Local Tulsa Love Featuring J Spencer//La Vie Parisienne Giveaway
Utica Square is one of my favorite places to celebrate Spring in my current hometown. It's just so charming. I love the many clocks in the square and often wonder about the stories they could tell if they could talk. I love strolling around with a camera photographing the gardens, statues, and the people. And of course an Al Fresco lunch at Stonehorse or Wild Fork is at the top of my favorite thing to do on a Saturday afternoon in the square.
Summer's Fifth Night is the best part about Summer season. There is live music, every Thursday, all summer long. Utica Square's summer concert series serves up everything from jazz to rock to country. There's something different every Thursday and best of all, it's complimentary! I love to pack a picnic and hang out with friends listening to some great live music.
And the shopping...oh the shopping in the square is delightful. With the world of big-box retailers and e-commerce explosion, I am still very much in love with shopping local because of the experience. Shopping local is just a better way to connect. I love taking a stance and supporting my local TULSA community so much. I love meeting the faces behind the local places that I shop. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Cassidy who manages the Utica Square location and will be sharing some of her styling tips here in just a bit. She has an amazing way of putting things together. She is also a huge part of why people shop at J Spencer. Her energy is contagious. She has seen me on days where my car had to go in for a check engine light (like the worst light you can see in a car ) and when I had just left the dentist after a filling... she just had a way of making me feel instantly better.
J Spencer is one of my favorite local boutiques. I have a serious soft spot for accessories of all sorts. With Spring's impending arrival in just a few days, I have my eye on color right now. I am craving sweet and timeless pieces to spruce up my fairly neutral wardrobe. I am always drawn to tassels and fringe. (just got that uh-mazing oxblood tassel necklace in the first photos of the post at J Spencer and they have it in black, brown, and cream) And I also love unique pieces. If you are looking for the latest trends J. Spencer’s fashion jewelry collections feature the latest in stylish, fashionable designs at affordable prices. There is truly something for every single person on every budget. I love guilt free shopping! Ha! They also carry handbags, scarves, hats, sunnies, and some amazing apparel. The Spring dresses they have in right now are seriously leaving me daydreaming!
I am stoked because J Spencer carries La Vie Parisienne jewelry by Catherine Popesco. I have followed her for quite some time now since obviously I am obsessed with all things French. Catherine discovered a treasure trove of stampings– many over 200 years old in the old factories and workshops of Paris. Most of these gems were originally designed by celebrated artists and shining lights of their era, such as Lalique, Mucha, Galle and Picasso. She is a Paris native and the leading force reviving the elegance and grace of France's golden Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. French flea markets, antique stores, and long lost jewelry molds are the inspiration for La Vie Parisienne jewelry . Crafted of “old silver” and vintage gold plating, each piece is a treasure that celebrates the designs and stampings of French artists from the early 1900s. Manufactured in a workshop in Au Bout de Reves, Catherine’s jewelry incorporates delicate enamel with Swarovski crystals to create timeless treasures with the look of heirloom jewelry and I am just obsessed. The timeless collection reflects the art and culture of the past and holds a valuable place in the present.
The luxury is definitely in the details ladies. I feel so fancy and refined wearing them out and about. Lin loves them too. And I love wearing things he appreciates.
I love layering the bracelets in various colors. Seriously arm candy! The large Swarovski crystals really play on the light too. Everything comes in silver or gold too so again something for everyone.
And I love the matching necklaces and earrings. I recently wore a set to a dinner party and got so many compliments. My friends were also shocked when I told them how much they cost ! The price points on these pieces are so very reasonable.
I have been having so much fun with the purples, pinks, and blues and am coveting the coral and canary yellow pieces. I am on a La La Land kick and these are tugging at my heart strings.
So thrilled for you dears to meet Cassidy! She seriously is a fashion maven and can help you gals find the perfect pieces. Her love for all the brands she represents at J Spencer is real.
INTERVIEW WITH CASSIDY:
-Describe your personal style?
I don’t like to fit myself in one box when it comes to style so I dress for whatever mood I’m in from day to day. Sometimes I can be a little bit edgy and put on my favorite La Vie choker with a cold shoulder shirt and ripped jeans or I dress cute, fun and flirty with a floral dress, heels and a Julie Spencer Design bracelet. When it comes to jewelry I like to create “arm parties” with my bracelets so I will layer multiple bracelets together from either Julie Spencer Designs, La Vie or Mariana. I like to have fun with my wardrobe and just dress for however I am feeling that day.
- 3 words to describe J Spencer?
Unique, trendy, and fun
-Top favorite 5 things in the shop right now that you absolutely cannot live without?
1. La Vie bracelet
2. Cold shoulder top
4. Julie Spencer Design bracelets
5. Corkcicle tumbler or canteen
-Favorite things about working in Utica Square?
The atmosphere in Utica Square is amazing. There are so many fun shops and lots of great places to eat. I also love how no matter what season it is they always keep the square looking beautiful.
- Accessory you cannot live without ?
A tote handbag. I throw everything in my purse so I always need a big handbag to carry it all in.
Lauren Conrad. I love how she expresses herself through her style. I feel like she has always been well rounded when it comes to fashion.
-A day in the life at J Spencer?
We get lots of new merchandise in daily so I get to check in all of the new items that we receive and merchandise it on the floor making it beautiful for all our customers to see. Also the best part of my day is getting to help all the wonderful customers that come in to shop with us. We get to work with a lot of really great people and in working with them one on one you really get to learn more about them then just what brought them into the store that day which I think is really great.
-Top 5 pieces every woman should invest in for their jewelry box?
1.Sterling silver ring
2. Simple gold/silver stud earrings
3. A wrap necklace
4. A bracelet from La Vie or Mariana
5. An everyday dainty necklace in rose gold, gold or silver
-Why shop local?
I really believe everyone should shop local because it continues to strengthen the economic base of the community. When you shop local you get a one-of-a-kind business that is unique. Local business also offer better customer service and they take the time to get to know their customers.
-How can we keep up with the amazing things J Spencer is doing?
We are on social media outlets such as facebook and instagram. We also have our website where you can sign up to receive our weekly e-mails.
J. Spencer Utica Facebook.com/jspencerutica
J. Spencer Memorial Facebook.com/jspencerjewelry
-Two locations?! How are they different? How are they the same?
Our Tulsa Memorial store is the flagship store that was started almost 18 years ago now. Then Utica Square came shortly after the success at Memorial. If you go to either store your going to get the same high expectation of customer service and product.
-What are you predicting trends wise for Spring/Summer?
Cold shoulder tops and dresses are definitely going to be a big trend this season. Along with that I believe we will see a lot of embroidered tops on the market. Chokers also have been a really big trend that we have seen from season to season and that will continue. We have received a lot of these items for the Spring.
-Your mantra waking up every morning?
May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I be creative. May I be at ease.
I cannot rave about this boutique enough! So excited we have teamed up with a special giveaway for you local loves too.
They are generously giving away a gorgeous La Vie Parisienne bracelet and earring set in this exquisite champagne color. My photographer was obsessed with it! This is valued at almost $200 dollars!
I will be announcing the winner on the blog on Friday, March 31st!
(This post was sponsored by J Spencer Utica but all opionions are mine alone)