The Versatility of Jewelry Designer Stephanie Kantis From Interior Design to “15 + ways” chains

Jewelry Designer, Stephanie Kantis creates a distinctive jewelry line with a fresh approach to style. Her pieces are intricately bench-made by hand, sculpted out of bronze and then dipped in 24k gold, as it has been done by jewelry artisans for over a century in European countries.

Stephanie describes her collection as Queen Elizabeth meets Chanel! All of her pieces are like miniature sculptures. Kantis also creates the most amazing pendants that easily slip on and off of her bracelets & chains. All pendants are made of semi- precious stones, which express beauty so that her jewels look amazing on all women.

Bold, Smart and VERSATILE.

    

                                                       
 

Q. How did you decide to transition from a successful Interior Design Company to jewelry design?

A. I think my ah ha moment was when women were stopping me and offering to purchase my jewelry pieces right off of me. I had been an interior designer in Dallas TX for 20 years. I was ready for a change and honestly couldn’t handle another Dallas summer. My husband and I decided to move to the hills of Guanajuato,  Mexico for a summer (which turned into almost 2 years), to get away.  That is where I was inspired to start taking sculpture and jewelry making classes. I would go back to work in my interior design boutique, in Highland Park Village in Dallas, once a month.  At that time, I would be wearing my jewelry designs while visiting and that is when my pieces were selling right off of me!  So to make room in my store, I put sofas and other furniture on sale …and moved in more of my jewelry pieces which became the best sellers!

Q. Did your sculpture classes influence your jewelry designs?

A. While I was taking sculpture classes, the teacher noticed that all of my sculptures were so much smaller than the other students. He suggested that I take a jewelry class. My pendants, actually started out as bronze sculptural paper weight gifts for my interior design clients!  Then I realized I could dip them in 24k gold, add semiprecious stones and put a hooks on the backs of them to wear them as pendants, attaching them onto onto suede cords, which eventually resulted in designing my 15 way Chains.

Q. How has your passion for architectural elements and travel come together to influence the creation of the chain necklace that can be worn more than 15 different ways?

A. Architecture is one of my passions and my husband and I love to explore Europe! I have found inspiration for my jewelry pieces in gorgeous rod iron gates around a castle or even an intricate door.  While traveling, I found it challenging to bring jewelry that I loved and not worry if If left it in my hotel room. And at the same time, I didn’t want to bring different jewelry for every outfit. I designed my chains to be versatile, and be able to mix and match pendants (and then designed and made my bracelets so you can now add them into the chains as well) to change my look every day and night.  They are my serious go-to pieces for travel as well as for wearing daytime at the office right into an after hours cocktail party on Palm Beach island!

Q. When you are not designing, are you involved in any philanthropic endeavors?

A. I am honored to be a co-chair of the KidSanctuary 2nd annual Haute HoeDown. This charity is so important to our community and truly helps improve children’s lives! The Haute HoeDown is on March 22nd in West Palm Beach. They are building another home for housing foster children from 8-18, and it is a age haven of permanent placement so these children don’t end up living a childhood of moving form foster care home to foster care home.

Q. Why was a trip to Mexico the turning point in your life?

A. It was the first time that I had done something only for me.  My life had always been about achieving and making my business grow.  This is the first time I stopped to get back into the love of art.  I made time to create, design and really enjoy the little things in life.   The Spanish Colonial Village, in which we lived, was like going back into a quieter more quality way of life.  I started to stop to smell the flowers, work with my hands, learn another language, and see how another culture lives.  The relaxed life’s style and amazing weather and sunsets overlooking mountains every night, really have me thinking time to reflect and to be  grateful for all that I had.

Q. What can we expect from the fabulous Stephanie Kantis this 2014?

A. My pendants are the “leading role” stars with my fashion jewelry in the Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue department stores right now, (I have been told that everyone’s starting their own “personal collections” of them for their wardrobe go-to’s this spring). For which I am so honored and excited! This year I also have some really exciting projects in the works!…Stay tuned!

STEPHANIE KANTIS – “15 + WAYS” CHAINS

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My personal favorite of her pieces is the very versatile “15 + WAYS” CHAINS. Chains can be worn 15 or more different ways due to her signature “S” claps. A “15 + WAYS” CHAINS guidebook comes with each purchase and highlights the versatility of the chains. Wear them long, as a choker, lariat, necktie and even a belt! You can also add pendants and bracelets for an even more interesting result!

 I’m proud to say I’ve found a “16th Romi’s Way” use for the chain. (See the image below) I bought this skin clutch in Buenos Aires over 15 years ago and couldn’t help but to add Stephanie’s chain converting my evening clutch into the perfect “ladies who lunch” bag. In short, from one chain you get a multiplicity of uses, which now includes the ability to go from day to evening with the perfect accessory.

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This may just be the perfect travel piece! I’ll let you know how it works out for me as I plan to take my “15 + WAYS” CHAINS & clutch on my trip next week to Punta Cana. It feels good to know that I can take this one amazing piece and get so muuch use out of it.

True VERSATILITY!

For more information on Stephanie Kantis, please click HERE

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Colgate Beauty Bar Pampering Extravaganza at Roberto Giordano Salon Miami

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Wednesday , February 19, 2014 – The Colgate Beauty Bar at Roberto Giordano Salon during Premio Lo Nuestro week was in full swing! VIP pampering services included PROFESSIONAL MAKE-UP,  DRY BAR, BRAID BAR, MANICURES & HAIRCUTS for men. Local celebrities, Influencers & media mavens were among some of the guests: Pedro Moreno, Marjorie De Sousa, Fanny Lu , Grupo Treo, Fito Blanko , Toby Lov, Rigú, Jomary, Estephy, Ana Quincoces, Alexia Echevarria, Adriana De Sousa, Karent Sierra, Belkys Nerey & Nazly Villamar  All guest enjoyed all kinds of complimentary services offered, as well as, cocktails, coffee and sweet bites.

FANNY LU
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RIGU & PEDRO MORENO
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ANA QUINCOCES & ALEXIA ECHEVARRIA
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KARENT SIERRA
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INGRID FAJARDO & ROMINA NABHEN
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L’Oreal Celebrated the Art of Beauty at the Perez Art Museum Miami

On Friday, February 21, 2014 – it was time to celebrate the Art of Beauty with L’Oreal as they unveiled the brands newest launches with special guest, Gaby Espino.

The evening was also graced by Miami’s finest ladies, influencers and local notables. We sipped champagne and enjoyed bites all the while looking over the lovely terrace of the Perez Art Museum Miami.

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Gaby Espino

Marcos Carrasquillo & Claudia Betancur

Alex Hamdan

Barbara Garcia, Lili Estefan, Pamela Silva Conde, & Elizabeth Garcia

Candela Ferro, Marysol Patton, Lili Estefan, Gaby Espino, Alexia Echevarria, Elizabeth Garcia, Lourdes Stephen

Romina Nabhen

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Cartier presents Amulette – Unlock your wish‏

The Amulette de Cartier charm is like a magical talisman. A dream catcher for one’s innermost wishes…
This luxe piece of jewelry takes the most seductive forms. This bejeweled capsule of mother-of-pearl, onyx and pave diamonds enchants from the first click of its clasp, and continues to mesmerize with its openwork back and a host of hidden talents.

Julien Claessens & Thomas Deschamps © Cartier

Julien Claessens & Thomas Deschamps © Cartier

Julien Claessens & Thomas Deschamps © Cartier

For more information, please contact mauricio.berber@cartier.com

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Talking Target: Latina Bloggers + Rodner Figueroa Review AMBAR Womenswear Collection

Beginning today, Target is offering Ámbar, an apparel and accessories collection featuring vibrant prints and flattering cuts and silhouettes. While Target thinks the new line will appeal to just about anyone with a flair for style, Ámbar was designed specifically with the Latina fashionista in mind.

With 39 bold, yet feminine pieces focusing on fit and flow, the collection is available now on Target.com and at select stores across the U.S., including Florida, California, Texas, Arizona and New York. And even better, prices range from $16.99 to $39.99!

Target couldn’t wait to see the collection in action so they gave bloggers Daniela Ramirez of Nany’s Klozet, Rosy Cordero of Fab Girl Mag and me a sneak peek. In the video link below, we share our fashion feedback with fellow fashionista, Rodner Figueroa—take a look! Also enjoy some behind the scenes images from the shoot!!!! xoxo

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A Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two at the new Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach‏

The newest Art Deco jewel and most highly anticipated hotel opening of the New Year unwraps South Florida’s best-kept secret on February 14th with an enticing dual-destination getaway, couples romance package and delectable Valentine’s Day “His and Her” menu   


 
Miami Beach, FL – February 2014: Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, the inaugural hotel property in the U.S by COMO Hotels and Resorts – the award-winning luxury hotel group based in Singapore, opens its doors on February 14th, 2014, offering a dreamy dual-destination getaway, couples romance package and alluring Valentine’s Day dinner program that provides the perfect ingredients for an ideal romantic winter escape in the tropics.
 
Guests are invited to be among the first to visit South Florida’s latest gem in the historic Art Deco District of Miami Beach before continuing on to the crown jewel of island retreats and luxury resorts in the Caribbean.

The ‘Miami Beach and Caribbean Chic’ dual-destination package is a five, seven or ten night itinerary that begins with a stay at the newly opened, 74-room Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach hotel, offering four nights on the 10-night itinerary or two nights on the five and seven-night itinerary. Guests will enjoy luxurious accommodation in a Metropolitan Room, Lakeview Suite or Ocean View Suite with a leisurely daily breakfast included.  Pampering pleasures include a signature 60-minute COMO Shambhala massage within the exclusive COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, before taking advantage of the spa’s rooftop hydrotherapy pool and juice bar or poolside cabanas and beach amenities reserved for hotel guests. The experience continues with the exotic flavors of Florida at The Traymore Restaurant, with a memorable dinner tasting from the restaurant’s seafood menu, courtesy of Executive Chef Jonathan Lane, before finishing the evening with an extensive choice of signature cocktails from the restaurant’s comforting gin bar.

Part two of the Miami Beach and Caribbean Chic voyage takes guests over crystal clear turquoise waters for a relaxing island adventure at the award-winning Parrot Cay by COMO – the sister property to Metropolitan by COMO, nestled in the Turks and Caicos and less than 80 minutes away by air. Visitors will enjoy lavish accommodation in an Ocean-Facing Room, COMO Suite or One-Bedroom Beach House, with full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) included and a bottle of champagne on arrival. In addition to the daily schedule of island activities, guests will be treated to one or more 60-minute spa treatments within the island’s award-winning COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay, which overlooks magnificent mangroves and wetlands rich with birdlife.  A choice of daily yoga or Pilates classes, held by COMO’s world class instructors, will build an appetite for a unique dining experience at Parrot Cay’s two restaurants, with menus devised by COMO Hotels and Resorts’ Executive Chef, Amanda Gale. Lotus is an Asian inspired al fresco poolside eatery with open kitchens serving lunch and dinner. Terrace, with outdoor and indoor tables, is the Mediterranean inspired gourmet restaurant serving breakfast and dinner.
 
‘Miami Beach and Caribbean Chic’ starts from $5,273 for the five-night package (two nights at Metropolitan Miami Beach and three nights at Parrot Cay), exclusive of taxes and based on two guests sharing a Metropolitan Room (Miami Beach) and Ocean Facing Room (Parrot Cay).

For reservations and further information, visit http://www.comohotels.com/metropolitanmiamibeach/rates-and-offers/packages/miami-and-parrot-cay or call 305.695.3588.
 
For locals and visitors alike, ‘Just The Two Of Us’ romance package, is the perfect alternative for couples that wish to spend February in South Florida. This package includes an overnight stay for two people at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, with a bottle of champagne and heart-shaped macaroons on arrival.  Also included is a couples’ COMO Shambhala massage on the outdoor rooftop terrace of the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa.  The signature treatment uses COMO Shambhala ‘Harmony’ aromatherapy oils, comprising of aphrodisiac sandalwood, ylang ylang and lime.  Couples are then invited to relax in the spa’s suite while enjoying house made cookies, ginger tea and a revitalizing COMO Shambhala wellness juice.  Exclusively available for the month of February, Just The Two of Us at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach starts at $659 excluding tax for a one-night stay in a City Room.
 
As a perfect pairing to complement both Romance packages, and to coincide with February reservations, guests from out-of-state and local South Florida residents are invited to experience an exquisite Valentine’s Day menu at the newly opened Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach.  This seasonal selection of signature plates has been developed especially by Executive Chef Jonathan Lane and Executive Pastry Chef, Emanuel Alves – introduced to celebrate the hotel’s inaugural Valentine’s Day dinner program and to welcome first-time guests at The Traymore Restaurant and Bar.
 
Two five-course prix fixe “His and Hers” menus will be presented, with each course hand-crafted and paired with premium wines selected for this romantic occasion by Restaurant Manager and resident Sommelier, Sergio Caceres. ‘His Menu’ will start with an Amuse-Bouche of Tuna Tartar plated with Wasabi Caviar.  A second appetizer is presented as a Salad with Black Mission Figs, topped with Arugula, Almonds, Spanish Manchego and Chestnut Honey Vinaigrette.  The first entrée is a Seafood plate that includes Jumbo Sea Scallops with Tangerine, Potato Puree and Organic Carrots.  A delectable Beef dish rounds-off the course of entrées, with Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin presented with Porcini Mushrooms, Polenta and a Côtes du Rhône Reduction.  His Menu concludes with a mouthwatering dessert from the pastry counter, courtesy of Master Chocolatier, Emanuel Alves.  Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy a Round Shaped Cocoa Macaron with Orange Chocolat Mousse, Crunchy Feuilletine, Fresh Segments, Citrus and Passion Fruit Coulis.
 
Ladies will be equally delighted with ‘Her Menu’ that starts with an Amuse-Bouche of Chilled Rock Lobster Ceviche.  The Salad appetizer comes with Shaved Asparagus, Baby Beets, Fennel, Mizuna, Goat Cheese and a drizzling of Strawberry Vinaigrette.  The Seafood entrée follows with Roulade of Lemon Sole, complete with Couscous, Wilted Spinach and Tarragon Pesto. Lamb is the meat of choice for the final entrée, presented as a Roasted Colorado Lamb Rack with Flageolets, Turnips, Preserved Lemon and Minted Lamb Jus.  Dessert lovers will melt at the sight of the Heart Shaped Pink Macaron, plated with Raspberry and Rose Cremeaux, Fresh Berries and Berries Coulis.


The 2014 Valentine’s Day Dinner Program at The Traymore Restaurant and Bar is for Friday, February 14th, 2014 only, with reserved seating beginning at 6:00pm. Prix fixe five-course His and Hers menus are priced at $85.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The accompanying five-course wine pairing for both menus is priced at an additional $35.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Ladies receive a complimentary Valentine’s Day gift and hotel valet parking is discounted for Valentine’s Day dinner guests.  Reservations can be made on Open Table or by calling 305-695-3600.

To commemorate the opening of Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, and as a welcoming incentive for all guests booking overnight reservations at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach by March 31st, 2014 – the hotel is offering a 15% reduction off the standard room rate.  Accommodations are limited and based on availability.
Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach opens on February 14th, 2014, and is owned and operated by COMO Hotels and Resorts. The property is the company’s newest addition and fourth Urban Hotel, joining Metropolitan by COMO and The Halkin by COMO in central London and Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok. The South Florida property is among a total of three new properties opening this winter by the award-winning hotel group, including Maalifushi by COMO, Maldives and Point Yamu by COMO, Thailand.

For reservations and further information on Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, visit http://www.comohotels.com/metropolitanmiamibeach or call 305.695.3588.

For further information on COMO Hotels and Resorts, visit http://www.comohotels.com.