Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's Time...

to share the warmth of Christmas.  Our tree is up and we are enjoying our family traditions.  We hope that you are as well.  Hug someone you love!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Color me thankful!

Today, it is Thanksgiving Day in the United States.  On this day, we express gratitude for all of the wonderful freedoms that we have been given and for the blessings we experience in our lives.

I hope that you have a chance to enjoy the holiday with those you love.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Basic Jewelry Wardrobe--Fashionable Watch

In modern life, it is all about time, isn't it?

We rush here, we rush there. We strategize and multi-task. Is it any wonder that a beautiful, functional wristwatch should be part of our total, pulled together look?

Every woman needs a good watch.  Whether you are a single watch kind of gal with a gorgeous oversized number with a black leather band, or a gal who has a watch for every occasion, a good watch is everyone's friend.

The most basic watch is the aforementioned oversized watch with black or brown leather band.  This harkens back to the original aviator wrist watches.  With a black band, it can go from casual, to date night, to dressy.  It's all in what you put with it!  Never wear a simple watch by itsself.  It needs a buddy!  A petite tennis bracelet will add just enough interest and bling to soften the look of your watch.  It adds just a bit of femininity and allows you to take this wardrobe workhorse (the watch) and add a bit of personality to it.

Of course, if inclination and finances allow, have a watch for every occasion.  Have a sports watch with a rubberized band, a classic watch for casual, a metallic watch for dressier occasions (think gold, silver, hematite, and even copper), and a "diamond" encrusted one for the most upscale of events.  The sky is truly the limit!

The key, of course, is to find the watch that best suits your unique style.  If you despise hinged watches, go for a different band.  If leather is not your thing, look for metallics.

For most of us, watches are everyday necessities.  Necessities can be beautiful, too!

October and November Hostess Special!

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What YOU should know my High Fashion Jewelry Business

Life comes at us fast sometimes.  We are all so busy.  Then someone asks if they can give you some FREE jewelry.

FREE is good, right?

But, what do you really know about the company that is behind the request?  Are they reputable?  Will they be around long enough to help you if you have a damaged piece of jewelry?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Basic Jewelry Wardrobe--Linked necklace

A basic, linked necklace is an absolute necessity in a woman's wardrobe.  Any necklace with large, obvious circles, entertwined to make a necklace is suitable.  Both gold and silver apply here in both shiny, matte, or two-toned finishes.

These necklaces can go from choker length to a very long 41 inches and still look current.  Often, longer necklaces are more versatile, as they can be worn in various ways (doubled, tripled).

Runway looks this season dictate the long necklace with round links or loops of varying sizes.  One example of that is our Runway necklace.  At a generous 41 inches long, this silver number is a showstopper!  Our Eugenia necklace is a best seller in both silver and gold satin.  Both of these are excellent choices, but only a small amount of what the savvy shopper can find in our catalog or in local boutiques.

My personal favorite right now is the Regal necklace in our 2010 Holiday Gift Catalog.  It is 16 inches of beautiful, silver choker with large, bold links.  Every other link is "diamond" encrusted, ramping up the bling factor considerably!  Regal also comes available in a matching bracelet and earrings.

Linked necklaces are a much have for the jewelry wardrobe and can be worn for years.  Worn with classic articles of clothing, these necklaces will look current for years to come!

Basic Jewelry Wardrobe--"Diamond" Studs

Now, the word stud gets thrown around quite a bit, so I wanted to clarify which usage of the word we are using.  The stud I am referring to is not a load bearing piece of a wall or a good looking fellow, I am referring to a basic pair of earrings.

Stud earrings usually consist of a single gemstone affixed to a metal post that goes through a pierced ear.  They are a truly basic earring.  Many young girls wear post type earrings (and sometimes gemstone ones) when they first get their ears pierced.  Ladies with double piercings in their ears sometimes choose to wear a stud in the top piercing.

The most classic stud earring is the single "diamond" stud.  Whether you sport a flawless, genuine diamond or one of the very convincing "diamond" crystals, this look is timeless.  Gold or silver setting is a little less important in a stud earring as very little of the metal usually shows.  In a bezel set stone, the stone is faceted and sits in a round ring of metal (in this case, the metal matters).

To jazz up a simple stud earring, consider a jacket that the earring slips through.  Earring jackets can add additional gemstones or metallic interest to the outside edge of the stone, making the earring appear far more substantial.  The Laura earrings are a single round stud which appears to be jacketed (but is not) with crystals and is a very elegant look.  And at under $40 a genuine steal in silver stud earrings!

Please stop back by to learn more about basic jewelry wardrobe pieces!

Basic Jewelry Wardrobe--Hoops

Fashionistas tell us that there are six classic pieces of jewelry that every woman should have in her wardrobe.  These pieces add a bit of sparkle to an outfit, yet are classic and refined.  In each of these blog articles, I will select one piece and explain how it fits into a wardrobe plan.

Hoop earrings are often part of the wardrobe from girlhood to adult life.  Hoops vary in size from extremely tiny to quite large.  The best size for most faces is around the size of a golf ball.  Hoops that are larger tend to draw the eye easily into the "expressive zone" of the face.  Larger hoops tend to add movement to your outfit.

I don't know about you, but I would rather have someone notice my eyes than my thighs!

While gold and silver hoops are mainstays, they work well in either a mirror or satin finish.  I recommend having both a gold and a silver set.  Round is the typical shape for hoops, but often a teardrop shape (like our Complements earrings) is more flattering to a round or full face.  For a more modern look, an angular shape hoop is best (like our Orbit earrings).

Once your basic jewelry wardrobe is complete, you can consider adding hematite hoops, such as Trellis!

Hoop earrings in gold and silver tones will give your wardrobe loads of versatility for many years.  Be sure to stop back by to learn about more basic jewelry wardrobe pieces!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Women Helping Women

It's a very good thing.  There is a new Party Plan Company around and it is Seeds of Blessing.  They purchase handmade items from women in poverty stricken areas of the world and sell it to ladies in wealthier parts of the world.

Supporting this company is a meaningful way to support women around the world.  These women benefit by having a ready market for their goods, a fair wage, and hope.

I am in no way affiliated with this company, but I believe that its mission is worthwhile.  And worth sharing!

Thanks also to Lynsey at  The Party Plan Coach for putting the word out!  Lynsey is also the mastermind behind Party Plan Divas, an amazing resource for WAHMs!  It's just another example of women helping women to succeed!