Thursday, October 29, 2015

Coming Soon to a Computer Near You!

Yep, SwellCaroline TV! We oh so busy putting this little venture into production and wanted to give you a sneak peek.  Our video library {or, virtual shop} will feature all things Swell Caroline to enhance your shopping experience!  Starting with our engraved and monogrammed jewelry, we are rolling out short video clips of each piece - just a Swell way to help you envision our most popular pieces on you or your oh so lucky gift recipient.  We hope you think this SwellCaroline TV is as Swell as we do!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tortoise shell jewelry {no, it's not really a from a turtle}

No, no, no, it's not really the shell of a tortoise!  That was banned back in the 1970's when the Hawksbill Turtle (what antique tortoiseshell jewelry was typically made from) became an endangered species.  The jewelry industry's answer, thankfully, came from ubiquitous lucite or acrylic that blended tones of brown, black and gold to get that warm, delightful, yet more turtle-friendly, look!

The warm tones make us all toasty inside and are now used for everything from our favorite statement necklaces to the standard guitar pick and tortoise rimmed spectacles.  A staple of New England preppies, {people we at Swell Caroline just adore to adore} wouldn't know how to dress without it, so we are giving all our favorite tortoiseshell pieces  a mention + thoughtful ideas on how to wear them.  You'll love our Olivia Tortoise Shell Necklace {lucite with a gold link} and robust oversize lobster clasp and the sweet Libby Link bracelet, the perfect size for stacking.  While we're at it, stash all of your preppy jewelry in this high gloss tortoiseshell jewelry box {with optional monogram}. 

Well, that's it for today ladies, we hope we inspired you to add a touch of this studious-looking, prep-friendly jewelry to your wardrobe.  Drop us a line, comment below, or tag us on Instagram @SwellCaroline hint, hint, with pictures and tips on your favorite ways to style your favorite tortoiseshell jewelry and accessories {the non-turtle variety}!

Pictured: Serena Tortoiseshell Statement Necklace Photo Credit: Blogger @BessPearson

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

back to the future - jewelry edition

I'm going back to the future today as it is the 30th (really?) anniversary to the 1985 time capsule.   To celebrate, I made my bi annual trip to my retired jewelry box to reminisce over some of my most loved jewelry that decorated my teen years!  From extreme shoulder padding to hair spray and bangs, it's the decade that I hate to love.  

As a fashion-forward gen x-er and lifelong jewelry lover, my prom photos are lust worthy (um, for the jewelry only... unfortunately for me).  From shooting stars for the homecoming dance to my favorite pineapple statement earrings from the star studded restaurant (but now shuttered) Boogie's diner in Aspen, my jewelry box overfloweth with tacky goodness of which I just can't seem to let go (see actual contents below).  The oh-so glam winged rhinestone earrings with pearl drops were my forray into sophistication for the sadie hawkins dance, better known in Atlanta as the PDC (Pre Debutante Cotillion if you must know).  My freshman year date is now married happily married to my husband's next door neighbor from childhood if you need proof that Atlanta is still a small town!

At Swell Caroline, we pay homage to all things '80's as it was my coming of age decade.  As preppy and streamlined as we aim to be, we are heavily rooted in all things bold beautiful and just plain fun (with a side of shoulder pads).  Enjoy!

Pictured: Sea Urchin Earrings (probably purchased at Value Village Smyrna in 1989), 
Pineapple and Palm Tree Earrings from Boogie's Diner Aspen (circa 1987) &
Shooting Star Earrings & Winged Pearl Drop Earrings 
(both purchased from the Perimeter Mall kiosk outside the Laura Ashley store circa 1988)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Trending Tuesday

 Pictured: Swell Caroline Private Label Collection: Tango Necklace in Navy

We're covering our favorite trends this chilly October Tuesday and are all abuz with the new One King's Lane Style mag and holiday home trends!  Streamlined and easy to read, this magazine has you covered when it comes to holiday home decor and entertaining.  From new ways to use your holiday ornaments (hint: curtain tiebacks) and foolproof party strategies to ultimate napkin folding, this style guide is all Swell!

What to wear when showing off your newly polished place or putting on the perfect party?  We are loving navy, red and orange for fall with a classic punch of Turquoise.  Fall doesn't have to mean wearing muted tones.  Start with a navy base and build on it.  A pop of gold, a punch of orange and you'll stand out from the crowd!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Oh Monday...

It's Monday again, 
and we all must agree;
The first day of the work week
makes us weak in the knee.

Time to start a new project
or correct last week's mistakes;
Grab a warm mug of coffee.
and give Monday all that it takes!

Friday, October 16, 2015

perfect pearls

We're suckers for all things girly and oh so pearly!  We just had to spotlight our perfect pearl Sibley Necklace and chunky clear bead necklace.  Two hands-down fan favorites, these delightful statement necklaces will compliment your go-to work suit and transition oh so Swell to drinks on the town.  All of our Collection pieces are designed right here in Atlanta with a little southern flavor, attention to the little details (like oversize clasps that are easy to use and fancy gold embellishments).  From your Junior League meeting to your board meeting, these necklaces add the perfect touch of sparkle just about anywhere!