Item of the Day

With blue/green combos so chic these days, it’s no wonder we’re in the mood to preen like a peacock!

Luckily, we just came across this lovely Galapagos statement necklace by The Andean Collection. Inspired by the natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands, this piece features layered chips from the tagua nut—a sustainable material from South America.

And the best part? Wearing items from Andean Collection makes you feel as well as look good. While all pieces are hand crafted across eight fair trade workshops in Ecuador, thus enabling artisans to participate in the global market, they are still designed in New York to suit a fashionistas’ discerning tastes.

Andean Collection was founded in 2007 to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America.

Retail, $98. www.theandeancollection.com

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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine & accessoriesmagazine.com
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As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 14 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.