Archives for October 2013

The Art of Mourning

How we mourn the ones we’ve loved is different for each of us. It is a journey in celebrating the life, passions and loves of the person closes to you. This journey in many cases over history has been through art. Many create statues, paintings and many times jewelry.

Mourning jewelry, historically has been a souvenir to remembering a loved one from life to death and was worn as a status symbol in the Victorian era. Many of the pieces made and worn as mourning jewelry wove in a lock of hair from the deceased and it was viewed as fashionable and a sign of affection in society which perceived it at loving and sentimental. The trend peaked during the mid 19th century, leaving us with beautiful, sentimental and extremely detailed pendants, brooches, rings and bracelets that have inspired many, including myself, to create jewelry that helps mourn the ones we have lost.


This enamelled gold mourning ring commemorates the death of Samuel Nicholets of Hertfordshire who died on 7th July 1661, as is recorded in the inscription inside the ring. The ring is hollow, and a lock of hair curls around within it, visible through the openwork of the enamelled decoration of skulls and coats of arms.1661 (dated) – © V&A Image and Description.


“Hair had long been important in sentimental jewellery, but during the 18th century it took on a new prominence. It could now form the centerpiece of a jewel, arranged in complicated motifs or as plain, woven sections. Tiny fragments of hair could even be incorporated into delicate paintings. Some designs were made by professionals, but many women chose to work the hair of loved ones themselves, using gum to secure their creations. Hair jewels were worn to cherish the living as well as to remember the dead. The survival of many pieces celebrating love and friendship indicate their great social importance. Brooch composed of a silver openwork bow, set with rose and brilliant-cut diamonds and pink sapphires over foil, and enamelled gold ribbon, also set with gems and inscribed ELIZ EYTON OBIT FEB 1754 AET 81, surrounding a hair locket” – © V&A Image and Description.

After losing my beloved poodle, Honey, I journeyed through the process of mourning my pooch of 16 years and found that the closer to my heart she was the easier it made the mourning process. I began starting a necklace that was completely captured the essence of Honey which incorporates her hair, nail and ashes. For the past 16 years, Honey didn’t only influence my life but affected every person that walked into my store (even sold a necklace right off her neck) and I knew I had to forever remember her in the most intimate way possible.

“Not a day passed in the 16 years in her sweet life that my little mascot and partner did not join me at work. With that cute smile on her face and inspiration in her eye she was always beside me keeping the energy light, the smiles flowing and a warmth in the air!!!”


“Here is Honey as my little supermodel… Who I might add sold this striking cameo necklace, priced at a mere $2500 the first day the postcard was received!!! Amazing!!!


“When creating this necklace to commemorate Honey, I used an era appropriate rose gold chain as the base of the design – Circa 1880, 14 karat rose gold handmade chain paired with Japanese Keshi pearls, honeys hair encased in circa 1900 clear locket, 14K gold, her nail wrapped in 14 karat rose gold, and her ashes encased in a glass vial dipped in 14 karat rose gold. An heirloom I shall always cherish and hold close to my heart!”

“I chose my left arm for the placement for my tattoo as it is a direct line to your heart… Honey’s name written freehand within the infinity symbol so she will be inspiring me forever!!!”
If you are interested in having a mourning piece of jewelry made please contact to book an apt with me.

Enjoy and be well!


“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”

The Sage Lifestyle Celebrates 20 Years!

photo-2From its fruition, 20 years ago this month, I have worked hard to keep The Sage Lifestyle brand what is was from it’s creation, a boutique environment designed to offer one of a kind designs and lifestyle essentials with impeccable service and where the customer always comes first!

Throughout my career there are several markers that help me navigate throughout my wonderful memories and beautiful journeys and discoveries. I find that some of the most memorable press and features on myself, my jewelry, fragrances, candles and clothing help to really tell the story nicely from the customers perspective.

Here are some of the highlights that genuinely helped introduce the Sage lifestyle to the world:


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photo 2Today’s post will be a journey through time, stopping to visit key milestones in the evolution of my career and offer you exciting insight to each step that has become The Sage Lifestyle:

In early 1998, I launch the first Sage boutique in Los Angeles, which was devoted entirely to my eponymous jewelry line and housed over 300 pieces. The combination of glorious jewels and attentive service helped the store become a resounding success. In addition, I began my collection of fragrances and launched a line of 12 exquisite perfume oils, bath and candles.

April 2001, I opened a second Sage boutique, Sage Upstairs, my lifestyle store. And in December 2001, the jewelry salon has took residence in the lifestyle store, occupying a glorious bleached wood and turquoise fantasy hideaway within the store.

With my love for antique textiles the inevitable soon unfolded in Fall of 2004, a clothing line was born. My jeweled collection of ethnic inspired clothing embodied pure luxe bohemian style.

photo-1From artist to businesswoman to now mother of two gorgeous daughters , Sophie Rose Annabelle Lee and Lila May Savanna Lee, my greatest accomplishment so far has been becoming a mother. Finding the balance between career passions and motherhood is difficult but my two daughters have inspired me so much personally and in my work. My daughter Sophie Rose Annabelle Lee was my inspiration behind my Pearl Collection, read more about it here, and both of my girls continue to inspire my work daily.

photo 2Throughout my 20 years in business, I have been guided and have always payed attention to the direction the universe has pointed me in. Just recently I have entered yet another chapter in my ever evolving jewled path which has been to transition from my flagship store in Los Angeles, to the expansive web,  which has led me to the launch and re-branding of my current site: This step has been an exciting one for me because it has given me the opportunity to speak to a larger audience, a global one. I am able to share my stories, designs, fragrances and inspirations to the world on my site, blog and through my social media platforms. This movement online and decision to close the flagship store has given me the much needed time for part two of the transition, my bespoke design projects. My bespoke services have given me the chance to work intimately with clients to create pieces that are one of a kind and hold very sentimental meaning. These bespoke offerings have challenged me outside of my traditional services that I offer and I am able to see how it enhances my clients lives on a much deeper level. As a designer, this brings me right back to the root of my career and keeps me focused on what has always been the most important factor in my business – design and the creative process, and of course my clients happiness and satisfaction!

The past 20 years have been life changing and I can only hope for another 20 years with the same continued success! As a gift to you, my friends and fans I am offering 20% off any ONE item! Use code: ANVS20 and CELEBRATE with me and be part of The Sage Lifestyle!

His, Hers & Ours: Scents by Sage

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When creating and discovering my scents, I envision the emotion that the scent will evoke in the wearer. If it is deep passion, relaxation, calmness, it brings the wearer a feeling that is evoked by the scent.

When we think about emotions being evoked by our senses, many times we think touch, sight or sound. However, scent is the most powerful sense when stimulating the brain about a past memory, sexual attraction or affecting an overall mood. Aromas, fragrances and scents have been used for centuries to enhance the experience of seduction, healing, lovemaking and memory enhancements.

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As a women, I understood scent and how it applies to me and soon I had my customers also sharing their stories of how The Sage Lifestyle fragrances affect their love lives and personal moods. I soon had a following of not only women but men too. They spoke of a particular scent being intoxicating on the women who wore it. Mixing with the women’s female musk it evoked a passion that attracted our male client to the women who wore the scent.

In addition, many of my male clients choose to wear the same scent or similar one as their companion, most popular being our ONYX and AMBER fragrances, and stated that the mixing on his skin had a much different and equally as intense scent and that together the two complimented one another in a very unique and harmonious way.

Within The Sage Lifestyle fragrance collection, ONYX, Topaz, Amber and Garnet all can be worn as unisex fragrances. I hope today’s post will inspire you to envelope your mate in an equally enchanting scent experience that you may have discovered for yourself and let the unity begin!



The ONYX Roll-On Oil and Candle are wonderful to wear and to burn! A fragrance that is as darkly opulent as the stone for which it was named, onyx begins with a bewitching top note accord of black coconut, tobacco and oakmoss. Its rich and enveloping base note accord of vanilla, amber and sheer musk caresses the skin like sweet dew born of nocturnal, tropical air. A perfume of almost primeval intensity, Onyx evokes nature’s beauty in its darkest forms; a jungle’s depths, volcanic heat and velvety night skies.

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Topaz Roll-On Oil: In Sanskrit, the word topaz means “fire”. Inspired by those vibrant, sunset-hued jewels that were a favorite of Russia’s Czarinas, this deeply warm and spicy fragrance begins with an incendiary, inviting top note accord of mango, papaya and rosewood. These ignite a sumptuous, alluring fusion of five vanillas from around the world with white opium, amber, Arabian sandalwood, oakmoss and smoky musk. A truly celebratory fragrance, Topaz adorns the wearer much like its namesake stone once graced noble beauties with dazzling, regal splendor.


8 oz. Garnet Candle: A fragrance that is as deeply sensual as the smoldering red hue of the stone for which it was named, Garnet melds with and transforms the wearer’s body heat in an enigmatic alchemy. This tribute to the stone of love begins with a luscious and seductive watermelon top note. Garnet’s full, inviting middle note accord of gardenia and Moroccan red rose absolute languidly lies on a sumptuous bed for amber, vanilla and must that both radiates and beckons


Amber Roll-On Oil: A fragrance of singular power and depth. Amber is inspired by those golden, light-filled stones formed from the resin of ancient trees. Its succulent blood orange top note streams like the suns rays through notes of labdanum, Tunisian Amber and musk. Legend states that Amber was used by sorcerers and magicians to promote strength, healing and protection.

See what everyone is saying about these amazing fragrances…

Gorgeous and dark, I just adore this. It’s very intoxicating, it’s a little on the masculine side but if you’re a naughty lady you can pull it off. It’s a straight forward, simple smelling type perfume – a very nice combo. The coconut is not overwhelming, just a lovely dark scent! – Liz  – from Fairview

Unbelievably sexy…come hither and reel him in with a fishing pole sexy! I cannot believe how incredibly warm and inviting this fragrance is! It merries so lovely on your skin and lasts longer then 24 hours! I mean men were leaning in to smell me at the local bar and it was wonderful! I really could not detect coconut or vanilla, but regardless you’ll love it if you love rich scents! What a great oil! I am very impressed!  – Rose  – from NYC

This scent is very rich and exotic. My husband loves this scent. He goes crazy when I wear it! – Gen  -Student/Wife from N. LA

Enjoy and be well!logo

“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”


Behind Closed Doors with Sage Machado

Today, I will take you behind closed doors and offer a welcome visit into a day in the  life with me. With a new fragrance and jewelry collection coming soon this fall, I have been working hard to get my new inspirations and bespoken custom projects complete for all of you, my friends and fans. Today’s post is a snapshot of my creative home and mind, are you ready?

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“My home and studio consist of a 20 year collection of art and antiques from all my adventures in my life and work. Living amongst all of these treasures feeds my creative spirit and keeps my eyes open to an endless array of inspiration.” 
“Above, is a French, Circa 1900 love seat which resides in my library, accompanied by my favorite table in the home, a Circa 1930 Moroccan mosaic tile top with hand-painted base. An absolute ritual for me, flowers, picked from my garden in every room, all arranged in my extensive collection of gorgeous vintage vases! Flowers bring life and bursting color to every room.”

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“My collection of vintage Indian art keeps me in tune with the importance if color in all I create. This piece, circa 1940 is special as it has actual bits of fabric installed in the art , making it even more one of a kind!”

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“Here, I’m working on a special custom bed set, part of my bespoke design services, using a collection of vintage textiles to create a modern day bed set… textiles are an integral part of my designs and forever inspire me.”

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 “One of my favorite pieces of art, french, nude painting, circa 1970…well, the colors, need I say more?”

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“I have designed all the pillows and upholstery in my home and studio. Here, I used one of my most cherished textiles, circa 1900, Turkish to cover the seat of this extraordinary Circa 1920 French club chair.”

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“For my design table, I am all about my current color obsessions. Amber tones paired with Rubies, Citrines, Carnelians, and Tiger Eyes….delicious!”photo 2

For my bespoke Jewls, this is a project I’m working on pairing color therapy and gemstone healing together to create unique pieces that are truly one of a kind!  My BESPOKE design services keeps me on my toes and always challenged…which I adore! ”photo 3

Well, just utterly gorgeous….this is how you will find my design table most days, full of colors, stones, and a muriad of incredible delights! How can I not be inspired with this beauty all around me? AN ULTIMATE TREASURE TROVE.”

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“Just a peek into my textile collection…there are many more trunks to add to this 20 year collection of masterful textile treasures. I use these, when I’m willing to part with them for various bespoke projects I’m working on and for constant inspiration in all of my designs.”

Enjoy and be well!


“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”