For today, I have TWO Mavens – two of my high school friends, Molly and Ginny Rae, the sister duo that comprises the online accessories boutique Rae and Mo.
From the get-go these two girls have had personality-plus, an inherent sense of taste and style, and a good time no matter what. I’ve been lucky enough to go to school with them both, have fun in college, and still keep in touch post-college.
Their mama is just as fun, so running into the whole trio is a treat!
Today, the sisters are guest posting for me, and offering a fun giveaway for my readers!
Follow them on Instagram @raeandmo
And be sure to shop their darling website RaeAndMo
I pasted this cute little blurb below from their website – sums them up, I’d say!
OUR STORY: SORRY, MAMA
Rae&Mo is an online jewelry retailer that began from a simple, unassuming fervor for jewelry. As kids, our Mom would take us into the jewelry store where we were able to try on any piece we liked. Since childhood, our fondness for luminous pieces has only compounded.
We have always dreamed of being able to drape women of the world in the latest accessories. We truly believe that embellishments like jewelry, gloves, hats, and handbags give an outfit a punch that makes you stand out from everyone else in the crowd. And that’s what we are all about, setting ourselves apart with quality pieces.Sorry ladies, this ain’t your mama’s jewelry box.
What inspires the pieces you carry for Rae and Mo?
We have always loved jewelry. Our Mom took us into the jewelry store when we were kids and the sales people always let us try on any pieces that we wanted while we were in there. I think those experiences definitely started our obsession with sparkle.
Walk into J.Crew, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Neimans, you name it and you are bound to see some absolutely gorgeous pieces that you can’t live without…until you see the price tag. That’s pretty much how we started. We love adding bold pieces to our outfits to really make it standout from the crowd but it won’t hit your wallet so hard. Whether you are wearing a business suit, jeans, or an LBD it’s easy to give your outfit a punch with bright accessories. When you are wearing something simple, it’s easy to dress it up with a simple long chain necklace and some earrings and a bracelet stack, of course. If you are wearing a busier outfit like a LBD with high neckline, add some stunning stuff earrings and some sparkly bracelets with a fun clutch. It’s amazing how much some fun, colorful earrings or a bold statement necklace will really brighten up your face.
What are your favorite accessory combos? Jewelry finishes? Gold, Gilver or silver? Trends that you especially love?
If you look in our homes, our clothing, or jewelry collections you will see a lot of mixed metals, turquoise, and coral. We are obsessed. We really love to mix metals to add some texture. Gold, silver, and copper all blend well so you can layer jewelry. We think it’s really important when you are dressing/accessorizing to blend colors instead of concentrating on finding an exact match to the color to the outfit you are wearing. Have a dress in your closet that has been hanging there for months because you can’t figure out what to wear with it? Add on a necklace or earrings by picking out one of the subtle colors in the dress and going with a bolder, brighter version of that color. Is it navy? Add cobalt. Is it an olive shade? Add an emerald green.
Do you have any jewelry pieces in your personal collection that are heirlooms or extra special?
Our great grandmother loved her jewelry too. (We keep telling our husbands that our love of sparkly things is hereditary and we can’t be helped.) She had all of these fantastic broaches, rings, and bracelets that she used to wear. Both of us wore some of her jewelry that had been passed down to us on our wedding days(see picture). Now, we add those pieces into our wrist stack.
How does your fashion sense translate into your home’s style?
Bright colors! Just as mentioned before, it’s easy to wear something simple and punch it up with accessories. That same train of thought is true in our homes. We love to keep a room fresh with natural tones in the large furniture pieces but adding a lot of pattern, texture, and color to accompany them. Once again the turquoise, coral, and gold colors really stand out in our homes.