Ophelia Moon Jewelry

There is so much more to a piece of jewelry than the final product. I always find myself wondering about the process of how it was made, where it came from, and the overall inspiration that sparked the creation of that specific piece. Maybe I'm just weird, but I like to think about these things. I like to think about the deeper meaning. 

One of our favorite jewelry brands we carry here at the store is Ophelia Moon. All of the pieces are handmade by the owner, Noelle. She has the cutest, most unique designs and always incorporates the most beautiful gemstones into her pieces. I was lucky enough to ask her a few questions about her brand, so you guys don't have to sit and wonder about it like I do.

What inspired you to start making jewelry?

It all actually started by the loss of my cat Ophelia. When she was alive, I would have these visions of starting my own jewelry company after her, keep in mind I had no knowledge of making jewelry and I actually never even wore jewelry until I started making it. After she passed, it was unexpected and she was only 4 years old, I had a sink or swim moment. I recently came across this quote from Tennessee Williams that sums the experience up for me, "The world is violent and mercurial--it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love--love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love." So in the end love inspired to start creating!

Where do you get your ideas for your pieces and how do you decide what you     want to create? 

Street style! Art! Music! Lately I've been really inspired by the 70's and anything southwest. I could be laying in bed or driving in my car and I get this vision of how I want a piece to look and I get to work. 

How did you come up with the name Ophelia Moon Jewelry?

All in all, the name did come from my cat Ophelia. I actually named her after one of Uranus's moons so that is why I kept it Ophelia Moon Jewelry.

How long did it take you to establish the jewelry line? 

I initially started Ophelia Moon in March of 2015. I want to say it was the holiday season of that year. I live close to a very creative and artsy town, Asbury Park (it actually was just named one of the coolest small towns in America to live in). I remember I had my first show in Asbury and the community there is so supportive and welcoming that it gave me the confidence to stick with it. 

Who do you envision wearing your work and how do you attract these types of people? 

The ever-changing woman! Ha! My personal style is so ever-changing so I find my work constantly changing. All in all, I really try to offer a diverse range of products at affordable prices so anyone could wear it.

What materials do you prefer to use and why?

Am I allowed to say the pretty gemstones I get to stare at all day? Each stone is always so unique and special.

What are your plans for the coming future?

I'm very happy to say that I've begun making rings. I learn thru self-teaching so it has been a process! I do hope to incorporate metal work into my pieces and I've even been thinking about working on a men's jewelry line. 

We are so excited to see her new creations and can’t wait to have them here in the store. As she said, her jewelry is made for the ever-changing woman and offers and diverse range of products, so don't be afraid to come check it out! I promise you will be glad you did.

 

Hatton Henry

Looking for the perfect lightweight bag that matches all your outfits? Hatton Henry has got your back, that's for sure. From wallets to oversized bags, they have everyday forever bags for leather lovin' ladies. What more could you ask for?

Over the past couple years Hatton Henry has expanded their line of leather goods. Created by Vanessa Vaught, each bag is hand crafted in their small studio in Vanessa's hometown of Austin, Texas. Due to the nature of working with natural materials, each color way and style is limited, making most of the pieces one of a kind.

Hatton Henry is dedicated to two entrepreneurs, George Hatton Vaught and George Henry Vaught, one of which was her grandfather. G.H Vaught & Son was their own line of leather goods from which Vanessa was inspired. Instead of bags, wallets and other goodies, they focused on creating saddles, harnesses and men's belts. 

Today, Vanessa continues to expand her line and release new products, all of which we die over. 

Here's a little glimpse of some of her pieces: 

 

Come stop by the store to come see our selection of Hatton Henry's goodies. 

Written by: Taylor Farriss for Simplicity In Mind

Summer Nail Trends

Here at Simplicity in Mind, we do just that, keep it simple. From outfits to nails, we keep it cute and classic. A fresh manicure that looks great, makes you feel great. With summer right around the corner we had to check out some of the top trends in nails:

Ombre

Ombre is definitely in trend whether it be in your hair or the next design for your nails. Whether you fade from a pretty blue into a snow white or maybe start with a light pink for a more natural look, ombre is the way to go. Try it at home by simply painting a nail polish sponge with the colors of your choice, then dapple it on the nail. This gradient trend gives you a mani that's anything but boring.

Minimal Nail Art

Maybe you want to try something different on your nails. Go for a subtle stripe, dot, triangle or maybe a mix of them all. You can get nail art without going overboard, keeping your nails simplistic yet expressive. Adding something minimal gives your nails something new and we love to try different things. 

Solid

Sometimes just going solid is the best look for you and can bring your entire look together. Nudes, pinks or a bright pop of color like a coral screams summer and keeps you looking fresh. You don't always have to go all out when getting a mani and thats what we love. Maybe giving your nails a matte top coat to change it up. Even the traditional french tip is perfect for the summer season. A look that is simple yet put together and fun is what we strive for here at Simplicity in Mind.

How to Wear Your Cut Offs

Whether it's day or night, your lounging or going out for a drink, we have the perfect pair of cut offs that can be styled for either event. Now that it's summer, it's getting a little too hot for a pair of jeans. You might think it's a good idea till your dripping sweat and wanting to leave your friends early just to go home and change. (If your trying to say this hasn't happened to you, your lying) Well, after multiple times after that happening to me, I finally gave in and bought a pair of Unpublished stella cut offs. And, I must say I have not once regretted this decision. Yes, it means I have to shave my legs and put on lotion, but I'm no longer uncomfortable in my outfit that I once thought was super cute.

The good thing about cut offs is they can be styled any way you want. If your just running out of the house to go do some errands, meet a friend for a bite to eat or shopping around town, you can style the shorts with a comfy casual tee.

Or, if your going on a date, meeting up with some friends at a concert, or throwing a bbq, you can throw on a cute blouse or flowy crop top to make the outfit look a little fancier and more put together. Either way, the denim cut offs are a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. They match just about everything and look super cute and flattering too. The best part of all is you won't be sweating your little booty off and you can actually enjoy all of your summer activities.

 

Written by: Taylor Farriss for Simplicity In Mind

Forestbound

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100% made in the USA is hard to come across now a days, but Forestbound Original Bag Co. breaks the mold. Alice Saunders founded the brand in 2007, located in Fringe Union in Somerville, Massachusetts. All of the designing, cutting, sewing, and shipping is done here in the USA right in Alice's studio.

Forestbound uses found and salvaged textiles to create their distinct line of tote bags and carryalls. Doing so, Forestbound Originals hopes to revive a piece of the past to give it a new life. Alice was even able to feature her bags in the WWII movie, Allied, where she got to use WWII era materials to create her masterpieces!

Apart from her amazing canvas bags, she also has a line called Long May They Run. The line is dedicated to being active and remembering those who are no longer able to. Profits of this line of tees, tanks, and hoodies are donated to The Association For Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD). Long May They Run gives you the opportunity to support a great cause and look great while doing so.

Here at Simplicity in Mind, we carry the must have ESCAPE + WANDER over night bags. 18oz sturdy canvas creates the perfect bag to carry all the essentials and more for your weekend getaway. Not to mention these totes photograph so well. Forestbound Original Bag Co. is the perfect brand for anyone who loves to travel. Come into the shop + see what which Forestbound bags we currently have available!

Written by Janeetsa Ortiz for Simplicity in Mind

Summer Skin Care Essentials

Aren't we all looking for the best skin care routine for the summer? Well that's where we come in to show you our favorite summer skin care routine here at the store. We will be showing you a little clip on how we stay hydrated here at Simplicity In Mind during summer time (below).

Charcoal Mask By Wild Botanicals

Will remove detritus from your skin's surface. antibacterial properties of charcoal can also help alleviate infections, or keep them from happening. will not harm your skin, which makes it a good addition to your cleansing routine. If you suffer from dry skin, use charcoal soap to replace harsher cleansers. For adults with mild acne, a charcoal cleanser can help prevent outbreaks.

Tip: Leave on your face for 15-20 minutes for the mask to absorb nutrients and release toxins.

Lip Scrub By The Good Hippie

This peppermint lip scrub is a gently exfoliating blend of sugar, nourishing botanical oils, refreshing peppermint scrub that smooths and softens your lips. The key ingredients that come in this lip scrub are shea butter and coconut oil to keep your lips moisturized. 

Nighttime Rose Cream By Whiskey Ink & Lace

This nighttime moisturizer is packed with good oils to help rejuvenate your skin cell's overnight. Let the benefits of the rose and carrot seed oil erase your day worries from your face as you drift to dreamland. A few ingredients that create this enchanting nighttime cream are roesiph oils that supply your skin with vitamin A & C, organic coconut and jojoba oil to moisturize your skin,  lavender oil and more.

Good Morning Beautiful Spray By Happy Spritz

Good Morning Beautiful is an energizing, uplifting and indulgent blend of sweet orange, lemon and other 100% pure essential oils that will keep feeling rejuvenated throughout the day. You can use this as a face or body mist. 

We hope enjoy these few details about the products, now relax & enjoy the video!

Written by Gaby Cuesta for Simplicity in Mind 

Model- Taylor Farriss 

Briland Blu: The Perfect Summer Beach Towel

Briland Blu was created by Cristina Covert, lover of all things beach related. Briland Blu is a lifestyle brand that strives to be luxurious, comfortable, chic and unpretentious. They hold many of the same values that we do here at Simplicity in Mind. Those of you who are familiar with the islands of the Bahamas know that “Briland” is a nickname for Harbour Island, a small beautiful island located on the northeast coast of Eleuthera. The name for her brand was inspired by her love for the Bahamas, Briland specifically. 

Originally made in Turkey, each towel is made from the highest quality cotton products. Turkish beach towels are known to be as absorbent as traditional towels but their popularity stems from their unique look. Not to mention, they take up less room and dry very quickly.

Briland Blu towels are the perfect beach accessory to add to your beach bag this summer. They are extremely lightweight and easy to lug around. They barley take up any space in your beach bag leaving more room for the important things like snacks and magazines.

As an avid beach goer, Turkish towels are definitely my towel of choice. I love being different which is why I love the fact that each towel is different from the others. Whenever I take a trip to the beach , I definatley do not travel lightly. Having a light-weight towel makes carrying my things all that easier. Not to mention, they're much cuter than any other towel I've seen. And of course, who doesn't want to look cute at the beach? 

Written by Taylor Farriss for Simplicity in Mind

Photographed by Rachel Calvelli

Good HYOUman

Good HYOUman was created by Brett Novek in memory of his father, David Novek. Their mission is to create and deliver unbelievably comfortable clothing (yes, please) and unique accessories to make you feel good. 

Still unsure about it? Good hYOUman collaborates with other hYOUmans to create limited edition shirt concepts. Each collaboration is featured on the website and where it is shared with other good hYOUmans of the community. 

Each delivery features a story about a struggle someone has gone through, or is currently experiencing. The tag provides a detailed story of that specific struggle, and allows the consumer to get a better idea of the inspiration behind the concept of their tee. Each season features a new inspirational story on the back of the hangtag. 

In addition to sharing their stories, good hYOUman gives a portion of the sales from the design to a cause of their choice. I think its safe to say Brett Novek is what they call a good hYOUman.

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Manufactured in Los Angeles, CA, Good hYOUman strives to produce a product with a lived-in feel. Their yarns are carefully sourced and garments are individually dyed to create the PERFECT feel.  I promise I’m not lying when I say PERFECT. If I could pick one tee to live in for the rest of my life, it would be theirs. 

Come stop by our shop to pick up your new favorite tee. I promise you will not be disappointed. Not only will you make the best purchase of your life, but your money is going to a good cause, so don't feel bad for buying them all (thats what I like to tell myself).

UnPublished Jeans

As we give you an insight into Simplicity In Mind, get to know our favorite denim brand, Unpublished- Jeans to feed your indigo soul. This brand has a love for ingenuity and the fearlessness to express themselves. Unpublished does not care about the name on the tags. To make it clearer they wear what they want, when they want, and how they want it. 

As you feel the texture on Unpublished Jeans you will notice the quality is delicate and extensible. This is due to the fact they are 47% Cotton, 35% Rayon and 17% Polyester which makes the jeans feel just right on your body as you gradually slip them on. If you want jeans that fit you in all the right places just try them out yourself and you will fall in love with them as much as we do. 

Unpublished is all about standing for what is real when it comes to their quality; no fluff and all substance. Which ties into what we represent here at Simplicity In Mind. We want you to feel confident and comfortable as you slip on those new pair of slick jeans. Come by freely to our store and you will see these are the jeans you have been looking for.

Written by Gabriella Cuesta for Simplicity in Mind

Photographed by Rachel Calvelli