Wednesday, June 27, 2012

adventures in seoul: the beginning

I have arrived in seoul, south korea! very excited to add another stamp to my passport.  I arrived in the wee hours of the morning on tuesday (tuesday in seoul...monday afternoon in nyc...) and have been doing a bit of exploring as I recover from jet lag. I'm staying with my little brother in the city hall neighborhood of seoul. here are a few highlights of the first two days of my trip!:

watched the sunrise in seoul a few hours after I arrived

first subway trip! 

went to lotte mart and found an exciting selection of nail polishes

highlight of lotte mart was the mini "greenhouse" with lettuce in the middle of the store

huge bag of rice

bought a few colorful goodies for myself


had a hot pot (beef, veggies, dumplings, and green tea noddles) for dinner the first night


cool sculpture 

colorful iPhone cases at lotte mart

interesting architecture

came across this really cool art on a city wall

mul naengmyeon for lunch

colorful drain in insa dong

Friday, June 22, 2012

sparkle in seoul!

this weekend I am off to seoul, south korea! I am very excited for this new adventure. I will be visiting my little brother, who has lived in south korea for a few years. I'm planning on spending my time eating lots of korean bbq and exploring the sights of the city. I'll periodically post photos of my travels, but you can also follow me on twitter (@KNBsparkle) or instagram (KatieBartels). 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

wine and sparkle pairing

I'm really excited to announce a new column on the blog "cocktails with the winetender". my friend meg, of the winetender, and I are going to be exploring wine bars in nyc and sharing her wine picks and my jewelry pairings! definitely a winning combination.

we went to one of my favorite west village spots, sweet revenge. at sweet revenge, you can pick from a delicious selection of cupcakes and pair them with wine or beer. we went on a warm sunday afternoon and chose the malaysian coconut cupcake and paired it with santa rita chardonnay from chile. it was a sweet and refreshing combination.

get excited for our next adventure!

click here for more details about the necklaces I wore!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

new home for my designs: Zoe Boutique!

I'm thrilled to announce that Zoe Boutique in Alexandria, VA is now carrying my designs! owner Susan Gerock selected some of my favorite colorful and sparkly pieces that make the perfect summer statement. I'm very excited to have my designs featured in her chic store. if you are in the DC area, make sure to stop in and visit!

Zoe Boutique
130 South Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314