January 30, 2012

Less is Less. More is More.

If my life were a classified ad, it would read "Help Wanted: Designer Seeks a Life Balance Manager to Simplify her Existence".  Self-help books, focused meditations, mantras, visualization practices - I've tried them all.  And some of them have actually worked for me in small ways but there's been no better way to create the less chaotic life is desire than to be honest about what I am truly capable of handling.  The fact is, the more work and responsibility I take on, the more complicated each day is. The less I try to tackle, the less need for me to sweat the the small stuff. It's a very simple formula yet one that's ever increasingly difficult to implement. The reality of every day brings out-of-this-world challenges, unexpected smack downs but alternately highs so high you can become breathless from their heights.  The sheer act of trying to prioritize and put things into proper perspective can be exhausting.  And let's not forget that this life isn't just about us.  For most, what we decide to do and how we choose to do it impacts a host of others caught up in our orbit.  So with all of the moving pieces in our daily journey, is real balance a myth?  Maybe.

I think perfectionism, while necessary in cases where a precise outcome is required, like building airplanes, can be a destructive tool in the hands of a stressed out, over-wrought individual who feels the pressure to get a myriad of things done within any given 24 hour period.  You can't escape what life dishes out but you can control how much of it you take on.  The sooner we accept that the quest for a life of equilibrium will no doubt include many, many times of imbalance, the sooner we are able be at peace the imperfect nature of being.  I'm going to start this week off by acknowledging that there's only so much I can do. What I can accomplish, I will.  What I can't, I will accept. 

January 19, 2012

Custom, Color and the Jewelry Giveaway! - CLOSED

CONGRATULATIONS to our winner - Amanda R.!

I'M SO EXCITED! There's nothing I'd love more than to make someone happy by designing jewelry especially for them!

January 9, 2012

A #Jewelry Tradition

For three winter Sunday evenings beginning in mid-January and ending late February, I can be found popping some popcorn, opening a bottle of sparkling juice, positioning myself in the most optimal position in a big, comfy chair with a warm, plush blanket wrapped tightly around my legs and feet, laptop in lap, remote control in hand, ready to witness an annual Hollywood tradition: The Awards Season.

This year, beginning on January 15 with the Golden Globe Awards, January 29 for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and culminating with the Academy Awards on February 26, join me and a lively group of my jewelry-loving Twitter friends including the woman who got the whole party started, Jewelry.com's veritable blogger@JewelryInsider as we once again offer our sometimes tough, always fun but bitingly honest critiques of the beads, baubles and bangles (or in recent years, the lack thereof) worn by the stars as they walk the Red Carpet before each show. We use the hashtags #GlobeJewelry #SAGJewelry and #OscarJewelry to keep up with the conversations and observations. The easiest place to keep up with all of the action is here.  WARNING: Virtual drinking games have sometimes ensued but all in the name of beautiful jewels.

After last year's Golden Globes,  I was inspired to put my jewelry styling skills to the test and offer some Luxe for Less style board alternatives (as seen in this post) for some of my favorite actresses using pieces from my own LUXE jewelry collection.  This year, I will tackle the Oscars and hopefully introduce new items from my Spring 2012 collection before they hit my trunk shows and online boutiques.  Stay tuned for my post here on Monday, February 27 and don't forget to join me for all of the award season fun on Twitter!

January 2, 2012

New Year, New Career?

Happy 2012!  It's a brand new year full of wonderful possibilities.  I'm not a big believer in resolutions mainly because I've rarely been successful at committing to them but I'm a huge proponent of setting achievable goals with viable action plans.  So in that vane....
Earrings from JulRe Designs LUXE

A couple of years ago, a custom design client asked if I would bring some of my ready-to-wear jewelry to a photo shoot for her family portrait.  It was an odd request at that time but the idea of reaching back to my old fashion consulting bag of tricks was intriguing.  Little did I know that on that day, I would discover a whole new direction for my company.  I've been dabbling in jewelry styling rather informally ever since that day, occasionally at trunk shows and in my studio with customers but was never able to devote much time to it due to the demands of my design business.  This past weekend proved to be just the motivation I needed to shine a focused spotlight on what I hope will be my next big thing.

For my first official gig as a Jewelry Stylist, I was incredibly fortunate to be asked to style 2 very unique clients (who happen to be best friends) for New Year's Eve parties.  For each one, I brought along tons of jewelry from my Luxe and Eclectic collections.  The women's style sensibilities couldn't have been more different but that's what made the whole frantic, nerve-wracking adventure so much fun.  One was funky and free-spirited with a penchant for neon colors while the other is a self-proclaimed minimalist, more comfortable with simple lines and mellow hues.  Thanks to the magic of Polyvore, I put together the style boards above and below and while not exact representations of what each woman wore, the colors, clothing and accessory styles are strikingly similar.

 Bracelet from The Shop at JulRe Designs
Earrings from JulRe Designs LUXE
I'm so happy to say that both clients were fashionable hits at their events and I had the time of my life doing something I absolutely love.  There's nothing like discovering a new way to make people happy and then having the opportunity to turn it into a new creative avenue.  What a great way to start the year!


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