labradorite. If that wasn't enough to sweep you away in the tide, notice how it is finished with a lobster clasp and extender chain adorned with a selection of blue gems --- a clever feature which ensures a perfect fit! Part of Houston artist Claire Perse's "Wire Lace" collection, it is a chance for you to indulge in the majesty of the ocean...allllllll...day...long.
Enjoy this cluster inspired by today's featured cuff!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
*silky wine, plum, grey and black floral and zebra print fabrics
*embellished with a hand singed, hand sewn petit fabric flower, as well as faux leather and lace trim
*three ivory Swarovski pearls in center
*soft felt lining
*fully adjustable cuff
*2 inches wide
Want it??? It's simple to enter. Check out the details below!
One separate entry for each of the following. Please post a comment and let me know what you did...Deadline is 12:00am EST on March 5, 2010
1) Become a Google "Follower" of Cuff Mate
2) Visit colormeconscious.etsy.com and post a link to your favorite piece
3) Re tweet about this blog
*BONUS, worth 15 entries - Make a purchase from Color Me Conscious between now and the 5th and comment on it here.
It happens to the best of us...
You get caught off-guard. Backed into that proverbial "corner" -- forced to say something. So you come "off the cuff"...and end up wondering, "What was I thinking???" You weren't. *sighs* C'est la vie! And it sure is funny sometimes...
"You guys, line up alphabetically by height." - Bill Patterson, Florida State football coach
"So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?" - Christina Aguilera
CUFFIE - n. a person in love with cuff bracelets
A self-proclaimed "cuffie", I realized long ago that I was in very good company. Did you know that some of the most glamorous women in the world have rocked this eye-catching accessory??? In fact, you could argue that the cuff is the accessory of choice for strong women with character --- its very structure suggesting a graceful power that cannot be ignored. If you love cuffs as much as I do, raise your arm and strut like Giselle...you're in good company cuffie!
A few famous cuffies:
-Jackie Kennedy, the epitome of elegance, teamed cuffs with bustier dressses and made Van Cleef & Arpels' hammered gold cuffs famous back in the 60s.
-American Vogue journalist Diana Vreeland loved her ivory cuff so much she wore it over the sleeve of her sweaters.
-Coco Chanel rarely left the house without her cuff bracelet. Her favorite was an enamel cuff decorated with a gold Maltese cross illuminated with cabochons of precious stones.
THE Corsage Cuff - Moulin Rouge Bracelet II
(by Lee for Color Me Conscious)
Through my travels in the indie art and design universe, I've run into countless uber cool blogs --- the brainchildren of some of the most talented, clever and unique people on the planet. Like a kid with her nose pressed up against the playground fence, I started itching to get in on the "fun." Sooo, hello world! Here I am, and I'm so ready to start blogging my passion for indie jewelry design, and as you've probably figured out by now, the mother of all bracelets --- the cuff. Just holding my breath that someone out there will let me "play"...and hoping YOU are that someone...