Designer Spotlight: Blee Inara

Ivonne Kino went from stay-at-home mom to successful entrepreneur in 2000. The result is the soulful jewelry line, Blee Inara, a company motivated by her spiritual outlook on life. Blee Inara was inspired by Ivonne’s first child when her mother, who lives in Mexico, gave her an eye charm. Her baby was to wear it for protection. This tradition fascinated friends in Ivonne’s community. Before long, she started selling jewelry with eyes to her neighbors and friends, all her earnings Ivonne sent to her mother. She started I Accessories after realizing the importance for people to find meaning in the jewelry they buy for themselves and others. She designed and operated it for 8 years. Blee Inara is the result of Ivonne’s continued efforts to offer that elusive combination of beauty, comfort and design. Her jewelry is clearly inspired by a sense of harmony, bliss, goodwill and peace.

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Trend Alert: Stacking Your Rings

We’ve noticed a fabulous new trend, stacking your rings! Robindira Unsworth is the perfect way to do it! We just received some darling new stackable rings from this line in our Newport Beach location. It’s an easy way to liven up any outfit and is super versatile. We think this trend is here to stay and represents true personal style. By mixing metals, style and scale, you can really let your personality shine through those fingers.

Not familiar with Robindira Unsworth? A lifestyle company with a flair for the exotic, this beautiful line began in 2001. It is a perfect blend of couple, Robert and Robindira’s Northern California aestethic and exotic North Africa, Asia and Middle East.  Creative Director, Robindira takes inspiration from the human spirit and nature. In 2009 the jewelry line expanded to include a flagship boutique in Sonoma County, California. This darling location displays the Robindira Unsworth jewelry as well as an edited collection of accessories and home goods.

“We find such inspiration in travel and gather so much from other cultures—-we feel so fortunate to be able to share our treasured discoveries with our customers and friends.”

–Robert and Robindira.


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Celebrate our birthday with a very special sale!

Take 18% off our favorite Michael Stars Short Sleeve Dolman (Style #6212) and 18% off designer jewelry like Nashelle, Love Heals, Chan Luu, Nakamol and Dogeared!

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Modernshopgirl: Inspired by Coachella 2012

Here at Modernshopgirl we are loving all the easy bohemian fashions inspired by Coachella. Cut off shorts, hippie accessories, rock star tees and gladiator sandals; we adore it all! For those of you who didn’t score those coveted tickets, we put together a little  list of what to wear whether you are going to “carpoolchella” to Indio or just rocking out at home.

- Tie your hair back! Keep comfy and cool with Natural Life’s bracelet/hair tie with inspirational words. Be Happy. Believe. Peace.
- Free People’s festival tunic is a must have for any Coachella inspired outfit. Wear it over a swimsuit or pair with Lucky Brand’s Riley cut off short.
- Trek around in these gilded gladiator sandals by Gomex, just $39!
- It is hot in the Coachella Valley! Keep the sun off your face in Michael Stars straw fedora.
- Grab a Joia Navajo printed scarf for a nomadic inspired look.
- No bohemian look is complete without layer jewelry. Build your own necklace with Nashelle’s initial & jewel charms. Add Dogeared’s 3 ring long Karma necklace and a Chan Luu Turquoise wrap bracelet and you are set.
- Sleeveless band tees are essential! Our fav is Chaser’s Slayer over-sized tank.
- Finally, snatch up Natural Life’s hemp cross body bag with a earth-centered sustainable message.

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It’s all in the family

It’s a family affair here at Modern Romance/Modernshopgirl! The other day Fashion Island customer Melanie brought the whole family in for Blee Inara zodiac necklaces! Each girl got her sign and they all decided to put them on right there in the store. I was lucky enough to snap a picture of them all wearing their necklaces. At $39, these darling necklaces make great gifts or treat yourself! Shop them here! Thanks ladies for letting me take your picture! 

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