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December 7, 2010

Trunk Show and Personal Appearance at Madison in Highland Park Village

Sisters Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford started their decorating firm in 1990, and then later opened the doors of Madison in Dallas in 2003. I am very excited to be doing a trunk show this Thursday and Friday, December 9th and 10th, from 10am to 6pm at Madison in Highland Park Village (near the Starbucks).

2010 18kt Ring Style Shot

While my salesperson Michelle will be there both Thursday and Friday from 10 until 6, I will personally be there on Thursday from noon to 4pm. Please stop in to visit this fabulous store, and to see my newest silver and gold collections.
Silver Earrings

Interview with Madison's owner Kelli Ford:

Favorite must-have for Fall/holiday? Great cashmere throw

Your favorite piece of architecture in Dallas? My house

What is your favorite restaurant in Dallas? S&D Oyster or Nobu

What is the greatest aspect of your job? Compiling beautiful items from all over the world. Finding just the perfect thing is very gratifying and rewarding!

Wood Tray with Bone Handles

Interview with Madison's buyer Corie Able:

What is your favorite must-have for Fall/holiday? Nest Holiday Candle What is your favorite place for breakfast/brunch in Dallas? Parigi on Oak Lawn

What is your favorite piece in my collection? Your bangles!

What is the greatest aspect of your job? Getting to go somewhere beautiful everyday and helping clients find that perfect gift!

Have you ever been to Madison? If you haven't, now is the perfect time not only to see my collection, but also to experience this beautiful, cool store that also has great gifts for the holiday season! I will be shopping myself for the non-jewelry gifts that I plan to give.

Love, Elizabeth

December 6, 2010

Meet Julian Gold's Cheryl Ernst

Please join us tomorrow and Wednesday (December 7th and 8th) at Julian Gold in San Antonio from 10:30am to 9:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 1pm. Be sure to tell your husbands or significant others to stop by after work tomorrow night for Men's Night at Julian Gold. Michelle, our newest team member, will be there until 9:30pm (Ladies come in early and pick out your favorites). Cheryl Ernst is the jewelry buyer for all the Julian Gold locations and has been with them for over 30 years and is loved and respected by everyone in our industry...especially all of us here at Elizabeth Showers!

Taken from a recent interview with Cheryl Ernst I asked her several questions about her favorite things including local spots:

Favorite Restaurant(s): La Gloria and Il Signo (both at the Pearl Brewery) and Picnikins

Recommended Architecture: The downtown San Antonio library otherwise known as "The Enchilada" and the Landa Library on Shook Street.

Favorite Dessert: The sticky toffee pudding from Cappy's

Best Part of Cheryl's Job: "Having the oppurtunity to work with people I genuinely care about."

Favorite Coffee: Olmos Perk

Favorite Piece from Elizabeth Showers' Collection: "You cannot ask me to pick a favorite piece in your collection. I love it all!"

November 29, 2010

Meet Peridot's Dawn Hendricks

I met Dawn at a New York trade show on one of the piers in 2000. We had a great rapport with each other instantly. She now carries my 18kt gold collection and silver collection in her stores, both named Peridot. We have a trunk show this week at Peridot - the Larchmont location on Wednesday, December 1st, and then in the Greenwich location on Thursday, December 2nd. I asked Dawn about some of her favorite things:

November 15, 2010

Meet Gump's Serena Ramsey

I am headed to San Francisco! I am having a trunk show at Gump's over the next few days. Please stop by if you are in the area - I would love to meet you! I am thrilled to be in Gump's not only because my family and I used to visit San Francisco often, but because the store itself reminds me of my childhood. I was lucky enough to have an interview with the jewelry buyer for Gump's, Serena Ramsey.


October 28, 2010

Tres Mariposas in El Paso, TX

I absolutely love visiting Tres Mariposas in El Paso, TX. They are one of my first customers (my 5th to be exact) and have been buying my line since 1998! We have a trunk show going on there today and tomorrow from 10am - 6pm each day. I am so sad to miss this show personally, but when I do attend one of my favorite parts of my trip is staying with my good friend Irene Oppenheimer. She was one of the original buyers that brought my jewelry to the store, and although no longer with Tres, she has become one of my dearest friends. In honor of the season I had to post this fun picture of Irene and I attending a Halloween party a year ago when I was in town for a trunk show with Tres Mariposas. I had such a good time with her at this party!
Tres Mariposas has been known as El Paso's finest specialty boutique for almost four decades! Nan Napier, the store's owner, has the best sales staff and loyal customers. Every time I am there it feels like family. To learn a little more about Nan and her favorite things I asked her a few questions about herself, her work, and El Paso.
If you are in El Paso I hope you can make it by Tres Mariposas for our trunk show featuring my 18kt gold and sterling silver collections!
October 28th-29th 10am - 6pm

Meet Alison Gross

I am thrilled to introduce you to Alison Gross— she has worked for us for over a year now, and is moving on to work for Neiman Marcus! We adore her and will miss her. She has a fabulous blog named Luella & June— we interviewed her recently, and here’s the post…Add Image

October 21, 2010

Interview with Luella & June

Thanks Luella & June for featuring us on your blog!

October 18, 2010

Meet Duncan and Boyd's Andrew and Chandler Ware

We are having a trunk show this Thursday, October 21st from 10am - 6pm at Duncan & Boyd in Austin, Texas. Duncan & Boyd is a family business that originated out of Amarillo 40 years ago, and have opened a location in Austin at 3663 Bee Cave Road, 4-H.

I interviewed the fun husband-and-wife duo and owners of the Austin store, Andrew and Chandler Boyd, about some of their favorite things including recommendations about the city.

Duncan and Boyd

Showroom Open for Partners Card

I am looking forward to supporting the Family Place as well as getting to meet with my customers! We will also be welcoming my friend Alexa Pulitzer from New Orleans into the showroom on November 2nd & 3rd. Please see details below about her fine writing papers and setting up a time to meet with her while she is here.

During Partner's Card, enjoy 20% off my beautiful fall/holiday 18kt gold and silver collections.

Showroom hours:
Friday, October 29th

Monday - Friday, November 1st - 5th

10am - 5pm

Extended hours Tuesday, November 2nd until 6:30pm

Alexa Pulitzer's hours:

Tuesday, November 2nd 1:30pm - 6:30pm

Wednesday, November 3rd 10am - 3:30pm

Appointments are highly recommended with Alexa Pulitzer.
Call 504.945.4843 or email
to schedule an appointment to work exclusively with Alexa.

Partners cards and gift certificates will also be available in the showroom.

October 12, 2010

Meet Julian Gold Midland's Cheryl Ernst

Please come see me and my silver and 18kt gold jewels at the Julian Gold Midland store this Wednesday, October 13th from 10-5 and Thursday, October 14th from 10-3.

In preparation for my trip, I interviewed the buyer for all Julian Gold stores, Cheryl Ernst. If you keep up with my blog, you might recall my last interview with her the week of our show in their San Antonio location (September 1st). Cheryl has been working with Julian Gold for 30+ years and knows Midland well...she told us about some of her favorite things to see and do in Midland.

Visit their site here: Julian Gold

October 11, 2010

St. Louis DMA Trip

I took a Dallas Museum of Art group trip to St. Louis and visited incredible art in several museums, galleries and homes. Deborah and John Scott previously lived in St. Louis, so between them and Charlie Wyly (The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art at the DMA), and of course the DMA’s Amanda Telford, we were in great hands.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was:

-- Richard Artschwager: Hair Exhibit at The Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis...I loved this specific exhibit and the museum—very simple, clean and open space—and we were led through the museum by its great director, Paul Ha

While I admire Artschwager’s work, there is probably only one piece that I would want in my home, and that’s the orange exclamation point that suspends from the ceiling, and looks as if it’s standing on the floor in the center of the room. I relate to this piece with all of the emails and texts with exclamation points that we as a society send. Usually they act as an expression of great excitement and sometimes anger, but can often lead to confusion as we lose our visual and verbal communication cues. I know I am guilty of this as I sometimes get carried away with exclamation points!

September 29, 2010

A Few of my Favorite Dallas Restaurants

Dallas has so much great food to offer-- from fine dining to hole-in-the-wall hot spots I had a hard time choosing favorites. Here are a couple restaurants that I think all locals (and visitors) should try! What are some of your favorites?Kirin Court, Urban Taco, Louie's

September 21, 2010

Meet Julia-Carr Bayler of Belvedere

I absolutely adore Julia-Carr Bayler and she is sooo easy to be friends with. She started Belvedere 11 years ago in Atlanta and it has become known as the high end home goods and jewelry store that has really transformed the city's design scene. If you are in the area, stop by our trunk show to meet Julia-Carr Bayler, and our very own Karen Bates, on Friday September 24th from 2pm-8pm and Saturday the 25th from 11am-5pm.

Belvedere Store

We asked her a few questions about her current favorites:

Best restaurant in Atlanta: Lots!!!: Shaun’s, Sotto Sotto, Abattoir, JCT. Kitchen, Holeman & Finch

Book you are reading right now: I’m actually plowing through a huge box of out of print books on interior design, fashion, etc that I bought for a song at an estate sale. They were priced so well that I even bought duplicates of all the books I already own by Billy Baldwin and David Hicks. Late night reading this week is “When You Are Engulfed In Flames” by David Sedaris. I especially love his stories about growing up in Raleigh, NC since I went to school at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Favorite piece of architecture in Atlanta: The legacy of Atlanta architects Neel Reid and Philip Shutze…beautiful homes scattered throughout the city

Best dessert in Atlanta: Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bars at Star Provisions (to-go)…also the Red Velvet Cupcakes at CamiCakes

Greatest aspect of your job: (1) The hunt (2) The transformation (3) Selling something that will give the client years of beauty and pleasure

Favorite Fall must-have: Weekend getaways to see my friends who are all over the country…Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Charleston.

Favorite Fall color: Benjamin Moore’s “Turning Leaf”

Favorite thing to do in Atlanta: Eat out with friends

What is your favorite museum/art gallery in Atlanta?: Jackson Fine Art (photography)

Favorite piece of jewelry: I wear my Elizabeth Showers chandelier earrings (three round and one teardrop) every day! The size is perfect…not too big, not too small, so they work day or evening.

Turquoise and Gold Chandelier Earrings
$1475 (18kt Gold)
$365 (Silver)

Caroline Finnerty and Duvall Fuqua are two of our customers through Belvedere and recently hosted a Carlisle and Per Se Fall Clothing Collections Trunk Show in Atlanta. I love the cute outfit that Julia-Carr is wearing below! Our turquoise is a great pop of color with black or chocolate brown. Duvall, along with Mimi Woodruff, will be hosting a Holiday & Winter Collections Carlisle and Per Se Show this week in Atlanta through October 5th. Go to Sister Act Collections to view their collections. Buy our jewels at Belvedere then hop on over to the clothing show to pick out an outfit to go with! Julia-Carr calls Duvall a walking Elizabeth Showers jewelry ambassador because she wears her emerald-cut Deco earrings daily, and wears her Marilyn chandeliers for special occasions. Love that!

September 20, 2010

Meet Amanda Pinson

We love Amanda Pinson in Chattanooga! I am so inspired by Amanda's store--I am looking for ideas of how to redo my Turtle Creek showroom, and Amanda's aesthetic is so along the lines of what I would love when revamping our space here. Her look is light and airy and feminine and just beautiful.

Karen will be selling both our silver and gold collections Wednesday and Thursday this week (September 22nd and 23rd) from 11am to 5pm daily. Please come join us!

Here are Amanda's favorites including some great things-to-do in Chattanooga:

Best restaurant in Chattanooga: There are no bad restaurants here!

Book you are reading right now: Life of the Party by Christopher Ogden-- the biography of Pamela Harriman, quite the brilliant, femme fatale.

Greatest aspect of your job: Meeting all the fantastic people in my business.

Favorite Fall must-have: An arm full of bracelets!

Favorite Fall color: Midnight blue

Favorite thing to do in Chattanooga: The lifestyle here is very relaxed--I couldn't begin to pick one thing, but mountain drives would be near the top.

Favorite piece of architecture in Chattanooga: Main Post Office downtown--beautiful Art Deco.

Best dessert in your area: Chocolate Molten Cake

What is your favorite museum/art gallery in Chattanooga?: The Hunter Museum is top notch.

Favorite piece of jewelry: Hands down the ever-stunning Marilyn earring in turquoise or maybe in London Blue over mother-of-pearl for Fall.

Marilyn Chandeliers in London Blue Topaz over Mother of Pearl

September 16, 2010

Joe Star Ring

I have to write about our first men’s ring. One of our best customers is Diane Podwysocki (or rather Dipod, which is her nickname) from Okotoks, Alberta in Canada. Her husband is Joey, and I think as he watched her collect my jewels over the past 2 years, he had kept his eye on one of our bestsellers, and asked us to make it for him in a masculine style. So we designed it without diamonds, used a dark smooth smokey quartz cabachon and beefed it up with more gold… and it turned out really cool. We are calling it the “Joe Star Ring” as a spin-off name on our "Hope Star" ... Joey should feel special as this is a momentous occasion!The scenery behind Dipod and Joey is the Calgary Skyline. The tower is called the Calgary Tower and was one of the tallest buildings built in the early 60's to celebrate Calgary's 100 year anniversary. Dipod is wearing two jewels from a past collection--my turquoise pinwheel earrings and pendant.

Joey and Dipod are in-town right now, and Joey is cooking a feast for me, my friend Erin (who also works here), and another mutual friend of ours, Lynn Larson, who is also starting to represent us at a few trunk shows around the United States. I can't wait to see the Joe Star Ring on Joey and to taste the feast!

September 14, 2010

Meet Peachtree Place's Lucy Callahan

Lucy Callahan opened Peachtree Place in 1985 with the idea of bringing a little Southern charm to the North Shore of Chicago. My salesperson, Karen, will be visiting Northfield, Illinois for a trunk show tomorrow and Thurday (Sept. 15th and 16th) from 11am to 5:30 p.m. daily. To find out more about their city we took some local tips from Lucy.

Best Meal: We are right next door to The Happ Inn and love their Black 'n Blue Burger--not to mention the Salmon, Turkey and Beef Sliders...and they have outstanding drinks...

Best Dessert: Without a doubt the carrot cake at
Jerry's--unlike any carrot cake you have ever known.

Favorite piece of architecture: The Tribune Tower with flying buttresses and spires--also 120 stones from important locations such as the Parthenon, the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, the Alamo and the Great Wall of China are embedded in the facade.

Book I am reading now: The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart

Greatest aspect of my job: All the wonderful people I get to work with: The Peaches (all of us), our customers and our vendors and I have had this pleasure for 25 years!

Favorite Fall color: Any shade of purple, lavender or plum.

Favorite thing to do as a local: Get down to Lake Michigan in any way, shape or form. It is as blue as the Caribbean--did you know that?

Favorite piece of jewelry: EASY! The Madeleine Bangle in Emerald Quartz, Chrysophrase and Diamonds! I love, love, love it!

September 7, 2010

Meet Reinhold's Marie Helene Morrow

I will be at Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico this Thursday, September 9th, from 2pm to 7pm and then Plaza del Caribe in Ponce this Friday, September 11th. Marie Helene Morrow owns the Reinhold stores in Puerto Rico, and she is loved not only by everyone in our industry, but also by people who know her far and wide all over the place! I feel truly honored to have my gold and silver jewelry collections in 2 of her stores.

I asked her several questions about her favorite things including some local Puerto Rican spots.

Favorite Restaurants: Pikayo at The Conrad in San Juan

and Lola in Ponce

Favorite Dessert: Puerto Rican rice pudding and coffee ice cream -- Marie Helene says, "If the restaurant doesn't have these, then I pass."

Best Part of Marie Helene's Job: "My ability to communicate with super-talented people."

Her Favorite Color of the Season: Purple

Book She is Reading: Comfortably Numb

Her Favorite Thing from My Collection: Our large chandelier earrings...see below...