Thursday, May 15, 2008

Orange you pretty?

Clementine, tangerine, burnt sienna, pumpkin, salmon, tawny--there are so many marvelous shades of orange to carry you throughout the seasons in pure fashion thrall. (We were totally reaching with that burnt sienna thing--any of you raised on Crayola--did Prang have it?--know what we're talking about. That was the crayon no one fought over. We digress.)

We scoured Etsy for some surprising finds in shades of orange to electrify your Summer duds. Here's what we got.

Tiny Orange Oyster by Lunasa Designs is a standard solitaire with some not so standard features. This spiny orange oyster shell is set in a round bezel, and the band has been hammered and blackened for a tough, organic look. The orange pops against the metal, and though it's a dainty little ring, it has a big personality. We love all of the jewelry at Lunasa Designs--her jewelry is earthy, well conceived, rife with unexpected elements (oyster shell, stabbed coral,drilled holes) , and occasionally regal, even. What's not to love?

Tiny Orange Oyster Ring by Lunasa Designs

This orange clutch by Cady Briar brings an elegance to orange we don't often see. Accented with an ever regal deep purple lining, this bag is glamorous enough for nighttime and fun enough for day. The subtle white and pink details make this an orange with great matching potential. Big enough for the essentials, this bag style, called the Betty, comes with a removable gold chain. Her other available style, the Cady, is slightly larger and equally gorgeous, and our favorite is the Purple Satin; sleek and unfussy, the fabrics do all the talking.

Orange and Purple Clutch by Cady Briar

Orange. Lego. Jewelry. Awesome. Gr0glmann's Retro Classy Cufflinks may have started as gifts for friends and family, but the original use for pop iconography (Darth Vader, Monopoly pieces, various Lego parts, dominoes and scrabble pieces, to name a few) led to many inquiries and a business was born. These Orange cufflinks make a funky accent to your favorite button up, and would be a cool splash of color to boot. We love when men get a little more snaz options, since we ladies get a ludicrous variety. Finally formal is fun. And did we mention that cufflinks are sexy?

Orange LEGO Brick Silver Cufflinks by Gr0glmann’s Retro Classy Cufflinks

These Poppy Hair Clips by Tickle Bean are a fantastic take on the traditional flower hair ornament! Pure metal prettiness in lustrous orange, they marry the industrial with the feminine. Her use of color is breathtaking--check out Viola, Lotus Flower and Rose Hair Clips for example--and we especially love her explorations in orange. Apricot Necklace is another beauty to drool over. We're so glad this homemaker and mother turned to jewelry as a creative and cash earning outlet!

Poppy Hair Clips by Tickle Bean

From the regal, gemlike tones to the fun and funky, orange is a bracing color, perfect for Spring and Summer.

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