Recently with the help of my sister-in-law, Tamara, I was able to get all “dressed down” in some of my favorite casual fashion and have a photo shoot for my jewelry business. We shot at a local plantation and the combination of southern history and Sweet Tea Jewels made for such a charming day.
When deciding on a location for the shoot, a plantation seemed fitting. One of the perks of living deep in the country is being surrounded by beautiful history. Two miles from my home is a breathtaking farmhouse surrounded by pecan trees. Nothing makes this Southern Belle weak in the knees quite like Southern architecture; I have such a strong connection to the traditional style and dream of owning and remodeling an old home with big white columns someday. Walking and exploring the grounds of the local plantation left me with the vision of rocking on the front porch with Derrek while our children play in the yard. I am so passionate about my work with Sweet Tea Jewels and find myself envisioning my future goals more often since we began our family business.
Having this plantation photo shoot gave me the chance to capture photos of my favorite Sweet Tea Jewels bangles in a setting to which I feel such a connection. One of the reasons I started making jewelry is because of my love of raw gemstones in diverse textures and colors. I am a lover of mixing these two elements to form a story for each piece of jewelry I create. Some of my favorite customer orders are from ladies who tell me to “pick what I think looks good!” At the plantation, I was pulled in by the varying colors and textures all around, the bright green patches of grass, the neutrals in the hanging moss and tree bark. The planks of wood that made the home transitioned seamlessly from smooth to engraved patterns in the trim—I cannot wait to design a few pieces from all of the sensory inspiration I gained that day.
I also transfer this love of colors and patterns to my wardrobe. Finding new ways to style my clothes is most productive after a few minutes (who am I kidding, a few Hours) on Pinterest. It is fun for me to see how many different ways I can style pieces. I tend to buy neutral pieces that I can mix them with my statement pieces to create multiple looks without being repetitive and I try not to over buy clothes each season; maybe my Southern roots are to blame for my conservatism as well! I tend to splurge just as each season begins and then set a certain amount of “fun” purchases each month so I get my shopping fix. There are so many people in this world that do without, it’s unnecessary for me to have a million pieces of clothing to satisfy a want or desire. I have learned to mix pieces to fit my Southern style, that incorporate my dreams and favorite colors and textures while being true to my heart. Once you practice mixing the pieces in your wardrobe, you will not only revamp your outfits but your mind as well.
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