• Goals

    Why I’ve decided to close Manic Trout

    I started Manic Trout 15 years ago when I was in my mid twenties with the excitement of having a way to sell my art and digital work. It was mostly website designing with my paintings and jewelry as a side part. After a few years, I stopped designing websites and eventually stopped painting. All of my focus zeroed in on jewelry. What had been my hobby became my career and while it was amazing to grow the brand, I reached my 40’s and started wishing that I was not designing jewelry any longer. I was craving new experiences and dying for new challenges, yet felt stuck and tethered to…

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    Lucky 13?

    This morning I had all of these notifications on LinkedIn and wondered what was up. What’s up is that today is the 13 year anniversary of when I legally made Manic Trout a company!! I really wanted to find an old screenshot of the first Manic Trout webpage from 2003 but I apparently do not document my own web sites very well. I found the files for the 2006 version though, which is crazy to find because when you click on index, the entire old site comes up. Woah. That’s all I’ll say about that, ha! I really am sad that I didn’t think to save screen shots before I revamped…

  • Fun

    Gift Guide

    Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your favorite ladies? I rounded up some great ideas over at Manic Trout in a gift guide organized by price. If you want a more fun way to think about gift options, check out these ideas below: We’ve arrived at the time of year when everyone is gathering ideas for gifts. Some people are always easier to think of what to get them, and often it’s due to their having big hobbies. A great example of this is the ladies in our lives with green thumbs, who are happiest with their hands in the dirt. They are so fun to shop for!…

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    Manic Trout Holiday 2015 Collection Look Book

    The Holiday 2015 Collection at Manic Trout is here and it’s lovely. Featuring 16 stunning statement pieces and 4 limited edition ring colors, this collection includes the signature bursts of color, whimsical animal statement pieces and a selection of gorgeous cloisonné jewelry. The look book is I think my favorite so far, I love each and every shot!

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    FW15 Collection from Manic Trout

    It’s time again for one of my favorite days of the year, the launch date of one of the quarterly collections from Manic Trout! The FW15 Collection has launched and it’s lovely. Featuring 24 pieces, this collection is one part animal statement jewelry and one part gemstone statement jewelry, both parts including 4 necklaces, 4 bracelets and 4 pairs of earrings. The pieces work together as sets or as separates depending on how you like to wear your jewelry. As promised, I designed half of this collection for the animal jewelry fans and I hope these pieces will delight you! I decided that the animal bracelets in particular needed some…

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    Resort 2015 Collection from Manic Trout

    Since evolving to quarterly collections at Manic Trout, the four times a year that I release new jewelry has become an incredibly exciting time! So much behind the scenes work goes into the release that it seems like the day will never come. But then it does and I finally get to share it with you. Today is one of those four magical days of the year. Let me introduce the Resort 2015 Collection! My resort and holiday collections are smaller than the Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer collections but include limited additions to the M by Manic Trout line which are one of a kind or limited editions art pieces. The Resort 2015 Collection features twelve beautiful…

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    SS15 Collection Lookbook from Manic Trout

    Its been a bit confusing as this space evolved from all about Manic Trout, to sort of of about it, to not really talking about it at all except in the very behind the scenes aspect. That is kind of sad, and kind of cool as this blog became its own entity and Manic Trout has an all jewelry, all the time blog. But once in a while, it makes sense to share something Manic Troutish here…like today. The SS15 Collection Lookbook is so pretty, and as it’s only in the spotlight for 3 months before the resort collection arrives, lets give it some attention, shall we? Thank you to…

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    When its time for your brand to grow up

    I should have seen it coming. This past year has been a fantastic one for Manic Trout, the growth so far having exceeded all expectations and I am both in awe and proud of it. So it really comes as no surprise that in order to keep growing and to reach the next “level” (because what entrepreneur is ever happy with where they are?) would not be all easy breezy. Truthfully, it kind of feels like a senior feeling all mighty and then starting all over at the bottom of the totem pole as a freshmen in college. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s start at the beginning… Throughout all of this growing…

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    Wear this while looking at that

    Wear this Yellow Happy Pills Necklace while looking at that Chihuly piece Look at those Bahemian starfish while wearing this Ocean Waltz Necklace Wear these Zenina Sweetest Things Earrings while looking at that hibiscus Look at those adorable elephants while wearing this Eleanor Over and Over Again Necklace Most of the time I find inspiration in images when I’m designing but sometimes I see already designed jewelry in images. This jewelry pairs pretty well with photos from pinterest, doesn’t it?

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    Wear this while looking at that

    Look at that beautiful parrot while wearing this Caribbean Queen Necklace Wear this stunning Rhona Insects Are All Around Us Necklace while gazing at that magnificent sky Look at that lovely beachy art while wearing this Leala Way Back Then Necklace Wear this Pink Happy Pills Necklace while eating those delicious maracons Look at that gorgeous bug while wearing this No One Like You Necklace Wear this Slow Ride Necklace while looking at that amazing sky Most of the time I find inspiration in images when I’m designing but sometimes I see already designed jewelry in images. These statement necklaces pair pretty well with photos from pinterest, don’t they!