• Elva Fields: Friends and Family


     {Photo of Erin in Elva Fields jewelry courtesy of April Saas}


    Next up in our star-studded lineup of features in our Friends and Family series is sister-in-law Erin Maynard.  Because she's a woman who gets right to the point (with equal parts sarcasm and humor) we will, too.  Here are 10 QUESTIONS FOR ERIN MAYNARD...you'll love her as much as we do by the end of the interview.


    Emily:  So I love to tell people that my sister-in-law is a surgeon--especially because there are so few female surgeons in the field in which you are interested.  (Erin is currently in her final year of surgical residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland) What do you love about transplant surgery? 

    Erin:   Funny. I love to tell people that my sister-in-law is a jewlery designer and the other is an interior designer. It makes my job feel so mundane at times.
     
    Emily:  I also love to tell people that you live in Maine.  People who have been before always have the most wonderful things to say about it.  What is your favorite thing about being a Maine Maynard?  

    Erin:  It's just as the slogan says: "It's the way life should be."  I've also never met a more down-to-earth bunch of people. What a wonderful place to live.





    {photo top: rocky Maine coast by Erin Maynard}
    {photo below:  view from Erin's apartment by Emily Maynard}

    Emily: After a long day in the OR, what do you do to relax and unwind?  (You are not allowed to say "triathlons, cross-country bike rides, or open-water swims" although I know these to be true.)  (Yes, readers, she is a badass. She just returned from a "vacation" hiking the rocky coast of Majorca for a week. See her pictures below...we're ready to tag along next time.)









    {all photos by Erin Maynard}

    Erin:  Besides reading an embarrassingly bad novel?  I did yoga tonight.  That was anything but relaxing.  I think I'm already sore.  Most nights, the most relaxing thing is putting on some music and making dinner.

    Emily:  Speaking of cooking...what is your favorite dish to prepare for house guests?

    Erin:  Lobster. Silly question.  I don't eat it unless there are guests here but it's always nice to make people wear bibs. I try to save my culinary experiments for myself. I'm always afraid to try something new for guests.



    {photo by Erin Maynard}

    Emily:  What is your favorite restaurant in Portland (Bon Appetit's "Foodiest City" in 2010, right?)

    Erin:  Louisville came in a close third if I remember correctly.  There isn't a bad joint in town. What a great place. Hard to pick a favorite.

    Emily:  Your style is low-key and casual, but you still love some Elva Fields in your life...is this because you feel you have no other choice when it comes to accessorizing?   (Because you have no other choice.)  

    Erin:  It's very kind of you to say "low-key casual."  That's a kind way of saying I have no sense of style whatsoever.  I wear pajamas to work every day. The only high heels I own are those I've worn in weddings.  And the only hint of color I wear was from a wedding I was in. (I still love my fuchsia pashmina.  It's a signature.)  HOWEVER I LOVE ME SOME ELVA FIELDS.  There has not been a time I have worn a necklace without recieving multiple compliments.  It takes my uniform black dress slacks and black shirt to an entirely different level.  By just adding a necklace it can make my office outfit look more professional.  I feel more confident at interviews, and it also spices up an outfit for the evening.  

    Emily:  Wait...are you allowed to wear jewelry in the OR?

    Erin:  Where did my earring go? Just kidding.

    Emily:  You're headed to St. Louis this summer for your upcoming Fellowship...what will you miss most about Maine?

    Erin:  Summers in Maine are my favorite time.  The number one thing I'll miss I think are Sunday morning swims in the ocean.



    {photo of Maine summer blooms by Emily Maynard}


    Emily:  What are you looking forward to in St. Louis? (Don't feel like you have to say "the proximity to Kentucky!")

    Erin:  An apartment with a dishwasher and washer and dryer.  Oh, and yes, being close to family. 

    Emily:  Anything you'd like for me to pass along to your nieces?

    Erin:  I love each and everyone of them. So young yet so AWESOME!. Each of them are already so unique. I'm excited to watch them grow up and hopefully be part of their lives.   Work hard, have fun along the way, and always believe in yourself. 



    {photo of Erin with niece Viva by Emily Maynard}


    Posted by Emily Maynard
  • Friends and Family: The Photographer Series

    So we kicked off our Elva Fields: Friends and Family project earlier this year (more posts to come on that front soon) and we're now starting a spin-off series about which we're super excited.  Friends and Family: The Photographer Series enlists the help (and amazing talents) of a few of our friends and family members.  The plan?  Armed with a pair of earrings from our June collection (their choice) and a camera, we asked them to capture the jewels in a setting or situation of their choosing--portrait, landscape, style subject--and let us brag about how beautiful their work is.  Hope you enjoy the results as much as we did...starting with our friend Jill Hardy below!


    Jill and I became fast friends in 2nd grade when we both moved to Kentucky, and we spent many a weekend engulfed in the latest craft project/fiasco/brainstorm we concocted.  (One such creation that immediately comes to mind involved 20-some-odd emptied perfume sample bottles refilled with custom-colored liquids and suspended from wired mobiles.)  Clearly neither of us strayed far from the art we loved in elementary school:  Jill became a photographer, I still work with wire. 

    photo by Lois Bielefeld

    Nowadays (well, on the days she isn't cooking something wildly exotic or enriching her newfound carpentry skills as she works on her and her husband's mid-century home) Jill is an official museum educator at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, after studying Art History and Photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Museology at the University of Washington.  Her photography--wedding, maternity, and product--is dedicated to capturing the decisive moment, and we couldn't wait to see the moment(s) Jill captured with our African brass hoop earrings (available in May with our Summer 2011 Collection.)  Decisive and entirely gorgeous, we think.  Many thanks to Jill for her friendship and for sharing her beautiful images with us.










    Posted by Emily Maynard
  • Spring Has Sprung: Behind the Scenes


    Welcome to our Spring Collection!  This season is all about celebrating a new start, fresh colors, and happy times...and you are cordially invited to join the fun!  For the next couple of months, we'll be bringing you the best of spring with earrings and necklaces perfect for this upcoming season and beyond...so enjoy the party!

    In the meantime...here are a few behind-the-scenes look at our Spring Collection photo shoot back in October.  (Yes, we plan ahead.)  Thankfully we have the help of a very talented graphic designer who transforms images like the one below...to something wonderful and beautiful above.  We heart him for his magical skills....and for editing out our dorky smile.  (Reason #487 we are a jewelry designer and not a model.)



    Another thing you won't see in the final product...our baby belly!  (A nine-month baby belly, at that.) 



    And as if keeping an eye on the belly wasn't distracting enough for our husband/photographer, our nearly-two-year-old was taunting our furry gals with some balloons she borrowed from the shoot, causing quite the stir on the deck.



    But my favorite picture at all has not a stitch of jewelry in sight...but plenty of static.



    Happy spring and welcome to the party!


    Posted by Emily Maynard
  • Postcards from the Road


    This month, we took a little trip with our favorite gals--daughters Viva and Tilly and their grandmother/my mother BeBe (of Deb line fame)--to visit our other favorite gal, Nana (of June line fame) while she wintered in the sunny south of Florida.  We have the most special place in our heart for Delray Beach--it's like the most welcoming, warming, and comforting spot, with memories upon memories for everyone in our family.  We could go on (and on,) but we'll spare the family history details and just say that we've all spent many many seasons in this happily growing beach town, and it is always a magical and happy treat to go back.   I'm already planning our return.  (In fact, I was on the flight home...)

    Though we try to treat our time there as a true vacation, I couldn't help but snap a few photos to share.  Hope you'll enjoy the "postcards" from the trip!  (That's BeBe with the bebes above...Viv in stripes retrieving a lost goldfish snack, no doubt...and Tilly in the bamboo bundle.)


    Our grandparents were avid travelers and collectors, and the touches of Asian and tribal art tell such a sweet (and adventurous) story of their life together...and are infinitely inspiring in both sentimental and aesthetic ways.  (And Viva found them entirely fascinating, too.)

    A few of BeBe's additions to Nana's collection...displayed in a cupboard she restored and painted.


    The park next door has the most amazing vegetation--sprawling sea grape and bougainvillea...and pines.  There is something so relaxing about Florida sunsets, especially when the view is unobstructed and unspoiled.  (Love green spaces.)


    Though I'm sure this is NOT allowed anymore, the facade of Nana's building is adorned with locally-harvested coral rock.  Beautiful texture and only looks more beautiful with age.  


    And talking about getting better with age...one of our favorite spots in Delray is Doc's All American.  Clearly they're doing something right, as they're celebrating their 60th birthday this year.  Delicious burgers (our go-to is the blackened dolphin), fries, and, of course, the BEST soft serve.  With sprinkles.  Add fresh air and no-fuss seating, and you've got a perfect meal.

     

    Though we did sneak over to one of our top spots for antique-ing in the area (and discovered this goooooorgeous 1940s brooch!)...


    ...the rest of the time, we could be found here...digging in the sand, looking for shells, and reapplying sunscreen.  

    I would live in one of these cabanas if I could.  Besides, aren't stripes supposed to be big this season?




    Posted by Emily Maynard
  • Show Some Love



    Whether you're a fan of February 14th or not, we're guessing you may be a fan of "free"  (especially when it comes to jewels!)...and we'd love to feel the love AND share the love this Valentine's Day.   So...when we found some beautiful vintage brass love knots, we decided you needed to have them.  On your ears.  For free.  

    The catch?  Spend $100 with us between now and February 14th AND show us some love: tweet about us, post on Facebook, or leave a message below right here on the blog.*  We'll say thank you with a pair of these limited-edition love knot earrings--vintage brass on 14 karat gold fill wires.  Sweet, simple, and compliments of the gals at Elva.

    Happy Valentine's Day to you! 

    *Valid on orders of $100 or more placed between 2-8-11 and 2-14-11, only one per household, while supplies last.

    Posted by Emily Maynard