FINALLY, we are so excited to unveil our Winter Collection jewelry pieces in November.
This season has been all about tassels, fringe, feathers and plenty of sparkle, so be prepared to swoon over our new pieces. As always we lovingly selected these pieces that we feel reflect the style and trend that today’s urban city girl would choose to accessorize with to complete her outfit of the day, be it stylish work attire or heading out to the many upcoming holiday parties ahead.
We hope you visit our shop to see all of our new arrivals!!!!
What is FABDILab you say? Hosted by FAB Council, the Digitial Influencer Lab (FABDILab for short) was a FAB-ulous one day event held in Santa Monica where bloggers, influencers, and brands came together to learn, network and connect with one another.
The day was packed with a line-up of speakers and panels from the industry where they shared their experiences, imparted their knowledge, and most of all inspired others who are just starting out whether it be an up-and-coming blogger/vlogger or a newly launched brand (like Urban Diva!)
Attendees were a mix of both established and new bloggers and Youtubers, PR and digital marketing firms were well represented, and a mix of various brands ranging from fashion, skin care, and bath and beauty products to natural foods and drinks. Being that I am new to this entire space it was not only really helpful hearing the advice given from various speakers throughout the day, but also refreshing to meet and connect with other people to hear their experiences thus far in their journey and to help and support each other.
At the end of the day, during the closing party, Urban Diva set up our very first vendor booth (or I like to think of it as our first pop-up store) to showcase and offer our pieces for sale. I also unveiled pieces from our holiday inventory that is not even on the website yet for sale (but will be soon on November 1st).
I held a drawing for a necklace giveaway for event attendees both to draw folks to my table and to showcase one of our 2015 holiday collection pieces. The winner of the drawing was local Los Angeles fashion blogger Andrea, also known as the PhDFashionista. She will be the first to own our Dreamcatcher Tassel necklace. We can’t wait for her to feature it with one of her outfits on her blog, she is going to rock it.
FABDILab was a such a great experience overall for Urban Diva. Thank you FABCouncil for putting on such a FAB-ulous event.
Hello jewelry lovers! It’s been almost a month since we launched, so I want to take the opportunity to share a little bit about our Fall 2015 store launch photoshoot, and how some of the images seen on our Urban Diva home page, social media platforms, and throughout our product pages came to be. None of this could have happened without the collaboration of two fabulous women, the amazing Rachel Madrigal of Rachel Madrigal Photography and the beautiful sultry Oriane Cabare, a French model and actress whose face and images grace our website.
Our photoshoot took place in Long Beach, California where we took advantage of both urban and beach settings to capture the essence and lifestyle we want portrayed with the Urban Diva brand tying in the bold and urban attitude, with the beautiful, free-spirited, and feminine nature that defines us as woman.
Because both Rachel and Oriane were so easy to work with we had so much fun and the time just flew by. We started off the evening in downtown Long Beach searching for the a few different urban backdrops to capture the understated grittiness that I wanted portrayed against certain jewelry pieces worn by Oriane as seen below.
Our jewelry collection is very versatile, offering pieces that can worn both in a professional setting during the day, and as the perfect finishing touch to a party outfit for the night out.
Our final location was the beach, where we rushed to catch the sun at dusk. Here we had Oriane pose in more sultry and carefree vibe to showcase our boho chic and minimalist jewelry pieces that have been in trend.
For any of these pieces and more, please visit our store and browse our selection. If you would like to learn more about Urban Diva, you can visit our About Us page on our website and we encourage you to join our mailing list to keep up to date on what’s happening with our store. Given that we are getting close to the holiday season, we are excitedly working on sourcing our winter 2015/spring 2016 collection, we hope you stick around for the unveiling this winter.
Lastly, I want to thank both Rachel and Oriane for the opportunity to work together on this shoot. For more information about Rachel and Oriane, please check out their websites which I linked in the opening paragraph. Thank you ladies, it was a pleasure. I hope we can find another opportunity to collaborate again in the future.
To all the Brides and Bride-to-be’s out there, we all know how important it is to accessorize for the big day so that you look like perfection as you walk down that aisle. You said yes to the perfect dress, found your shoes, picked out jewelry, and the hairstyle so all that’s left are the final touches…..the hair accessories! There are so many sparkly options out there, so now matter what you go with, you can’t go wrong because bridal hair accessories tend to stand the test of time. Whether rose gold hued metals are trending or not, classic pearl and rhinestone embellished hair jewelry never go out of style. Browse our Urban Diva Bridal Collection for some beautiful and affordable options.
Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Urban Diva will donate 10% of the proceeds from each Bridal Collection item purchased throughout the month of October to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, to support this very important cause. Think Pink, ladies and shop for a good cause as you prepare and accessorize for your big day!
I don’t know about you, but the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about sapphires, is the beautiful blue sapphire engagement ring that belonged to Diana Princess of Wales. Back in the 1980s I don’t recall there being a trend for colored engagement ring like it is nowadays. The ring of course now graces the hand of the lovely Princess Catherine (aka Kate Middleton), Duchess of Cambridge. And just because it was passed down from Princess Di, let’s all agree that her ring started a trend for blue sapphire engagement rings, and will therefore stand the test of time should Kate pass it on within the British royal family’s future female descendants, whether colored engagement rings are in vogue or not in the future.
In case you didn’t know, the sapphire is the birthstone for September. In honor of all the ladies out there who have September birthdays, here are a few facts about this pretty gemstone so that we can appreciate not only its beauty and dazzle, but its background:
Sapphire gemstones actually come in a variety of colors, ranging from the most coveted deep blue color to pink, yellow, purple, and even green according to the American Gem Society. In addition to Princess Di’s famous blue sapphire ring, a few other noteworthy sapphire e-rings can be seen on Jenny McCarthy, who sports a beautiful yellow sapphire engagement ring from hubby Donnie Wahlberg, and Nicole Richie’s unique cushion cut pink sapphire engagement ring.
The International Colored Gemstone Association indicates that in addition to the general public’s affinity to the sapphires deep blue color, sapphire stones are the second strongest mineral, the diamond being the hardest mineral.
In folklore days, sapphire stones protected its wearer from harm and envy. In addition, “the clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolize Heaven, and ordinary folks thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings” indicated by the GIA
The diverse colors of the sapphire make this gemstone so versatile to wear and accessorize with one’s wardrobe. FashionSnoops published its 2016 spring/summer color trend fashion report on We Connect Fashion, which indicates that heirloom jewel toned colors and bright palettes, including indigo blue and periwinkle, are expected to continue to be in trend. The blue sapphire fits quite nicely within this trend among the color choices women are expected to make for their wardrobe in the coming year. On the other hand, one may say that regardless of the color and fashion trends, the blue sapphire has more then made its mark in history among the fashionable and is here to stay.
So, again wishing all the ladies out there born in September, a happy birthday! If anyone owns any sapphire jewelry (not just blue) step up and represent, post a pic of your lovely piece in the comments section.
Sapphire image courtesy of Boykung at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Cupcake image courtesy of mrsiraphol at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
In lieu of New York’s Fashion Week that is currently front and center this week, I want to make sure that all jewelry enthusiasts are aware of the International Gem and Jewelry Show that takes places year long.
The International Gem and Jewelry Show, or Intergem for short, hosts over 90 shows in 35 major cities across the US according to their website. The events typically last three days showcasing a variety of jewelers and jewelry brands. I recently visited their Beverly Hills Hyatt Regency Hotel jewelry show where I saw jewelers hailing from all over the US represented. They showcased a spectrum of finely crafted baubles and sparkly trinkets, from both fashion pieces to beautiful diamonds (…think engagement ring ladies and gentlemen) to colorful gemstones and beads for sale.
There was something there for everyone to ogle at, including several jewelry supply booths sprinkled throughout the floor catering to those jewelry designers and DIY-ers.
If you want to spend an afternoon perusing booths full of beautiful, sparkling, ornate and unique gems and jewels, check out the International Gem and Jewelry website schedule to see when they will be in your town. Even better the admission cost ranges from roughly six to ten dollars only, depending on the location, and if you are the type that looks for deals, Intergem offers a downloadable $2 off coupon once you select the date/city on their site. Just bring the coupon with you and present it at the door when you pay.
So, if you aren’t anywhere near New York to partake in this week’s Fashion Show, check to see when the next jewelry show will be in your neck of the woods to see the latest and greatest in jewelry pieces that are available.
Hi Readers! Welcome to the official Urban Diva Blog and our very first post. I am so excited to be able to finally launch this blog along with our online retail boutique, a labor of love that has been two years in the making. Just like millions of other aspiring entrepreneurs, I wanted and needed to take that chance to create and bring to life my own business, rather than always working for someone else. Going along with that thought, I couldn’t think of a better product I would possibly enjoy working with more that I or a lot of other women could relate to, then all things sparkly….jewelry and shiny accessories.
People in general tend to mingle with like-minded folks, and having lived in several major cities (New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to name a few) I can definitely say I have befriended and met many women throughout the years. Everyone’s story is different and their own, but I think it’s fair to say that all women share a common thread in that we want to look and be beautiful, feminine, strong, and confident. The mantra behind our story is just that – to offer a selection of fashionable and affordable jewelry and accessories that reflects today’s trendy, sophisticated, and confident woman. There is a Diva-esque mindset in all of us, so why not let it shine and accessorize with the latest accessory pieces in trend, and thus our Urban Diva online store was born.
The concept of Urban Diva is pretty straightforward, we launched our store offering two collections – our Casual collection which consists of fabulous everyday accessory pieces, and our Bridal collection which focuses on our wedding accessories line. Each piece in our store is lovingly selected from our list of suppliers, to ensure we have items that reflect the current fashion trend and make you look like the fabulous Diva that each woman deserves to embody.
This blog will serve multiple platforms of communication whether it be company updates, industry trends, news, trivia and announcements to our fans, customers, and anyone who drops in to visit our site. I hope that you stick around with me as I embark on this new journey and down the path to offering fashionable and affordable jewelry pieces that would speak to today’s urban Diva in all things jewelry and accessories.
Last of all, if you have read all the way up to this point (thank you!!) please make sure to sign up for an Urban Diva account (its free!) to get on our mailing list to take advantage of sales, news, and follow our future developments. To subscribe to this blog please click on the RSS feed button under the Social Media section, at the bottom right hand side of this page. Stay tuned, as our journey begins!
Jewelry chest image courtesy of Gualberto107 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net