September’s Allure


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Sapphire’s are known to be one of the most precious stones in the world. A variant of ruby, it is charming, calming and oozes with elegance.

For those of you born in September or just love the deep rich color of sapphire, here is a style guide to get you rocking this birthstone.

septembers birthstone-sapphire-oyindoubara_blogQuick Facts about Sapphire:

~ Sapphires are among the earliest known gemstones and are highly valued for their durability.
~ Sapphires are commonly heat-treated to improve color, clarity, and overall appearance.
~ Sapphires can be cleaned at home with warm water and any cleaning detergent.
~ The ruby, is actually a red sapphire.
~The only natural gemstone that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond.
~ Throughout history, sapphire has symbolized truth, sincerity and loyalty.

What do you think about September’s Sapphire? Share in the comments section

What’s in the Tote?!?


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For a while now, I have wanted to try my hands on making a video. I thought it would be a fun, quick and more engaging way to connect and share with you. For my very 1st video, I decided to take you on a very quick tour of what’s inside my FIDM tote!

This tote is super huge and ends up carrying a whole lot of things. On this day, I stopped by the school library to pick up a few books for a class project and I made a trip to The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA.

Here is a peek into my FIDM Tote!

As you can see, my editing skills have a long way to go! I hope you enjoyed looking inside my tote!

Tell me what do you carry around in your purse?

Please Just Blend In


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I’m sitting here tonight doing something I never thought I would be doing. If someone told me 2 years ago, I would be up on beautiful night, doing the work I am currently doing, I would have laughed so hard, tears might be streaming down my face. Alas! I’m actually here and guess what? I am learning to draw & shade basic geometric shapes for jewelry rendering!

It’s week 5 into school and in my rendering class, we are being taught about drawing jewelry & the basics of it. So far it’s been really great but things get really tricky from time to time. Personally, I don’t have an art background and drawing hasn’t really been a thing of mine so learning to do even this ‘basic’ task has definitely been a really interesting experience.
For this task, we were asked to draw basics shapes and shade them with specific color pencils and markers.

IMG_2436.JPG For the past couple of hours, I have been working on creating the perfect sphere with markers but this sphere won’t cooperate with me!
These are the first set of spheres I made with grey markers. They are most definitely far from good so I had to keep going
IMG_2430.JPG Set 2, hmmm something still ain’t quite right here

IMG_2431.JPG Set 3, oh my lawd! What is going on here!

Set 4 in the works. Fingers crossed they finally agree to blend nicely.
These are my markers

Prismacolor markers IMG_2432.JPGIMG_2435.JPG

My favorite color is the Canary Yellow. It’s is such a nice pop of color and it’s fun to say! I can just imagine a gorgeous piece of jewelry in this color.
So that’s my current status. Trying to just blend in.

August’s Birthstone: The Peridot


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You may or may not have come across the peridot but it is a stone worth taking a second look at. Associated with love, the peridot is a stone that signifies truth, faithfulness and loyalty.

Unlike some other gemstones, peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes. In Hawaii, the peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, (story of Pele here) the goddess of fire and volcanoes.  Today, most of the peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.  This gemstone comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown.

For all August borns searching for love, wear a peridot, your knight in shining armor might just show up.

peridot outfit idea_oyindoubara

What do you think of the Peridot? Would you wear it?

Change Is Coming…



Lately a lot has been changing around here and today I share with you some of these changes. Looking back, it is amazing how long I have been designing and making jewelry. It is something that captured my heart the very first time I got introduced to it by my mother. From the very day I made my first necklace till today, I have worked and expanded the little but very valuable lessons I learned that beautiful day. So the time has come for me to expand that knowledge and take my love for jewelry to the next level.

With all that said, I am extremely excited to announce that I am now a student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). I will be studying jewelry design and I cannot wait to share my experience with you all (^_^). This means that things will be changing up a little bit around here.

  • Blog topics would be expanded to hosting more designer interviews and I hope this would be an awesome way to introduce you to many other great jewelry designers out there.
  • I would be sharing peeks into my school work and the progression made through every new skill learned.
  • All the other great stuff still stays such as the monthly DIY Anyone?, Inspiration Friday, This or That Contests, Birthstone series and Jewelry News

This phase is like a dream come through for me and I am super glad to have the chance to share it with you all. Cheers and stay tuned!

Interview with IAMSheGlobal


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Last week I got the chance to interview the lovely Sheena of IAMSheGlobal. I got to know Sheena, many months ago through her blog. One day as I was following up on blogs I subscribe to, I somehow came across Sheena and I decided to check out her blog. Immediately I was draw to her. At that time, I knew for sure that it was her sense of style, her confidence in her jewelry style and her overall delightful persona but after this interview I discovered many other things we have in common including her jewelry line!. Here is the full interview with Sheena of IAMSheGlobal.

Oyindoubara: Tell us a bit about yourself

Sheena: My name is Sheena. I’m a born and raised Angeleno. My parents were always very open with us and we lived in a very diverse neighborhood growing up, so I learned that life is full of different people, cultures, talents, ways of life and self-expression. I have always been curious about different cultures and their traditions. I love languages and being creative.
Artistic expression has always been a common theme throughout my life, from creating collages as a kid, to getting an Interior Design degree, to hand-making jewelry with my sister to creating a beautiful meal and more so now, with my fashion choices. I am currently building my business, IAMSHEGLOBAL, in which I will escort small groups on arts and culture based shopping trips to different countries. I will also offer global wares in my curated online boutique.

Oyindoubara: You have a very bold and interesting taste in jewelry. You always mix and match various types of pieces in very chic and beautiful ways, what inspires your jewelry style?

Sheena: My choice of jewelry is inspired by my travels. Jewelry and accessories are my favorite item to purchase when traveling. I look for handmade, unique pieces that represent the artists, traditions and colors of that country. My fashion is an outward expression of the journey I am on and the places I’ve been. I especially love to combine jewelry pieces from different countries because it reflects my love of global arts and culture.

Oyindoubara:  Do you have a go-to or signature piece? (If yes) What is it?

Sheena: I would say my go to piece of jewelry is a stack of bangles. Not a particular set, just an arm filled with them.


Oyindoubara: Why is it your go-to piece? What draws you to it?

Sheena: My favorite accessorizing, is to mix and match bangles. Inspired by the color or style of my outfit, I’ll play with various combinations of wood, metal, thread, beaded, clay, rhinestone, woven, bone and carved bangles to create a one of kind grouping of bracelets. It’s perfect because I can purchase one bracelet or a set and create endless combinations. I feel its a strong way to create a truly unique look with your jewelry.

  Keeping Cool in Ikat by IMSheGlobal Jewelry

Oyindoubara: You are also a jewelry designer, why did you decide to pursue jewelry making?

Sheena: My sister has made jewelry for over 20 years and a few years ago, we decided to start making jewelry together. We have always been enamored with other cultures, the way they adorn themselves, their traditions and their artistry. With inspiration gathered from various travels, coupled with our backgrounds in the creative arts and design and our endless desire to create, Sistas Jewelry was born. She and I have very different aesthetics so we balance each other’s designs and provide one-of-a-kind pieces that appeal to different people.

TRIBAL CALLING Handcrafted Beaded Cascading Tribal Statement Necklace

Beaded Cascading Tribal Statement Necklace by Sheena available on Etsy

Oyindoubara: What inspires your jewelry designs?

Sheena: The world is my inspiration, sprinkled with the bold beauty of fearless women. My jewelry designs are inspired by a “globe-trotting goddess” muse. I design for the woman who travels the world, whether in reality or in her dreams. She is daring, not afraid to stand out and loves the exotic and bold. My pieces are bright, big and striking. The pieces I create are not for everyone. They are often over the top and need a strong woman to wear them. I want to create wearable art and it will speak to whoever is supposed to.

What I Bought In Delhi by IMSheGlobal purses from Dehli India. photo by IMSheGlobal

Oyindoubara: Southern California is filled with all sorts of good places to wine and dine, where is your best spot to eat in SoCal?

Sheena: That is a hard question. I have my go-to places for different cravings. I have lived in Los Angeles my entire life and I have only scratched the surface of amazing food spots. I am grateful for the diversity that makes up this great city and with that comes endless options of culinary experiences. I would say my recent favorites I’ve tried are Father’s Office in Santa Monica (The best burger I’ve ever eaten) and Black Market Liquor in Studio City (hot, fresh made potato chips with an artisan cocktail, anyone?).

Oyindoubara: What do you do for fun?

Sheena: I love to read (currently alternating between spiritual and internationally based fiction books). I love to listen to the global music stations on Pandora (Bob Marley, Cuban and Bollywood are on heavy rotation). I hike with my dad in the mornings where we walk it out and talk it out. I love trip dreaming/planning. I love dancing (formal dance floor not required). Cooking relaxes me and feeding others makes me happy.

Oyindoubara: What is your most favorite thing to do in the world?

Sheena: My favorite thing to do in the world is travel. I know it is my life’s purpose. It feeds my soul in ways that words can not describe. I hope to inspire and share with others the magnitude of beauty that the world has to offer. Anthony Bourdain said, “try to go as far as you can, as often as you can” and I am.

  Mehrangarh Fort, overlooking the Blue city of Jodhpur. #travel #India #jointhejourney #iamsheglobal

Oyindoubara: What are your dreams & aspirations for your designs?

Sheena: I hope that my designs encourage those that wear them to be a little bolder and share their inner and outer beauty with those around them. I want my pieces to inspire people to see different corners of the globe, to appreciate the detail and traditions that are embodied in the designs and embrace the beautiful gift of diversity the world has to offer.

Oyindoubara: Where can readers connect with you online?

Sheena: I would love for your readers to “Join the Journey” with me. I share my global shopping tips, travel treasures and “How I wear the World” wardrobe inspiration on my blog, My handmade jewelry can be found at We can also connect on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest @iamsheglobal.


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