As June comes to a close, we continue our loving local journey with a spunky gal named Kirsten and her adorable and down to earth hand made jewelry collection, more famously known as Kirsten Lara Jewelry.
We met Kirsten in May, on one of the few hot days we were blessed with, at a cute little café by fisherman’s wharf called Imagine Studio Café.
Kirsten is from Calgary Alberta, she moved to Victoria when she was 15 and has lived here ever since. Living in Victoria, BC, Canada, for most of her life, she started to appreciate her surroundings and wanting to utilize what was given to her by nature as inspiration and tools for creating her own jewelry. As many people in Victoria have found, finding unique pieces can be hard to come by, especially when you're after something specific and to your own taste, so she began her jewelry making journey.
At first she started collecting shells and creating necklaces. Originally she called her line “Pocket Full of Shells”. She still wanted more though, and after trying to find unpolished raw pieces of metal jewelry, she couldn’t find anything to her liking, so she found a woman named Judith Hirczy, from Austria, who taught her how to do silversmithing the traditional way. And after a 2 month course starting in September of 2016, “Kirsten Lara Jewelry” was born (her loving and supportive husbands idea for the name)!
After initially learning the silversmith craft, she continued learning- on her own. She felt that rather than reading books and learning step by step processes, or one set way on how to do things, she’d continue to teach herself, make a few mistakes here and there, but end up with something new and unique. And some of those mistakes ended up being, as she called them, “happy accidents”, like her “Two Faced” necklace. She calls it two faced because, as we all know, necklaces tend to have a mind of their own and flip around, and this way no matter which way it flips, it’s still beautiful!
Although she did wish she had started taking classes sooner, she began her journey with low expectations so she didn't get let down during the process. And although it's only been 10 months, she has made quite a name for herself in the local handmade scene of Victoria.
She recently created her logo, a very unique swan, which roots to her ancestry as her father is from Denmark, and the swan is Denmark’s national bird, so she thought it fitted her work perfectly.
She has her own etsy shop where she sells some select pieces, but she also does custom orders for most people who ask. You can usually find her set up at the Victoria Public Market (in the Hudson) once a month. She also participated in Car Free YYJ on June 18, and will be part of the Fort Commons Market on August 3, 2017. She also has a wedding jewelry line sold exclusively at the White Peony, where she works part time.
Kirsten is hoping to expand her line soon with affordable diamond engagement rings that are fun and unique, compared to the commercial ones we see in chain jewelry stores. We asked her what her favourite pieces she makes are and she said her Two Faced Necklaces, tear drop opal rings, and her circle earrings.
Kirsten also gifted us with adorable and simple silver circle necklaces. They are perfect for layering and add just the right touch of sparkle to the plainest outfit. We wish Kirsten the best of luck as she continues her journey and look forward to seeing what more she has in store!
Find Kirsten Lara Jewelry on Instagram @kirsten.lara.jewelry or her etsy shop kirstenlarajewelry.etsy.com, and keep an eye out for her market dates and new pieces added to her etsy shop!
And as always, keep loving local!
If you’re like me, you hate using dry shampoo. I’ve tried so many types, hate them all; plus with having dark hair, it ends up looking powdery no matter how much I rub it in! But I can’t wash my hair everyday. It dries out way too quick, plus it’s not good to wash it every day anyways. And as someone who HAS to dye their hair (ahem greys) on a monthly basis, I really need to keep it as healthy as I can.
So I’m going to tell you all about my secret (okay not really a secret) refreshing hair detangling spray!
I wouldn’t really consider it as a replacement for what dry shampoo does, but it definitely gets rid of that “I haven’t washed my hair today” smell, and gets it ready for the days styling. And it’s totally customizable.
Things you need:
---*Distilled water or boiled and cooled down water (3/4 to 1 cup- or to fill bottle)
---Vegetable Glycerin (1 TBSP)
---**Carrier Oil; your choice Grapeseed, Argon, Jojoba or your favourite oil (1/2 tsp)
---Vitamin E (1 capsule or ½ tsp)
---***Essential Oils 10-20 drops total
*Using distilled water, or boiling water and letting it cool down, will increase the shelf life and lessen the chance of any bacteria growing. It won’t keep forever though, try to use within 1-3 months.
**Depending on your hair type, you might want to increase or decrease the amount of oil you use. I have very fine hair, so I have to use a smaller amount. If you want to use this just as a post-wash conditioning spray, you could increase the amount of oil you use by 1-2 tsps.
***When choosing essential oils, I pick them to match my shampoo, currently I’m using a grapefruit mint shampoo, so I went with a mix of Grapefruit and Peppermint Essential Oils. For my mix I used about 15 drops of grapefruit and 5 drops of peppermint, since peppermint is a very strong scent in comparison. But you can play around with your blend until you get it the way you like! If using for kids, decrease the amount of essential oils and use kid safe essential oils; Lavender is usually an okay essential oil for kids!
Some other great essential oil combinations are:
Rosemary and Peppermint
Tea Tree and Lemongrass
Lavender and Chamomile
Sweet Orange and Clove
Jasmine and Ylang Ylang
The possibilities are endless! (Avoid photo toxic essential oils like lemon, lime, ginger, or bergamot).
Pour water into spray bottle. Add vegetable glycerin, carrier oil, vitamin E, and essential oils. (If you’re playing around with the scent, add the essential oils drop by drop into the glycerin and oil until you get your desired scent, and then add it to the water.)
Shake the bottle and spray into your hair! It’ll also help with detangling post wash.
There you have it! A great way to freshen up your hair or detangle with all natural ingredients that you might already have in your cupboard!
Happy Hair Spraying!