We Texans don’t wait for the leaves to change to get in the spirit of a seasonal change. In fact, we want our hands on everything gold this autumn. Houstonian Elizabeth Wilhite gathers some local tastemakers’ treasures as she shows up savvy with the right touch of metallic lustre.
Jennifer Welker of Golden Thread
1. How did you get started in jewelry design?
I’ve tapped into my type-A, high-energy, adrenaline-junkie, ICU-nurse personality to help me launch my dream jewelry business. It was intimidating at first, starting my own line and taking the leap from one career to the next. I work hard, study, and ask others for help.
2. What inspires you when you are creating your pieces?
Inspiration is everywhere. My husband Ellis and I love to travel. We journey to London and Paris frequently, seeing some of the most iconic and influential architecture. The clover shape in the charms on our new bangles and earrings is timelessly inspired by Big Ben and the Louvre.
3. What is your must-have item for fall 2014?
By far, my Signature Diamond Bangle with Initials is a must. Mine represents my husband and two children. It is the most meaningful piece I wear and I never take it off.
4. How did you pick the name Golden Thread?
I have always had an obsession with delicate, everyday pieces of jewelry. Necklaces. Bracelets. Rings. I chose the name because I wanted the look to be as dainty as a “thread”and thus the name was born, leaving the door open to golden possibilities outside the accessory world. For more information, visit Goldenthread.com
Let’s streamline: Diamonds. Gold. Done! Three monograms on a diamond and 14K gold bangle- white, rose, or yellow gold for $6,000. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue
CAKES FOR A CAUSE
“A party without cake is just a meeting,” said Dorothy Parker. Decadent apple spice cake by baker, musician, and philanthropist Madeline McCollum tastes just right. Proceeds from each morsel benefit in part the Every Village Radio Program in South Sudan. Starting at $45. Maddiecakes Bakersman, delivering from Houston.
The ultimate desk necessity is done over in rustic wood and a branded monogram. This catch-all needs to be on your guy’s dresser- that is, so he doesn’t steal yours. Starting at $33. At Out of the Box, Houston
THE MIDAS HANDSHAKE
The dynamic design duo Patricia Peckinpaugh and Minnie Baird share showroom space and a love for the exotic. We can’t get enough of their textural fabrics in tonal neutrals and design pieces inspired by decades of globetrotting travels. Peckinpaugh makes an Amethyst, Blue Topaz and Pink Opal flower brooch we can’t keep our hands off. Other stones available, $675
GRAB YOUR BAG BY THE HORNS
What’s better than ranch antlers and snake hide? Bringing them together in a gold-tipped trifecta. Baird & Baird’s special Shelby handbag in gold Caiman with Antler Handle, for $1,495. At The Ethereal Room, Houston
The perfect flat sandal for the girl on the go- authentic pony hair with gold ankle closure and leopard motif, $51. At Out of the Box, Houston
NO BONES ABOUT IT
Edgy doesn’t begin to describe this devastatingly stylish, spine-tingling Haute Hippie racer back tank for $245. Paired with skinnies in dove gray, $248 Available at Cakewalk Style Shop