Elaine Yu - Simply Chic Styling

STYLE TOUR: Hippie Chic Rocks

I have exciting news to share - I'm going on a New Jersey Style Tour! In an effort to research and recommend the best local products and services to my clients, I'm getting out from behind my laptop and going on tour. I love meeting fellow creative entrepreneurs and plus, there's something cool about knowing the story behind a brand.

Let me introduce you to Hippie Chic Rocks accessories. I first met the founders and creative team, Lisa Perline and Amy Zwerman, when Amy's mom commented on one of my Instagram posts! She made the introduction, I purchased a few pieces of jewelry, fell in love, and here we are.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Amy and Lisa as much as I did. Besides the fact that they also have "chic" in their brand and are fellow Beastie Boys fans, they are both super nice, down to earth, a bit funky, and moms trying to make everything work.

Be sure to check out their website www.hippiechicrocks.com and enter code 'CHIC20' for 20% off everything until 3/1. My personal favorites from their latest collection are the Mercer Wrap Bracelet and Leather Charmed Necklace.

Q & A With Lisa Perline and Amy Zwerman,

founders of Hippie Chic Rocks

Q: How did the two of you meet?

A: We are childhood friends - we lived blocks away from each other in our hometown, same elementary school and day camp.

Q: What is the inspiration behind your jewelry line?

A: Simply put, we are inspired by nature. We love simple and organic materials like semi-precious stones, beads and crystals. We create pieces for example, that remind us of a beach day or the first day of fall. Or we create designs based on colors that inspire us or a particular stone that wows us.

Q: How did you come up with the name Hippie Chic Rocks?

A: We were describing to a friend that our designs are hippie chic - the way you would describe a bohemian style. And then we loved the play on words with ROCKS. When put together it just made sense.

Q: If you had to pick one piece from your collection that personifies the Hippie Chic Rocks brand, which one would it be and why?

A: Our Mercer Turquoise Wrap (shown above). It just works with everything! We love the pop of turquoise color against the leather. We both lived in NYC for many years and it reminds us of downtown Manhattan - and particularly Mercer Street. This style can be worn as a wrap bracelet or a choker.

Q: What's one piece of advice you received that inspires you to continue creating?

A: Do what you love and happiness follows.

Q: How do you get out of a creative funk?

A: We blast some Beastie Boys, maybe head to the beach or take a drive and listen to music.

Q: If you had to give one piece of advice to someone just starting out about entrepreneurship, what would it be?

A: Just go for it - you never know what will happen - so just go for it!

To learn more, visit Hippie Chic Rocks on Instagram, Facebook, or their website.

Special offer: enter code 'CHIC20' for 20% off everything until 3/1.

Would you like to be a stop on my New Jersey Style Tour? Or do you know of a product you love that I should check out? Contact me here to let me know.

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