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Eldenwa Designs: African-Inspired Jewelry That’s Fashionable, Affordable, And Sustainable

June 7th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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eldenwaWhen you visit, the first words you see at the top of the page are “FUNctional Art,” a perfect description for the pieces created and sold by the brand’s founder, Ellen Wagner.

Six years ago, Wagner made the leap from employee to entrepreneur when she left the world of advertising and forged full speed ahead with eco-friendly fashion accessories brand Eldenwa Designs, a decision she came to fairly easily.

“When I realized that I did not want my bosses job I knew it was time for me to focus my efforts somewhere else.” she said. “Somewhere I always had a flame burning. It was time to stoke the fire.”

Eldenwa egyptianAlthough starting her on company while freelancing in the ad industry was new for Wagner, she’d actually been creating pieces for herself since she was a kid. She also studied Fashion Design/Merchandising at Clark Atlanta and went on to study Art Direction at Creative Circus in Atlanta. But perhaps Wagner’s greatest teacher was her mom, whom she would watch “whip up a skirt” whenever she couldn’t find the perfect fit or style for a particular outfit. “It was magic!” Wagner declared.

Now Wagner is making magic of her own with jewelry crafted in designs that are heavily influenced by African culture, specifically Egyptian civilization, art, and design. All pieces are handmade fabric accessories made from recycled (up-cycled) jersey cotton.

“I have been a person who recycles for as long as I can remember. We can all do a small part to help out the environment and that is a no-brainer. And I have always enjoyed making old new again so it pretty much went hand in hand [with my brand]. But when I found out that each year we dispose of 11 million tons of textile in the US alone it became a passion to make fashion sustainable.”

And unlike many designers who attach a hefty price to that sustainability, nothing in Wagner’s current inventory of rope scarves, chain link scarves, hats, or fringe necklaces costs more than $60.

Grey Fringe Necklace

Grey Fringe Necklace

“There is no reason we should have to break the bank to be fabulous,” Wagner remarked. “I have never been addicted to labels and, frankly, I think that’s the easy way out. A true fashionista can look like a million bucks even if they only spent 5.”

As far as starting one’s own business, Wagner said there’s no reason women should feel like they can’t do that either, but what they have to remember is “You can’t do it all yourself.”

Aspiring entrepreneurs need to both outline their goals and create a strategic plan and then create a support system to launch their own venture,” Wagner advised.

“It is a lot of work and dedication and not for the faint of heart if you’re going to go all out. Do not worry about what everyone else is doing. Keep your eye on the prize.”

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10 Women Who Make Ear Cuffs Look Good

February 8th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Ear cuffs are not a new phenomenon, nor are they a thing of the past.  You’ve seen them on runways, on the red carpet and on everyday women.  One thing is for sure: they are always fashionable, full of flavor, and seem to be a trend that never goes out of style.

Whether ornate, futuristic or simplistic in design, ear cuffs are a break from traditional earrings, make a bold statement and are guaranteed to turn heads.  Versatile, you can dress you ear cuff up with formal wear, or dress it down with casual jeans and a T-shirt.  And you don’t necessarily need a piercing in your upper ear to sport one, as most cuffs today can be worn atop or behind the ear.  Check out some of these cool looks.

Image: Beads Byaree

Image: Beads Byaree

Circle Marks The Spot

Definitely feeling an Afro-Futurist vibe from this circle-patterned masterpiece created by Beads Byaree.  This brass “Flora” design is art for the ear, inspired by flowers put behind the ear for decoration.

Serious Question: Would You Rock Your Man’s Tooth As Your Engagement Ring?

November 3rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Serious Question: Would You Rock Your Man's Wisdom Tooth In Your Engagement Ring?


As a frequent visitor of wedding websites and message boards, I realize that diamonds are not every girl’s best friend. Instead of going the traditional route, many brides-to-be opt to have moissanite, sapphires, and other gemstones set in their engagement rings. However, I have never heard of an e-ring quite like the one that belongs to Carlee Leifkes of California.

According to BuzzFeed News, Leifkes’ fiancé, Lucas Unger, proposed this past Halloween with an engagement ring that featured his wisdom tooth as the center stone.

“When we’d spoken about it, I’d said that diamonds are so overrated,” Leifkes told BuzzFeed News. “My birthstone is a diamond. I don’t need one to prove how much someone loves me. He’d already moved all the way from Canada to do that!”

After a bit of brainstorming, the couple decided that they would use Unger’s wisdom tooth, which he had removed when he was younger. So they had his father send the tooth in the mail, and the rest is history.

According to the Leifkes, she refused to be like the other future brides in her Facebook network, who she accuses of being superficial and competitive.

“It’s almost a contest of who has the biggest ring and whose fiancé loves them the most, and here I am with the coolest ring I’ve ever seen in my life!” she said. “What does a diamond signify in anybody’s relationship? I literally have my husband’s wisdom on my finger.”

The couple is planning to tie the knot next month in Las Vegas.

While not wanting to be superficial is understandable, this is quite different. And as always, we’re interested in hearing your thoughts. Would you wear your man’s tooth in your engagement ring?

Back To School Fashion 2015 Trends You’ll Both Love!

August 13th, 2015 - By Rich
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So it’s that time of year again, when mothers and daughters the world over are pitted against each other over fashion. We want to save you some drama and keep you on fashion point by highlighting these stylish but super wearable back to school fashion 2015  trends that you’ll most likely both love!

15 Back To School Fashion 2015 Trends You’ll Both Love!

Get the Look: 15 Fancy Earrings For Work & Play

June 9th, 2015 - By Rich
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Get ready for Wednesday morning or Friday night with these head-turning earrings that’ll have you all set for any occasion! We often need to have accessories that can transform for various occasions and these are sure to upgrade your jewelry department. Whether you are ready to splurge a bit or keep it cost-effective these, we’ve got some fun luxe founds.

 15 Fancy Earrings For Work & Play

Get Organized: 19 Genius Ways to Organize Your Jewelry

December 12th, 2014 - By Rich
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There’s nothing more frustrating than getting dressed for an occasion and looking through an old and overcrowded jewelry box for matching accessories to pair with your outfit.  Jewelry boxes are traditional and we get it, but why not get creative and find other genius ways to organize your jewels. This will make your daily routines of getting ready much easier. Not to mention that organization promotes relaxation and peace which we all can use. Click continue to see some very interesting ways to organize your favorite pieces of jewelry!


Get Organized: 19 Genius Ways to Organize Your Jewelry

International Runway: Drape Your Neck and Ears in Brave South African Fashion

December 3rd, 2014 - By Rich
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Allow us to introduce you to Katherine-Mary Pichulik a native South African and accidental jewelry designer and founder of PICHILIK. Katherine-Mary started out in fine art and cooking, but once she began creating jewelry (inspired by her travels) made from rope and locally found materials she realized she had something – wearable art.

And with this art she brought more native South Africans to the table (literally) and began creating pieces that she says are tailored for Brave Women – women who are courageous enough to be creative. Everyone from show-stopper Solange to Rihanna has been seen in these hand-made designs coming out of Cape Town.



Solange Knowles in Arise Magazine wearing Pichulik necklace

The design team of brave women – Kat, Joyce, Elita, Sarah and Melissa, are inspired by making bold jewelry for other brave women. In their Cape Town workshop space you can find the ladies braiding ropes embellished with semi-precious stones to sea shells off the coast.

See what the team has to say about The PICHULIK Woman:

If the PICHULIK brand was a person she would have a wicked sense of humour , a strong yet inspired presence. Kind, wise eyes that speak of many journeys through exotic lands. She would smell the way jasmine smells in Johannesburg at the end of winter -promising spring. She would taste of pomegranates from Granada and rose syrup from Morocco.

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We’re sold! And believe you will be too after checking out some of these brave, beautiful and one-of-a-kind designs!

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International Runway: Drape Your Neck and Ears in Brave South African Fashion

Arm Candy: 15 Flicks of Stars Strapped in Fab Bracelets

August 28th, 2014 - By Rich
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What girl doesn’t love baubles? Whether it’s diamonds or faux leather, bling is truly a girl’s BFF. These A-list fashionistas include Rita Ora, Riri, Angela Simmons, Vashtie Kola, Solange and more rocking a variety of arm candy, including gold cuffs, designer chain linked bracelets, leather trimmed bangles and more.

Click through and get ready to feast your eyes!

Arm Candy: 15 Flicks of Stars Strapped in Fab Bracelets

Only The Bold: 13 Pics of Star Styled Statement Necklaces

August 11th, 2014 - By Rich
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 These A-list styled statement necklaces are pretty amazing! Whether you like colorful ceramics, turquoise stones, chokers, nameplates, fabrics, collars, gold chain links, diamonds or crystals, there’s something here for you! Top lookers include Riri, Rita Ora, Kelly Rowland and Chanel Iman.

Only The Bold: 13 Pics of Star Styled Statement Necklaces

Instagram: Indie Fashion & Jewelry Designers To Follow

July 28th, 2014 - By Rich
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We all love Instagram for giving us an outlet to share our pretty family pictures with distant relatives, entertaining us with funny memes and allowing us a sneak peak into the lives of our favorite celebs. But IG is more than just a network of entertainment. Millions of users utilize the tool to sell and display their passions and trades of choice, and jewelry and fashion designers are right at the top of the list. From high end luxury lines, to racy party-dress designers and eccentric crazy-cool crafters with unique pieces you couldn’t find anywhere else, feast your eyes on these big and small fashion masterminds who are making their mark on today’s fashion for children and adults.

Instagram: Indie Fashion & Jewelry Designers To Follow