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  • Holiday Gift Guide for Her

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     A collection of my favorite items from Texas based independent businesses, sure to delight any woman in your life: 1. GAIA clutch ($178) and pom pom bag ($124): Super fun bags made in Dallas by refugee women using vintage, repurposed and sustainable materials. 2. The Citizenry lava tray set of two ($155): A Dallas based company that works with artisans from around the...
  • fall fashion and beauty favorites

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    The seasons are finally shifting here in Dallas and therefore so are my closet, beauty routine, music, and general mood. I thought I’d share my selection of current fall favorites from these categories, but first I must disclose a confession. To be honest, I’ve been feeling burnt out by the constant push, push, push of products, interiors, recipes, outfits, trends...
  • A Bit About Me

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    As far as small businesses go, I'm about as small as you can get. I've been plugging away on my own for the last few years, but I do have some very exciting news to share. I've recently taken on two part-time helpers, which I hope will allow me to focus more on big picture stuff. However, mine is still...
  • brass jewelry tips

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    Unfortunately, there's not a lot of transparency in the jewelry industry, and customers often feel like they never know what they're getting when it comes to fashion jewelry. I don't claim to be a jewelry expert (quite yet), but I've learned a lot throughout my years as a designer. Since I create  statement pieces with bronze and brass, I'd like...
  • trust your instincts

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    While creating my next collection, I've learned the hard way that it's usually best to trust your instincts. I'm not sure why, but lately I've been second-guessing my design decisions only to realize once it's already too late that my initial concept was best. Case in point, the wax pictured above was a nearly finished piece that I got cold...
  • squash blossom necklace

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    You probably know by now that my love for the squash blossom necklace runs deep and inspires pieces like the Naja Necklace. So naturally I was beyond excited to eventually inherit my grandmothers, which was gifted to her by my "step-grandfather" while they were living in Montana and Wyoming. (I also received several dresses she made that fit me like a glove...
  • the lively show and hal elrod

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    For the past few months, I've started listening to podcasts while doing production tasks that don't require immense concentration. As someone who spends much of the day alone in her home office, these have been a godsend! It's so uplifting to hear other women and entrepreneurs delving into the same issues that I find frustrating and offering hugely helpful life...
  • austin fashion week

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    It was an honor and a thrill to see my Cosmic Cuffs grace the runway at this year's Austin Fashion Week alongside the new collection of Melissa Fleis (Project Runway season 3 finalist!), and also display my jewelry in their gallery of accessories designers. I used to be an avid watcher of Project Runway, and Melissa was one of my...
  • celestial jewelry

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    In this post a few months ago, I explained how the Nadua Necklace in my previous collection was named for a distant connection in my lineage – Comanche chief Quanah Parker's mother. The idea for the pendant I used in that necklace was sparked by a cross motif I kept seeing in historical Native American photos. Apparently, for Mississippian tribes...
  • day & night outfits with the valor earrings

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    With this collection, I've found the Valor Earrings to be super versatile from day to night. They take it up a notch from everyday studs (like the Dart or Quill), but don't go straight to funkytown (like the Circulation Earrings). My first Day & Night post is admittedly nothing cutting edge or innovative, but an accurate representation of my own...
  • art deco influence

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    As many of you know, my jewelry is often inspired by Native American and Southwestern sources, but the shapes in my both my new spring line and previous collection are also influenced by the dramatic geometry of the Art Deco era. While this streamlined, sleek design style of 1920s and 30s was derived from the Machine Age as opposed to...
  • eleven

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    I've mentioned by now that my jewelry is influenced by Native American style, but I haven't explained that I have a personal connection to the culture as well. Growing up, people were always trying to guess my ethnicity (I was in the sun a lot, so my olive skin was fairly dark then). Coming from two completely Caucasian-looking parents –...
  • ten

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    I know, I know, I know. It's been too long since I last posted. I feel like a broken record, but I'm really going to try to be more consistent here from now on. In fact, it's one of my resolutions. Happy New Year, by the way! And Merry Christmas, while we're at it. I can't quite put my finger...
  • nine

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    Native American jewelry is a major source of inspiration for me. I remember being young and eyeing my mom's squash blossom necklace with envy (although she was generous enough to let me borrow it as I got older). I find the mix of geometric shapes and earthy materials really appealing. Talk about layering to perfection – those adorable girls in the...
  • eight

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    best costume ever / sky photo This could be the best costume in the history of costumes. Someday I might actually dedicate the absurd amount of time it would take to construct this. That's how much I love it. Hey! Are you in the mood for a super cheesy themed playlist? If so, you've come to the right place. Feast your...
  • seven

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    Halloween seemed to totally sneak up on me this year. I think it has something to do with the weather – it's interesting how much that affects the mood of a holiday. While we've had a few cool days here and there, it's been a pretty warm fall in Dallas. And for some reason that's just not conducive to spookiness. Living in Florida...
  • six

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    While I eventually plan to do a more detailed blog post explaining the casting process, I wanted to do a quick preview first. I know for most people the word "casting" is pretty hazy. Whenever I go into particulars with someone, I'm faced with a glazed look accompanied by murmured "hmm's" and "uh-huh's" that don't exactly encourage me to delve deeply...
  • five

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    Is there anything more nostalgic than a charm bracelet? I thought mine would be perfect to feature for my inaugural "throwback Thursday" blog series, in which I will feature pieces from my personal jewelry collection and the stories behind them. After all, isn't that what draws us to jewelry? It has a special power to elicit memories of a particular...
  • four

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    I feel like we can't go any further until I've properly introduced my dogs and partners in crime: Dixie (the goober, so named for her unquenchable lust for attention) and Dot (the gremlin, an epithet attributed to the indescribable, shrieking growls she produces while playing). They are not only the stars of my instagram feed, but an integral part of my business...
  • three

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    I mention briefly on its shop page that the Kahlo Necklace is loosely based on a piece that Frida Kahlo wore in many of her portraits, which I wanted to elaborate on here. Citing Frida as a source of inspiration is almost cliche now, but unfortunately there are relatively few historical female painters to reference. And it's hard not to love her vibrancy and...
  • two

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    I'd like sharing the story behind my jewelry and business to be one of the main focuses of my blog. It's a profession that's foreign to most people (sometimes I feel like even my closest friends and family have no idea what I actually do all day), and I always enjoy learning behind the scenes information about other people's mysterious jobs. In my case, I'm...
  • one

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    For those of you who were following me at Sensibly Selfish (long, long ago), thanks for hanging in there. And for those of you who don't know me yet, thanks for visiting. I'm Kristin Miller, and while I've been designing jewelry for several years now, I've just relaunched my brand and website. It's been a lengthy, difficult process, so I'm very excited to...

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