The Creative Maximalist

I'm Kristin, an artist and jewelry designer constantly fighting the urge to veer off one creative path and into another. This is my space to unabashedly explore all the random objects and ideas that tickle my imagination. Join me?
  • Signature Collection Launch: My Jewelry Essentials

    October 26 2017


    It's finally here! My favorite pieces together at last, the jewelry essentials that will be available on the site year around (although still made in small batches).

    To get the ball rolling I gave my friend Courtney at Always Coco a preview of the new pieces. It's so fun to see how others style my jewelry, especially since Courtney and I share a similar style philosophy (simple wardrobe essentials paired with kickin' accessories...those boots in the first pic for instance). Thanks for making my pieces look beautiful, Courtney!

    signature collection launch


  • 12 Chic Halloween Costume Ideas

    October 19 2017


    Halloween is my jam, y'all. A close second to Christmas for me holiday-wise. The love is not reciprocated though, it seems that Halloween never (trick-or-) treats me right. I always have grand costume plans and then either A) there's no party to go to and it's not worth putting in the effort; B) I have no time to make the perfect costume and feel really bad about myself; or C) I try to be overly clever with my costume and it totally falls flat (i.e. when you buy a "sexy lobster" costume to be ironic, it just looks like you wanted to be a sexy lobster). 

    This year it's looking like "A" is in the forecast, so I'm not sure what my costume situation is. But just in case, I wanted to find some chic costume ideas that aren't super conceptual, but rather just pretty to look at. We'll start with some options that are on the spookier, more adventurous side, because you know, I can't help but to make things difficult on myself.

    Chic halloween costume ideas

    And here are some slightly more approachable, lighthearted options:

    chic halloween costume ideas

    Image sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14

    And because the right music is vital for setting the mood on occasions like these, here's my go-to Halloween Playlist. FYI, you'll probably see the same one every year. There's only so many Halloween appropriate songs, and since I like to live my life by adages – if it ain't broke, don't fix it. 

  • fall fashion and beauty favorites

    October 29 2015

    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 and everything else the internet so graciously bestows upon us. I’ll readily admit that the internet is a wonderous thing that has allowed me to pursue my passions and, more importantly, provided some priceless Ryan Gosling memes. But it’s also a slippery slope that can lead to comparison and envy.

    Trust me, I’m uncomfortably aware of the irony and hypocrisy of this statement, considering that I’m hawking my own products and social content as we speak. This is a constant internal struggle I have when promoting my business. But I think I’ve finally come to a resolution, which is this:

    I can’t control the quantity or quality of content that other (mostly) well-intentioned souls are releasing into the world. And I can’t be responsible for any detriment that this content (and technology in general) may be having on our society. All I can do is regulate my own internet consumption and resolve to create the most thoughtful, interesting and genuine content and jewelry that I can.

    So by all means, if you ever find that what you’re seeing from me doesn’t float your boat in the most perfect way, PLEASE unsuscribe, unfollow, unwhatever. I’m personally making moves to declutter the noise that doesn’t uplift me, and I encourage everyone else to do the same.

    I’ll wrap up my old fogey rant now and leave you with one more thing. Anything I feature on my blog is something that I’ve purchased, used, loved and believe in strongly enough to share. As I’ve previously mentioned, there’s an abundance of both amazing and crappy stuff out there right now. I’m just trying to help the non-crap float to the top.

    fall fashion beauty favorites



    Butter nailpolish in Queen Vic ($15): I don’t know if there’s anyone more qualified to judge the quality of a nailpolish than a jewelry designer. Yes, it’s pricier than average, but if chipping is a constant problem for you, this stuff definitely dries fast and has staying power. And I love this perfect shade of plum for fall.

    Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream ($56): Dryness is my biggest skin problem, especially during cold weather. I’ve gone through a LOT of moisturizers, but this one seems to be the winner thus far. It’s the perfect amount of creaminess – doesn’t dry too fast or slow – and I have yet to see a skin flake on my nose (the telltale sign of an insufficient moisturizer).

    Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal ($26): During cool weather, I’m partial to the occasional strong lip. However, I can’t handle the constant worrying about whether taking my last bite of food has just turned me into a psychotic clown. So I’ve given up on traditional lipsticks and now favor soft pencils that let you blend in the color and fade out the edges for a more natural stained look.


    Rails Denim Button-Down ($138): This LA based company makes some super soft button-downs (everyone who hugs me says so). They also offer both traditional and longer length options – I have one of each. They’re not cheap, but a very fair price for a quality item that you’ll wear over and over.

    Madewell High Riser Skinny Jeans ($135): I don’t know how else to put it: these jeans make me feel hawt. They’re the perfect rise that’s high, but not overly so, and they fit tightly but are still comfortable.

    Madewell Overalls ($148): Boom, I went there. These might be my most trendy purchase in years. But, they’re the perfect example of being selective with trends you really like and having fun with them. The black color helps keep them from going too farmergirl, and they’re just dang cozy. Come to think of it, this entire collage is looking a little farmergirl...weird.

    Dear Frances Booties ($595): Alright, before we freak out on the price, know that I was lucky enough to score these puppies at half off. Even then, they’re probably the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought myself. But I don’t regret a single dime because I know that I'll treasure these shoes as works of art for many years. (In case you can't tell, the heel has a sliver of clear lucite). These are made by hand in a family owned Italian factory, and again, a high quality investment piece.


    Mayan Earrings: These stunners have been on heavy rotation for me already. I've surprised myself by how casually I can wear them, and they're actually quite lightweight. Coming to the online shop soon!


    Tame Impala: Their new album Currents has been on my Spotify pretty regularly. Perfect balance of upbeat and chill.

    Ryan Adams' 1989: One of my favorite musicians kinda blew my mind with his cover of Taylor Swift's entire album. Strange how a different version of the same song can just seem more...meaningful? Sorry Tay, I still love you.



  • day & night outfits with the valor earrings

    April 14 2015


    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 everyday style. If I'm really being honest, I usually work in cut-offs and an oversized tee, sans jewelry. But when I venture out to a meeting or some such activity, I might swap out the tee for something like this lovely Cuyana silk shirt and throw on some cuffs and earrings.

    Lately I've been making an effort to analyze and be more intentional with my wardrobe, which has brought me to the realization that I'm an accessories person at heart. With clothing, I stick to basics that are interesting in silhouette or texture, then add some quirkiness with shoes, bags and jewelry. BUT...that's not to say I don't love a good fringed kimono or crazily patterned midi dress. I think I gravitate to extremes.

    silk tee / espadrilles / denim shorts / valor earrings


    For a night look, I still like to stay pretty relaxed. Unless I have an "event" and am really going for it, I usually pair a dress with flats or maybe some chunky mid-sized heels. Hair up, shift dress, dangly earrings – a great way to welcome warmer weather! (Like that tongue twister I threw in there?). I've also been really into mixing metallics lately...just me?

    slip-ons / shift dress / valor earrings


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