Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ElyseRyan Jewelry

I have been a huge fan of ElyseRyan Jewelry for years. I was interviewing for a private school job, and one of the faculty had on the cutest watch. After I started the position, I asked her who made it, and my love for ElyseRyan began!!
Elise Rosenstock is the designer behind ElyseRyan. She began ElyseRyan in 1999, making her jewelry from semi-precious stones, pearls and sterling silver. Her pieces became popular with women living in her area of Connecticut, being carried by local jewelers. Over time, more retail outlets began to pick up Elise’s jewelry. You can now find ElyseRyan Designs at jewelry stores around the country, and of course, on her website.
Elise donates much of her time to philanthropic organizations, and has created original jewelry designs to benefit specific causes she believes in, with just a few being Easter Seals, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

I love so many ElyseRyan pieces, it's hard to choose favorites! I recently purchased the two bracelets pictured above. There are several stones to choose from, all beaded with sterling silver. My bracelets are hematite and aventurine. Both have sterling silver toggle clasps with blue sapphire cabochon stones on the clasps. Aren't they gorgeous?

I feel very lucky to consider Elise a friend. I worked with her daughters years ago, and have had the pleasure of remaining in touch with Elise over the years. She is so dedicated to her family and to her company, but also to so many charitable causes.

You can purchase Elyse Ryan Jewelry on her website, www.elyseryan.com. You can also follow her on Instagram at @elyseryanjewelry.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

I'm Loving Mama Lee's Bakery

I'm definitely the kind of person who gets excited about finding and trying new things. That's one of the really wonderful parts of writing a lifestyle blog. I get to try really great things, and to meet people who are doing what they love. People who are truly talented at their life's passion-whether that be baking, making jewelry, or working with textiles (there are so many more, obviously). As I try something, I get to tell my readers about it. I also find favorites that I will absolutely recommend. These are my most recent must haves, and I love telling others about them!

I'm loving Mama Lee's Bakery

I know that macarons are extremely trendy, and I don't care one little bit. I think they are gorgeous. I have enough pins of macarons on my Pinterest, that I should probably start their own board. Actually, I have only had them a couple of times, which I suppose is good, because I don't think they are meant to be their own category on the food pyramid. Seriously though, now that I live in a small-ish area, I have no idea where to buy them, and with my cooking/baking skills, I'm not ready to tackle them on my own. Regardless-I LOVE them.

I recently became acquainted with Miranda Lee, owner of Mama Lee's Bakery. Miranda became vegan for spiritual and ethical reasons and raised her daughter with a cruelty-free lifestyle as well. Having a plant based diet was difficult during the early 90's, especially in the south. Her daughter felt excluded at school when she couldn't eat cookies, cakes, or any other desserts that were brought in by her classmates, so Mama Lee began experimenting in the kitchen. After years of failures and mishaps, awesome recipes were created! They were so good that many friends and family members thought it would be a good idea to sell these to consumers, and thus, Mama Lee's Bakery was born!

Miranda makes all kinds of vegan treats at Mama Lee's Bakery, but it seems that her doughnuts and macarons are extremely popular. Miranda ships nationwide, and she was kind enough to send me some raspberry macarons. She has a large variety of flavors, but raspberry is my favorite sweets flavor. They arrived beautifully packaged, and they were so gorgeous. I think I might need to take on a new career, photographing and painting macarons. They were absolutely delicious. Not too heavy, or too almond-y. The raspberry wasn't too overpowering. They were absolute perfection. 

If you're looking for a special dessert for an event, or maybe to have as a take-away from a shower or wedding, you won't be sorry if you call on Mama Lee's Bakery. You can find her by clicking on her store name, or go to: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MamaLeesATL.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift? Easy Peasy...

What Mom Really Wants This Year - The Gift of Julep

Gift of Maven - Mother's Day

Surprise Mom with the only customizable monthly beauty box - the Julep Beauty Box. The Gift of Julep Beauty Boxis available in 2 month, 4 month or 6 month increments and it is one of the best beauty values around. For example, the 6-month Gift of Julep is valued at over $240, but you only pay $119.94 - a savings of more than 50%. Plus, you don't have to worry if your gift will get there on time because it's totally digital! Julep will send your mom an email letting her know about her gift. 

Here is how the Gift of Julep works:

1. Go to the Julep Gift of Julep Beauty Box page and choose the number of boxes you'd like to give. (You can buy boxes for new or existing Julep subscribers.)

2. Choose when you want your gift delivered and Julep will send your giftee a welcome email with redemption instructions.

3. Julep will send you an email to let you know your gift was redeemed. 

Simple as that! Once the Gift of Julep Beauty Box increment is up, the recipient can choose to continue the subscription or you can gift even more months.