Why Women Wear Jewelry ~ According to My Husband

My hubby and I were at Panera Bread eating lunch the other day. It was one of those lazy days where I had not put on makeup and I was sporting my athleisure wear in preparation for the gym later. He noticed that I had taken the time to put in my gold hoop earrings and wondered why. Then I asked him why he thought women wore jewelry and some of the answers where both enlightening and funny.

 

“Women wear different jewelry with different outfits so they don’t get bored”

This is so true! Have you ever just worn a white tee shirt and instead of your plain chain necklace you add a long statement necklace? Instantly your outfit seems updated and trendy. Then you can mix up your little black dress with some dangle gemstone “pop of color” earrings instead of your signature studs. Jewelry is a way to mix up your look without having to buy a whole new wardrobe. Plus if you mix different color schemes together you can transition a wintery outfit into spring no problem. See my little black dress idea:

Add bright colored accessories or a lace kimono to your LBD to transition it to/from different occasions and seasons.

Shop the dress here. Shop the gemstone earrings here. Shop the lace kimono here.

 

“Women wear jewelry to look put together”

Hence my need to put in my hoop earrings before leaving the house just to venture to get a casual lunch. Instantly I felt like I wasn’t a hot mess but a more put together casual mess. I mean how could these hoops not be a go to favorite for any day?!?

Shop the hoops here.

“Women wear jewelry for other women to notice”

Mmm…this one he had to explain. Because my feminine defense was like, “ummm, no, I wear it for myself!” But he clarified that there are some trends that men just don’t get like the choker necklace phase or even the long tassel necklaces. He said that most guys don’t care if you have the latest jewelry fashion on but as women we notice other women’s put- together- accessorized look and usually complement them on it. But let’s be honest, getting a complement just brightens your day no matter what.

Photo Credits: https://uoionline.com/collections/frontpage/products/sirensongnecklace-fushia and https://www.etsy.com/listing/385338328/suede-wrap-choker-necklace?pp=0

 

“Women wear jewelry that they value or that stands for something”

This is also true. I wear a tiny gold cross sometimes that is meaningful to me. I also love charm bracelets that tell a story. Lockets have always been a little decorative keepsake that leaves me curious as to its picture contents. Lately I have seen little bar necklaces that have children’s birthdays or couples’ anniversary dates. I myself sometimes wear a coin necklace that my dad gave my mom when she had me. These kinds of pieces are personal and beautiful.

Click here to shop the cross look. Click here to shop the charm bracelet. Click here to shop the personalized bar necklace.

 

“Most women just love sparkle!”

Well I can’t personally argue with that! My husband knows that my favorite color is sparkle. I am just drawn to anything that glimmers and glistens in the light of day.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this little hubby quiz. Keep in mind that we all wear what we like for different reasons and we all have different perspectives as to why. Just enjoy your jewelry and know that all that glitters is fabulous! Happy Friday and thank you for reading!

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Spring 2017 Trends

Springs signals a sprout of new life and new beginnings for me. It makes me want to shake off the gray of winter and paint my world with colorful, lively tones. I’ve complied a little list of spring trends that I look forward to this year.

 

 

  • Greenery

I have some green antique jars that I am just dying to fill with some green pickings from nature. Nothing too structured or planned, just organic and natural greens. I also think that greenery for a spring wedding theme would be so airy and whimsical.

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Photo Credit: http://www.atodoconfetti.com/2016/12/greenery-pantone-2017.html

 

  • Daisies (yellow & white)

Yellow and white together is such a fresh and lively grouping. I love yellow gemstones in white gold that give a glamorous two tone look. I also love yellow and white patterns in fashion for spring. It is just a clean and crisp look that virtually flatters everyone.

 

Shop the ring look here.

Photo Credit: http://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/gardening/g3206/spring-flowers/

 

  • Floral dresses and tops

Floral dresses are coming in with a vengeance. Even last year this trend was starting to take off. They are just so feminine and lovely. Here is a little dress that I purchase from amazon that I just love. It has the perfect fit and flare fit and a great no-see-through weight of the fabric. .

 

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Shop the dress here.

 

  • Strawberry Shortcake

This tasty treat reminds me of early spring Sunday mornings when my mom would have fresh strawberries and freshly picked hydrangeas from our yard. I would wake up to the smell of the baked pastry part of the shortcake and the light airy sound of whip cream being added to the top.

 

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Check out the full recipe here.

Happy early spring! Let me know if you have any favorite spring memories or trends. I would love to hear from you!

Alternatives to Valentine’s Day

Alternatives to Valentine’s Day

 

 

Next Tuesday is a special American-made holiday. I thought hard about what Valentine’s Day was for the first 28 years of my life before I met my husband. I figured I would share those thoughts with you today. You might even be inspired to look at this “singles awareness day” in a whole new light.

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When I was in elementary, middle, and even high school my parents made Valentine’s a big deal for my brother and I. I would get flowers delivered to school, or chocolates. I might even wake up to heart shaped pancakes or tea served in one of my mom’s special pink or red cup and saucers. I looked forward to that day knowing that my parents would come through and remember me. As I got older I would even seek out to give my mom something or buy my father a silly card. My mom is like me and loves jewelry. It was easy to find heart shaped tokens for the special day. Here’s a few jewelry ideas for mom or grandma that would be a sweet surprise.

 

I love these unique heart lovelies…click here to see more jewelry ideas.

As I got into college years, I never seemed to have a boyfriend on this dreaded holiday. I was hopeful every year but came to think that there was a conspiracy between guys and Valentine’s Day. My thoughts were that these boys figured if they invested in you on Valentine’s then you might as well stick a fork in them because they were done. They were committed from then on out…the end. So, a few of my friends and I would celebrate “Gal-entine’s Day” instead. It was similar to secret Santa. Us gals would draw names, keep it secret, and then on “love” day each person would send a little gift to their selected person. Because of the thoughtfulness of my friends, each one of us knew that we would receive a heart-felt, encouraging gift, and we would actually look forward to the day. Here’s a little gift guide for your girl friends:

 

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Click here to check out this cute top and others available on CheeseBurgerDesign Shop on Etsy.

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What a great way to remind your sweet friend that she is fierce! Check out these pencils at CouldYouPlease shop on Etsy. Click Here

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These will make her laugh! Check out these cute socks on EnglishBliss shop on Etsy. Click here

When I lived overseas and didn’t have a big friend network, I had to be more creative. One of my favorite memories was going through a cookbook (this was before pinterest), finding a decadent meal like lamb chops with mint sauce, getting the ingredients the day before, and making myself an extravagant dinner. I would start with a bottle of red wine while I was cooking, put on some jazz or classical music (paying close attention to not have songs with cheesy love lyrics playing), and I would take my time treating myself to a unique cooking experience with a delicious payoff. Lighting candles, using the “good” china, and watching a funny movie after dinner all added to the experience as well. If you like my dinner idea here is a recipe that is tried and true. That’s just me though, your night should be about you, so cook something that is better than what you could order at a restaurant. You can do it! If it doesn’t turn out great, no worries, life isn’t perfect but taking the time to do something different and kind for yourself is perfection!

 

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Click here for the full recipe. 

 

My take away from Valentine’s is that it is not just a day for lovers but a day for love in general. Love those who you share your life with, like your parents, grandparents and siblings; be grateful and celebrate the friendships of those who are in the same place in life that you are. They can be your safe haven on hard days. First and foremost though, love and treat yourself! You are pretty great!

Hello February! ~ Amethyst Breakdown & Fun Facts

I read this week that we will not live to see another February like this one again in our lifetimes. This February has 4 Sundays, 4 Mondays, 4 Tuesdays, 4 Wednesdays, 4 Thursdays, 4 Fridays, and 4 Saturdays. This only happens once every 823 years.

 

February is one of my favorite months. Not because of “singles awareness day” aka Valentine’s Day, although I do feel better about it now that I am married, but because of the birthstone Amethyst and the flower that represents the month, violets! I think it is safe to say that I love purple!

 

I have a big rough amethyst that serves as a door stopper in my house. I actually took it from my mom and I’m not sure she even knows that it’s missing. But it is gorgeous! For a girl who loves sparkle, to look at the inside of that rock and see the naturally occurring crystals, just makes my world go around. My mom used to use it as a lesson when I was growing up too. She would take the rough side of the amethyst rock, the one that had nothing special and say that the outside doesn’t matter, it’s what is on the inside that counts. Then she would turn over the rock and that’s where the beauty was.

 

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Amethyst is a quartz that can be mined relatively easily. The moment when you find that ugly, bumpy rock and then crack into it with your rock hammer and see the gorgeous crystals you feel like you have struck a fortune. Amethyst can be expensive depending on the color but it is also an affordable stone that can be easily found in many jewelry stores. Here are a few from our selection…

 

 Click Here to View These and Other Amethyst Pieces for Sale in Our Etsy Store 

 

The color of Amethyst is royal purple and has been sought after for decades by royalty. If I was a princess an amethyst crown would be right up my alley. Take a look at a few of these…

 

 Photo Credits: http://crownprincessvictoria.blogspot.co.uk and http://atiaraaday.blogspot.com

 

February Fun Facts:

~National Bird Feeding Month

~Every First Sunday of February is Super Bowl Sunday

~In Old English, February was called “mud month”

~February is one of the most misspelled words in the English language

~February is the only month that can pass without having a full moon

~Today, February 3rd, is national carrot cake day, let’s all celebrate this together

 

Happy February and thanks so much for reading!