Monthly Archives: June 2012

My love affair with Love her Madly

I wrote about the amazing Love her Madly a while back in a post on office-appropriate jewelry. The site is owned by a friend of mine, who has an insanely good eye for one-of-a-kind pieces.

I knew Rachel from my first job in fashion (she was my boss), and I remember being so excited to see her walk into the office everyday, not only because she was one of the nicest people on the planet, but because THE GIRL COULD DRESS. She was quite the style genius. But not in an outlandish, in-your-face kind of way. I’d say her style was soft and feminine with a kick. And that kick would often come from fantastic jewelry. So I was beyond thrilled when she started Love her Madly, which offers an impeccably curated selection of jewelry from around the world.

I sat down (virtually) with Rachel, and asked her some questions about the biz and such.

How did you come up with the idea for Love her Madly?

 I have always adored jewelry.  As a child I would watch my mom accessorize with sparkling pieces that I would dream of wearing some day.  Through both of my parents (yes, my dad has great taste too) I observed their knowledge and appreciation for one-of-a-kind costume jewelry pieces.  So the idea of Love her Madly has been cultivating in my head for years.

Where do you find the jewelry? Who designs it?

I seek out designers from all over the world.  Our goal at LhM is to consistently introduce pieces that are unique, vibrant and well constructed. My design team and I create some signature pieces as well.

Do you have any current favorites on your site?

I’m loving vibrant color right now so our Bliss Droplet Earrings are a must have for summer. Rings are a huge addiction of mine.  I’m a sucker for classic statement pieces like our Rhinestone Claw Rings.

Why do you think jewelry should be a part of one’s wardrobe?

 Jewelry is powerful.  It has the ability to change your mood and the mood of your outfit. Even the slightest touch of jewelry will never go unnoticed.

Who are your style icons?

My grandma Roz tops my list by far.  Her style was daring & bold, yet simply amazing.  I also adore Ali MacGraw’s style from the 60s and early Kate Moss in the 90s. For me it’s about confidence and risk taking.  Current style icons… Kate Bosworth & Gwen Stefani.

 Any fashion blogs/sites that you follow regularly?

As of now just a few…

StyleCasterFarfetchThe Re-Stylist!!

Shop Love her Madly’s lovely baubles at lovehermadlystore.com.

(image from LhM)

Let your wardrobe teach you (it’s smarter than you think)

When I work with clients, I often hear the same issues come up. They’re tired of their wardrobes, sick of spending so much money on useless clothes, frustrated with not knowing what styles work for their body types, and fed up with opening their closet doors to a sea of clothes and nothing to wear.

These feelings suck. I have been there, believe me. It’s not fun. BUT… drumroll…evolving your style comes with growing pains. And not only are the growing pains normal, but they can be helpful! You just have to learn how to learn from them (redundant-sounding, but true).

Coming up with a signature style, or at the very least knowing what works for you, takes a lot of work. And it is a process. And it can feel crappy. However, the mistakes are just as important as the homeruns. And that is my deep thought of the day: That pile of unworn, ‘bad’ clothing choices is not a waste, if you LEARN from it.

Remember those bizarre relationships you were in before you found ‘the one’, or those terrible post-college jobs you had before you found an amazing career? It took the bad times to help you understand what you do and don’t want. You have to go through the bad to understand and appreciate the good. And this applies to your wardrobe as well.

So next time you look at that bedazzled neon batwing top that still has the tags on it, don’t get depressed. Instead, take a moment to congratulate yourself on taking a risk and going out of your comfort zone. Then learn from it. Ask yourself: Why was I attracted to this at the time? What about it makes me not want to wear it? The more specific the better. Take notes if you have to!

Then you can confidently put it in the Goodwill pile. And move on.

(image found at quickmeme)