Fall/Holiday Photo Shoot 2017: Heavy Metals for the Holidays
What a year 2017 has been! Life has been full of ups and downs, but mostly things to be excited about. Between desparately hunting for a new apartment in LA to getting this new apartment and working on new creative endeavors, the blog took a little bit of a break from summer into late fall. As you guys may or may not know, music and suicide prevention are two things that are very close to my heart. So when I lost a friend to suicide this summer, I had a really hard time adjusting to my day to day routine, because my life would not be so normal again. One of my favorite HGC-approved brands, To Write Love on Her Arms, created a World Suicide Prevention Day line to create awareness and to learn how to take action during Suicide Prevention Month-so of course that would be a must-share collection to feature in the lastest HGC 2017 Fall Photo Shoot.
I was excited to attend the Route 91 Music Festival in one of my favorite cities and bring our HGC team, but thankfully plans did NOT work out, so our HGC team did not attend. But the devastating events that took place in Vegas were horriyfing and my heart goes out to all the families and friends of those affected. If you’d like to donate or find out more information, please visit: Vegas Strong: Unity Forever. Words seriously cannot describe what a tough year 2017 has been, not just for me personally, but all over the country.
But with no further delay, with the end of 2017 coming to a close, I wanted to continue on the journey of sharing all these HGC-approved brands that look good, do good and give back with you to help inspire change, and focus on the upcoming New Year and spirit of spreading love and light.
And I wanted to introduce you to new brands- handmade with love and sustainable- Jili Jewels from Los Angeles and Keane New York from NYC. Made in USA designs from Colin Lynch of KEANE New York are gorgeous, minimalistic art pieces made from hand-blown glass with unique sands from a variety international beaches, including the ones in this shoot. Jilli Jewels are each unique and handmade in Los Angeles, designed with love and positive energy. These line’s beautiful & healing gemstones are known to seek out their future owners.
Excited for more House of G&C and friends projects to come in 2018.
Much love always,
Please note: Welcome – and THANK YOU to our newest HGC models, Stephanie and Chanel! This shoot was shot in November so we were lucky to get some cool days to shoot with short sleeves!
>> The Brave Collection- Brave Collection founder, Jessica Hendricks Yee was exposed to design and travel from a young age, and being fascinated by indigenous cultures and spirituality, she traveled to Cambodia to teach English during college. Yee fell in love with the culture but fell heartbroken by the violent past of the small Buddhist country in the wake of genocide and harsh realities of human trafficking. She partnered with local artisans to create a gorgeous line with woven, metals and gemstone collections that celebrates the Buddhist culture and spirit and also supports artisans with her Fair Trade certified brand.
>> Jilli Jewels- Jilli Jewels are each unique and handmade in Los Angeles. All one of a kind pieces are designed with love by designer Jill Williams, whose positive energy and light touch every facet of the collection. These line’s beautiful & healing gemstones are known to seek out their future owners.
>> KEANE New York - I first discovered Keane New York at RonRobinson Melrose, that showcases up and coming brands that emphasize design and high fashion. The Keane New York line offers gorgeous, hand-blown glass pieces of art in a variety of styles. From edgy, avant garde- to easy-breezy Boho personalities, Keane jewelry offers a one of kind gift for any woman or man in your life.
Click to Shop: I wanted to feature my favorite style, the Vial necklace which is classic and simple. In the shoot, we’ve featured the Vial Punaluu necklace with sand from Hawai’i, the Vial Montauk with orange sand from Montauk New York and also the Vial Gold Leaf, prices start at $195 USD.
>> Project Bead: This education-focused brand is dedicated to alleviating world poverty through education. Project Bead was founded by seven friends who envision a world with less poverty and hatred, and more opportunity and education. Bracelets are made from recycled glass beads and made by female artisans in Ghana.
Click to Shop: Project Bead offers bracelets, necklaces and other small accessories, $12-16
>> To Write Love on Her Arms- I can’t say how much I love the purpose of this brand. As someone who has experienced a loved one commit suicide recently, I really don’t know how else to support this brand other than to continue to promote it and share it because it’s existence to promote hope, love and suicide awareness is priceless. TWLOHA has been featured in House of G&C fashion photo shoots annually since 2013.
Click to Shop: TWLOHA ranges from $4-60 USD
Stay tuned for House of G&C Pop-Up Store in Los Angeles, coming soon 2018!!
For more info on how to particpate or get featured on the blog, contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Instagram for updates: @HouseofGandC
All photos by Melissa Wong of House of G&C unless otherwise noted