Right now we are having an exclusive trunk show with one of our favorite designers, Gurhan. His designs are exquisite!
Gurhan’s metals of choice are 24 karat gold and sterling silver. He is known as the man who changed how contemporary fine jewelry was made. After this unofficial honor, the 24 karat gold trend launched as a popular metal for fine jewelry everywhere.
Gurhan likes to mix metals like silver and gold. It has been said that his sterling silver designs are “kissed” with 24 karat gold. He uses an ancient jewelry technique to design his pieces. He studied techniques that goldsmiths were using 7000 years ago. He hammers everything by hand and creates his own style for each piece of jewelry. By using this classic method, it hardens the 24 karat gold. Gurhan also has a flair for taking ancient artifacts like thousand-year-old mosaics and transplanting them into pieces of jewelry like rings and necklaces.
Celebs have also been spotted wearing his pieces. From Sheryl Crow to Sandra Bullock, you are sure to see Gurhan’s beautiful work on the red carpet during events.
The trunk show goes on until the end of December so stop by or make an appointment! We would love to show you some of our favorite pieces.
Guess who just got back from a long weekend in Chicago? This girl :) I spent the last five days dining, drinking, sight-seeing and most importantly, shopping! My biggest take-away from this mini vaca was this: You don’t have to go to the big city to shop like you’re in the big city. I was blown away at the number of designers I saw that we carry right here at TOC. Everywhere we went women were dressed in Eileen Fisher, Comfy, NIC + ZOE, and AGL shoes. Usually after a trip like this, I would be bringing home bags and bags of goodies from all the wonderful shopping spots. Not this time. I honestly did not buy one single thing! Why would I when I can get the same looks, or better right at home? Here are some of my fav designers I saw in Chicago that we carry at TOC:
Eileen Fisher has been a staple here at TOC for many years. We love the simplistic designs and chic aesthetics the line always has to offer. The newest pieces to add to your summer wardrobe include this jewel bateau-neck dress, linen crepe short sleeve cardigan, organic cotton flared skirt and bateau-neck shell. Perfect for layering, and dressing up or down.
I wasn’t even looking for Melissa Joy Manning Jewelry, but I turned around at Nordstrom and I noticed a beautiful display of gorgeous jewelry. Turns out it was Melissa Joy Manning! We began carrying this line about a year ago and it is one of my favorites. Manning creates artistic and delicate pieces using sterling silver, 14k gold, druzys, semi-precious stones, and oxidized silver. Her designs are organic, yet sophisticated. We love her two toned cuff bracelets and unique use of stones. If you haven’t yet, you definitely need to check it out next time you’re in!
You’ve heard me gush over AGL shoes before, and I’m going to do it, again. These shoes are seriously hard to beat on quality, design, comfort and versatility. Every pair is handmade in Italy and the materials, colors, leathers and hardware are all made to our specifications. Even though I saw a large display of AGL shoes at Nordstrom in Chicago, not a single pair was exactly identical to one of ours. How cool is that?! Shopping AGL shoes at TOC means that you will have a one-of-a-kind design unique to our store.
We are so excited to be carrying Mephisto shoes. They are a must-have for summer. You have not experienced comfort until you’ve walked a mile in a Mephisto. These shoes are handmade by master shoe makers in Portugal and France and have been around for over 50 years. These shoes are meant to be worn, walked in and loved… a lot. Come in and try them on, you will be hooked!
Speaking of comfort… I am SO glad I wore my favorite Lisette pants on the 5 hour drive to Chicago. Not only did I see tons of Lisette- style pants while I was in Chicago, but I also saw them at many of the great boutiques downtown. This weekend TOC is hosting a Lisette trunk show. This is so exciting because you don’t have to drive the big city to shop the entire collection from Lisette, we are going to have it available for you to try right here in our store starting this Thursday! We would love for you to make an appointment or just stop in. Just for trying on a pair of Lisette pants, you will be entered for a chance to win a credit of $125 toward Lisette merchandise! Call us at (608) 784-2640, we hope to see you there.
I hope you all found something fabulous at our Touch of Clearance sale! And don’t worry if you missed it because our Touch of Clearance loft is here to stay! If that isn’t enough of an excuse to come see us, then you really have to check out all of the new spring merchandise that hit the floor last week. We have been busy shifting, moving, revamping, and making room for tons of great spring looks. Some of our favorites this season have come from the adored brand Lilla P. We cannot say enough about this amazing line! Even if you don’t recognize the name off the top of your head, chances are if you shop at TOC often, you probably already own something from Lilla P. We have been carrying the line for many years, and it all started with the perfect little tee.
When we were in Chicago for the StyleMax show last August, I got the chance to meet Pauline Sokol Nakios, the owner and creative director of Lilla P. As if I didn’t already love the brand, Pauline’s bright spirit, energetic smile and immense knowledge made me even more crazy for the simplicity, functionality and wearability of her clothing. She creates styles that are rooted in comfort for the everyday woman. Lilla P is practical, yet stylish and chic. And this season’s spring collection does not disappoint! What is even more spectacular about Pauline and Lilla P is the story behind the brand. Pauline launched Lilla P in 1998. Since then, Lilla P has grown into a global brand sold at hundreds of retailers all over the world. The best part is she did it all while nourishing a marriage and raising her children. She is an inspiration!
These looks are all a sneak peak at the 2015 spring collection! I am currently obsessed with this 3/4 sleeve textured knit dress! WHY isn’t it already in my closet?! And who said a trench coat had to be long? I am loving this cropped trench.. so fresh! And you will seriously love the microstripe waffle tops, the fabric is insanely soft and comfortable. There is much more where this comes from, too! Now that you know a little more about this fabulous line, stop and and see for yourself. Lilla P is magic!
Earlier this week I shared some great wedding gift ideas from Simon Pearce. Now that you know what to get the lucky couple, you need to find the perfect dress! One word: maxi! TOC has a fabulous selection of maxi dresses ideal for a summer wedding. Our favorites are from Paperwhite, we just love the colorful patterns and fun prints. What is even better than finding the perfect maxi? Getting a great deal on it! Starting today, come in, call, or go online to receive 20% off these Paperwhite maxi dresses. Make sure to use the promo code: MAXIMOXIE.
I hope you have a great 4th of July weekend:) I am taking a trip up north so I will be sure to have some fun stories to share when I get back.
It’s good to be back. I was busy as a bee this weekend, but everything was a success. Artspire was a blast, TOC was hoppin, and although the headliner at Freedom Fest got rained out, Gary Sinise and the LT. Dan Band put on an awesome show. I sure hope you were also able to get out and enjoy the fun! Now, back to business…;) The TOC gals have been noticing a rising trend that keeps getting more and more attention. RINGS! Big, small, stacking, gemstone, mixed metal, cocktail, solitaire- you name it, Rings are the thing! They’ve always been in style, but lately, it seems, you can’t complete an outfit without some ring bling. Good thing TOC has got you covered!
These are a few of my favorite rings! → See what I did there?
You’ll totally fall in love with this Marco Bicego 18K yellow gold mixed gemstone ring. It is from his Jaipur collection which features brightly colored stones faceted into an exclusive rose cushion cut. Each stone has been hand selected and the gold has been hand textured using Bicego’s signature Bulino technique. This special style of engraving is fascinating!
If you are looking for a gorgeous statement ring, Anna Beck has got you covered. This Flores citrine sunburst ring is a show stopper featuring a large faceted lemony-yellow citrine stone in a bezel setting surrounded by two-tone metals in Anna Beck’s signature hand-layered vermeil style. Each dot in the sunburst motif has been hand set.
This is a piece from one of our newest jewelry lines, Melissa Joy Manning. Her work is quickly becoming some of my favorite in the store! This unique piece features a vibrant pink druzy alongside a moonstone, both set in 14K gold and mounted on a sterling silver band. Manning uses only sustainable materials and is a big believer in an entirely sustainable process.
Now that I have you dreaming of rings, I have a fantastic surprise! TOC will be running a promotion on Pandora rings! If you buy two rings, you will get a third ring, of equal or lesser value, for FREE. We are running this promotion until June 30, so hurry in and stock up on summer’s hottest ring trends.
Thanks for stopping in! I can’t wait to help you shop for your perfect bling, so come visit the TOC gals and see all of the other fun rings in the store!