The History of Needlepoint

            It’s time for a history lesson. As you may already know, York Design Company creates classic and preppy needlepoint accessories. While needlepoint may be trendy today, it has been around since 3000 B.C. Embroidery and needlepoint began as a form of decoration to cloth that historically can be found all over the world. Ancient remnants of needlepoint can be found in China, Egypt, Peru, India, Greece and Rome. Needlepoint was once a form of mother-daughter bonding during the Middle Ages until the turn of the 20th Century. The acts of needlepoint and cross-stitching have been passed down through generations and used to be seen as a symbol of family status. Some famous needlepoint stitchers include Mary Queen of Scots, Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth, Mary Martin and Taylor Swift! Today, York Design Company keeps up the historical legacy of needlepoint with our hand-stitched products. You can see other modern examples of needlepoint in shoes, furniture, and artwork in other like-minded designers like Jonathan Adler and Tory Burch.
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Cuff and Headband: York Design Company // Dress: Jack Wills // Shoes: Sperry // Watch: Fossil // Necklace: Baublebar

Back to School in Needlepoint

As the nights get cooler, we all must accept that summer is coming to an end.  While everyone is trying to make beach days last longer, one thing you can look forward to is back to school shopping. Whether you are heading into you first year of college, or are a recent grad, York Design Co has a great line of school spirit cuffs! Students, parents, and fans can enjoy our colorful cuff bracelets at sporting events, tailgates, and parties. And for a more casual feel, you can show off your school spirit in class or at the library.  With a great collection, our cuffs can help you cheer “Go team, go!” this school year.

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Cuff Bracelets: York Design Company// Black top: Topshop // Pants: J.Crew Factory // Flats: Tory Burch // Backpack: Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom // Earrings: Kate Spade // UF Top: UF Campus Store // Shorts: Levi’s // Sneakers: Keds

Wedding Season

We are in the midst of wedding season, and whether you are the bride, a bridesmaid, or a wedding guest, York Design Co can help you complete your look.  An English folklore rhyme states that a bride should wear, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue,” on her wedding day. Our blue and white chevron cuff bracelet is both something new and blue, that a bride can be seen wearing at rehearsal dinner, the bridal shower, or to her bachelorette party. In addition, our clutches make perfect bridesmaids gifts.  Our accessories are great for daytime bridal showers, and for a bachelorette’s night out on the town!

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Rehearsal Dinner Bouquet – BowK // White and Blue Chevron Cuff – York Design Company // Nude Heels – Ivanka Trump // Blue Earrings – Nine West // White Dress – BCBGMAXIMARA // Gold Earings – Dorothy Perkins // Gold Cuff – Sole Society // Blue Heels - Steve Madden // Pink Dress – Nordstrom // Nail Polish – Essie // Clutch – York Design Company

York Design Co Needlepoint Monograms

As Reese Witherspoon once said, “If it’s not moving, monogram it!” Monograms have historically been around since the middle ages, when they were used as a signature for royalty. York Design Company has a great selection of monogram cuffs and handbags to help you embrace your inner queen. However, before you submit your custom order, there are a few things you need to know about monogram etiquette.  The basic monogram for women goes as follows: first initial, LAST initial, middle initial;  married women can use first initial, LAST initial, and maiden initial. Fortunately, yorkdesignco.com will automatically transform your name into correct monogram etiquette.  So what are you waiting for? Monogram away!

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Needlepoint Cuff – York Design Company// Needlepoint Clutch – York Design Company// Sunglasses – Kate Spade// Earrings – Kendra Scott// Top – French Connection// Wedges – C. Wonder// Necklace – Moon and Lola for Neiman Marcus // Jeans – Hudson

Summer Getaway

With temperatures rising as we come to the end of July, York Design Company wants to know how you beat the summer heat. Going on vacation, taking a dip in the pool, or hitting the golf course in the evening are just some ways to keep cool. No matter what you’re doing this summer, our cuff bracelets are a great way to express your personal style. For those of you who are enjoying a “staycation” our pink quatrefoil cuff is a great accessory for lounging by the pool. Golf fanatics will love our Tee Party cuff when visiting the country club. Lastly, for our world travelers who physically escape the heat, our elephant cuff will be a great reminder of all of your adventures. No matter what your summer getaway is, you can still look stylish while beating the heat.

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Needlepoint Cuffs – York Design Company// Sunglasses – Kate Spade// Bathing Suit – Roxy// Cover Up – Miss Selfridge// Sandals – Jack Rogers// Blue tank – Weekday// Shorts – Scotch and Soda (similar) // Hat – Vineyard Vines// Sneakers – Keds// Sleeveless Polo – Tory Burch// Pink Pants – Polo Ralph Lauren// Golf Shoes – Puma// Gloves – Evertan Designer Series Ladies Pro

World Cup Fashion

Who are you rooting for? Although the United States has been eliminated from the World Cup, everyone still has futbol fever. As Germany and Argentina are getting ready to square off in the finals, bars around the globe are getting ready for enthusiastic fans…and you need something fabulous to wear on Sunday! Regardless of what team you’re cheering for, one thing is for sure: sporting team colors is a must. The 2014 World Cup has proven to be a fashion runway of its own, with fans sporting neon jerseys, bright couture pieces, and wild face paint. It’s been so much fun to see the Brazilian soccer stadiums packed with colorful outfits and crazy head pieces. Fans of Germany can sport black, red and gold and those rooting for Argentina should opt for baby blue and white. Fortunately, York Design Co has colorful accessories to (always!) help you root for your favorite team! worldcupyorkdesignco

Needlepoint Cuffs – York Design Co// Blue tank  and blue shorts – J.Crew// Jeans – Levis// Black Shorts – Lush// Red tank – Cynthia Rowley// Yellow tank – River Island// Orange Dress – Select Fashion UK (similar)

A Reflection: My Experience on “Bethenny”

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First of all, I’d like to give a huge thank you to all of you guys for watching the show, supporting me, and sending your encouraging e-mails, text messages, and notes. I’m so thankful for all of your support and it really helps to know I have great people backing me on this entrepreneurial journey!

The trip to see Bethenny was so much fun; I arrived in the city the day before the shoot and got to spend time with my family. We shopped, went out to dinner, and prepped for the big day ahead. My call time was super early Friday morning, so I was up and at ‘em before the sunrise and sitting in my own dressing room eating a yummy breakfast and drinking coffee – it was fabulous! Of course, I also loved the hair and makeup part…I got to sit in a “movie star mirror” (the kind with the light bulbs) and have my hair and makeup done by the show’s artists. If you know me on any level, you know that I live for this kind of stuff (all things girly and beautiful), so I was in heaven.

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The production team was awesome and they hung out with me in the dressing room and back stage, helping me every step of the way. I had a blast getting to know them. The day we taped, Laila Ali was also on the show, so I watched her whole interview with Bethenny from backstage. She is beautiful and was so nice.

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Meeting Bethenny was a wonderful opportunity. She is just like you see her on TV: energetic, driven, and funny! The segment was all about getting business advice from Bethenny, so she gave me some great pointers, offered her opinion on my business strategies and tactics, and surprised me at the end with some funding to help me with the business! I was so shocked and couldn’t have been happier to receive the life-size check they brought out for me on the set (it’s hanging in my office now). It was definitely a “PINCH ME!!!” moment.  I enjoyed every second of the experience and I can’t help but smile from ear to ear whenever I think back on the whole day – truly a magical moment for York Design Co.

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If you missed the segment, you can still check it out here - Bethenny in Your Business: York Design Co

 

Parcel & Journey Meets York Design Co

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York Design Co is proud to partner with Parcel & Journey for today’s post! I met Joanna, Parcel & Journey’s founder, at a trade show and immediately fell in love with her products. The aesthetic and style is so cool, and the stories behind the pieces are even cooler. Parcel & Journey employs skilled artisans from all over the world by creating jobs for people that craft these interesting and ethnic pieces. Many of the pieces are relevant to the countries that they come from, giving each item a unique spin. P&J’s products are made from local materials native to each community the company works with, building a bridge from exotic places around the world to the socially conscious American consumer. We love the idea, and we think their perforated clutch would go great with our pink and brown monogrammed cuff. Check out our other ideas for building an outfit around P&J and YDC accessories. What would you pair these goodies with?

Take 30% off your first Parcel & Journey order before Monday, May 12th by signing up here (http://bit.ly/1iDXhli), and using code ParcelAndJourney30 at checkout.

Clutch: Parcel & Journey // Pumps: Sole Society (Tisha) // Needlepoint Cuff: York Design Co // Sequin Camisole: Fashion Union // Boyfriend Jeans: Current/Elliott // Necklace: Journey Accessories

York Design Co Bermuda Clutch

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About a two-hour flight from New York City, Bermuda is the perfect tropical getaway for East Coasters. One of the best parts about Bermuda are the pink beaches, which are serene and beautiful. The weather averages are in the 80s during spring and summer months, and the temperature rarely drops below the 60s in the fall and winter. Our signature “Bermuda” clutch purse is inspired by Bermuda’s pink sandy beaches, framed by the clear blue waters and pastel-colored buildings.

In today’s roundup, we showcase some of our favorite parts about Bermuda with fun tropical snapshots and needlepoint borders. We love Beyonce’s colorful bikini/sarong combo from her vacation with her family on the island. We’re also inspired by the tried-and-true men’s office wear: a button-down shirt, sports jacket, knee socks, and Bermuda shorts. Of course, we couldn’t leave out the mopeds, which the natives and travelers alike use to scoot around the island (they appear on the back of our needlepoint clutch as well). If you’re ready for a quick getaway, check out Bermuda for the hot sun, pink sand, and great shopping in the capital city of Hamilton. Have you ever been to Bermuda? Where is your favorite vacation getaway?

In the Navy

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Navy blue is elegant and sophisticated, yet subtle. It’s a classic tried-and-true staple that trends season after season. The rich deep blue complements just about any color. Pair navy with a variety of neutral hues for a casual look or switch it up with a splash of color (I love pairing navy with pink).  I also like to wear navy with black accents sometimes, making for an effortlessly chic look for work.

Don’t just limit yourself to clothing – navy translates well with makeup too, putting a beauty spin on this timeless trend. I love to put a layer of navy eye-liner under black before I go out at night – it really makes your eyes pop. Also, adding NARS “Night Flight” shadow in the creases of your eyelids enhances a smokey eye when paired with the right grays.

How do you wear navy?

Dress, Lilly Pulitzer // Eye Shadow, NARS // Cuff, York Design Co + Francesca Joy // Earrings, Kimberly McDonald // Pumps, J. Crew

Olympic Fashion and Accessories

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The 2014 Winter Olympics may almost be over, but we haven’t lost any interest in the sports and athletes over in Sochi. And what better way to express your excitement for the games than to indulge in Olympic-inspired fashion trends? Show some support for the home team and rock the red, white and blue! There are plenty of options from footwear, to needlepoint, to make-up. Also try flaunting some gold and silver accessories for you’re favorite figure skaters, ski jumpers or snowboarders who have won.

Here are some Olympic inspired products you can pull ideas from, Sochi style:

1. Boots, Roper // 2. Lipstick, Chanel // 3. Needlepoint Cuff, York Design Co // 4. Cardigan, Ralph Lauren // 5. Sunnies, Dr. Boom’s

Fabulous Florals

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It’s no surprise that the floral trend is back this season. As we start to put the winter behind us and enter into spring, floral patterns continue to be a classic trend for women.

This year, floral patterns are going beyond the usual essential pieces and are instead appearing on many different accessories.

Match your favorite outfits with a bold floral bag, fun floral heels or even a floral needlepoint cuff from our York Design Co. + Francesca Foy collection. You can transform any outfit instantly with some fun flowery accessories!

Here is a range of cute blossoming accessories to get some inspiration from. Kick-start your spring with some flower power!

1. Earrings: Bauble Bar // 2. Bathing Suit: Gilly Hicks (similar) // 3. Pumps: Miu Miu // 4. Needlepoint Cuff: York Design Co + Francesca Joy // 5. Bag: Nancy Gonzalez // 6. Dress: ASOS

 

Valentine’s Day Goodies

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GIVEAWAY!

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It’s our CRAZY FOR PAISLEY giveaway!

We’ve teamed up with our good friend and artist Francesca Joy for a new FJ + YDC collection for spring/summer 2014. Get ready for some great new products and patterns! In the meantime, we are giving away one of our fabulous hand-stitched paisley cuff to kick it all off!

The giveaway will be going on this week only, so enter below now! Good luck!

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York Design Co & Francesca Joy Collaboration

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With the holidays behind us and winter weather still in full swing, we’re planning to “get outta dodge” and take a sunny trip somewhere soon. Our resort 2014 collection won’t be complete without both a Francesca Joy tote for the beach and shopping, as well as a coordinating York Design Co clutch to take out at night. The artist behind Francesca Joy is my good friend Elise, who works with me on collaborating new designs for the York Design Co x Francesca Joy line on our site. Her custom painted totes are to die for!

Elise and I are planning a college tour for this spring where we’ll be showcasing our designs at different universities – if you’d like us to drop by your school, please let us know! yorkdesigncompany@gmail.com

Happy New Year from York Design Co

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We hope you all have a wonderful time tonight. Have fun, be safe, and yes — wear the sparkles!

We have been so unbelievably blessed at York Design Co this year, and we can’t thank you all enough for your support, love, and friendship in our fabulous needlepoint adventures so far! We are really looking forward to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014. See you next year!

Love, Laura & the York Design Co team

JoJo Loves You Christmas Sale

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JoJo Loves You, based out of Boston, MA, is one of my favorite small businesses to support and collaborate with. I wear my JoJo Bling earrings all the time, because they are classic, sparkly, and they match everything. JoJo Loves You is having their HUGE Annual Holiday Bling Sale this weekend! It’s a perfect opportunity to grab last-minute, practical, and affordable gifts (and maybe something for yourself too!) The sale runs from Friday, December 13th through Sunday, December 15th and is only available online at www.jojolovesyou.com. Happy shopping!

Here are the details:
 
Blings: 3 pairs for $60
Mini Blings: 3 pairs for $50
Oval Blings: 3 pairs for $50
Navette Blings: 3 pairs for $50
Party Blings: 3 pairs for $60
 
And they can Mix & Match…meaning the 3 pairs can be 3 different styles!
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Which styles are your favorite?

The YDC Gift Guide!

We’ve scoured through all of our favorite pieces – there’s so much to buy and so many people to buy for! If you’re still in search of the perfect gift or need a few stocking stuffers for the special ladies in your life, check out the gift guide below. We have glamorous goodies for lots of lovely personalities!

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Delta Gamma Cuff // Francesca Joy Anchors Clutch // Nashville Monoram Belt // Francesca Joy Citrus Clutch // Breakfast at Tiffany Pearls Cuff // Jungle Love Cuff // Arygle Stretchy Headband // Yorkies Cuff 

Are any of these colorful treats on your wish list this year?

Holiday Wish List!

What’s on your wish list this year?
Shop the YDC collection here!

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