Jacto, a jewelry line based in Brooklyn, is the gorgeous result of a partnership between the owner of a sustainable seafood company and a former shoe designer. Combining modern aesthetics with a desire to repurpose the waste found at commercial fishing docks and seafood sellers, Jacto’s jewelry is thoughtfully made and truly unique. Each piece utilizes fish skin or bone and is an original work of art.
The founders of Jacto, Poull Brien and Melanie Maggio, graciously loaned me a beautiful piece to view in person for a few days. I was sent the TGO Chain and Claw Bracelet, created from found crab dipped in brass. It’s a stunning piece that can be wrapped around your wrist or worn as a necklace that hits just above your collarbone, making it a truly versatile part of any outfit. I was really drawn to the edginess of the design, which is perfect for pairing with more feminine clothing. The bracelet is heavy and substantial, and feels like a true statement piece.
Each Jacto piece is crafted by hand by Melanie, using conflict-free metal, and typically takes two weeks to complete. This attention to detail results in one-of-a-kind jewelry that reflects its creator’s dedication to sustainability and love for the beauty of the sea. In a similar way, Jacto’s designs, which begin with fish that will feed people, come full circle by utilizing the remaining parts to create beautiful jewelry that will last a lifetime. Nothing is wasted and the entire fish is used, which is a common tenet of the nose-to-tail food movement, and an excellent way to honor the lives of these animals.
I really enjoyed my preview of Jacto’s beautiful line, which is filled with many stunning pieces. If you’re interested in purchasing a Jacto piece, use the code I868YWVNTYIL to receive 15% off through November 30th.
Many thanks to Jacto for their help with this post!
September is National Self Improvement month and ThirdLove, the San Francisco-based lingerie brand that offers a cool “Try Before You Buy” app, is putting a different spin on things by encouraging women to love and accept ourselves as we are. It’s a novel idea in our fast-paced world, and I especially like the concept of slowing down and taking time to be grateful for what makes each of us interesting and unique.
I’ve always shied away from the notion of self improvement, and at 38, I feel fairly confident in my own skin. But the fact that an entire month is dedicated to the improvement of one’s self just goes to show that we need a reminder, every now and again, that things are okay right now, just as they are. And I’m all for that.
In addition, ThirdLove is partnering with gymnast Shannon Miller, an Olympian and ovarian cancer survivor, to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. Through September 18th, 25% of the proceeds from these select items will be donated to the research fund. It’s a great way to support an important cause while remembering to take some time out for yourself in September.
I rarely take outfit photos these days, mostly because I have a basic uniform that I wear all the time. But my birthday was in July, and I pre-ordered the beautiful Neroli Dress from DÔEN. It arrived recently and I wore it out to lunch with my family. The fabric and construction are so pretty that I thought it should be shared!
DÔEN is a gorgeous online store based in California, with pieces made with care in India. All of the dresses, tops, and skirts are feminine and romantic with vintage-style designs and fabric. I don’t wear floral patterns as much as I did years ago, but the Neroli Dress caught my eye with its small florals on black fabric, which is perfect for the cooler months here. Best of all, this dress can be layered with tees and cardigans to create lots of different looks as the seasons change. Since my new dress was made to order, I wanted something I’d love and wear for years to come, and I’m thrilled with my birthday present.
Leah wrote recently about Livia Firth’s #30Wears Campaign and featured her own beautiful sundress. I know I’ll get at least 30 wears from this dress and I’m excited to find new ways to style it.
Many of DÔEN’s pieces feature tassels, and my dress is loose-fitting and comes with an unattached belt. It’s a lovely accessory that can be worn different ways on its own, and is pretty enough to wear as a statement necklace, too. Before I ordered, I emailed the company with questions about sizing, and they graciously replied. I settled on a medium based on the measurements, but the relaxed fit of the dress makes it rather oversized. I’ve read that most of DÔEN’s designs run small, but this dress definitely runs large enough to size down. I probably should have done that, but the belt helps to define my waist well.
This was my first order from DÔEN, though I’d love to add more pieces from their collection from time to time. The fall line will be available soon, and I’m excited to see what will be released.