It’s impossible to define Amanda Shoemaker, and that’s just the way she likes it. We were instantly hooked when we first discovered her blog, One Of Each, where the Scottsdale-based blogger documents her ever-changing style and hair color along with inspiring DIY projects. She’s a true Southwest native with an enviable collection of denim, moccasins, and gemstones – the latter of which she turns into one-of-a-kind necklaces and rings for her line, GEMEG Jewelry. You know, when she’s not busy working as an Art Director or going on impromptu desert adventures with her husband and BFFs. Ready to go for a ride?
“These are some of my favorite rings that I found in Tombstone, Arizona on a road trip. The tattoo is a design I made as the logo for my jewelry line. I loved the geometric design so thought, ‘What the heck? Tattoo time!'”
“This is my husband, Aaron. He’s the love of my life. We went to the Pacific Northwest for our first anniversary last year, and this was taken right before our near-death kayaking experience.”
“I love going to northern Arizona in the summer to escape the heat. Sedona, Jerome and Flagstaff are a few of my favorites. These are two shots I got at the Grand Canyon a few years ago. Pretty incredible, no?”
“Here are a few of my precious gemstones. I’ve had a thing with collecting stones ever since I was a child. I would pick out the most lovely rocks from my front yard, put them in tiny Dixie cups, and go door to door in my neighborhood selling “cups of rocks” for fifty cents. A creative saleswoman at heart, I guess. My favorite are the Chalcopyrite or Peacock Ore on the right. They come in all sorts of teal and purple hues.”
“I also have a thing for collecting moccasins. Lucky for me, you can easily find them all over Arizona.”
“My best friend Annie and I are always getting into trouble. We drove up to Flagstaff last weekend on a spur-of-the-moment trip. When we arrived, we began our search for a place to crash for the night and ended up at the Motel Du Beau. It was quite the experience, being my first time staying at a hostel.”
“Annie beat me at our ‘Who can tie the cherry stem with their tongue the fastest?’ game.”
“There’s nothing like the views in Arizona. My favorite!”
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