About Abeja

With the launch of her jewelry line, Tiffani Wetherbee has turned her international inspirations into tangible accessories. As far as Tiffani is concerned, it is — in fact — a small world. The word “foreign” is not in her vocabulary. This Gig Harbor, Wash., native has spent more time living out of the United States than in it. She lived in Nigeria, West Africa on and off for 20 years. Another four years were spent in the gorgeous Mexican coastal town of Zihuatanejo.

In addition to international living, she is also seasoned traveler with 40 countries stamped on her passport. Each exotic destination held jewels of inspiration for Tiffani — inspiration she now strings together in a jewelry line she dubs Abeja. Abeja is the Spanish word for bee. “I chose the bee to symbolize this jewelry line because bees are the connectors of the world,” Tiffani said. “Bees are a link, they create, and they have a mission.”

Like the bee, Tiffani is connecting cultures through her jewelry. Her pieces are a fusion of all the types of art she has experienced from her life of travel.

“I remember visiting the markets with my mother,” she said. “My eyes were opened to the beautiful fabrics and jewelry created by African artisans. Vibrant millefiori beads, elaborate brass castings, and incredible weavings and carvings were all a part of what my parents exposed me to. When we’d visit other destinations around the world, we always found a way to scope out local markets or places to discover the fabulous art, colorful textiles, or ornamental jewelry created and usually worn by the local people. These experiences are very important pieces of the puzzle that define my style and who I am. I owe so much to my parents for cultivating that appreciation of the beauty in the differences of cultures. They are the ones who taught me at an early age that we are all very connected as humans. We all love, we all share, we all appreciate beauty.”

In addition to being raised for several years in Lagos, Nigeria, Tiffani made the decision to return as a young adult to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher at the American International School in Lagos. She ended up spending eleven more years there. In her spare time, she developed her artistic talents through painting, photography, and music. She collaborated with people in the Nigerian art world, holding exhibitions of her work in photography and paintings, working with Nigerian fashion designers, as well as collaborating with several African musicians.

She finally settled on jewelry making as her main artistic expression when her children were small. She sold her first pieces in 2008 and has continued to strengthen her line. With the collaboration and encouragement of the L.A. based fashion designer and dear friend Ticci Toneto, Abeja’s first pieces were born. Now the large majority of the Abeja jewelry is first designed in house by Tiffani, then sent to Bali, Indonesia or Taxco, Mexico for production. The artisans and metalsmiths work with Tiffani very closely during the production process, insuring the quality is kept at a very high standard. Also important are the lives of those artisans, and Tiffani has chosen to work with groups that can guarantee that the people she hires to produce her jewelry have good working conditions and receive fair wages.

 

www.abejadesigns.com

The Best Dressed at the 2018 Emmy Awards

The 2018 Emmy’s red carpet has set the fashion bar high–very, very high. The nominees, presenters, and even their guests came dressed to the nines this evening, in haute couture looks and New York Fashion Week looks straight from the Spring 2019 runways. It seems TV’s top stars don’t shy away from the drama when it comes to dressing for the small screen’s biggest night, and they aren’t afraid of feathers, embroidery, bold color, big volume, and major drama. Prepare yourself for some jaw-dropping looks—these are the best looks from the 70th Annual Emmy Awards.

 

Tracee Ellis Ross in Valentino Haute Couture and Repossi.

 

Keri Russell in Zuhair Murad Haute Couture and Stephen Webster.

Penelope Cruz in Chanel Haute Couture.

 

Sarah Paulson in Oscar de la Renta Spring 2019 and Tiffany & Co.

 

Rachel Brosnanhan in Oscar de la Renta Spring 2019 and Tiffany & Co.

Mandy Moore in custom Rodarte.

Emilia Clark in Dior and Fernando Jorge.

Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein by Appointment.

Taraji P Henson in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture.

Thandie Newton in Brandon Maxwell.

Pantone’s New It Colors Have Happiness-Boosting Powers

Since Pantone is the color-trend authority, take the team’s biannual reports as gospel. Today, Pantone Color Institute released its color trend report ahead of New York Fashion Week, highlighting the colors that will be dominant in the S/S 19 collections, which will, as a result, dictate the color trends for spring. You may be just starting to think of fall, but something to keep in mind is that as soon as the collections for the next season are shown, the fashion crowd starts wearing the new color trends before anything else.

For S/S 19, empowering, joyful colors compose the lineup of 12 trends, and just looking at them will make you happy. WWD reports that the leading five colors are powerful, attention-grabbing shades of red, orange, and pink.

Rounding out the 12 colors are a green, yellow, and cobalt blue described as “a way to have fun,” plus a few spring-friendly neutrals. See all of Pantone’s new trending colors in the report, and shop cool pieces in the happiest, most uplifting colors of the bunch below.

“An affable color with a proper edge, Living Coral still grabs attention but not as blatantly as orange does.”—Pantone Color Institute

“Zesty yellow-green Pepper Stem encourages our desire for nature’s healthy bounty.”—Pantone Color Institute

“The tantalizingly theatrical Pink Peacock fans out to a feast for the eyes.”—Pantone Color Institute

“A festive orange-red, Fiesta radiates energy, passion. and excitement.”—Pantone Color Institute

“Princess Blue, a majestic royal blue hue, glistens and gleams.”—Pantone Color Institute

“Brightening our day, sunny Aspen Gold stimulates feelings of joy and good cheer.”—Pantone Color Institute

“Adding depth and intensity, Jester Red combines rich elegance with urbanity.”—Pantone Color Institute

“Turmeric is an enlivening orange that infuses a hint of pungency into the palette.”—Pantone Color Institute

 

2018 Fall Trends

If you’re the type to shy away from new trends out of fear they’re too eccentric, welcome Fall 2018 with open arms. Throughout Fashion Month, all we saw were familiar patterns, colors, coats, and layering tricks, perhaps just worn in new ways. The eight most prominent style statements are ones virtually anyone could pull off — and they’re all ridiculously flattering, too. Brush up on the standout takeaways from the Spring 2018 season, then read our fresh report from start to finish and prepare for an eye-catching wardrobe this year that’s actually remarkably comfortable.

  1. Street Style Statement Coats

It doesn’t matter whether you prefer a crazy, ornate print, something fluffy, or a design that’s wildly colorful. These one-and-done statement coats dominated the runways, whether layered or standalone. All you really need is a pair of boots to finish the outfit.

Street Style Statement Coats

2.  Return of Ruching

Remember the little ruched skirts you wore years ago? They hugged your curves but flattered your bod at the same time. We saw ruching down the sides of midi dresses and across miniskirts, so keep an eye out for tight-fitting, detailed numbers like these, and don’t be afraid to try them on. They’ll elongate your frame and help you achieve a very high-fashion style.

Return of Ruching

 

3.  Busy, Busy Prints

The key to working this trend is to splice together a handful of prints that might not make sense on paper. But if you add at least one neutral shade or solid accessory to your outfit, you can pull off anything — and these mishmashed looks prove it.

Busy, Busy Prints

4. Animal Print

What lady doesn’t love leopard print? This season saw the revival of classic leopard coats, but we were also introduced to tiger print, and these patterns could be spotted from a mile away when worn down to the shoes. It’s a throw-on-and-go, eye-catching outfit for the new season.

Animal Print

5.  All I See Is Red

This monochromatic look is fiery, but not angry. When you work varying tones from your head down to your toes, the result is actually quite pretty, and there’s no chance you won’t be noticed by passersby.

All I See Is Red

6.  ’80s Western

Take the exaggerated shoulders, kitten heels, and statement earrings that made a big return to the ’80s a few seasons ago, and mix in Western accessories — think snakeskin booties, cowboy prints, and fringe — and you’ve got a happy meeting of two very different yet appealing vibes.

'80s Western

7. Sugarcoated Shearling

This season was all about layering, so while a look might not necessarily call for more volume, designers went the extra mile anyway. A jacquard dress topped with a fuzzy vest clearly calls for just a little more texture, so introduce a shearling coat into your wardrobe, and make sure it’s the final statement piece.

Sugarcoated Shearling

8. Plenty of Plaid

While you’re obviously familiar with check print, we’ve graduated from the return of the simple tartan coat to unexpected pairings and plaid worn in new ways — like asymmetrically across a dress or from head to toe in varying shades. This season, try mixing your plaids, not just by color, but by material (think wool scarves with nylon tote bags).

Plenty of Plaid

 

The One Hairstyle Celebrities Can’t Stop Wearing This Summer (That’s Also Super Easy to Do Yourself)

Tiny Tail

If this summer’s hottest hairstyle is a low pony, then the hottest haircut is inarguably a choppy bob.

Slide 1 of 7: If this summer’s hottest hairstyle is a low pony, then the hottest haircut is inarguably a choppy bob. Saoirse here is making a case for both (and statement earrings, too, for that matter).

 

Super Long

What are you going to do with all of that hair? Why, pull it back of course. (Bedazzled cocktail dresses are optional, but highly recommended.)

Slide 2 of 7: What are you going to do with all of that hair? Why, pull it back of course. (Bedazzled cocktail dresses are optional, but highly recommended.)

 

Tousled
Can we all just agree to retire the chignon for a while? A tousled ponytail with a few face-framing pieces can be every bit as pretty and it requires zero bobby pins.

Slide 3 of 7: Can we all just agree to retire the chignon for a while? A tousled ponytail with a few face-framing pieces can be every bit as pretty and it requires zero bobby pins.

 

Side-Parted
Hotter temps and humidity can create the perfect recipe for frizz. Thandie shows us that a sleek, side-parted pony can handle the heat.

Slide 4 of 7: Hotter temps and humidity can create the perfect recipe for frizz. Thandie shows us that a sleek, side-parted pony can handle the heat.RELATED: The 7 Top-Rated Styling Products for Curly Hair

 

Center-Parted
Same idea, but split your hair down the middle instead. Bonus: A center part elongates your face and makes it appear slimmer.

Slide 5 of 7: Same idea, but split your hair down the middle instead. Bonus: A center part elongates your face and makes it appear slimmer.

 

High and Short, or Long and Low
This duo is further proof that the ponytail trend is incredibly versatile. Got super-short strands? Slick it all back and wrap the ends (don’t be afraid to take it a bit higher than the nape of your neck). Have bombshell waves? Gather them as low as you can go.

Slide 6 of 7: This duo is further proof that the ponytail trend is incredibly versatile. Got super-short strands? Slick it all back and wrap the ends (don’t be afraid to take it a bit higher than the nape of your neck). Have bombshell waves? Gather them as low as you can go.