August has perhaps been a crazier month for me than July, and as you know, JA New York took place in July. I feel like a nomad. I have been living out of a suitcase for weeks, am currently on an island, and still have a couple more weeks of traveling to do before I get home to my pups in Denver.
Earlier this month I helped Chris sell his pins while he was tattooing at the Wildwood Tattoo Convention. If you didn't know, I am from the Philadelphia area and am quite familiar with the Jersey Shore. As is Chris - he actually grew up less than a half-hour away. The convention was interesting, but the best part of the trip, other than visiting with Chris' family, was stopping in Trendz - an amazing jewelry store in Stone Harbor - one town over from Wildwood.
Amy, the owner of Trendz, has an incredible eye and passion for jewelry. Her store is downtown, surrounded by places to purchase souvenir tee-shirts and salt water taffy - it's a bit tucked away from the main drag. Walking in feels like a sparkly escape from the hoards of vacationers. I spent about two hours with Amy, trying on and talking about it jewelry with her and her customers - her dalmatian was snoozing the entire time.
The collection of designers at Trendz is an elegant mix of high-end, gemstone and diamond jewelry. Truly some of the top designers in the world. Looking at her case, it's obvious that Amy shares my love for yellow gold. All of the pieces are merchandised by color, rather than designer - she's a master at layering, stacking and mixing.
Below are some of my favorites from Trendz, although, I ran out of time and am missing pictures of designs by Polly Wales, Jamie Joseph and Margery Hirschey to name a few. If you're ever down the shore, I highly recommend stopping by this treasure-filled shop. And after, go to Green Cuisine for lunch and then have ice cream at Springers.