Style Profile: Jewelry Tips and Trends from Jess, Stylist for Stella & Dot

Taking a break from food to go back to my other passion - style. I've been on the prowl for new jewelry lately and have a friend who is a Stella & Dot stylist who, everytime I see her, is wearing the best, eye-catching statement pieces.

Jess and I met through the wonderful world of bridal and wedding blogging. She has a cool, easy style with a good eye for detail which probably comes from her background as a graphic designer and, now, jewelry stylist!

You've probably seen them at bridal shows and similar exhibitions, you may even know people who have been to or hosted a trunk show but for those of us less familiar, I thought I'd have Jess fill us in on a few things about Stella & Dot.

Tell us about Stella & Dot
Stella & Dot is a boutique style accessories company that is getting major press in all the top fashion magazines and being worn by some of the hottest celebrities. The line is designed exclusively for Stella & Dot by Blythe Harris with help from some big names in the luxury jewelry market including celebrity designers Maya Brenner, Lizzie Fortunato and Pricella Tavolacci. Our line is designed to be extremely versatile, taking you from day to night and all through the seasons of the year. Best of all, half of the line is under $50! Stella & Dot is not sold in stores- the line of jewelry and handbags can only be viewed at private trunk shows or ordered online through their website.

What jewelry trends do you foresee for the summer?
Color, color, and more COLOR!! Making bold statements on your ears or around your neck-- shades of green and turquoise all look amazing with the Pantone color of the season, Tangerine Tango! our Serenity Stone earrings are a runaway hit this season-- genuine jade stones set in gold plated earrings for only $49! Some other best selling statement earrings are Capri Chandelier Earrings, The Garden Party Chandeliers, and the Azure Couture Earrings.

What are some key pieces from S&D you think every girl should have to elevate their outfit?
Every woman needs a few key pieces in their jewelry wardrobe... a great pair of hoops in gold or silver, a necklace that makes a statement, some classic pearls, some great stackable bracelets, a long layering necklace, a chic delicate necklace, and the perfect pair of studs to match with everything.

What are your favorites?
Ohmygosh... don't ask me that! It's so hard to decide! I'll try to narrow it down to a few in each category! :)

I find myself reaching for the Pegasus very often-- I just love this lightweight statement piece-- it totally makes the outfit whether I wear it with a little black dress or a white tee with jeans. Another personal favorite is the Medina-- this piece is also surprisingly versatile! I've worn it with a summer sundress, with a basic tee and jeans, even over a turtleneck in the winter! Gorgeous, affordable statement piece! I also love pendants right now-- the long silhouette gives the illusion of height makes this short gal feel slimmer; my two faves are the Rebel and the Nahla.

The earrings are gorgeous and I may neet to splurge on that lace cuff - beautiful!

In terms of earrings, I'm a huge fan of the Chantilly Lace Chandeliers (pictured), the Deco Drops {these babies are stunning!), and of course I'm currently in love with the Serenity Stone drops in Jade that I mentioned earlier.

As far as bracelets go, the Renegade is my absolute fave- it's great for layering and gives just the right amount of edge in a feminine way! I'm also in love with our Luna Wrap that can also be worn as a necklace! Another one I'm obsessed with is the Rose gold Rhea Bangles-- rose gold is such a feminine and chic trend in jewelry- I just love them!

Tell us about a S&D trunk show and what kinds of occasions they're great for
Think of how many high end stores or boutiques you've been to where all the pretty jewelry is locked up in a glass case! Stella & Dot brings the boutique to your living room where you can touch, feel, and try on our line of gorgeous accessories with your girlfriends! There's never any pressure to buy and our Stylists are on hand to help you choose the perfect piece to fit your life, style and budget! You are able to place an order for whatever your heart desires and then in 3-5 business days your brand-new jewelry will arrive on your doorstep perfectly packaged in gift-ready adorable boxes! Every aspect of Stella & Dot from our editorial-style lookbook to personal service at the trunk show, to our speedy delivery, to our gorgeous packaging- we strive to delight you every step of the way!

As a thanks to our hostesses, these women receive on average $250 in free jewelry for inviting their girlfriends over to sample our gorgeous collection! It's a truly fantastic way to spend an evening with your friends!

What better way to spend girls' night than to shop at the same time? You can contact Jess here and be sure to look through the huge collection of jewelry from Stella & Dot while you're at the site!