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BRAND TO KNOW: NEELY PHELAN

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016

Her pieces are handmade, and thanks to her passion for natural and vintage elements, no two are alike. Meet jewelry designer Neely Phelan.

Neely Phelan, from Phelan’s Bio

Our Love Story

It should come as no surprise that Memphis-born designer Phelan quickly captured the heart of Arrow Wood owner (and fellow Southern lady) Kris Budde. When asked why, here’s what Kris has to say:

“[Neely] is a talented and hard-working mother of three with a bubbly vibe. Her jewelry is different and cool - at Arrow Wood we love finding original pieces and can’t resist vintage elements. Neely’s designs are earthy but blingy at the same time.”

Neely Phelan's Jewelry styled by Arrow Wood Boutique in Colorado

It’s true that Phelan is quite adept at blending natural elements and touches of sparkle. In her most recent designs, we fell for pieces with iridescent abalone from the sea, arrowheads made of jasper and quartz, and dramatic black buffalo horn. Sweeten the deal with a few vintage lockets, rhinestones, and statement tassels, and we’re absolutely cuckoo for her designs.

While her presence is remarkably strong in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, Arrow Wood is proud to be the only boutique in Colorado to carry Neely Phelan’s unique jewelry at this time.

Is Neely Phelan Right for You?

In the last year, Neely Phelan jewelry has made appearances in magazines ranging from InStyle to Cosmo, from Nylon to the cover of Pregnancy. To us, this is a testament to her jewelry’s diversity - it appeals to women in all walks of life, with a variety of lifestyles and personal tastes.

Neely Phelan jewelry is easy to care for and to wear. We love her brass coin and tassel statement earrings with your favorite black dress, as shown above. Her arrowhead statement necklace is a perfect fit for simply designed pieces like our Jack Meets Kate fitted white Blake dress. Owner Kris Budde has been known to style the simple horn earrings and the quartz arrowhead earrings casually, with sweatshirts and graphic tees. Neely Phelan’s designs have a place in every closet - pick your favorite piece of jewelry and share a photo with us with the hashtag #ArrowWoodStyle for a chance to be featured on our website!

Posted in Brands By Kris Budde

BRAND TO KNOW: BLACK ORCHID DENIM

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016

Black Orchid Denim - Available at Arrow Wood

It’s A Love Story

Black Orchid is Arrow Wood’s one and only denim line, and let us just tell you - it has earned its place in our small but mighty shop. From ‘Stay Black’ denim that never fades to Liquify fabric that contours your bottom half (more on that later), Black Orchid won our hearts for so many reasons.

On a trip to market, we were stopped in our tracks by the super soft fabric. We stayed when we met Stacy, a petite ball of fire who works with Black Orchid’s designer Julien Jarmoune. Stacy talked a big game, advertising this as a denim line that not only fit body types as diverse as Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian, but looked bow-chicka-wow-wow on both.

Fast forward six months, and we are utterly convinced. Black Orchid fits real women with real shape, doesn’t gap above the backside, and retains its softness and shape with the kind of will power we only dream of having. Our most discerning clients - girls that have been on first dates with dozens of denim lines in their life - say Black Orchid is the real deal. 

How We Styled Our Black Orchid Denim - Shop Arrow Wood

What is Black Orchid?

Launched in 2008 by Parisian designer Julien Jarmoune, Black Orchid is a classic yet modern line that appeals to women of all ages. Julien believes fit is of paramount importance, and creates luxe fabrics that say comfort isn’t an option.

From Black Orchid’s website -

“Taking inspiration from the Black Orchid flower, a universal symbol of love, luxury, beauty, and perfection, Julien sought to infuse his Parisian sophistication with the casual luxe vibe of downtown Los Angeles.

What is “Liquify” fabric?

Liquify fabric blends lush Italian denim with T400 fabric and lycra to sculpt the body. This combo ensures that your new favorite pair of jeans will keep its shape and never sag or bag out! These are the jeans you want in your suitcase for a weeklong trip to handle date night and kid chasing without having the urge to toss your jeans in the dryer.

Why Should You Believe Us?

You can take our word for it, Black Orchid is worth the leap of faith. Go ahead and try our denim for yourself - we recommend ordering a size down. [Questions? Contact us here.] In case you need convincing, here’s some inspiration. Black Orchid Denim is:

  • Endorsed by bloggers Paola Alberdi of Blank Itinerary, Sheryl Luke of Walk in Wonderland, and Nichole Ciotti of Vanilla Extract.

  • Popular with celebs in denim like Eva Longoria, Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Halle Berry, Olivia Palermo, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

  • Featured by magazines including Allure, InStyle, Glamour, and People.

So go ahead and buy the jeans - and start your love affair. <3

Posted in Brands By Kris Budde

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