For a lot of people, charms have always felt lucky. Elaine Turner believes a charm necklace can allow a woman to showcase her roots, be empowered, and inspire others.
So the Houston-based accessory designer has introduced the Southern Charm Bar in her nine retail stores. Customers can choose from a wide array of jewels, ranging from smoky topaz to amethyst; traditional and funky charms, including an outline of the state of Texas, a Swarovski crystal Evil Eye or angel wing; and gold-plated mantra bars offering affirmations like "Believe," "Empower," "Inspire," and "Let Go."
Each bracelet or necklace can be as individual as the wearer and Turner donates 15 percent of all Southern Charm Bar proceeds to two charitable foundations each year. The first beneficiary is Houston-based Autism Rescue Angels, a charity Turner helped found with inspiration from her special needs daughter.
“There is a harsh financial reality of raising a special needs child. My goal is to provide assistance and relief for families who need it most,” Turner says. “Not only will proceeds from Southern Charm Bar benefit autism awareness and other worthy causes but each time a customer wears her necklace, she will be reminded of these extraordinary foundations.”
Customers can choose from two dainty gold chains — 18 inch or 22 inch at $24-$28 each — and mix in briolette stones ($28 each), charms ($28 - $42) and mantra bars ($32) to customize their own necklace.
Turner will launch the Southern Charm Bar at all four of her Houston stores on Wednesday, May 18, from 6-8 pm, with Southern-themed sips and light bites. Each store will have a fashion blogger who will style a bust with her favorite SCB pieces.
Lilly of Daily Craving will be at the flagship Rice Village store, Dede of Dress Up Buttercup will be at Market Street in The Woodlands, Elly of Uptown with Elly Brown will be at the BLVD Place store and Alice of The Lonestar Looking Glass will be at CityCentre.