Being glamorous and leading a 'real' life might seem like contradictory concepts, but it's all a day in the life for actress Holly Robinson Peete. The multi-talented actress, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist is currently shooting the second season of her family docu-series "For Peete's Sake" with her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, their four children and her mother, Dolores. The show gives a positive spin to reality TV by sharing their lives, everyday challenges and their journey with son RJ, who has autism.
Being a mom, career woman and shooting a docu-series can be demanding, but Robinson Peete juggles her multi-faceted life in style. The actress recently launched a namesake clothing line, HRP by Holly Robinson Peete, exclusively available at EVINE Live. The collection, which she wears on her show, reflects her funky everyday "casual couture" look.
Featured in the photo: Holly Robinson Peete Necklace: Jewelsmith, Inc.; Ring #1: Wendy Brandes Jewelry; Ring #2: T. Foster & Co, Fine Jewelers; Bracelet: ARYA ESHA; Earrings: llyn strong fine art jewelry; Photographer: Andrew MacPherson; Stylist and Producer: Tod Hallman In a photo shoot for the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), Robinson Peete, who starred in the hit feature film "21 Jump Street," and television series "Chicago Fire," looked stunning in the spectacular jewelry designed by the 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum Award winners. Robinson Peete wears simple jewelry such as gold and silver hoops as her "go to" daytime look, but glamorous jewelry and gemstones are very much a part of her lifestyle.
"It's funny because my line [HRP] is really about the casual mom, but listen, I'm on red carpets," she said. "It's really important to me to accessorize," explained Robinson Peete who loves to dress up and wear dramatic gowns when she steps out in Hollywood. "When I step it up, I try to go all the way," she said. "I've been in this business for 30 years so I've seen all different types of jewelry and Diamonds, but what is so unique about the gemstones is that there's a story behind everything and the colors are so bright and brilliant and different - and I get off on color," said Robinson Peete. "When I did this photo shoot, every time they would hand me something else to put on, it was like each item gave you a certain feeling and put you in a certain mood. I loved them all."
During the shoot, Robinson Peete wore a spectacular platinum pendant featuring a 13.44mm golden South Sea cultured Pearl accented with Diamonds by Judy Evans, Oliver & Espig Gallery of Fine Arts, which won the "Best Use of Pearls" title at the AGTA Spectrum Awards. The piece was complimented by other winning jewelry including Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc.'s stunning "Honey" ring which features a Helodor accented with Sapphires and Diamonds and won in the "Business/Day Wear" category. "You know jewelry is spectacular when you want to plan an outfit around it," said Peete. "Rarely do you build around jewelry, but these gemstones are so spectacular and so fun," explained the actress who highlighted Citrines and Sapphires as two of her favorite stones.
During the photo shoot, she wore a royal blue Caroline Herrera gown which was accented with jewelry from the AGTA Spectrum Awards "Evening Wear" category - a black Opal ring with Sapphires and Diamonds by Phillip Dismuke, Jewelsmith, Inc.that took second place honors and a stunning pendant by Robert Pelliccia, J.R. Dunn Jewelers featuring a boulder Opal accented with blue and pink Sapphires and Diamonds on a black Diamond bead necklace that captured third place in the category.
While Robinson Peete has a wonderful family and many achievements, her life has not been without challenges. When her father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, her world changed. "My dad [has] been gone for 14 years now, but his struggle with Parkinson's led us to a life of service," said Robinson Peete. Inspired to help those affected by Parkinson's, she and Rodney founded the HollyRod Foundation in 1997. After their son, RJ, was diagnosed with autism they expanded the mission of HollyRod to also provide support and resources to families affected by autism. To help raise funds for the foundation, every year they hold events such as DesignCare - and fashion and entertainment are very much on the agenda.
While fashion is a highlight of DesignCare, HollyRod, most importantly, has been able to help many people thanks to the support of dedicated friends and sponsors. "We're really blessed to have great partners," said Robinson Peete. "One in 68 kids are affected by autism spectrum disorder. It's on the rise and what happens is a lot of these children have no access to therapy services or any compassionate care and the same with Parkinson's," she said. "It's really rewarding to give back." she said. "We've been really blessed to be able to pay it forward." For more information about DesignCare and the HollyRod Foundation visit www.hollyrod.org.
ByN. Jayne Seward
For further information regarding the AGTA Spectrum Awards, contactMegan Whitmireat (800) 972-1162 or visit the AGTA website atwww.agta.org.
The American Gem Trade Association is a not-for-profit Association serving the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry since 1981. Headquartered inDallas, Texas, The AGTA serves the industry as "The Authority in Color."
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SOURCE American Gem Trade Association