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What Do You Do With Heart: Sarah Sherman Samuel of Stories

Known for her effortless yet distinctively thoughtful style, Stories blogger Sarah Sherman Samuel shares what’s inspiring her this holiday season.

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Where will you be spending your holidays?

We usually head back to my hometown in Michigan to visit my parents and see the snow but this year we are sticking around LA as a new family of three.

 Describe your seasonal style. 

My seasonal style is a lot like my normal style but with a little more gold and sequins.

 Can you tell us what’s inspiring you this season?

I love seeing layered textures and subtle pattern on pattern action. The holidays are a perfect time to layer it up with knits, quilted fabrics, gingham, and a little bit of shine.

 

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How will you add heart to your holiday? What’s your uniquely-you holiday traditions? 

Growing up we  always had the tradition of opening one present on the night of Christmas Eve and I have continued that on as an adult. It is fun to pick something small or something extra special and give a gift that has the receivers full attention.

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What Do You Do With Heart: Zolee Griggs

 

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Take the holidays back a notch with the youthful, punchy styling of our latest influencer. Zolee Griggs shines a light on where she finds inspiration and her style.

In the almost season-less Southern California, do you change up your look season to season? How do you dress to get into the spirit of the holiday season?

 

I try to go with the seasons, but it’s very confusing in LA when it’s technically fall right now but it’s 90 degrees. The best way I cope with this is wearing seasonal fabrics like suede or corduroy, but I probably won’t be busting out any coats any times soon.

 

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Where do you go or what do you do to reflect and find new meaning, inspiration and motivation? 

I find a lot of inspiration from social media actually. The Internet is such a vast place with new trends what seem like daily, it seems hard to keep up. What I do is look at outfits or clothing pieces that I like and imagine how I can incorporate it into my wardrobe. I get a lot of motivation from my audience honestly. They’re always by my side and always give me new ideas! Its like having a bunch of friends and sisters over the internet that always wanna help you out and play dress up with you.

 

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How do you add heart to your holidays? What are your uniquely-you holiday traditions?

I like to give back during the holidays! I think it’s best everyone feels warm and fuzzy inside no matter the circumstances! Plus it makes me happy to see others happy! Traditionally I spend time with my family for the holidays and we all get together to be appreciative of one another.

 

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What Do You Do With Heart: Molly Madfis of Almost Makes Perfect

She puts a new spin on ultra-creative with sweet style and positive vibes. Almost Makes Perfect talks making with meaning and gifting with love.

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What are you making this holiday season?

I love designing printable gift tags, because I usually hate the ones i could buy. i also love pretty presents under the tree, so this year i decided i’m going neutral and using brown kraft paper with black ribbon and elements from nature like leaves. the prettier the outside of the present, the slower they’ll unwrap it.

Do you have a favorite holiday dish? To eat and/or to make and why?

My husband makes the best chestnut sausage stuffing EVER. i look forward to it all year long. i’m always in charge of dessert and usually try a new thing ever year, but i recently decided i’m starting a new tradition that i’ll being making bread pudding, and then it will be molly’s famous bread pudding and someday mom’s famous bread pudding. i just have to try making bread pudding first.

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Tell us… what’s on the ‘Almost Makes’ holiday mixtape?

I love christmas music so much — the second we pull out the decorations box i blast ‘em. my all time favorite songs are happy xmas (john lennon), santa baby (eartha kitt) and santa clause got stuck in my chimney (ella fitzgerald).

How do you add heart to your holiday? What are your uniquely-you holiday traditions?

I’m reaaaaally into thoughtful gifting. I keep notes on my phone all year long and write down anytime someone mentions wanting or needing something. If someone in my life mentions they don’t have a trivet, they’ll be getting a trivet next christmas.

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What Do You Do With Heart: Stephanie Liu of Honey N’ Silk

 

With a lovely mix of polished and cozy classics, she’s perfected California style. Stephanie Liu, of Honey and Silk shares with us what she cherishes the most about the holidays.

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In Southern California, where it’s fairly sunny year-round and the weather rarely differs tremendously, how do you get into the spirit of the holidays?  

I get into the holiday spirit as soon as I bring out my Christmas decorations, like my garlands and gold reindeer statues, and set them around the house. Also, the beauty of sunny weather all-year-round lets us Angelenos explore outdoor malls like The Grove, where décor like giant star lanterns, a Santa Claus riding in his sleigh statue suspended above the fountain, and the occasional flurry of snow set the holiday spirit.

 

Pretty polished or perfectly cozy? What’s your holiday style?

My holiday style is a mix of polished and cozy. My perfect holiday uniform would be a chunky turtleneck sweater over a maxi dress or skirt for lounging in front of the fireplace and I’d top that off with astructural long coat for going out on a chilly night.

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What was the last gift you received that touched your heart?

A collection of printed art books featuring some of the best moments between my boyfriend and me and one that photographically revealed his journey in finding my perfect present. The moments were so perfectly captured that they made me cry!

 

How do you add heart to the holidays?  What are your uniquely-you holiday traditions?

 Holidays are about celebrating and being closer with the ones you love, so every holiday activity like putting up Christmas decorations or picking out the tree is done together with my family and my boyfriend. I make it a point to spend more time with my younger siblings since they’re on Winter Break, whether we’re home watching Netflix or going out to a holiday concert. On Christmas Eve, my boyfriend and I visit one another’s families and at my house, we feast on a huge Chinese dinner and finish the night with opening presents with my younger siblings.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2015

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get the look:  light as a feather necklace

Hot off the press! We are thrilled to see Dogeared’s hottest styles featured in the magazine of the year, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition! Each year, our everyday jewels prove to be the perfect pairing for swimwear style. Dogeared’s delicate charms make for the perfect layered looks as seen on some of the world’s biggest supermodels, Lily Aldrige, Chrissy Teigan and more!

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get the look:  nautilus shell necklace

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get the look:  the circle necklace 

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get the look:  paradise found leather cuff bracelet

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get the look:  essentials triple wrap leather bracelet 

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get the look:  paradise found leather cuff bracelet

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get the look:  smooth sailing anchor heart necklace

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get the look:  loved you yesterday, love you still… sparkle heart necklace

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get the look:  nautilus shell necklace

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get the look:  the circle necklace

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get the look:  paradise found leather cuff bracelet

photos courtesy of Sports Illustrated Magazine and SI.com

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Get The Look: Tsangtastic

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When you layer, you are choosing what speaks to you, what YOU think looks good together, putting together combinations that other’s may never think of. Tsangtastic blogger, Jenny Tsang, makes a personal statement in fashion essentials: denim + trench + pearls + gold. We love her choice to pair two Dogeared classics – Pearls Of & Balance. Worn alone, these necklaces are easily some of our top sellers. Worn together, Tsangtastic defines her personal style.

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shop the look:  1. pearls of… necklace  2. small bar necklace

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#LayerLove: Honey & Silk

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Talk about effortless style! We love how Honey & Silk paired her delicately draped Dogeared layers with a bold, flowy maxi dress from fellow B Corp, Reformation. Truly effortless style is all about wearing what’s easy & comfortable. Make the look yours by mixing up your favorite Dogeared classics!

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get the look:  1. the circle necklace, 18″  2. balance bar y necklace  3. small hammered karma bracelet

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Back to Basics

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Eternal island hopper, Colby Milano of Moeh Fashion, just put down roots in Sydney, Australia and is starting to settle into her style staples. Going back to basics, Colby sticks to a LBD and distressed denim jacket to show off her Dogeared essentials. We covet this type of effortless vibe moving into fall and her simple gold balance and karma layers complete the look. Plus, the added balance bar earrings give that touch of minimalist chic with the perfect amount of edge.

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shop the look:  balance & karma

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Day To Night

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Fall is all about easy transitional style that can effortlessly go from day to night. A great statement piece can instantly dress up a look, and because BIG necklaces aren’t really our specialty, we went big on the earrings this season. The new Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful earrings collection was designed with the modern woman in mind, one who wants to make her own rules, be her own kind of beautiful. The sleek geometric designs in muted metallics are super chic on everyone, they’re sure to emphasize you individual style, whatever it may be.

Cali blogger Honey & Silk shows us how she styles her Pyramid and Moroccan pairs. The Pyramid earrings add just the right amount of edge to loose-fit tank and leather pants. And a bold red jumpsuit is exactly the type of outfit these earrings were made for! Throw on a pair of statement earrings to complete the perfect look whether it’s date night or Sunday brunch. You can’t go wrong. (trust us)

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shop the looks:  be your own kind of beautiful

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#goodthingshappen: A Bent Piece of Wire

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Justina Sharp of A Bent Piece of Wire is living proof that when you live with clarity of purpose and positive intentions, good things happen. Graduating from high school a year early this past spring, was just one of many accomplishments this teen blogger can already check off her list (featured in Teen Vogue? check. Contributor to the Huffington Post? check.). We’re pretty sure that this young entrepreneur has a ton of good things coming her way.

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Sharp is a big Dogeared fan: “Every piece represents a different quality, and they’re very helpful reminders of what you want to see in yourself.” She wears hers to be reminded of all her favorite “good things.” Some of which she listed for us (books, glitter, instagram), but also took a fresh approach to spreading the #goodthingshappen message by reaching out to her fans! Sharp asked them to share some good things happening in their day, and got some very happy news. Check out their answers + read the full story here.

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shop the look:  1. rise above flamingo necklace  2. happy buddha necklace

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