C A S T A W A Y: LuxDivine's 2017 Summer Collection

Our newest(and most badass) collection is almost here! We have finally chosen a release date... which will be on April 2nd at 2pm PST~ or 1:30pm for our newsletter subscribers. Our mailing list always gets early access to all our sales, collection releases and any other promotions we have going on. Be sure to sign up if you want to stay in the know and get VIP access. You can sign up at the bottom of any page on our site.

The castaway collection will be the very last collection we launch before the birth of our third child~ who is due in 8 weeks! Most of me preparing for my daughters arrival is prepping Lux Divine for my absence during our busiest time of the year! I love that I can apply the natural nesting that comes during the third trimester to organizing my business. Thank goodness I've had great energy this pregnancy, I wasn't so lucky with the last one! I still have hyperemesis gravidarum, severe morning sickness that must be treated with medication, but Im hanging on! But on the plus side, my daughter's energy is incredible! I have never felt so inspired and I attribute it to her creativity & strength. I feel more connected and in sync with her than I did with my two boys which is an incredible feeling. Maybe it's because she is a fellow gemini( due date is on my birthday!), or maybe I feel something deeper because she is my first girl. Im not sure what's going on, all I know is that this little girl is fueling my passionate fire for Lux Divine and I couldn't be more grateful for her creative presence. I channeled this energy into our Summer collection...and I really feel it's our best yet! Thanks little babe for the motivation:) 

I sent off our Summer collection with two creative genius ladies that traveled to the Bahamas to shoot our lookbook....and I couldn't be more thrilled! Jamie did the styling as well as her own hair and makeup while Champagne did the shooting. These two babes work so well together and seem to feed off one another's creative juices. I gave them a castaway/shipwrecked theme and am blown away by the results! The lighting, outfits and Jamie's gorgeous face were all on point!...don't you think?!!! 

Don't miss out on our newest designs that launch this weekend!!! Set your alarms babes.... there are many amazing one of a kinds in this collection that I wouldn't want you to miss out on! I can't tell you how many times I get messages after a collection launch requesting our one off pieces to be recreated... I won't be remaking any of the one of a kind designs...so If you want something you see in these amazing photos, be at the launch on time! As always, thank you for your continued support of our small handmade brand!!! Now... check out this amazing photography!!

C A S T A W A Y    L O O K B O O K 

Shot by Champagne Victoria @champagneunicorns 

Modeled by Jamie Kidd @jamienkidd 

Clothing: Jasmyn Eliza Designs @jasmynelizadesigns

GYPSY TRAVELER BOOTS ~THE NEW STYLE

Our new boots have arrived!!! Its been about over a year since our last boot release...mostly due to all these babies Ive been cooking! But, I really wanted to get a big batch done before baby arrives in 2.5 months. I get so many emails every week about our boots with customers asking when they will be available.... but our old style left me a little bored so it was difficult to get motivated to spend the 6 plus hours on each pair. I needed to bring life back into our upcycled boots so I decided to redesign them. I love the way to new ones turned out! I will still be making the ones with feathers...but Im loving our new style so much more!!! What do you think??? 

This new style features more vintage fabrics..which means more upcycling and repurposing. We only use vintage or preowned moccasin boots and scrap leather that would otherwise be trashed in a landfill somewhere. We try to live as eco-friendly as we possible can and repurposing old into something new is about as green as you can get. 

http://www.luxdivine.com/bags-boots/copy-of-gypsy-traveler-boots-size-8

We hope you love our new styles as much as we do! We have released about half of our big batch of over 30 boots...so we will be adding more in the next few weeks!!! If you missed out on your favorite pair, don't fret....more are coming soon! 

A LOVE STORY: A Valentine's Day Collection

This past year I've decided to make collections for all the holidays we have never done...to mix things up! Last year our biggest collection was a Halloween collection. This year we went all out for Valentine's Day & I am pretty pleased with the end result. This new collection is so girly with a ton of pinks & purples.... We added new styles of dainty chokers which we think our customers will love. Our current best seller is our Crescent moon choker. We listened to our customers and designed more dainty jewelry for you to layer....and more Rose Gold which has been a hit!

 

 

Rose Gold, Our New Best Friend

People are often surprised at the lack of jewelry I wear...honestly, I don't have one piece of jewelry on right now! Since I work with my hands most of the day, I have found rings just weigh me down and get in my way. I won't wear necklaces unless I can wear them everyday comfortably. I prefer dainty over bulky for the everyday wear. So... I came up with a collection that I would wear everyday! These pieces are so delicate and dainty. The rose gold is so flattering on any skin tone unlike Gold and Silver. Silver completely washes me out(which is why you may notice not muh of it is in my shop!) Some people just look better in certain metals...but rose gold, she looks good on everyone! So here she is...in all her Rose Gold glory...the Rosé Collection

THE VOODOO LADY COLLECTION

Our 2016 Fall Collection is here! I decided to get into the Halloween spirit by creating a witchy theme for this batch of jewels. Our lookbook radiates the feeling I was going for. Modeled by the always stunning Jamie Kidd and produced by some amazing artists. It was fun seeing my collection come to life at the shoot. We hope you love these photos as much as we do! 

One of the main designs in this release is our Gold Melt cuffs. After a few hours online, we sold out of all of them! You guys are so amazing! We are so beyond grateful for all your support...really:) Ive gotten a lot of requests to make more of these and have taken this into consideration. I may make another huge batch for the holidays but will be sure to make each one different and unique. Im thinking in silver?

Around Here

Hiya babes,

                   I thought it was about time we started sharing more about ourselves and who we are. My husband and I run this little brand together. My family is very much involved in the daily life of working on our business...even our kids! We run Lux Divine out of our home which allows me to not leave my littles(Halen age 8 & Koa 9 months). We had a workshop out of our home a couple years ago but I could never force myself to go to "work". About a year ago on our blog we shared that we were building our dream home. We loved our small ranch home we were living in but we needed a ton of more room if we were going to continue to have LD in our home. We searched high and low for the perfect home that would allow us to separate our business areas from our living areas.... we had no luck so we decided to build one ourselves. Building your own home is no joke and we did it all while I was pregnant! It was such a long road and there were times we were fed up...but its finally done!!! And I of course, had to share it all right here!

We bought our home from a builder...meaning we chose our lot and home design and made all the decisions along the way. They delivered a finished home with carpet and finishings we were not into. We could have had them add the finishing materials we wanted but it would have been twice as much in price than if we did it ourselves...so thats what we did. On day one we started ripping up the terrible carpet and white tile throughout the home. We reused the carpet in one of our apartment buildings, our other business, and tried as best we could to not waste any of the materials. We found the most amazing weathered reclaimed wood as our flooring. It has the most amazing knots and bowties within the wood that make me feel like Im living on a pirate ship. 

Selecting the tiles for our staircase was so much fun!

Selecting the tiles for our staircase was so much fun!

With the architecture of our home, we knew we needed to design our home with a spanish style flare... This staircase really inspired me...we took the plunge and ripped out the wooden railings. I was glad it wasn't wasted either, we donated it to the amazing iron worker who built our new railing. He was able to reuse it for another project. win win!

Watching the staircase being built in my home was such a crazy process to watch. I was surprised at how dangerous it was to install. Thankfully no one was hurt in the making of this staircase:) It has become my favorite part of our home and I never mind walking up them...

We also decided to be bold in our front entry way. Instead of just continuing the wood into that area, we found an incredible Moroccan cement tile that made that space pop. I know its a bit crazy for most, but Im obsessed!  

             We are so thrilled with how those two spaces turned out. Even though this process was LONG, dusty and sometimes tiresome...we overall loved designing our home and have been discussing selling this one and doing it all over again! We are a bit crazy... Buying and fixing up properties is something we enjoy to do together. LD isn't our only business:) But for now, we are all happy as can be in our new home with our new baby...Thats all the time Ive got today to share our dream home...Ill share more bits of our love nest soon...including my studio & workshop! 

 

xo,

Jess

Turquoise: Gemstone of the month

One of the main gemstones we work with is Turquoise. Some of our best selling designs feature the beautiful gem that Turquoise is. It is said that Turquoise is a most efficient healer, providing solace for the spirit and well-being for the body. It benefits the overall mood and emotion by balancing and inducing a sense of serenity and peace. Holding or wearing Turquoise helps restore depleted vitality and lifts sagging spirits. It relieves stress and brings focus back to the center heart. It is empathetic and balancing, helping one to recognize the causes of happiness and unhappiness, and to master them. 

As a stone of purification, Turquoise dispels negative energy and clears electromagnetic smog from the environment. It promotes self-realization and aids in creative problem-solving, thus calming the nerves when speaking in public. It helps stabilize mood swings, and dissolves a martyred attitude of self-sabotage.  It is also empowering if you feel bullied or suffer prejudice. Because it soothes the mind, Turquoise is good for jet lag and fears of flying.

Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. It is a stone of protection, strong and opaque, yet soothing to the touch, healing to the eye, as if carved from an azure heaven and slipped to earth. Its unique shade of blue, often blue-green, lends it name, Turquoise, to all things of this tranquil hue. The delicate veining or mottled webbing in cream or brown is inherent to the stone and serves to enhance its character. 

Turquoise is soft enough to be carved. This turquoise from China was crafted into an ornate vase. – Courtesy Geological Museum, Beijing, China

Turquoise is soft enough to be carved. This turquoise from China was crafted into an
ornate vase. – Courtesy Geological Museum, Beijing, China

The name Turquoise is derived from the French, pierre turquoise, meaning “Turkish stone,” because the trade routes that brought Turquoise to Europe from the mines in central Asia went through Turkey, and Venetian merchants often purchased the stone in Turkish bazaars. 

For thousands of years, Turquoise has spanned all cultures, prized as a symbol of wisdom, nobility and the power of immortality.  Among the Ancient Egyptians, Persians and Chinese, Aztecs and Incas of South America, and Native North Americans, Turquoise was sacred in its adornment and for power, luck, and protection. 

For nearly a thousand years, Native Americans have mined and fashioned Turquoise, using it to guard their burial sites. Their gems have been found from Argentina to New Mexico. Indian priests wore it in ceremonies when calling upon the great spirit of the sky. Many honored Turquoise as the universal stone, believing their minds would become one with the universe when wearing it. Because of its ability to change colors, it was used in prophesy or divining. To the prehistoric Indian, Turquoise, worn on the body or used in ceremonies always signified the god of the sky alive in the earth. 

Native American jewelry often features carved turquoise birds and animals, called fetishes. - Courtesy Jaime Steelman

Native American jewelry often features carved turquoise birds and animals, called fetishes.
- Courtesy Jaime Steelman

For centuries Turquoise has been recognized as possessing the power to protect riders from injury due to falls. First used as amulets by Turkish soldiers, on their persons and attached to their bridles and trappings, it later came to be used for protection against falls of any kind. Turquoise is also reputed to be influenced by the physical condition of the person who wears it. It is thought to grow pale when its owner is sick or sad, lose all color when the person dies, and gradually recover its color when transferred to a new healthy owner, its color deepening each day. 

Historically, Turquoise is credited with the property of securing friendly regard, verifying the traditional saying that “he, or she, who owns a Turquoise will never want for a friend.”  In the Orient, a Turquoise ring was worn as a protector against all things evil. The proverb states: “Given by a loving hand it brings with it happiness and good fortune.” However, the ring emitted protective energy only if the stone was given by a friend. It was believed to restore clear vision to the mind when the thinking became muddled and thus ensured good fortune. 

Turquoise is found in only a few places on earth: dry and barren regions where acidic, copper-rich groundwater seeps downward and reacts with minerals that contain phosphorus and aluminum. The result of this sedimentary process is a porous, semitranslucent to opaque compound of hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate. Turquoise deposits usually form in iron-rich limonite or sandstone. Limonite creates dark brown markings in turquoise, while sandstone creates tan markings. These markings are remnants of the host rock within the turquoise, and can resemble splotches or veins called matrix.

We hope you learned a little something on Turquoise. It is such an interesting gemstone and Its one of our favorites!

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References: [Hall, 305], [Simmons, 420], [Gienger, 89] , [Eason, 239], [Eason, 41-42], [Eason, 239], [Mella, 111] , [Fernie, 37], [Kunz, 111]

 

 

The best lemon pasta you have ever had

Hello Dreamers,

             As Summer comes to an end, I wanted to sneak in the perfect Summer recipe on the blog before it was too late! You will be thanking me after you make this...I promise! This is the best lemon pasta you have ever had. Its so light(for a pasta) & the lemon adds a nice freshness making it a Summer favorite. I personally think it's great year round but we tend to have this more in the Summer months. I must confess that I am NOT a pasta person. Other than something light like a checca angel hair, most dishes feel so heavy to me. I always regret it...so I try to stay away as much as I can. It's not even the pasta dough itself...its always cooked in so much oils and fat which is why I hate it. That being said, this is the only one I will eat which means it can't be heavy. It can be made as a vegetarian dish like this recipe or exclude the parmesan to make it vegan. Sorry, not raw folks...however I suppose could probably pull this off with zucchini noodles. 

               My mom makes this at most family gatherings...which is often. She recently made it for my first son's birthday party and all the moms asked for the recipe...I didn't even need to write it down. Its only 6 ingredients and just that easy. I don't use measurements but I will include them. 

1 lb thin spaghetti 

3 lemons- juiced 1/2 cup, 1-2 tbsp lemon zest

1/2- 1 cup fresh basil 

spices: salt & pepper

2/3 cup olive oil 

parmesan- grated & thinly shaved (optional) 1/2 cup grated, 1/2 cup shaved

 

It takes me about 15-20 mins to make this start to finish. Pretty quick huh?

Here's how it goes:

1. Boil water, add a few pinches of salt and add spaghetti noodles. cook for 12-15 mins or until tender. strain & save 1/2 cup of the cooking water

While your spaghetti is cooking...

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2. grate one lemon, juice all 3 lemons and wisk them together with olive oil & grated parmesan

3.  Once you have your noodles ready, the 1/2 cup of cooking water & lemon mixture, add the liquids to the pasta slowly while stiring. You may have too much liquid so go slowly and stop when you have moist noodles with an obvious coating but not so much that it pools at the bottom of the bowl. You do not want them soggy.

4. finely chop fresh basil...you can't have too much! mix into pasta

5. Add salt and pepper to taste

That's it! It can be eaten right away hot, room temperature or cold. Its all good...mmmm

I hope you try this yumminess and let me know how it goes! 

xo,

jess

 

 

The Revival Collection: Preview

Its almost here!!! The launch of our Fall 2016 collection, The Revival, is tomorrow! Here is a small preview of what will be available online tomorrow 8pm PST. Once an item has sold, thats it! None of these designs will be remade...making each piece special and unique. 

LUX DIVINE X FREE PEOPLE

             Hey friends!! Its been so long since we have last checked in here...so much is going on, and I am excited to share all the secret things Ive been working on! One thing that has us pretty stoked is our recent collab with Free People. This includes exclusive designs such as feather arm bands & ear cuffs.  Some of our best selling originals are also available on the Free People website...our Born to be Wild feather ear cuff even made it onto the cover of the April 2016 catalog! 

I love the simplicity and elegance of the exclusive Shoot To The Moon ear cuff. And its so comfortable, you'll forget your wearing it! The celestial vibe and feel of this piece is sure to have you loving it to the moon(and hopefully back too).

Shop the Shoot To The Moon ear cuff HERE

 

Another fun piece we designed for Free People is the Feather in the Wind feather arm band. We created a matching arm band to pair up with our existing feather ear cuffs.  These are only available at Free People HERE

Shop the Feather in the Wind arm band HERE

 

Free People is also carrying some other classic Lux Divine designs like our Born to be Wild feather ear cuffs & gemstone armbands. 

Shop all Lux Divine x Free People HERE

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Caftan

Hey there! Remember us?... I know, I know...where the heck have we been?! We have been a little M.I.A. lately...and for good reason. Firstly, we are all packed up and ready for our big move to the new house we have been building this past year. Working and creating new items while a majority of your workshop is packed up is pretty impossible. Second, if you follow us on social media you might have heard we are expecting...a baby boy! He is due in December and we are beyond elated and thankful. We have been trying for baby number #2 going on 5 years now and were finally blessed after being diagnosed with secondary infertility( yes, thats really a thing). As blessed as I feel, this pregnancy has been a tough one. Mostly due to me not being able to carry a pregnancy without the use of hormones that just left me feeling ill constantly. The first 3 months I had the most terrible morning sickness I couldn't even keep water down and leaving my bed was a huge task. Thank God for my amazing husband and son who really pulled through and picked up the slack. Now I am thankfully feeling somewhat functional but we felt it was best for me to stay away from jewelry manufacturing daily. I use a lot of resins, polishing compounds..even just filing metals are dangerous to inhale. Wearing a mask just isn't enough when your creating a precious life. So for now, our jewelry is somewhat on hold and our clothing line has all our attention...

Our Fall collection is ready and here and we couldn't be more happy with how everything turned out. We are still working with a small clothing factory in downtown Los Angeles that specializes in small production, prefect for us! Everything they make is top notch quality and I really feel good about creating locally and not producing overseas. It would be WAY cheaper to do it that way but not environmentally conscious. I feel blessed to know the exact people who make our designs and that they are happy, paid well and work in a safe work environment. Im sure companies who produce in China could not say that much. L.A. made is very much who we are and proud to make products in the USA. There is currently a big problem with mass produced electroformed jewelry being made in China and sold here in the states for dirt cheap...but don't even get me started on that issue. All I can say is when you purchase from us, rest assured knowing all your Lux Divine creations are made ethically here on U.S. soil in Los Angeles with love and care...and by people who love their jobs! whoohooo:)

 

So here is the first piece I introduce to you from our 2015 Fall Clothing Collection. I really thought long and hard on this collection. What would I want to be a staple in my wardrobe? What did I really need?... the first thing that came to mind was a really good caftan. I have an obsession with caftans... I compulsively collect them( its a problem) and while I really love all the ones I own, I would always want to tweak them to make them the perfect caftan. So instead of pulling out my sewing machine and making any more alterations to my dresses...I had a light bulb moment and decided we should just make one. The perfect caftan, that looks good on anyone and feels amazing to wear in cool prints. I don't know about you but I have days where I just feel blah, especially being hormonal and pregnant. Throwing on an easy outfit that gives you effortless style and makes you look amazing no matter how shitty your feeling is essential in my opinion for any woman's wardrobe. We all have those days we need a little help. I feel like this caftan is that help ladies! ...and Im beyond excited about it. The fabric we used is stretchy, silky and cool to the touch. This amazing dress is ready for a night out, an event or just a cover up for the beach. Whatever you need... the Calliope Caftan is your girl!

This incredibly flowy caftan comes in 2 solid colors, white and coral and two Lux Divine exclusive prints. One is a cool spanish style scroll print and the other is a cool blue paisley print. We use these prints with our bells too! Well, we hope you love them as much as we do. Keep an eye out, we will be releasing new designs and styles each week:) Visit the clothing section in our online shop to purchase these dresses. We only made small quantities! Thank you ever so much for your ongoing support. I cannot begin to tell you how thankful we are to each and every one of our customers and supporters!! Muah!

Jessica

Festival Ready

Its officially festival season y'all!!! Time for funky threads! To kick off the festival season we put together a few outfits that we dig with our new Embroidery Lace tops. They are so bright and colorful! We had a little too much fun styling them up. All swing tops & crop tops are now available in our clothing section of our shop:

 

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XO, Jessica

Home Is Where The Heart Is

              The past year has been a whirlwind of progress, growth and many changes. We are so grateful to have many of the opportunities that God has presented before us... one being our future change of scenery. For over a year now we have been working on a house move. We spent a good part of that year figuring out exactly where we wanted to go. We would absolutely love to pick up and move somewhere new and exotic. But its just not realistic for us at this time...one day! We knew we couldn't leave our family just yet as our son really needs to be surrounded by loved ones growing up. Family is really important to us and know it is in his best interest to have that around consistently. We also have the base of our business here with our platers & clothing factory conveniently nearby. The husband is still working in the movie industry on and off which is here in LA too. So stay we must with our roots planted pretty firm.... the nomad in me is stomping her feet!

I love change, I love moving and starting with a clean slate. We yearn to be surrounded by nature and live a more secluded existence. So with this decision to stay close we decided on a small little local mountain with bluffs and a gorgeous view of rolling hills. Its perfect! There will be hiking trails right outside my front door and views for miles. Its so quiet and the air is clean and fresh. We still won't be as secluded as I would like to be but its an upgrade non the less. We are really only moving about 6-10 miles away but the change will be a huge one. It has been so exciting because we are not only moving but building our new home from the ground up! Every weekend we visit to see the progress. It really amazing and a fun process to be able to watch. We finally have walls!!! Its been so fun to be able to pick out flooring, tile & the overall vibe of our new home. So naturally this has me completely obsessing over interior decor. I really want to incorporate natural elements like gemstones & woods. Here are some of the amazing things I stumbled across! 

That chandelier though!!! As much as having an awesome Amethyst table or sink would be, we decided on sticking with a natural clean look with whites, creams & woods. These have been my main inspirations. 

How dreamy are all those homes??? After much debate we decided on dark hardwood floors inside, terra-cotta outside with white walls & white furniture while incorporating unique wood pieces. We already own a ton of antique wood finds that we have accumulated over the past 7 years. I am really digging primitive wood furniture at the moment and hoping I can find some cool items on the cheap. I wish I could carve out some time to craft some new wall hangings & decor to have ready before we move but with keeping up with LuxDivine, packing & getting our home ready to sell its been near impossible. I have some ideas and will be posting some DIY projects soon! Im pretty excited about that so stay tuned:) We are on track to be able to move sometime during the summer and can't wait to post photos of our new dwelling! xo

Jessica

Oh yeah... I really want to add this bookshelf in my new home... anyone know where I can find one?!! lol... too funny

All pics via pinterest

All in The Details

 

Aside from designing and making our jewelry, styling is my favorite job here at LD with photography as a close second. Most of our jewelry is made to be versatile additions to our customer's wardrobes. Wear only one piece for a simple, polished look or layer them together for some added funkiness! Either way, we know you will look amazing. When designing our creations, I keep in mind the everyday bohemian woman who wears unique special pieces to reflect her personality & mood. For this reason, our shop is filled with small & simple necklaces & rings as well as bold headbands & statement pieces. Our hope is to have something special for everyone...

Here are some of our recent styled photos and the pieces used to create each amazing look!  

 

<<<BLACK MAGIC WOMAN>>>

Black Calypso Dress - Coming Soon!

 

Atlas Stacks

 

<<<SONGBIRD>>>

Spellbound Amethyst Necklace

 

 

<<<SILVER SPRINGS>>>

White Calypso Dress - Coming Soon!