Feels like yesterday that I returned from my backpacking trip in Southeast Asia… I was 26 and filled with a newfound confidence. I had been dabbling in jewelry making and found a real love for the craft. I wanted to experiment more and follow my heart's desire to live a creative life. Ironically, my first ever show was in Brielle, NJ after my Gram suggested I showcase my wares at a local craft fair. This was just the beginning of my journey to become a jewelry designer. I had lots of new ideas that still needed sorting, but as I designer I learned that repetition and iteration would guide me creatively. That was 15 years ago and what a wild ride it has been ever since.
As I prepare to embark on my next adventure in a new community across the country, it feels symbolic that my returning to SF for a final time coincides with the 15 year anniversary of CMD in business. Fifteen years of testing the waters, pounding the pavement, and pushing my boundaries. I’ve always wanted to keep learning and finding new ways to express my creativity. I love my job, adore my community, and feel so incredibly embraced as I start this new chapter… it's a very exciting time.
The first week of in-person appointments has been so meaningful to me. Though I wish I could see my customers' faces without their masks, the expression of support in their eyes and many sweet words more than suffice. I'm also grateful to have an incredible team of superwomen who are by my side as we continue to adapt and find new ways of running this sweet little jewelry business. I hope you come along for the ride. 🙂
I've found a new home for the CMD Shop in Asbury Park, New Jersey (just miles from where I grew up)! I'll be 1/2 a mile from the warm Atlantic and just a 45 minute drive to Manhattan. I have a beautiful new space which will be open by appointment (both in person and virtually). Book your appointment here, and keep up with me and everything new at CMD by texting TELLMEFIRST to +1 732-838-7535. I look forward to this new beginning. 🙂
Asbury Park doesn't celebrate Pride Month until October, but CMD has its roots in San Francisco where they celebrate the LGBTQ+ community all year long. CMD has always been for everyone. Our modern and edgy designs will look fabulous no matter who you are or how you identify! I've put together a short list of some of my favorite unisex pieces. [...]
This weekend only: we're giving away two brand new designs from our Celestial Collection when you order online! Spend $150+ and you'll receive a free pair of our sterling silver moon studs ($78 value). Spend $450+ and you'll get a pair of the 14k solid gold sun studs ($178 value). And finally, spend $750+ [...]
2020 was quite a year, I think we can all agree. It was challenging for everyone and forced us to think of new ways of working, socializing and living our lives. As a small business owner in a pandemic, I had to completely shift the way we were doing things to stay afloat. By the beginning of April 2020, my Valencia retail shop was boarded up, I had to furlough my SF team and part of my NY Team. [...]