Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Sweet on You" Valentine's Day Jewelry Gift Ideas


With Valentine's Day almost here I headed over to a few of my favorite jewelry designer friend's sites to put together this sweet collection.

Of course since I design my own jewelry my boyfriend almost never buys me any, but that doesn't mean I can't swoon over these lovelies. We actually have a tradition of picking a casual restaurant or just getting takeout and spending the night relaxing together for Valentine's Day.

What about you how do you like to spend this holiday with your special someone?

Be bold. Live Beautifully.
-Amanda

Thursday, January 30, 2014

How's 2014 shaking out so far?

I'd be lying if I said 2014 was off to a smooth start for me. I find myself daydreaming about trips to Thailand, New Zealand, Hawaii, Bali and Japan among other fantastic places. I really only took 2 days off after my busiest holiday season yet.  Now I'm in full swing trying to launch new designs and get samples to my sales rep for the California Gift Show that starts tomorrow. When I found myself dropping off samples close to midnight this week, I knew I definitely did not have a handle on things. So far this month I caught a nasty cold, had my bike stolen (it was locked securely with a ulock in broad daylight) while I was downtown picking up supplies, fallen behind on new sample deadlines and more. But I am not superwoman and I don't have clones to pick up the slack.

Ayuthaya, Thailand
© celine jacinto 2012 | cheljacinto.tumblr.com
The silver lining for all the craziness January has thrown at me is that it inspired me to write down actual goals for the year and make a bucket list! Actually traveling to some of the places I daydream about and have a Pinterest board devoted to is top on the list. I started using mint.com and set a travel goal for real this year. I haven't decided if it will be Thailand or Hawaii yet but either way I'm going.

photo by Dave Rosenblum
I am planning for a 2014 filled with at least one great travel adventure, more trips back to the East coast to visit my family, lots of yoga with good friends, bike rides, good books, learning to cook more, hikes, and of course growing Amanda K Lockrow. So take that January! You may have kicked my butt, but I am not giving up.

What about you? How did January go for you? Did you make any goals for 2014? Leave a comment and let me know.

Be bold. Live Beautifully.
-Amanda

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Angeleno's can wear their commutes with pride with L. Makai's jewelry.

I went to Unique LA this weekend and while I saw lots of really great locally designed products this designer's work stood out more than any of the others. L. Makai and her Commuter Collection of jewelry.


Even though I'm lucky not to have a commute anymore and get to ride my bike and take the train more than use a car, I think this is a fun way for those of us here in LA who have a daily commute to wear it as a badge of honor.

Oh and for all the New Yorker's out there she has an officially licensed MTA collection too.


So if you are still looking for the perfect gift for a jewelry loving lady in your life you can check out Lauren's shop here.

Want some other ideas for Christmas gifts that are made here in LA? Check out these other favorites of mine.

 

 cup by Klai Brown


bracelet by Solstice Ltd

Happy Shopping!

Be bold. Live Beautifully.
-Amanda

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fresh look for marketing & packaging materials.

If you follow me on Instagram @amandaklockrow you've probably already seen this picture and many more of everything I have been working on lately. However since I am so completely smitten with everything in this picture I thought it was worth sharing here on my blog as well.

My site also has a fantastic updated look to go along with all you see in this picture. There are still some changes being made to my new site over the next week, but if you get a chance pop over and let me know what you think about the design.

I am so thankful to my talented friends for all of their help pitching in to make this new branding design all possible!
Here's a quick rundown of their sites, in case you are curious.

*I  worked with three amazing photographers to get all of the beautiful images you see on my website.
Misha Ashton-Moore
Michael Kelley Photography
Porterness Photography

*The new site was made by WebLynx Design Studio.

*Lastly the graphic design work was all done by SheSheBeBe.

I would love to hear what you think of my redesign for Amanda K Lockrow.

Be bold. Live Beautifully.
-Amanda



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cuteness to keep me sane while taking care of business.

picture from awesomelycute

I've been working diligently on lots of the less glamorous tasks of running my business lately. Luckily, while I was updating my Pinterest jewelry boards I came across this image and others to distract me.

Some of the things I've been up to that keep me on the computer for hours and hours are sending out marketing materials to new and existing stores, updating my Etsy shop with a few new pieces, updating my site and finally applying for grants!

I'm hoping to get in some much needed time at the bench by the end of the week. But in the mean time I'm keeping myself sane and balanced by going to yoga and riding my bike at the beach. Of course if all else fails I can find a cute distraction like this online.

Have a lovely day!
xoxo Amanda

Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekend Fun!



This weekend is Carmageddon here in LA, which means the 405 is closed for a long stretch all weekend. The great thing about this is it gets everyone out to explore and hangout in their own neighborhoods. Lots of small businesses are even offering sales if you shop with them over the weekend too. So I'm looking forward to weekend spent riding my bike around Culver City, Venice, Santa Monica, Brentwood and more!

What are you doing this weekend?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A fun little video of how I make a ring!

   I've been thinking about making short little videos to show my process to the world but I never got around to it until now! I love how this first video turned out and I can't wait to shoot more. 
   Last month I decided I wanted to enter the American Made Awards so I put together my entry with lots of help from my friends. I didn't make it into the finalists, but I can't wait to see who did win. The contest did help me take the time to spruce up my bio, get some amazing new photos of my work, and make my first video. I'm planning to enter more contests in the near future just to keep me on my toes! I have been so wrapped up in the production side of my jewelry collection that I haven't taken much time to experiment and really push my designs and skills to the next level. I'm sure lots of you fall in to this same pattern. I know in college I never had to think about pricing and marketability of my designs so the sky was the limits. I want to dive in again without limits and see what I come up with! I am also thinking about teaching some classes this winter, I am going to talk to a studio next week so wish me luck!
   Let me know what you think about my video or just what you have been working on lately I would love to see.

xoxo
Amanda