When I was a young girl of just twelve years old, my father died from heart disease. The effects of this disease are far-reaching and have touched too many dear friends of mine, both young and old, to count. This is a cause that is very near to my heart and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of helping to raise money for The American Heart Association in this event. Please join us in Houston for a fabulous night of cocktails, light bites and shopping with heart. . .
Things We Love
My hubs is a wine dude. When we were dating, I was continually impressed by his knowledge of wine. On each date, he would order a wine and it was always delicious. Come to think of it, throughout the time I’ve known him, I’m not sure he’s ever ordered a bad wine for me. In fact, he usually orders a glass each of two different wines and lets me taste each and chose the one I like best. He says that’s a fun challenge for him and ensures he orders two really good wines. Is he a treasure or what?
With a man like him comes a decent-sized (and quality!) wine collection. I consider that a huge plus, but it does come with a few challenges, too.
Whole30 is all about planning. I read this before I started and, quite frankly, I ignored it. I mean, I have enough to plan and organize already in my life and now they wanted me to add healthy food planning to that list? No, thank you. I’ll just wing it. Boy, was that a mistake. . .
I love my iPad. Truly, I use it for so many things. It is great for working on the go, easier to travel with than a full laptop (but still allows me to blog and stay connected on trips), it keeps my littles entertained with movies on long flights, allows me to read books on my Kindle app, taking an entire library with me on the go, and so much more. But, this post isn’t really about my iPad. It’s about the so much more. (more…)
Hubs and I are really into coffee. Part of it is due to my my friend Pauline’s influence, as she encouraged it by giving us her old espresso machine when she upgraded to a new one. I think it really took off to new heights, however, when we lived in San Francisco. SF is coffee-crazy and incredible artisan coffee abounds there, so we were a little spoiled with options and our standards raised in proportion.
It really is a bit of a dream come true. I’ve long since wanted to open a studio space where I can work in a lovely and well-designed space and where I can meet customers for personalized shopping appointments (and, of course, host shopping events!) I have been designing jewelry for nearly 15 years now (yikes!) and I’ve always done most of my work out of my home. With three littles, however, the game has changed quite a bit and this space allows me a place to think and create in relative quiet and a place to meet customers when it is most convenient for them (even if that is when my littles are napping!) Click below for some lovely photos of our new space and the details on where I got everything!
Many of you know that we recently opened up a design studio in Rice Village in Houston, Texas. This is such an exciting step for us. It is so nice to have a design-focused space in which to meet customers, work on the business and design new sparkles! It’s a beautiful space and we’ve gotten such amazing feedback about it from our customers. Yay that you love it as much as we do!
In order to help you find it, we whipped up this lovely little graphic that shows just where we are. So, stop by and join us for a glass of wine and some shopping. We would love to meet you. See you at the studio!
I like things to be organized (though I don’t particularly like to do the organizing!) I also like things to be beautiful. When those two features merge into one item, joy ensues. I recently found the Day Designer, a beautiful labor of love from the talented Whitney English. Spurred on by her own frustration with planner products and entrepreneur organization challenges, Whitney set out to make something better. After loads of research about productivity and branding, the Day Designer was born.
I have to admit that the beauty side of this planner is a major draw for me. I’m far more likely to sit down and plan out my week/month when the process is lovely and fun. This planner has luxuriously thick, beautiful paper, a shiny spiral binding and beautiful gold metal corner details and a fun black and white stripe pattern that makes it ultra-chic. I love seeing it sitting on my desk and look forward to writing in it and planning with intention, which is a half the battle for me. The day pages just make sense. With an hourly agenda, a to do list, top three to do prompts, notes, a section for gratitude and an inspirational quote for the day, the page helps you organize your top priorities and visualize those alongside your schedule and longer priorities list. Having written things down this way for a month or so now, I realize that my to do lists are WAY too long (read: unrealistic) and I love being able to write them down on future dates and put them out of my sight and mind until the appropriate day so that I can better focus on what I need to be doing today.
Not sure the Day Designer’s page style is for you? Whitney is kind enough to offer a free download for you to try it out before investing in one. (Now, that’s a woman who is confident in her product.) I’m really loving mine – and the private Facebook group that you’re invited to when you own one, in which people post myriad ideas for better organization and using your Day Designer in the best way possible for keeping overwhelm at bay in your own life. So, hop on over to Whitney’s site and take a look around. My guess is that you’ll love her sophisticated, gorgeous (and don’t forget functional!) products as much as I do.
Grab yours here…
Tonight, the fam packed up and headed to The Houstonian hotel for some hot chocolate by their giant fireplace. They have huge gingerbread houses surrounding the top of it with a train that drives around them, so we knew that would be a huge hit with the boys. (We weren’t mistaken on that one.) It was so much fun to sit by a roaring fire, sipping on hot chocolate, while the boys ran around and marveled at the train. The Houstonian’s decorations are absolutely stunning and put us all in the holiday spirit, for sure. (more…)