Shop by Jahna: Wooden Jewellery Finished to Perfection

You probably won’t look at plywood in the same way again after you’ve seen and held  Shop by Jahna’s earrings and necklaces.

The brand has only been on the market since January but this is no timid entry.   Designer Jahna Agard’s debut line – the  Empress Collection – is made up of pieces  that are finished to perfection, ultra light and ideal for the style conscious woman looking for something new.

empress collection, jahna agard

Jahna was trained in both Garment Making and Interior Decorating but she chose jewellery as a starting point.

“I knew that I wanted to do something that would be close to my heart, something that I would be passionate about. After lots of thinking and such I said I wanted to go a different route and I wanted to take the jewellery route as opposed to starting with clothes,” she says.

Jahna Agard, empress collection

Inspiration

Citing her inspiration as “art, style and life”, Jahna took her time getting to know her materials, playing with different shapes and fine-tuning her skills.

“If you look around just in your environment there’s a lot of things that can inspire you. for me i would say seeing different shapes and putting different shapes together to bring something to life,” she says.

Jahna Agard, empress collection

The young designer has produced a line that reflects her personal style. However,  Shop by Jahna also has broad appeal.

“I think there is a piece of me in each design,  in that i have a very simple aesthetic. I’m not fancy fancy. I believe in being simple but being bold. I find people like to do a lot but sometimes you don’t need all of that to just make a statement, ” Jahna says.

Target Customer

Shop by Jahna is targeting the woman who wants to be unique.

“I feel so much joy when i hear people say wow that is  really unique. I like that because I know that is who I’m targeting . . . person with a willingness to express themselves artistically, ” she says.

The Empress Collection features statement necklaces and earrings in solid black and black and gold – symbols of strength and power.

The local market jewellery may be getting saturated but Jahna tells InMyWardrobe she is pleased with the reception to her line. She believes there’s space for everyone.

“Once you know who your target is and you know which direction you’re going in,  I believe everybody can survive. The vision I have may not be the vision another jewellery designer may have. People want variety,” she says.

Jahna’s plans for the rest of the year include learning about the medium and industry in  which she is working. She also wants to build regional connections and maybe even expand into bags.

We at InMyWardrobe can’t wait to see what she does next!

If you want your Shop by Jahna piece, check her out on Instagram.  (Give her at least three days to finish your item.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Reasons Your Style Game Is Struggling

Consider this your ultimate style guide to start the year. Even if you’re not into New Year’s Resolutions, January is as good a time as any to start making improvements in your style game. Impressions matter and people see us and form opinions even before we speak.

If you want your outfit to say good things about you, you may need to get rid of some bad habits.  I’ve identified some of the reasons you may be struggling and included links to previous posts which will help you to get going.

Read on and see how you may be sabotaging your style and how you can do better.

 

in my wardrobe barbados

 

1. You don’t shop smart. This may sound obvious but you can only wear what you’ve bought. If you purchase frumpy, ill-fitting clothing because it’s cheap, you will pay the price. Ditto if you purchase a bunch of random clothing that doesn’t work together. Here’s how to shop sales smartly. If you’re doing that shopping online, there some things you need to bear in mind as well.

2. You haven’t taken the time to learn your personal style.  Finding out which clothing styles you like, which cuts are most flattering on you and where those two things intersect can be challenging. You need to figure out what works best for you, your job and your lifestyle. Start working on that here.

3. You’re too obsessed with trends. Not only will some trends be woefully unflattering on you, but you’ll soon end up with a closet full of outdated pieces. It’s best to have several timeless pieces and choose your trends carefully.

4. You think you can wear clothing straight off the rack. You may get lucky sometimes but quite often hemlines or sleeves need to be shortened or waistbands may be slightly too big. If you can’t do alteration yourself, find someone who is capable. It will make all the difference.

 

8 reasons your style game is struggling

 

5. You don’t pay attention to foundation garments. As with most things, if you start wrong, you’ll end wrong. Even if no one is going to see your underwear, they will see the effect it has on your overall look. Here are your guides to  choosing the right bras, panties and shapewear.

6. You think looking put together has to take a lot of time. I won’t lie. In the initial stages you will have to spend some time learning which brands/styles fit you best and which stores are ideal for you. Once you create a cohesive wardrobe, choosing an outfit every morning will be a breeze. Here are some tips on uniform dressing and getting ready in a hurry.

7. You’re doing too much. If your style is more eclectic, this may not apply to you but generally, less is more.  Your outfit should ideally  have one focal point. If your jacket is bold, your necklace shouldn’t be doing the most. It doesn’t get much simpler than black and white in my books.

8. You’re not taking care of your items. Wear and tear occur naturally but there are some things you can do to preserve clothing and accessories. Washing instructions are on your garments for a reason. Read them! Also, keep that costume jewellery from tarnishing for as long as possible.

Did I leave out a particular challenge you’re facing? Drop a comment below or send a message on Facebook and I’ll try to help. Let’s make this year stylish!

 

My 2016 in Oufits

Happy New Year!

I hope your 2017 is filled with happiness, progress and of course, style.

This is just a quick outfit recap from 2016.  Remember to follow me on Instagram since some  looks don’t make it to the blog.

Also, please drop me a line about what you want to see on InMyWardrobe during this year. Outfit ideas? Solutions to wardrobe problems? More interviews with local fashion people?

I’d love to hear your ideas!

Let’s make this year as stylish as possible.

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