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Everyday Obsessions: Marcia Maizel-Clarke

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As Dogeared’s Founder, Owner and Creative Force, Marcia (or as we call her, MMC) fills her life with good things that keep her inspired. From the angel cards that she never lets out of her sight, to her go-to chardonnay, to her vegan-friendly local farmer’s market, MMC’s passions rooted in spirituality, her community, and healthy lifestyle have all helped define the Dogeared that goes beyond the jewelry. Here’s what she’s coveting this season:MMC-Obsessions-Fall-2014-FNL

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MALIBU FARMER’S MARKET  |  I AM RINGS  |  YOU ARE A TRUE MASTERPIECE CAMEO RINGS  |  MANUKA HONEY  |  GUMMY VITAMINS  |  ENVIRONMENT DESIGNS  |  GOOD LUCK NECKLACE  |  ANGEL CARDS  |  TRIPLE KARMA WRAP BRACELET  |  LIL’ ZIPS  |  DARE TO Y NECKLACE  |  FAR NIENTE CHARDONNAY

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Inside Edition: Part 4 with Marcia

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The idea of togetherness and family ties together everything we do at Dogeared. From our collections to the meaning behind each piece, to relationships and our commitment to the environment and communities – all are established with the core intent of connection and being a part of something greater.

Marcia explains, “I think the best way to achieve that is to have a positive attitude, good intent and karmic kindness. This is our process and it’s how we’ve created our own good luck.”

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The Good Luck Elephant is a direct reflection of this way of thinking. Marcia loves to wear this piece. She says, “For me, he’s so strong — big but so kind and wise. Elephants are loving and loyal… And when their trunks are up, they’re showering you with good luck. At Dogeared, we all want to have those qualities!”

Marcia considers this one of her lucky charms, and if you didn’t already assume this — she has many more! “When I travel, I have a little key fob thing that me and my girlfriends pass around…. it has many charms on it, Dogeared and others. I wear my ‘Not to Worry Beads’ when I’m looking for strength to do whatever it is I’m trying to accomplish that day.”

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Karma is another collection that encompasses the beauty and philosophy of Dogeared. Marcia explains, “It’s all about the circle, what it symbolizes and basically the idea of what goes around comes around. It’s a powerful icon because it conveys wholeness and completeness and totality. When we created the Karma collection, I knew it would be classic, but I didn’t think it would have the longevity and success that we’ve seen…. I’m sort of still in awe of it. This is my go-to gift — you can give it to anyone and wear it with anything!”

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Family and relationships complete Dogeared’s circle. It should come to no surprise that the Karma collection reminds Marcia of her husband, Merlin. “He’s a really amazing human being. He came into my life for a reason or many reasons, and he’s taught me so much about life and doing good things. At his essence, he’s truly kind and generous. It’s part of his being and being in a lifelong partnership with him has really opened up my eyes to a lot.”

So whether it’s love, luck, positive energy, wishes or karma, Marcia started Dogeared with the intent to provide women with real style and meaningful messages. Our jewelry really captures the best of good things….it’s what makes us Dogeared.

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Inside Edition: Part 3 with Marcia

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“Right now, I think Balance is one of the hottest concepts we have.” Marcia explains, “It’s such an easy piece to wear and every person I have ever met will tell you that they are personally striving for balance. It resonates with a lot of people.”

Seeking harmony amongst all the complicated aspects of life is a universal desire that we all seem to strive for. We sat down with Marcia to try and gain some insight as to how this mom, wife, business owner & philanthropist maintains balance in her own life. “It’s about continuing to move forward,” she explains.

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“For me, it’s not so much about balancing your time. It’s about balancing your energy and making sure that you are giving appropriate energy to the different parts of your life. Whether it’s your kids, your husband, work, and of course yourself – it’s about figuring out where your focus needs to be and when, that’s what it’s more about to me.”

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Always sounding easier said than done, Marcia elaborates on how she does it. “You have to keep doing things that allow the energy to flow both ways. That’s why it’s so important to give back. When you’re involved with non-profits and actually go out into your community, you’re getting so much energy in return that it’s like you have this storage bank of goodness. When you have that, you’re able to give that energy back to the people in your life who need it. That includes yourself.”

“I’m not gonna lie, I have amazing support in my life. We have amazing people that support what we’re doing and trying to do, including our Dogeared family, but it’s all about doing what feels right. I think if it feels right and it’s forward motion, it doesn’t always have to BE right.”

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Personal favorites from the collection? “The balance tube bracelet: it’s so easy to put on with the magnet, and it looks amazing. It gets on so fast that it actually makes your life easier! I also wear the balance bar earrings all the time. This collection really speaks to the minimalist trend we’re seeing on women right now. I think a good strategy for fashion and life is just, ‘Keep things real, pretty, easy, and balanced.'”

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Inside Edition: #goodthingshappen

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The Beginning 

From the start, Marcia Maizel-Clarke, Dogeared’s Founder, Owner & all around Creative Force was intuitively capturing special moments and turning them into something more. Although it wasn’t a clear path to creating Dogeared, moments of her childhood forged a powerful idea of connection and it was something that would stick with her.

“Some of my earliest and fondest memories involved jewelry,” she recalled and “as a girl, my grandfather owned a pawnshop in downtown Las Vegas, near the Golden Nugget. We would go there, look around and try stuff on.  This was Vegas in the olden days, so there were some treasures! Such great exposure to so many unique things, the memories I have of that time make me smile.”

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, working as a retail buyer at a major department store and then working in wholesale, she developed an understanding of what women want to wear and what makes an unforgettable gift. Marcia began making accessories as a creative outlet and started selling handcrafted designs at local flea markets.

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“It was never just about jewelry,” she notes and adds, “for me, Dogeared stems from the meaning behind the jewelry. A lot of times you’re writing a card for a gift and you can’t figure out what to say…Dogeared is all about giving people a voice.”

Marcia believes jewelry has a significant role in peoples’ lives. She says its “shown up in my life in many ways. From the age of 13 to Sweet Sixteen and my first boyfriend…you get what I’m saying. It’s that connection and those pieces – they’ve helped create my story.”

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Make A Wish

One of Dogeared’s first and still most successful collections was based on a wish concept. Marcia and Merlin, her husband, had gone back and forth about this idea, where the charm is made to eventually fall off of its silk necklace. The meaning behind it is that when it does fall off, your wish should come true. They didn’t know if people would buy jewelry that wasn’t meant to last forever, but decided to try it! Marcia believes that “ultimately, it’s been a success because it has the power of belief behind it.  When you make a wish, you’re putting your energy towards something… to have that as a reminder is really powerful.”

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The Next Beginning

“So, as you can tell,” Marcia laughs. “I’ve always believed in this stuff. I think everything has meaning and energy.” This is the core of her creative process. Marcia elaborates, ”Your journey will unwind and unfold to you, but the key is forward motion. After 23 years, I still believe good things happen.”

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Fashion As A Force For Good

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Dogeared Founder Marcia Maizel-Clarke cleaned out her closet for a cause donating a covetable collection of designer duds to Fashion Project. This amazing retailer uses fashion as a force for good making giving back glamorous. Marcia’s swoon-worthy selection includes styles from Vince, Rebecca Taylor, Diane Von Furstenberg and, of course, Dogeared… and all profits go to One Voice, a Los Angeles nonprofit she is so passionate about and been working with for over 20 years.

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