Monday, November 5, 2012

Our Interview with Ethical Ocean

*Repost from our partner Ethical Ocean 11.5.2012

Inspired by nature, Hovey Lee—the designer of the self-named beautiful line of handmade eco-friendly jewelry created from recycled materials—has a keen eye for combining timeless style with social responsibility and sustainability. Her designs offer thoughtful, inspired, and meaningful pieces that are meant to be classic and incorporate principles of socially and environmentally responsible business by partnering with fair-trade vendors and eco-friendly material producers.

Not what you might expect, Hovey started her career in information sciences. As a hobby during college, she also attended student jewelry workshops, which lead to her interest in learning about the history of jewelry and different creative techniques. Over the years, she started making her own pieces and experimented with reclaimed metals and partnering up with local jewelry manufacturers.

“I started using reclaimed metals because it’s good for the environment. We also are able to have better control over the quality of the pieces because we work with local craftsmen,” says Hovey. “We source from different local and national vendors that are well-known in the eco-friendly world and jewelry industry – they are all certified green manufacturers. We also go to their site to monitor the process just to ensure the level of quality is up to our standards.”

And the social aspect of her business doesn’t stop there. Hovey is also committed to supporting a variety of different charities including UNICEFProject Angel Food, and Stand Up for Cancer. “We are doing more and more business with stores and buyers who are eco-conscious, and charities that our values are aligned with. Together, I am hoping we can make a difference in educating our customers and raising awareness of the importance of social and environmental responsibility,” adds Hovey.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Let's Celebrate!!!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Share Your Favorite Ceremony Jewelry and Win!

*** UPDATE - Thank you all for commenting and sharing our jewelry! The winner has been drawn and she is ....Emily Peters! Congrats, Emily! Please email us at and we will send you the prize!
You can win your favorite piece of jewelry in our Ceremony collection, "garden" inspired romantic designs for special occasions and modern classics for everyday. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling us which Ceremony piece you like most or how you would wear it.  For bonus entries, you can link or download photo from our site, then share it in social media. Just make sure you tag us or post the links in your comment here.
Here are our social media sites, you can use photos there too--
Sharing the photo with a simple message like these would up your chance to win:
I love @hoveyleejewelry!  Share Your Favorite Ceremony Jewelry! and tweet it to win! 
I posted my Favorite Ceremony Jewelry by @HoveyLeeEcoJewelry on my Facebook. Check it out and click Like! 

Contest ends Jun 21st at midnight. Winner will be randomly selected & announced here on our blog on Jun 22nd. Good luck! Thank you for being such great fans!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

by William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed.
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
...Explore the New Summer Collection
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Meet Me At UniqueLA

Did you know we show at the UniqueLA sample sale several times a year? We just did one this past weekend and as always we had fun getting out and meeting fans and new friends. Do you like my two collages here? One showing our booth and our thrilled to see returning customers wearing their HL pieces purchased at the last show. The other highlighting a few of my favorite lines - Bon Bliss baths, amykathryn handbags, and Sophie's Threads. If you are in Los Angeles in the summer I hope you'd visit us at the next show on July 13 + 14 (Saturday & Sunday) in Santa Monica. Make sure you LIKE our Facebook or subscribe our newsletter, you'll get news of what's coming up for us! ;-)  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Happy Mother's Day Greeting Card

I was looking for some pretty graphics and hoping to make a card for friends who have recently become mommies. I'm quite happy with these so I thought you may like too. ;-) You know I adore chrysanthemum and butterfly, and just can't resist these cliparts and template from Click image below to download. Each pdf file will create 2 copies of the card when printed on letter paper. Simply score and cut along the center lines. 

Have a wonderful Mother's Day! Enjoy! 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Of Love and Gratitude

I once read that if the only prayer you ever said was 'Thank You' it would be enough. Every year around Mother's Day I am reminded how much time has gone since my mother's pass and how much I miss her. Without being too sentimental I do have a lot of gratitude to express, thank you for:

* the mother who brought us here, regardless of what our relationship may or may not be with her.

* the people that love us and protect us on our life journey.

* a little bit of luck that walks with us along our path.

* the immense value of a true friend.

I love to give very simple gemstone jewelry as gifts. Gemstones are delightful to give and they carry a certain characteristic that you can subtly express to the receiver.
Rose Quartz - Gentle Love

Pearl - Gratitude, Motherhood

Black Onyx - Protection

Turquoise - Friendship
To you all, with LOVE,

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shopping The Eco-Friendly/Cruelty-Free Way – Buy Recycled, Repurposed or Reclaimed!

If you haven’t been living under a rock over the last few years, chances are you’ve been hearing a lot about going “green”. It’s hard to ignore the message that we need to be more aware of how we are impacting the environment when it comes to what we buy and what we consume. The good news is most people are starting to accept the need to pay closer attention, especially when it comes to food, recycling and limiting our garbage output. But sometimes a girl just needs some retail therapy (i.e. shopping for clothing, accessories and make-up after a stressful day of work) and how does that fit into the picture? To me, going “green” means not only being conscious of my carbon footprint, but also being careful that no animals have been harmed in the making of what I buy. I have to admit, it is not an easy task to shop with both these values in mind, and I when I first started out on this quest, it was a little overwhelming. In fact, being frustrated with my limited options (especially when it came to shoes and handbags) was what led me to co-found my own cruelty-free and eco-friendly boutique, Compassion Couture. But my mission was not in vain because I get to share what I’ve learned over the years when trying to avoid compromising my values, while still enjoying my passion for shopping. Here are some of my top tips when buying eco-friendly and cruelty free:

By now, we all know we should be recycling and buying recycled or recyclable products as much as possible. But we don’t often think of this in the context of apparel and instead, for most people, this probably conjures up images of recycled paper towels, toilet paper and newspaper. But these days there is no reason to stop there! There are plenty of brands out there that are using repurposed and recycled materials to make shoes, handbags and jewelry. I love that companies are focusing on being creative with garbage and you’d be surprised how beautiful trash can be! Check out these amazing platforms by Hearts of Darkness which have a suede upper made from recycled plastic:

Or what about repurposing plastic bags and weaving them into a fabric? sheilaOdessey’s line of handbags and clutches is made from a fabric woven together from strips of discarded plastic bags. These clutches pictured are made from used plastic dry cleaner bags and black bags from a local deli:

Of course, this tip wouldn’t be complete without mentioning that Hovey Lee jewelry is one of my favorite brands for gifts not only because their pieces are absolutely stunning but also because of the emphasis they place on sustainability and human rights! Their materials are sourced from fair-trade suppliers and each piece is made from recycled and renewed metals! One of my top picks is the Zipper Bracelet, which is made from a reclaimed brass chain. I’m currently in love with this rocker-chic chunky bracelet!

I hope these tips help you in making some eco-friendly and cruelty-free purchases next time you are out at the store. And remember, there is no way that we can live on this earth without impacting it, but we can respect it by making better choices. Happy shopping!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Blog Guest, Tracey of Compassion Couture

Tracey is one of the co-founders of the cruelty-free & eco-friendly e-boutique Compassion Couture, which offers an array of hand-picked, stylish shoes, handbags and other accessories. She is passionate about respecting animals and the environment, and is always looking for new ways to incorporate these values into her life.
In addition to running her business, she works full time in Manhattan in commercial real estate finance and has recently moved to Brooklyn, NY.

We are excited to have Tracey share her thoughts with us on how best to shop "green".  Look for her feature to be posted tomorrow. In the meantime get to know more about our guest blogger and her ethical lifestyle here:

Compassion Forward
A blog on cruelty-free and eco-friendly fashion

Compassion Couture Shop
100% Cruelty-Free & Eco-Friendly Boutique

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Earth Day 2012 - Pin to Win Contest

Hovey Lee & Ecouterre are joining forces to bring you a contest in honor of Earth Day, April 22, 2012! We want you to showcase your appreciation for the planet by creating a special pin board for Earth Day. Winner will receive a piece of jewelry by Hovey Lee that is pinned as a favorite on their board. :)

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How to Enter This contest is only open to residents of the United States.

1)Follow Hovey Lee & Ecouterre through Pinterest
2)Create a board titled 'Earth Day 2012', show us what Earth Day means to you. Include 5 of your favorite pieces by Hovey Lee with hashtag #hoveylee and 5 Ecouterre images with hashtag #ecouterre. Feel free to repin from both Hovey Lee & Ecouterre
3)Email the link of your board to

Good Luck & Happy Pinning!


A board will be chosen based on creativity and focus on all things eco-friendly. Our favorite will be revealed on Monday, April 23rd via email and posted on our Facebook page. Be sure you like our page! By submitting your entry we’ll add you to our monthly newsletter (if not already subscribed) filled with exclusive offers and more.

Be In The Know:

-Hovey Lee implements the principles of socially and environmentally responsible business by working with fair trade vendors and metal reclaimers.

-Ecouterre is a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design and one of their main goals is to follow the evolution of the apparel industry toward a more environmentally sound future.

-The very first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environment Protection Agency as well as the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sea of Possibilities

I have always loved the sea. It is a place of joy and a source of inspiration for me. It offers extraordinary details when you're patient and curious to look and absorb its beauty. You can see the pieces we are working on are inspired by the amazing little creatures in the ocean, the seashells, starfish, octopus... Sadly many of these animals and their habitats are threatened from driftnets, long lining, over fishing, climate change, and pollution. With this small collection we want to raise the awareness of Heal the Bay, the local organization right in my neighborhood dedicated to improving the quality of the Santa Monica Bay and our beaches. Wherever you are I hope we would all learn to respect and preserve our nature, and support any charity that helps to sustain our oceans and eco system.

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See the entire Ocean collection!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pinterest: The Ultimate Eye Candy

The Urban Dictionary defines the phrase eye candy as something "pleasing to the senses. Can be a person, a film, a sunset, a flower, or anything else you can see." At Pinterest you'll find images of all of the above and so much more. So it really doesn't surprise me that more than 60% of pinners are female. Not only do we love beautiful things but more importantly we desire to collect, categorize and treasure them.  Just look at the number of aisles devoted to scrapbooking at your nearby craft store. Pinterest is very much like an online personal scrapbook. The best part is that you can leave it as a constant work in progress without the usual cleanup.

Although Pinterest has been around for over a year it seems like it boomed overnight! Suddenly everyone tired of the constant chatter through Facebook and desired something more visually appealing and with less work surrounding an update. In fact, according to The Huffington Post, Pinterest users spend more time pinning then Facebook users spend browsing their status updates. I myself am quite guilty of this. How can I resist? The imagery alone keeps me captivated.  I find that I am so easily engaged by the wealth of new pins to sift through and add to my own personal boards that I'm barely able to keep track of the time. Before too long it is past midnight and I'm fighting myself to close the laptop and catch some beauty rest.  Simply put Pinterest is addicting.

As a Mother of 3 who loves all things beautiful, I am able to mix collections of recipes on one board with sought out treasures like fashions and accessories in another. Now that Spring is on the horizon I can even assign a board for such that houses not only the color schemes made famous by fashion week but also a wealth of gorgeously blooming florals and new ideas for home decor. There is simply no right or wrong way to set up boards that help showcase your own unique characteristics. I happen to think that this is what keeps most pinners enthralled day after day.  You are able to tell a story about yourself completely through pictures.  What is your style? Where would you like to travel? Who inspires you? What motivates you?  

One of the neatest things about Pinterest is that the platform seems perfect for online boutiques looking to sell their goods by way of enticing photos. Those who have taken the time to create boards surrounding their products and what inspired them are very appealing to me personally.  Some of my favorites would be the girls of Amy Kathryn, Lace Affair, ModCloth and of course Hovey LeeThey each do an amazing job of showcasing a bit of themselves throughout their pin selections. Thankfully more boutiques are finding Pinterest a wonderful (and easy) way to engage their customers and fans in just this manner. I definitely believe we are going to see more changes to how products are consumed by way of this newly added media giant . As a pinterest power user, so my husband calls me, I look forward to watching Pinterest make more boutique-like products relevant than ever before. After all these are my most favorite places to pin and shop! 

What are you pinning? Feel free to share your link!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Can Going Green Be Beautiful?

"Going green" can address so many areas of your life. From choosing the safest and eco-friendly food for you and your family to choosing the most non-toxic brand of eye-shadow being a conscientious green citizen can be overwhelming.

Over the last decade, I have logged countless hours reading the latest research, reading the most current magazines, even interviewing dozens of eco-entrepreneurs and product designers to glean their secrets to going green. Indeed, I could fill several books with the green tips, ideas and suggestions for sustainability that I have gathered over the years. Come to think of it, many books have been written on the "right" way to go green. And I probably have most of those books on my bookshelf!

As with any situation with too many options, it can be overwhelming and cause a sort of change-paralysis. When it comes to making green changes in your life you may feel, "there's just too much to do , so I just won't, can't or don't have time to do anything!" And truly, I can't blame anyone for feeling that way. I know I've felt this sentiment before.

The perspective that has helped me to make the shift and to take action actually came more from my yoga practice and the quest to find my authentic voice. It took my journey of looking around and inward to realize that everyone, every single person has an amazing unique way of looking at the world, and that hours spent trolling Facebook and Twitter weren't going to result in some magic mix of comments and quotes that finally inspired me to action.

What did inspire me to action was the realization that the way I choose to go green is beautiful. I did not have to be any "type" of activist or any specific "brand" of eco-leader. All I had to do was to go back to what I know about myself. To trust my the most inner-voice and to stop long enough to actually listen to my own intuition. We all have this voice inside of us.

I realized that it's important for me to choose to focus on what is most important to me and share that message by living it. Going green is not about suffering, denying yourself the things you love or going without. It's about reassessing what is most important to you. It can be about truly listening to your inner voice and going with what is right for you, whether it's trying to eat more vegan meals, or learning about how to avoid toxins in personal products. You become the change in your world and inspire others by living according to your own rules. Going green in your own authentic style truly is beautiful. A great example of this very attitude is Hovey Lee. She has not given up anything in style or beauty to create an eco-friendly line of amazing accessories. She is the new eco-preneur, combining beauty and a respect for Mother Earth. Love it!

Check out how I go green here at where I decided that choosing eco-friendly style does not mean giving up a sense of luxury. Ethical luxury is my motto for fashion and beauty, and this inner knowing of what I believe allows me to walk this earth lightly and in my own personal way. What's your green style?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Introducing guest blogger , Elena Lipson, aka Eco Diva

We're excited to introduce our second guest blogger here at Hovey Lee Eco Jewelry, Elena Lipson. She will be blogging for us right here this week.

Mother, Wife, Eco-Beauty Expert, Yogi, Raw/Gluten Free/Mostly Vegan Foodie, Holistic Health Consultant, Founder of featuring organic beauty product reviews. All of these things describe Elena Lipson. These days, Elena spends her days researching holistic health and beauty and advising individuals and companies in learning about whole foods and following their intuition to create a thriving, juicy and beautiful life. Besides playing with her precocious kiddo and hubby, one of her favorite pastimes is creating recipes for smoothies and her favorite gluten-free vegan foods.

You can find Elena at


We're in the process of lining up a roster of guest bloggers. If you'd like to guest blog for us, please drop me an email,, introducing yourself and telling us what sort of things you'd like to blog about. We're hoping to feature subjects and voices that would enrich the blog, particularly in terms of eco living perspectives, so if you think you can cover an area where we're under-represented we'd be especially keen to hear from you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fabrics & Materials & Products...Oh My!

It can be overwhelming these days to try and see through advertising fluff and really understand what it is you are consuming. Personally I have a hierarchy of fabrics and materials that fit into 3 very distinct categories...those I try to never purchase, those I sometimes purchase based on the way they are produced, and those I absolutely love. The first category mostly contains virgin artificial materials. The second category is home to natural materials, and artificial materials made from recycled goods. The third category is composed of organic, and repurposed, natural materials.

Let's cut through all the mumbo are my favorite fabrics/materials for the most essential parts of my closet.

When it comes to clothes I absolutely love organic cotton. It's soft, it's easy to find, and it's easy to care for. Wrinkled? Pull out a steamer. Dirty? Throw it in the laundry. Designers are creating everything from avant garde evening gowns to t-shirts to denim to blazers to winter coats in organic cotton.

Organic Cotton Laurel Military Jacket by Kelly B Couture (Photo Credit: Kelly B Couture)

For handbags my favorite material is repurposed leather. I know I'm not gaining any popularity with vegans, but to me repurposed leather is the perfect thing to sling over my shoulder. It's sturdy so the bag will last through the seasons. It doesn't require any sort of recycling process when being transformed from, say, a leather jacket to a fabulous handbag, which means less pollution. Plus, nothing looks classier than a beautiful leather handbag. I don't see repurposed leather as something that supports the leather industry. These beautiful pieces are being created from leather found in thrift stores and trash cans. If not reused, this leather would be heading straight for the landfill. Better on my arm than in a landfill!

Recycled Leather Oriole Clutch by Ashley Watson

Jewelry has to be vintage! If the whole piece isn't vintage it at least has to incorporate vintage stones, chains, or pendants. Aside from following my favorite green ritual of reuse, vintage jewelry has so much personality. The stories these pieces could tell!

Frankel by Hovey Lee featuring vintage crystals
 What are your favorite eco-chic materials and fabrics?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Introducing our Guest Blogger and Call for New Guests

We're proud to introduce our first guest blogger here at Hovey Lee Eco Jewelry, Megan Dougherty.

Megan Dougherty is the founder of Ecoutrement, a green haven for fashionistas looking to incorporate eco accessories into their wardrobe without giving up any glamour or class. You can shop great eco brands on the ecoutrement site, including a selection of Hovey Lee jewelry. In her own blog she writes about eco-fashion and eco-chic products that are truly lust-worthy and of high quality. Megan is also a LEED Green Associate and contributes articles to WorldofGood. Here, Megan will be blogging about eco-friendly fabrics/materials for clothes, jewelry, handbags and all things eco fabulous.


We're in the process of lining up a roster of guest bloggers. If you'd like to guest blog for us, please drop me an email,, introducing yourself and telling us what sort of things you'd like to blog about. We're hoping to feature subjects and voices that would enrich the blog, particularly in terms of eco living perspectives, so if you think you can cover an area where we're under-represented we'd be especially keen to hear from you.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What Romancing the Stone Really Means

Our latest addition to our Gem Luxe line features fair trade gems. What is fair trade gems? Gemstone supplier Columbia Gem House: "Fair Trade Gems are closely tracked from mine to market to ensure that every gem has been handled according to strict protocols. The protocols include environmental protection, fair labor practices at the cutting and jewelry factories, and a tight chain of custody that eliminates the possibility of treated gems or synthetics being introduced into the supply chain. The program also includes promotion of cultural diversity, and public education and accountability." So that's what romancing the stone really means: making sure that people and the earth are treated with respect, and we support this notion wholeheartedly here at HL Eco Jewelry!

See our Gem Luxe collection!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Back to Order

Most of us have gone back to our pre-holiday schedule and I just want to share this letter of Flaubert, the great French writer, to remind us all that being at it EVERYDAY can be tough but we will see the hard work pays off! And I'll add that you MUST also LOVE what you do! :)

My dear,
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

People go about thinking that the people who contribute most to this world (the most originality, the most fun, the most spontaneity in their work) are those who go about leading wild, violent, unordely, drug, and party filled lives. But as the saying goes ‘the majority is always wrong’.

The ones who sit down every day to work on their art, the ones who get up early to catch the worm, the ones with schedules that are kept – they are who contribute most to life.

Gustave Flaubert

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Sunday, January 1, 2012