This weekend was my first Holiday pop up shop and I'm thrilled by how many new and old friends came out to support me. I have to give a huge thank you to my husband Dave and my good friend Jen who were there with me for the day. The photographs here are all courtesy of Jen (affectionately dubbed paparazzi this weekend), and the gorgeous natural light streaming through West Elm's windows.
For those of you who aren't familiar with West Elm, they have this great initiative where they support local makers within their markets. For more info, there's this on their website http://www.westelm.com/shop/collaborations/all-local/, but I highly suggest heading into your nearest store and take a look at their local selection. As part of this community building environment, they have pop up shops in their stores every now and then, and I was lucky enough to have the chance to have one this past weekend.
First off, the store was all decorated for Holiday with the lights and sparkle and was such a wonderful environment to spend my afternoon in. The team there helped me set up, lending their beautiful trinket dishes and jewelry boxes for my setup, checking in on me throughout the day and making me feel very welcome in their world. I couldn't have asked for more.
I wasn't really sure what to expect, customers coming into West Elm aren't looking for jewelry per se, but I am never one to turn down a chance at trying something new. I decided to make the most of it by advertising on my facebook, blog and instagram and see if I could bring some of my las vegas locals out to support. And you guys turned up! I can't believe how fast the day flew by, and how many wonderful people made time in their Saturday to come check my little pop up shop out. And if you missed it, don't worry I will be back there Dec. 5th with some other talented artists for their Holiday bazaar.
I also had the pleasure of meeting one of the creators of Niyamasol, definitely check out their website (http://www.niyamasol.com/). Such cute leggings that are made from recycled plastic bottles, but the patterns and colors are what makes them beautiful. Alli looked amazing in her outfit, and styled it right up with some chunky amethyst pieces from my new collection. The ring from the photo shoot I just completed sold before I have most of the final photos from the photographer! I guess its time to make a few more. The good thing, even when I redo a design, the stone still stays front and center, making sure all those statement rings are truly one of a kind! I am hoping to get to spend more time with those lovely ladies soon, and keep your eyes peeled for a possible collaboration coming for spring!
Overall I had so much fun, and in the process gained a little exposure, experience and a few new friends.
For any of you who missed this pop up shop, I will be heading to downtown Las Vegas this coming Saturday, Nov 14th (11-9) for the Art2Downtown event, and sharing a booth with the lovely Jehnna of Rabbitsfoot Creations, and we hope to see you there!
This will be my first Holiday season not working in retail for as long as I can remember (at least 15 years). The other day when I realized it was already November, I was shocked that I didn't have that growing sense of dread. Those of you who have worked in stores know it... Long hours, heavy shipment, waking up in a cold sweat at night thinking of how you can possibly hire 47 people in the next three weeks before Black Friday. Oh, and the uncertainty of all personal plans until the last possible minute because you are the one to cover when 2/3 of those 47 new hires decide to call out on peak shifts. The stress of retail is real, and I am thrilled to be having a chance to experience enjoying this season a bit.
Don't get me wrong, I am working hard and balancing so many different plates at one time I could set a full Thanksgiving table for 12 on any given day. But, it is different. This is my business and its creative and hands on in a way I've never thought possible for a means of income. Somehow, finishing wholesale orders, meeting with buyers, scheduling and planning photoshoots and prepping for local pop up shops and shows doesn't feel stressful in the same way.
Speaking of photo shoots, I am so excited to share a sneak peak into my Holiday shoot that we completed yesterday. I was lucky enough to work with photographer Meg Meyer (megmeyerphotos.com), and the first image is just the first of some brilliant photographs from the day. Las Vegas weather finally decided to catch up to November and produce (overnight I may add) record lows, rain and lightening on the morning of our shoot. Somehow, Meg still made magical Holiday images that highlight my newer pieces.
The rest of the photos here are some of the behind the scenes pics that show just how hard makeup artist Amy worked at making a shivering model look stunning, despite some frozen fingers. And kudos to our model Jenni, who braved the cold and wind and managed to look like her extremeties were not about to fall off in this weather. Special thanks to Gypsy05 for providing the clothing (I know Jenni appreciated that poncho during breaks in shooting).
Well, at least one of them was able to warm up for a bit!
The storm rolling in on our location
We all did what we could to keep our model warm between shots.
A few of my newest designs on the lovely Jenni. Stay tuned for the final product pictures in the coming weeks from Meg, they look amazing compared to these behind the scenes ones!
Lastly, as I mentioned prepping for some Holiday gift giving pop up shops in the next month, I'll list them here. If you will be around for any of these shows, I look forward to seeing you there!
- Nov 7th- West Elm at the District Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NY 11am-4pm
- Nov14th- Art2 Downtown art show, Arts District, Las Vegas 11am-9pm
(with Jehnna from Rabbits Foot Creations)
- Nov 15-18- 3 evenings of pop up shopping events in Whitefish, MT
(contact me for times and locations)
- Dec 5th- West Elm at the District Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NY 11am-4pm
**As more shows and info come up, I'll update this listing.
Owner/Designer for Desert Daisy Jewelry. Crystal Enthusiast, Wanderer, Gypsy Soul.