CELEBRATE MOM – OUR GIFT GUIDE FOR MOTHER’S DAY 2014

2014 marks the Centennial Anniversary of the United States officially observing Mother’s Day…. So it’s kind of a big deal!

When you think back to all the times your mother put you first and went out of her way to make sure you were taken care of, you begin to realize how important it really is to shower your mom with love each year! If you have a minute we wanted to include this short video that is so funny & touching… It went pretty viral a few weeks back but if you have not seen it check it out here

When you had dreams your Mom had encouragement, when you fell down she picked you up, when you were sick she knew how to make you feel better (sometimes it was as easy as ice cream). When you talked she listened, when you wouldn’t eat the crust she would cut it off, when you were scared in the middle of the night she was more than happy to have a crowded bed.

Celebrate Mom:  Give a letter, give a poem, give a call, give flowers, chocolate,  jewelry, a day at the spa. Whatever it is you give to your Mom this year, know that the most important thing to a Mom is that you are happy.

And to all the Dads out there with children too small to pick out a gift for themselves, go big and show your appreciation for this wonderful woman who helped bring that priceless bundle of joy into your life.  She has given you a different type of wealth which you couldn’t have found on your own. An extravagant Mother’s Day gift is a great way to show how much she means to you and your son or daughter… Make your lady smile with something special :).

To help you out this Mother’s Day we put together a few Gift ideas … We also recommend if you are in NYC Mother’s Day Weekend and trying to figure out what to plan for a special day, we want to suggest taking her to the Crafts on Columbus Art Show… I grew up going to this show with my parents every Mother’s Day, and this Mother’s Day weekend is the final Crafts on Columbus Show after a wonderful 35 year run.  You can start the day by taking her to brunch… Ocean Grill is across the street from the show and is delish… Isabella’s is just down the street… 2 of my fav’s… Then walk the show … there are countless artists displaying their work, us included 🙂 . The exhibit features Jewelry, Paintings, Ceramics, Blown Glass, Photography, Sculpture etc…. A great place to find a gift for her, if you haven’t already found something in advance…. And then we suggest finishing off with dinner… Just our thoughts 🙂

Additionally we wanted to suggest : Our Picks for MOM 

If she loves flowers why not get her a beautiful hand blown glass vase
And some flowers to go in it…
carnations are the official flower of mother’s day… who knew? I love tulips and recommend her favorite flower.

hand_blown_vase_graffiti_Karen_Curtis_1If she’s a wine enthusiast, how about her favorite bottle of wine and a Hand Blown Glass Wine Stopper or a Wine Stopper Set to go with it   … 

winestopper-in-bottleLastly, You can’t go wrong with Jewelry
Especially all you fathers buying something special for your wife this Mother’s Day. We will have many styles and collections at the art show and as always the website will be up to date with our newest collections!

chunky_necklace_roaring_20s_kc5372_whtAnd Lastly…. To Our Mom’s – We want to thank you for your Generosity … Your Love … Your Support and for Always being there for us. 

Thank you mom(s) for being so wonderful!

We Love You!

– Karen & Aaron

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2014 VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS FOR HER

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It shouldn’t come as any surprise that jewelry has always been the “go to” gift for Valentine’s Day.  And why not… what woman doesn’t want to receive something beautiful on the day of love.  For the rest of her life every time she looks at, or puts on that particular piece of jewelry she will instantly remember when it was given to her and by whom.  That being said it is also the choice in jewelry that reflects what you think about her.  A colorful, sparkling, and unique piece of jewelry like those found in Karen Curtis’ Collections reflects a personality of fun, beauty, and energy.  Characteristics that are found in the most wonderful people in our lives.

Any collection on KarenCurtis.com will make a terrific Valentines Day gift, but for a more literal present we recommend browsing both the Amore and Roaring 20’s collections.  They both incorporate different shades of red and pink crystal which will are synonymous with Valentine’s Day!  The sparkle of Swarovski crystals and the amazing colorful designs are what Karen Curtis® Jewelry is all about.

While Flowers and Candy rank up there in terms of the most gifted items of Valentines Day, Jewelry is on the top three list for sure.  One thing I can definitely say in comparison of the 3 is that jewelry doesn’t die or get used up after a week and we don’t mark up the price like florists do to the tone of 200% increase before the holiday.  The mark up on flowers seems to be 1 of the most acceptable forms of screwing over the consumer, really when you think about it February 15th must be a florists favorite day of the year.

What we have done in this post is compile a list of some of our favorite designs, at all different price points to take some of the stress out of finding a gift for Valentine’s day!

 Wishing everyone a happy and loving Valentine’s Day with memories that last a lifetime!

Enjoy the Preview!

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TO CHECK OUT THE REST OF THIS COLLECTION CLICK HERE

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS FOR HER

“I didn’t want jewelry for Valentine’s Day” – Said NO Woman EVER!_MG_4335__09613.1389734157.1280.1280

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that jewelry has always been the “go to” gift for Valentine’s Day.  And why not… what woman doesn’t want to receive something beautiful on the day of love.  For the rest of her life every time she looks at, or puts on that particular piece of jewelry she will instantly remember when it was given to her and by whom.  That being said it is also the choice in jewelry that reflects what you think about her.  A colorful, sparkling, and unique piece of jewelry like those found in Karen Curtis’ Collections reflects a personality of fun, beauty, and energy.  Characteristics that are found in the most wonderful people in our lives.

Any collection on KarenCurtis.com will make a terrific Valentines Day gift, but for a more literal present we recommend browsing both the Amore and Roaring 20’s collections.  They both incorporate different shades of red and pink crystal which will are synonymous with Valentine’s Day!  The sparkle of Swarovski crystals and the amazing colorful designs are what Karen Curtis® Jewelry is all about.

While Flowers and Candy rank up there in terms of the most gifted items of Valentines Day, Jewelry is on the top three list for sure.  One thing I can definitely say in comparison of the 3 is that jewelry doesn’t die or get used up after a week and we don’t mark up the price like florists do to the tone of 200% increase before the holiday.  The mark up on flowers seems to be 1 of the most acceptable forms of screwing over the consumer, really when you think about it February 15th must be a florists favorite day of the year.

What we have done in this post is compile a list of some of our favorite designs, at all different price points to take some of the stress out of finding a gift for Valentine’s day!

 Wishing everyone a happy and loving Valentine’s Day with memories that last a lifetime!

Enjoy the Preview!

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cuff_bracelet_red_roaring_20s_karen_curtis_close_side

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TO CHECK OUT THE REST OF THIS COLLECTION CLICK HERE

Thank You for the Overwelming Response to our 2014 Jewelry Collections

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The recap of the holiday season!

Every year we are so honored to exhibit at the Grand Central Holiday Fair, and this year was not only a successful one but also full of emotion.  It truly is like we have an extended family. Though we might not get to see all of you throughout the rest of the year, catching up and getting to hear about all the happenings in your lives is something that we look forward to and makes us feel as through we mean as much to you as you to us.  We sincerely hope for a prosperous 2014 to everyone who has touched our lives!
From a business stand point, we approached this year with a newly designed booth which highlighted 8 new collections of jewelry (3 more than prior years).  The response from everyone was more exciting than we had imagined, and with more one of a kinds and fresh new designs, many of you received pieces that we feel are some of the best designs in the 13 years that The Karen Curtis Company has been in business.  Please wear them all the time, unless of course getting lots of compliments on your jewelry is something that becomes too much to handle (lol designer humor shining through).
Many people ask how our year is structured and what other events we can be found at?
Well, our next show is Mother’s Day weekend at Crafts on Columbus (located on Columbus ave. next to the museum of natural history).  This is a great outdoor show that we have been a part of for years and look forward to seeing some of you there. But wait there is another great place we can be found all year!!!  The world-wide web!!  www.KarenCurtis.com is new and improved, we also regularly update it with new jewelry collections, colorful wine stoppers, and of course lighting.  Also look for savings on your next purchase just by adding us to your favorite form of social media!  So if there is a dress in your closet in need of a dazzling accessory, a gift you need for your honey, or just dying to get your hands on a colorful piece of jewelry for an upcoming season…. now you have www.karencurtis.com as quick and easy shopping resource!  Don’t hesitate to contact us through the messenger app on the site or through email, we don’t want the personal attention we strive to provide to be lost, so Aaron or I will gladly be here year round to help assist everyone!
This holiday season would not be possible without the most fantastic venue in the world as well as an amazing staff of people making the magic of the holiday fair come to life. We would like to give special thanks to everyone at Grand Central.  The Jones Lang Lasalle team especially Connie and Laura.  The trouble shooting engineers from GCT including Jim, Carl, Joe, and Greg.  The maintenance crew for keeping everything pristine and squeaky clean. And also the security team this year who did a fantastic job with professionalism and friendliness.
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Cheers and Best Wishes in 2014
Karen and Aaron

Best Holiday Gift Guide For Colorful Jewelry 2013

Hey Everyone!!!

Every year this happens and every year we all say the same thing, “I can’t believe it is already the holidays”.  I say NOT THIS YEAR!  Really, the least I can do to help lighten the stress of holiday shopping is give you some ideas from the collections of work that Aaron and I feel are going to be wonderful gifts this year.  There are countless gift guides you can go through….. online, in the mail, and on television so I will just stick to my specialty and show what will be available at The Karen Curtis Shop this year in Grand Central Terminal.  I don’t want to show you products and pretend to know what you might want to get for someone.  You most likely receive this blog/email because you have an appreciation for our work whether for yourself or as gifts, and it is solely because of you that we are able to bring colorful designs to your life, and we want to thank you all for that!!!

EARRINGS

Let’s start with Earrings!  We went design crazy with earrings this year.  I’ve been toying with some new styles over the past couple of years and come this November there will be more styles and more one of a kinds then ever before.  Switching up earring styles is one of the easiest ways to have fun accessorizing your outfits so you can never have too many earrings…. or jewelry for that matter ; ) !  Here are some photos of new colors and concept pieces for the up-coming seasons.

Swarovski Sapphire with Pearl Earrings

Swarovski Sapphire with Pearl Earrings

Rare Vintage Swarovski Sapphire with Swarovski Pearl Hannukkah Earrings

Rare Vintage Swarovski Sapphire with Swarovski Pearl Hannukkah Earrings

Christmas Hoop Earrings

Christmas Hoop Earrings

3_strand_earrings_mink__03201.1350087998.420.420Chandelier Earrings with 3 tiers of crystal drops
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Large Swarovski crystal chandelier earrings

BRACELETS

Brand new designs of single strand bracelets, charm bracelets, bangle bracelets, and beautiful cuffs!   One of my favorites is the cuff with spikes.  By not setting these very rare crystals in the traditional manner they end up protruding from the bracelet and create a cool edgy texture.

Spiked Cuff Bracelet

Cuff Bracelet – Spiked – Magical Collection available at the grand central holiday fair 2013

Swarovski Crystal Charm Bracelet

Charm Bracelet

NECKLACES

Necklaces range from single wire wrapped strands to ultra-glamorous layers of crystal.  Once again I focused on creating more one of a kinds and new styles of Swarovski crystal necklaces to add to the selection this year.  I think its more fun for all of us.  I get to create new special pieces and my customers have a huge selection to choose from.  I hope you enjoy the preview.

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Folklore jewelry collection layer necklace

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High End designer crystal necklace available at the grand central holiday fair 2013

WINE STOPPERS

Finally I can’t wrap up this gift guide without mentioning our wine stoppers.  Hand Blown by my husband Aaron and I, Colorful like the jewelry but uni-sex!!!  Any wine enthusiast would be thrilled to get this for the holidays. There is a great selection on our website and if you are in the NYC area stop by our location at the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair to stock up on a gift that is always nice to have on hand through out the year. Think House warming parties, hostess gift for Thanksgiving, and all those holiday parties we end up attending for the next couple months.  Why scramble around last-minute when you can be fully prepared with a few nicely wrapped wine stoppers.

Hand Blown Wine Stoppers

Hand Blown Wine Stoppers by the Karen Curtis Company

Hand Blown Wine Stopper

Hand Blown Wine Stopper made by the Karen Curtis Company

What Fashion to Expect in Spring 2014

The New Fashion Designs –> An Opportunity to Expand your Personal Style

New York always seems so energetic during fashion week.  Just walking a few blocks to grab something to eat can be quite an experience in fashion. The city is packed with fashion forward good-looking people stepping out of cabs like they’re in some Photoshop’d Dolce & Gabbana Ad…. And now that Paris has also finished up their fashion week, the dust has settled and this is when I start to get excited about how well my color forecasting matches up with the biggest names in fashion.

I actually pay the most attention to 3 elements of the newest fashion designs. Color, Texture, and Patterns.  Getting to see the different cuts and lines is great too, but if you know me at all then you know color will come before anything else!  As far as I can tell spring and summer are going to be really cool especially if you’re a big fan of #edgy metallics, not just your traditional silver or gold tones but hot iridescent colors like purple, pink, green and blue.

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Spring 2014

Another element that stood out on the runways in both NYC and Paris  was the use of ruffles.  I have to say that I am a big fan, it adds so much texture to a garment.  Ruffles take an otherwise conservative look and gives it a downtown edge. It will transition well from a day spent in meetings or at the office to a #fun (maybe I’ll get into a little trouble) evening out! Look for elegant dresses like the photo below or you can always pair a solid color ruffled top with your favorite designer jeans and heels.  The looks is sexy, playful and comfortable!

ruffles stand out at Paris Fashion week

ruffles stand out at Paris Fashion week

 

There are also a lot of designers using lace in their 2014 spring collections. Lace is such a #sexy texture, the pattern always looks so intricate and the “peekaboo” of skin is something that adds a flirtatious aspect.  Lauren Parker Accessories magazine said it best in regards to all the skin being shown through so many lace designs “The result was never vulgar, just pretty”.  Throughout the year I have been discussing this with other bloggers and industry professionals about how art deco elements are making their way back into the fashion scene. Maybe it was the Great Gatsby Movie that revived it, at very least that couldn’t have hurt.  Nevertheless I am a huge fan of this era and have always designed my crystal jewelry collections with this style in mind!  So pairing cool accessories with this style shouldn’t be too hard.

Karen Curtis example of lace in paris

Another notable trend to be conscious of for the spring is the Safari inspired designs… The style worn by the literal kings of the jungle is also going to be the same style worn by the kings of fashion.  Great for me, I just picked up a pair of awesome giraffe print jeans that I love.  Well maybe a giraffe isn’t actually the king of the jungle but you get the picture. Color is going to play a new and exciting role this year with animal prints, elegant and glamorous yet fun and wild!

Animal Print 2014

Below is a preview of my Gatsby Collection… Look how beautiful this necklace would be on the model in the middle… It’s just the perfect compliment to a gorgeous gown

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For what I saw from the fashion weeks, Gucci, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana and Alberta Ferretti were some of my favorites.  You can also check out more of the 2014 collections here.  I was really excited to see how harmonious the Jewelry collections that I designed for spring are going to be.  Great colors, glistening metallics and an art deco trend all tie in so well to my style. Here is a sneak peek of a couple of pieces that will be available mid November!

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Karen Curtis – New Necklace

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Karen Curtis Earrings – Gatsby Collection

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Karen Curtis Cuff Bracelet

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