Thanks to the many (many, many, many) hours I've logged on Instagram over the past few years, I've managed to connect with lots of really amazing small business owners who are doing some pretty fantastic things. I'll stumble across an account on the explore page or see someone tag someone I'm not following yet and my not so subtle stalking process begins.
Which is exactly what I did with Nicole from Allison Cole Jewelry. Thankfully she wasn't horribly repulsed by my fan-girling and agreed to chat with me a little bit about her gorgeous, nautical-chic Etsy shop!
First I should let you know that while I'm currently residing in Texas, I'm a New England girl at heart and anything nautical catches my eye. When you add in fantastic craftsmanship, versatility, and great style, I'm a goner.
I asked Nicole to tell me about her shop, pieces, and to spill on what some of her fave small shops are (you know, so I can stalk some more people)!
The Allison Cole line was recently launched in May of 2015 by designer, Nicole Recomendes. Each piece is handmade by Nicole out of her home in Westchester, NY. She was raised on the South Shore in Massachusetts and spent a lot of time on her family's boat growing up, which is where her love of all things nautical was born. Using rope, a material found on most of her pieces, she puts a unique (and pretty!) spin on what is normally a not-so-glamorous tool. You can shop her pieces at allisoncolejewelry.etsy.com.
When Nicole and I started chatting she offered to send me a couple of pieces and I shamelessly agreed, because I've had my eye on these navy and ivory pieces forever. Navy and cream are two of my most frequently worn colors and the gold metallic accent? Heaven.
The quality is top notch, I get loads of compliments on them, and they're perfect for stacking with my everyday pieces, which makes them even easier to love! Olivia has already tried to swipe them from my dresser top multiple times and if they can survive a minute in her possession, they'll last forever and that's a fact.
So what's the best part? Nicole is offering my readers a 20% off coupon code so you can snag a gorgeous bracelet of your own! Just use the code MEGAN in her shop and be sure to let me know which one you grab! Also be sure to stop by her Instagram @allisoncolejewelry for more gorgeous wrist action!