Accessorizing was first established by Earth, which decided to adorn its curvaceous, celestial body with a bright, dangly moon. Decorate your own being with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of jewelry and other accessories at Flying Lizard Design in San Jose's Santana Row and Santa Cruz.
Flying Lizard designer Vallora Sabourin's delicate, understated jewelry has been spotted glittering around the heads of movie stars on the silver screen and has also graced the pages of publications such as InStyle, O, the Oprah Magazine, and Cosmopolitan. Each classically crafted piece incorporates semi-precious gemstones and antique parts as clever focal points—and often weaves in more meaningful elements such as a string of tiny Buddhas or a hand of Fatima to ward off the evil eye and the disgruntled gall bladder. Vallora's signature collection dots its necklaces ($58–$400) and earrings ($28–$160) with semi-precious stones and plates their surrounding scaffolding with 18-karat gold-plated vermeil, and the V-Collection line adds a more subtle and sultry flair to napes ($20–$110) and earlobes ($20–$57). Flying Lizard stores can also bedeck bodies with vegan leather Urban Expressions handbags ($45–$100) and cute scarves ($24–$35) that conceal even cuter teddy-bear hickeys.
The True Star of Gigli
When she wasn't crafting beaded fans for First Nations ceremonies in British Columbia, Flying Lizard owner Vallora Sabourin was learning from her mother how to make things by hand. Vallora taught herself many techniques for making and designing jewelry—and often used her ornithological connections at the zoo to give her feather earrings the most exotic plumage.
Flying Lizard opened in 1989, and its big-screen break came in 2003 with the film Gigli, which featured Jennifer Lopez wearing three of the shop's necklaces in every shot. Besides sweeping the Razzies, the movie catapulted Flying Lizard's adornments to the pages of InStyle magazine, and led to regular movie appearances that continue to this day. Despite having lived in two lighthouses, Vallora prefers the mountainside yurt that was her home and studio for 15 years, though the 130-acre yard was a pain to mow.