A Giveaway (actually 2!) With Katie Dean Jewelry

 

I’ve been overdosing on Instagram lately. Seriously. Just when I start to wonder if it’s gone to unhealthy extremes, I stumble across a beautiful feed that turns into a new kindred-spirit sister-friend and all my faith in Instagramming as a permanent (necessary) fixture in life is renewed. I met Katie Dean of Katie Dean Jewelry this way only a few short months ago. She left some lovely comments on my pictures, and when I browsed her feed and checked out her shop, I fell in love. She’s sweet as can be, stunningly gorgeous, uber talented and stylish, and has made quite a name for herself in the jewelry world. Her pieces have been worn by all kinds of celebrities and have popped up in shows like Parenthood and Glee! [I passed out a little when I saw them in Parenthood. Tad bit obsessed with that show.] Basically, GO GIRL!!

Katie’s style is such a perfect mix of bold and understated. She creates adorable, on-trend statement pieces as well as chic, delicate basics that you’ll want to live in. I’ve completely fallen for the Wrap Arrow Mid-Ring and the Light As A Feather Earrings as dailies, and when I want to go more playful or edgy, the Wise Warrior Necklace and the Forever & Always Bracelets have become true favorites. [All pictured in this post!]

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[How adorable is that gal??]

Now for an interview with the one and only Katie Dean, and then the giveaway! (Katie is giving away two $50 gift certificates to KatieDeanJewelry.com! Details after the interview!)

What inspired you to start a jewelry line?

I’ve always been an artist — drawing, painting, sculpting and so much more. But I never felt like those subjects fully clicked for me or fulfilled my visions of what I wanted to create. Then one day, about 2 years ago, I started making jewelry as an arts and crafts project and it made me so happy! At first it was purely for fun, but as I started to wear the jewels, people were asking me where I got them and I literally sold my first few pieces right off my own wrist. It was such an amazing feeling to know that my creations were going out into the world and making other people happy too. From that day on, I was hooked and never looked back!

What style or mood influences your designs most?

I’m influenced by so many styles and moods!! It’s hard to narrow it down, but I will say that I’m all about a colorful, laid back Moroccan-ish style mixed with a bit of glam and the fashion forward looks that are ever-changing. I think all my designs evoke a bit of a Mid-Western feel, though. I grew up in Michigan, and I’ll always have a love for the modern cowgirl look. It just feels like home.

 

Describe a typical workday.

This is my favorite part of being my own boss!! I love being able to plan my own day.

First, I’ll wake up and stay in bed for 30-35 minutes surfing Instagram and Pinterest. I love starting the day by browsing beautiful and inspiring images. It pushes me to keep creating and thinking out the box.

Next, I’ll go for a walk around my beloved neighborhood reservoir, the Silverlake Res. It’s one of my favorite things to do.

Then I’ll get a latte at another local favorite, Broome Street General. I’ll usually bring my to-do list from the day before and create a new one.

After that, I head back to my at-home studio and get to work. This can cover everything from making pieces for orders that need to go out, to designing new ones, running them over to stylists or photo shoots, chatting with my new creative friends and old friends about potential collaborations, and trying to get caught up on my emails, haha! Of course, I’m all about the social media, so I’m forever taking pictures of things that I think are beautiful and working with my KDJ girls to create fun posts that show our jewels in fun, interesting and beautiful ways. The day ebbs and flows between those things and stays pretty busy until the evening. I’ll sneak in a trip to the beach, an afternoon movie, or an outing with my girls to get our nails done if things have been non-stop for a while. One of the most important things for me as an artist (and as the force behind KDJ) is to make each day an adventure. I like to do new things and take time to enjoy all of the beauty in life!

 

Did you hit any major roadblocks in the beginning phases of launching KDJ? How did you get past them?

I did hit some roadblocks! At first it was time. I was working 40-50 hours a week and jewelry was my side gig. There was a constant struggle between needing sleep and my mind going non-stop with ideas for new pieces. I was getting up at 6:30 every morning and working until about 7-8pm. I was exhausted, but when I would get home and start creating, I would be reinvigorated and before I knew it, it was 3am and I had to wake up in 3.5 hours to do it all over again! To anyone who is going something similar, my advice is to really look at your life and what makes you happy. If there are things you’re doing that aren’t contributing to where you want to go, maybe put those on hold and focus on your passion. Give it as much time and energy as you can muster, and surround yourself with good people who support and encourage you to keep going. I couldn’t have made it to where I am now without the love and help of my friends and family.

The next barrier was a good one. Lots of orders started coming in and I was struggling with the logistics of how to keep my supplies in stock. That was when I decided it was time to get organized. Learning time management was crucial because it helped me eliminate needless tasks like making extra trips to the bead store, etc. Getting organized is a must if you want to be successful, so start early!

The last obstacle I had to overcome was learning how to stay true to my vision as an artist. When you have a good thing going, people will want to help you, which is great! Teaming up with people who wanted to help wasn’t a bad thing and I couldn’t have done it alone, but it can be a hindrance. I was new to the ‘business’ game at the time, and wasn’t the best at deciphering whether or not a partnership was meant to be. Needless to say, this was a barrier in the blossoming stages of KDJ, but I was able to get through it and keep my business going by getting honest about my brand, where the company was going, how I wanted to do it and who I wanted to do it with. My advice to anyone starting a new venture is to get a journal and write down your goals and what kind of business you want to be. Then detail what kind of people you want on your team, focusing on personality types and skill sets. This will definitely help you to stay on track.

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What’s the most exciting thing that has happened with KDJ over the last year?

Oh man!! This is a really tough one! I think going to NYC and expanding KDJ on the East Coast was the biggest highlight of 2013. :)

Which of your own pieces are in your regular accessory rotation?

Right now, the Fantasia Ring and Athena Ring are regulars. Also the Gold Fever Hand Piece. The Audrey Necklace/Bracelets and the One Love Mid-Rings are some of my everyday staples. I love me some statement pieces, but on a daily basis I usually wear the daintier jewels.

One quirky thing about you that not many people know is…

When “Happy” by Pharrell comes on, I can’t help but get up and dance and sing along to it!

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Lips: MAC Lipglass in Caqui (N/A, but a similar shade is Morange)

 

Are you a regular at any local food/coffee spots? What are they? 

YESSSS!!!!! I have so many favorite local spots!!! I love these places and frequent them often…

Broome Street General Store - amazing coffee
Lamill - also coffee
Casbah Cafe - more coffee & treats!! haha!
Cafe Stella - a romantic, french bistro. So relaxing and yummy.
Canele - amazing environment, very reminiscent of NYC
Gingergrass - yummy food
Flore - vegan food — BEST cinnamon rolls ever!!
SAGE - vegan — BEST beet root tacos in the world. I recommend getting the shells soft :)
Local Silverlake Farmers Market

What are your wardrobe staples right now?

My Coated Denim in Lip Lock (maroon) by Black Orchid – LOVE!! They dress up everything and look so chic whether they’re paired with a t-shirt or dressy sweater.
My denim button-down blue collar shirt from Urban Outfitters – I wear this almost EVERYDAY!!!
My black leather booties from Madewell – the most comfortable boots with a heel that I’ve ever had and they match everything!
My maroon hat from HEISS – I always grab it as I’m running out the door. It adds a great pop of color to any outfit.
My black leather motorcycle jacket from ZARA - I get SOOO many compliments on this jacket. A huge fav!!
My white v-neck tee from StyleMint - The softest t-shirt I’ve ever had. I love it because it’s comfortable, flattering and I can throw it on with anything.
Any of my JUNIM dresses – My friend is the designer and owner of this amazing line and I’m OBSESSED with everything she creates.

What’s next for Katie Dean Jewelry?

We have so much on the horizon!!! Lots and lots of travel coming up. I’ll be in San Francisco on March 15 at the beautiful BellJar Boutique doing a trunk show. Come out and say hello if you’ll be in the area!! On March 20th, I’ll be in Grand Rapids, MI (my hometown!) at the cutest Cheeky Strut doing a trunk show from 5-9 with a live band and yummy treats. Please stop by and get yourself some new jewels! And then the weekend of April 5th and 6th, we’ll be in NYC at QUINN Boutique doing a two-day event! Hopefully we’ll be in Kentucky soon to do something fun with O+I!!!

I’m constantly designing new pieces, so we’ll have a new collection coming out in the next month or so as well. There’s so much more that we have going on, so please follow along with me on KDJ’s ever expanding journey. Introduce yourself over on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter! I’d love to meet you!

Find Katie Dean Jewelry online at KatieDeanJewelry.com, and follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Now for the giveaway(s)! You have a chance to win one (or both) of two $50 gift certificates to KatieDeanJewelry.com! The first can be won by entering using the Rafflecopter widget below! The second can be won by following @katiedeanjewelry and @tifforelie on Instagram and regramming the giveaway image that’s been posted on both of our feeds [shown below]! The winners will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter later next week. Good luck!!

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Comments

  1. imani says:

    I just absolutely looovee the athena ring and the audrey bracelets. They are so clean and so simple but elegant at the same time. These pieces make me appreciate the beauty in simplicity and redefine what beauty is

  2. whitney says:

    love this jewelry!

  3. Marta K says:

    Hi!
    Is this open to international followers?
    Thank you!

  4. Thank you so much for introducing us to Katie Dean Jewelry. I love her story as well as the simplicity and aesthetic of her jewelry line. I can’t wait to see more from her!

  5. The Forever & Always bracelet set.

  6. Kate says:

    I love the Audrey necklace- dainty and beautiful!

  7. sarah says:

    love her jewelry!

  8. sarah says:

    oops, meant to add, especially the lovers ring set :)

  9. Debbie says:

    I love the audrey bracelets, I love how there sooo simple.
    I also love that wise warrior, beautiful necklace.
    Loving her jewelry!!!

  10. Amber Leigh says:

    I LOVE the Audrey necklace!

  11. Debi says:

    I’d choose the Little Cherokee necklace!

  12. Meg says:

    Fantasia Ring!!!! I absolutely love it :) and a girl can NEVEF have too many rings right??

  13. Susan says:

    The light as a feather earrings are fabulous!! A girl can never have too many dangly earrings!

  14. Heather says:

    The Destiny Awaits You necklace is phenomenal!

  15. Jessica says:

    Everything is stunning!!

  16. Prerna says:

    Everything is so cute! Definitely crushing on the Lover’s Set of rings :)

  17. Anne M says:

    The Audrey earrings!

  18. Stephanie says:

    Love this!

  19. Jenny says:

    The fantastia ring is amaazzzzingg!

  20. Laura says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway, and the photos are really cute too! I love those feather earrings :)

  21. Alina says:

    I love the Forever & Always bracelets along with the Jamaican Fever Green earrings. GORGEOUS COLORS!

  22. Sean C says:

    The Fantasia Ring is a stunner! I also love the Wrap Arrow Ring.

  23. lesley says:

    I absolutely ADORE the Forever & Always with silver beads, set of 6

  24. Emilie says:

    Great post! Would love to win :)

  25. Cara-Mia says:

    Love this giveaway! Such beautiful jewelry, it’d be hard to narrow it down. However, I think I’d buy a few midi rings with it. :)

  26. Mollie Kemp says:

    Nifty! I love the fantasia set- the ring and earrings are so perfect!

  27. Trish says:

    Love this giveaway, and thanks for the chance to win!

  28. meg k says:

    I like the lover’s ring set, the fantasia ring & the wrap arrow ring :) Thanks for this! Great jewelry!

  29. Emily F says:

    I love the Fantasia Ring !

  30. Emily K. says:

    I love the Fantasia ring!

  31. Diana says:

    Athena in silver!

  32. emily says:

    Love the native grace necklace!!!

  33. Jayden H. says:

    I love the Fantasia Necklace!!

  34. DailyWoman(Lacey) says:

    I would love to get the All Hail the Queen bracelet.

  35. Lix says:

    I love her rings! I think I’d get either this one: http://shop.katiedeanjewelry.com/collections/rings/products/lover-s-ring-set-of-3 or the little heart + the O ring.

  36. Janet says:

    Love this collection!

  37. Samantha says:

    all this jewelry is beeeaaautiful! the sweet simplicity and charm make me want to buy it all! the wrap arrow ring though.. love.

  38. Jessica says:

    This jewelry is amazing I love it! She is so talented!! And your makeup is gorgeous!

  39. Jessica Mead says:

    The one love ring is great!

  40. Christina says:

    I am OBSESSED with KDJ Audrey necklace. Such a classy piece!

  41. I am so in love with that wrap arrow ring I would get it in sterling silver palated! :]]

  42. sf11 says:

    I like the I Dream of Genie necklace.

  43. love her bracelet designs.

    thank you for the giveaway!

  44. Rebecca says:

    Really digging the Fantasia set. Love the simplicity of the design.

  45. Emily says:

    I’ve recently become a fan of Audrey Hepburn’s classy yet simple style so I would have to say the Audrey bracelet is definitely a favorite!

  46. Mallory says:

    Absolutely love her midi-rings. so cute and classy. Will be investing in this soon!

  47. Yvonne says:

    I absolutely love the Audrey necklace. I love its simplicity. I also love the I am strong bracelet!

  48. Cindy A. says:

    I would buy the Jamaican Fever earrings in green. Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway.

  49. In LOVE with the fountain of youth and ursula necklaces!!

  50. Daniell Powell says:

    I really love the Athena ring!

  51. Kelly Commerford says:

    The Fantasia Ring is beautiful!

  52. Brooke says:

    I gave up shopping for Lent and it is going to be so hard for me to resist buying the wise warrior necklace… and the entire website. All so beautiful!

  53. anne dean dotson says:

    i recently got married and only wear my engagement/wedding ring. i used to be SUCH a ring whore and miss wearing them. BUT, i do not want to overshadow my gorgeous antique art deco engagement ring that my amazing husband picked out without ANY help from me. this is why i absolutely adore the wrap arrow mid-ring. my husband and i each wore arrow themed pieces on our wedding day (me a silver arrow bracelet, him a silver arrow tie bar). i lost the bracelet during our reception and have been looking for a new arrow piece to sport on a daily basis. i love the simple, subtle, and strong gorgeousness that Katie Dean’s jewelry possesses. plus, we share the name Dean! XO, anne dean

  54. Kelli Martin says:

    I am such an Instagrammer as well– I lvoe seeing Katie Dean Jewerly on my feed. Her jewels are so simple- yet elegant! I would love to have the Native Grace bracelet and the wrap arrow ring. Stacking is great and never out of sytle!! These would be a great addition to my collection! Thanks for the offer!!! ~Much love

  55. Julie Stubbs says:

    Love love love this jewelry!! I really want the fantasia ring

  56. Lydia says:

    I absolutely love the lovers ring set and so many of the necklaces! I’ve purchased prices from Katie Dean Jewelry before and only very fallen totally in love with them.

  57. Mandy says:

    This jewelry is beautiful! There were so many that I like, but my favorite is probably the Arrow Ring. It’s so adorable!

  58. Ash Powell says:

    I would definitely go for the Audrey necklace AND then I would splurge and get the Audrey earrings too and wear them together, every single day and feel like the prettiest girl in town. Love you Katie Dean!!! xoxo

  59. Hannah says:

    These are all so beautiful!

  60. christy says:

    Wow, it’s pretty hard to choose. Her pieces are all gorgeous. I’m torn between one of her rings (I love the arrow ring) or the arrowhead earrings.

  61. Melissa C says:

    I would love to stack a few of the gold ONE LOVE rings…so delicate and pretty!

  62. SUMERA says:

    Obsessing and drooling over Gold Fever Hand Piece and fantasia ring. Love Love Love her jewelry. <3

  63. lovers ring set!!! or fountain of youth earrings…such neat pieces!!

  64. Kate T says:

    I Love, love, love the Fantasia Ring! Although everything is gorgeous and I want it all in my closet right now!

  65. MJ Moore says:

    I love love love the Light as a Feather necklace!

  66. Rachel says:

    Omg! You guys are some of my fav on instaworld! And how to pick favorite jewels! They are all so amazing. The feather wrap ring though… Mmmmhmmmm.

  67. I knew what I wanted with the first word of this post!!!
    I want the Wrap and Heart Rings!!!!!

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