Thursday, September 12, 2013

Vancity Local: Kara Yoo Jewelry and Giveaway!

Something you should know about me by now is that I'm an ardent supporter of local small businesses and most things fashion-related. I guess its cause of their inspiring yet infectious entrepreneurial spirit that makes me enjoy being around and connecting with people who take the plunge to follow their dream or passion.

Kara is no small exception; in fact, she's the head designer/owner (and her own boss) of "Kara Yoo Jewelry". And you know what? She's based right here, right now in the most beautiful and (in my opinion) greatest city, Vancouver.



I happened to be surfing the web one night in search of local boutiques and businesses looking for that, "je ne said quoi" like critics at a runway show. When I stumbled upon the "Kara Yoo Jewelry" webpage, I was instantly attracted to the simple, elegant yet minimalistic jewelry designs and creative photography.

As Kara puts it, "Kara Yoo Jewelry is quite simple and understated, so it can be worn casually or dressed up". Her must-have pieces are those she can wear everyday that go with almost anything.

One of them are her Triangle Studs:

 "I have a second ear piercing, so I usually wear both the silver and gold ones at the same time"

And the other, her Barrel Two-Tone Necklace:


And lastly Hex Two-Tone Necklace, which is also one of her staple items. 


When I asked her about what inspired her neat designs, she simply told me it was a lot of things. "It's hard to specify as everything comes to me in a jumble. I love geometric and repeating patterns which can be found in a lot of architecture and every day life. She's also inspired by other local designers and the natural environment, of course. 



Local jewelry designers and small business owners just don't appear out of thin air. Some know it from the start and some run down a winding path. Kara never outgrew the crafty stage and loved to make things for as long as she could remember. 

"In high school my sister taught me how to make beaded jewelry, which I took up as a hobby throughout university. During my last year at UBC, I went to a conference and met the designers of Dannijo. I was extremely inspired, and knew that was exactly what I wanted to do!"

After earning a commerce degree with a specialization in marketing and entrepreneurship at UBC, Kara  attended VCC for the two-year Jewellery Art and Design Program. Shortly after, she launched her jewelry line and put those skills to good use. 

Loving the Kara Yoo Jewelry designs so far? (I know I do)

You can purchase her beautiful hand-made creations at:

6) or simply by visiting her website

But wait! Kara so kindly offered a pair of her Meteorite Studs as a giveaway prize. 



Contest Rules:

1) This is an international giveaway; anyone may enter
2) Winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter
3) You MUST enter using the application below
4) Winner must respond within 2 days with shipping address
5) Chances of winning depends on the # of entries

Best of luck! And I hope all of you take the opportunity to enter below for the chance to win a pair of these beauties!
a Rafflecopter giveaway







34 comments:

  1. I'm probably one of the very few women I know who doesn't wear anything but her wedding rings (usually!), but I'm happy to share the giveaway because the jewelry is pretty!! Visiting today from Fun Friday.

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  2. These are super gorgeous!

    xx,
    Justina
    www.abentpieceofwire.com

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  3. These looks so simple and gorgeous! Thanks for introducing Kara Yoo to us! C: I personally love the rings, hehe.
    Junniku.blogspot.com [Korean beauty blog]

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  4. I love the Hex Studs - her stuff is gorgeous!

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  5. I love the triangle studs and also the meteorite rings!

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  6. Love those heart studs - classic, yet very different! :)

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  7. Loving all the small studs but the meteorite studs and these tear drop studs are my favourites :) -

    http://www.karayoo.com/collections/earrings/products/tear-drop-studs-1

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  8. the Barrel Two-Tone Necklace is stunning!

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  9. I like the Double Angled Ring and the Birchwood earrings!

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  10. I love the Hex Ring stacking rings in Yellow Gold

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  11. i love the infinity earrings! (:

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  12. so many beautiful peices! i love the hex rings!

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  13. Love the tear drop stud and thank you for giving us the chance to participate in this giveaway (: x

    http://birdiethgirl.blogspot.com

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  14. I have the the start of my holiday(Christmas) look. The Gem Earrings will go great with my new dress and that cool new Essie polish.that's a dark/rainbow shade.

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  15. amazing earrings!:) I entered the giveaway♥ I liked Kara Yoo facebook page, I liked the contest photo on facebook too (Petra Lorencov√°)! Love all her creations!♥:)

    petralorietta@gmail.com



    www.lorietta.cz

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  16. I really love the Hex Bracelet!

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  17. ..lovely hex bracelet.. very cute

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  18. I love the dent band and the hex necklace!

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  19. I love the saddle earrings, http://www.karayoo.com/collections/new/products/saddle-earrings-1

    Thanks for linking this up to my weekly Giveaway Linky (http://www.journeysofthezoo.com/2013/09/weekly-giveaway-linky-september17.html).

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  20. The meteorite ring is really pretty!

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  21. I really love the wave stacking rings.

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