Holiday Pop-up shop at West Elm!

Sommi Jewelry West Elm Orlando Pop-up

Christmas is 14 days away and time seems to be going by faster and faster as the day gets closer. I hope that you guys are able to slow down to spend time with your loved ones and to enjoy all the pretty decor that surround us during this time of the year.

For those of you who are still looking for gifts, Sommi Jewelry will have a pop-up shop at West Elm (4010 Conroy Rd, Orlando) this Saturday (December 19th) from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm! How exciting, right? I’ll have most designs available for purchase and pretty packaging ready for gift giving. This will also be the perfect opportunity to try on pieces that you have been eying on the website. I promise I’ll let you try on as many jewels mas you would like ;).

I hope I will see you there!


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How to know my cuff bracelet size

One of the questions I often get from people looking to buy a cuff bracelets is “how do I know my bracelet size?” Well, depending on what kind of bracelet you are looking to buy, there are a few different ways to figure this out.

Today, I want to focus on a simple way to measure your bracelet size specifically for a fitted cuff bracelet, such as the Arch Cuff and Tribal Cuff. But, before we continue I would like to emphasize the word “FITTED.” I designed these two bracelets to be worn close to your wrist bone and to fit SNUGGLY around it without much movement back and forth through your forearm.

To figure out your cuff bracelet size, follow the instruction below:

STEP 1. Cut a long piece of string or paper
STEP 2. Wrap it around your wrist where you would normally wear your cuff (normally just below the wrist bone)
STEP 3. Mark your size on the string/paper with a marker
STEP 4. Measure the length of the string/paper with a ruler in inches
STEP 5. To find your cuff bracelet size add your wrist size with the appropriate measurements below:
– Snug fit: Add 1/4” to 1/2”
– Comfort fit: Add 3/4” to 1”

** You can use a flexible tape measure instead of a string or piece of paper to measure your wrist.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. I love answering your questions and hearing from you!


Big and Little News to Share

We Are Having A Girl

As you may have noticed, I have been missing in action on the blog for the last few months. Today is the day to get back to updating this space on a regular basis. But, first things first. I would like to start this post sharing with you some exciting news. As of today, I am 21 weeks pregnant!! I (well we :) ) had been trying to start a family for a while and we feel so unbelievably lucky to be expecting our first child, who, by the way, is going to be a girl! As expected, I felt really tired during the first trimester, but I am happy to report that I am currently feeling great.

Now that I have shared the BIG news let’s move to other updates that are worthy of mentioning too. In the past, I have played around with the idea of opening an Etsy shop for Sommi. I had gone back and forth with this idea since before I launched the main website. I have finally decided to create an Etsy space for my brand. About 70% of all the designs will be available on the new Etsy shop, but people will be able to see the full collection on the main site.

The shop will open next Monday (November 9th) and I will add 3 or 4 designs/listings every day until all the listings are up on the shop (I read that this technique can be a good approach when opening a shop to stay at the top of search results for longer). I will also be giving a 15% discount during the first 7 days for those of you who are part of my email list. So, if you haven’t yet, you can click here and sign up!

I am feeling really good about getting back into the swing of things, opening this Etsy store (just in time for the Holidays) and sharing more of my jewelry making process and new designs on the blog. Hope you guys are doing great and that you had as good as a summer as I did!



Flowers + Jewels

Bar Necklace with flowers

Spring has been here in Florida for a few months, which means that all the plants in my house and neighborhood are blooming beautifully. I get excited every time this happens. I guess I’m becoming a little bit of a plant lady these days. Clayton tells me he wants to make me a “real” plant lady, so a couple months ago I helped him change crops in our little flower bed. Yesterday we harvested our first green beans crop and I cooked it for dinner. How exciting, right?!

Speaking of spring and flowers, I was browsing through my photo library and I found some photos that I have not shared with you. The photos are from the current collection, sitting alongside the prettiest flower arrangements made by Ashton Events. Remember how I told you that Laura asked me if I would like to take some flowers with me after we did the Luxe + Modern shoot? Well, I did take one arrangement and I used it as props for these photos.

My original idea was to create an Etsy shop for Sommi and use the photos there. I’m still unsure about whether I’ll open an Etsy shop, but I thought I would share some of the photos with you today. The color scheme for the flower arrangement was a combination of soft white, deep burgundy and, of course, green. I feel like the flowers gave the jewelry a sophisticated look and complemented the pieces nicely.

Angle Rings in gold and silver Closed V Necklace in gold Gold Shield Ring Path Ring in Silver alongside flower Arch Cuff Bracelet Point Ring Bronze Tribal Cuff Bracelet Pyramid Drops Earrings in Bronze Arch Rings in gold and silver

I hope you enjoyed the photos and, as always, if you have any comments about this post don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!





Glass boxes for jewelry storage My favorite kind of jewelry boxes are glass cases. Not only are they beautiful with their reflective surfaces but they also offer some nice benefits:

  1. The jewelry always remains as the main focal point. Although the glass boxes are beautiful on their own, these boxes allow you to display your jewelry in its truest form.
  2. You can easily find what you are looking for. Your jewelry is completely visible, which makes it extra easy to find that necklace or earrings that go perfect with your outfit.
  3. You are more likely to stay organized and avoid clutter. These boxes are not meant to hide a mess. Therefore, you will quickly realize when you need to spend a couple of minutes re-organizing your little treasures.
  4. The jewelry is protected from the elements. Jewelry can tarnish while is unused and exposed to oxygen and humidity. The glass will protect it and you will be able to enjoy looking at your jewelry even when you are not wearing it.

If you do not own a glass box yet and would like to, I have put together a list of some of my favorite ones.

1. Pierre Divided Case / One Kings Lane, 2. Clarus Large Square Box / Crate & Barrel, 3. Third Eye Glass Box / Her and Now Shop – Etsy, 4. Clarus House Box / Crate & Barrel, 5. Faceted Ring Box / Her and Now Shop – Etsy, 6. Pierre Small Square Clear Glass Case / Lamps Plus, 7. Metal & Glass Curio Box / One Kings Lane.

I hope you guys are having a beautiful week so far!



Editorial Shoot Featured On 100 Layer Cake

Sommi Jewelry earrings and necklaces all photos via lh photograpy

Working with other creatives is one of my favorite things. Back in September Ly Sué, from LH Photography, reach out to me and asked if I would be interested in participating in an editorial wedding photo shoot she was putting together. I usually don’t think about my jewelry as bridal. But, I was really intrigued when she told me how all the angles on my pieces would be the perfect fit for the Modern + Luxe theme of the shoot. I’m so happy I said yes to the opportunity. Working with a team of such talented creatives (such as Siuleth from Eleven Note, Laura from Ashton Events, Sherri from The Pastry Studio and Asha from Bright Frame Films, just to mention a few) was truly an amazing experience.

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After all the hard work, the photographs were published on the 100 Layer Cake blog a couple of weeks ago. How cool is that, right? We are all so excited and proud. The shoot took place at Snap! Space, a 5,000 square feet indoor-outdoor gallery/event venue in downtown Orlando. As soon as I arrived at the venue the morning of the photo shoot, I worked closely with Ly Sué and Siuleth. I gave them a hand styling my jewelry with the stationary, as well as styling a few flowers that sat along some of the amazing food prepared by Arthur’s Catering. I was so impressed by Siuleth’s stationary work and felt so happy when she told me my jewelry was the inspiration behind all the stationary work she did.


Laura and her team, from Ashton Events, made amazing flower arrangements and styled many of the details in the shoot. I cannot say enough about their beautiful work. Those flowers were such a dream. So much so that when she asked me if I would like to take some home, I did not think twice before I said yes. You can read more about her work and the inspiration behind the photo shoot here.

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The Pastry Studio created the beautiful cake and macaroons. Every time I walked by the dessert table, I had to contain myself not to snatch one of these little guys while no one was looking. The Pastry Studio is located in Daytona and the owner, Sherri, told me I could stop anytime at their location and they would make a fresh batch of macaroons. I need to plan a field trip to her store ASAP.

Sommi Jewelry Pyramid Drops Earrings

For the jewelry, we used the Pyramid Drops Earrings as the main focal point. I love how they draw the eye to her neck and subtlety elongate it. We then layered three Bar Necklaces that complemented the geometric theme of the shoot without overpowering the earrings. For her ring finger, we choose the Angle Ring andArch Ring that when juxtaposed created the most interesting angles making them the perfect pair. Finally, we completed the whole look with the Arch Cuff. This piece is one of my favorites, with its delicate lines and unexpected diamond shape opening. I enjoyed every minute of styling and worked hard to make sure that all the jewelry was in place while Ly Sué took these stunning photos.

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If you want to see the full feature on the 100 Layer Cake blog, you can do so here.  But before you go, make sure to watch the lovely video that Asha, from Bright Frame Films, put together of the photo shoot (below).

A big thanks to all the vendors that made this day possible:

Photography & Concept: LH Photography / Videographer: Bright Frame Films / Venue: Snap! Space / Event Design, Florals & Concept: Ashton Events Planning and Design / Furniture Rentals & Concept: Wish Vintage Rentals / Hair, Makeup, & Nails: Ali Lee Artistry / Stationery, Favors & Concept: Eleven Note / Cake & Sweets: The Pastry Studio / Hor d’ oeuvres: Arthur’s Catering / Cocktails: The Courtesy Bar / Dinnerware & Drinkware: Dishie Rentals / Wedding Dress & Veil: Malindy Elene Bridal / Jewelry: Sommi Jewelry / Model: Joy Mayfield / Custom Veil: Olivia Gray

Until next time…



Boys and Valentine’s Day

Growing up Valentine’s day was never an important day for me. Partly because I was a late bloomer in the dating world and partly because once I started dating, my relationships didn’t seem to coincide with the holiday. Now that I have been with C (Clayton, my husband) for the better part of nine years (wow, almost a decade!) we have had our fair share of Valentine’s days together. During our first few years dating, I enjoyed getting pretty blooms from him, but never gave it much thought. After all, I was not used to celebrating this day anyways.

Then it happened. Days before Valentine’s day, we were walking through a grocery store overflowing with red chocolate boxes, balloons, and soft toys, when the words came out of his mouth: “I hate Valentine’s day.” I shook my head and looked at him. It was just so unexpected. Long story short, he completely dislikes how commercialized this day is.

I give my better half two thumbs up for his honesty, but it makes me wonder if most guys feel that way and never say it out loud. Or maybe they buy this stuff at the beginning of a relationship and then slowly try to get out of participating in this tradition. And what about girls? Do we all truly love this holiday? I go back and forth.

While I think about it, I’ll leave you with some Valentine’s day ideas that caught my eye. Each idea can be purchased ready made or you can do it as a DIY. You know, just in case you are trying to avoid the “commercial” feeling of the whole thing.

IDEA #1: Balloons

Valentine's Day Balloons

Fill in a room with these pretty heart shape balloons. They have them in three different colors. If you want to go for extra credits, make sure your significant other sees you arriving home, just like this.

Valentine's Day Mini Balloons

This is an equally cute, but less expensive idea. The Flare Exchange sales these little heart balloons and have a DIY tutorial on how to customize them on their blog. You can fill up a big gift box or gift bag with these little guys instead of tissue paper to wrap your present. Or simply cover a whole area, like a small room, for a nice little surprise.

IDEA #2: Tea Bags

DIY Heart Shaped Tea Bags

I love tea, so these caught my eye as soon as I saw them. These Valentine’s Day tea bags are the sweetest DIY I have seen in a while. You can find all the instruction right here.

Valentine's Day Tea Bags

If you are short of time, these organic white tea bags come ready for gifting. They feature rose petals and chrysanthemum blossoms. Not sure how they taste, but it sure sounds lovely.

IDEA #3: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Strawberries dipped in chocolate

One of my favorite local chocolatiers in Winter Park (FL) is teasing all of us with their Valentine’s Day ideas. I’m particularly loving these.

And if you feel like doing the ground work yourself, just pick some fresh berries, chocolate and sticks from the market and get to dipping. If this is your first time making strawberries dipped in chocolate, here is an easy recipe you can follow.

So there it is. I hope you found at least one of these ideas worth your time. As for me, I’ll keep pondering and will let you know as soon as I figure out the way I really feel about this holiday.



Sommi Jewelry Lookbook

I’m really happy to announce that the FW14 Sommi Jewelry Lookbook is finally up on the site! I cannot believe it has already been five months since the website launch. Has the time flown by for you guys too? I have been meaning to finish editing the photos since the launch, but every time I made progress or got close to being done, something else came up. I’m so happy to, finally, cross this out from my to-do list.

I want to give a huge thanks to the talented Becka Robinson from By The Robinsons for the gorgeous photos and to the beautiful Nikki Graham for modeling the jewelry flawlessly. I had such a fun time hanging out with these two ladies while shooting the lookbook. Although we were all business during the shoot, we made time for a couple mimosas and strawberries in between takes, which, as we all know, are a must.

I’m so happy with the way the photos came out. Here are a few vertical frames, but you can see the full lookbook on the website!

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photography: Becka Robinson from By The Robinsons
model: Nikki Graham
makeup & hair: LeJeun Artistry
art direction: Alexandra Nieto

Hope you guys have a nice and relaxing weekend!



Hello 2015

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images via my instagram

Fist of all, Happy 2015 to you guys!! I hope everyone is already enjoying the new year and excited about all the possibilities that lay before us. It has been a couple months since I posted and I thought I would be fitting to kick off the new year with an update post. There have been a few exciting things happening in the past months, so I’m going to back up a bit and touch on the high points of 2014.

As many of you already know I launched Sommi Jewelry back in July. I’m really happy to say the launch itself went really well. I had my first orders through the website within a couple hours of making the announcement and, as you can imagine, I was ecstatic about it. Since that first day, orders have kept coming in and I have been continuously busy all the way until today. Working long hours and staying on top of every aspect of the business has been sometimes overwhelming, but rewarding in so many ways.

A big stepping stone accomplished in the last few months has been getting my first stockists. Back in September I received my first wholesale order from Rifle Paper Co.’s flagship store in Winter Park, Florida. I couldn’t believe it. I am such a big fan of their brand and their store front. Soon after that I had the opportunity to get into a second store. This time the order came from Penelope T, a beautiful boutique which carries a curated group of both big and small brands. They have two locations, one in Tampa, and one in Jacksonville. How exciting is this, right? I am so beyond grateful!

A couple collaborations are in the works as well. One of these collaborations was with a talented group of local creatives in an editorial photo shoot. It was an incredible experience and I think I will be able to share more about it very soon. The others are potential opportunities that have come up and that I hope will materialize. I will share more about them as soon as I can!

Last but not least I participated in my first “in person” event where I had the chance to set up my own little space to show and sell my whole collection. I enjoyed so much meeting customers in person, seeing their reactions as they saw the jewelry and getting their feedback in real time. The whole experience was so new to me that I even forgot to take good photos, but at least I did snap a quick one with my phone.

So that brings us to 2015! I’m looking forward to working hard and making some new designs this year. But I’ll share more about that later. I hope you all had an amazing holiday season with your loved ones and wish you all the best in this (almost) brand new year. :)




View of Vancouver from high above image via Evan Leeson

A few weeks ago I went to Vancouver because one of my dearest friends got married. It was so nice to go celebrate this special occasion in a place where I had never been before. Now that I’m back, I understand why everyone has nothing but good things to say about this city. The big mountains, the ocean and crisp air make this city truly beautiful.

I was lucky to explore Vancouver in the company of some of my best friends while doing active stuff like hiking, biking, paddle boarding and swimming. If you have Vancouver in your travel bucket list, I will encourage you to get outside and enjoy all the outdoor activities the city has to offer (especially if you are there during the summer time). To give you an idea of the things you can do/see while in Vancouver, I’ll share some photos and tips of things I enjoyed doing during my visit.


Vancouver view from Grouse Mountain Grouse Mountain is located just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver and it’s probably the place where you can get the best view of the city. You have two options to get to the top of the mountain: you can use the Skyride (gondola) or you can hike the “The Grouse Grind.” If you are in Vancouver during the summer time and you are somewhat in shape I recommend hiking the mountain. I’m not going to lie and tell you that it is easy, but is really doable even if you are not 100% in shape.

Grouse Mountain Gondola Cables My approach to climbing the trail was to go at a slow but constant pace. The trail is a combination of naturally made stone steps and man-made wooden steps. This mountain is commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”! So although this is not your relaxing kind of mountain hike, what I like about this activity is having the opportunity to immerse yourself in the mountain and exercise alongside beautiful tall trees and crisp air. It took me almost 2 hours to get to the top (like I said, I was going really slow!) where we enjoyed the beautiful views of the city and had drinks from the “Altitudes Bistro” (one of the the bars/restaurants at the top).

Grouse Mountain Bears

At the top of the mountain, there are a number of activities you can do. I went to see two orphaned grizzly bears in the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, but they also have bird shows, a Lumberjack show, Helicopter Tours and Paragliding among others. Next time I’m there I would like to explore the area and do more of the Self-Guided Walks or the Guided Eco-Walks.


Biking Stanley Park

While we were in Vancouver, we stayed for three nights in a hotel in downtown. The location was great as we were able to walk to nearby restaurants and shops. We also had a bike rental place right around the corner where we rented bikes one afternoon and spent about 2 hours riding through some of the Stanley Park trails.

Biking in Stanley Park

We rode the whole time by the water which gave us beautiful views of the city, ocean and little beaches. There were a couple concession stands on the way to grab a quick bite and water, but we decided to stop in a restaurant called the Tea House. The food was a little pricey, but every single dish they brought to the table was delicious. If you get there, I recommend getting their carrot soup and their wild salmon.


Capilano_Bridge image via Netsnake

I think the Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the most advertised attractions in Vancouver. I saw so many pretty photos on Pinterest (like the one above!) that I had to get there. The city has done a great job at creating an area where you can do more than just crossing the bridge, but I have to admit that it feels touristy. We arrived there around 10:00 am and just had a small line to buy the entrance tickets. We made the mistake of grabbing some breakfast before crossing the bridge and by the time we went to cross, there was a big line and a big crowd on the bridge. I had never been on a suspension bridge, so that was fun. But having so many people on the bridge somehow took away from the experience and made it harder to admire the scenery. Once you make it to the other side, they have a canopy walk between trees and a walkway with information about the mountain and nature surrounding you.

Capilano Canopi Walk Capilano Suspension Bridge

If you are planning to visit this attraction, I recommend getting there as early as you can to avoid the crowd and to, hopefully, get some alone time while you cross the bridge. Once you cross the suspension bridge back to the main area, don’t forget to do the cliff walk. They have some neat areas where you can enjoy some scary views down to the bottom of the forest.

If you are not a huge fan of crowds, there is another suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon Park. My friend said that it is beautiful and that all the locals go there. This park offers free admission and also has a good looking 30 foot natural pool where many people swim. Next time I will definitely visit this park, instead of the Capilano Bridge.

Overall, Vancouver is an awesome place to visit and definitely on my “going back to” list. I feel like we only scratched the surface of everything this city has to offer. But then again, doesn’t it always feel that way once a fun trip is over?

Hope these little tips help some of you on your future travel plans to Canada. : )

Cheers to many more trips to come for all of us!