ICYMI (I just learned that means “in case you missed it…” I’m behind the times), earlier this week we (BaubleBar) added a new piece to my collection. Meet the Cape Knot Collar. It’s inspired by a necklace that I used to make for all my girlfriends (see above photo of my friend Erica in the necklace I made her four years ago… isn’t she cute?!) It took us a little bit longer to get this one just right, which is why it launched a couple weeks late. I particularly love this necklace with a good striped t-shirt, a chambray shirt, or simple navy tee. Classic New England style…
While we’re on the note of my collection, there is something I hadn’t really thought about, and that is the notion that it might be odd for me to collaborate with my employer. In hindsight, I guess it might seem a little bit weird to someone who doesn’t know me or the company very well, so I thought I might provide a little more context here.
I started at BaubleBar nearly 3.5 year ago and at the time, there were just six of us, working around the clock to grow our tiny brand. I’ve always been a huge jewelry lover (when I interviewed, I brought in a bunch of pieces that I’d made!) and from day one I would provide feedback to our designers with styles I wanted to see on the site, items that would resonate well with bloggers, etc. We were an incredibly small team so everyone’s opinion was (and still is) vital to the business. We are all very close and in a way, BB is like a second family to me. And it’s totally crazy now to think about how much we’ve grown. Years later, I still get to provide ideas to our designers. To be honest, my favorite part of the work day is when someone from fashion or design will grab me to get my thoughts on an upcoming style, color combination or trend. That’s one of the best parts of working for a small company in my opinion – you are able to affect areas of the business that might not fall under your typical realm. For that reason, I honestly think that even if I didn’t have a blog they probably still would have let me have my own collection… we just would have positioned it differently – under my name instead of blog name.
I’m really lucky in that BaubleBar has been very supportive of my blog, allowing me to build both my career and personal projects simultaneously… not something that everyone gets to do. I’m allowed to wear whatever jewelry I like, and there is no exclusivity or rules of what I can and can’t write about over here. I wear a lot of BaubleBar for obvious reasons – I honestly just love the brand (fun fact: I shop at BB so much that I actually rank within our top twenty customers!) and want to support it. I hope that explains things a little bit better. One of my biggest goals with this blog is to be as transparent and honest with you as humanly possible… (if you ever have questions about anything you can always comment or email me!)
Hi Grace! Interesting that you’re explaining it, although I never really thought much of it other than I think everything you’re doing is pretty great. And I am also late to the acronyms… my new favorite is FOMO (fear of missing out).
Awesome. A big congratulations on your new necklace. I like the chunky, nautical vibe.:] // itsCarmen.com ☼
Congrats lady, you collection is beautiful!
Pretty pretty pretty:-):-)
Sooo glad you let me know what that means. I have been wondering and was too embarrassed to ask!
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Your line ROCKS! xo
I love hearing about your story, Grace! You are such an inspiration and I think it’s so cool that you’re able to collaborate with BaubleBar. You have a great platform like this so why not use it? I love it!
love this piece, and love even more it was inspired by your DIYing! congrats on the collection!
I have loved your whole line with Bauble Bar! I was so happy this collaboration happened..seemed like such an obvious thing to me as your reader, because it is so clear how much you love the brand after reading your site for a while. But I love how you have always remained so transparent and state that you work for them but also feature a whole range of designers and jewelry and not only sticking to their products.
You have a wonderful voice and style – and I love seeing it on your blog and also now through your pieces with Bauble Bar. Congratulations on the fabulous collection, I have the Mason Ring and just love it!
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I know you felt like you needed to “justify” it but I just liked hearing more about the background of your career – I just find it so fascinating. I saw the new collection in Nordstrom today and was so pumped for you guys. Keep up the great work lady!
LOVE this necklace! The nautical feel is so chic and in line with current trends!
Beautiful collection! Glad BaubleBar has been so supportive of you in all of your ventures! I have always been a fan 🙂