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31

Dec

How Tuesday: Holiday Hair

Trying to figure out how to do your hair for this holiday season?  Well, the volume that so many women want can be done right in your own home!  We’re going to give you some tups on how to get that classy, sophisticated style without breaking the bank… like, at all.

The first think you need to know is that this only uses the top layer of the back of your hair.  That’s if!  So to start, run your fingers from the right and left side of your head to the back middle of your head, and pull that hair up.  Next, you’re going to slowly, using a thin comb, run the comb from the tip to the root of your hair.  Intermittently use a little hair spray.  Next, slowly let the hair fall, and take that comb and lightly smooth the top of your teased hair, like in the 5th picture.  Poof it up if you wish by taking the pointed end of the comb and pushing up.  Add a little more spray and you’re good to go!  All in under ten minutes.  Happy Holidays! 

13

Dec

Friday Faves: And so it begins!

Now that it’s mid-December, Christmas is coming in fast!  This week we want to dedicate this Friday Faves to starting in on the Christmas spirit.  Enjoy!image

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12

Dec

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And you know what that means, ugly christmas sweater parties!  Why do we love these parties so much?  Because of the food, the friends, and the fun.  All three, particularly around this time of year, always make for light-hearted, spirited conversation.  If you’re planning to have one of these festive events, turn it into a potluck where some people bring samplers, some people bring deserts, and others provide the wine! Maybe make it into an ugly christmas sweater competition!  We’re sure that around this time of year, we all need a little break and a little silliness!

13

Nov

Picture this…

The holiday season is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear to that friend’s dinner party or a family get-together. We wanted to give you a few helpful options from our elegant holiday collection. Above we have our Carrington collection and below our Deveraux collection.  We paired them with a few basic holiday colored dresses.  Which collection inspires you? Check them out by clicking on the piece you like the most!

Top (left to right): Carrington Drop Earring, Carrington Long Necklace, Carrington Triple Earring

Botton (left to right): Deveraux Necklace, Deveraux Drop Earring, Neveraux Ring

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21

Dec

Top 12 Treasures of 2012

With just 10 days until the new year, we thought it would be appropriate to give our favorite 2012 Nissa pieces the spotlight. It proved a difficult task to come up with just twelve trinkets but after much deliberation we present to you our most beloved Nissa baubles of this year…

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From left to right; top to bottom: 

Casablanca Multi Necklace - Neha Double Cuff - Seminole Earring - Kaya Bracelet
Talasi Jeweled Ring - Kiki Necklace - Jovina Necklace - Grace Earring
Ingrid Earring -  Empire Ring - Clara Bracelet - Sumi Collar Necklace

20

Dec

The Perfect Packing List!

Over the holidays we understand that one of the most frustrating activities (right behind untangling Christmas lights) can be attempting to pack for one’s holiday travels. While it seems daunting to have to fit everything you will ever need for a trips worth of outfits in one small carry on, our packing lists prove that with the right pieces- you’ll be sparkling with style the entire visit- no matter the size of your suitcase! 

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14

Dec

Trimming the tree… with trinkets!

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Each holiday has it’s quintessential “icons”- Halloween owns the pumpkin, Easter is all about the colorfully decorated eggs and no Christmas would be complete without a tree to put wonderfully-wrapped presents under. Here at the studio, we are all in agreement that one of the easiest ways to ensure a happy holiday is to start celebrating early. Yep, that’s right- we are the epitome of “those people” who turn on the Christmas tunes before ‘Black Friday’ has begun and can be found discussing holiday party themes before most people have even pondered possible presents for their loved ones. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that our office is glowing with Christmas spirit from wall to wall.. and has been for quite some time now:) 

This year, we took it upon ourselves to inject a little ‘Nissa Jewelry’ into our decorations and- after staring at our smile-inducing trinket-trimmed tree for a couple weeks now- we felt compelled to share our awesomely a-typical creation with you! Nissa Jewelry is known for it’s eclectic re-imagining of forgotten vintage pieces and thus, we said ‘so long’ to ordinary ornaments and instead, incorporated aspects of us into the adorning-process. The result? A beautifully charming tree that incorporates the ‘uptown sophistication’ and ‘downtown edge’ that characterizes each of our brilliantly handmade baubles… 

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As you can see from the photos above, we used various styles of gold and silver chain to compliment the classic white lights. To add to the aesthetic appeal while still sticking with the tree’s ‘simplistic’ style, we hung wire hook earrings from it’s branches. The gold dangly pairs provide a bold statement when viewing the icon from afar while the various-sized pearl earrings lay the foundation for a fun- yet delicate- take on the average run-of-the-mill ornament. We didn’t stop there… what tree would be complete without a shining statement up top? 

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Our Angel Wing Necklace provided a perfect starting point for our one-of-a-kind tree topper. We concluded the creative craft by incorporating some leftover chain to detail the angel’s gown and lastly, used a bold jewel for her head! Yeah, a colorful bow would have sufficed but our twenty minutes spent on the above ‘beaut ensured that the tree sincerely stood for the studio’s holiday spirit. 

Just as Nissa reinvents vintage treasures in her creation of our jewelry line’s curiously creative collection, we encourage you to put your unique spin on this season’s most iconic decorations… the options are actually endless! 

If our a-typical take on ‘trimming the tree’ left you eager to find ways to inject your personality into your home this holiday, check out our "Eclectically Embellished Holiday" Pinterest board. We are hopeful that perusing the pins will not only provide you with the perfect platform for inspiration but will also perpetuate our mission over here at the studio of spreading significant amounts of Christmas cheer:) We wish you the healthiest and happiest of holidays and sincerely can’t wait to see what you craft up!

11

Dec

Wonderfully Winter-inspired styleboards

Raise your hand if you’re not hating dawning your fuzzy socks every day and having an excuse to have a hot chocolate after dinner… same response over here at the studio- no hands! The cold weather has finally greeted us and we’re loving our circle scarves more than anything at the moment. Our next favorite thing you ask? Easy- holiday parties! Come December, we’re ready to get decked out in our Winter best and toast to yet another amazing year saying so long. There’s no better way to celebrate than with fantastic friends, fun food and of course the latest and greatest fashion finds. We hope one of our styles encourages you to ‘get in the spirit’ and we wish each of you the happiest of holiday seasons! 

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04

Dec

Click the link to shop our guide on Polyvore or peruse the items which appeal to you directly on our website! Happy holiday gifting:)

1. Sheba Bib Necklace

2. Vivian Earring 

3. Deco Diamond Ring 

4. Tolani Earring 

5. Janice Necklace 

6. Mira Earring 

7. Lionhead Bracelet 

8. Deco Diamond Ring

9. Selina Wrap Bracelet

20

Nov

Female-friendly Football

Two days from now many of us will be waking up to the splendid smell of pumpkin pie and the most amazing aroma of hot apple cider. Thanksgiving 2012 is upon us and while we’re bracing our palettes for the plethora of savory side dishes we will be charged with choosing from, the men in our lives- while thankful for the tasty treats- will inevitably be watching the tube from the table. If your household is anything like ours, someone (cough, cough Grandma) will surely demand that the games be muted which in turn will cause the guys to frantically fill their stomachs and claim they are ‘full’ within the first five minutes of the feast. All of this in the name of ‘America’s favorite pastime’?

Some ladies will be happily left to indulge in the sumptuous supply of snacks while others will join in on the football fun. While theres a strong possibility that we will be making our way upstairs to partake in the magnificence that is a mid-afternoon nap, we’ll most definitely be dreaming about the Redskins, Cowboys, Pats- and the other three teams that our family members will be screaming about somewhere in the house. Seeing that our subconscious will be consumed with the sounds of game, our inner football-fashionistas will emerge and be dressed so fittingly that we’ll surprise ourselves by our commendable-degree of color coordination;) What will we be wearing you ask? Well, it all depends on what time of the day it is and what team we’re rooting for…

The Texans and the Lions kick of the day of Football at 12:30pm EST, providing for a very patriotic combination of colors! 

Later in the day, the Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys- we can’t wait to see which team reigns supreme in this traditional Thanksgiving matchup! 

The football fun concludes with the Pats pairing up against the Jets shortly after 8pm EST. We’ll be loving on all the leftovers as we slip into our football-fueled fashions. 


While this Thursday will be a day of football and food- the anticipation of the ‘family and friends factor’- is what has us most excited. Sure, we’re already salivating thinking of the perfectly prepared pecan pie, but most of all, we can’t wait to be surrounded by our loving and caring support system- the people in our lives that we are most thankful for. We hope that you have a safe holiday filled with savory dishes, superfluous amounts of smiles and of course, the most applicable array of game-day apparel:)

12

Oct

Let’s beat Breast Cancer

While there are initiatives throughout the year to raise awareness of the disease which claimed more than 40,000 lives last year, the month of October is dedicated to enlightening individuals of the warning signs of Breast Cancer. This ailment, which is still not fully understood, is the most common cancer among women (excluding skin cancer) and accounts for 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed among American women. According the American Cancer Society, 97% of deaths attributed to Breast Cancer occurred in females 40 years or older, with a median age of detection lying in the mid-60’s.

Currently, there is still no cure for Breast Cancer, yet organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation, have made it their mission to to do more. They are dedicated to promoting the perpetuation of early detection and effective treatments in addition to funding more research to in turn, create more hope and thus, more survivors. There are presently more than 3 million Breast Cancer survivors, representing the largest group of people to beat cancer in the United States. Each year, thousands of these strong individuals celebrate their stories during the annual ‘Race for the Cure’, an initiative which allows survivors and their supporters to spread anecdotes of triumph and establish optimism in the minds of people still battling the disease. 

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which was started in the year 1983 and featured only 800 runners, has now grown to include more than 100 locations across the the United States (click here to find a 5k near you) and two foreign countries- with an average yearly participant rate of nearly 1.4 million individuals! As the number of participating cities and people grow, the amount of money raised for research and Breast Cancer education increases and we become one step closer to finding the cure for the disease.

 

Participating in the ‘Race for the Cure’ is not the only way to show your support for the cause. Through the purchase of ‘pink’ products, individuals can do their part to promote Breast Cancer awareness with a portion of the profits made directly benefiting prevention initiatives and research efforts to alleviate the disease for good. In this day in age, there is far more than clothing and pink ribbons to peruse- take a look at some snazzy pink products we found from various companies, all donating a portion of their proceeds to finding a cure: 

Or perhaps you’d like to promote Breast Cancer through the purchase of some new items for your jewelry box! If that’s the case, Nissa Jewelry can help you publicize your support through the purchase of items from our ‘Think Pink Boutique’. Each of the pretty pink products were thoughtfully handcrafted and designed with the more than three million strong Breast Cancer survivors in mind. Why not take a stance that the ‘breast is yet to come’ with the purchase of one of our limited edition, unique pink products..

Show that you care about the cause this October- Breast Cancer Awareness Month- by thinking pink and stylishly showing your support! 

04

Oct

International Day of “Aw” (and awesome accessories)

Think fast.. what is the one thing that can make you say “aw” quicker than anything else? Yep, you guessed it- animals. Today, October 4th, is the national day to celebrate the cuddliest of creatures that brighten our day- everyday. What might this holiday be called you ask? The answer is just as short and sweet as your pet, it’s World Animal Day! Started back in 1931 in the beautiful italian city of Florence, celebrations will be held all over the globe to honor animal life in all it’s forms today. 

The meaning and mission behind the holiday has evolved over the decades into an effort to raise awareness and advocate for the endangered and threatened species that surround us. This topic is something that is not frequently thought about- yet, when presented with the facts, it’s hard to look away. For example, check out ‘The Extinction Rainbow'… it most definitely puts things into perspective.

Earlier in the studio, we were discussing our favorite animals and ‘Penguins’ topped the majority of our team member’s lists. Think for a moment about your parents chatting about the same topic when they were our age. Say they favored an animal such as the Quagga? Never heard of the semi-striped Zebra looking animal? It’s most likely due to the fact that only one picture was ever taken of the creature and it’s species is now considered ‘extinct’. What if we allow penguins to reach that status and the next generation of our families never know the joys of ‘Happy Feet’- let’s not let that happen. 

Today, to encourage each person to ‘do their part’, Nissa Jewelry will be donating 10% of all sales of our animal jewelry to the World Wildlife Fund (WFF)- one of the world’s largest conservation organizations. What would be more rewarding than to look down at your new Jaguar Ring knowing that you played a role in the preservation efforts of it and other endangered species, like the ones below? 

Green Sea Turtle (source)

Victoria-crowned Pigeon (source)

Chilean Pink Flamingo (source)

Polar Bear (source)

Orangutan- we promised the ‘awwws’ right? (source)

Why not peruse our animal offerings and treat a creature in need while treating yourself?

We hope that you’re saying some ‘awws’ and sporting some fine looking animal accessories for the next 24 hours in honor of World Animal Day! In conclusion, cheers to you, dog that adorably cocks it’s heads sideways when it’s confused, cat that falls asleep perfectly positioned in owner’s lap, and heck- even you, pet pigs of the world, may this day be filled with belly scratches and treats galore! 

01

Aug

Happy National ‘Girlfriend’s Day’! Make sure you reach out to your best gal pals on this Wednesday and let them know how thankful you are to have them:)

Happy National ‘Girlfriend’s Day’! Make sure you reach out to your best gal pals on this Wednesday and let them know how thankful you are to have them:)

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Jul

Get excited for our 2012 Holiday Collection! 

Get excited for our 2012 Holiday Collection! 

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Jun

Celebrate “Happy Birthday to You” day with the Nissa Jewelry team by checking out their “to me, from me, love me” gifts! Let us know what you think about our choices and fill us in what you’ll be asking for this holiday on our Facebook page:)