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Minneapolis City Guide

 

We are packing up our most fabulous jewels for our first trunk show in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and we couldn’t be more excited! The Twin Cities is a new destination for us so we asked our friend Ellen at Max’s to fill us in on the best kept secrets Minneapolis has to offer. Whether you love to explore the outdoors, see some funky art, or fabulous shopping this fabulous city has something for you. Keep reading to discover why Minneapolis is the ideal choice for your next vacation destination and don’t forget to join us this weekend for our Trunk Show!

We can’t wait to see you there!

SS: Best place to stay?

MAX’S:We haven’t stayed there yet, but keep hearing that Hotel Alma is absolutely fabulous. How can it not be when it’s connected to Restaurant Alma!  Please take us with you when you go there to stay!

HOTEL ALMA  | 528 University Ave SE. Minneapolis, MN 55414 

SS: Favorite shopping destination and why?

MAXS: Excelsior & Grand because that’s where Max’s is!  Ok, if we have to leave our “comfort zone”, we’d head over to the 50th & France area where there’s a great combo of restaurants, boutiques, and national chains.  We also are big fans of the Linden Hills area for shopping and eating.

MAX’S | 3826 Grand Way St Louis Park, MN 55416

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SS: Favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

MAX’S: The Bachelor Farmer (any of the Toasts), Bar La Grassa (soft egg and lobster bruchetta), Mill Valley (Sea Bass), and the new Martina (Argentinian) 

THE BACHELOR FARMER | 50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

SS: Favorite local dessert spot?

MAX’S: Patisserie 46, Rose Street Patisserie, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery, Honey & Rye (which, conveniently, just happens to be across the street from Max’s!)

HONEY AND RYE | 4501 Excelsior Boulevard, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416

SS: Must see destinations while you are visiting?

MAX’S: Paisley Park (Prince’s mythical creative sanctuary), the Landscape Arboretum, the Lake of the Isles and the chain of lakes in Minneapolis.

PAISLEY PARK | 7801 Audubon Rd, Chanhassen, MN 55317

LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM | 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318

SS: Best way to spend “Family Day”?

MAX’S: Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center, Minnesota Zoo

SCULPTURE GARDEN | 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

SS: Best kept MN secret (that you’re willing to share)

MAX’S: I can’t tell you!

Comment below if you have been to the twin cities and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

 

By |February 8th, 2018|BLOG, Single Stone Style, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Minneapolis City Guide

Washington D.C. City Guide

Washington DC is the next stop on our list of trunk shows and we couldn’t be more excited! Whether you are a history buff, enjoy fabulous food and sweet treats or love to take in the beauty of Washington DC by boat on the Potomac River, the city has something for you. Our friends at I. Gorman have encapsulated the best facets of our nations capital – keep reading to uncover why DC is the perfect place for your next vacation.

Don’t forget to join us September 15-16th for our annual Trunk Show, we can’t wait to see you there!

Best place to stay?

The Graham Hotel is an uber-chic boutique hotel located in the heart of Georgetown.  They have sleek, modern rooms and an incredible rooftop bar that has plush seating with sweeping views of The Kennedy Center, Washington Monument and The Watergate.

THE GRAHAM HOTEL | 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Favorite shopping destination and why?

Other than I. Gorman? 😉 Union Market, hands down awesome wares from local “Makers,” an incredible, vibrant atmosphere, an ever-rotating collection of pop-up shops, and a huge selection of food to select from while shopping.

UNION MARKET | 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Favorite restaurant and what’s the best thing on the menu?

The D.C. restaurant scene has really hit its stride in recent years, so it’s tough to choose just one place and dish. One of the favorites of most of our staff is Le Diplomate. For brunch or dinner, it’s a perfect spot to stop and imagine you’re at a cute bistro in France for an hour or two.  Their house made bread is one of the best in DC and not to be missed before a great meal.

 

LE DIPLOMATE | 1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Favorite local dessert spot?

DC is known for being home to a great number of cupcake shops, but the absolute best is Baked and Wired. The cupcakes are not to be missed, but there are a host of other goodies, like cookies, pies, and bars, which are all divine. Also, after grabbing a few options from the “baked” section, the café side of the shop has a great selection of beverages, to get you “wired.”

BAKED AND WIRED | 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Must see destinations while you are visiting?

All of the free monuments, museums, and happenings going on in and around the Mall area. From the jewelry collections, including the Hope Diamond, at the National Museum of Natural History, to the cherry blossoms blooming along the Tidal Basin, you could spend days exploring the area.

JEFFERSON MONUMENT | W Potomac Park, Washington, DC

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY | 1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

Best way to spend “Family Day”?

Start the day with a morning walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island, which is a hidden gem located directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown.  It’s a great way to see unique views of the city in an off the beaten path spot.  After a morning walk, head across the river to the Georgetown Waterfront for lunch on the Potomac. Incredible water views and you might even see the Presidential helicopter fly over the river to the White House!  Finish the day off with an evening baseball game at Nationals Park, located in an up and coming DC neighborhood with great views of the Anacostia River.

GEORGETOWN WATERFRONT | 3000 K St Nw, By The Potomac River, Washington, DC 20007

NATIONALS PARK | 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Best kept DC secret (that you’re willing to share)

My absolute favorite hidden gem is a smaller scale reproduction of Rome’s Spanish Steps, which are tucked away in the Kalorama neighborhood. There’s no more beautiful place to read a book during the day or stop by for a romantic moment at the end of a date night.

KALORAMA SPANISH STEPS | S St & 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Comment below if you have been to Washington DC and have some recommendations of places we need to check out, we would love to hear from you!

By |September 11th, 2017|Retailer Spotlight, Single Stone Style, Travel, Trunk Show|Comments Off on Washington D.C. City Guide

Autumn Harvest Editorial

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Photography: Tyler Branch / Venue Name: Oak Canyon Ranch, Los Angeles, California, USA / Event design: The Blushing Bird / Planning: Laurel and Fey / Florals: Revel Petals / Wedding Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk / Hairpiece: Melinda Rose Design / Bride’s shoes: Harriet Wilde Peony Gold / Rings: Single Stone / Hair and Makeup: Amber Rose / Groom attire: Heart and Dagger for ASOS / Paper goods: Heirloom Paper Co. / Cake: Frost it Cakery // Tabletop rentals: Borrowed Blu / Furniture rentals: Premiere Party Rents / Models: Merissa Underwood and Wesley Kemp

By |November 7th, 2016|BLOG, Collaborations, Editorials, Single Stone Style|Comments Off on Autumn Harvest Editorial

Solstice Bride

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Today we are excited to introduce you to Orla, the owner of Solstice bride! Orla started Solstice Bride to offer Brides to be a fresh alternative to mainstream bridal salons. Her chic bridal boutique is located on the second floor above all the hustle and bustle on Abbott Kinney and provides a thoughtfully curated selection of wedding gowns in a fun and unpretentious vibe.

After visiting her beautiful showroom we sat down with Orla and asked her for a couple “tips and tricks” for finding the perfect wedding gown.

To see more read more below!

Q: What style gowns does Solstice bride carry?

Our selection of gowns are effortless and fuss free, a reinvention of the traditional – evoking LA’s bohemian spirit and Rock and Roll edge. From modern and simple to classic and romantic,  a bride can wear them with a veil at a Malibu vineyard, wildflowers in Joshua Tree or barefoot in the sand. 


Q:What are some of the current bridal trends?

I’ve seen a lot of brides loving bridal separates, long sleeves, exposed backs and personalized accessories. Our bride isn’t really one to follow mainstream bridal trends- she wears what she feels beautiful in. A bride’s wedding day look should be an extension of her personality and make her feel like the most elevated version of her everyday self. Our gowns allow her individuality to shine through. 

 
Q:What is your advice for a bride to pick out the perfect wedding gown?

 Come with an open mind. Our most popular dress is one that often gets overlooked by brides on the hanger, but once it’s on the body it’s a knockout. 

Q: What should you expect to spend on your wedding gown?

Our gowns range from $2,000 – $7,000.  I also warn brides to leave room in their budget for alterations as those can cost anywhere from $150-$700. 

Q: How far in advance should you start looking for your wedding gown?

I recommend that you begin shopping for your dress at least 8 months before your wedding, as it can take up to 6 months for your gown to arrive. I also suggest giving yourself an extra 1-2 months for alterations leading up to your wedding date.

Q: Any other advice for our Single Stone brides?

Once you find your dress, get off Pinterest and stop looking at other gowns. You will drive yourself crazy with second guessing and doubt.

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(Images Via Solstice Bride and Single Stone)

*Single Stone tip- When you plan your visit to Solstice Bride be sure to bring your girlfriends, bridesmaids, squad, and make a day of it! Stop at some of our favorites spots- The Butcher’s Daughter, Burro, Blue Bottle, and The Juicy Leaf.

By |March 30th, 2016|BLOG, Bridal, Single Stone Style, Weddings|Comments Off on Solstice Bride

A Graffiti Proposal!

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It is safe to say, we love a good proposal, and this one really takes the cake! Don proposed to Helena in front of the infamous John Lennon Wall in Prague. We could not wait to hear their love story and how Don came up with this incredible creative proposal!

Scroll below to read more:

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Q: How did you and your fiance meet?

Don and I met at a bar on the night we both were graduating from Indiana University in 2009.  The bar was really crowded and he accidentally spilled a drink on me.  Let’s just say I was not pleased.   A week later it just so happened we were both at the same bar again and a mutual friend introduced us!

Q: How did you know he/she was the one?

From Helena- He has always been, for lack of a better word, incredibly cool.  He has tons of hobbies and interests and is so optimistic and fun.  He makes my life interesting.  We’ve both had our ups and downs throughout the seven years we’ve been together but we’ve always been there to support one another.  It’s hard to explain but I just can’t imagine a life without him.  No one else compares.

From Don- I knew very early on that she was the one, she was beautiful and had a great sense of humor but on top of that, she was insanely smart and ambitious. We have also been through a lot together, which challenged us and made us a much more mature relationship. I wouldn’t imagine spending my life with anyone else, every time I see her, its like I’m seeing her for the first time again, she just has this energy which is contagious and makes me happy.

Q: Tell us about this amazing proposal!

 From Don- I knew that the trip to Europe was going to be where I proposed, there are beautiful places everywhere, which by itself would have been amazing, but I also wanted the proposal to be lasting, something we can say was there forever, and even though at this point the tag is covered with layers upon layers of paint, its still there and Prague will always be that much more important to us because of it.

From Helena- We were traveling in Europe and our first stop was in Prague.  We had dinner plans one night and Donny told me since we had some extra time we should stop by the John Lennon Wall, a wall in Prague that was covered in Beatles lyrics and graffiti after John Lennon’s assassination. Tourists go there now and you can draw your own graffiti on the wall.  As we were walking past the wall l saw a big whited out area that said “Helena will you marry me?” and when I turned to him he was down on one knee proposing.  He had gotten a local photographer/artist to paint the words and then take pictures of the proposal. It was so surreal, there were hundreds of people there.  After I said yes everyone started cheering and shouting out congratulations in a bunch of different languages. Knowing that the proposal will always be on that wall, even when its covered in layers of graffiti, is such a cool feeling.

Q: Tell us about the Ring

We used the stone from Don’s Mom’s engagement ring, a sapphire, and had Single Stone design the setting.  We brought the stone to Single Stone and worked with Heather.  She was amazing. Heather knew exactly what type of style would work for me and talked me through what I could expect from the final product.  The service was incredible and the ring is gorgeous. I get so many compliments – I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

On a side note, even though we designed the ring together, I didn’t see the final result until Donny proposed. It is beautiful!

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By |January 5th, 2016|Couple Spotlight, Proposals, Single Stone Style|Comments Off on A Graffiti Proposal!

A Peak inside Single Stone San Marino

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Whoever said “less is more” never shopped at Single Stone. Here, more is more and we don’t stop until we can’t bend our fingers, lift our arms, or turn our heads. Alright, well maybe not that extreme but we adore stacking and layering. 

For those who do not know, we have another store in San Marino. Unlike our downtown LA showroom, Single Stone – San Marino features a curated selection of independent jewelry designers along with our own Single Stone Collection.

We thought it would be fun to go into our sister store and show you some of our favorite pieces for fall!

 

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To see their full collection visit their website

Follow them on instagram @shopsinglestone

By |October 7th, 2015|Accessorizing, BLOG, Single Stone Style|Comments Off on A Peak inside Single Stone San Marino

All About Rose Gold

 

Single Stone Rose Gold Antique & Vintage Jewelry

Whether it is an engagement ring, wedding band, or other piece of jewelry we love the coppery, peachy, blushing quality of Rose gold. Some many think Rose gold is just a trend, but we have seen this gorgeous metal in a number of styles since the 1900’s. Rose gold not only has a warmer town that flatters a variety of skin tones, but it also has been a huge hit with our Single Stone men.  They love how it blends into their skin tone! 

Rose gold is very versatile. It not only looks great with white stones, but also makes a fantastic pairing with Brown stones. Below we will show you some of our favorite Rose gold jewelry.

 

 

By |August 27th, 2015|BLOG, Single Stone Style, Trending|Comments Off on All About Rose Gold

Guide to DTLA

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We all know it. LA’s traffic bites! But you’re going to make the trip to Downtown LA, you might as well make a day out of it. Here are some our favorite ways to spend our free time in our own backyard.

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If you’re an early riser and love flowers, start the day at the Original LA Flower Market. It is open to the public daily and is a great way to decorate your home, parties, or events!

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Now that you have filled your senses with beautiful blooms, you’ve probably worked up an appetite. Stop by Grand Central Market for a delicious breakfast. Grand Central Market is a public market that extends from Hill Street to Broadway.  The market has been open since 1917 and houses a mix of grocers, butchers, bakers, and some hot newcomers such as Wexler’s Deli, McConnell’s Ice Cream, Valerie Chocolates and Egg Slut. You can’t go wrong with either of these choices, but for breakfast we highly recommend Egg Slut. The line may be long, but trust us, it’s worth the wait!

Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles

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By now you have your beautiful new flowers, are fed and are ready to try on some bling. Stop by Single Stone in the historic jewelry district and grab yourself a one of a kind vintage piece, add to your stack with one of our stacking bands or try on some of our unique accessories.

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You now have some time before your next meal, so we recommend a stop at the ever popular “The Last Bookstore.” This bookstore is really the best one we’ve ever been to. In terms of choices, art and entertainment it has it all covered. Besides books you will find a book maze, art gallery and tunnels made out of books. It is definitely a must see!

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Next we take you to Broadway Street. Stop for lunch at Umami Burger or grab a bite to eat at the Ace Hotel restaurant LA chapter. Be sure to go to the Ace rooftop to get an amazing view of downtown LA and the historic Eastern building.

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By |August 13th, 2015|BLOG, Single Stone Style|Comments Off on Guide to DTLA

Bridal Accessories

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You found the guy, you have the perfect ring and you’re just about set for the wedding,

but you just need the finishing touches to your bridal ensemble.

 Here is a guide to some of our favorite accessories including jewelery, shoes and more!

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By |July 16th, 2015|Accessorizing, Single Stone Style|Comments Off on Bridal Accessories

Clare V for Single Stone

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By |July 7th, 2015|BLOG, Collaborations, Single Stone Style|Comments Off on Clare V for Single Stone