Garnering attention for a stint on ABC’s “The Bachelor” and a very memorable season of “The Bachelorette,” Emily Maynard’s star has managed to shine brightly in the spotlight, rather than dim from the glare. This 27-year-old West Virginia girl managed to radiate charm, grit and character in the face of adversity, including two very public break ups.
Now, back in Charlotte, N.C. with her 8-year-old daughter Ricki, Maynard recently collaborated with local jewelry designers Towne & Reese on a personal collection of rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, which can be found at emilymaynard.com.
With prices ranging from $25-$130, this is an affordable, adorable and quirky collection. The pieces reflect Emily’s eclectic taste, blending everything from a traditional Native American sensibility in the gorgeous, turquoise “Sedley” necklace, to a more antique quality in items like the “Morgan” bracelet.
Campus Circle: How is the new jewelry line going?
Emily Maynard: It’s doing really well. The website crashed on the first day.
CC: How did the collaboration with Towne & Reese begin?
EM: I wore a lot of their pieces on “The Bachelorette.” They started here in Charlotte. It’s been a lot of fun.
CC: Where did you find inspiration?
EM: I got inspiration from all over, from traveling and antique shows -things I wanted in my closet. The “Ivey” ring is based on a ring I found in my mother’s jewelry box.
CC: Did you think about the cost?
EM: Yes. I wanted it to be very accessible but to use good, quality materials.
CC: How much input did Ricki have?
EM: She has a lot of fun. I would bring her the samples, and she was very honest. She has specific taste: lots of neon. The beaded bracelets are her favorite.
CC: Growing up, did you dream of being in fashion?
EM: Honestly, I never thought this would be possible. I didn’t know anything about it. This is a blessing.
CC: Could you imagine doing a clothing line?
EM: Anything beyond this would be a bonus.
CC: What’s your favorite piece from your Emily Maynard for Towne & Reese collection?
EM: I really like the stackable bracelet - the “Ava,” “Susie,” “Scarlett” and “Bethany” styles. I wear them every day.
CC: How would you describe your personal style?
EM: I would describe it as really all over the place: from more feminine to combat boots.
CC: Do you have any personal style inspirations?
EM: I love Blake Lively and Kate Hudson.
CC: What about style icons?
EM: Dolly Parton forever! She has been since I was little and she’s even more fabulous in person.
CC: Is there such a thing as Southern style?
EM: Yes, I do think that. Living here, I see it every day. It’s not necessarily my style, but more conservative, like Lily Pulitzer.
CC: What’s something most women should pay more attention to?
EM: I think accessories. Jewelry is such an easy way to make an outfit.
CC: Do you dress differently for women vs. men?
EM: There are definitely things men don’t understand, like wide-legged pants.
CC: How do you feel now, looking back on your style choices during “The Bachelor/Bachelorette?”
EM: At the time I loved all of it. I probably could have laid off on the sequins a little bit.
CC: Are there any tips you can pass on about what works on camera?
EM: Things that are fitted look better on camera. I learned a lot about applying my make-up. I thought I needed stage make-up!
CC: Any thoughts on Desiree’s style on "The Bachelorette"?
EM: I do a blog for InStyle. I watch closely. I think she’s doing a good job.
CC: Do you have an opinion on bang/no bangs for Desiree?
EM: She looks beautiful either way.
CC: Whom do you think she will pick?
EM: I have no idea. I like all of them. I know that’s so p.c.
CC: Who would you like to see be the next "The Bachelor"?
EM: I think Chris is really cute.
CC: Do you have any plans to do more television in the future?
EM: No, right now, my focus is the jewelry. I’m really proud of it. And being a mom.
CC: Other plans for the near future?
EM: I am going to Africa in August with a company called FashionABLE. Barrett Ward works with local women who make scarves.
CC: Are you dating anyone?
EM: I’m 27. I’m still looking. I haven’t given up yet!
CC: I just recently discovered Pinterest, are you a fan?
EM: I actively tried not to be obsessed. It is a slippery slope. I do go on there and look up beauty tricks. It can easily take up two hours.
CC: Book recommendations?
EM: Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst and Kisses from Katie, [by Katie J. Davis & Beth Clark].
CC: All-time favorite book?
EM: Gone With the Wind.
CC: Favorite movie?
EM: True Romance.
CC: Favorite color?
CC: Favorite travel destination?
EM: Anywhere with a beach.