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Obsessions: Jessica DeCarlo

Jessica DeCarlo first started selling her handmade jewelry at the age of 16, participating in local fairs in New Jersey. Since her youth, Jessica has built her craft both locally and internationally. She has gone from studying with goldsmiths in Florence, Italy, to working with talented designers in Philadelphia and Vermont, learning the ins and out of creating and making a business out of jewelry along the way. 




Today Jessica rests her head in Brooklyn, New York and works out of her studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn. She finds inspiration in mother nature and old objects, making her a big fan of everything antique and vintage. Jessica DeCarlo's collection is available online now and offers a variety of geometric jewelry — including crescent moon-shaped necklaces and a mix of crystals (both real and metallic) — that even Stevie Nicks would find herself charmed by.


Our obsession with Jessica is at a level ten, with her gems and metalwork making us wonder what is more important in the long run: An amazing new piece of jewelry or this month's rent?  Since we're fortunate enough to be carrying her latest collection, we decided to reach out to Jessica and find out what she is obsessed with. Below are her big top five (that we can't wait to check out!). —Ally

"S'more Bakery has the most amazing treats. They are handmade, handcrafted s'mores! My favorites are The S’morgasm and The Choco."

"Have you ever seen Antiques Roadshow? I'm obsessed. People's reactions when they find out what they thought was junk in their garage is worth $100k is nothing less than amazing."

"I use Acqua Di Rose from Santa Maria Novella every single day. It's an ancient recipe made in the Florentine Hills. I found it while I was studying in Florence over 10 years ago, it's magic and has been part of my life ever since!"

"Blithe and Bonny hand-crafted beeswax candles are the best; they are subtle and smell delicious. I burn them every day at home, in the studio, and in our shop. All natural, all handmade."

"All of the vintage and estate jewelry from my pals over at Estate Jewels by George and Raf. They are the most amazing duo, with the best taste and curation of special antique jewels."

BloodMilk Jewelry

BloodMilk Jewelry, based right here in Philadelphia, has some awesomely creepy  jewelry for sale. Whether it's the owl skull rings pictured above, or the bear tooth engagement ring, there's something for everybody (assuming everybody you know has a penchant for skulls and teeth). I know if someone proposed to me with a bear tooth ring I'd have a hard time saying no. (Hint hint, Scott Speedman. HINT! HINT!) —Katie






Kelly Shami

Upon opening up Kelly Shami's website, I ever-so-eloquently exclaimed, "Yo, whaaaaat? This shit is soooo dooooope!" I scrolled through her website, jaw dropped and drooling, as I laid my lazy eyes on some of the coolest jewelry I've seen on the web. I don't know Miss Shami personally, but I imagine we'd get along swimmingly due to her perfectly picked (and wearable) pop-culture references.

This New York designer's work is full of creativity, fun and has a unique twist that most brands are missing these days. If what they say is true—that what you wear is a reflection of yourself—then give me a second while I pile on everything Kelly has ever created. This girl has got my vibe down to a T. here's no doubt that wearing jewelry this cool will leave a lasting impression, so ask yourself: how do you want to be remembered?

As for me, I'd just like y'all to know I am for real... foreva. Foreva eva? Foreva eva! —Ally



Trend: Dainty Jewelry


I love jewelry, but I always feel like I can never find the right piece to go with every outfit. Sometimes a necklace can overpower your outfit, or you think your earrings are too big. Fear not, friends. UO's got lots of adorable, small, and delicate jewelry to go with all of your looks. Show off your initials, favorite symbols with cute charms, zodiac sign, or put some cute shapes in your ears! Maddie


Teeny Tiny Evil Eye Necklace


Diament Jewelry x Urban Renewal Butterfly Stud Earring


Zodiac Nameplate Necklace


Delicate Open Geo Bracelet


Delicate Initial Midi Ring


Delicate Geometry Necklace

Shop Delicate Jewelry

Etsy: Adam Rabbit Accessories


The Adam Rabbit shop on Etsy has handmade jewelry that's perfect for crystal lovers out there. Ashley Pasquan, the Phoenix-based owner of the shop, primarily makes her jewelry using raw crystals, but there are also some pieces made with minerals as well, like these totally badass Peacock Ore earrings. Super rad! Can't wait to drape myself in like, 50 of these pieces. —Katie


Pink Druzy Necklace


Raw Crystal Bobby Pins


Blue Metallic Quartz Crystal Statement Necklace


Raw Citrine Ring


Raw Quartz Crystal Statement Necklace

Style Icons: Hallie and Annie


Remember how amazing the Parent Trap with double the Lilo was? SO GOOD, right? To this day I get excited when I run into a British person who has the same kind of accent that LiLo did in this movie. That little gal could act her butt off. Here's how we can emulate her ("their") perfect camp style. —Katie



Get the look:


BDG Speckled Raglan Sweatshirt
Gotta have a green hoodie to help you blend into the trees—don't want the Marvas to spot you when you're setting up that bucket full of chocolate on the front porch.


BDG Tri-Blend Blocked Pocket Tee
Classic ringer tee. If only it had a Camp Walden patch on the pocket it would be perfect.


A Beautiful Life Honey Do Shampoo
So maybe you want to dump honey on your bunkmate but you don't want to do too much damage. Honey shampoo will sufficiently freak all campers out, but won't force anyone to go out and shave their heads after you dump it all over them.


Proraso Shaving Cream
What, you don't use fancy Italian shaving cream in your camp pranks? Get with it.


Sling King Water Balloon Cannon
If your stupid frenemy/secret sister is grinding on your last nerve, you'll need to blast her in the face with a water balloon or 10.


Initial Heart Locket Necklace
You'll need a BFF twinsie necklace for when you find out that you're actually 100% sister twins and not just, ya know, coincidentally fucking identical. (Seriously, how did no camp counselor call these girls' parents ASAP?)

Interview: Elaine Carroll


Comedian and actress Elaine Carroll is making her way up the comedy ladder by climbing up the backs of people bent over laughing at her impressions. The star of CollegeHumor's hit web series, Very Mary-Kate, talks to us about her start in the biz, her wig collection and her new series, Precious Plum.
Interview by Ally Mullen

Hi Elaine! To prep for this, I just got done doing an Elaine overload on the internet.

That must be an incredible overload, I feel like there is a lot of me on the internet.

But all good stuff! I was surprised to see you had a role on Mad Men! How did that happen? [Note: They probably saw her Joan impression]
Well, I auditioned for it and it was a role of a call girl in season four and it was really, really fun.

Other than that, you usually do comedy. Can you tell me a little bit about how you got started in the comedy world?
I got started in comedy probably when I was in college. It was always something that I was interested in. I was TOTALLY that kid who came home from school and turned on Comedy Central and watched The Kids in the Hall, then watched Monty Python movies over the weekend and Saturday Night Live.

In high school and elementary school, I performed in plays, but when I got to college I started writing sketches, and my own material. So it was really in college when I began to consider myself a comedian.

Did you take any classes for it?
Yeah! I took classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade in both New York and Los Angeles—improv classes and sketch classes.

You seem to do a lot more of sketches now, but do you ever go back and do improv?
I also do improv but do more sketch than improv.



I watched an interview where you mentioned that in your CollegeHumor series, Very Mary-Kate, the episodes are scripted. Is there any wiggle room for improv?

Of course! There’s actually some episodes where we just improvise a few takes and those are the ones that end up getting in. For instance, the actor that plays “Fat Professor” in the series is an improviser in New York named Will Hines and we often let him go off script because of the things he ends up saying improvised are a lot funnier than what we’ve written. And also, in the episode “Drinking Game,” there was one line that I could just not remember—even though I wrote it [laughs]—so we ended up improvising that one. Otherwise it’s pretty heavily scripted.

You do a lot of work with CollegeHumor. Are you an employee or do you just do sketches with them?

I don’t work for them, I don’t go into the offices everyday, but I’ve been working with CollegeHumor pretty regularly for the past five years.

So if you wanted to, you could just go in and pretend to work there?

Yeah! I go in, I pretend that I work there, I sit at a desk, and nobody asks questions [laughs]. Yeah, I sneak in there and steal the candy from the ninth floor.



Ooh, what’s your favorite kind of candy?
Um, oh gosh, I really like Reese’s Pieces!

So, like E.T.?
Yeah! Like E.T.

You do so many impressions in wigs. How many do you own?
I counted once and I have 42 wigs. But I counted this like, a year ago, and I have since acquired more wigs. So I have 42+ wigs.

Do you ever wear them outside of work, à la Britney or Amanda Bynes?
Oh god no, no no no. I leave that to the professional lunatics.

Since you do celebrity impressions, would you ever consider an Amanda Bynes impression?
No. It’s a little sad; I just feel bad. I just want to buy her a cup of coffee and give her life advice. Take her under my wing and let her crash on my couch for the week. But I just want to be sensitive to that. With Mary-Kate it’s not so much making fun of her, but it’s a caricature that’s loosely based on her life. I feel like also with Mary-Kate, she’s not in the limelight the way that Amanda is all over Twitter and the gossip magazines.



So what’s the styling like for Very Mary-Kate?

Well, when it first started out, I acquired a whole lot of cheap but fancy looking baggy clothes, kimonos and a lot of jewelry from the downtown New York stores. The styling, I would say, is layered… lots of baggy sweaters, accessories and jewelry—so much so that it makes my hands heavy.

So the Very Mary-Kate hands are as real as the joke?

I’m legitimately struggling to lift my hands.

So off camera, what is your personal style like?

I would say… lacking (laughs). My style is probably wearing the same jeans three days in a row and I like to be comfortable so whatever it is that I’m wearing will be more comfortable looking than fashionable looking.



So, tell me about your new CollegeHumor series, Precious Plum. It’s a take on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which I love.
I’m also a huge fan of Honey Boo Boo and Toddlers & Tiaras… I kind of have terrible taste in television. So we wanted to parody it in some way so the series is between Plum and Mama on their way to and from pageants all over the country. So it’s watching them try to get there on time and struggle to live the most fun and adventurous lives as they do it, and not making the best decisions along the way.

How long does it take Josh Ruben, who plays Mama, to get into his outfit?
It’s kind of a long process. The main part is getting his face one, because it’s a prosthetic, so I would say maybe two hours in the make-up chair. And then the fat suit feels like a heavy mattress that he has to kind of step into.



So at the office, are these types of props just laying around for you guys to use?
Yes, there's a lot of foam wig heads and badly organized closets and all sorts of things on hangers.

Sounds like a dream to me! Well, Elaine, thank you so much for your time and I can’t wait to see your career take off. Just don’t forget about me.
I won’t forget you Ally!


Watch the Episode 2 of Precious Plum here and shop Elaine's picks below!




Kimchi Blue Silky Sabrina Shirtdress

I have this dress in red. I'm obsessed with it. It's super cozy and I kind of want to get it in all colors and wear it all the time always.


Lucca Couture Lattice Waist Dress

I have this dress in purple and I'm also obsessed with it.


Chelsea Crew Armor Lace-Up Ankle Boot

These shoes are maybe the coolest thing I've ever seen.


Staring At Stars Diamond Border Romper

Gotta love a romper.


Gemma Correll Cats Of The World Tee

I ironically (and unironically) love cat shirts so this...


BDG Sheer Burnout V-Neck Tee

I have this top and I get a lot of mileage out of it.


Chelsea Crew Nirvana Heel

Red shoes always and forever.


Magical Thinking Bright Star Duvet Cover

Awesome duvet.


Magical Thinking Large Woven Hammock

A hammock built for two is what life is all about.


Money Bean Bag

And finally.... because a house is not a home without a beanbag money chair.

Comedy Couture: Rita Leeds


Even though Rita Leeds came along a bit later in the plot of Arrested Development, she's a very important character indeed. Rita is Michael Bluth's rather childish (or spy-ish) girlfriend in the third season of the show, and also happens to live in "Wee Britain." Rita's outfits always reflect her sillinessas they should! Most importantly, she always wears a hat. Maybe for better spying on the Bluth's activites? Time for you to try Rita's five-year-old meets thirty-year-old look. Maddie







Get the look:


Deena & Ozzy Ears Bowler Hat
Step one: have an utterly adorable hat that might be able to hide a spy camera inside. I think she'd like this one. I mean, cat ears!


UNIF Cake Sweater
Rita wears lots of colors, and I'm sure this rainbow cable knit would fit right in with her many other crocheted wares.


Kimchi Blue Printed High-Rise Pinup Pant
Polka dot trousers to perfectly mismatch the rest of her outfit.


UO Heartbreaker Sunglasses
It's impossible to forget those heart-shaped sunglasses she always wears!


Wild At Heart Necklace
An adorable bunny necklace, just to top it all off.

Coachella Street Style: Girls

Not unlike the guys at the festival, the girls left very little to the imagination.  The standard Coachella uniform seems to be a combo of crop tops, short shorts, maxi skirts and bikinis (oh, and a LOT of killer sunnies). These are some of our favorite looks we've spotted on the festival grounds during Weekend One!




























Kite Design


All the colorful brooches, earrings and hair clips in the Kite Design Etsy shop are k i l l i n g me. The little cameras and little cassette tapes and little ice cream cones are the perfect accessories for easy, breezy, beautiful summer outfits, especially with their bright and exciting colors. I never knew how strongly I could want an ice cream cone barrette until right now. —Katie









Style Icon: Vanessa Hudgens

BBV (that's Vanessa Hudgens for all you people who don't follow pop culture with the ferocity of a rabid dog) is not just awesome in Spring Breakers; she's also really good at dressing for festivals, specifically Coachella. She's got the whole layering thing down so that if she gets too hot, she can take something off, she's got good hats to keep the sun out of her eyes, and her accessories are juuust enough. (Although I'm not sure how practical black, knee-high socks are for Coachella, homegirl looks damn good rocking them, so we'll let it slide.) After you've been dancing around for 8 hours in the blistering sun, you're not gonna care what you look like but hey, might as well look cute for those first 20 minutes.—Katie















Get the look:


Staring At Stars Cross-Tie Floppy Felt Hat


Brixton Piper Panama Hat


Geo Druzy Necklace


Dundee Dripping Triangle Necklace


Baby Blue Druzy Necklace


Taos Stone Ring


Double Happiness Black Laboridite Ankara Ring


Geometric Arm Band


NPW Starry Eyed Face Art Stickers

Locketship Jewelry


OMG. Locketship makes these beautiful, perfect, flawless, amazing & stunning rings, as well as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, postcards and more. While not all of the pieces feature cats, they're all purrrfect (sorry, had to) in their own ways. Like, you know you've always been dying for a Mt. Catmore necklace.—Katie





Packing for Spring Break

Okay, so, I just robbed the local Chicken Shack and FINALLY have all the money I need to go to Spring Break!!!! But wait... what the fuck am I gonna bring besides my fat stacks?  Time to pick out my party gear and hop on a bus heading south. Cue the music, it's time to pack bitches! —Ally


Urban Renewal Vintage Neon Hat
First off. Neon. EVERYTHING NEON. And they definitely need to glow under black-light. These hats are perfect and come in four colors for me and my three BFFs who are like, totally going to find ourselves on this trip. (I'm throwing my middle fingers up.)


Sparkle & Fade Cropped Side Vent Mesh Tee & BDG Lou High/Low Denim Short - Dye Tech
Next, I'll need a badass outfit to wear on the bus ride down south.  My neon hat, plus my mesh crop-top and cut off shorts will give me that young, "girls just wanna have fun" look, with just a splash of trash. Now, where can I get these shorts air-brushed? 

DC Pop Wayfarer Sunglasses
For fun in the sun, going to concerts on the beach that take you to a different planet, and hangin' with da dopeboys.

Lolli Tie-Dye One-Piece Swimsuit
I need a totally skimpy bikini. If not, something neon tie-dye, with side-boob cut outs, and no back will definitely do during the wild booty poppin' party days! Or, it would look super swaggy with a pink unicorn face-mask and DTF sweatpants during sunset. Note to self: keep boobs in bathing suit.

Gun Power Screwdriver
Oh, duh, totally forgot to mention a gun. A gun is a MUST. Real or fake, you never know whose mouth you're gonna have to stick it in. Plus it's hot pink, what now motha' fucker? GIMME ALL UR MONEY!!!!

Deena & Ozzy Gemma Festival Backpack
Because need somewhere to stash them dolla dolla bills, y'all.

Nike Delta Lite High-Top Sneaker
Finally, some kicks. Did you think I'd be runnin' this town in flip-flops? Just ask everyone we stomped out. Check that pop of green—that's for Alien. Love you for fucking ever, mane. Spring Break Forever...

RiFF RaFF: "Art Ballin'"

RIFF RAFF, WHAT ARE YOU?—Katie

Penny on a Track

In her spare time, Urban Outfitters' NYC Regional Merchandise Manager Shelly Horst (with help from friends and family around the country), flattens pennies by leaving them on train tracks.  Because of the variety of the placement, speed of the train, temperature, and year of penny used (different years have different metal compositions) each one turns out differently, causing a unique, one-of-a-kind item.  After retrieving the pennies, they are then turned into jewelry, including commissioned pieces and special engravings. See more below and contact her on her Etsy page to make a purchase! -Ally




Little Pancakes Jewelry

This necklace from the Little Pancakes Etsy sooo cool. SO. COOL. "Treat yo'self" is probably the most important phrase coined in the 21st century.—Katie

Thora Ford Jewelry

These pins from Thora Ford Jewelry on Etsy are the greatest things I've ever seen, and I'm going to order 100 of the "Slutever" pins and accessorize every piece of clothing I own.—Katie




Crystal Chaos: A Coming Home with Adina Mills

On Wednesday night, December 19, at LA's Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd), come on by to welcome jewelry designer Adina Mills to the Pangaea Pop-Up Shop! Adina Mills is a Los Angeles native, and makes some of the most beautiful and artistic jewelry I have ever seen. Her jewels are made from natural stones, crystals, and minerals, which she finds on her many travels around the United States. She can make anything into "wearable art." The event will be held in the pop up shop from 6pm-9pm, and you'll be able to shop Adina Mills' creations, and meet her! - Maddie



Shop Adina Mills Jewelry

Pangaea Pop Up Shop at Space 15 Twenty


Filled with some of the coolest jewelry and beauty products imaginable, Pangaea is the latest pop-up shop to hit Space 15 Twenty in L.A. (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd). The new shop is chocked full of jewels designed by Bing Bang, Adina Mills, Chris Habana and Vanessa Mooney to name a few. If looking at beautiful jewelry isn't enough for you, pop in to check out products by beauty vendors The New Black, Butter London, Color Club, and so many more. Accessories brand Cult Gaia is also selling their flower crowns inside, which is my favorite part! This pop-up shop isn't one you want to miss, mainly because of the insanely creative visuals inside—I'm loving the geometric displays and color scheme! - Maddie








Buried Diamond


There's always that great feeling when you find something really lovely on a website like Etsy, and recently I came across Buried Diamond, a line of cute and equally quirky brooches, jewelry, stickers and postcards created by NYC-based textile designer Martha Porter. Martha creates each of her accessories and prints from scratch, which is the coolest part, because every piece is unique. She has crazy hand painted clay pins and necklaces shaped like eyeballs, earrings that look like hands (perfect for Halloween), and super adorable and bright sticker designs that remind me a little bit of Lisa Frank! Shop her rad selection here. - Maddie