December 31, 2013

Party on a Whim

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As I write this post, I'm envisioning a dear friend on the West Coast effortlessly putting together a last minute New Year's Eve party for 16. Her phone call last night was filled with breathless excitement as she explained to me that at dinner that evening, she and her husband lamented at the fact they had decided months ago to have a quiet evening alone on December 31, something they hadn't done in years. See, they are the consummate party-givers. The could run rings around most event planners. They both have high-powered, ultra high stress jobs and children still living at home yet they are the masters at entertaining. Their specialty? The last minute soiree. 

It's truly remarkable to attend one of their swanky events and hear them nonchalantly mention that they decided to invite everyone over that very morning. A casual get-together is one thing but a festive end-of-year extravaganza? Not possible to pull off, one would think but my friend is always prepared. There's are numerous party dresses, always cleaned and ready to wear in her closet. Her hair stylist makes house calls. Simple but elegant appetizer recipes are in an organized folder in Dropbox so she can access ingredient lists on her phone while on the go. A case of champagne, a stocked bar and all of the other necessities for a fabulous time are always ready. So as she once again pulls off her sure to be fabulous party on a whim tonight, I'll marvel at her unreal organizational skills and continue to wonder if I could ever be the like her, the true hostess with the most-est.

Have you ever hosted a last minute party?

December 30, 2013

Color Craze: Farewell to Emerald

Images: top left, clockwise - EarringsNecklaceCoatGlassPaintingFashion,  DoorChair
A successor has been chosen, so as we say a reluctant farewell to Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald, we revisit all of it's rich vibrancy. Whether incorporated into furniture, housewares or bringing life to a neutral outfit, it's a true color of elegance. I enjoy using the color in my handmade jewelry like the Green Envy Necklace and it was a best seller in our fashion jewelry collection. It's the perfect hue for any time of the year but it's so fashionable for the Holiday season. It's totally worthy of a head to toe look or you can adorn your favorite little black dress with a fabulous pair of statement earrings a la Angelina Jolie for New Year's Eve. While we'll move a bit of our focus to the brilliant Radiant Orchid in 2014, I'll always come back to the beauty of Emerald.

December 24, 2013

From Us to YOU




Warmth, love and happiness to our fabulous customers, friends and family.
See you in 2014!

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