Emmy Red Carpet Style

 

 

Beautiful and funny, these girls are a deadly combination! TV’s funniest actresses stole the Red Carpet with their gorgeous gowns. Our Nina Nguyen Red Carpet Remix will revamp these hilarious yet elegant leading ladies with a Druzylicious™ finish.

KALEY COUCO

 

Kaley Cuoco, of the Big Bang Theory, strutted the Red Carpet in a playful Monique Lhuillier dress with a delicate pink embroidered pattern. As a perfect canvas for color, we would pair up this bold red with the Turquoise Wisdom Necklace and toned down sparkly accents, Nimbus Stud Earrings and Nirvana Ring in White Druzy.

 

SARA HYLAND

 

Modern Family star, Sarah Hyland, glided across the walkway in a Christian Siraiano flowing maxi coral skirt and a white crop top. This simple (but stunning!) outfit is the perfect opportunity to play up with our modern Yantra Earrings and Enlightened Turquoise Ring. To finish it off, the Rinehart Cuff in Black Druzy.

 

 

TAYLOR SCHILLINGS

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series nominee, Taylor Schilling, traded in her orange jumpsuit for a flattering and elegant Zuhair Murad Couture gown. This understated and timeless gown is a stunning match for our Pallas Druzy Bangles and Samsara Sand Druzy Earrings.

 

Nina Nguyen Featured in INDESIGN April/March 2014

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GOLDEN BEGINNINGS: “I used to help my mother trade gold in our hometown of Pleiku, Vietnam. Every Sunday, my mother would set up her little table, and workers from the nearby river who’d panned for gold would line up to sell my mother the gold they had found. My uncle used to make the beautiful sparkly gold dust into rings. My job was to bike to the market to deliver the gold. The gold rings were fastened on a chain for me to easily disguise under my clothes. This was to evade the communists’ eyes and ears on my parents. Being able to work with my family is a major part of my jewelry designing process today.”

FAVORITE STONES: “Anything that is unique, mineral, fossilized and can’t be found in a traditional jewelry store. Right now, I am obsessed with druzy and geodes.” 

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THE GREATER GOOD: “I think all products should be made in a manner that benefits everyone involved. I would love for my jewelry to help bring this message: That people should always be concerned with where the things they purchase come from, who made them, where the materials came from, how long will it last, and what will become of it when its life is over.”

DESIGN INSPIRATION: “I first experienced wisteria’s allure as a tourist traveling through Tokyo by bicycle. Pedaling a bicycle path completely surrounded by wisteria, I was immediately fascinated by the graceful purple blossoms cascading into view. Wisteria’s enduring beauty and charm will be represented in my spring 2014 collection.”

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CELEBRITY CONNECTION:  “In 2013, Miranda Lambert wore our Audrey earrings in black druzy to the season premiere of THE VOICE. That was such a pleasant surprise! Her stylist contacted my PR firm, so I guess my unique design is being mentioned in the celeb stylist circle.”

STYLE EVOLUTION: “I think my work has evolved as my personal preferences evolved. The styling of my design has changed from having a more modern and minimal look to having a somewhat classic, heirloom look while retaining the composition of a modern material”

STANDING ON PRINCIPLE: “In 2009, my line was represented by a New York showroom. I was dealing with the constant pressure from department stores and buyers to produce cheaper products. I don’t know how I did it, but I walked away from some very large purchase orders to focus on bettering my designs. The biggest achievement of my career was when I learned to stay focused on what I do, who I am, who my audience is and what my brand represents.


Q & A  / Getting Personal with Nina Nguyen

WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND WHEN YOU ARE NOT DESIGNING? “Children of Vietnam project. I plan to bring my experience to assist with raising more funds and bringing awareness to the organization.”
WHAT CAN’T YOU RESIST BUYING WHEN OUT SHOPPING? “Is there a hotline for Shoeaholics Anonymous?”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY? “I moved to Boulder, Colorado a year ago. There is so much to do and it is always nice to wake up in my own bed since I am on the road so much.”
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY OTHER CAREER. WHAT WOULD IT BE? “Eco-handbag or eco-apparel designer. Have you tried to look for eco-clothes? I could see myself taking an interest in this industry.”

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by INDESIGN Magazine 

 

Blogger Spotlight – Justina Blakeney

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For this blogger spotlight we’re  showcasing Justina Blakeney. Justina is an interior stylist and designer that specializes in creative reuse. With four books under her belt, a popular lifestyle blog and over 1,250,000 followers on Pinterest, her bohemian style, approachable voice and her Jungalow (part jungle/part bungalow) inspire people all over the world to get wild with their home decor.
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Justina LOVES the Nina Nguyen Stella Geode Earrings. Recently, Justina featured these earrings on her blog titled “My Kinda Bling and how I transform into a Samurai mom” which can be found here. “As soon as I put them on I felt like I got my sexy back–they’re like heels for my ears. Crystals are so damn cool and are glamorous, earthy, boho and oh so me.”-Justina
“If my life were a movie, it would be about a lady that discovers beauty in the most unexpected places, and slowly learns to create beauty herself–she learns to weave straw into gold and turn trash into treasures. I’d be played by Maya Rudolph–my husband would be played by Adrian Brody, or maybe John Cusack, and it would be a romantic comedy–the kind with a lot of magical realism and really over-the-top sets and costumes and stuff. Our baby daughter, Ida Sky could probably play herself–she loves a camera. The movie would take place in our Jungalow. There would be flashbacks to my hippie upbringing in Berkeley, my college years studying World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and the seven years I spent living and working as a designer in Italy…and it would most definitely be a musical.” -Justina

Check out Justina’s blog here. Also check her out on twitter and pinterest!

Designers We Love: Bottega Veneta


As intricate curves and over-sized shapes of chunky filigree take over the fall runways, The Finishing Touch jewelry collection by Bottega Veneta is one of our top picks for making a statement.

Though best known for their leather goods, the Italian luxury line was founded in 1966, purchased by the Gucci Group in 2001, and is now part of the French group PPR.  Their latest jewelry collection combines intricate matte black filigree patterns with cameos hand-carved in lava stone. The designs are set in oxidized sterling silver by artisans in the Naples region of Italy, where cameo-carving was first practiced by ancient Romans.  We’d classify these amazing pieces of jewelry as vintage with a modern edge; perfect for the upcoming season.

We agree with filigree! Check out a pair of Nina Nguyen Designs’ filigree earrings.

Designers We Love: Stephen Webster


In addition to being the Creative Director of Gerrard, Stephen Webster is one of the leading and most reputable British fine jewelers and silver designers today. Webster’s chic aesthetic is mastered by his detailing, craftsmanship, and glam-rock attitude. A three-time winner of the “British Luxury Jeweler of the Year” award and winner of “UK Jewelery Brand of the Year,” Webster has evolved into a global brand with over 120 points of sale worldwide  and over 20 Stephen Webster boutiques internationally, including his latest on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. With Christina Aguilera appearing in the brand’s new advertising campaign, his line is also a favorite among celebrities.

After a recent trip to Peru, Webster witnessed firsthand the difference that Fairtrade certification makes to small scale and artisanal mining communities. As a result of this experience,  Garrard and Webster announced that they will be among the world’s first 20 jewelers to launch Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold.