Annieglass Wedding Wednesday: Bridesmaid Gifts

You spend most of your wedding planning thinking of ways to make your guests have a wonderful, memorable experience…but don’t forget about those helping with that wedding planning–your bridesmaids! Today’s DIY weddings mean more craft help from our very talented (and willing, of course) wedding parties. A special gift for each of your bridesmaids will say “Thanks” and “I love you” in one fell swoop, and will give them a keepsake to remind them of your amazing big day.

Clutch. Photo Courtesy: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography

Photo Courtesy: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography

Clutch

This gift describes exactly what it is for bridesmaids at a wedding! Avoid wrinkling beautiful dresses and carting around bulky purses…the clutch is the perfect dress companion, whatever the wedding theme or time of day. Are your bridesmaids wearing matching dresses? Give them each a different clutch that goes with their personal style for some individual flair. If you’re going the route of any style in a given color palette, unite your girls with matching clutches that will make them stand out from the rest of the crowd. Gift it the day of the wedding, and throw in some surprises like lip gloss, mints and tissues that they will be thankful for from ceremony to reception.

"Here You Glow" and "Shine in the Afternoon" Necklaces, from modcloth.com

“Here You Glow” and “Shine in the Afternoon” Necklaces, from modcloth.com.

Necklaces

Darling necklaces like these ones from modcloth.com have an antique air reminiscent of timeless wedding beauty, with splashes of bright colors in trending teals and corals. Pick out a different style for each girl, gift box it with a special note, and hand out during your bachelorette party as a sweet show of your appreciation for their friendship. If the style fits your wedding theme, you can also ask your girls to wear their necklaces during the wedding!

Annieglass with Personalized Engraving

Annieglass with Personalized Engraving, annieglass.com

Personalized Gifts

Give your bridesmaids a truly special, personalized gift, like the Annieglass Ruffle Tea Lites or Annieglass Edgey Wine Coaster. Handcrafted in California, with hand-painted 24K gold or genuine platinum trim, you can add a personalized note that we will hand-engrave onto the bottom of the glass. Use the wine coaster as a candle holder and watch the light flicker off of the faceted, hand-chipped edges; turn the tea lites into salt and pepper bowls with little spoons to match!

Find Annieglass on annieglass.com, or use our store locator to find a retailer carrying Annieglass in your area!

Treat your bridesmaids to a beauty day!

Treat your bridesmaids to a beauty day!

Mani-Pedi

The day before your wedding, take yourself and your bridesmaids to the spa for some pampering.  After months of wedding planning, you will love kicking back and relaxing as much as your bridesmaids will love being treated to their mani-pedi. Not sure where to go? Sites like spafinder.com make it super easy to find spas near you.

Happy wedding!

 

 

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Annieglass Interview with Philippa Roberts Jewelry

I met Philippa Roberts in New York in 2003 and was instantly drawn to the refinement of her work. It is fresh and simple, unfussy and tasteful yet slightly organic in shape. Since then it has become one of our best selling jewelry lines in the Annieglass company stores. I am impressed by its appeal to a wide variety of customers in age and style. It is a basic for every woman’s wardrobe.

philippa robertsOver the years, Philippa Roberts, who crafts her jewelry from her Oakland, CA studio and retail store, has held special trunk show events at the Annieglass store in Santa Cruz. Her beautiful designs and kindness to all always attracted a large following, and I am so excited to welcome her to our new store for the Philippa Roberts Meet the Maker trunk show event at Annieglass Santana Row, Saturday, July 25!

I was able to sit down with Philippa at one of our past trunk shows, and find out more about her jewelry, inspiration, and interesting family history of jewelry making. Read on, then come to the July 25 trunk show to see Philippa’s amazing designs in person, and to get styled by Philippa herself!

 
Annie Morhauser:  (A.M.) What is your strongest influence?
Philippa Roberts: (P.R.) I like to think that my strongest influence is a woman’s need for simple, clean, classic jewelry. I know how crazy and busy our lives are, I want jewelry to be uncomplicated and easy to wear. My work is not something that goes with a specific outfit or at a specific time. It can be worn day or night; you can even wear the same piece everyday, which many women do.

A.M.:  Where do you get your inspiration?Philippa Roberts
P.R.: My pieces come one of two ways. One way is I see a shape out in the world or in print (i.e. I saw some bubbles in a picture of a soap bottle and I loved the way they looked, so I will turn that image of the bubbles into silver and then into a piece of jewelry). I often come up with a bunch of new shapes before I have any collection in mind. Then I shop the gem shows and get inspired by the stones I see. So I buy what I think is beautiful then I come back to the studio and create a piece to go with the stones. Often this means I’ll have a mold made of the stone or I’ll put multiple stones together for a piece.

A.M.: Do have a whole, complete collection in mind when you design new work or does one flow from the other?
P.R.: One definitely flows from the other; it always surprises me how it all comes together in the end.

A.M.: Do you draw them out or make samples out of your head, at the bench?
P.R.: I make them straight into silver at the bench, and then carve them more on the grinding wheel. Everything has an organic feel because nothing is measured or planned.

Philippa RobertsA.M.: Tell me about your upbringing in a jewelry making family…
P.R.: My Great-Grandfather came to South Africa from Scotland; he started a fine jewelry business in Johannesburg. My Grandfather took the company over, then my uncle, and now my four cousins run it. They have five or six stores in South Africa and cater to the rich and famous! I know the Queen and Tina Turner have pieces.
So they are the finest of fine jewelers and I actually never was around the stores or the studios too much. It wasn’t until I was in my senior year in college that I really realized the connection. I had fallen into Metal Arts completely by accident when I could not get the ceramics class I wanted. I needed a 3D requirement so I took the metal class and immediately fell in love with working with metal. It was an instant attraction. When I was presenting my final projects it all made sense that this is what is in my blood. I love having that connection to my family back in South Africa, especially my Grandfather who passed away when I was a little girl.

We hope to see you at the Philippa Roberts Meet the Maker Trunk Show at Annieglass Santana Row, Saturday, July 25!

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Annieglass Summer Table Setting in Ultramarine

Poolside, dockside or inside, Annieglass has your summer table set! Our vibrant Ultramarine dinnerware and Sea Life serving pieces will make a splash at your summer gatherings–durable enough for al fresco dining, or a fun way to bring the ocean indoors.

Mix and match pieces from Annieglass' Ultramarine, Sea Life, Shell Series and BC Dinnerware to create this stunning summer table.

Mix and match pieces from Annieglass’ Ultramarine, Sea Life, Shell Series and BC Dinnerware collections to create this stunning summer table.

Here’s what  you need to build this look:

Start with the 12" Ultramarine Buffet Plate, break up the blue with the frosted, 10" B.C. Dinnerware Dinner Plate, and top with the Ultramarine Clam Shell.

Ready, set, stack!

Start with the 12″ Ultramarine Buffet Plate, break up the blue with a frosted, 10″ B.C. Dinnerware Dinner Plate, and top with the Ultramarine Clam Shell.

Have some fun!

Have some fun!

Instead of a regular ol’ round bowl, make a statement with these fun Seahorse serving pieces in Ultramarine from the Annieglass Sea Life Collection. We especially love the large, chip & dip Seahorse on the left!

Annieglass Large Shell in Fog

Then make the finishing touches with different sized Annieglass Shells, available in Fog and Ultramarine.

Shells Ultramarine

Annieglass Sail

And this Medium Dory in Ultramarine from the Annieglass Sail Collection.

Happy summertime!

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Meet the Winemaker: Scratch Wines at Annieglass Pour & Tour

Come to the Annieglass studio for a special Pour & Tour event to welcome Scratch Wines as our new featured winery, Saturday June 27. Meet winemaker Sabrine Rodems who will be at the Annieglass wine bar from 1:00 to 3:30pm sharing tasting notes and pouring Scratch Wines!

Scratch Wines at Annieglass Pour & Tour

Scratch Wines at Annieglass Pour & Tour

Scratch is a project of Winemaker Sabrine Rodems producing small-lot Riesling, Grenache and Pinot Noir from the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands AVA’s. Sabrine earned her Master’s of Science in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis and for the past ten years has been making highly acclaimed wines from some of the best vineyards in California. Working in the Central Coast and Monterey area has given her access to some of the best cool climate grapes in the world.

Scratch Ventana Vineyard

Scratch Ventana Vineyard

“What I love most about Monterey, the Arroyo Seco and the Santa Lucia Highlands is that I have three geologically different sites at my fingertips,” says Sabrine Rodems. “Getting to work with bench Pinot Noir and river bed Riesling and Grenache makes my work exciting and the wine exciting as well.  Winemaking is the best of both worlds: the amalgamation of science and art.”

The Annieglass wine bar is open from 12:00 to 4:30pm, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Take a free studio tour at 2:00pm on those days to learn Annieglass’ handcrafted process, and to receive 10% off your same-day purchase of 1st quality Annieglass at our Watsonville retail store, open daily 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Scratch Wines Pinot Noir at Annieglass Pour & Tour

Scratch Wines Pinot Noir at Annieglass Pour & Tour

Click here to find tasting notes on the wines Scratch Wines will be pouring at Annieglass Pour & Tour.

Learn more about Scratch Wines at scratch.com.

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What a Wonderful Grand Opening for Annieglass Santana Row!

Thank you to everyone who came to the grand opening celebration of Annieglass on Santana Row, we had a huge turnout–the store was packed! Everyone had a fabulous time sampling the delicious food from Straits, a neighboring Santana Row restaurant, and sipping on wine. We were so happy to have volunteers from EMQ FamiliesFirst in attendance along with their CEO and President Darrell Evora, who gave a gracious speech praising Annieglass, Annie’s charitable contributions and shedding light on the remarkable work of EMQ Families First.

We couldn't believe how many people were able to fit into Annieglass on Santana Row!

We couldn’t believe how many people were able to fit into Annieglass on Santana Row!

So many, in fact, there was overflow of people enjoying the fresh air outside of the store.

So many, in fact, there was overflow of people enjoying the fresh air outside of the store.

Darrell Evora, president/CEO of EMQ FamiliesFirst, got everyone laughing at the start of his speech by sharing why he has become everyone's favorite person to receive gifts from...he always gives Annieglass!

Darrell Evora, president/CEO of EMQ FamiliesFirst, got everyone laughing at the start of his speech by sharing why he has become everyone’s favorite person to receive gifts from…he always gives Annieglass!

Hearing the remarkable work EMQ FamiliesFirst does for children in California, we were so happy to donate proceeds from the evening to their organization.

Hearing the remarkable work EMQ FamiliesFirst does for children in California, we were so happy to donate proceeds from the evening to their organization.

Everyone loved the hors d'oeuvres, catered by Straits restaurant on Santana Row. And don't they look beautiful on the Annieglass Ruffle Chargers and bowls?

Everyone loved the hors d’oeuvres, catered by Straits restaurant on Santana Row and served on Annieglass Ruffle Chargers and Bowls.

Did you miss the lead up to the grand opening of our new company store, Annieglass on Santana Row? Follow along in the blog posts below:

Check out our behind-the-scenes look at the making of Annieglass on Santana Row!

Take a look inside Annieglass on Santana Row just before we opened our doors in April.

Learn the exciting details on our grand opening celebration, which benefitted EMQ FamiliesFirst.

 

 

 

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