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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.

 

 

IN THE STUDIO WITH GRACE ATWOOD OF THE STRIPE

Recently we had the pleasure of hosting blogger Grace Atwood of the Stripe in the Loren Hope Studio. We’ve always been a huge fan of Grace not only for her down to earth personality and killer sense of style but her love of everything DIY.

 

We don’t often share the behind the scenes of our process, so it was a treat to invite Grace (and her mom) to see how Loren Hope jewelry is made. Grace did a great blog post on her visit and shared some of the history of the Rhode Island jewelry industry here.  We set up a station for Grace to pick from that included different beads, settings, chains, links and other components from our library and let her get to work creating her own piece of jewelry.

 

 

Once Grace decided on her stones, Loren talked her through the process of design. “It’s a practice of considering form, color, texture, practicality and functionality. This is the part of my job I love. Just get creative and let yourself play. If you don’t like it, try something new!” explained Loren. After a little practice, Grace was a natural, laying out stones and deciding on a color palette for her pendant necklace.

 

 

Loren and Grace talked through her design and played with various layouts of different color stones and chains. Once Grace decided on a design for her pendant a member of the LH team went to work soldering her piece in the studio.

 

 

After the pendant was soldered we showed Grace how stones are hand set using traditional methods. The same methods we use on all of our LH pieces.

 

 

Grace even took a turn at setting some of her own stones. We then sent her piece off to be plated at one of our Rhode Island factories.

 

 

How pretty is the finished product?! You can see the pendant necklace styled by Grace and featured in her recent blog post. We love her choice of stones – the color combination of transparent, blush vintage glass stones against the main opal center stone paired with masculine, geometric box chain, makes for a feminine cluster pendant that goes with literally everything (especially navy) and feels truly artisan and special. Two things we can get behind.

 

 

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BEHIND THE SCENES IN HAWAII: THE SS16 COLLECTION

 

The newest season of Loren Hope is so full of colorful sparkle it’s hard not to get lost in the stunning imagery and gorgeous designs featured in the latest look book. But what you may not see is all the preparation, research and hard work that goes into creating a cohesive collection that excites and inspires. What starts as a simple idea blossoms into wearable art. Here’s a peek behind the scenes with Loren, from start to finish, of the SS16 collection.

Vintage Fashion Magazines

1. What sparked the inspiration for this collection?

I was flipping through a 1960’s fashion magazine, McCall’s,  and a flooring advertisement featuring a Hawaiian Lanai caught my eye. I looked at it and thought, “Hawaii could be really fun.”
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2. Do you start with one piece or do you envision an entire collection when you’re designing?
I pick the color palette first, then individual pieces start coming to life. I typically start with one design and then it slowly evolves into more pieces in a family. I’m often amazed at what happens once inspiration strikes. The Eden collection began with these funky lattice shapes and then blossomed into multiple pieces from there.
3. How do you pick a color palette?
 
I am very responsive to and intuitive with color. It’s important that not only the colors follow my inspiration, but that the colors are also fashionable at the time. In the case of this new collection, I pulled colors from Hawaiian botanicals that I felt also complimented one another.
Loren Hope Hawaii Pineapple Suneglasses
4. How do you feel your designs have changed/evolved since the last collection?
Each season I try to do something new and explore a new territory in construction. The challenge excites me. Each piece has nuances that have to be worked out, so in a way, each new piece can have its hurdles. This collection, I explored a hand-painted technique on the metal to create a two-tone effect on some of the pieces. The result is a glowing matte gold against black pavé areas. I think it gives the pieces dimension and brings out their architectural lines. This collection is more feminine and more colorful than my last. Overall, I’m really happy.
VW Van

The 1977 VW van, “Mango” we used as a mobile changing room.

5. What was your favorite thing about Hawaii?
That’s hard. I’d say the incredible scenery. Driving along the road with the Pacific ocean on one side and these insane mountains on the other. It felt like being another planet. Also, the shrimp trucks along the North Shore. SO good!
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Shrimp Shack, one of the many shrimp trucks along the North Shore

6. Any tips for those planning a trip to Oahu? 
Rent a house and a car somewhere out of the city if you want something low key. It’s an island, so you can’t get lost. Wander around and bring your bathing suit and a towel in case you find a cove you can’t resist. Get ramen in Honolulu at Lucky Belly. Pull over and watch the incredible pounding waves of the North Shore. Take the drive from the south west part of the island up along the highway to the North Shore for the most amazing views.  Talk to the locals – they always recommend hidden gems!

Aloha and Mahalo, Hawaii! Until next time…

 

STUDIO SERIES II WITH LULIE WALLACE

 

Loren Hope Lulie Wallace Studio Series

 

Introducing the Studio Series Part II. We are so excited to announce the arrival of the second Studio Series collaboration between Loren Hope and artist Lulie Wallace. Read on to learn about this exclusive collaboration and the inspiration behind the art.

Loren Hope Lulie Wallace

About Lulie

Lulie Wallace is an artist based in South Carolina whose art reflects the things she’s attracted to in her everyday life. Inspired by bright, vibrant colors she finds inspiration in everyday items like a vintage Kilim rug or an usual print. Loren was immediately drawn to Lulie’s work because of her use of bright colors and playful aesthetic. Lulie’s passion and excitement shows in her work, and it’s one of the many reasons Loren was so inspired to create something beautiful to compliment the “Flowers for June” print by Lulie. 

Charleston, SC Artist Lulie Wallace

Q & A with Lulie:

How did you get started as an artist? 

I’ve always been interested in art since a young girl and decided to major in studio art as a freshman at The College of Charleston. I loved my experience there and after my senior year of college, I contemplated going to graduate school for graphic design. I thought I’d give painting a try for one year and if it didn’t work out then I’d go back to school after that. Year by year, I felt more and more encouraged about what I was doing and my business has evolved ever since!

How would you describe your aesthetic?

Friendly, joyful, bright, quick, thoughtful, eclectic and not afraid of the dark.

What’s your favorite time of day to be creative?

2:00, I know it’s really specific but everyday if I start painting then I know I’m able to take care of something significant. 

Anything you do to get you in the creative zone/mindset?

Everyday looks a little different, sometimes I listen to books, sometimes music and sometimes I literally listen to the ocean from a sound machine. It all depends on my mood!

What are your hobbies outside of painting? 

I really enjoy cooking and traveling.

What’s your number one place to travel to? 

Big Sur, California. It would definitely be my number one place to travel to right now!

Lulie Wallace in her Charleston, SC studio

Loren’s inspiration behind the necklace: 

I have been a long time fan of Lulie’s work. She has a signature style that you can spot from a mile away. I particularly love her use of color and how she interprets flowers. Her pieces always feel animated and full of life, and they are just so happy. As soon as I saw the piece, ideas started flowing. 

Loren Hope's color palette, inspired by Lulie Wallace's original painting, "Flowers for June"

To make her piece, I knew I wanted to bring out the warm, rich hues that anchor it, while still putting pops of unexpected colors that feel spontaneous like Lulie’s work. I arranged the stones to play off the elements of the painting – for example the deep blue stones at the bottom center are pulled from the vase, while the top of the pendant feels abstractly botanical, the topaz navettes also mimicking the background blocks of yellow stripes. I loved this boxy chain that has hard lines mixed with small spheres. I topped each link of chain with these beautiful, vintage glass cornelian cabochons. The piece is a mixture of vintage stones, hand colored glass, Italian marbled resin, and genuine tigers eye. To give it warmth I had it plated in gold, and to bring out the colors of the stones we gave it a hand-antiqued finish. 

Loren Hope Studio Series "Flowers for June" Necklace with Lulie Wallace

To shop the “Flowers for June” Studio Series Necklace click here. The piece is limited edition, only 10 necklaces were made, and each has been numbered. Each necklace includes a print of “Flowers for June” by Lulie Wallace.

Loren Barham designer of Loren Hope + Lulie Wallace Studio Series Necklace and Print

 

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PILING IT ON: THE KAYLEE NECKLACE

 

Inspired by the fan favorite Kaylee stud, Loren designed the Kaylee necklace as a piece perfect for layering.

 

The new style sparkles from every angle and we love how blogger Jess Kirby wears it with denim and a cozy fall knit. Our favorite way to style it: pile them with the Arista necklace for an extra glam look day or night. Paired with the Arista bracelets they instantly elevate any look. Our motto: you can never have too much sparkle.

P.S. See our style post from last week styling pieces from the tri collection.

Shop the Jewelry: Kaylee Necklace in Amethyst & Iridescent // Arista Petite Necklace in Purple Opal // Arista Bracelet in Iridescent & Crystal

Shop the Outfit: Sweater // Shirtdress // Denim

 

Loren Hope Bracelet Stack

 

 

 

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LESSONS IN LAYERING

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As the weather cools down we’re cozying up in this season’s warmer hues in neutral shades. Some of our favorites from the new collection are the geometric “tri” pieces, perfect for layering with dresses, sweaters, button downs and denim. Styling some of her must-haves, we asked blogger Jess Kirby what she loves about the new collection.

“The tri pieces to me are the perfect combination of delicate, feminine and slightly edgy. They’re so wearable and easy for everyday, and they instantly elevate any outfit.”

Paired with gorgeous fall neutrals in olive and camel, we couldn’t agree more! Stay tuned next week to see another way Jess styles this shirtdress, a definite fall staple.

Shop the Jewelry: Tri Necklace // Tri Pendant Necklace // Kaylee Studs // Arista Bracelet // Alex Mini Cuff // Xena Bracelet

Shop the Outfit: Shirtdress // Sweater Coat // Ankle Boots

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A TRIP TO MATUNUCK

Matunuck Oyster Bar Rhode Island

Last week we had the distinct pleasure of visiting one of our favorite local spots, the Matunuck Oyster Bar. Owner Perry Raso gave us a tour of the Oyster Farm on Potter Pond in East Matunuck. Perry’s passion and vision is clear when you talk to him about his business. He started digging littlenecks at 12 years old, now, he’s turned his dedication for sustainable farming into a thriving RI business.

Perry took us out on the water to show us the shellfish nursery and the process of cultivating oysters which to maturity can take anywhere from 2-3 seasons.

Matunuck Oyster Bar Rhode Island

Below, Matunuck Oyster Farm employees sort oysters putting the market ready ones in bags for the restaurant and various other locations throughout the state and country that sell Matunuck oysters.

Matunuck Oyster Bar Rhode Island

Oysters are continuously sorted by size and re-distributed for the best growing environment.

Oyster Farm, Matunuck Oyster Bar, Rhode Island

Our next stop on the tour was Potter Farm. In his commitment to farm to table, Perry took it one step further with his own vegetable farm in Matunuck, right around the corner from the Oyster Farm. The property was originally owned by Captain John Potter in the 18th century, where a vegetable farm was operated and used for trade. Today, they grow everything from herbs to salad greens, carrots, tomatoes, beets, cucumbers and so much more.

Potters Pond Rhode Island

Perry’s commitment to responsible and organic growing techniques continues with the vegetable farm where they use green initiatives whenever possible. The vegetable farmers use non-chemical, responsible and organic growing techniques. All vegetables are grown directly from seeds.

Potter Farm, Matunuck Oyster Bar, Rhode Island

In the greenhouse tomatoes grow to the ceiling. Those same tomatoes were in the salad we ordered at lunch later that day!

 

Matunuck Oyster Bar, Rhode Island

Matunuck Oyster Bar

Matunuck Oyster Bar, Rhode Island

We finished off our tour the best way possible, with fresh Matunuck oysters. Perry described his oysters as “crisp, briny with a sweet finish.” Trust us when we say, they’re the best oysters we’ve had, anywhere. Perry is a passionate and inspiring entrepreneur, keeping jobs in RI and growing quality, affordable food with a commitment to quality, sustainability and our community. If you’re looking for a great place to visit when you’re in RI, Matunuck Oyster Bar is a must see!

 

HONORING STRONG WOMEN

 

Nationwide, this month is all about the women who have paved the way for generations to come and those who continue to provide inspiration and change. Naturally, here at Loren Hope, we’re all about strong women, so we’re celebrating a few favorite heroines, and their inspiring words…

Inspired by an amazing woman? Tag or mention @LORENHOPE to share your favorites

 

 

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