What’s your style?


a: distinctive manner of expression (as in writing or speech) writes with more attention to style than to content the flowery style of 18th century prose
b : a distinctive manner or custom of behaving or conducting oneself the formal style of the court his style is abrasive; also : a particular mode of living in high style
c : a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed a unique style of horseback riding the classical style of dance

I want to talk about your fashion style.

Do you have one?

Sometimes I get comments from potential clients about my jewelry…  they say – I’m not sure what to wear it with.

So I’m going to spend some time defining my style as a starting point of how to wear my jewelry designs.


style in a snap

time – we never have enough time.  So first and foremost I want a style that is easy to accomplish.

I spend a lot of my days now in jeans and a t-shirt.  But not everyday!  I like to dress for the occasion, but I don’t want to have a closet full of clothes that get worn only a few times.

I want to be able to mix and match staples that can be worn for a variety of occasions.

When I travel I like to take only a carry on bag.  (And I have spent 3 weeks in Europe doing just that.)

So I am going to put together a series of outfits utilizing some basic pieces to show you how I do it.

You probably have the key pieces in your wardrobe already.  And true style is knowing how to mix the right combinations FOR YOU.

I hope to show you how to achieve a style with minimal effort.  And eventually I want to talk about age appropriate fashion.


the Ladies Lunch

I am going to show you an outfit that suits my relaxed minimal style now.  And I would wear it to a lunch date.



The woman is wearing an outfit from Eileen Fisher – my go to designer.

  • First off – the jacket.  I prefer an unstructured jacket now.  I used to wear classic menswear suit jackets when I worked., but now a knit jacket is more versatile.  It’s great for travel too as you can roll it up.  And it looks great over a skirt or dress and even jeans.
  • Underneath the jacket I would wear a light weight sweater or long sleeve T shirt.
  • The pants are knit also but a heavy structured knit with a little stretch.  Sophisticated but easy to wear.  And I can wear them almost year round in Tucson.
  • I really don’t like the laced up shoe style so I have added a slide instead.  
  • I love Coach bags and I prefer a slouchy style.
  • Finally I added a pair of my Desert Vista earrings.  Since these earrings are bold I would not wear any other jewelry, but I might add a scarf for a little color. 

In January or February it would be one that I knit….



Here’s a variation…..










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12 Spectacular Earrings Under $100 to add to your collection

Earrings – my go to accessory

Oh I am busy busy busy creating a dozen pair of spectacular earrings that I will be offering later this month…..  and all of them will be under $100.  And today I’m giving you just a tiny sneak peak.

I love earrings; and they are my go to accessory –  especially when I am in a hurry.  Of course you have also heard me say I hate to make earrings… and that is still true.  But I’m always up for a challenge.  

a little history

Ear piercing is one of the oldest known forms of body modification, with artistic and written references from cultures around the world dating back to early history. Gold, Silver and Bronze hoop earrings were prevalent in the Minoan Civilization (2000–1600 BC).

An early evidence of earring-wearing is evident in the Biblical record. In Exodus 32:1–4, it is written that while Moses was up on Mount Sinai, the Israelites demanded that Aaron make a god for them. It is written that he commanded them to bring their sons’ and daughters’ earrings (and other pieces of jewelry) to him in order that he might comply with their demand. 

Earrings became fashionable among courtiers and gentlemen in the 1590s during the English Renaissance. A document published in 1577 by clergyman William Harrison, Description of England, states “Some lusty courtiers and gentlemen of courage do wear either rings of gold, stones or pearls in their ears.”

Types of Earrings

Statement Earrings
…. can be defined as “Earrings which invite attention from others by demonstrating bold, original, and unique designs with innovative construction and material combinations”.

Stud earrings
The main characteristic of stud earrings is the appearance of floating on the ear or earlobe without a visible (from the front) point of connection. Studs are invariably constructed on the end of a post, which penetrates straight through the ear or earlobe. The post is held in place by a removable friction back or clutch. .

Hoop earrings
…. are circular or semi-circular in design, and look very similar to a ring. 

Drop earrings
A drop earring attaches to the earlobe and features a gemstone or ornament that dangles down from a chain, hoop, or similar object. The length of these ornaments vary from the very short to the extravagantly long. Such earrings are occasionally known as droplet earrings, dangle earrings, or pendant earrings. They also include chandelier earrings, which branch out into elaborate, multi-level pendants.

Dangle earrings
…. are designed to flow from the bottoms of the earlobes, and are available in various lengths from a centimeter or two, all the way to brushing the shoulders. They are generally attached to the ear by the use of thin wires, which go through the earlobe and connect to themselves in a small hook at the back. A variation is the French hook design, which merely hangs from the earlobe without closure, although small plastic retainers are sometimes used on ends of French hooks.


So here is your sneak peak of an earring from the Desert Vista Collection….


statement earrings


What king of earrings do you like to wear?

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Easy Casual Valentine’s Day ideas (and a giveaway)

St Valentine’s Day – February 14th

Every February 14, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones.

All in the name of St. Valentine.

But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?

And…. how do you celebrate the holiday?  Make sure to read to the end for my surprise…

The History

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Cards, Cookies, Candy – or out to dinner?

valentine card

This year I am getting a card for my husband… 

and I am also sending my 2 daughters cards.  I am making them some special earrings to enclose in the cards.  It’s my way to tell them how much I love them and appreciate what they do for me.

I used to bake every Valentine’s day – my specialty was strawberry cheesecake….   but frankly I don’t want the calories.  But if sweets are what you love look at this great cookie bouquet  valentine's day cookies

valentine's day candy  Candy is always a good choice….  My favorite is See’s

But for sure this year my husband will take me out to dinner….  (Wednesday is our regular date night anyway).  But as usual it will be a surprise.  So I’m thinking about what I will wear.  And I put together my ideas…


easy-casual-Valentine's Day-style

  1. Eileen Fisher Cardigan Top
  2. Eileen Fisher Creamy White Tank Top
  3. Eileen Fisher Pencil Skirt
  4. Yucca Frond Sterling Silver Earrings
  5. Bangle Bracelet with Lampworked Bead
  6. Coach Leather Bag

Here is a way to add a pop of color to a basic black pencil skirt and white tank top.  The red sweater jacket would elevate this outfit for Valentine’s Day.  It’s casual yet chic.  The accessories make the statement.  Black flats or heels would complete the outfit. 



Valentine's giveaway

I am running a little event over on facebook to give away this darling sterling silver bracelet.

The link to enter is below but you’ve got to enter by February 8th

  Here is the link to enter


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I am really loving these necklaces.

I wore it all dressed up over the holidays….  but I also wear it with jeans.



I have named the collection – recherché – which means exquisite, choice, exotic and rare.  I am making them with glass cabochons that I flamework in the torch.  And sometimes I use a particularly fine stone that have acquired over the years.  Some are minimal like the one I am wearing and some of them are a little more showy.  Most of them are on the teardrop chain that I have become enamored with.  

They will be in the shop mid January.  

They will also be at the show I am doing in Tucson on January 20 – 21 at Las Encanatada Shopping Center.  If you live in Tucson I hope you stop by to say hello.


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Sorrow, saying sorry

Saying sorry  (spoiler alert – a rant is following)

(skip to the bottom to see something jewelry related)

Definition of sorrow

1 : deep distress, sadness, or regret especially for the loss of someone or something loved
2 : a cause of grief or sadness
3 : a display of grief or sadness

Okay I cannot keep quiet about the fall of many high profile men who are being called out by woman for sexual misconduct committed in the past.  First of all yeah.  Better late than never.  I can understand the silence.  And in reading the accounts I am happy that finally several brave women have come forward and are saying – what happened to me is wrong and I need to speak out.  I cannot allow this behavior to continue.  I cannot condone the crime that was committed against me with silence.  I want the world to know what I have endured and that it was wrong.

Obviously I have been treated to a daily deluge of this kind of news now for many weeks.  Men who have abused their power by having committed an injustice to a fellow person and are now being called out.  So why did the Matt Lauer story induce this rant?

I like to watch CNN or MSNBC on the tv screen on the treadmills at LA Fitness. 

(I work out 4 days a week by walking 2 miles in 30 minutes at the LA fitness near me – yeah me) 

And today I was greeted with Matt Lauer saying 

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said in a statement provided to CNN. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.” 


Well, Matt Lauer , it is my opinion that you are not sorry for those acts that you have committed in the past that are now being brought to light.  You are sorry that you have been caught.  You have sorrow that people will now see you in a different light.  You are sorry that you have lost your job.  You are sorry that you feel humiliated now.  And you might be sorry to see the hurt you have caused to your loved ones.  BUT I believe that if Matt Lauer was “sorry” for what he did he might have considered telling the ones he loves about his misdeeds on his own without having been called out by his victims.  That brave action would allow me to have some empathy that perhaps he has reflected on his actions in the past and is appalled at what he has done and he is truly sorry.

And there are other men and woman out there right now.  Perhaps they have abused fellow workers or have cheated on their spouse.  But right now they are sitting there all comfy because that was in the past and I have gotten away with it – whatever it may be.  But let those actions come to light and I bet the “I’m sorrys ” would come pouring out of their mouths.

OK enough…..   you get my point.

What have I been up to?

Well I finished knitting a cowl which I took to Chicago with me.  It came in very handy.

knitted cowl


Someone said they didn’t like cowl scarfs because they hid your jewelry……  not so….


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what do you wear to run some quick errands


Do you believe in the 80-20 rule?

Well, it’s true for my clothes – I wear 20% of my clothes 80% of the time.

This outfit is a favorite.  No time for jewelry except for a pair of statement earrings.  This look will work for a short flight to Chicago for the weekend too.  or NYC or Colorado Springs – where ever….






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casual chic outfit for travel

casual chic travel outfit

In my last blog I shared some photos from my recent travel to the Basque Country.  So today I want to talk a little about what I wear when I travel.  This is a simple outfit that is very comfortable yet extremely chic.  I want something that is super comfortable especially on long overnight flights to Europe because I have to sleep in it.  For shoes I always choose flats because you never know when you have to run through an airport.  I like a large handbag when I travel and this one is great because it closes which is important when it goes through security.  And because the outfit is minimal a great statement necklace makes the look perfect.  Plus when you arrive to your destination you make a great impression.

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