Hello my fellow readers,
I’m ecstatic to be writing again, really. These past several weeks have been “Let’s Talk About College” weeks. It can be frustrating because a vast variety of questions is being asked from every person you have ever met on this planet, however, college weeks are also fun because it makes me feel productive and happy.
One thing that takes my mind off reality and brings it into my future, is my blog. You all know how much I love it, therefore, I’m not going to expand on that thought. However, because you love and work for something so much, you can get incredible results from it. There will always be a silver lining. Thus, I would like to introduce you to my latest collaboration with H.P.F. Christopher.
H.P.F. Christopher is a boutique that takes its inspirations from small European shops. Just like many small European businesses, it has its own personality and attitude. When you first walk into the store, you witness a glass stand with sparkly jewelry calling your name. As you proceed, you stumble upon candles, tea, and a separate space for accessories, such as bags and headpieces.
The decor speaks for itself as well. Minimalistic, gray walls, and assimilated wooden floors. Yet, that’s the personality I was referring to. The decor doesn’t take away from what the boutique has to offer; it just adds to the mix.
Upon my arrival to the boutique, I met with Keiko-the store manager, who told me about all of the jewelry pieces that were featured on display. What I did not realize at first was all of jewelry was handmade and imported into the boutique from countries in Europe and Asia. There were also pieces from one designer, who has established herself in Upstate New York. This international combination was just as beautiful as the stories behind each of the pieces and their delicate details.
One of the pieces that caught my eye was a pair of earrings that usually do not come in a pair. The earrings come as individuals, with rhinestones instead of a pearl in the front. The rhinestones come in a variety of color combinations: from blue and yellow to gold and pink. However, I opted for the only pair that was presented in the collection, with rhinestones being clear and simple. These earrings remind me of the Dior’s Mise en Dior Tribal Double-Pearl earrings, because of their structure, yet, they are nothing like Dior’s at the same time.
As I browsed the store for more jewelry, I knew for sure I wanted something simple and fragile; something I can wear with other jewelry without taking attention away from the pieces themselves. At that moment, Keiko was acquainting me with a French designer, who creates simple pieces of jewelry with a lot of meaning in each one of them. My eyes were browsing the stand, and then they settled on two bracelets. One of the bracelets was a fragile, thin band that gently enclosed my wrist. The second, a bit wider in width, was a band that says “Love.” Just as simple as that.
I visited the store on Saturday, and the attack in Paris occurred on Friday prior. All I would like to say is please love each other. We only have one another. We only live once. Respect each other. Wars, revenges, and other unfortunate events are not worth human lives. Love each other, #lovetheworld.
After my visit, I left the store smiling from ear to ear because of great impressions and great jewelry. The boutique offers a feeling of authenticity, which could be very difficult to find in modern retailers. Besides, understanding that every accessory was made by hand was very special to me. When something is made by hand, you acknowledge that the person behind the creation put all of their effort, time, love, and concentration into it. That’s what differs large manufacturing from boutiques, such as H.P.F. Christopher.
If you are ever in the city, H.P.F. Christopher is definitely worth your time and attention. Who knows what you might find?
Outfit Details: Coat-H&M, Turtleneck-Uniqlo, Skirt-H&M, Tights-HUE, Ankle boots-Aldo, Clutch-TJ Maxx, Earrings-Moyu Ma from H.P.F. Christopher, Thin Bracelet-Serge Thoraval from H.P.F. Christopher, “Love” Bracelet-Serge Thoraval from H.P.F. Christopher, Sunglasses-Ray Ban (Similar Here).
Photography by Vanessa Flores.
Thank You so much for reading, and don’t forget to love.
xoxo, Sophia for Fashion Caption.