Empire State of Mind

Empire State building in New York City.jpgA year ago today I started my first big job after graduating from college. If you would have told me a year ago that this is where my life would be, I never would have believed you.

I started my new career with high hopes. I took on as many challenges as I possibly could, and worked hard to achieve recognition from my peers and upper management. I moved on to new programs and kept receiving a plethora of assignments, each just as daunting as the last. I took them in stride and completed each task, waiting with bated breath for the next one to come my way.

The funny thing is though, that sometimes, with all of that rush and excitement — it can take its toll. Instead of feeling energized, I had felt tired and drained. I was being worked level grades above my years of experience and knowledge, and I was starting to feel the strain.

However, when you least expect it, life has a way of telling you that when the time is right — to keep working hard and stay true to yourself and your goals — you can create the outcome you wish to see for yourself and make your dreams a reality.

And I’m here to say … Dreams really do come true!

Ever since I can remember, New York City has always been such an important influence in my life. I don’t remember a day after my first visit to the big city, where I wasn’t constantly inspired by its eccentric energy.

Whether in my artwork, stories, on my graphic t’s, pictures I put up on my bedroom walls … the city was everywhere.

It was hard to escape from — featured in almost every movie, various songs and as a popular backdrop for many novels, this beautifully crazy city is a force to be reckoned with!

I’m very excited to say that because of an amazing opportunity … I am about to call this place home!

I couldn’t be happier to start this new adventure and take this big new step in my career!

More life happenings to be featured soon! 🙂

xo. Britt

Fringe, Tassels and Chains — Oh My!

Picasso Marble pendant in sterling silver with fringe accents
Picasso Marble pendant in sterling silver – piece made and photo taken by me

Ever since I started metalsmithing and making jewelry, I’ve come to notice how I’m drawn to this pattern of adding embellishments to every piece I make — especially fringe! I think it adds such a fun element and uniqueness to a piece.

Recently, I made a pendent with Picasso Marble (pictured above) and added chains in a fringe design at the bottom. It’s now one of my favorite pieces — I’m so proud of it!

This type of jewelry design has been around for ages.  Originating as a garment design by the Native American’s — it was used as a sort of gutter system to repel rain water from the wearer. During the 1920’s, this design became more prevalent as a fashion statement in clothing as well as with jewelry. [**]

Being a big fashion trend for 2018 — keep on the look-out for more fun pieces like these, made by me and in the market! Whether you find yourself drawn to fringe, tassels or chains — it’s a timeless design that is sure to add a little fun to your every outfit!

xo. Britt

[**] = https://www.encyclopedia.com/sports-and-everyday-life/fashion-and-clothing/clothing-jewelry-and-personal-adornment/fringe

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

A Healing Home: Crystal Decor

Ever since I’ve started to get into gemstones and crystals — it has become such a fixture in my home.

Crystal home decor displayed on a wooden coffee table
So far I have Pyrite – which is said to act as a shield of protection, while bringing in/inviting prosperity, success and wealth – , Calcite, Blue Agate – which is said to increase concentration, honesty and memory – , and Crystal Quartz Geode in various areas of my home! – photo taken by me

It’s said that different gemstones and crystals give off certain energies and healing properties. They can range from protection, calmness, self-esteem/confidence boost, wisdom, balance and groundedness — just to name a few.

With all of these different types of stones and properties — it’s hard to know which to add to your home. Now, it’s strictly up to you for which stones call out to you and feel the best / have the right fit! However, for those – like me – who can’t decide — here’s a few suggestions on which gemstones and crystals to add to your home and various living spaces! [*]

The Best for your Desk and Workspace – Amethyst

I’m definitely going to bring a chunk of one to the office for my desk! This stone is a natural stress reliever — it encourages inner strength, peace, spiritual growth and intuition. [**] I also suggest having one (or a cluster) of these in your workspace at home as well!

The Best for your Bedroom – Rose quartz

Known as the stone of love, its gentle qualities are said to open your heart to all types of love. Whether it be self-love, romantic, family and for everything else — the bedroom is the best place to surround yourself with love. [**] Since it’s not necessarily a very neutral color, placing this pink stone in your room can be in areas where it’s hidden or to bring a bit of color to your decor — whether it be in a bowl with other stones, a candle holder, book-ends — the possibilities are endless!

The Best for your Kitchen / Dining room – Calcite

Does it still count as being in my kitchen if I placed this stone in my living room which is right next to my kitchen? I’m going to say yes — especially since I only have so much space in my 700+ sq ft apartment. Calcite radiates calm and soothing energy. It helps restore balance to the mind, body and spirit! [**] The kitchen is a great space for this crystal because it’s where we keep ourselves and our loved ones nourished, as well as being a busy and frequent gathering area. Calcite comes in a variety of colors, so you’re able to still get its properties while choosing whichever fits your color palette best!

The Best for your Living room / Family  room – Selenite

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Selenite is ideal for energy cleansing. It’s said to unblock stagnant and remove negative energy. Bringing peace and mental clarity, this is a great crystal for this space because it’s where we gather to be with our loved ones and or an area to rest/relax after a long day. [**]

The Best for your Bathroom – Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz amplifies energy and enhances clarity of the mind. [**] It’s a good crystal to have in this space because it’s an area we are with our thoughts and have time to ourselves — whether it’s taking care of business or relaxing with a hot shower or warm bath.

I can’t wait to add some of these new crystals to my home ASAP! Are any of these in your home? How are you experiencing + enjoying them? Let me know!

xo. Britt

[*] = https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/crystals-for-every-room-guide/

[**] = http://thechalkboardmag.com/ultimate-guide-how-to-use-healing-crystals

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Hello!

Welcome to flaxccentuate!

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a collector. It was always a mixture of rocks I’d found on the street or in front of a neighbor’s yard, as well as shells and sea glass along the shoreline. I’d never really had a purpose for them, I just knew I liked the way they looked and it was always something fun to find and bring home.

As I got older, I started to immerse myself in fashion and accessories — statement necklaces being my accessory of choice. I had big dreams of graduating and jet setting off to New York to work in the industry. However, college flew by and I diverted on to a completely different path. Being that it’s so different, I had felt that I was losing my sense of creativity.  I was always trying to be very involved, have a social life and do well in my courses + my internship. I didn’t have the time I once did to write, read for fun, or create art. Once I graduated and started working full-time, this became very prevalent and it was all I could think about. So, I started researching and found a set of hobbies that would soon change my life — Metalsmithing and Beading!

As I’m learning all about these art forms and this industry — I’ve decided to create an outlet to showcase my work [which a few of my pieces can be seen above], life happenings, my findings and to geek out about crystals/gems/stones + more!

Speaking of geeking out … every other week I will feature my ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series to showcase different crystals/gems/stones and all you could ever hope to know + learn about them!

I’m so excited to start this journey and bring together my love for accessories and nature’s beauty!

Thanks for joining me on this rockin’ adventure — you’re such a gem! 😉

xo. Britt