Spotlight on Bethlehem, Pennslyvania

Our travel spotlight shines on one of the oldest cities in America, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This time of year Bethlehem is known as The Christmas City, as it shares the name of the birthplace of Jesus. Christmas isn’t the only time of year to find things to do in Bethlehem. We are highlighting many of the fun things to see and do in Bethlehem as well as where to find Susan Shaw Jewelry- of course!

When deciding where to travel, you might want to check out one of the big cities everyone knows about or you may want to find a hidden gem. In this case, the hidden gem is Bethlehem, PA. The charm of the city, the beautiful landscape along with the many things to do and see make this a perfect choice for your next unique travel find. 

There is a colonial charm to the city that you will love! Rent a carriage to tour the cobblestone streets and see the many historic buildings this town has to offer.

The art and music scene in Bethlehem is definitely one of the draws to the city.  Arts Quest, a community-based nonprofit organization, brings access to art, culture and music to the citizen of Bethlehem. The ArtsQuest Center at Steel Stacks (pictured below) features numerous indoor and outdoor venues for music, festivals and other community entertainment.  One of their main festivals of the year, Musikfest, happens in August. Musikfest is one of the most diverse music festivals in the nation, with 500-plus shows on 16 stages over 10 days.

Gambling anyone? Sands Casino is another one of the draws to the area. Try your hand at the Black Jack table or visit one of the many top tier restaurants and shops that the Sands Casino Resort has to offer. 

If you visit Bethlehem this time of year, you can enjoy The Christmas City and all it has to offer. Their holiday market, Christkindlmarkt, was called one of the best holiday markets in the US by Travel + Leisure. The market includes 100+ vendors selling unique gifts and fine art as well as live holiday music performances. 

The decorations around the city are unrivaled, but their most prominent decoration shines down from South Mountain, a giant star mimicking the Biblical guide of the Magi. Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit more than visiting Bethlehem at Christmas!

If you stick around past Christmas, you can enjoy PEEPSFEST, the 2-day festival dedicated to the marshmallow Easter snack that originated in Bethlehem.  Enjoy the New Year’s firework display as well as the Peep Chick Drop, which happens on New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking for the best place to stay, look no further than the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. This beautiful hotel lies within a building that dates back to George Washington’s presidency. The hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Bethlehem and has 125 restored rooms with views of Main Street as well as the Bethlehem Star on the mountain.

Hotel Bethlehem at Christmas

Looking for Susan Shaw Jewelry? Hotel Bethlehem has a wonderful gift shop that carries beautiful clothing, gifts and our jewelry! Stop by to find some of these designs!

Who says grey has to be gloomy? Our Labradorite pieces show the fancy side of grey- and they are perfect for this time of year. 

Whether you prefer our classic Bee intaglio or our new octagon and pearl Bee pendant, your look will generate lots of buzz at your next holiday party.

Oh the possibilities of Pearls! Our large freshwater coin pearls are a newer addition to the line. We love the oversize look! And look how well it pairs with our Mother-of-Pearl inlaid clover pieces.  

The combination of our Venetian glass and freshwater pearls is stunning as well. 

We hope you plan to add Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to your travel list and looks us up at the Hotel Bethlehem gift shop! You won’t be dissapointed!

Safe Travels, 

Susan Shaw Jewelry 

Playing with Color Classics: Fresh Takes on Tradition

Today, we’re taking it back to the classics. And by classics, I mean we’re talking about a trend that has never gone out of style, and never will.

Ok yes, that was a pretty bold statement, but I think we can all agree that the colors black and white will forever be a prominent color for every woman’s wardrobe, handbag, and home.

 Black & White

These traditional colors when said together may stir the memory of old television programs or drive-in theaters, or maybe they have you thinking of a “spotted puppy coat,” said best by Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmatians. Ok now, that might have taken a dark turn! But even this fashion mogul herself was consistently portrayed in black and white, even down to her unrivaled hairstyle! Ok, that’s beside the point.

The real point to drive home is this:  

Black and white portrays timelessness. The class and elegance in the simplicity and traditional use of these colors makes them stand out above the rest. Black and white can portray more meaning than any color if we let it. We all have a significant draw and deeper emotion that is stirred when we see these two either separated, or paired on our clothes or in our homes. Most impressive, however, these colors will always stand the test of time. Can other colors say that? (Didn’t think so!)

“Hold on! What if I express myself based solely on the use of vibrant colors that express my everyday mood and relay the fact that I am a power to be reckoned with?!” (*flips hair*)

I figured someone may have an argument for my very powerful and one-sided argument above. And kudos to you, because women today need to be unique, powerful and confident in all shades on the color wheel from the bold to the muted. 

So here’s the best part about black and white… Their most powerful weapon against the other colors is that they are “friends,” with everyone! Both black and white can be paired with any color on the color wheel and create a look that could be straight out of Vogue. 

Often times, black and white is the base for an outfit or design that just, “needs a pop of color.” Can anyone relate? This is the power of black and white. It’s so versatile and lets you be unique with the ability to make a look modern or traditional, using it with or without a pop of color or pushing the boundaries by combining different patterns.

One of our fashion favorites is pairing black and white with accents of gold. This can create a look that turns heads wherever you go. These are some of our favorite pieces that can make your monochromatic look stand out in any crowd. 

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Richmond, Virginia

Our travel spotlight shines on a city so rich in history that it’s name, Richmond, is only fitting. It is the capital of Virginia, but is also commonly referred to as the “The Capital of the South.”  Richmond’s 400 year history has included notable events in the Revolutionary War, Civil War and Civil Rights Movement. In present day, the culture of the city is drawing tourists left and right to enjoy the art scene, food destinations, famous breweries, and much more. We will highlight for you some of the best things to do in Richmond and, of course, point you in the right direction to shop our jewelry alongside the latest fashions. 

If you’re into scenic biking or walking, the Virginia Capital Trail is where you want to be. It is a 52-mile dedicated multi-use trail connecting Richmond and Williamsburg along the beautiful and historic Route 5 corridor.

After a days exercise, you deserve a cold beer or cider from one of Richmond’s famous breweries. There are over 30 breweries in the area including some very famous ones like Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, Stone Brewing, or The Veil Brewing Comany. Mekong, a famous beer bar, is known nationwide for offering 50+ tap selections and 200 bottle offerings alongside delicious Vietnamese food.

The Art Scene in Richmond is another draw for visitors and highlight for locals. One of the most famous museums there is the Virgina Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). They have an incredible permanent collection that is free to the public. Their collections include Art Nouveau and Art Deco, English silver, Fabergé, and the art of South Asia. The Valentine is a museum, dedicated to the rich 400 year history of Richmond that dates back to the beginning of our country. Come get to know Richmond and regions history- you will not be disappointed!

Not a fan of museums? Come to enjoy the Street Art that Richmond is becoming famous for. There are over 100 murals around the city for your enjoyment. 

Richmond is also considered a top culinary destination according to Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic. While there are hundreds of fabulous places to dine, here are two places we know you won’t want to miss.

L’Opossum

626 China Street

Richmond, Va 23220

L’Opossum is an upscale and eclectic restaurant that has been featured in Conde Nast Traveler and Southern Living. You wont want to miss this unique dining experience.

Stella’s

1012 Lafayette St

Richmond, VA 23221

Stella’s is known for their fresh ingredients, Mediterranean fare, and great atmosphere. You may find Stella herself back in the kitchen crafting her delicious recipes from her childhood in Greece with a modern twist.

Stella’s take on Lamb Carpaccio

No matter how short your trip is, there is always time for shopping! Monkee’s of Richmond is beautiful boutique owned and operated by a local mother and daughter who know how to put together a wonderful collection of clothing and accessories for their customers. They are located just off River Road, in the popular River Road Shopping Center. Check out their amazing Instagram to see what they have to offer!

In additions to fabulous clothing, shoes and accessories, Monkee’s of Richmond carries a great selection of Susan Shaw Jewelry. We’ve highlighted below many of the pieces you might find there.

The women of the South are known for their classically elegant style. Our pearls and oyster pieces are a perfect accent to any such elegant wardrobe.

 Our semi-precious stones are also very elegant, like the Mother of Pearl, Labradorite, and black Onyx below.

Our bee pieces bring in a French influence as well as a sophisticated nod to natures beauty.

While Monkee’s is a great place to find our classic pieces, they are also up on the latest trends like our geometric collection below.

We definitely recommend adding Richmond to your travel list! With so much to offer it would make the perfect weekend getaway!

Safe Travels,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Wild for Tortoise and Leopard

We’ve never really needed a reason to wear tortoise styles and leopard prints, but if you do, it has never been more on trend than it is this season. We have lots of lucite tortoise pieces to share with you in new and classic styles! We also have some fun leopard print inspiration for your wardrobe and your home!

These tortoise bar pieces below are some of our newer designs. They really bring a modern touch to the classic look of tortoise.

The horse bit and other equestrian pieces are perfect for pairing with an elegant pair of leather riding boots.

The combination of gold and tortoise is one of our favorites and such a warm addition to your fall wardrobe!

There’s no doubt you will be seeing a lot of tortoise as well and leopard prints in fashion this fall. We put together a little collage below of some statement leopard and tortoise pieces you can add to your wardrobe now!

But your closet is not the only place leopard can make a statement! Leopard prints are taking over the home too! Below is a photo taken in Susan Shaw’s home. She found this vintage leopard rug at an antique flea market in Paris and it makes a wonderful accent piece to her fireplace area below.

The living room below photographed by One Kings Lane, shows how bold animal prints can really add dimension to your space.

Leopard rugs and stair runners are also a great way to use these bold prints in your home.

Here is the same fabric from the stair runner above on an accent chair.

Even in something small like a single chair or pillow, leopard print will make a big impact in your interior design.

So do something bold and add some animal print and tortoise to your style!

Go Wild!

xoxo,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Our spotlight shines on Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, a charming southern town in a part of the country in need of some love right now. Hurricane season has been devastating this year. In Murrells Inlet, while they are getting back on their feet from Florence and some after-effects of Michael, they are mostly back to enjoying the beauty their town has to offer. And it is a beautiful place! We will highlight a few of the wonderful things visitors can do as well as let you know where to find our jewelry in town.

You can find Murrells Inlet just 13 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, at the end of The Grand Strand, a stretch of beach from Little River down to Georgetown, South Carolina.

One of their top attractions would have to be the Marshwalk, a half-mile boardwalk over the marshy terrain, filled with plenty of restaurants and nightlife for visitors and locals to enjoy. Murrells Inlet is known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” and this is the perfect place to enjoy that food while taking in the gorgeous views of the waterfront.

One of the popular restaurants on the Marshwalk, Drunken Jacks, has a view of what is called Goat Island, as it is solely occupied by the restaurant owners’ goats. It is quite a familiar sight for locals and the goats have become well loved. They were taken off the island to safer ground to ride out hurricane Florence, but have recently been returned, a signal that things are going back to normal.

Huntington Beach is another popular destination in the area. It’s a perfect place to spend the day with your family and see the incredible wildlife the area has to offer. The former home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, Atalaya, is open for touring and and a wonderful place for art lovers to enjoy. While you are in the area, you should also visit Brookegreen Gardens, another gift to the public left by the Huntington family. You can enjoy beautiful gardens, sculptures, fountains and ponds on these 9,000 gorgeous acres. Boat and Bus Tours are offered and you will love learning all about the art and the land!

Now for the shopping! Socialite is a wonderful boutique you will not want to miss. And not just because you can find our jewelry there! They have chic clothing, shoes and accessories you will love! And starting next week they will be in an all new location! (see below)

SOCIALITE

5200 Hwy 17 Bypass #100C

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 651-2317

We put together some pieces you might find at Socialite!

If you’re looking for a East Coast fishing town full of natural beauty, wildlife, art, antiques, delicious seafood and fabulous shopping, you will love visiting Murrells Inlet!

Safe Travels,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Layers of Style

One of the big trends this season in both clothing and jewelry is layering. While our pieces are designed and handmade to stand alone, we have found many of them to be perfect for layering and achieving a really unique look. The possibilities are really endless as far as combinations you can put together, but here are a few looks we came up with. Mixing types of pearls below creates an elegant look in a fresh new way.Some of our new delicate bee pieces are perfect for this trend. You can bet this look below will get a lot of buzz!We love the combination of these different chains and different gold pieces for a more casual look.The tiny genuine turquoise beaded chain below would mix well with any of our gold necklaces. We love the dainty little cross with it and the teardrop earring to blend it all together. 

Layering isn’t just for jewelry! One of the major trends on the runways this season is layering clothing. Mixing patterns and textures is the goal. Below are a few runway examples we saw during fashion week.

But how does that translate to real life style? Well, fall is just getting underway and we are excited for the change in weather and wardrobe. As it gets colder I think we will see more of this trend on the streets- with people layering for warmth, but with a different twist. For example, wearing pants under a dress instead of tights creates a new and unexpected look.

Also layering different textures and patterns in the same color family is a really cool way to show off this look. Fashion icon Blake Lively pulls off this look to perfection below.But what about using this trend for a more classic look? The 3-layer look below is chic and practical for the fall and winter weather to come.Play around with prints, colors and unlikely combinations, while staying in line with your own personal style. That’s the real fun in following fashion trends- making it your own!

How do you wear your Susan Shaw Jewelry? No matter the answer, we hope you have fun with layering our pieces with your wardrobe this season!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Colors of Fall

Summer days are gone and the cool breeze of Fall is moving in. With it it will bring new beginnings, like the start of school, football season, pumpkin spice lattes (or pumpkin spice everything), and the beautiful colors of the leaves as they change and fall. And fashion can have a new beginning, too. Color trends shift with the season and we are ready! So what are the colors of note this Fall? According to Pantone, the swatches below represent the nuetrals of Fall 2018.

But if you aren’t a fan of all the neutrals you are in luck this season. Colors are rich and bold this Fall. Pantone especially pointed out the 10 shades below as the trendy colors for the Fall.

Pantone’s “Nebulas Blue” and “Quetzal Green” are well represented below with our new peacock blue agate and teal agate stones. We have teal tassels too!

More Pantone shade like “Meerkat,” “Tofu,” “Russet Orange” and “Quetzal Green” are represented in this new collection of pieces below. These fossil stones (as they are called) are so beautiful and unique and mix beautifully with the geometric gold components.

Our Tassels and Tortoise pieces below show off the neutrals like “Buff” and “Meerkat.” Tortoise is huge this Fall! It’s so fun and goes with everything!

We love the bright colors in the mix this Fall. Bright red or “Valiant Poppy” mix so well with the “Quiet Grey” neutral. You can check out both these color combos below with our Labradorite stone jewelry and our beautiful red genuine coral pieces.

What’s your favorite shade this season?

Wishing you and your families a wonderful Fall!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Horsing Around North Carolina

Our travel spotlight is shining on a unique event occurring this year at the Tryon Resort in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The FEI World Equestrian Games is basically the olympics for equestrians. This international competition has been happening in a different city every 4 years since 1990, but this is only the 2nd time the games have been held in the United States, making this year even more special. The games will begin September 11 and continue through September 23.The World Equestrian Games (or WEG) includes all the major equestrian disciplines like show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. Each country puts together a team of their top competitors in each discipline and, much like the Olympics, it is an honor to compete.Whether you are an equestrian fan, competitor, or have another relationship to horses, having a special piece of jewelry from our equestrian collection is the perfect way to celebrate that.Each of our pieces are made by hand with the kind of attention to detail that is expected from equestrian competitors in the ring.For those attending this year’s games, we recommend traveling a mere 30 miles west of the Tryon International Equestrian Center to find the charming city of Flat Rock, North Carolina. One of the cornerstones of this historic town is a corner store, The Wrinkled Egg. Named after a rare find in a hen house, The Wrinkled Egg is a rare find for local and visiting shoppers alike. You can find art, antiques, gifts, beautiful women’s clothing and (of course) Susan Shaw Jewelry.With the games just around the corner, you can bet The Wrinkled Egg is stocked with our chic equestrian pieces.But no matter what time of year you visit, The Wrinkled Egg has something special and beautiful for you to bring home from your trip.And here is a fun twist! The courtyard behind their shop has a couple of delicious restaurants so you can shop and grab a bite in the same charming spot!We want to wish all the competitors in the FEI World Equestrian Games good luck from all of us at Susan Shaw Jewelry! We will be wearing our equestrian jewelry in honor of these incredible athletes and horses! 

Safe travels and Happy Trails,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Ocean Blues and Coral Reds

There are so many bold and beautiful colors trending this year. Aqua and Red make up a fun combination of contrasting hues that we are really enjoying right now. Found in nature in the most gorgeous underwater reefs, bright red coral and the cool blue of the water make a stunning combo.The fashion world is picking up on this combo for sure. This look below is from the Escada Pre-Fall Collection. The aqua pops so beautifully against these bright red pants.We can play this game too! Our bright red tassels would add the perfect pop to an aqua outfit and our sea glass beads would be a cool way to accessorize your red ensemble.Our aqua Venetian Glass intaglios are a dressier take on this coastal look and our genuine coral pieces are a fabulous shade of red! 

This coastal color combo is making waves in interior design as well. Check out the chic red and aqua decor in the living room below. Gold makes a great accent with these colors as well. The bedrooms below use aqua and red so successfully with shades of white incorporated to make a calm and sophisticated setting.

Summer may be coming to a close, but this color combo has us dreaming of the ocean year round!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Newport, Rhode Island

We always love hearing about and visiting the charming towns where our jewelry is sold. Newport, Rhode Island is no exception! This New England town is an upscale summer destination, and full of amazing things to see and do year round! We are going to list some of our favorite attractions in Newport as well as where to find our jewelry!

Touring the incredible historic Mansions is one of the most popular things to do in Newport. The Breakers, once a summer home to the Vanderbilt family, is one of the most popular of these mansions. You can tour the grounds as well as inside. These homes are now just for tours and events. Marble House, Rosecliff, The Elms as well as Belcourt of Newport are also some of the more popular ones to tour. Below is a link to a great resource to read more about each property and see which you might be most interested in.

Discover Newport: Mansions 

Rosecliff, one of the beautiful Newport Mansions you can tour

The “Gold Room” is one of the many decadent rooms of Marble House

The Breakers, summer home to the Vanderbilt family, is one of the most grand of all the mansions in Newport

Susan and her husband Eric posed for a beach view picture outside The Breakers property.

There are a few great beaches to visit in Newport as well. Easton’s Beach (aka 1st Beach) is one of the most popular for its central location and many attractions like an aquarium and a playground. If you don’t need all the attractions, try one of the beaches set back in a cove, like Gooseberry Beach, where the waves are calmer and the vibe is more relaxing.

Itching to take a sail around the harbor? There are many boats you can rent and even private tours with a captain to do all the sailing for you – as well as be your tour guide. Just pack some champagne and watch the sun set over the harbor.

The Cliff Walk is a major attraction for any visitors to Newport. It starts at Easton’s beach and continues south about 3.5 miles. Most of the walk is easy terrain, like you see in the photo below. You can view the ocean on one side and some of the most popular of the preserved mansions on the other side. As you get to the south end of the trail (it continues all the way to Bellevue Ave) the terrain gets more tricky. You can choose to exit at that point or continue on if you are looking for (and dressed for) more of a hike.

Tennis Anyone? Newport is home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, a wonderful museum of tennis history that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you are a big tennis fan or not! On the property is also one of the largest collections of grass courts in the United States. For the experienced tennis player, playing on a grass court is a thrill, and you can reserve a court through the tennis shop here!

As you walk up to the Tennis Hall of Fame you will see a number of shops, including Gingy’s, where you can find our jewelry! Stop in to see the wonderful fashions, gifts and accessories Gingy’s has to offer!

Gingy’s

196 Bellevue Ave • Newport, RI 02840

Gingys.com

And don’t forget to check out their beautifully selected pieces of Susan Shaw Jewelry!

 

With all the wonderful things to do in Newport, you will have surely worked up and appetite. And you are in the right place! Newport is known for their wonderful selection of restaurants, of which we will name only a few. Wondering where to find the perfect lobster roll? Well this quintessential New England dish is probably on every menu in Newport, but our favorite was at Belle’s Café in the Newport Shipyard. You can sit outside and watch the yachts as you enjoy wonderful food they have to offer.

Lobster Roll at Belle’s cafe

Looking for a romantic date night? Bouchard Inn and Restaurant is the perfect spot. This premier French restaurant is known for it’s artful gourmet dishes and fine-dining atmosphere in a charming building just blocks from the harbor. 

Fluke is a wonderful seafood restaurant where the ingredients are fresh, seasonal and local. They also offer a bar on the 3rd floor with Harbor views and handcrafted cocktails, a perfect place to watch the sunset.

Castle Hill Inn is the most high-end dining you can get in Newport. This will be a dining experience you won’t soon forget. They offer tasting menus, local fare, exquisite views and top notch service. For a more casual al fresco meal, try The Lawn at Castle Hill. It also has beautiful view and fabulous food and not quite as high of a price tag.

Now if you are wondering when to visit Newport, we have some advice on that too. Summer is the busy season, so planning a summer trip is perfect for the warm weather and having the most to do and see, but also the most people. Late Spring and early Fall can are great times to still enjoy great weather with fewer crowds. This is totally up to personal preference as there is no “bad season” here. Many people rave about coming during Christmastime and seeing all the mansions decorated for the season.

Marble House at Christmas

There are a few annual festivals in Newport worth mentioning. The Newport Flower Show takes place in late June at Rosecliff and is a unique time to see that mansion decked out in floral arrangements and displays. The Newport International Boat Show takes place in mid-September and is full of events and opportunities to see some of the world’s most incredible boats and some new models debuting for the first time. Last, but not least, the Food and Wine Festival, occurring late September, takes place at The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House and has tents upon tents of food and wine tasting, seminars, dinners and other events.

The Newport Harbor during the International Boat Show

Planning your trip already? Don’t forget some of our nautical and beach-ready pieces for your chic vacation outfits!

Safe Travels!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry