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LH Styled: Two Ways to Wear the Glenn Y Necklace with Jess Ann Kirby

 

Loren Hope Glenn Y Necklace 2 ways with Jess Ann Kirby

In designing a new piece, there has to be a perfect blend of all the right ingredients.  It needs to strike a delicate balance between standing out and bringing an outfit together, and with the Glenn Y necklace, we found the sweet spot.  The Glenn Y is sexy, sleek, unexpected, and effortless.  Its strength is in its wearability and diversity, as it can elevate casual Friday, shimmer on date night, or tie together business-chic.

Style contributor Jess Ann Kirby shows us two ways to rock the necklace and shares her thoughts. Feast your eyes below:

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"My new favorite throw on and go piece can be worn so many ways it’s hard to share just two. Pair it with the shirt of the season, a striped button down, for an elevated off-duty look or mix metals with a rose gold sweater and floral printed trousers for a more feminine approach."

"There’s simply no wrong way to wear the Glenn Y necklace. Make it your own by wearing it alone or layer it with the Glenn choker for ultimate cool girl vibes (seriously ripped jeans and a white tee and done). Summer is quickly approaching and I’ll be rocking the Glenn with a classic black one-piece and cut-offs for sunset happy hour at the beach."

 

Spotlight: Revival Brewery

In the small state of Rhode Island, we are interested in casting the spotlight on the businesses who are true to their passion, their staff, and their history.  At Loren Hope, we believe in celebrating American artistry, and most of all, celebrating the people behind it.  We took a little trip over to Cranston, RI to Revival Brewery's headquarters to meet brewmaster Sean Larkin and the rest of the Revival team.  We found a group of people dedicated to incorporating history and locality into some sweet, sweet nectar.  Sean let us take a step out of the jewelry world and into the ever-growing world of craft beer, and while the two might seem different, they are undoubtedly linked by passion and the pursuit of perfection.  We left happy, buzzed, and itching to go back.  Read what Sean had to say on craft beer-making in an interview below: 

LH: First off, we love your name. How did the name "Revival" come to be?

SL: Revival's name came about as more of a thought. I wanted to start brewing beer on my own and I wanted the name of the company to represent that investment in my career and not a geographical location.

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LH: What is a day in the life like for a brewmaster?
SL: It's a whirlwind of sorts for this start-up company, I tend to wear many hats in my role, but as it pertains to the brewery, I formulate recipes, oversee production, lend creative guidance and lead a team of terribly creative people.  Without the team, Revival would be nothing.
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LH: We are always interested in the creative process, what is the first step in creating a new beer for Revival?
SL: They are all different, some start with a style, some start with a name and then we create a beer to match that.  In the end, it's hopefully about good story telling and great beer.  We are lucky to have a great design partner in the way of AJ Paglia, http://www.snorgtees.com, he is part owner in Snorg and is amazing.  Without him, we would not have made the design impact as a brand that we have had.
LH: When tasting, what are the traits you look for in a good beer? 
SL: Balance and drinkability are first.  Extreme beers are nice too but if the consumer is not educated enough these beers can be out of balance and give them a style perception that may not be consistent.  Everyone's tastes are different and its beer fun to see the consumer shift from IPA's to Sours.  This has been extremely interesting.

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LH: I noticed a lot of the beers are inspired by Rhode Island's history, how important is it for you to represent The Ocean State at Revival?
SL: I was born here and I will most likely die here.  I have traveled the world and there is no place more weird or special than RI, I love it and I try to tell stories that will make folks from other places fall in love with this beautiful misfit state.
LH: As a craftsman, what is the driving force behind your passion?
SL: I love to see people across the globe enjoying our beer, I never planned to be a brewer it just happened.  Now I enjoy creating beer and teaching other folks to enjoy beer, and teaching my staff how to make world class beers.
LH: In a rapidly expanding craft beer market, how do you separate yourselves from the rest?
SL: Quality beer and Amazing Branding IMO.  Enough Said!
LH: While its still cold out, what do you recommend to drink?
SL: Bourbon Barrell Imperial Stout!!
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LH: Lastly, does one ever tire of drinking a beer of their own creation?
SL: Never, I fall back in love every time I mash-in!!
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A big thanks to Sean Larkin and the entire Revival team.  You provided us with some incredible hospitality, some delicious beverages, and a glimpse into a new artistic realm outside of the world of fashion.  Your passion for delicious beer inspires us--Cheers!!

LH Travel: Tucson

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Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.  See the world.  It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

 

            In an attempt to stuff our eyes, to pursue the wonders that our big world has to offer, we packed our bags and headed out west.  Our destination—Tucson, Arizona.
The Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase—is an annual event showcasing the treasures of our Earth, a month long affair paying homage to all of the old and wondrous splendor nature creates with nothing more than time and the elements.

 

            When we touched down in Phoenix, our first move was to rent a car for the trek to Tucson.  Convertible?  Yes, please.  As we made the drive, we were floored by the landscape:  the rolling mountains, the way the desert blended deep reds and stunning auburn, how the sunsets popped with purple hues and fiery puffs of cotton. 

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            Once we arrived in Tucson, we had some decisions to make.  The show consists of over 40 events going on across the city, each highlighting different features such as fine minerals, fossils, or cut precious stones.  In our exploration, we found a few gems (pun intended?) that we had to take home, including some collector’s fluorite, calcite, pink halite, and a fossilized ammonite.
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Outside of the show, we spent some time hiking in the Saguaro National Park, making our way through the desert landscape and the towering cacti.  The air was clean and dry, and we fell in love with the massive saguaro’s soaking up the sun. 
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Of course, no trip would be complete without trying out some of the local food.  We sat down for brunch at the Welcome Diner, who by the way, might just have the friendliest staff we’ve ever encountered.  Our server put as ease before we devoured some huevos divorciados with roasted vegetables, a perfect combination of Southwestern cuisine and comfort. 
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            The desert sky was a pleasant retreat from our wintery landscape, and a gentle reminder to why jewelry is our passion:  The gems and stones were stunning, full of shimmer and geometrical allure, the final product of Earth’s artistic hands.  Back in the studio, we strive to blend nature’s artistry with everyday, feel-good attire—to create a product you want show off to the world.  In Tucson we went in search of stones, and in stones, we find the stuff that dreams are made of.    

LH Supper Club: Stuffed Acorn Squash

 

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Having friends over for dinner can be oh so stressful.  It is a difficult task to find a balance between impressing your friends with a delicious meal and making it easy on the prep cook.  In our new series, we will be offering easy, seasonal approaches to dishes that are perfect for girl’s night or a casual dinner for two.  We like food that is simple to prepare, healthy when it can be, and always delicious.  With the launch of LH Supper Club, our first recipe is certain to leave your guests full, happy, and just a little bit jealous.

 

What you’ll need:

-1 acorn squash

-1 quart shredded kale

-1 pear, peeled and diced

-1/2 cup goat cheese

-1/2 cup almond slivers

-1 lemon

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Preheat the oven to 350°F.  With a sturdy knife, cut your acorn squash in half and scrape out the seeds.  Once your oven is hot, drizzle a little olive oil over the flesh of the squash and season with S&P.  Place the squash flesh-side down on a baking sheet and into the oven it goes, checking after thirty minutes.  Once the flesh is tender under your touch, but not mushy, remove from the oven to cool.

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Place a sauté pan on medium heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil.  Add your kale and pear and stir.  The goal here is to only lightly wilt the kale, so it shouldn’t be in the pan longer than a minute or two.  With a fine grater or microplane, zest the lemon into the kale and squeeze in its juice.  Season to taste.

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With your saute done and your squash cool you can now finish up.  Stuff the squash with the sautéed kale and pear, sprinkling almonds and pinches of goat cheese here and there.  To finish, simply pop the squash back in the oven until hot and the goat cheese is gooey and delicious.  These can be made ahead of time to avoid the hassle of cooking for a live audience.  If you have some bread crumbs around, toast them in butter or in an oven until golden brown and top it all off. 

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This is the sort of dish that is healthy, delicious, and will always impress.  The prep and clean up is minimal, but your guests will never know.  Get your closest friends on the phone and tell them to bring over some wine, dinner is on us.  

Getting Lost At Home

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There is something to be said for the power of a good book.  While fashion, design, and art are our passion, literature holds a special place in our hearts.  There are few things better than waking up on a Sunday, putting on the kettle, and getting lost for a few hours beneath your favorite blanket.    

We are taking advantage of these winter weekends by catching up on some quality reading.  For starters, the fire is going, the television is off, and maybe, just maybe, our phone is turned to silent. 

When perusing the shelf, we look for a book that reminds us to slow down, take it all in, and forget about the small stuff.   A great book doesn't always have to teach you a life lesson, inspire you to travel the world, or embolden your beliefs--it simply has to force you, if only for a little while, to get lost in a world different then your own.

The number of books out there can be a little intimidating.  There are so many to choose from, with so little time to invest.  Over the past year we've read some new and some old and here are a few suggestions:

If you're looking for a casual, fun read, check out Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy, beginning with A Discovery of Witches.  

For a gut-wrenching romance, certain to leave you emotional, pick up Jojo Moyes's highly lauded Me Before You.

Lastly, if you're looking to invest yourself in something serious, something long term, look no further than Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life.  It kept us up late, kept us searching for answers, and eventually left us in tears.  

When it is all said and done, find whatever makes you choose a book over brunch, or a few pages over an early night.  Find the book that makes curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee the best option.  Find the book that, at the end of a long day, is all you can think of.  Treat your mind and body to the remedy of good literature, and find a story to get lost in.  

LH Travel: Tulum Town

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To break up the monotony of these wintery skies, we were searching (desperate) and anxious (crying out) for some sunshine.  Heading south was the only remedy, but this time we found ourselves going a little beyond the border.

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            Tulum is no longer Mexico’s hidden gem, but it certainly feels like it.  It is a popular destination for those looking for something a little more restorative than its neighbor, Cancun, to the north. In Tulum, the scene is relaxed, the people are friendly, the drinks are cheap, and the tacos… Oh, the tacos…

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            We landed with just a few thoughts in mind.  Check in, check out the surroundings, and officially take ourselves off the radar.  The first day was spent perusing the beach, breathing in the saltiest of air, and coming to terms with the reality of Tulum’s beauty.   

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            In the following days, we found the perfect balance of cleansing and indulging, that happy place where yoga and deep-tissue massages meets ceviche and cervezas.  Just about anywhere along the main road, running parallel to a crystal blue ocean, you can find a spa or yoga retreat to sweat out last night’s mezcal.  Likewise, just next door to the yoga studio you can find the perfect beachside bungalow for enjoying guacamole and al pastor while sipping on evening mojitos.  Be still, my heart. 

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            Lost somewhere in this place is a magic our soul’s were calling out for—beyond the vitamin D and adult beverages, we discovered a place steeped in a history far deeper than our own but still convenient and welcoming.  We swam in the underground wells of cenotes, explored the grounds of a Mayan civilization long gone, and most importantly, dug our toes in the sand as far as they could go.  Exploring new cultures, diversities, and the wonders of this Universe are the driving force of our creativity at Loren Hope, and a few days in Tulum provided the inspiration we are always in search of. 

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            In travel, we find our stimulus and in Tulum, we found our sunshine.  Now, we think you should do the same.  If you made it through 2016, this is your year, so conquer these days ahead.  We find the best method for travel is booking the flight, because after that, there is only one decision to make:  what to pack. A set of studs and a bathing suit might be all you need. 

Valentine's Day: A Table for Two

 

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This year we’re mixing it up.  No reservations, no expensive bill, no searching for parking.  No pre-fix menu or cocktail lists. We’re doing away with restaurants and focusing in on what’s most important on Valentine’s Day: each other.  Don’t be confused, we love to wine and dine as much as the next person, but this year we’re going rogue.

 Instead of relying on the restaurant, we’re taking matters in to our own hands.  No, we’re not making truffled risotto with braised ox tail, or roasting whole birds that take too long or come out, despite every effort, just a little bit dry.  We’re picking up, when its all said and done, finger foods for two--just trust us on this one. 

 We went to the market, and at half the price of the dinner bill, selected all of the things our heart’s desired:  wine, fruit, charcuterie, and cheese.  Is there anything more unanimously loved than cheese?  Maybe, but probably not.   We went for camembert and a soft cow's milk cheese because they are great for smearing over crusty bread.  For something a little firmer, try tomme, and if you want something semi-hard, we recommend manchego.  In this case, there isn't really a bad choice.

The products do all of the hard work, and this sort of dining demands an intimacy that a noisy restaurant cannot replicate.  Place everything on a serving piece with no specific order and stand back, you won’t be disappointed.  We suggest you serve with toasted baguette and red vino, but a crisp white works wonders too.

 Tell your loved one we’re staying in this year and enjoy by candlelight, sitting on pillows, or snuggled up in bed.  Single this year?  Don’t worry, this can be enjoyed on your own or with a best friend, too. So put on your best stack, dim the lights, turn up the tunes, and enjoy these moments. 

Our Valentine's Shop has everything you might need to make the evening sparkle.  

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LH Wedding: Southern Charm

It is a pleasure to reach you all through our jewelry, but we cherish the times we can touch your lives forever. Loren teamed up with Kayla, a Southern bride, to create a pair of earrings for her wedding day, and we’re giddy with the result. Lets just say, she sparkled at all the right moments.

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With a sweeping backdrop of a Southern farm with a rustic horse stable, the bride’s vision was inspired by nature, with an emphasis on subtle hues of green and delicate bursts of pastels.  Nature’s beauty trumps all, but we’re happy with the results—a pair of earrings seamlessly blending into the bride’s grander vision, but still standing tall all on their own (It doesn’t hurt she wears them well, either).

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Between the baby’s breath and the groom’s bowtie, the earrings tie in perfectly with their thoughtful details! Kayla polished off her look with a matching Mini Sarra cuff in iridescent.

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The bridesmaids’ seafoam Abba earrings and their ShowMeYourMumu dresses, made for beautiful girls and, after it was all said and done, a perfect day.  If you’re trying to decide what to wear, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You’ve got one shot to make it count, and all eyes are on you.  When we hear wedding bells, we come running.  So don’t worry, we’ll be there with drinks in hand. 

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A very special (and handsome) ring bearer. 

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For wedding pieces shop here, or contact us for special commissions.

 

Photography:  Jess Watkins 

Dresses: BHLDN & ShowMeYourMumu

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Bling in the New Year

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What a year 2016 has been. From venturing all the way to Hawaii for our Spring-Summer 2016 photo shoot, to seeing our jewels in Nordstrom, this year has been full of delights. And while it's easy to focus on where we aren't (yet), it's so important to count your blessings. I'm so very thankful for the dedicated people that make Loren Hope possible. From my husband Aaron, to the family-owned businesses across Rhode Island, our team who shows up 5 days a week to set stones, ship your orders and answer your emails, and last but not least, my parents (because they are the best when you need a good cry).
Wishing you all a blessed 2017 full of love and laughter. 
xo-

The Studio Series: Edition III - Get To Know Artist Linda Colletta

Bringing you edition III of the studio series with CT based artist, Linda Colletta. She shares with us her inspiration and creative wisdom. To shop Linda's 8 original paintings the come with a limited, numbered pair of "Colletta" earrings, click here.

LH: Tell us about your creative process. What inspires you?

Linda: My core inspiration is always color. Every piece begins with a color, or a combination of colors that ignite in some magical way. Recently, I’ve been exploring form and line. I am endlessly fascinated by places where man & nature meet...like a telephone line across a skyline at dusk or a tiny patch of grass in the middle of a cement jungle or a fence making the end of a rolling field. The line against the form is not only a source of beautiful abstraction but also speaks to our futile attempts as humans to contain or control this wild world. It makes me giggle every time. And it reminds me to just let go.

 

LH: We love your use of color! Do you have a favorite? 

Linda: BLUE! Specifically a blue called Payne’s Grey, it is almost a black blue but when watered down bits of teal and turquoise show through. Obsessed.

 

LH: What do you do to get in the creative zone?

Linda: Embarrassingly, I clean. I’m a bit anal. Everything needs to be in its right place in order for me to get started, so that’s typically where I start, and then I make a big mess, and rinse and repeat!

 

LH. When you're feeling a creative block - any tips to get out of a funk? 

Linda: For me, sheer force. I MAKE MYSELF DO IT anyway and despite myself! And even if all that comes out is shit, I just keep going, I just literally force myself and almost always it busts me through to the other side pretty quickly.

 

LH: What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

Linda: Just paint. It doesn’t haven’t to mean anything. Stop listening to yourself to intently and just paint and don’t ever stop.

 

LH: Favorite way to unwind?

Linda: Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex and Westworld! I am a drama junkie!

 

LH. Any hobbies outside of art?

Linda: Not really a hobby, but I am endlessly interested in my own personal growth and development as a better human. I do a lot of work on myself to get happy, stay happy and fulfill my dreams. I’ve worked regularly with a life coach since I was 18 and its some of the most important work I’ve done in my life. So grateful for the Handel Group, my life coaches.

 

 

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