Designer brings turns chain mail into fashion
What can you do with chain mail?
Austin jewelry designer Deborah Wilson Taylor of Femailler has been turning it into jewelry since she was 14. She even has a degree in jewelry from Austin Community College.
Now she’s branching out and putting chain mail accents on high heels and even made a dress of chain mail, which was featured during Austin Fashion Week. We found her last month showing her looks at Toni & Guy at the Hill Country Galleria.
Her jewelry sells for $50 for a pendant to $560 for a necklace. She has not priced the shoes yet because she’s only started doing that in recent weeks. The jewelry is either Argentium silver, which has been recycled, or gold-filled. She used to make all the chain mail rings herself, but she now buys them from a company from Colorado.
All her designs are available at Etsy, femailler.etsy.com.
— Nicole Villalpando
Blog looks for couples’ winning photos
Have a treasured photo from your Jewish or interfaith wedding? Share it with the Austin-based e-zine and blog, The Modern Jewish Wedding. The online publication is inviting Jewish brides, grooms, families and their wedding photographers to submit a photo to the magazine’s cover contest.
Modern Jewish Wedding will publish the winning photo in its Sept. 2013 cover. A judging panel will determine finalists and the general public will vote on themodernjewishwedding.com for a winner.
“Every Jewish wedding is a unique expression of that couples’ Jewish heritage, and we are looking for those beautiful moments that made a wedding memorable for the couple and their guests,” said Michele Schwartz, editor-in-chief of The Modern Jewish Wedding, in a news release.
Images can show the bride, bride and groom or groom only, as long as it’s a photo of a Jewish or interfaith wedding. Deadline for photos is midnight June 30. For contest rules and the submission form, visit themodernjewishwedding.com/see-your-photo-on-our-magazine-cover.
Smell summer all year long with candles
If summer evokes memories of the lake, s’mores and picnics, then relive those times at home with a new Lakeside summer collection of candles by Bath and Body Works. Candles sell for $9.50-$19.50 at bathandbodyworks.com. Scents include Watermelon Lemonade, Lakeside, Mahogany Teakwood, Strawberry Picnic, Boathouse Row and Summertime S’mores.
Bring home your stuff, not the beach, with bag
When returning home from your beach vacation, often you find an unwanted souvenir in your bag — sand. But a new specialized beach bag called the Shake has a hidden mesh bottom that might keep you from messing with sand once you leave the ocean behind.
It’s the invention of celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn and his friend Charlie Dougiello who turned to an open-source invention and product development company called Quirky to make their dream a reality. People submit product ideas to Quirky and the company’s online community votes for its favorites. Quirky staff pick from the highest-ranking products and help bring it to market.
The line of bags includes totes for men and women, a backpack for the kids and a clutch. Shake bags range in price from $29.99 to $89.99 and are available at Quirky.com.
Line brings raw stones to the ears, necks, hands and wrists
When choosing statement jewelry, many women are preferring to go natural with raw stones. San Francisco-based company Stella & Dot has a wide raw stone selection of necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. Half of Stella & Dot products sell for less than $50.
Raw stone pieces are available online at stelladot.com and from Stella & Dot representatives.