Judith Ripka Jewelry intertwines the rich glaze of gemstones with signature beading and rope twists of exclusively alloyed gold and sterling silver. Fingers searching for natural elegance can snuggle up into the ambrosia stack ring, a sterling-silver affair that decorates the pink crystal of an oval stone with double hearts of white sapphire, symbolizing that the heart is not only unbreakable, but has a backup if needed ($175). The linked silver heart charm bracelet with signature lobster claw coddles a canary crystal heart charm ($195), and the small eclipse earrings entice the ears and frame the face with the dark, rich tones of tastefully shaped black onyx stones ($200).
Like the Verameat moniker itself, every piece of the line's jewelry blends delicate beauty with dark whimsy. Only a unique set of experiences could result in such strange juxtaposition, and the life story of its designer doesn't disappoint. As a child in Ukraine, Vera Balyura carved wood with her grandfather. As a kid in Utah, she rode horses. As a teen in New York City, she worked as a fashion model. Today, as Verameat, Balyura uses these experiences?along with recycled silver, 14-karat gold, and the manual precision inherited from her surgeon grandmother?to create striking pieces of jewelry.
Each item, from necklace pendants and rings to bracelets and earrings, "mirrors a self-sufficient lifeform with a sculptural presence," according to the website. That concept is evident in baubles whose shapes include french bulldogs, wishbones, switchblades, macabre baby-doll heads, disembodied hands, and dinosaurs eating fried chicken. The whimsical jewelry has certainly struck a chord, having been deemed fashionable by Refinery29 and landing in the wardrobes of celebrity musicians (Karen O, Annie Clark, Sharon Van Etten), actors (Chloe Sevigny, Anna Kendrick), and comics (Zach Galifianakis, Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman).
We are Southern California's leading European Comfort Footwear company with locations scattered around the southland. We offer a great selection of handmade and high-quality shoes and handbags designed for the sophisticated career woman on the go. As a family owned business, our commitment to excellence is deeply rooted.
When French denim company Skylton Paris opened its first American outpost, they did it right: they threw back the doors onto the famous sidewalks of Sunset Boulevard. The glamorous setting is only fitting for jeans designed by a partnership between a French fashionista and an expert denim technician. Their combined expertise creates modern, burnout-chic styles that flatter men's and women's forms. A good fit is the Skylton Paris promise?the store offers free alterations to make sure each pair of jeans is as comfortable as a second skin.
Named "Best Designer Outlet" by Los Angeles magazine, Last Chance displays a delightful array of discounted designer duds and contemporary collections, all handpicked by operating partner Samera Arkel. Entangle extended limbs into the enticing racks of designer favorites such as Chloe, Zac Posen, and Stella McCartney while double-jointed hips snap back to scoop up Beautiful People and Peter Som apparel. In addition to jeans (about $40) and blouses (about $40-$65), Last Chance Designer Boutique offers choices from the bargain bin (about $5). Prevent damaging outfit optical illusions with guidance from the boutique's elegance engineers—all former stylists—as they educate you on hydrogen-induced hemlines and isentropic inseams.
There are many potential reasons why A Touch of Romance landed the 2009 Adult Video News award for "Outstanding Retail Chain." It could be its impressive array of erotic accessories and novelties, or it could be its strict adherence to the core mission of providing "an exciting environment to explore human sexuality..." Either way, couples win. Lovebirds can freely explore their shades of grey with scintillating lingerie, outfits, toys, and aphrodisiacs geared toward every desire.
A Touch of Romance also does their part to dissipate the societal stigmas of sexuality and desire on a grander scale, staffing erotic specialists who lecture on bedroom topics at various colleges and universities.