Spotlight on Austin, Texas

Our travel spotlight shines on the capital of Texas, the hip city of Austin, which should be on every traveler’s list of go-tos.  Susan and her husband Eric know Austin as the home of their alma mater, the University of Texas, and the place where they met! In addition to being home of the UT Longhorns (hook ‘em horns!) Austin is known for its music scene, hipster culture, and some big Texas history. Check out some of our best ideas on where to stay and what to do in Austin- and don’t worry we won’t forget to mention where you can find our jewelry too!First things first, where to stay? Austin has some incredible options no matter what you are looking for. For the unique and charming, try the Hotel San Jose, a 1930s motel turned upscale and hip hotel. The South Congress area where it is located is a fun and walkable area full of shops and restaurants.

For an upscale Texas vibe, the Driskill Hotel in the heart of downtown is a wonderful option. Longhorn heads, brass and leather accents make this hotel unique while their amenities dazzle. Now for the luxury escape, the Four Seasons on Ladybird Lake is the place to be. The restaurant serves a brunch worth the stay alone and the quiet spot on the lake provides a restful retreat for guests.

The best part of a trip to Austin is the endless activities you can enjoy. Austin is a very active city so much of these involve being outdoors. You can join these active Austinites for a walk, bike ride, or even kayak on Lady Bird Lake. The city of Austin created this reservoir of the Colorado river in 1960. It is located right in the center of town and is used mainly for recreation and flood control. The 10 mile trail around the lake is perfect way to start your day. 

At dusk, this same area becomes an attraction for an entirely different reason. 1.5 million bats live under and around the Congress street bridge (part of the trail), making it the largest bat colony in the world. If you come in late summer you’ll have the best chance of seeing the bats fly. At dusk they go to collect their food all at once, making it a spectacle worth seeing.The only way to combat the heat of Texas is to take a plunge in the cold water at Barton Springs. Austin’s hip version of a public pool, these natural springs feed a 3 acre pool and keep it at about 68 degrees. The pool is surrounded by lots of grassy areas so bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the people watching as much as you enjoy the-cool off.

Now you can’t forget about the music scene in Austin. There are many places to see live music, including the oldest continuously running club in the city, the Continental Club. They have been open since 1955 and have housed bands over the year like Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble, Robert Plant, and so many more. 

With all this Austin fun, you are sure to work up an appetite and the food options here will not disappoint. Austin is known for some of the best barbecue in the country and Franklin’s is definitely the most popular spot. You’ll have to wait in the line that almost always extends down the block, but if you find yourself without that kind of patience, ditch the line for a food truck barbecue option that is equally tasty. Micklethwait Craft Meats is just a few blocks away near downtown Austin and serves up delicious BBQ on picnic tables at their cozy outdoor spot.

Very few will argue that Uchi is among the best restaurants in Austin. When you need a break from barbecue, come try the upscale and inventive Japanese cuisine. The combination of flavors in every dish is surprising and balanced and worth the high price tag. Want something beyond sushi? Uchiko is their sister restaurant with a few more options and just as delightful.

Launderette is another place that is constantly making the top lists. Offering more casual café dining, this former laundromat serves up Mediterranean fare that will make you clean your plate!

Now we promised to tell you where to find our jewelry in Austin so we’ve listed a couple spots below you won’t want to miss.

Embellish nail salon was opened in 2008 by two University of Texas graduates who decided Austin was in need of an upscale nail salon without the spa price tag and with a fun twist- a boutique inside as well. We love having our jewelry in this wonderful establishment so if you need a refresher on your mani/pedi or just want to peak at all the fun accessories and clothing they have to offer- pop in to one of their 3 locations around Austin!

EMBELLISH ANDERSON

3010 W. Anderson Ln, Austin, TX, 78757 • 512-452-7465

EMBELLISH WESTLAKE

3663 Bee Cave Rd., Ste 3, Austin, TX, 78746 • 512-328-9898

EMBELLISH BEE CAVE

12101 Bee Cave Rd., Ste 5D, Austin, TX, 78738 • 512-640-0940

http://www.embellishnails.com

After your mani/pedi stop by Back Home for some beautiful French-inspired home furnishings. They house endless fabric choices and can help you create something perfect for your home. Stop in and see what wonderful things they have to offer including gifts and -of course- Susan Shaw jewelry! And if you end up with something bigger than your luggage- don’t fret- they ship!

Back Home

4477 South Lamar Blvd • Suite 730 • Austin, Texas 78745

(512) 327 7753 • http://www.backhomeliving.com

Safe Travels and Hook ‘em Horns!

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Fiesta San Antonio

It doesn’t get any closer to home than this post, featuring the wonderful city where we live and where all Susan Shaw jewelry is made: San Antonio, Texas. This time of year, the city of San Antonio is gearing up for our biggest city-wide celebration, Fiesta! For those who don’t know what this is, many equate it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is a 2-week celebration starting the 3rd weekend in April, centered around the memory of the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas won it’s independence from Mexico. In 1891, a group of San Antonio citizens threw the first Battle of Flowers Parade, where they decorated carriages and threw flowers in front of the Alamo to honor the soldiers who fought there 25 years before. Over 125 years later, the Battle of Flowers parade is the signature event of Fiesta San Antonio, but there are now over 100 official events that occur all over the city throughout the 2 week celebration. We will highlight some of our favorites as well as showcase some bright and festive jewelry that is perfect for this time of year.

This Mexican Embroidered dress is the perfect thing to wear to stay cool in the hot sun during Fiesta

The first weekend of Fiesta kicks of with a grand party in Hemisfair Park in downtown. “Fiesta Fiesta” kicks off with a Fireworks display, Cascarones (a.k.a. confetti eggs), and a crowd-wide chant of “Viva Fiesta!”  Its a great way to set the mood of the city.What would a festival be without it’s kings and queens? Fiesta San Antonio has royalty representing many different city organizations. “King Antonio” is crowned each year from the Texas Cavaliers Association- a nonprofit organization that raises money for children’s charities around the city. Their fundraising effort, mainly from the Fiesta River Parade they put on, raises over $300,000 per year for these charities. El Rey Feo (Spanish for the “ugly king”) is also a major fundraiser for the city. Each year, two prominent businessmen are chosen to compete for this title. The candidate who raises the most money during the months of May – October is declared next year’s Rey Feo. Each candidate must raise a minimum of $200,000 to qualify with more then 85% of the money raised is spent directly on scholarship awards benefiting San Antonio area youth.

El Rey Feo (left) and King Antonio (right) with Miss Fiesta San Antonio

As is tradition in many southern cities, debutantes are presented each year, and Fiesta is the perfect time for this in San Antonio. The Order of the Alamo is an organization which provides opportunity for these 22-year-old girls to represent themselves in the spotlight of the community. The Order of the Alamo elects the Queen and Princess of Fiesta each year along with 15-25 Duchesses. It is very well known for the intricate dresses and trains the girls wear. It take over a year to design and sew on all the crystals-and they weigh up to 90 pounds!

The Court of Grecian Glory (Fiesta 2016)
Queen of the 2017 Fiesta Court, she will continue to reign until the new Queen is crowned halfway through Fiesta week 2018

Each year the court has a different theme, with each dress representing something under that theme. In 2015, it was the Court of the Captivating Islands and the dress below represented the “Pearl of the Orient” with this Ming Dynasty blue and white porcelain jar motif. Isn’t it to die for??  We always look forward to seeing the artistry and creativity in the dresses each year.
All the royalty of Fiesta carry their special medals each year to hand out as they make their way around the city in parades and school visits. Businesses also each have their own medals, typically for sale and benefitting a local charity of their choice.
Many people love to collect all these special medals each year, to the point where many need special sashes or vests to accommodate all their medals.There is no shortage of parades during Fiesta. The main ones are the Battle of Flowers Parade (original Fiesta event), The River Parade and the Fiesta Flambeau Parade. The Battle of Flowers Parade has come a long way from the original decorated carriages in front of the Alamo. The extravagant floats have multiplied and are more beautiful every year. The Battle of Flowers Parade is now the 2nd largest day parade in the U.S., second only to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. It is also the only parade in the country to be put on by a committee of all women volunteers. People have been known to start camping out along the coveted spots of Broadway Street over a week in advance of the Battle of Flowers parade just to secure their seats!

All the Fiesta Royalty rides in the parade, including the Order of the Alamo duchesses pictured below. Years ago a rumor started that the girls in these extravagant gowns were wearing sneakers or flip flops under their dresses for comfort since no one could see. It became a thing and parade spectators would call out, “Show me your Shoes!” Now the girls put lots of thought into what they wear on their feet, sometimes decorating their comfy shoes to match their dress. You can see one of the duchesses below showing off her cowboy boots!Early in the week the Texas Cavaliers put on the River Parade, where barges are turned into floats for organizations, bands, and (you guessed it) more royalty! Below you can see King Antonio’s float going down the San Antonio River and shooting streamers into the air!

Another fan favorite is the Fiesta Flambeau Parade. It takes place after dark toward the end of Fiesta and all the floats and costumes light up or glow in the dark, making for a beautiful night scene.

In addition to parades, Fiesta brings festivals of many types as well. The largest one, which goes on almost every evening during Fiesta is called NIOSA (standing for Night in Old San Antonio). It takes place in the heart of downtown in La Villita, which was the first neighborhood in the city and is full of preserved buildings and old homes, now mostly all converted into businesses. La Villita transforms during NIOSA to a worldly festival, with booths representing different countries and selling foods of different cultures. Here in La Villita you can find one of our retailers, Bird & Pear boutique. Bird & Pear is known for cultivating a collection of handmade goods, many made by the owner herself. With Susan’s jewelry being handmade not 5 miles from here, it was a great fit for us to be sold alongside her beautiful wares. If you’re visiting for Fiesta, stop by to pick up a hand sewn medal sash to show off the medals you accumulate or a coozie for your drink made from an embroidered Mexican dress! And don’t forget to check out our jewelry while you’re there!!

Bird & Pear

418 Villita Street • Building 10 • San Antonio, TX 78205 • 210.263.9969

https://thebirdandpear.com

During Fiesta the whole city is in bright colors! From the wreaths and decorations to the clothing and jewelry worn by the people, it is truly a beautiful sight! No matter what your Fiesta look is, we have the perfect jewelry to accent it! These new cluster earrings below come in many bright colors and are lightweight despite being a bigger statement earring.Back in the 80’s Susan designed clothing for local shops to sell during Fiesta. She did the artwork in the photo below and it was hand sewn into skirts by local artisans.Tassels are such a fun was to show your festive side- whether you are heading to Fiesta or any party this spring! We have some new styles and some new colors for 2018 below! Our genuine turquoise pieces are sought after in the southwest and all over the country for their upscale look. Pair them with gold to dress it up or our teal tassels for a more casual and fun look. They are a perfect addition to your Fiesta style!We hope you get a chance to come visit our fabulous city someday and even better to get to enjoy this festive time of year!! For more information about all the Fiesta events you can visit Fiesta-SA.org.

As we say this time of year here in San Antonio,

Viva Fiesta!!

Susan Shaw Jewelry

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Highland Park Village, Dallas

Our travel spotlight shines on a jewel of a shopping center in the heart of Dallas, Texas. Highland Park Village is a gorgeous, high-end shopping center with original Spanish-Mediterainean architecture that has been around since the 1930s and truly is special spot. We are thrilled to have our jewelry carried at St. Michaels Woman’s Exchange, an elegant gift shop that is also a non profit organization. Alongside St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange are wonderful restaurants, designer flagship stores and a beautiful boutique movie theater. The brick pathways and beautiful architecture are eye-catching by day, and at Christmas time, the twinkle lights will really blow you away. Below is photo of Susan on one of her many visits to Highland Park Village over the years.

The history of the shopping center is really incredible. It is known as the first shopping center of its kind in the United States. Before 1930, all business was known to be done downtown, with very little shops in neighborhoods. Also, before this no one was building centers with shops facing in towards the parking lot, rather than facing the street. The look of the Mediterranean architecture has been maintained since the opening of the center, thanks to meticulous remodeling and preservation. “The Village” as locals refer to it, has been compared to Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive, no doubt due to the high-end designer stores you can find here. Among them are Chanel, Fendi, Dior, Hermés, St. John, Valentino and Alexander McQueen (just to name a few)! The restaurants are also a big highlight to the center. Cafe Pacific is known for their gourmet seafood and fine dining, Bird Bakery is known for their fabulous cupcakes, coffee and lunch menu, and the list goes on. The boutique movie theater has also been around as long as the center and preserved through all of their updates and renovations. They even have small rooms that can be booked for private screenings and parties. 

St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange has also been at Highland Park Village nearly since the center’s opening. It opened as a consignment shop in 1939, but was sold a time later to the St. Michael’s church. The shop is run 100% off volunteers, some from the church and some from the community, and donates all of their proceeds to charities local and nationwide. If you didn’t know this, you’d think it was just a beautifully curated gift shop, with gift-wrapping services to boot!

St. Micheal’s Woman’s Exchange

5 Highland Park Village, Dallas Texas 75205 • (214) 521-3862

Some of the jewelry we have seen at their wonderful shop over the years is photographed below. We hope you enjoy it!

Next time you’re in Dallas, you may want to venture over to the charming neighborhood of Highland Park, if not just to spend a shopping day at “The Village”!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Shiny and New Coins

Our coin pieces have always been a highlight of the jewelry line, so we are very pleased to share our newest coin designs! Whether you are a coin enthusiast or just appreciate unique jewelry, you will love this new additions!  These new ancient Greek coins below featuring the honey bee dates back to 400 BC. These coins are complimented by the corded handcast gold setting and hangs on our genuine freshwater pearls as well as the simple handcast gold chain. 

Some of the coins below have been in the line, but the designs are all new. We love the look of this pearl and antique coin statement necklace! 

A couple of our new coin settings are featured below. They’re hanging on some of our new stones as well! The silver lace agate (left) and sea foam agate (right) are great new additions to the line.

We even have the new coins done in our venetian glass! This freshwater pearl setting compliments the sleek glass and creates a unique and elegant look. Each pearl on the pendants are set by hand into the gold setting giving it the hand made look we have become known for.Don’t worry if you have had your eye on a coin piece that’s been in our line- those are not retiring we are just adding new styles! For example, these antique Lira have been in our line for a couple of years, and are not going anywhere!

Are you flipping for the coins as much as we are?

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Beaufort, South Carolina

Our travel spotlight shines on the charming town of Beaufort, South Carolina (it’s pronounced “BEW-fert” unlike the town with the same name in North Carolina), where you can find southern charm, historical homes, and low country views right on the Atlantic Ocean. Geographically, Beaufort sits right between the larger cities of Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA, but it also is a happy medium between those two cities’ cultures. As the second oldest city in South Carolina, it is rich in history, dating back to the beginning of our country. It’s charm and scenery have also made it a perfect place to film a movie. Well known titles such as “The Big Chill” and “Forrest Gump” are among the movies filmed here.This is the area of the country for oysters, so what better side dish than our freshwater pearl and oyster necklace, which can be found at a lovely fine jewelry store in Beaufort.Modern Jewelers is among many of our customers who sell fine jewelry alongside high-end costume jewelry to serve an array of customer’s jewelry needs. Our 24k handcast gold fits the bill for that elegant look.

Modern Jewelers

807 Bay Street | Downtown Beaufort, SC | 843-524-3526

https://www.beaufortsjeweler.com

Of course shopping for Susan Shaw Jewelry isn’t the only thing you’ll come to Beaufort for. Did we mention the history?The Beaufort History Museum, located in the historic Arsenal in Downtown Beaufort, is rich with the history that helped shape our country. Beaufort was declared Union territory early in the Civil war, making it one of the first places to free slaves and work towards Reconstruction.Next on your historical tour, take a stroll through Beaufort’s oldest neighborhood, The Point, lined with breathtaking antebellum homes. As one of the oldest and most historic areas of Beaufort, The Point was once a shipyard in the early 1700s, but is now home to the some of the most beautiful homes in the south. Some of the oldest ones still standing date back to the 1770s.While in the area, don’t miss St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, established in 1712. Beautiful scenery surrounds this church and gravesite dating back to the Revolutionary War. Inside, the nautically inspired altar was carved by sailors long ago.Beaufort also has some great parks, the most popular being right in the heart of historic downtown. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park is right off Bay Street and complete jogging paths, playground, picnic tables and a seawall walkway.Hunting Island State Park, along with thousands of acres of marsh and a saltwater lagoon, is also home to Hunting Island Beach- where you can see dolphins and pelicans and other interesting marine life. You can even climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic.
Another great beach is The Sands Beach, where the locals go to relax and take in the beach life. Sportsmen will enjoy the fishing at Paradise Fishing Pier, Broad River Fishing Pier, and the Port Royal Boardwalk at The Sands. Also golf courses and tennis courts are great places to enjoy the outdoors in this wonderful town.Beaufort is also home to a thriving art scene. In fact, the city has been named #14 on the list ofTop 25 Small City Arts Destinations’ by American Style Magazine, and also was named in the book ‘The 100 Best Art Towns in America‘. Take a walk down Bay Street and you will see the countless art galleries and studios. Of course with scenery like this, it’s no wonder the art community would be inspired. The cuisine in Beaufort will not disappoint. There are countless wonderful places to eat, but we will just mention a few.  Wren Bistro located in Downtown Beaufort, is a great place to grab a delicious meal. Locals rave about their fried green tomatoes, burgers, and gourmet seafood. Saltus River Grill, located on Bay Street, is continually cooking up low country favorites with a modern twist. Their oysters and raw bar is incredible as well. Breakwater is another great spot to find upscale food locally sourced and inspired by traditional South Carolina fare.

Not to bury the lead, but Beaufort was named “the South’s Best Small Town” by Southern Living in 2017. So if you’re looking for a place to enjoy the Low country, look no further than this charming little town.

Safe travels!

Xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Style in Bloom

Floral prints have been at the top of the trend reports for a few years now and going into Spring, we can see they will be sticking around for awhile. Flowers can be romantic, feminine as well as edgy and modern, but no matter the style, floral prints bring a fun and joyful side to fashion. Along with showcasing this playful trend, we are also unveiling a new floral collection of Susan Shaw jewelry! Most of the items in the photos are new and will be available soon to purchase at our retailers.

Floral prints were all over the runways showcasing Spring collections this year.

And now we are seeing floral on all kinds of clothes!  We just love the floral look in these formal gowns below.

And the skirt on model Miranda Kerr has just the right amount floral mixed in to elevate this chic outfit.

Along with these traditional prints, 60s mod florals are in as well as modern abstract florals. So you are sure to find something that complements your style.

Our new collection of jewelry is the perfect addition to these floral looks, but can also be paired with solids or simple patterns as well. The new freshwater pearl pieces below really highlight the feminine nature and elegance of the gold floral pieces.

And these new tassels bring out the fun in floral pieces! The bright colors of Spring are just around the corner! Are you ready?!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Christmas in Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek, Colorado is a wonderful place to visit year round, but with the holiday right around the corner, we wanted to showcase the Christmas Season in this beautiful village. There is nothing more magical than a white Christmas, and with the mountain views as a backdrop, the decorations of the season shine even brighter. Beaver Creek is located in the central Rocky Mountains, about 2 hrs west of Denver, and just 30 miles from the Eagle County airport, making it one of the easier ski resorts to travel to, but the real ease of the vacation comes once you are there. Beaver Creek has made it their job to bring luxury to the ski vacationers who come there. With heated sidewalks, staff to carry your skis and boots, and complimentary fresh baked cookies handed out at 3pm each day, this ski resort is sure to make your stay unforgettable.

So what is Christmas like in the village? It begins with their tree-lighting ceremony, complete with an ice skating show and fireworks display on the village plaza.

Beaver Creek Winter Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks on the Plaza

Their “Winterfest” provides fun activities for all ages as the holiday approaches. Some of the highlights being the characters on the plaza, Dicken’s Christmas Carolers, and of course visits from the big man himself- Santa.

Looking for a great place to stay? There really are so many options, including many ski-in/ski-out homes you can rent.

The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch is one of the most luxurious places to stay in the area. Even those who aren’t staying there still use the Ritz amenities to ski-in/ski-out. What better luxury is there than to have then someone to put your boots and skis on you – and just steps away from the Bachelor Gulch ski lift?!  Another amenity that brings people to the Ritz? The 21,000 sq ft. Spa. You can enjoy a top notch massage treatment and then stick around and use the other spa amenities- they even have a cafe!Want a place to stay for half the price? The Osprey at Beaver Creek also has ski-in/ski-out access on the Strawberry Park lift (another main lift in the ski area), Maybe that will mean you can stay twice as long!

And you will want to extend your vacation when you read about all the fun things to do in the area.

The main village plaza has a 9,000 sq ft ice rink- that is groomed every few hours to keep it pristine.

Beaver Creek also offers skiing for all abilities, with 3 mountain areas and more than 1,800 acres of ski area-, it was recently named by Condé Nast as one of the top 20 ski resorts in the United States.

The village also offers many upscale boutiques for a wonderful shopping experience.

Wondering where to find Susan Shaw Jewelry in the area? There is a beautiful boutique right in the village where you can find our pieces (such as the ones pictured below) alongside fine fur coats and other accessories.

Giovanny Alexander

46 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek • (970) 949-9570

Now that you’ve been shopping, take your outfit and jewelry out on the town to one of these fine restaurants in the area.

Beano’s Cabin offers the ultimate mountain dining experience, starting with a sleigh ride to the base of Lakespur bowl. There in this log cabin restaurant, you’ll be treated to a 5-course meal highlighting the flavors of Colorado. Now this is definitely on the pricey side of dining, but for foodies looking for a luxury dining experience, this is the place!

Beano’s Cabin

Toscanini is an authentic Italian restaurant situated in the heart of the village near the ice skating rink. After a day of skiing or skating, there is little that sounds better than a plate of pasta- in this case made in house. The open kitchen adds another element to the dining experience as patrons watch the chefs prepare their meals from scratch.

Looking for a more casual experience? Don’t miss Blue Moose Pizza. Also located in the village, they serve up NY style pizza on paper table cloths you can draw on. But don’t mistake the family friendly atmosphere for a dive- this pizza is upscale in taste and quality!

Northside Kitchen knows the true meaning of a full service restaurant. In the morning you can pickup coffee and freshly baked pastries and donuts to-go or dine-in for a hot breakfast you’ll love. They also serve up delicious lunch and dinner as well, with menu items like Prime Rib or Wild Halibut, you’re sure to find something that fits your tastes.

So if you are looking for mountain destination that offers luxury fit for a queen, look no further than Beaver Creek. When the snow is long gone, the town still has so much to offer like, fly-fishing, hiking, ballooning and paragliding through the gorgeous terrain.

From all of us at Susan Shaw Jewelry, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Susan Shaw Signature Style

All artists and designers need a signature look. Monet’s water lilies, Chanel’s pearls, or Jackie O’s large sunglasses. After designing jewelry for over 35 years, Susan has cultivated her own signature look as well.  Many of our customers recognize our jewelry in shops they’ve never shopped at, in cities they’ve never been to, without tags or logo recognition given to Susan Shaw. So what is it? We will let the photos do the talking.One feature that distinguishes our jewelry is the handmade molds Susan creates. The unique look of each piece is what sets our jewelry apart from other machine-made jewelry components.Pearls have always been a part of the line, though in many different shapes and styles. From the freshwater pearls that Susan works into this cross pendant below, to the mother-of-pearl teardrop earrings and to the newer pearl tassels she has created, the look has a way of staying with the trends and remaining classic at the same time.
Cotton pearls are another thing Susan Shaw is known for. These lightweight paper maché spun pieces are a signature medium to the line, and sought out by many.For years we have been working with Genuine Turquoise and working it in with our handcast gold and silver components. This combination elevates turquoise to a dressier look.  Susan is also known for her use of coins. She finds interesting coins with historical value- coins that haven’t been in circulation since the Euro- and works them into her molds to create pieces that are as interesting as they are beautiful. French influences have always played a part in Susan’s life and tastes, and her designs show this as well. She’s always been able to put her own spin on the chic looks you see in Paris.  Even once you have found your look, every designer needs to keep updating, creating, and adding new things that fit in with their style. These labradorite stones, baroque pearls, and threader earrings  have been great updates to the line.
Another great update? Taking the coins and intaglio pieces we are known for in handcast gold and making them in Venetian glass. This is sure to be a look that we will come to be known for.

Out of all the classics and new adaptations, what’s your favorite Susan Shaw look? We love bringing our customers pieces they love!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Fort Worth, Texas

Our travel spotlight shines on the beautiful city of Fort Worth, which is known for its close proximity to Dallas, but is full of culture all its own.  We have a list of highlights for those traveling to Fort Worth, including sights, things to do, places to eat, and, of course, places to shop Susan Shaw Jewelry. For anyone looking to experience traditional Texas culture while still having access to a vibrant and charming city, look no further than Fort Worth, Texas.If you are lucky enough to know a member of the Fort Worth Club, ask them to make you a reservation to stay there- you wont regret it! Susan and her husband, Eric, stayed there recently and were able to take advantage of their wonderful food and attend some events on site. The club was established in 1885 for the businessmen of the city to come together and socialize as well as build relationships in order to advance the commerce of the city. 130 years later, it is known as the premier social, athletic and business club in the city. Located in the heart of downtown, they have 21 guest rooms, a state-of-the-art athletic center, event space, and a top tier restaurant as well.

The Fort Worth Club, Downtown Fort Worth

Looking for things to do on your visit? The cultural district of Fort Worth (just west of downtown) is a great place to start. This beautiful park-like collection of museums is easily walkable and a great place to spend your day. There are many places to see in the area, including many wonderful museums.

 The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is one of the top museums of American Art in the country. It began with the personal collection of Amon Carter, a newspaper publisher and oilman, who had collected many works from two of the top artists of the American West, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Amon Carter began work to open this museum before his death in 1955, but his daughter brought his dream to reality when the museum opened in 1961. Since then the museum has expanded, acquired art from all genres and now holds upwards of 250,000 objects of paintings, photographs, rare books, sculpture and more. When visiting this wonderful museum, don’t forget to check out their wonderful shop which sells Susan Shaw Jewelry among other beautiful gifts.

Amon Carter Museum Gift Shop

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd • Fort Worth, TX 76107

http://www.cartermuseum.org/shop

Another museum in the area, the Kimbell, focus on quality over quantity, with a selection of 350 pieces of art from the third millennium BC to mid 20th century. European painters such as Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne, Monet and more are represented in the museum. They also have a wonderful restaurant on site that is worth a visit- and if you enjoy it they also have a cookbook with the chef’s recipes for sale!

The Kimbell Restaurant

Modern art buffs won’t want to miss the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, also within walking distance of the Amon Carter and Kimbell museums. The collection of is comprised of nearly 3,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and prints from post WWII era to present.  They also have a wonderful restaurant on their reflective pond that serves quality food made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. A perfect place for lunch during your day of museums!

Of course museums are not the only thing Fort Worth has to offer. The city’s most well-known attraction has got to be the Stockyards. Between 1866 and 1890, drovers trailed more than four million head of cattle through Fort Worth. The city soon became known as “Cowtown.” In 1902 construction started on the pens, the barns, and a new Livestock Exchange Building, which housed the many livestock commission companies, telegraph offices, railroad offices and other support businesses to the cattle industry. It became known as “The Wall Street of the West.” Today the Exchange building still sells hundreds of cattle daily via satellite video, but the Stockyards are more for historical value. There is a Stockyards museum, original brick paths and wooden buildings which now house many dining and entertainment venues. The amount of history in the stockyards is astonishing, and a great way to see the culture of Texas cattle-ranchers throughout history.

Don’t miss the Fort Worth Herd on your visit! It is the world’s only twice daily cattle drive, held every day in the Stockyards.

This is an exciting time of year for Fort Worth! Their own university, TCU, is #2 in the Big 12 football conference rankings. If you have a chance to see a football game, join the sea of purple to cheer on the Horned Frogs at the state-of-the-art Amon G. Carter stadium.

Not going during football season? Check out the many other things to do in Fort Worth including the a day at the Fort Worth Zoo,  walking or biking on the Trinity River Trails, or catching a race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Of course we can’t forget the shopping in the city! Our jewelry is also sold in the upscale home gift shop, Lawrence’s. Stop by and find something special to remember your trip!

Lawrence’s

4601 West Freeway •  Suite 224 • Fort Worth, Texas

A wonderful high-end gift shop with everything from fine china and hostess gifts to Jon Hart luggage and, of course, a large selection of Susan Shaw jewelry. They proudly claim to carry “fabulous gifts for fabulous people.”

After a day of sight-seeing and shopping, you’ll surely have worked up a Texas-sized appetite. Below is a list of restaurants you won’t want to miss.

Lonesome Dove

An upscale restaurant in the Stockyards district that focuses on food of the American West. Chef Tim Love takes this fare to another level and has received countless awards for his culinary innovations.

2406 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164

Joe T. Garcias

2201 N Commerce St.Fort Worth, TX 76164

Established in 1935, Joe T Garcias has grown over the years from seating for 16 to now being able to seat over 1000 people! The famous Tex-Mex fare is something you won’t want to miss. The sheer size of this restaurant is something to see.

Reata

310 Houston Street, Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas 76102

The original Reata is in Alpine Texas, but their Fort Worth location has been bringing great food to customers since 1995. This four-level restaurant is all beautiful but don’t miss the views from the popular rooftop patio.

Looking for some unique nightlife after dinner? Check out Scat Lounge, set in the basement of the historic Woolworth building, Scat is a jazz venue with cocktail tables and a swanky atmosphere reminiscent of something you’d see in the movies. 

So pack your boots and get to Fort Worth, Texas to check out this fabulous city full of art, history, shopping and dining that will surely give you a trip to remember!
Safe travels y’all!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Circle of Style

As part of our geometric trend series, we are highlighting one of the shapes we are loving right now- the circle! This perfectly symmetrical shape could not be more pleasing to the eye. Like many  trends, we are seeing circles and circle patterns in fashion as well as interior design. Susan Shaw Jewelry has some beautiful new and also classic pieces that feature the circle that you are sure to love!These new delicate earrings below are a gorgeous use of the circle. Its amazing how a shape with no sides can be so edgy!
And we can’t forget hoops! They have been a staple in jewelry forever for a reason!In addition to jewelry, we are seeing circle patterns in clothing as well. Below are some beautiful dresses we found using the circle in the most stylish of ways.

Interior Designers are also using circular patterns all over the place. The tile work in the kitchens below showcase how circular designs can bring interest to a nook or backsplash very successfully.

How beautiful is this circle-cut marble tile below?!Natural fiber rugs are all the rage and this particular pattern by Fibreworks is one of our favorites!

Furniture and home accesoories are also in on the circle trend! This credenza below by John-Richard would be work of art in any home.
The overlapping circles on this fireplace screen are so beautiful and interesting!

And these Johnathon Adler vases showcase the circle in a modern way.

So how much are you into this trend? Circle back and let us know…

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry