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The Beauty of a Woman

The Beauty of a Woman

One of the missions that White Bear Jewelry has is to showcase the beauty, strength and spirit of women everywhere.  As a part of fulfilling this special mission I have combed through tons of photos of the absolutely beautiful women in order to bring you this video called The Beauty of a Woman.

I want to say a special thank you to all the ladies in the video: Angie Skelton, Kelsea Dunn, Rita Meneses, Maureen Cervantes, Dianna and Alayna Matthews, Lucyann and Brittany Saturino, Christine Lewis, Chelley Kraft, Grace Brown, Diane Reynolds, Jamie and Carin White, Lynn Heiss, Myra Jeffrey, Jessica Coulter, Jessica Quinn, Regina James, Phyllis Christaldi, Sarah Combs, Susan Fuchs, Stephanie Taylor, Stephanie Hall, Dana McLaughlin, Kathleen Cook, Michelle Ortiz, Marquita Robinson, Stephanie Dobos, and Denise Ernest.  Without you this project would have never been conceived because I have the most beautiful women in the world to inspire me.  You have all taught me that the beauty of a woman is not only in her face or the curves of her body but in the smile she wears, the love in her heart, and the strength in her soul.

There is so much body shaming going on in today’s world that it is scary. Women of the world stand up together and change the face of beauty.  Our daughters grow up believing they must a certain size, have a certain hair color, paint on their faces and wear next to nothing to be beautiful.  Somewhere the sexiness found in the mystery of a woman has been lost.

I chose Firework by Katy Perry as the song to accompany the movie. I hope the reasons for this are as evident to you as they are to me.

Enjoy!

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Fall 2016 Color Report

 

White Bear Jewelry Fall 2016 Color Report

 

Fall 2016 color report                         Summer is almost over…bummer right?! School is back in session (for us parents YAY!!) work hours seem to last longer as the days start to grow shorter.  If it weren’t for the gorgeous colors of fall this would all be very depressing.  Each year color experts at the Pantone color Institute scour through all of the fashion and design industries to predict the “it” colors for future seasons.  And…since fall is almost upon us I wanted to share their exciting color predictions for the fall 2016 season.  So grab your coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy White Bear’s Fall 2016 Color Report!

 

    Aurora Red

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Magma Red Coral and Copper bracelet, copper bracelet, copper jewelry, coral jewelry, red coral, red coral jewelry, red coral braceletAurora Red has to be my favorite color for the fall season.  I love seeing bright colors in otherwise drab situations.  Red is also the most beautiful color of fall.  When the leaves turn and all the trees are on fire with color ignites a fire in my creative soul.  Combining aurora red with cooper is stunningly warm.  This color will definitely transition into winter well helping the traditional black and gray blahness of winter with bursts of color. Our magma coral and copper earrings and bracelet embrace aurora red and will add warmth to any fall or winter outfit.

Riverside, Potter’s Clay and Sharkskin

Shell Storm Wrap Bracelet Riverside and potter’s clay make a very earthy combination.  They remind me of earth and sky and spark all kinds of creative thinking.  You can dress these colors up or add them to any casual outfit.  Tangerine Summer Wrap BraceletI have added small sea shells to these colors as well which brought in a bit of the sharkskin gray. Combining all three of these colors makes the riverside and potter’s clay really pop.  The seashells also add to the earthy vibe of our two bracelets.

 

Dusty Cedar and Warm Taupe

Dusty cedar feels a bit like traditional rose or mauve.  Warm taupe is a classic neutral tone.  These colors add elegance and grace to the fall season.  These two are more for the introverted at heart not standing out but still drawing attention through their subtle beauty. Dusty Cedar and Warm taupe are both very feminine.

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Airy Blue and Lush Meadow

Aventurine and blue glass earringsaventurine scrollsThese two colors remind me of earth and sky, an endless field that stretches out to meet the glorious horizon.  They are the tale end of summer.  Fresh colors in an ever graying world.  Blue and green are both calming colors.  They trigger our minds to send peace to our bodies. Not to mention they look fabulous together!

 

 

 

Bodacious and Spicy Mustard

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I have left the bold and the beautiful colors, Bodacious and Spicy Mustard, for last.  These two awesomely rich hues will make your fall wardrobe jump with excitement.  They take me back to the fashion of the 80’s with bright makeup and outlandish designs that rocked the world.  You know the times when even men wore eyeshadow and had big hair!  HA!

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I love this season’s colors.  Whether you are fierce or soft and romantic, fall 2016 meets all of your needs.  Keep your eyes out for new designs arriving soon.

 

Sarah

 

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What to Wear with White Bear Featuring The Look Factory

The Look Factory
The Look Factory

 

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring The Look Factory

Ladies, festival season is upon us which means you need the look baby!  Well I found just the place to find it, The Look Factory!   Let me tell you the owner of this shop is uber talented.  Julie has degrees from university and law school and has also attended art school.  She is totally into vintage finds so she upcycles quite a bit.  Julie uses her daughter as a fashion consultant just like me! The pictures above are just a glimpse of the beautiful things that are in The Look Factory store.  Her bright colors and bold designs are classically bohemian.  Her hats and boots are to die for!  I am totally in love with the bohemian top hat that is in the center of this collage.  It is western meets gypsy and I adore it.  I think Calamity Jane, from Deadwood would have rocked this hat!  All of Julie’s dresses are twirl worthy.  I can just imagine spinning carefree in circles while listening to Led Zeppelin or Stevie Nicks.  She even jazzes things up a bit and has created a more sophisticated and dressy bohemian gown.  It is so sexy without revealing everything a girl owns if you get my drift *grins*.

 

Ok so I love the top hat so much I just have to pair it with my newest pair of earrings, NuriNuri, long dangle earrings, purple, copper, spiral, wire weave, wire wrapThe purple and copper in these earrings accentuates the gorgeous colors found in the hat!   They would also go beautifully with the bohemian gown.  The length of the earrings would lead down to the v neck of the gown creating an elongating affect.    Luljeta, copper statement necklace, statement necklace, jasper, blue sky jasper, teal, handcrafted, handmade

 

The Luljeta copper statement necklace would go perfectly with both of the dresses that are in the collage above.  The teal green and chocolate brown of the blue sky jasper is a breathtaking combination partnered with the rustic feel of bare copper.

 

Teal and purple are my two most favorite colors so of course I love to see them together. They make me think of flowers and oceans.  I just have to point out that these two colors are on the bell bottom jeans in the picture *melts in her chair*.  Both of the White Bear designs would go with these jeans.  I am wishing I had a pair.  I hope that you have fallen in love with The Looks Factory as much as I have.  If you are an etsy shopper please make her store one of your favorites.  I already have.

 

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As always ladies remember that you are beautiful just being you.  Don’t let the world tell you otherwise.  Let your soul shine through and your freedom play in your smile!

 

Much Love and Many Blessings,

 

Sarah

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Why Do We Wear Jewelry?

Why do we wear jewelry

 

Hey Besties!  Have you ever wondered why we wear all this shiny stuff? Why do we love to adorn ourselves with dripping jewels and metals?  Well, it all started about 75,000 years ago when man began to wear clothing, use tools and have their basic daily needs met.  They used any material they could get their hands on.  Early man used animal hides, pebbles, animal teeth, feathers, and plants to make their jewelry.  Three main areas, Egypt, India, and China, began expanding and perfecting metallurgy, glass making, and gem collecting.  India was the first area to devise new methods to use and collect gold making them one of the earliest civilizations to use jewelry in their everyday lives and in their religious beliefs.  This made them a well known place for trade.

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But again Why do we wear jewelry?  This question has many answers.  It is believed by anthropologist and sociologists that early woman used jewelry as a type of mating ritual, a way to attract men,  much like male birds use their feathers and have intricate dances and rituals in order to attract a female.  Ladies, men are attracted to shiny stuff!  *giggles* It grabs their attention helping them to notice you! At least that is what the scientists say.  Jewelry has also been used to show social status and still in some places.  For example in India Hindu woman wear a decoration called a bindi.  This is often a red circle or a jewel.  The bindi shows the woman’s marital status.  Men will also wear a bindi showing off their social status.  Native Americans also used jewelry to delineate social status and religious distinction.  They used jewelry in their rituals and dances.  Many people also use jewelry as a way to identify with a religion or social order.  Christians wear crosses.  Jewish folks wear the star of David.  No matter the reason jewelry since its inception has led people to art and beauty through body decoration.  Today people wear jewelry as a social or emotional expression.  I wear my jewelry because it expresses my inner self.  Being yourself is often difficult and wearing jewelry that you love helps you to be yourself.  Wearing jewelry can also boost your self esteem, helping you to feel more beautiful.

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Keep being Beautifully Free and Beautifully you!  Wear what makes you happy! And always remember that if you don’t see you in our designs we can design something just for you!

-Sarah

 

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What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Timjan Designs

Timjan Designs

 

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Timjan Designs

I spent quite sometime scouring the depths of Etsy to find this week’s amazing designer (yes I know its Monday and not Friday *grins*).  Her name is Emelie Viola Ekenberg aka Emelie Timjan.  Emelie hails from the great land of Sweden.  She spends each winter in India with her amazing team of expert tailors, pattern makers and her as Emelie describes,  “steaming hot assistant”. Ms. Ekenberg began making and designing clothing for her Barbie dolls when she was very young and then clothing for herself as she grew older.   Mother nature is the focus of Timjan Designs.  They strive to only create with ecologically sustainable materials such as cotton, hemp, linen and nettle.  Most of the fabrics are dyed using vegetable dyes with nettle being the exception.  It isn’t dyed at all.   They are also extremely sensitive to fair trade conditions.  All of their materials are bought from trusted sources.  The skilled crafts people that are hired work under fair and compassionate conditions.  Emelie says that there is a lot of singing and laughter in every piece that is made.

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Timjan Designs

 

Emelie’s personal style changes but the love of the Indian culture and people are evident in her designs.  I love the free spirit I see in each piece, showing off its own personality.  The soft rich color pallet she uses in the designs are breathtaking.  She shares the gypsy and steampunk areas of inspiration with me.  If I could wear nothing but her clothing you would be seeing me in it everyday.   Her yoga pants alone look like the most comfy yoga pants EVER! Along with her gorgeous What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Timjan Designsclothing the designer also makes bags, belts, corsets, and gloves.  I just can’t say enough about all of the products I keep ogling over on her Etsy store.  They all just inspire me to sit down and get creating!  That’s one of the things I love most about searching out handmade designers and creators.  Each one gives me a bit more inspiration!

You can find Timjan Designs on Etsy, Instagram, and Tumblr.  I highly suggest you keep an eye on this amazing design team.

 

 

 

Two of my favorite pieces would go wonderfully with Timjan Designs.  First Crescent Moon Circletis the Crescent Moon Circlet.  This fun headpiece would go wonderfully with Emelie’s bohemian designs.   The circlet is made from vintage chains and accents with moonstones and hematite beads.  The focal rests on the forehead giving a mystical look to the piece.

Another piece that would be awesome with any of the Timjan’s designs Burnt Embers Gypsy cuff, slave bracelet, jasper, jasper jewelry, copper, copper jewelryis the type of bracelet that we here at White Bear Jewelry call the gypsy cuff.  The old terminology for this type of bracelet is the slave bracelet for its reminiscent of the jeweled shackles worn by harem girls.  The Burnt Embers Copper Cuff Bracelet, pictured on the right is a gorgeous gypsy cuff made of bare copper and rainbow jasper.   Gypsy cuffs are very sexy and very bohemian.

 

Keep on searching for your true selves besties and remember that you are always Beautifully Free and Beautifully You!

 

Much love and many blessings,

 

Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What to Wear with White Bear

This week has been crazy busy for us here at White Bear Jewelry.  Creating a new line is always stressful, exciting, and ultimately fun.  This week I wanted to share a little bit with you about what goes on behind the scenes here at White Bear Jewelry, a little something about who helps me through my process and what inspires me to create.

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring the Crew

IMG_2605First, this is me!  Sarah Stewart-Skelton, designer and creator here at White Bear Jewelry.  I began making jewelry when I was first diagnosed with NASH (a liver disease that was discovered just a few years ago and is being studied).  I am not allowed to hold regular work because of the symptoms so I needed to find something that I loved and do it.  And I found shiny things and started putting them together! Since then I have reached out and learned so many new techniques.  I have obtained my certificate in jewelry design from The New York Institute of Art and Design in Manhattan, NYC.  So exciting for me YAY!!!  Wire working and simple metal working are my current forte but I am quickly learning more advanced metal working skills. So look out world here I come!  I am inspired by a lot of cultures around the world.  I have always valued my freedom and fantasized about the gypsy lifestyle.  So it was easy for me to design bohemian jewelry.  I am also inspired by Steampunk and enjoy tinkering with watches, watch parts and vintage findings.  I love nature and the glorious things that God has created.  The colors and textures found in nature are amazing.  I use natural objects such as gems and sea shells as much as I can.  I truly enjoy working with silver and copper.  I am also an artist and enjoy drawing and painting.  Patterns fascinate me.

 

 

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This handsome man next to me is my husband Shawn Skelton.  He is my quality control man.  He inspects every item for jagged edges and wires that stick out.  He is not afraid to look at me and say “Is this wire supposed to be sticking out?” or “This part right here feels rough”. I am so thankful to him and his amazing sense of touch.  He also helps me make some design decisions when I get stuck, like “hey honey does this chain seem to be to big to you?” He is an awesome support system.  He always has my back physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I could never have asked for a better partner in crime.

 

 

 

 

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This lovely young lady is my daughter, Angie.  She is my fashion trend consultant.  This girl has her finger on the pulse of fashion daily.  She wants to be a photographer and cosmetician when she grows up, which isn’t really that far away! UGH….LOL  She is a brilliant young lady with a bright future ahead of her no matter what she decides to do.

 

 

 

 

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This little guy is William,  my youngest son and my apprentice.  Whenever I am working this little guy is right there with me.  When I finish a piece he eagerly runs it over to his dad for the quality control appraisal and then back to me for fixes or polishing.  He is so much fun to watch.  He is a very creative little man and enjoys playing with all of my tools and bits of large gauge wire.  I think he is going to be a musician, artist and jewelry designer when he gets older.  He just loves to create no matter the medium.

 

 

 

 

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This cool dude is my son Nero!  He also loves to play with my tools and wire (not always when he is supposed to LOL).  He is my shipping assistant.  He helps me pack every piece that goes out to its new home.  Nero is an energetic 6 year old who loves to play video games, draw, and play outside.  When he grows up he would like to be “a chef, a fireman, or a policeman”.

 

 

 

IMG_2861   This is a little peek into what my worktable looks like on most creative days.  I surround myself with what I want to work on, materials that gave me ideas and put beautiful pictures in my head.  Most designers sit down and draw out what they want to create.  My creativity works a bit different.  I have to work on my ideas as they strike my brain.  A piece of wire, a bead, or a stone will tell me what I should do with it.  They call out their purposes to me.  I know it sounds a bit mystical but that’s what happens.  I am not the neatest of artists either.  My bench is usually cluttered and I constantly search for a tool that I just had and am now missing.  Teehee.  I find inspiration in common things like leaves and flowers and the wind.  My spirituality is really important to me.  I put a prayer in every piece.  I want my customers to have a feeling of peace and joy when they wear my creations.  I believe that every woman is exceptionally beautiful. God made them with purpose and personality!  Each woman should have a piece that is uniquely them.  A piece that when gazed upon feels like home, like it matches their inside, a soul mate in a jewelry sense.  I strive to make my jewelry like that.  I want you to feel that and to know that you can be Beautifully free and Beautifully you!

 

Many Blessings,

 

Sarah

 

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What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Mimetik

What to Wear with White Bear featuring Mimetik
Mimetik Wedding Gowns

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Mimetik

Wedding season is upon us Sisters!  So lets get the party started!  I was a boho bride!  I wanted to have a magickal wedding (yes magickal with a K) with the perfect bohemian everything!  But what in the heck makes a wedding bohemian? What do you wear? What flowers do you use?  Do you wear a veil or a headdress?  I know that I searched for what felt like forever for the right dress.  I wish that I had found the designer I am featuring today.  Mireia Solsona makes and designs gorgeous bohemian wedding dresses!  The collage above shows just a few of the gorgeous dresses in Mireia’s Etsy shop, Mimetik. She also designs beautiful bride’s maids dresses that your ladies would not be embarrassed to wear. *grins sheepishly*

Bohemian wedding dresses are just as beautiful and intricate as traditional wedding dresses.  However, they are not your typical frilly and princess poof dresses.  Boho dresses feature lots of lace and flowing fabrics.  They are both elegant and free spirited.  These dresses show off the true sexiness of being yourself on your special day.  There are no rules in a bohemian wedding.  Just like there are no rules to a bohemian wedding dress.  Mireia dresses are fantastically free spirited with rich romance sewn in.  She makes her dresses to fit your measurements so there are no sizing issues.  Mireia also designs everyday dresses that are as equally fabulous as her wedding designs.  She also designs dresses that can be worn in a myriad of ways.  Her brand is grounded in convertible fashion and inspired by the native costumes and fabrics that she came to adore.  You can see more of Mimetik’s gorgeous dresses at the Etsy Shop.

Now for a bit about the designer.  Mireia was originally an architect!  She loves to travel.  Through her travels she became very interested in the cultures and traditional costumes of those cultures.  This interest led to Mireia changing her profession and entered into the world of fashion design.  In 2007 she launched Mimetikbnc which is located in Barcelona, Spain.   Mireia is also very close to her family and has a white Labrador named, Pluto!  You can read more about Mireia on her Etsy profile.

 

You can pair these dresses with our new Bohemian Bride Jewelry line!  So make sure that you check out both Mimetik and White Bear’s beautiful free spirited creations.

 

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Be Beautifully Free. Be Beautifully You!

 

Sarah

 

 

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What to Wear with White Bear

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So I have been thinking really hard about what to include this week in what to wear.  I have been thinking so hard that I have come up with a most awesome idea.  From now on What to Wear with White Bear will be featuring handmade items.  If creators and artists don’t stand up for each other no one else will.  It is essential that in our current culture that we begin to take care of one another.  We need the artists and creators back.  We need the compassion, love, and passion back in our world.  So I am taking this concept and running with it.  If you see a handmade item or maker that you love please share it with me.  If you know someone who sells their handmade clothing and accessories let me know that too!  Tell them about my blog so we can communicate and share our creations together as the true bohemian movement would love.  I myself have contacted a few sellers from Etsy that have beautiful items and will use the rest of my weekend to keep doing the same.  As always Let Freedom Live!  Be free to be you cause you are the only you around!

 

 

-Sarah

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What to Wear with White Bear

What to Wear with White Bear

Welcome to another edition of What to Wear with White Bear.  I sat down at my computer this week and was trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to share with you.  I pondered over it, milled over it, (teehee) contemplated it and finally decided that I wanted to feature another handmade designer!  This week I have chosen a seamstress, April Holmquist.  She sells her clothing in her etsy shop which you can reach by going to her site, Inkaclothingco.com.  She has some absolutely fabulous clothing and it is all 100% handmade and one-of-a-kind!

I chose to show you April’s oversized asymmetrical tunic/dress in this gorgeous lime green color.  It is made from rayon spandex Jersey knit and rayon baby rib knit. It will fit from XS to Plus size making it absolutely to die for!  A must have for all the ladies but there is only one!  So make sure you head on over to her Etsy store (click the link back there).  April sells this little number for $165.

And since I am in a seriously fun mood I chose lime green Converse All Stars.  I have always loved these shoes and I am so happy that they are back in style!  I found them at the Converse Store site.  They are on sale for $58!

I chose the Rainbow Bridge Wrap Bracelet to go along with it.  It contains the same lime green amongst its vintage wooden beads.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to be you!

 

–Sarah

 

 

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What to Wear with White Bear

week four

What to Wear with White Bear

Wow! Is it Friday already?!  I know I am not the only one that is happy to see the weekend arrive.  I have a deep yearning for spring and summer and the sun and blue sky finally came out in my neck of the woods today.  The blue sky is my inspiration for this outfit.

Let’s start with the dress.  It is by Soul Flower and is tie dyed with blue and pink tones.  There are two different colors of this dress.  The one I chose is called Ocean, the other is pink.  The dress is 95% organic cotton and 5% spandex for a little bit of stretch.  It is ethically made in Nepal.

Lotus Stack Tie Dye Dress                                                      $45.00

The sandals are absolutely adorable!  They are the Boho Fringe Sandal by Bomshell Boutique in the color Mint.  They have rubber soles and zipper backs. the fringe and straps are all genuine suede. The fringe is further detailed with metal studs.  These sandals are flat making them easy to wear all day.

Boho Fringe Sandals                                                                  $29.99

 

Lake Copper Bracelet, Magnesite copper bracelet, copper bracelet, magnesite, wild horse turquoiseI chose two really fun White Bear Jewelry pieces.  The first is the Lake bracelet in copper.  The bracelet is adjustable and made from a very thick gauge copper wire that has been forged in places to increase the strength of the bracelet.  It has a great rectangular Magnesite bead that sits on the top of the wrist.  It is a beautiful blue color that can easily be compared to a blue sky or the Caribbean Sea.

The second piece I chose are the Aisling Earrings. Aisling Magnesite Earrings These earrings are great fun.  The puffed circle Magnesite beads have gorgeous crack lines that run through out the stones.  They dangle from copper headpins and titanium earwires.

This week is all about spring.  It is during the bleakest parts of winter that we need to splash color all over the place!  This can also be worn with leggings and a shrug, making it great for this time of the year as well.  I pray that spring blesses you early this year.  Inspiration comes from every angle so get out there and get inspired.

 

— Sarah