Valentine’s Date Ideas

Everyone’s favorite holiday that we love to hate is coming up: Valentine’s Day. Between the cards and candy, flowers and pre fix dinners, this Hallmark Holiday has a tendency to be over rated, overpriced, and underwhelming.  Every year I end up wracking my brain for a present for my significant other that he needs or wants, and ultimately spending more money than I had intended. This year, instead of creating a gift guide I thought I would come up with some fun Valentine’s date ideas that you and your sweetie can do on V-day or any other day of the week for that matter.

  1. Cooking Classes. What’s better than going out to dinner? Going out and learning to cook a new recipe with your main squeeze. Check out Charleston Cooks!  schedule for class options. V-Day might be full, but it can always be a later gift to each other, especially if you are one of those couples that doesn’t like to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day!CharlestonCooks3
  2. Boat ride and Picnic.  As of now, the weather on Valentine’s Day is supposed to be 62 and partly sunny. Pack up your picnic basket and hop on the boat to head to Dewees Island or Capers Island. My picnic basket would include Govino wine glasses, a bottle of my favorite red, charcuterie board staples, and crackers!Picnic
  3. Take a stroll on the beach and then head to dinner on Sullivan’s Island. I suggest a casual meal at Home Team BBQ or Poe’s Tavern.  My boyfriend and I go to Home Team almost once a week, and we always order nachos and wings. fieryronsfacade_54_990x660_201405312336
  4. Cooking at HomeEpicurious has a list of Valentine’s Day menus. Peruse through the list and choose a fancy meal to cook in the comfort of your home. If you don’t feel like trying hard, but want to impress, use the Engagement Chicken recipe that plenty of people swear by (Note: cooking this chicken could lead to engagement)364889_engagement-chicken_1x1
  5. Dinner Out- If you want to dive into the Valentine’s Day spirit then make a reservation and head out to one of the many places offering prix fixe menu. High Cotton will serve a three-course prix fixe menu for $48. “Love potion” and wine options include La Marca Prosecco, a Valentine’s Day Chocolate Martini, and Billecart-Salmon Burt Reserve Champagne. Another option is Old Village Post House where you can enjoy a neighborhood style Valentine’s Day menu for $36 or $42 to add dessert.

Hope these Valentine’s Date ideas help you plan a special day for your babe.  Any day with your significant other, or any loved ones for that matter, is a day to celebrate. Enjoy each other’s company, eat way too much chocolate, and stick to the funny cards!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


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Buy Local Block Party on Saturday

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This Saturday marks the second annual Buy Local Block Party hosted by the local Charleston business organization, Lowcountry Local First.  The event will be held November 21st from 11am until 5pm at 1630 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston.  I was a vendor last year, and let me just say, it was a blast!  It is a one of a kind social event filled with LOCAL vendors & artisans, live music, good LOCAL food, and delicious drinks.  This unique and festive event aims to spread awareness of the importance of SHOPPING LOCAL during the holiday season, as part of Lowcountry Local First’s 9th annual Buy Local Month, which runs from November 15th to December 15th. By spending more money locally, citizens and visitors alike are contributing to the positive growth of the Lowcountry.  The weather is shaping up to be perfect at a high of 65 degrees and sunny. Tickets are available here for $10 in advance, and $15 the day of.  Stop by the Hermosa Jewelry table and mention this blog post to receive 15% off your purchase!


Local Makers:

8 Petals Designs
Alison Brynn Ross Illustration & Design
Art Board Co.
Austin Grace Smith
be More Heart
Breton Trading Co.
Brinko Ties
Bulls Bay Saltworks
The Cake Farmer
Charleston Crafts Cooperative
Charleston Fish Company
Fiber Art Workshop
Fisher Recycling
Hemming Birds Boutique
Hermosa Jewelry
Ink Meets Paper
Itinerant Literate Books
J. Stark- Starkmade
Kendal Leonard Designs
KLO Apparel
Knotty Cards
The Artwork of Kristen Solecki
Lauren Amos Designs
Laura Jane Louise Designs
Modern South Design
MoonBath Botanicals
Old Whaling Company
pH Reclaimed
Plum Hill Paddles
Pure Fluff Co.
Seersucker Appreciation Club
SheSells Candles
So Twisted Up
Southern Smoke Cigars
Stephanie Rose Designs

Local Brews
Tradesman Brewing
Freehouse Brewing
Fat Pig Brewing Company
Palmetto Brewery
Holy City Brewing
Frothy Beard Brewing
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Southend Brewery

Local Bloody Mary
Charleston Bloody Mary Mix
Charleston Distilling Company

Local Food Trucks
Roadside Seafood
Roti Rolls
Crave Kitchen’s Mac Daddy Food Truck
Zombie Bob’s Pizza
King of Pops

Local Music
Kids on Acid
Motown Throwdown
Volcanoes in the Kitchen

Hope to see you there!


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Spotlight: Stoned by Stone

I came across these bejeweled Stoned by Stone phone cases on Instagram, and I instantly fell in love.  If I was a phone case, this is what I would look like- completely jeweled, super glam, and unique.  These one of a kind cases are handcrafted by Frances Stone with vintage broaches, earrings, beads, and rhinestones.  Frances even created a custom case for me with my own collection of sentimental trinkets and vintage pieces–and I will say, I’m OBSESSED!
Below you can read about the background, inspiration, and design process in my Q & A with Frances.  Make sure to follow her at @stonedbystone!
Stoned by Stone Jewelled Phone Cases | Hermosa Jewelry blog
Stoned by Stone Jewelled Phone Cases | Hermosa Jewelry blog
Stoned by Stone Jewelled Phone Cases | Hermosa Jewelry blog
Q & A with Frances Stone, designer of Stoned by Stone
1.  Why did you start making these jeweled phone cases?
I have always been a huge fan of costume jewelry. The bigger and sparklier the better! I’ve been collecting all sorts of pieces from vintage heirlooms left behind by my Grandmother to cool pieces from the thrift shop.
My best friend in college, her mother inspired the idea to put the bling on a phone case. Tammy (nicknamed “Tiger”) had one she made herself entirely made up of Swarovski crystals and embellished with her initials. Her creation was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. I lusted after it every time we would visit, so i decided to make one of my own. My phone case got me a lot of attention, so I started producing them for friends and came up with Stoned By Stone. My last name is Stone and the cases are covered in rhinestones so it’s more than appropriate!
2.  What inspires your design process? 
A badass piece of costume jewelry with lots of sparkle! Sourcing is inspiring too because I get so excited to see what kind of goodies are in the jewelry case! The ladies at the shops look at me like I’m crazy when I leave with 10-20 weird and cheesy baubles, earrings, brooches, pendants, etc.
3.  How long does it take to make one case?  
On average it takes me about 2 hours to create one phone case. Then I like to walk away from it and come back to it the next day to see what else I can add to make it fully complete.
4.  Are they sturdy enough to use daily?  Or are they for special occasion?
I encourage everyone to use them daily! I mean, whats the point of having such an awesome one of a kind piece of artwork on the back of your phone if you’re not going to show it off? You’ll be amazed at the comments and conversations your phone case will start.
Each one is made with industrial strength glue . I do tell people, YES stones will fall out SOMETIMES but find your own sentimental pieces and add them on to the existing case!
I still have the very first phone cases I ever made, and they are in immaculate shape for all the use I got out them.
5.  Where do you sell them?  How much do they retail for?
They are for available for purchase on my Etsy Shop and in local stores: Lori+Lulu, Candy Shop Vintage and Holy City Consignment. They retail for $110 a piece.
6.  Where would you like to see your business go in the future?
First, I would like to see my phone cases on the red carpet! Like how cool would it be to have Rihanna and Miley Cyrus carrying a Stoned By Stone phone case to the VMAs? I am currently doing some projects for myself that include taxidermy animals (deer), stoning them and completely up-cycling them into works of art. I would eventually like to sell them or rent them out for editorial things, parties, events, film, etc.
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My Candlefish Birthday Party

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A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 28th birthday with ten of my best friends at Candlefish.  Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, this beautiful store celebrates everything in the world of candles from the beginning inspiration to the final product.

We became Chandlers for the evening in our two hour candle making class.  Our class was taught by Cat, who was very knowledgeable and articulate.  She was great, and I could tell she loves her job at Candlefish. Upon our arrival, our table was carefully set up with each of our candle stations.  We brought appetizers and wine to keep our minds and bellies fully inspired.

Candlefish | Hermosa Jewelry Blog Our candle stations included a metal pan with two glass jars, two wicks, two popsicle sticks, four labels, a whisk, a ruler, a pen, a small glass measurement cup, and a metal beaker.

When you walk in, you can’t miss the The Candlefish Library.  It is a curated selection of 100 unique fragrances labeled simply with a number from 1 to 100.  The candles are placed under glass cloches that capture the fragrance within its dome.  All of the Library candles are hand poured and hand labeled in the store by the talented chandlers.


We received a “library card” which helped us document and identify which scents were our favorite by jotting down notes about our favorites or not so favorites.  Since smelling 100 scents would be way too overwhelming, we chose one scent from a curated collection of twenty candles.

After choosing each of our signature scents to use for our two candles, We hot glued our wicks to the base our two glass jars and filled out and affixed the labels.

I chose lucky Number 95, which is part of the wood family with nodes of mandarin, violet, cedar wood, and pachouli.  One of my friends described it smelling like a “sexy surfer,” and I totally agree.  The next step was to measure out our fragrance and soy wax and mix them together.  We then had some down time to look around and shop while we waited for our wax to cool to a certain temperature.  Candlefish doesn’t just sell candles, they have jewelry, candle accessories, coffee, prints, and other interesting gifts. IMG_2400

A few minutes later, the wax had cooled and it was time to pour!  We gave it one more flick of the whisk and then distributed our wax into the two glass jars.  We placed the popsicle sticks over the top yet flush with the wicks to ensure that they cooled straight up in the center.  The candles then cooled overnight, and I came back the next day to pick them up.


We had the BEST time at Candlefish celebrating my birthday.  I highly recommend it as a fun yet easy activity for anyone  (even guys!) that likes candles.  I can’t wait to go back to do another one.  You can view their upcoming workshops listed here.  Make sure you mention you read about them on the Hermosa Jewelry blog!

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Charleston Mac Off

Charleston Mac Off | Hermosa Jewelry Blog
This Saturday marks the 6th annual Charleston Mac Off, the largest Mac and Cheese Festival in America!  The Grove at Patriot’s Point will be host to thousands of cheese heads on October 24th from 2:00 until 7:00 PM.  This extra cheesy event features 25 local restaurants, cafes, and caterers who will battle for the prized title of the “Best Mac and Cheese of Charleston.”  Now the Mac Off isn’t just for the big dogs, twenty local Charlestonians will be competing for the amateur title of “Best Home Grown Cook.”  Other fun activities include: live music, a mac and cheese eating competition, a Bourbon Trail, a Kid’s Zone, and last but not least, the Vendor Village.  Now you know that I am not going to miss an event honoring my favorite comfort food, so I am excited to announce Hermosa Jewelry will showcasing my Fall 2015 Collection in the Vendor Village with 15 other local artisans, bakers, and farmers.  I seriously can’t wait!  

The weather forecast is shaping up to be perfect at 77 degrees, so bring a chair, towel or blanket and come spend a glorious October afternoon indulging in the South’s greatest food, mac & cheese.  Purchase your Charleston Mac Off advanced $10 ticket today before they jump to $15 on Sunday.

Here is a recap video from 2014 to get your mouth watering.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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Charleston Strong Jewelry

Almost three months ago, Charleston was changed forever.  On June 17, Dylann Roof attended a prayer service at the Mother Emanuel AME Church and killed nine people and injured one.  I remember waking up the next day scared, upset, and in disbelief.  The gunman had not been found and the lives of nine souls had been taken in Charleston, the Holy City.  Dylann was eventually caught in North Carolina which brought a hint of peace, but the healing of our city had just begun.  It was uplifting to see the people of Charleston come together through prayer, unity, and love.  There were no riots, no looting or destroying of property.  Instead, there were prayers, vigils, church services, unity chains, and fundraising.  Everything was handled with such grace and respect.  It made me feel like maybe there is actually hope for our world.

This tragedy really hit home for me, as I grew up in Charleston.  I felt the urge to do something, to help those families of the victims in any way that I could.  It was moving to hear each of the victims’ families forgive Dylann for taking the lives of their loved ones.  Chris Singleton, the son of victim Sharonda Coleman-Singleton responded to the outpouring of support saying:

“Love is always stronger than hate, so if we just love the way my mom would, then the hate won’t be anywhere close to where love is.  We’ve come together as a community to try to get past these things. A tragedy has happened, but life is going to go on and things are going to get better.”

It put things into perspective for me when thinking about forgiveness in my own life.  It made me realize how short life really is and how precious my family and friends are to me.  Things can change in an instant.  As a jewelry designer, I am able to channel my emotions and express myself through my jewelry.  I designed these Charleston Strong crosses to not only honor those victims who lost their lives, but honor the Holy City and our community.  This is the first design that I have mass produced, and I couldn’t be more proud of it.  I am donating a portion of the proceeds for every piece of Charleston Strong jewelry sold to the Lowcountry Ministries Fund, an initiative of the Palmetto Project and the City of Charleston.

Charleston Strong jewelry is available to purchase online on the Hermosa Jewelry website or downtown Charleston at Sapphire Boutique.

Shop Charleston Strong Jewelry

Charleston Strong Necklace | Hermosa Jewelry
Photo: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay Photography
Charleston Strong Necklace | Hermosa Jewelry
Photo: Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay Photography
Charleston Strong Jewelry | Hermosa Jewelry
Photo: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay Photography
Charleston Strong Bracelet | Hermosa Jewelry
Photo: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay Photography
Charleston Strong Necklace | Hermosa Jewelry
Photo: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay Photography

I end with a video by 843 Productions of the Bridge to Peace Unity Chain, where thousands of people from our community came together on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to honor the Emanuel 9.  It was a monumental remembrance of the struggles and triumphs of our city and a celebration of our unity while embracing our diversity.

Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts about Charleston!

God bless,

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Fall Fashion Party at Sapphire Boutique

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Grab your girlfriends and run (don’t walk) down to Sapphire Boutique tomorrow night for a you-do-not-want-to-miss Fall Fashion Party with yours truly.  I will have my entire Fall 2015 Collection, and to top it all off- ALL JEWELS AND CLOTHES ARE 15% OFF!   Football season starts next week, and you better believe that we have you covered for Gameday!  So come on down and sip on some Rose and snack on some pimiento cheese while you shop.  RSVP HERE!

If you haven’t checked Sapphire out, you’re missing out!  What used to be Sam’s Closet, Sapphire Boutique is now owned by two sweet sisters, Adrienne and Carol Lyn Dempsey.  These two fellow Zeta Tau Alphas from USC, have always dreamed of owning a women’s boutique together.  This one thousand foot space located right off of King Street is stocked full of reasonably priced  brands such as Cameo, Finders Keepers, Lovers+Friends, Stylestalker, Sanctuary, and The Fifth Label.  I am obsessed with this boutique and know you will be too!

Sapphire Boutique + Hermosa Jewelry

Recently, we collaborated with my favorite photographers, Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay to shoot some Fall looks on Sullivan’s Island.  We paired Sapphire’s clothes with Hermosa Jewelry.  These were my favorite looks from the shoot.

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Photo: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay

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