Fashion

It’s Time For Another True X The August Diaries Drop (Win!)

November 12, 2021

When jewelry designer extraordinaire Tori Dundas pairs up with one of our personal fave fashionistas (she’s contributed to/been featured in InStyle, Vanity Fair, Elle and more), Jillian Lansky of The August Diaries, you know the release is going to be special. The Alchemy collection by True Curated Designs embodies all the best of the 1970s: the glamour, the androgyny, the effortless aura of iconic female rock stars like Stevie Nicks. True teamed up with Jillian to create that perfect “alchemy” of everyday quality, with black spinel and bottle green tourmaline gemstones for a contemporary edge. We chatted with Jillian to find out more (psst: she’s got a fave from the range, and she spills about it below). —Noa Nichol

Hi Jillian! Please tell us a bit about yourself to start.

Hi! Thanks for having me here 🙂 I am a style and beauty blogger at The August Diaries. My aim is to connect with and empower my readers to become the best versions of themselves; I hope that they learn to use clothing and beauty products as a means to gain confidence. I also produce easy style and beauty video tutorials that real women can use and learn from. I also recently became a new mom to my son Lachlan!

Congrats on Alchemy! How did you first hook up with Tori of True, and what made the partnership a perfect fit?

Thank you so much! I feel super lucky that I can collaborate with a fellow female entrepreneur and basically just design a collection that I personally want to wear everyday. Tori and I met a few years ago when she reached out and we bonded over our mutual love of fine jewelry that can actually be worn all the time. We both believe that if you’re going to invest in jewelry, you should be able to wear it as much as you want.

What does the collection symbolize? What pieces does the range include, and where did the design inspo come from?

The Alchemy collection was inspired by my deep love of the 1970s and the iconic women from that era: Stevie Nicks, Bianca Jagger and Jane Birkin. I wanted to create something glamorous and edgy but also something people can wear everyday, all day. The range is made of solid 10k yellow gold and includes the Arc ring in green tourmaline and white topaz, an updated signet ring (which has now become somewhat of a signature of ours) in black spinel and green tourmaline, the Rumour pendant with a skull motif, the Everyday chain necklace and matching bracelet, a baguette earring charm in white topaz, green tourmaline and black spinel, and a unique pair of hoop stud earrings.

Did your recently new role as mom play any part in the “birth” of this collection? (Also, real talk, how is mom life going?!)

We started designing this collection in the spring when I was still pregnant, so I think it was more about jewelry that I could wear everyday, 24/7, which is actually what I want as a new mom anyway. In all honesty, apart from having a lot less time, I don’t think my style philosophy has changed all that much. I was never into fussy or over the top pieces (clothing or accessories) and I think that still rings true in my life as a new parent. Life as a mom is something I could never anticipate no matter how much I prepared myself (which wasn’t much, to be honest). The responsibility and pressure to keep another person alive and feeling safe and loved is staggering sometimes. As wonderful as it is, I’ve tried to be as honest as I can on my social media because I think there’s this unfair and unrealistic expectation on parents (particularly women) to just fall back into normality after having a baby.

The quality of True’s jewelry is said to be super high; the pieces remain gleaming and beautiful even after a sweaty yoga sesh or extra-long soak in the shower (which us moms need!). How do you find it holds up in your day-to-day with a new babe?

If I have to take my jewelry off to shower, sleep, or wash my hands, I will just not wear it; it’s as simple as that. I’ve always been like that and have always struggled to find beautiful pieces that could weather anything. Most demi fine jewelry is gold plated, which is why it fades and discolours. As I said before, this is a huge reason why I chose to work with Tori—she understands that most people who invest in beautiful jewelry want to be able to wear it all the time. When I say I wear my jewelry 24/7 I mean it: it wears through constant handwashing, showering, poopy diapers, baths, cleaning the house, you name it.

What’s your fave piece from the range, and why?

This is a tough question for me to answer! I think the Arc ring is my favourite, especially with the green tourmaline stone. I love the chunky shape juxtaposed with the elegance of such a classic emerald stone cut. However, my second favourite would be the Rumours pendant necklace with the skull motif. I was a bit of an angsty teenager and I loved skulls, black nails and dark eyeliner and so I love that this necklace reminds me of that, but in a much more sophisticated way.

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Win! A $529 Arc Ring From True Curated Designs!

Congrats Kate S. of York, ON, who will receive a $529 Arc Ring from True Curated Designs (Jillian Lansky’s personal fave)! Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from @vitadaily.ca. Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.

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  1. Thérèse De Bellefeuille

    November 13th, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I like this

  2. Cynthia Moreau

    November 13th, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Love the ring!

  3. Christina Rogers

    November 13th, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Absolutely stunning

  4. Jocelyn Bacon

    November 13th, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Love the arc ring ! I would probably wear it on my middle or index finger and style it worh my comfy mom sweat suits! 🙃 Perfect way to glam up with minimal effort, since moms are so busy and rarely have extra time to put into our appearances!

  5. Yulia

    November 13th, 2021 at 9:59 am

    I would style this ring with my pinky ring that I bought from August Diaries collection 😍

  6. Roula

    November 13th, 2021 at 10:10 am

    How fantastic is this 👏🏻 I would pair mine with the Arc ring in tourmaline 💚

    Roula88

  7. Ramya

    November 13th, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Love the ring! Just entered the contest on instagram (@ramyahosak)… i would style this ring with my black spinel signet ring and hoops/spinel charm from the last August Diaries X True collection, another wonderful collabo!

  8. Amber olak

    November 13th, 2021 at 10:27 am

    The everyday ring

    @amber_olak

  9. Pierrette Mazerolle

    November 13th, 2021 at 10:42 am

    I’d wear it with plain black leggings and a bold teal blouse 💗
    @pierrettemaz24

  10. Shelley N

    November 13th, 2021 at 10:57 am

    I would style this ring with a bell sleeved pattern blouse and dress pants . @schnitzelbran30

  11. Carolyn

    November 13th, 2021 at 11:13 am

    I’d pair it with a cozy sweater. @carolynwtlee

  12. Amy Dell

    November 13th, 2021 at 11:55 am

    This ring is exactly what I have been searching for. A single stone ring that is not a diamond solitare. It’s beautiful enough to stand alone as a wedding ring and will look great with any outfit. Folowing from the Instagram giveaway post.
    @Mimishumblepie

  13. Deb Gourgon

    November 13th, 2021 at 11:55 am

    I would stack this beautiful ring with my wedding ring. Love my pieces from True Curated and @AugustDiaries is one of my faves. I @debgourgon and from Carp, ON

  14. Sara

    November 13th, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Would love to style this like Jillian does! Stacks of rings! @saramegkelly

  15. An Hunter

    November 13th, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    I would style this ring with my fave bomber jacket. Dress it up, baby!
    @buppybishop

  16. Melanie Camirand

    November 13th, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    I would style it with a nice blouse.
    IG : melcamirand3

  17. Anne Tam

    November 13th, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    I would style this ring with jeans and a black sweater @jcont1234

  18. pnina

    November 13th, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    love it
    @pbrain4

  19. Nikki Lewis

    November 13th, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    I love this ! I would wear it with everything !!!
    IG nlknlk

  20. Anuradha Dhar

    November 13th, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Love this! Would wear stack it with index finger!
    anu_dhar

  21. Sandra Lebeau

    November 13th, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    I would wear it daily with anything.

  22. Jenna Morcom

    November 13th, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Would definitely wear this on my middle finger! Absolutely gorgeous ring.

    IG Handle: @jenna.morcom

  23. Shirley O

    November 13th, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Beautiful ring! I would wear it on my middle finger. It would go perfectly with my day to day casual outfits and this ring would be the ideal accessory with my little black dress. I love it! @shirleyoflynn

  24. Anna Neumann

    November 13th, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    I would love to style this ring with my pinky signet ring from the last collab! Such a stunning everyday piece!! I love everything Jillian and True Design creates and it’s so nice to support such talented Canadian women designers!
    – @annaneumann

  25. Madison Holowatuk

    November 13th, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Would pair this with the black spinel signet ring!
    @abeautydaydream

  26. Janet M

    November 13th, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    I would style with black pants and a white top. @asherares

  27. Elizabeth Jacobson

    November 13th, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    I would style this with some nice gold hoops for a night out! @elizabethtj_

  28. Vanessa Ripley

    November 13th, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Solo it’s so beautiful
    @vanessaripley1

  29. Sylvie Carpentier

    November 13th, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    For every days outfit @tithe3

  30. Luc Lafreniere

    November 13th, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    For my wife at christmas @tithe01

  31. M Liz Beisel

    November 13th, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Bright red fingernails!

  32. Brandon Kaye

    November 13th, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    I would style this for everyday wear for my hardworking sister @barbarakaye.

    @brandon_kaye

  33. Amy liu

    November 14th, 2021 at 12:49 am

    I like to wear a pair of leggings and a hoody

  34. Rachel C.

    November 14th, 2021 at 4:24 am

    With a crisp white blouse, so not to distract from its beauty! Thanks for the chance!

    @seafoodmwg on ig

  35. Ricki-Lee Jewell

    November 14th, 2021 at 6:33 am

    So excited for the everyday chain that I ordered and would LOVE the ring from this collection!

  36. Kristen

    November 14th, 2021 at 7:25 am

    I would style this ring with a fresh new manicure! Handle @kristencbone

  37. Tabby72

    November 14th, 2021 at 7:28 am

    I’d wear it with a great blouse for the holidays. @tabby_1972

  38. Audrey

    November 14th, 2021 at 9:41 am

    I would love to stack this ring up with other gold rings & wear daily – it’s a gorgeous piece! ❤️ My IG handle is @aud.bod

  39. Catrina Lyttle

    November 14th, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Would definitely style by getting a manicure. Lol.
    @aliceltranty on IG

  40. Kerry

    November 15th, 2021 at 8:40 am

    With some gold stacking rings
    @kerbear.77

  41. Alana LeSueur

    November 15th, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    I would style this with some bracelets/bangles. @diamondchick60

  42. Rose

    November 15th, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    @roseaz

    With a stunning classic outfit

    Langley

  43. Ranj Prih

    November 15th, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    I would style this ring with a warm fuzzy sweater. Red polished nails and leggings.

    @ranjpower

  44. Jill MacAulay

    November 16th, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    I would style this ring with a French manicure (jillmacaulay8883)

  45. Amie Rand

    November 17th, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Gorgeous ring 🤩💍
    I would wear with some simple layered gold chains and hoops;)
    @amierand3

  46. Kiriakitsa

    November 18th, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    I would style this ring with anything and everything! It’s beautiful!
    @cheers.to.all

  47. Xu Liang Li

    November 19th, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Style it with a silk scarf! @liangliangcanada

  48. Johanna Newman

    November 20th, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Love the ring so gorgeous. I would go perfect with my channel set wedding band. I would wear gold hoops and a simple chain. It is so versatile it can go with any outfit.

    @JohannaNewman88

  49. Jessica

    November 20th, 2021 at 9:33 am

    I’d let it just stand alone and speak for itself! @jessicataratan

  50. Deim

    November 20th, 2021 at 10:28 am

    I tend to not wear a lot of jewelry, letting the piece I’m wearing be the focus 🙂

    @Deiterdoo

    North Vancouver

  51. Eileen @604girl

    November 20th, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    With a green sweater & jeans. @604girl

  52. Kate

    November 20th, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    I would style this beautiful ring beside the august diaries black signet pinky ring 🥰

  53. Kate

    November 20th, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    I would style this beautiful ring stacked with some thin gold stacking rings!

  54. Michelle Cox

    November 20th, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    I would wear it on its own to let it stand out and shine!

    @mcox12

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