Senior Portraits Style Ideas

Seniors: Are you ready for your close up?

Let us help you get camera-ready for your senior portraits with our easy breezy style tips.  We’ve teamed up with a photographer friend and compiled some simple ideas to help you feel confident, polished and most importantly, like your best-self!

Graduation gift ideas, jewelry for the graduate, tassel earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry

Our smartest photographer friends say that their clients always ask: What should I wear for my senior portraits?

Well, we’ve got you covered!  We’ve teamed up with fellow TT Catonsville member Maria Ortiz Photography to give you a crash course in Senior Portraits 101.

Sharpen your pencils and grab your notebooks, seniors, style class is now in session!

Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

STYLE TIP 1: Statement Jewelry

  • Of course, we think tassel jewelry adds just the right amount of double meaning for a graduate, but it really is a great way to work some statement jewelry into your look.
  • Pick tassels that work well with your complexion or eyes: Warm colors like those in our Tiered Tassel Earrings in Red Neutrals complement brown eyes and warm complexion.
  • Add a hat if you’re comfortable (or bring one along to try out for a couple of shots)

Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

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STYLE TIP 2: Sparkly Earrings for Close Up Headshots

  • We love our Druzy Jewelry pieces because they catch the light so well and really “show up” on camera.
  • We’ve got them in *almost* as many shades as our tassels… and, with options available for silver, yellow gold or rose gold metal elements, you really can create the perfect look!
  • For fair skin, we love the way our Black Druzy Earrings pop in a headshot.

Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

STYLE TIP 3: Add pieces that showcase your personality, talents, and hobbies

  • Here we’ve featured pointe shoes and posing in ballet positions (+jewelry to match)
  • Let your creativity flow by creating your very own custom Tassel Earrings at our Tassel Barask us how
  • PRO TIP BONUS: schedule your senior photo shoots back-to-back with your bestie and capture some candid moments together!

Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

So, there you have it!  Three easy to accomplish tips to get you started as you plan.  But really, the most important thing is to feel confident and have fun.  Whatever you choose to wear, be sure it feels like YOU… just a little elevated (as Tan from Queer Eye would say).

And, here’s a secret bonus shot for those of you who read through to the end: A sneak peek at our White Druzy and Rose Quartz Drop Earrings from our brand new collection that’s dropping SO SOON!

*Love them?  Need them?  Be among the FIRST to shop them here!*Senior portraits styling ideas, jewelry and accessories to wear for senior portrait photography by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry and Maria Ortiz Photography

 

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Grad Gifts & New Tassels

Here’s to the Class of 2019

Honestly, we don’t think there’s a more perfect graduation gift than Tassel Jewelry!  Whether it’s a new spin on school pride or tassels for daily wear to remind her of all the hard work that earned her cap and gown, we’ve got you covered!

Graduation gift ideas, jewelry for the graduate, tassel earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know that our Tassel Earrings are CUSTOMIZABLE!  We love to bring our design-your-own Tassel Bar to local pop-up events and parties.  But if you have been admiring us from afar, have no fear!

Contact us and we can help you create the perfect pair!

Graduation gift ideas, jewelry for the graduate, tassel earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry

Show your school pride!  Tassels are a chic way to take your school colors (or favorite colors) into your new job.  We still love our team hoodies… but, let’s leave those for the weekend!

Let us know what your school colors are!  We’ll help you pair just the right tassels and gemstone beads to create the perfect pride pair.  They’ll be the envy of every tailgate, too!

Graduation gift ideas, jewelry for the graduate, tassel earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry

We love tassel earrings so much because they are easy and fun to wear…

  • big, bold statement piece
  • lightweight for all-day wear
  • dress them up OR down
  • upgradable earring hooks (great for sensitive ears)
  • perfectly priced for gifting!

Graduation gift ideas, jewelry for the graduate, tassel earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry

So, do we (or these stunning photos) have you ready to shop tassels yet?

We’ve got a couple of options for you!

Graduation gift ideas, jewelry for the graduate, tassel earrings by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry

We’ll be POPPING UP on June 8th (with the Tassel Bar in tow) for the National Best Friend’s Day celebration at Cotton & Co Vintage Boutique in Keymar, Maryland.

In addition to the whole boutique filled with high end vintage dealers and artisan vendors, we’ll be joined by Black Ankle Vineyards out on the patio.

So, grab your bestie (or your favorite graduate) and head over for a fun day out!

(Oh, and Keymar, Maryland is a small town close to the Westminster, Taneytown and Frederick areas. We’ll be all over Maryland this summer, so jump on our email list to find out if we’re coming to a town near you!)

Grad gift ideas, Pink tiered tassel earrings, luxury fashion jewelry, tassel earrings in bright pink, tassel jewelry by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry made in Maryland

Can’t wait until June?  Who could blame you!  Our online shop is always open!

And we’ve even got some new tassel designs to kick off the summer season!  

We are totally crushing on the Solid Pink Tiered Tassels (featured above).

Or, for a more subtle (and beachy) vibe, these Navy Tassels with White and Aqua Gemstones are the perfect fit.  Plus, these will transition beautifully into your fall and winter wardrobes, too!

Navy blue tassel earrings, luxury fashion jewelry, tassel earrings in neutral colors with gemstones in white and aqua blue, tassel jewelry by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry made in Maryland

Light grey tassel earrings, luxury fashion jewelry, tassel earrings in neutral colors with gemstones in pink and aqua blue, tassel jewelry by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry made in Maryland

Light or Dark Grey… which is your favorite?

Don’t worry.  We can’t decide either.  But the good news is, there’s no wrong choice!  Whichever tassel is your favorite, don’t wait too long to snag it.  You’ll want to be wearing them all summer long, so don’t miss out!

Dark grey tassel earrings, luxury fashion jewelry, tassel earrings in neutral colors with gemstones in purple and turquoise, tassel jewelry by J'Adorn Designs handcrafted jewelry made in Maryland

You can check out all of our latest arrivals in the New Designs section of our online Jewelry Shop!

(and, be sure to keep an eye out in the coming weeks because we’ve got a lot of new pretties on their way!)
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We’re Popping Up: Mother’s Day Monarch Fest

Our good friend Dawn, over at Silver Linings Lavender, is hosting a Mother’s Day Monarch Festival and we are excited to be popping up as a vendor this weekend.

You may recognize Dawn (or her logo)… she is part of our Tuesdays Together group for The Rising Tide Society.  Silver Linings and J’Adorn also have an on-going collaboration of essential oils and diffuser bracelets!

Mother's Day Monarch Feast event image Here’s what Dawn has to say about the inspiration and purpose for the monarch festival…

  • Monarch butterfly populations have been drastically declining.
  • Their caterpillars only eat one type of plant, called milkweed. As human development grows, milkweed habitat disappears. You can help by planting milkweed in your yard and even creating pollinator gardens.
  • Come to our event and purchase a milkweed plant or even learn to care for some free milkweed seeds and enjoy the beautiful weekend with your favorite mom!
  • Proceeds from the event will benefit Monarchwatch.org.

Need more information?  Here’s a link to the Facebook event!

J’Adorn Designs will be there with a table full of our favorite styles for spring and summer.   We’ll also have our TASSEL BAR in tow!

Want a sneak peek?!  Check out these photos from last weekend’s pop up at MayFair Market

J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry druzy pendant necklace for sale at Monarch Festival in Westminster Maryland

J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry tassel bar, design your own gemstone tassel earrings at the Monarch Festival in Westminster Maryland

J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry pop up shop in Catonsville Maryland, Preview for Mother's Day Monarch Festival jewelry for sale in Westminster Maryland

Jewelry Photography: BaM Co Create

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Our First Craft Show of the Spring!

We’re popping up at MayFair Market in Catonsville!

Get your Mother’s Day gifts, treat yourself, and learn a new skill or two

J'Adorn Designs artisan jewelry is coming to MayFair Maker's Market in Catonsville Maryland for a craft show, Spring jewelry pop-up shop featuring artists from Baltimore

We’re Bringing J’Adorn Designs Jewelry to Maker Practice!

This Sunday, May 5th, come see us at MayFair Market in downtown Catonsville!
Whether you’re still searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift or you’ve been dying to experience TASSEL BAR for yourself, we’ll have lots of colorful options for you to shop!  This pop-up is one you don’t want to miss, featuring some of Baltimore’s finest makers.

Spring craft show in Maryland featuring jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs; artist Alison Jefferies brings custom jewelry experience to maker's market with the Tassel Bar, a design-your-own custom jewelry experience

Some highlights to check out: 

  • The Tassel Bar: a design-your-own custom jewelry experience!

  • New tassel jewelry colors for Spring

  • Vintage J’Adorn treasures at reduced prices

  • Art & handcrafted goods from local artisans

  • Mini workshops & live demos

Craft show in Catonsville Maryland welcomes custom jewelry artisan J'Adorn Designs with spring accessories and design-your-own tassel earrings at the Tassel Bar

Register for the MayFair Market craft show HERE (it’s free!) 

You can also sign up for a workshop during the craft show for a fee.

Blue and green tassel earrings by J'Adorn Designs artisan jewelry, for sale at Catonsville craft show MayFair Market

The artists and makers featured at MayFair Market include:

MayFair Market craft show features spring tassel jewelry and custom design your own tassel earrings by J'Adorn Designs in Catonsville, Maryland

We hope to see you there! 


(But, if you can’t make it… You can still snag a last minute Mother’s Day gift from the Jewelry Shop! Remember, all orders over $50 ship free!) 
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3 Easy Ways to Pack Your Jewelry for Travel

Spring is finally here, and with it comes warmer weather and vacation season!

How to pack jewelry so it won't break while you travel, pro packing tips for jewelry and accessories, by J'Adorn Designs custom jewelry

One of the biggest challenges of packing for travel can be knowing how to safely pack your jewelry. We all know the frustration of untangling a necklace chain after it’s been jostled in a suitcase, and the heartbreak of losing an earring from your favorite pair.

We want you to confidently take your jewelry along on all of your adventures (and, tag us in your photos on Instagram with #jadornyourlove!)
With that in mind, we’re sharing 3 easy ways to pack your jewelry for travel, using items that you likely already have at home!

Tip #1: Use straws to keep necklace chains from tangling

This trick for packing a necklace tangle-free is inexpensive and customizable. And, since straws come in multi packs, you can pack several necklaces to have plenty of style options!

Here’s how to use straws to pack jewelry without tangling:
  • Use a standard sized straw for shorter necklaces (16-18 inches). 

For thin bracelets, we recommend using paper straws.
Here’s how it works:

First, use a pair of scissors to cut the straw to approximately half the length of the bracelet.
Next, gently slide the bracelet into the fitted paper straw with the clasp ends sticking out on either side.

Lastly, close the bracelet’s clasp so the straw can’t slide off. You’re done!

Tip #2: Use Glad Press ‘n Seal to Pack Flat

Use this common pantry item to safely pack your jewelry – even the most fragile pearls and druzies! 

Here’s a step by step guide showing how to use Glad Press ‘n Seal for packing your jewelry:

First, cut a length of the film and lay it out flat, sticky side up.

Next, lay out all of your jewelry on the sticky film, making sure to leave enough space between pieces to create a seal.
After the jewelry is in place, use your fingers to gently press each piece into place on the sticky surface.

Lastly, cut a second length of film to match the size of your bottom piece. Carefully place the second layer, sticky side down, onto the first piece and jewelry.

Gently press the top layer of Press ‘n Seal down to seal (get it?) the jewelry in place.
  • Start at the outer edges, smoothing the adhesive as you go
  • Work your way inward, pressing gently
  • Create a protective seal between each piece of jewelry and gently press the top layer around each item

Now you’re all ready to add your packed jewelry to your suitcase!
Bonus Pro Tip: We recommend sandwiching the sealed jewelry layer between scarves or soft pieces of clothing to keep it cushioned while you travel. 

Tip #3: Reuse the Your Jewelry’s Packaging

Did you know that at J’Adorn Designs we choose our packaging carefully so our customers can reuse it?

It’s true! Because we care about the planet and extending the life of your jewelry investment, we provide packaging for your accessories to keep them safe in storage!

Here are a few ideas of how you can reuse the packaging we provide for J’Adorn Designs jewelry:

If you’ve purchased a piece of Tassel Jewelry from us, you know that we send them in plastic tubes to keep the tassels from fraying. We want you to save these tubes to keep your tassels in top condition whenever you’re not wearing them!
So, when you travel with your tassel jewelry, just slide them into their tubes and place them in their original hard paper box. 

The final step is securing the lid in place.
(We like to use a hair band for this, since we’ll need them during the trip, too!)

Our finer jewelry comes with upgraded packaging that you can also reuse for safely traveling with jewelry. 

Simply place your jewelry in these heirloom quality boxes, like the pink bracelet box with microsuede lining pictured above.

We love to use our upgraded microsuede pouches for the safe keeping of earrings and delicate necklaces!

The fabric divider inside the pouch provides a separation for earrings so they won’t knock into each other and chip.
This is especially vital for druzy gemstone jewelry because the tiny crystals are so fragile.

This pouch also works great with a fine pendant necklace to keep its chain from scratching delicate gems and pearls.

Now that you have all of our best tips for safe jewelry packing, you’re ready to jet set with all your favorite jewels in tow! 

How to pack your jewelry safely for travel and storage, professional jewelry care tips by J'Adorn Designs custom jeweler in Maryland

Safe travels, and don’t forget to tag us when you take your J’Adorn jewels on your travel adventures!

You can use #JADORNYOURLOVE on all social platforms

(and we love to reshare!) 


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