The Witty Designs Of Alison Lou


Love Jemima Kirke rocking Alison Lou!

Alison Lou is one of my favorite brands at the moment, the creative director and designer is Alison Chemla. Their designs are extremely fun and cheeky. From what I remember, Alison Lou became famous with her line of emoticon pieces. I remember I first saw her work on Man Repeller’s Instagram account about 3 years ago and I was dying for one of the necklaces. This emoticon series are necklaces, rings and bracelets featuring several icons from the phone’s emoticons. What I found really fascinating about this line is that it is a commentary to the change of a style of communication 719ca1afb60d6da728e9ec6b062528f8in modern society that has been brought forth by social media and technology. Now a days with the “lol”s and the “omg”s you can say so much with only three letters or a simple emoticon icon!

I think that Alison Lou’s emoticon line is not for everyone, it is for the people who understand her humor and wittiness. Like the poop face ring.. one of my favorites!

Alison Lou’s new line is the oysters, champagne and caviar designs that are only coming out this year. I talked about this line previously in another post. I can’t wait to see the pieces in real life, I’ve seen so many pictures already.

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I bought the bashful necklace and I wear it all the time, it is so easy to wear with other pieces and it really looks amazing… I always get compliments! She also has a series of  “Screw U” earrings and bracelets and I bought the earrings where it is a small screw with a sapphire on the tip for one ear and a “U” for the other side.


Check Alison Lou’s or Chunks of Coal’s Pinterest for more images of AL’s designs! I got all pictures from their Pinterest account.


Best Fashion & Jewelry Instagram Accounts to Follow

Instagram is a great source to get inspiration or to get trends and to know what is knew and what is out there. These are a few  of my favorite accounts:

1. Bergdorf (bergdorfs) IMG_4172

2. Man Repeller (manrepeller)


3. Refinery29 (refinery29)


4. Aimee Song (songofstyle)


5. Roseark (roseark)


5. FD Gallery (fd_gallery)


6. HOD-boutique (hodjewelry)


7. Boticca (boticca_com)


8. Elle USA (elleusa)


“A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls” -CC

Pearls are normally associated with royalty or a “lady-like” style. I think pearls are very feminine, but I also believe that pearls don’t fit anyone’s style like a diamond can. But with that being said a lot of new designers are doing a great job and making pieces with pearls that are modern and therefore can fit people who don’t necessarily dress or want to feel like Audrey Hepburn or Jackie O. The following are pieces and designers who I believe work with pearls the best.



The godmother of pearls is and forever will be Coco Chanel. Chanel knows how to work with pearls beautifully. They make traditional and modern pieces in both jewelry and clothes. I love that they still keep true to Coco Chanel’s love for “your grandmother” pearls style necklace. I bought one of their long pearl chains with a faux diamond bow on the side and I like to wear it with everything, especially when I’m wearing something very plain and simple. For some reason I associate my necklace more with winter that with summer.

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I think Tasaki is one of the most innovative pearl jewelry designers now a days. He is a Japanese designer with a lot of talent but unfortunately not as well known as he should be. He does a lot of fine jewelry but he has a few less expensive piece as well. I discovered him in a store in Miami where I bought one of his black pearl & black diamond ring from the “refined rebellion” collection (the bottom piece).

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One of my recent purchases was from the famous designer Alison Lou. Her jewelry is very current and fun, she plays with emojis and other quirky items. She is coming out with a beautiful, young and fun collection of oysters with pearls inside. My favorite piece of the collection is the stack ring which is the smallest with the thin band (the one on the far right).

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I find Ryan Storer’s jewelry very esthetically beautiful. Very simple and modern. Reminds me a bit of Tasaki’s play with pearls, yet you can see the difference. I really love his jewelry and I hope I can buy a piece from him in the near future.

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Mizuki is another Japanese designer who does fine jewelry. Her pieces are beautiful, but the “Sea of Beauty” collection where she works with pearls is just breathtaking. What I love about her pieces is how in the bracelets she leaves the pearl as it is, imperfect. I also love how she pairs the pearls with very thin diamonds and a ver thin gold bracelet, the balance in the pieces is what makes them so beautiful.

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Smith/Grey does very playful and young jewelry. The name of the pearl collection fits the fun in the pearl jewelry pieces, it is called “THE PEARLGATORY”.

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