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

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

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

Nature’s Beauty

One of the hottest trends we’ve seen lately happens to be one of the most natural. Indoor plants and leaf prints have been springing up in interior design and we can’t get enough of it. One of the newest parts of our line is also a big part of nature: the bee. Bees have been represented in our line for years but we have recently added new bee pieces, including our first 3-dimensional bee, in order to refresh the look even more. We want to share with you our latest nature-inspired designs as well as some beautiful nature-inspired interiors. The newest bee designs are surely creating some buzz!

In addition to bees and flowers, our line has added some new tropical leaf pieces as well!The tropical leaves are a huge part of this nature-inspired trend. Whether it’s the banana leaf, palm leaf, or fig leaf, you can find these prints on wallpapers and fabrics alike. Checkout this gorgeous headboard! It would make you feel like you were on a tropical vacation year round!Leaf prints can add another texture dimension to a room and freshen the look almost immediately. 

You can even partake in the tropical trend with your dinnerware! What more fabulous setting could there be for a summer dinner party?!

No matter your sense of style, the endless variations of leaf prints can fit right in. These next two prints mix pink in with the greens for a more playful and feminine touch.

On the other hand, this slate blue variation is a more subdued and artistic version of the trend. If you aren’t into the prints, the real deal may be more up your alley. Indoor plants and succulents are a great way to bring the nature look to your space.

Our nature-inspired jewelry is a great way to try out this trend without any redecorating! 

Is your love for nature growing? We hope you enjoy some time outside this summer, but if not, you can bring the nature right into your home or your wardrobe with this trend!

Happy Summer!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

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

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

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

Red Alert

We are loving all the color this year! You may have noticed- its pretty hard not to- that bright red is popping up everywhere! From fashion to the home, red is making a bold statement and we are loving it. Susan has been having lots of fun with red this season, mixing genuine coral stones of varying sizes with golds and grey to make unique pieces like the ones below.

Our silk and beaded tassel designs are now in red too! You’ll love what a statement this bright color can make when paired with neutrals or other rich tones.

But jewelry isn’t the only place for red of course. The runways this year were red hot!Red coats and tops are big as well as head-to-toe red outfits. Talk about a head turning look!

If fashion is our way of testing out styles for our home, its no wonder we are seeing red popping up in interior design as well. No matter what style your home decor is, red can accent it in a bold way. We love the red couch in this traditional room below.

This fabulous red antique piece mixed with leather chairs and light blue walls gives this room just the right amount of edge.

And the red walls in this sitting area bring a warmth that balances out the modern look.
So are you ready to call a code red? You can always just try a little here and there- we think jewelry is a great place to start- and have fun with it!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry