I asked Kiersten Rolla, recent graduate from University and professional Expressionist painter what her favorite fashion accessory is.

Q.You recently graduated from University with a degree in Fine Art. Congratulations!  How are you utilizing your degree?

A. I am exploring abstract landscapes and continuing with my portraiture work which is my first artistic painting passion. My art allows me to find different ways to examine emotions from meaningful intimate moments to the feeling of awe inspired by a beautiful view.

This is at an exhibit with one of my paintings called Unspoken Language - Rhiana, Kiersten and Christina

This is at an exhibit with one of my paintings called Unspoken Language - Rhiana, Kiersten and Christina

Q. What other artistic endeavors are you exploring?

A. I am trying my hand at jewelry making. I love big, natural stones and working with wire and leather.

Q. What is your favorite fashion accessory?

A. Rings, rings and more rings!

Q. When did you fall in love with rings?

A. When I was 16 is when I really discovered rings. I never wore much jewelry before that. I would go to the mall and poke around and one day I found this ring with a cool design and a little pearl and I just had to have it. From then on I was always looking for unique rings.

"I picked up this Tree of Life ring at a craft fair in Shepherdstown, W.V. and I loved it because of all the small details - inside and out.

"I picked up this Tree of Life ring at a craft fair in Shepherdstown, W.V. and I loved it because of all the small details - inside and out.

Q. Do you have a favorite ring? 

A. Before I was 21 I had a malachite ring that I found in a shop in Ashville, North Carolina that I loved. I wore it all the time with everything.

Q. Have you given rings to someone as a present?

A. Not really, but I have been given special rings - (Kiersten smiles when she says this) - My parents gave me my birthstone, blue topaz, for Christmas a few years ago.  I also received another special ring recently.

The little red one I also picked up in Shepherdstown, WV at an antique store.

The little red one I also picked up in Shepherdstown, WV at an antique store.

Q. Do you feel that you have "enough" rings?

A. Never!

I spotted these at New To You and they had to be mine.

I spotted these at New To You and they had to be mine.

Q. Do you have a favorite designer?

A. Yes, Alexis Bittar is my favorite ring designer because his rings make such a big, bold statement.

Q. Do you have any rings that got away?

A. Oh, yes, when I was in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, I found a buffalo turquoise ring in a natural stone store. I fell in love with it but it was way too expensive for me. I used to go in to visit it but in never became mine.

Q. What is your favorite ring now?

A. My engagement ring!! I became engaged just a few weeks ago to my boyfriend of five years, Sam. 

Q. Tell me about it, please,

A. Sam designed it himself; I had no idea that he was doing it. The stones are set in platinum with engraving on the sides which is Art Deco inspired. My fiance did it all on his own, he designed it,  including the engraved decoration on the sides. We are so happy!!!


As the top designer's are releasing their new resort lines and the weather is only getting warmer, it seems everyone has vacation on the brain. But you don't need to travel to be inpsired! We've matched a few beautiful destination locations with some of our summer pieces for a little Vacation Inspiration.

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We asked fashion designer and stylist Kendra McCullough about her biggest fashion passion....

 

Q:  In fashion, what is your biggest passion?

A:  SHOES!! I like shoes.

 

Q:  Have you ever given someone shoes as a present?

A:  I haven’t but I've helped others pick them out, especially my mom and my sister.

 

Q:  Can your feet feel the difference between good quality and poor quality shoes?

A:  I think so. Good quality leather molds and fits your feet. Man-made or cheap leather stays in its place.

 

Q:  Do you have a favorite shoe?

A:  I would have to say Alexander McQueen shoes are my favorite. I love the ones made mostly before his death but I do own a couple pair from after his passing.

 

Q:  Do you remember your 1st “good” pair of shoes?

A:  Ooh!! Good question! I think my definition has gone up over the years but a few years ago Jeffrey Campbell produced a pair that was black with spikes. It was “a good kick start”!

 

Q:  How did you feel when you were wearing your Jeffrey Campbell spikes?

A:  I loved them! They were a real attention-getter. I coveted them for months. I saved and saved and finally bought them.

Q:  When did you fall in love with shoes?

A:  As a kid, even in soccer, everyone else wore black and I had neon. At seven years old I wanted high heels but my mom said “No”. I tried to make my own heels from K’nex but it didn't work.

Now I mostly wear black, white or denim clothing. I like my shoe to be the star. I truly believe that shoes make or break an outfit.

 

Q:  Do you have “enough” shoes?

A:  No! Never! I constantly find fabulous shoes that I covet.

 

Q:  What shoes would you never wear?

A:  Crocs, there are others but I will stick with Crocs.


Q:  Which shoes do you feel are indispensible in a woman’s wardrobe?

A:  I would say a neutral/nude pointed toe pump.

 

Q:  Who are your other favorite shoe designers?

A:  Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurent and, I have to say again, Alexander McQueen


 

 

Q:  Do you have a shoe that “got away”?


A:  Yes, a pair of Jimmy Choo flats that was on sale. They had a pointed toe with cut-out design. They were purple tone, grey suede and they sold out just before checking out on-line. I still think about that shoe as it had the most beautiful shade of grey. I’d never seen it before or since.

 

Q:  Do you judge people by the shoes they wear?

A:  Every time!





Missoni dress $175, Prada heels $335, Tod's cuff $129

Missoni dress $175, Prada heels $335, Tod's cuff $129

Philosophy by Alberta Ferreti coat $65, Moulinette Soeurs dress $58, Leoffler Randall shoes $85, leather belt $13

Philosophy by Alberta Ferreti coat $65, Moulinette Soeurs dress $58, Leoffler Randall shoes $85, leather belt $13

Ralph Lauren sweater $33, Moulinette Soeurs skirt $33, Alexandre Birman heels $105, Yosca cuff $115

Ralph Lauren sweater $33, Moulinette Soeurs skirt $33, Alexandre Birman heels $105, Yosca cuff $115

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Christian Louboutin "Jimmynetti" boots - size 39 $575

Christian Louboutin "Jimmynetti" boots - size 39 $575

See by Chloe dress size 10 $119.50, Fendi heels size 8 1/2 $130.50, earrings $69.50

See by Chloe dress size 10 $119.50, Fendi heels size 8 1/2 $130.50, earrings $69.50

Lace dress size M $75.50, Jimmy Choo lace heels size 8 1/2 $225.50, Saint Laurent clutch $335.50

Lace dress size M $75.50, Jimmy Choo lace heels size 8 1/2 $225.50, Saint Laurent clutch $335.50

J Crew tee size L $16.50, J Brand grey skinny jeans size 31 $39.50, Kate Spade purse $110.50, Alice + Olivia suede and glitter heels size 9 $115.50

J Crew tee size L $16.50, J Brand grey skinny jeans size 31 $39.50, Kate Spade purse $110.50, Alice + Olivia suede and glitter heels size 9 $115.50

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Chanel silver leather "Drill" purse $1,805 (retail $2,700), Jimmy Choo slingback heels size 7 1/2 $85.50

Chanel silver leather "Drill" purse $1,805 (retail $2,700), Jimmy Choo slingback heels size 7 1/2 $85.50

Alice + Olivia top size L $65.50, J Crew shorts size 8 $23.50, clutch $28.50, Alice + Olivia silver wedges size 9 $79.50, bracelets $16.50-$65.50

Alice + Olivia top size L $65.50, J Crew shorts size 8 $23.50, clutch $28.50, Alice + Olivia silver wedges size 9 $79.50, bracelets $16.50-$65.50

Kiton blouse size M $73.50, Ralph Lauren pleated skirt size 10 $43.50, Michael Kors reversible bely $28.50, Prada flame heels size 9 1/2 $365.50

Kiton blouse size M $73.50, Ralph Lauren pleated skirt size 10 $43.50, Michael Kors reversible bely $28.50, Prada flame heels size 9 1/2 $365.50

Chloe for Born Free top size xl $110.50, J Crew shorts size 4 $28.50, Jeffrey Campbell wedges size 8 $48.50, Nancy Gonzalez purse $185.50, assorted necklaces $16.50 - $48.50

Chloe for Born Free top size xl $110.50, J Crew shorts size 4 $28.50, Jeffrey Campbell wedges size 8 $48.50, Nancy Gonzalez purse $185.50, assorted necklaces $16.50 - $48.50

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MCM tote w/ attached case $325.50, Valentino silk scarf $65.50, Vince Camuto pumps size 7 1/2 $55.50, Ferragamo belt $48.50

MCM tote w/ attached case $325.50, Valentino silk scarf $65.50, Vince Camuto pumps size 7 1/2 $55.50, Ferragamo belt $48.50

Kiton dress size 8/10 $225.50, Sperry shoes size 9 $29.50, Tory Burch tote $119.50

Kiton dress size 8/10 $225.50, Sperry shoes size 9 $29.50, Tory Burch tote $119.50

See by Chloe sweater size s $90.50, J Brand cut offs size 8 $28.50, Corso Como sandals size 7, Brahmin crossbody $89.50, Ungaro silk scarf $65.50

See by Chloe sweater size s $90.50, J Brand cut offs size 8 $28.50, Corso Como sandals size 7, Brahmin crossbody $89.50, Ungaro silk scarf $65.50

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Blumarine Blugirl dress size 6 $58.50, retro Bottega Veneta purse $785.50, Marni heels size 7 $125.50

Blumarine Blugirl dress size 6 $58.50, retro Bottega Veneta purse $785.50, Marni heels size 7 $125.50

RM dress size S $190.50 (retail $699), Kate Spade purse $125.50, Dolce Gabbana star heels size 9 $325.50

RM dress size S $190.50 (retail $699), Kate Spade purse $125.50, Dolce Gabbana star heels size 9 $325.50

J Crew blouse, size 2 $27.50, Blank Denim cut offs size 8 $25.50, Leifsdottir sandals size 37 $64.50, bracelet $26.50, Lanvin purse $275.50, scarf $27.50

J Crew blouse, size 2 $27.50, Blank Denim cut offs size 8 $25.50, Leifsdottir sandals size 37 $64.50, bracelet $26.50, Lanvin purse $275.50, scarf $27.50

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Rebecca Taylor halter top, Free People jeans size 28, Rebecca Minkoff clutch, Michael Kors heels size 9 1/2, Eugenia Kim hat, metallic stingray cuff

Rebecca Taylor halter top, Free People jeans size 28, Rebecca Minkoff clutch, Michael Kors heels size 9 1/2, Eugenia Kim hat, metallic stingray cuff

Chanel dress size M $275.50, Dolce Vita heels size 9 1/2, David Yurman cable necklace $775.50, John Hardy necklace $870.50

Chanel dress size M $275.50, Dolce Vita heels size 9 1/2, David Yurman cable necklace $775.50, John Hardy necklace $870.50

Louis Feraud jeweled pin $125.50, Chanel camellia pearl clip earrings $225.50, vintage YSL necklace $275.50

Louis Feraud jeweled pin $125.50, Chanel camellia pearl clip earrings $225.50, vintage YSL necklace $275.50