Red Cliff Ranch Wedding

I’m kicking off wedding season by reminiscing to a year ago at Red Cliff Ranch in Park City. One of my closest friends, Shannon, stunned in her mom’s wedding dress and my jewelry. The surrounding red cliffs made for a dramatic ceremony location only to be preceded by a feast in Ralph Lauren-esque horse stables. Every detail – from the Mexican serape blankets covering hay bale seating to the bride’s Mexican geode and peach moonstone earrings – was the perfect balance of effortlessly cool and natural glamour. I look forward to celebrating the love of many more dear friends this season and feel honored to have my jewels selected by more beautiful brides. Happy anniversary Shannon and Will!

Photography by Sarah Ann Brunson

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Summer Solstice

Cheers – it’s officially summer! Long live dock days, Seattle sun and patio nights by a fire. Nothing conjures up summer lovin’ feelings to me more than this unique turquoise specimen and Gray Malin’s a la plage aerial beach photography series (Sydney Beach featured below and here).

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Algarve // Lisbon

Google image “The Algarve” and you’ll immediately reroute future travel plans to Portugal. The Algarve (the southern region totaling a 200km stretch of beaches) is a dream, in particular Praia de Benagil and Praia da Marinha. Thousands of years of crashing ocean waves have formed pristine beaches and secluded coves into dramatic limestone cliffs. We explored via a trail towering over the numerous beaches and a cave boat tour gave a thrilling perspective (the captain even let me take the wheel!) and was a highlight of the entire vacation. Our trip concluded with a few nights in Lisbon and a day trip to Sintra. There was no shortage of inspiration among ornate patterned tile, colorful rooftops, lush landscaping and various architecture styles especially in Sintra, the historic getaway to Lisbon’s monarchs. I could’ve spent far more time in Portugal (and every place we visited!), but one of the best things about returning home is it’s time to brainstorm the next adventure…

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Barcelona // San Sebastian

We fell in love with the land of sangria, pintxos and espadrilles. Reunited with my parents in Barcelona, we enjoyed late evening dinners and everything fresh at the La Boquiera – squeezed juices in every fruit combo imaginable and grilled baby octopus at the neighboring market stall. City views from our hotel rooftop and the Montjuic gondolas were breathtaking but we were even more mesmerized by La Sagrada Familia (those colors!) Following Barcelona, we drove cross country to the Basque region, spending a few nights in San Sebastian. A gastronomic playground, we had a blast bar hopping and devouring as many pintxos (tapas) as we could. The town also has a lot of eye candy, centered around two gorgeous beaches with lookouts worth the trek.

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Paris // French Riviera

A Europe trip kicked off summer beginning in Paris and the French Open. Checking off 1 of 4 tennis grand slams from my bucket list, we had a blast cheering on two favorites Rafa and Djokovic. We were lucky to share this with my parents and peruse Paris before jetting to the Riviera to relax in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cannes and Saint Tropez.

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Branching Out

My new fossil sequoia prong set necklace took a field trip to visit John Grade’s Middle Fork exhibit at Mad Art Seattle. The remarkable and elaborate sculpture is made up of hundreds of thousands of individual wood pieces contouring a 140 year old Western Hemlock tree from North Bend, WA. The process began a year ago when John and his team scaled the tree in the forest to create plaster casts of its trunk and limbs. These casts were brought to the exhibit space in South Lake Union and used as guides to create the complex structure of the sculpture. Each piece of the countless wood blocks were hand shaped, oriented and bonded resulting in the remarkable hollow sculpture. The exhibit will travel internationally for two years and then return to the base of the original living tree in North Bend where it will eventually moss over and disintegrate.

Learn more here

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New Year, New Venture

Birthdays are a wonderful time to both reflect over the past year and also dream what the next year might bring. Day to day, my never ending to-do list can be overwhelming and pieces I hoped to complete are left at the bench. This feeling settles in like a stormy cloud, creeping in sometimes without warning. However, when I step back and look at the big picture, I feel nothing but pride and accomplishment.  The positive response from my website and collection launch has been thrilling and for that I’m so grateful. My hope for this blog is to chronicle my world in and out of the studio.

This past weekend celebrating on Whidbey Island was what every birthday should be: indulgent, relaxing, and inspiring. The Inn at Langley is a true gem overlooking Saratoga Passage in the Puget Sound. James Beard nominee Matt Costello’s Chef’s Tasting Dinner was the epitome of spring from rhubarb juice with crème fraiche to lamb with mustard flowers, black mint, and morels. Walking off the ten courses and wine pairings in the quaint town of Langley with its picturesque harbor backdrop and island elements was a dream. Quintessential Pacific Northwest spring weather brought a mix of gorgeous blue skies and overcast drizzle, creating a striking rainbow and a needed reminder that even stormy days have beauty.

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