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Fall Fashion Pop Up with Evgenia Lingerie

Fall Fashion Pop Up with Evgenia Lingerie

Shop local fall style on Nicasio Square during a pumpkin patch weekend - Sunday October 20th at 4503 Nicasio Valley Road from Noon until 5pm Join us for refreshments and shopping with Bay Area artists and designers, spanning a range of styles and aesthetics. For more about the participating artists, read on:STEPHANIE BODNAR / EVGENIA: Evgenia is fine lingerie for the modern heartbreaker. It is versatile and beautiful, the ideal marriage of strength and delicacy. A fresh take on an old story, Evgenia lingerie is meant to be worn out and about, and not strictly relegated to the boudoir. Thoughtfully simple construction pairs...

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Necklaces from Antiquity - Pocket Watch Fobs at their Finest

Necklaces from Antiquity - Pocket Watch Fobs at their Finest

At the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert received the first mechanical keyless wind watches, making pocket watches and watch fobs popular for both men and women until the mid 20th century. Even after watch keys were no longer necessary for winding watches, decorative fobs remained popular as jewelry for women and men in the Victorian and Edwardian era. The excavation of ancient sites in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Egypt in the mid 1700s influenced art, jewelry and fashion from Italy to England. Carved jasper, onyx, carnelian and shell became popular with the revival of Classical themes. When Napoleon placed ancient Roman...

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Compass Rose Muse: Amy in Savannah

Compass Rose Muse: Amy in Savannah

I feel incredibly lucky in my line of work. The people who are drawn to our jewelry tend to be interesting people full of stories and adventures. A few weeks ago, a friend and Compass Rose supporter sent me this amazing picture from a photoshoot she did in Savannah Georgia. I love Amy. She is a deeply kind human being who looks stunning in a corset. Here she is among moss and magic in Savannah in a Victorian button necklace with pearls - isn't it perfect! Do you have a photo of you in your Compass Rose Design jewelry -...

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Lemonade

Lemonade

Sometimes life really gives you lemons. Last week, after our annual hometown faire, the Fairfax Festival, someone broke into our car and stole most of our show stock. SO MUCH work is gone. It's one of those moments in life where you have to make a decision. Stay calm. Freak out. All of the above. I feel thankful that my daughters 2nd favorite monkey was passed over. No one is hurt. We've certainly lost a lot - hours of work, but instead of falling into a pot of despair, we are simply moving forward. Exercising resilience. Choosing (trying) to not spin out.  Perhaps it...

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