Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Little Something for Mom

I have to admit, I am terrible about planning ahead for gifts. I have no clue what to get my mom or my mother in law.

As far as I go, my husband and kids know they can never go wrong with jewelry or makeup/skincare. My husband knows to take a sly look at my saved items at a few of my frequented online stores. My boys will likely be surprised that it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday!

One of my favorite online stores is Naughton Braun Pearls. I know I’ve recommended them before, but I seriously love them. They have so many lovely pieces, with a great range of prices.

One of my current favorites is the Diamond Head pearl and hematite necklace. Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous? I wear mine all the time! It looks equally fantastic with dresses and jeans.



You can even get 15% off at www.naughtonbraun.com with code PM15%Coupon. Perfect, right?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

List It Challenge - What I’m Thankful For

I’ve been thinking about this question all month. It’s not that it’s hard to find things that I’m thankful for-to the contrary, I’m just thankful. However, in the spirit of the challenge, I will create a list.


1. I’m thankful for my husband. I may not have known that he was “the one” when we saw Crocodile Dundee on Halloween of 1986, but I did have a feeling that he’d always be in my life. There are so many things that I love and that I’m thankful for in him, it would take me forever to list them all.

2. I’m thankful for my two sons. I may not be the domestic goddess that I imagined I’d be, but I love my boys beyond measure. They are silly, and smart, and fun, and loving. There are times that they are so much alike, and then others when I think they couldn’t be more different. There isn’t anything that I wouldn’t do for them (well, within reason). I’m so proud to be their mom.

3. I’m thankful for my family. I’ve often preferred to hang with my family than with friends or at activities. Not in a weird way, but I’m a major homebody. My mom and dad were so awesome. They loved eachother like crazy, and they were so much fun to be around. My brother is my best friend. We went to boarding school and college together, and I love that he calls me just to visit. He’s hilarious, kind and incredibly successful. My sister and I have become close as adults. Maybe I was just enough younger than her, so that we didn’t quite understand one another growing up-I have no idea. Once we grew up, though, we get along so well. She’s incredibly smart and driven. She speaks like 4 languages, and is confident.

4. I’m thankful for our dog, Waffles. I love her so much. She is so incredibly sweet and loving. I love all animals, but she is so special. If I’m having a bad day, a cuddle with Waffles will turn it around. It’s like she knows.

Again, there are so many things that I’m thankful for. To pick 4 doesn’t seem right, but I think my original statement of just being thankful is pretty accurate.


Monday, February 12, 2018

List It Challenge - Beautiful Things in My Home

I’ve had a hard time writing this post, because we are living with my inlaws, and I don’t really feel like it’s “my” home.

However, I’ve been evaluating our home, and despite the fact that things aren’t necessarily my style, there is a lot of beauty in the home that my inlaws have lived in for 50 years. They like everything to be in its place, and it’s easy to see how much they love every item.



There are a lot of antiques and wood in our house. Again, not really me, but I’ve always loved this little comb and brush box that is hanging in our bathroom. It had dried flowers in it, but I like it just like this. It’s simple and quaint, and yes, beautiful.



My father in law loves clocks. Part of his nighttime routine is winding them (I’m sure there is an exact number of turns for each one) before he goes to bed. This one is so beautiful, and I’d love to know it’s history before it came to their house in Iowa.



This statue is actually one of the only things I brought over when we cleared out my mom’s condo. When I was in middle school, my parents redecorated our house. It was the 80s, so everything matched. Mauve carpets, floral wallpaper with mauve flowers, and this little lady was in our living room. I didn’t know where to put it, but it reminds me of my parents, and when my dad was alive. I think she looks great outside, and I love how this photo turned out.

Monday, February 5, 2018

List It Challenge - Favorite Flowers

I love all flowers. Someday I’d love to have fresh flowers in my home and a regular basis, because they always bring a smile to my face.
Here are my favorites:


Reniculas


Hydrangeas


Peonies

There are obviously more, but these are my favorites.
Orchids are to die for, but for the life of me, I can’t keep them alive.
Daisies are simple and happy.
Gerber daisies and a bit of whimsicle color
Roses. I know many people believe that roses are overdone, but I believe that RED roses are tired, especially this time of year. When I was a sorority girl, my mom used to send me yellow roses (our colors were black and gold). I had peach roses in my wedding bouquet, and they were lovely. I’ve always loved the roses that are kind of yellowish, that are tipped in red. And of course, I love hot pink roses.

What are your favorite flowers?

Friday, February 2, 2018

List It Challenge - February Goals

I’ve been pretty terrible about posting for the past few months. I considered taking a break from my blog, but instead of running away from my funk, I’ve decided to face it head-on.

I really want my blog to have substance, and I love to write. Moving forward, I hope to be more consistent about writing, and to have my posts be about things that are “me,” rather than “things.” Often the two mix, because I love beautiful things, and I’m a pretty major consumer. So, perhaps a hybrid.

I’ve decided to take on the List It Challenge from the 1407planners. There are only 20, so I’m hopeful that I can do it.



As you can see from the image above, it shouldn’t be too too hard, and it will hopefully give a little push to be more creative, and to make time to write.

Currently, it’s February 2nd, but I just came across the list. So, without further ado...
#1 February Goals

  • I hope to complete the February List It Challenge
  • Purge and Organize our room, and our kids’ room
  • Do a better job of self-care (and define what it means to ma personally)
I know there are only three, but I need to start small, especially in the month when I generally get pretty sick.

I know I say it a lot, but I would love for you to follow along with me. What is one of your goals for February?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Jackie Kennedy Jewelry Collection

Like many of us, I love to see what my favorite celebrities wear on the red carpet and to special events. I particularly love the amazing jewelry that is worn, usually with an armed security guard standing behind the women important enough to have these sparklers on loan.

If you look further back, however, you’ll see historical figures wearing jewels that they owned, or that were passed down within their families. One woman always perfectly adorned was Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Many of the jewels that Jackie Kennedy wore became iconic pieces. So much so, that there has been, and there continues to be, a demand for replicas of her most sought after looks.



My friend, Diana Miller, is the owner of SCLadyDiJewelry. She has a large collection of jewelry pieces from the Jackie Kennedy Collection. This collection was designed and made by Camrose & Kross, the makers of fine jewelry. All of the JBK pieces come in beautiful velour-covered boxes with Certificates of Authenticity.



For over a ten-year period, Camrose &Kross painstakingly created replicas of many of Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s personal pieces of jewelry, right down to their exact weight. However, Camrose & Kross has retired this collection and destroyed all of the molds for it. Pieces from The Jacqueline Kennedy Jewelry Collection are becoming more and more scarce and, therefore, have become HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE. The replicas are identified by a "JBK" signature stamp. (JBK stands for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.)


Diana has been stocking up on JBK pieces in her Etsy Store for the holidays (I’ve chosen just a few to share photos of in this post). They are immensely popular items in her store. All of the pieces are Like New and a great investment as collector items. I, myself, have a copy of her everyday watch that I wear almost daily. It’s gorgeous, and I’m very proud to wear it.



I’ve worked with Diana and SCLadyDiJewelry for a couple of years, and I’m always so happy to help  jewelry shoppers and collectors find her store. She is so professional, and the pieces that she chooses for her store are selected because she loves them, and she knows that others will love them as well. Whether you’re a collector of designer pieces, or if you’re looking for a lovely piece of stand alone jewelry, just wait for Diana to share her vast knowledge of collectibles with you. You’ll definitely be impressed with her picks at SCLadyDiJewelry.

To find SCLadyDiJewelry, follow any of the links in this post, or go directly to www.etsy.com/shop/SCLadyDiJewelry.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Pearl Earring Giveaway

Just a couple of days left to enter my giveaway with Naughton Braun Pearls! We’re giving away a gorgeous pair of Rudas Earrings to one lucky winner.



You can also get a discount at Naughton Braun Pearls using code PM15%Coupon.
Rudas Pearl Earrings:

  • Freshwater drop Pearl earrings
  • Gold plate over Sterling Silver shepherds hooks
  • Clear CZ setting suspending a 10.5mm high lustre freshwater white pearl

I’m the meantime, my giveaway ends on 12/7/17. You can’t win if you don’t enter!

Pearl Giveaway Entry