A Sustainable Gold Necklace, a Pre-Loved Dress & a Quiet Day in Manhattan

My sustainable shopping habits does not end with clothes, I am also looking to shop more sustainably for accessories and even furniture.  Much like handbags I have stopped buying cheap throw away jewelry. You think you are getting a deal when you buy inexpensive jewelry; but when you buy junk jewelry at $20 a pop it only lasts 6-8 months before the “gold” is removed and you are left with a crappy piece of broken down metal. I now only buy quality jewelry that is preferably, made sustainably and cruelty free. So I was over joyed when Au-Rate reached out to me, this was a brand that I could really get behind and they are based right here in New York, Brooklyn to be exact. 

The piece I am wearing is the Geometric Hamsa necklace. A Hamsa is an open palm generally thought to be the right hand, and is supposed to offer protection and ward off the evil eye. So, it is a no brainer I chose this piece, we could all use a little protection in these trying times. Au-Rate uses only 14- and 18-karat gold, pearls from Japan and the South Sea and S1-Clarity diamonds. So you can be rest assured the materials are cruelty free as well as excellent quality. But the best part? The beautiful, contemporary, on trend designs. I love when a company hits all the marks for me: sustainable, locally made, gorgeous designs, and relatively affordable. The pieces range from $100 to up to $680 if they include diamonds.

I am excited to drop in to one of their stores here in New York, but for those who do not live near one of their stores they have free shipping, home try-on, and a life time warranty.  So if you are in the market for good quality, beautifully made, sustainable jewelry be sure to head on over to Aurate.com

Much like the last week’s post my look is a combination of pre-loved and new items. The super on-trend trench dress is from Banana Republic and I got it at a second-hand thrift shop in North Port, Long Island. I paid $26 for it, and it even had dry cleaning tags on it, how cool is that? I paired it with my cheeky red Hello Kitty bag from PINKO and the dad like scuba sneakers are from Micheal Kors. The sunnies are fast fashion and are from Forever 21 I believe, and the ring is hand-made and from Italy.

I shot this look with Elle of the Elle Diaries who took these photos. It was a nice quite day in Manhattan as most people had left the city for the shores. After the shoot we had a lovely dinner at a sidewalk cafe and with the sunny skies and low humidity it was a wonderful way to end the day.

Photos of me by Elle, jewelry photos, art direction and photo manipulation by moi

Disclosure: This post features products received in exchange for review. All thoughts are entirely my own.


Allie founder and creative director for ALLIE NYC

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  1. June 24, 2019 / 10:26 am

    So lovely that you’re dedicated to sustainability! We can all learn from this. Gorgeous look – especially the sunglasses xx


  2. June 24, 2019 / 1:40 pm

    Yes to truly be sustainable we must go beyond just our clothes but all aspects of our lives. I stopped wearing cheap jewelry a few years ago and Aurate is one of my favorite resources for building up my collection of classic and sustainable jewelry. This is a fab outfit! You always d a great job of combining pre-loved and new with your looks!

  3. June 24, 2019 / 2:07 pm

    Love this chic look and I love aurate jewelry.


  4. June 24, 2019 / 2:43 pm

    You look perfect in this styling, I love your necklace 🙂

  5. June 24, 2019 / 6:56 pm

    This dainty necklace looks very gorgeous on you! I do love to invest in good quality pieces too, as you can wear them over and over again.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  6. June 25, 2019 / 5:52 am

    This is such a cool outfit, Allie! I love your dress and all of your accessories! That necklace is absolutely beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful week! XXX

  7. June 25, 2019 / 9:48 am

    This necklace is very beautiful and it is so precious that it is sustainable. Loving your outfit too Allie, xoxo

    https://SatinOfLux.com | Fashion Blog by Dess

  8. June 25, 2019 / 10:52 am

    You look great in this outfit! Love that pre-loved BR dress, and how you paired with those shoes and bag. And of course, that necklace is super awesome. I so agree that it’s better to pay for quality stuff than to keep buying cheap ones, you know? That Hamsa necklace looks lovely. I am a total believer in wearing amulets:)

  9. June 25, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    Such a pretty piece- and love how you’ve styled this look. Those sneakers are TOO DAMN COOL!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  10. June 25, 2019 / 2:10 pm

    Hello allie
    I usually buy silver jewelry, the price of gold is probitive nowadays !!
    From time to time I buy some jewelry but very seldom only if I like the piece very much.
    I think we have to be more conscious in our consumption !!
    But you are very beautiful, the bag is gorgeous! And the jewelry is very delicate, just like you !!!



  11. June 25, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    I can’t agree with you more, you are perfectly right and we should all stop and reflect on this matter.
    P.S: your look is very fashionable and the necklace is absolutely gorgeous in this combination.

  12. June 25, 2019 / 10:16 pm

    Loving your style !!! The sunglasses are amazing ~

  13. June 25, 2019 / 11:29 pm

    I’m all about the gold details! I think it’s pretty amazing that there is a push for sustainable jewelry as well. I hate buying cheap jewelry, not only because I am allergic, but because they don’t last long. Thank you for introducing this new website. I am definitely going to check them out right now! Enjoy your week!
    PerlaGiselle | iamperlita.com

  14. June 26, 2019 / 2:09 am

    Nice to be aware about this jewellery brand, that is such a cute necklace. Love your outfit and that bag is the cutest.


  15. June 26, 2019 / 9:31 am

    Beautiful necklace, and I love the fact that the brand is sustainable 🙂

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  16. June 26, 2019 / 10:33 am

    I’ve been addicted to searching gold necklaces and pendants online because I badly want to buy another one for myself. I love the design of your necklace! 🙂 Btw, your shoes are so so cute! <3


  17. June 26, 2019 / 2:30 pm

    I had no idea what kind of process it takes in creating a piece of jewellery!
    Really love your bag as well <3


  18. June 26, 2019 / 3:52 pm

    What a lovely necklace! I’m familiar with Hamsa sign and I like how it looks in a more geometric form. This is a beautiful necklace you got and it looks nice with this outfit. It’s a classical piece, I think it will look good with everything. AUrate seems like a lovely brand. I checked their site and their necklaces have a great elegance about them. The prices are great considering the value one gets for these beauties.

    I agree with what you said about fast fashion accessories and jewelry. Better to invest into something of better quality. Your devotion to ethnic and sustainable purchases is to be applauded. You’re right about fast fashion metallic fading away quickly. One can find decent quality ones, but one has to really look for it. I rarely buy gold anymore because of the robberies (I heard of several ladies being attacked for gold in Mostar). In fact, when our old home was robbed it was mostly the gold that the thief was aiming for and got away with. I only have a few gold pieces left. Maybe with this gold accessory trend they will stop because the thieves won’t be able to tell the difference between the fake and the real gold? I hope so.

    Your outfit is gorgeous. That pre-owned dress suits you so well and I love the sneakers you have paired it with. The bag is a beauty as well. I can’t decide whether I prefer the gold belt or the original trench one with this dress, both options are fab. You look fantastic in this styling. The photographs are wonderful.

  19. Kayla
    June 26, 2019 / 5:07 pm

    loving the dress sneaker combo this summer! And it goes perfect with that necklace

  20. June 26, 2019 / 5:28 pm

    This necklace is gorgeous, and I love that it is cruelty-free! Also that dress is absolutely amazing! Gorgeous styling!


  21. Rose
    June 26, 2019 / 9:15 pm

    I am in love with this look and I enjoy how Aurate is sustainable as well!

  22. June 27, 2019 / 4:47 am

    I think sustainable fashion is becoming a trend, and I hope it stays forever! Such a great thing to do! I love this necklace too, it’s so sleek and simple, such a timeless piece. Love the dress too! Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day.


  23. June 27, 2019 / 1:31 pm

    I love fine jewelry! I’ve bought a few pieces from Mejuri and haven’t found that I needed anymore; I also believe in buying a few good pieces to last a long time. I’ve heard great things about Au Rate as well! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  24. June 27, 2019 / 1:35 pm

    Dear Allie, you are so good in shopping sustainable! Love your pre-loved dress and also your necklace is wonderful as well as your bag and your shoes. In our home we have a lot of vintage furniture and partly we own them already since decades – and I still like them 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  25. Lorna
    June 27, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    That necklace is really cute and I am loving the Hello Kitty bag you paired with it, Allie!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

  26. June 27, 2019 / 5:50 pm

    That necklace is so cute! And it will go with anything! I’ve been working on investing in quality, classic pieces over the years. They are my go-to items!

  27. June 27, 2019 / 9:25 pm

    That’s such a cute little shirt dress and I like the bright red bag and gold accessories with it. Your necklace is so adorably dainty! I agree, it’s sometimes better waiting and saving up for a special piece rather than buying a lot of cheaper pieces that won’t last as long!

    Hope that you are having a good week 🙂


  28. June 27, 2019 / 9:38 pm

    Outfit on point <3

  29. June 28, 2019 / 2:07 am

    Lovely style!! I like you sunglasses.

  30. June 28, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    That necklace is beautiful! I love how minimal it is but the meaning behind it is powerful. You’re right that it is better overall to buy good quality sustainable jewelry, especially since you’ll be able to own it for many years to come. I will definitely be checking out more of their pieces. And I love your outfit! The trench dress looks so good with the sneakers and pop of red of the bag!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

  31. Madison
    June 28, 2019 / 8:17 pm

    Love those geometric gold earrings you have!

  32. June 29, 2019 / 7:48 am

    Such a chic and edgy look dear! Love the combo, really pretty pop of red from the bag too.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  33. HongChing
    June 29, 2019 / 4:55 pm

    I LOVE the Geometric Hamsa necklace! The meaning of Hamsa is to brings the owner happiness, luck, health and good fortune. It is an inspiration for me to get my own necklace as well.

  34. Aubrey
    June 30, 2019 / 4:29 am

    you look so glam! that little necklace adds a great touch to your whole outfit! 🙂

  35. Jillian
    July 1, 2019 / 3:42 am

    OMG that necklace!!!

  36. Jaclyn
    July 1, 2019 / 8:44 pm

    What a beautiful necklace!! I also love that you paired the dress with the sneakers to create a more casual look! You look great!!!

  37. Adam
    July 2, 2019 / 3:14 pm

    I really like the shoes you are wearing in the photos. What kind are they?!

  38. July 2, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    I love your outfit! I’m also trying to stay away from jewelry that is cheap and invest in higher quality pieces that will last! The necklace that you are wearing is beautiful!


  39. July 4, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    Way to go Allie! You look amazing. I love this outfit when you posted it on Instagram. Effortlessly chic! That necklace is so lovely. Sounds like a great brand.


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