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Viva Las Vegas with Buddha Mama

The cool factor at COUTURE definitely moved up several notches when Buddha Mama launched with us last year! Gorgeous, Eastern inspired jewelry designed by mother/daughter team Nancy and Dakota Badia, who work in tandem with the gorgeous and talented Leyla, Dakota’s long-time best friend and pseudo daughter to Nancy…with their tattoos and their laid back, Miami style and their “ride or die” attitude, you just want to hang out with them all day long. And if you did hang out with “the girls” as I often refer to them, you’d find that you’d talk about jewelry and rock stars and you’d probably do some mediation and yoga and have a few cocktails and eat delicious food and maybe take a dance class and then end up spontaneously getting a tattoo…so, I guess, be careful what you wish for!

COUTURE: How many years have you been exhibiting at COUTURE?

Nancy Badia: This will be our 2nd year! 

COUTURE: Vegas Uniform? 

NB: Nice on top, comfy on the bottom. No heels in this booth, dude. 

COUTURE: Vegas Mantra?

NB: Pass the Windex. 

COUTURE: Vegas Theme Song?

NB: “Workin’ Day and Night” by Michael Jackson

COUTURE: Vegas Evening Ritual?

NB: Amazing dinner, hot shower, a little meditation and some sleep. Unless we stay out late, then it’s straight to sleep. 

COUTURE: Sanity Tip?

NB: Advil and sunshine when you can. 

COUTURE: What’s the one piece/collection you’re most excited to launch? 

NB: The new Lantern collection that we’ve been working on for some time now. 

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Michelle Orman

Michelle Orman

Michelle Orman is the president of Last Word Communications, which spearheads the public relations for the COUTURE show. A 15+ year veteran of the COUTURE community, Michelle is obsessed with all things jewelry and watch related! To be included in COUTURE Musings, email Michelle at

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