When I found out that Lulu Frost was collaborating with author Sloane Crosley, mild freakout ensued. Their collaboration represents a collision of my two most favorite things: jewelry and literature. You know by now that Lulu Frost is one of my absolute favorite jewelry designers (more on that here, here, and here) but Sloane is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read and re-read her book, “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” an embarrassing number of times (she’s absolutely hilarious and has such a great way with words) and have followed her work ever since. (As an aside, I also really loved this article she wrote a few months ago about why we (women) need to stop apologizing. It’s a must-read if you apologize too much.)
Sloane’s new book (and first novel!) The Clasp just hit stores, and today, two of you will win a copy of The Clasp and the necklace that Lisa designed – named Kezia, after the main character, and inspired by the famous necklace that the characters track down in the book. (The necklace retails for $225.)
I sat down with Lisa to chat about the collaboration. Have a read, and when you’re done… enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post.
Grace: What brought about the collaboration with Sloane Crosley? Why did the two of you decide to collaborate?
Lisa: Sloane brought me a gorgeous drawing of a necklace from the 19th century which served as inspiration for the initial designs. The sketch of that necklace actually hung above Sloane’s desk and influenced her writing process, so I wanted to incorporate some of those elements in the final piece. In creating the piece, I stayed true to my aesthetic with classic Lulu Frost crystal elements, pearl accents and custom chain. The gorgeous sapphire blue central stone adds the perfect touch of color for fall. When I saw the final sample in person it reminded me of a collector’s item – a very special piece that generations of daughters and granddaughters will hope to inherit someday.
Grace: How would you style the necklace?
Lisa: I’ll definitely style this piece with evening attire for holiday events. It’s really stunning over bare skin, so a great black cocktail dress with a plunging necklace would be ideal. One of my favorite things is that the Kezia Necklace really can be worn casually, even with a simple t-shirt, denim and sneakers on a Sunday afternoon. In fact, that’s exactly what I wore today!
Grace: The Clasp aside, what was the best book you read this summer?
Lisa: The Four Agreements – for when I’m in the mood to soul-search.
Grace: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Lisa: I love Jonathan Safran Foer, but honestly this year I’ve been too busy to read much – planning a wedding on top of running a company leaves me precious little time to read!
Grace: What was your favorite part of The Clasp?
A big thanks to Lisa for the Q&A… now, enter the giveaway below!