Just in time for Valentine’s wish lists, today’s show features one of my favorite jewelry lines, Nola Bella. Jill Scharmen has been an avid vintage jewelry collector for years, and in 2002, started to design her own pieces for fun. Not surprisingly, her bold, elegant, ethereal designs were quick to gain fans, and her work went from hobby to second job. Working by day as a fashion industry colorist, Jill brings her eye for form, attention to detail, and dedication to precision to her four gorgeous collections – Atelier, Vintage, Rockstar, and Timeless – offering pieces for stylish every wardrobe and every occasion. On today’s show, we’ll hear from Jill about how she got started working with jewelry, how she approaches new designs, the materials she works with, her own vintage jewelry collection, and some future plans that could mean exciting new designs for Nola Bella.
All that and a ton of great new music in the mix today – the holiday slump of new releases has (finally!) turned a corner, and today you’ll hear samples from upcoming releases by Youth Lagoon, Companion, and new-to-the-scene Houses, along with the latest from Toro Y Moi, Radar Brothers, Big Harp, and Foxygen. So tune in and turn it up – we’re sensing some serious style on BreakThru Radio!
Nola Bella Jewelry by Jill Scharmen
(Photos courtesy of Nola Bella)
*You can see & shop all of Jill’s beautiful pieces at Nola Bella, and don’t forget to join the Nola Bella Facebook page to stay up-to-date on new design releases!
A few intriguing odds and ends…
*Check out this week’s Pulse, featuring a chat with the General Manager and Head Chef of Gramercy Terrace about their special NYC Restaurant Week menu!
*Hear more tracks from the upcoming Feb. 5th debut of Brooklyn’s Companion, and watch some gorgeous new videos on their Facebook page.
*Is this THE haircut of 2013? An article in Vogue makes a strong case, but is it too early to make the call?
*And what do you think of Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko’s couture tribute to Scarlett O’Hara? Sumptuously elegant, over-the-top, or a bit of both?
*3D Printing has made it to the runway! Browse the collection from Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, debuted during Paris Fashion Week.
*A great cold-weather fashion tip from Refinery29: how to layer 2 jackets and still be trend-settingly stylish.
*People say that dogs resemble their owners – are these New York sartorialists taking things a bit too far?
*What ever happened to hypercolor?? Fashion historian and style sleuth Emily Spivack has answers.
(Photo by Joseph Armario)
Jan 31 – Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA
Feb 1 – Multicultural Arts Center – Merced, CA
Feb 2 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
March 1 – Cafe du Nord, Swedish-American Hall – San Francisco, CA
(Photo by Cecelia Majzoub)
Feb 26 – Badlander – Missoula, MT
Feb 28 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
March 1 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
March 24 – Treefort Music Fest – Boise, ID
June 5 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
Toro Y Moi
(Photo by Andrew Paynte)
Jan 25 – Comet Club – Berlin, Germany
Jan 26 – Vienna Arena – Vienna, Austria
Jan 30 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
Jan 31 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
Feb 1 – Trees – Dallas, TX
Feb 2 – Emo’s East – Austin, TX
Feb 4 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
Feb 5 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
Feb 6 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Feb 8 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
Feb 9 – The National – Richmond, VA
Feb 10 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
Feb 11 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
Feb 13 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
Feb 14 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
Feb 15 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Feb 16 – Club Soda – Montreal, Quebec
Feb 17 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Ontario
Feb 19 – Metro – Chicago, IL
Feb 20 – Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN
Feb 21 – Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
Feb 23 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Feb 24 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 26 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, British Columbia
Feb 27 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Feb 28 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
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