A follow up on Norah from Daily Jewels

One of our first interviews for achicdirection.com was from a jewelry designer named Norah. She creates these wonderful and unique pieces that are available on Etsy.com .

I wasn’t able to feature all of her amazing pieces so I wanted to do a follow up and include more of her fabulous pieces that she has made.

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One of my favorite questions that we asked Norah is listed below

 How do you make affordable jewelry?


Affordable is relative, but I make jewelry that looks like it should be way more expensive than it is. I work hard to source out the best stones for the money. I use some AAA quality gemstones, However, I find that some stones of “lesser quality” have equal beauty for other reasons; be it vibrant color or natural facets or flaws. In addition, using gold-filled metal and not pure gold is the greatest tool in making affordable jewelry. It looks and wears like gold.

To check out the full interview click on the link below.

http://achicdirection.com/2011/05/24/exclusive-interview-get-to-know-etsy-jewelry-designer-norah-downey-from-daily-jewels/

http://www.yourdailyjewels.com

Blog-  http://www.youdailyjwels.blogspot.com

Facebook- http://facebook.com/yourdailyjewels

Twitter-http://twitter.com/yourdailyjewels

STORES
http://www.yourdailyjewels.etsy.com
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Get to know Linda from letterstodaria.co.uk

Check out our interview with Linda from Letterstodaria.co.uk. She has some great tips on shopping and blogging that are listed below! Enjoy!

Achicdirection: Why do you do it?

Linda: I started officially blogging in December last year. Like a few others I had my “first” blog on Blogger a while back but only posted once and never went back. Once I graduated I realised I wanted to blog again and so from learning html and css from my job (marketing) I found that I could really make a go of it and so created one with WordPress.org because I wanted to buy my own domain.

As far as fashion, I find that it’s everywhere and not only in clothing. It’s in architecture and our environment, so my photos on site mirror it. I try to capture everything from foodography to breathtaking landscapes as my interests lie in colour, shape and design. Any combinations of the three result in my draining my camera battery.

artworks by l.k

Achicdirection: What and who inspires you?

Linda: Funnily enough my inspiration comes from bloggers themselves. They are the ones who gave me the confidence to create Letters to Daria, along with their finds of vintage clothing or unique content. Their photos astound me, it was a literally a case of they can, so I can too.

Achicdirection:Where did this passion come from?

Linda:Ok so I’m going to confuse a few people here, but my passion for fashion can from the icon of my blog – well her show. MTV’s Daria showcased a small group of teenage girls who called themselves “The Fashion Club.” I loved the typically narcissistic yet clueless element of them. They had no interest in school but their dedication to fashion was inspiring. Not that it made me think superficiality was trendy, but it did make me realise that if you want to learn about something you have to practice it, and fashion is one of the most practiced ideas in our society.

Achicdirection: Where do you shop?

Linda: My favourite stores at the moment are AllSaints, Reiss, Zara and the plethora of vintage shops found in London’s Brick Lane. The Online stores I like visiting apart from bloggers stores are boohoo.com, asos.com and ebay.co.uk. If I had the money, I’d invest in a amazing leather jacket because that is definitely a piece of clothing that would last a while and has survived through decades of trends.

Achicdirection:What is your definition of “chic”?

Linda:My definition of chic is the ability to look feminine without trying. Right now this is done best by Gillian Zinser, best known as Ivy from 90210. Her look is so effortless, but so mixed with colours and shapes that she chooses in her closes, so intrinsically feminine. Chic is what I would love to be able to pull off, but I’m still learning how.

Achicdirection:What is the one thing you cannot live without in your wardrobe?

Linda:Hmm, I’m not sure about this question. I hope you won’t find me boring when I say this but leggings. I bought these black pair of American apparel leggings and they truly are a universal piece for me. Living in London they are essential and its not always warm enough to go bare skin.

Achicdirection: What is something you want the readers from A Chic Direction to know about you and your blog?

Linda:If anything, I want bloggers to see that my posting is just as my diary would be, if it were onlineJ. I have always loved letters and it’s sad that it’s a dying art form, in my blog I write directly to you and show you how my mind works. It’s not all about fashion, but lifestyle, however I am a girl and who doesn’t love fashion to an extent.

If you want to contact me feel free to do at Linda@letterstodaria.co.uk

Of course there’s always Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/letterstodaria AND

Twitter: @lindymoe.

Get typing, and I hope you enjoy http://letterstodaria.co.uk as much as I do.

A new Iphone App For The OUTNET

Designer Discounter e-tailer the OUTNET has launched it’s first Iphone App called “StyleCred” on June 2nd. Upon getting the app you can gain access to 200 plus designer brands and view results through categories. It’s got a familiar template to Polyvore.com. Users get the chance to build looks and gain credit if the look is purchased through the site.

This App sounds like so much fun! Wish I had a Iphone.

Bliss Lau and The Kooples Launch a exclusive collaboration

The new york designer has a line of intricate body jewelry that is popular by celebrities such as Mila Kunis, Beyonce, Blake Lively and more since 2007. The collection is comprised of two unisex body chains using brass and leather elements. To see more on this story click on the article below written by Kristi Garced from WWD.

http://www.wwd.com/fashion-blogs/bliss_lau_and_the_kooples_to_l_1-11-06