Blog Challenge #15: Timeline of my day

Blog Challenge #15: Timeline of my day

I start my day around 6:30 am. I have always been a morning person and thankfully so because my little 3 month old likes to start his day around this time too. I make my coffee, let my puppies out, feed my sweet boy, and put on CMT. Music in the morning helps me shake off fatigue and feel energized.

 

Here’s a beautiful sunrise picture from my porch.

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I like to get my work done in the mornings too. Our online boutique usually lists about 20 new items each day. It is always exciting to see what new pretties we are going to add to our store. Also we have launched our new website. Have you checked it out yet? Here (https://oaksjewelry.com/) is a link and here are a few of this week’s favorite treasures:

 

Lunch is usually leftovers from the night before and in the late afternoon we go for a walk. Look at my son’s face…it makes me laugh because he doesn’t like to smile for the camera much but he does love walks.

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On Friday nights, my honey and I have always set a tradition that we go to the same place each week and unwind. We talk about the events of the week, dream of new adventures to come, and just enjoy each other’s company without rushing to get anywhere or get anything accomplished. Each place we have lived, we had our “Friday night place”. In Gainesville, Florida it was Piesano’s, in Pensacola, Florida, it was McGuire’s, in Fort Wayne, Indiana it was Bagger Dave’s, and in San Marcos, Texas it is Saltgrass.

 

Fun Fact: at McGuire’s you have to try the 18 cent bean soup (also watch out for the tricky restroom signs):

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Recently our little family has been binge watching the new season of Stranger Things! It’s the perfect mix of fall spooky, fun 80s feel, and the adorable kids make the show!

Lastly, on nights when I need to unwind, my new guilty pleasure is a hot bath with Dr. Teal’s Coconut oil Epson salt! It’s magical!

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Thanks for reading and Happy Friday!

Next week’s blog prompt is: What’s on your bucket list?

 

Blog Challenge #13: What is your earliest memory?

I grew up in a small town in Florida. Our house was little and cozy (see picture below), filled with antiques and one wall in the living room that had floor to ceiling artwork of all different kinds. My dad was the most beautifully artistic person and he was a jeweler by trade. My younger days were spent behind the counter of my parent’s jewelry store. I watched my mom and dad help clients day after day and year after year.

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One of my fondest memories (maybe not my earliest) was the day I commissioned my dad to make a ring for me. I decided that I wanted to be a paying customer and wanted to have a special ring made. My dad played along, like any good dad would do. He let me pick out a stone to be set in my ring and he did the rest. I chose a blue tourmaline with a cabochon top. This particular tourmaline was rare…it was an indicolite tourmaline. My dad made this ring for me….

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I was pretty young and didn’t actually wear the ring daily but I remember being pleased as punch with my ring that I purchased with my allowance of about $80 (what a deal!). Years later after my dad passed away this ring became priceless to me!

 

A few months after my dad’s passing, his good friend, Sholomo called my mom. He said that he felt like my dad’s spirit was pressing upon him to send me a particular ring. I felt like the gesture was so kind and thoughtful. He wanted me to have something special to remember my dad by. When the ring arrived, I opened it not knowing what to expect. Low and behold there was another blue indicolte tourmaline ring…

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I’m not sure how or if Sholomo knew about this special stone, but in that moment I felt so close to my dad even though he was gone.

 

Jewelry is so special and sentimental. Jewelry can hold memories, promises, history and love.

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Thank you for reading! Next week’s blog prompt is: If you won the lottery…

Blog Challenge #11: What are your 15 Favorite things?

Hello there~

This week’s blog prompt is one of my favorites. I’ve done a favorites list before so I will adjust this one a bit and give you my current favorite obsessions. Enjoy!

  • Amazon Prime

I know I’m probably a little late to the game but Amazon Prime is a life changer! But buyers and shoppers beware. You order things and they are delivered to your door in 2 days. Need I say more?!? If you are a new mom, workaholic, busy busy bee…you need to sign up now!

  • Pumpkin Patch Family Photos

My little family of three will be getting our pumpkin patch photo next week and these pictures are my inspiration…hoping that I get my little 11 week old to smile or at least be awake.

  • Honey/Lemon Hot Water

So I’ve been fighting off my traditional change of the season cold and this little remedy is so amazing. The lemon is a natural cleanser and the honey sooths a sore throat and battles against a nagging cough. I’m still drinking my little “cocktail” after 2 weeks and I think I’m hooked!

  • NFL RedZone

Ok, so I do love college football (I’m a born and raised Gainesville, FL girl, so the GATORs are my guys!) but I’m not really into professional football. However, my hubby is all about it. So we recently added NFL Redzone to our cable package and I’m impressed. It’s a new way to watch football. Instead of switching channels and watching tons of games at once, Redzone only shows you the teams that are close to scoring. It’s more exciting! AND…at the end of the l-o-n-g day of football they have the “Touchdown Montague” that shows every touchdown from every game! It’s fun!

  • Jaclyn Hill Eye-shadow Palette

Just look at these colors, GORGEOUS! Also, there are so many YouTube tutorials circling around with hundreds of ways to apply these colors. Click here to check out one from Tati.

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  • L’Oréal Infallible Lipstick in the color “Milk and Cookies”

This shade is perfect for fall! I’ll be wearing it in my pumpkin patch photos!

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  • 90 Day Fiancé on TLC

This show has me hooked! The couples that travel the world for their true love and get engaged the first time they meet in person and get married within 90 days of getting back to the US. It’s great TV!

  • Austin Texas Coffee Houses

Austin knows how to do coffee and it seems that every coffee shop has cute photo opps too!

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  • Rubies

My son was born in July and out of ALLLLLL my jewelry, I do not have any rubies (the birthstone for July). Which one of these do I need for my collection? (Click here to have a closer look or to buy before I can get my hands on them ;o)

  • Over the knee boots

My favorite Instagramer, Alyson Haley, has been posting pics of “over the knee” boots and I need some. I actually had some years ago but got rid of them thinking they were out of style. Sorry hubby….from now on, I am keeping everything!!!

  • Gourd Painting

This is just good fall fun. Check out these Pinterest ones…

 

  • Lime Lush Boutique

I’ve been adding outfits from this boutique to my online shopping cart for weeks. I want to order from them so bad. Does anyone have good/bad reviews to share? All their outfits and clothes are SO cute!

  • Charlotte Russe Ankle Boots

I know that this store has very inexpensive things but their booties are great quality. I bought a pair last year for fall and even wore them through snowy days in Indiana and they are still in great shape for this year. Today they are having a 50% off sale. These are the pairs I am ordering…

  • Ruffle Tops

Anything with ruffles makes me smile. I love these tops from Nordstrom!

  • Pot Roast

I made this recipe last night and OH MY GOODNESS it was amazing. So simple and quick but a great finished product!

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(Click here for recipe)

Hope you enjoyed this post! Happy Friday and next week is: What’s in your fridge?

 

Blog Challenge #2:   20 Random Fun Facts About Me

Blog Challenge #2:   20 Random Fun Facts About Me

1)    Sparkle is my favorite color. (diamonds especially, which are my birthstone) ~ click here to shop

2)    I lived in Guam for over 2 years.

3)    I love boots/booties (check out these stunners that are on sale now as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) ~ click here to shop

4)    I have always loved antique furniture ever since I was a kid. (this dresser has been mine since I was a teenager and always makes me think it should be in a Disney princess’ room)

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5)    Forever 21 and stores that have too many options stress me out.

6)    I start my mornings out by drinking 16oz of water first thing. (check out these health benefits)

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7)    Going out to new restaurants is my favorite hobby.

8)    I love the beach but do not like going in the water.

9)    My hubby and I watch Shark Week every year. (even the ridiculous shows like Michael Phelps vs the Great White Shark)

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10) I get stuck in ruts. (I’ll wear the same jewelry for a week, cook the same dinners over and over, and use the same hair/face products for years)

11) I have snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

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Photo credit: www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Travel-Photo-Ideas

12) I could watch “Say Yes to the Dress” all day and still want more! (the new UK version is awesome by the way!)

13) I always spend at least $50 at Target no matter what.

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14) My biggest pet peeve is when people say “Irregardless” (that’s not a word)

15) Colored pens are my jam! (I love matching greeting cards with coordinating pen colors)

16) I am always worried that I will run out of coffee creamer so I usually have 2-3 bottles at one time (whenever I move to a new place, this is usually the first purchase and item in my fridge)

17) I’ve never had any cavities in my teeth.

18) Anytime a restaurant has shrimp and grits on the menu I have to order it.

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19) Cats scare me.

20) I love white sports cars. (I get this from my dad who restored this white Porsche when I was little)

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I challenge you to give me 20 fun facts about yourself on your blog!

And…next week’s blog topic will be Your Favorite Quotes.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Blogging Challenge: #1 Introduction and Recent Photo

Blogging Challenge: #1 Introduction and Recent Photo

Hello! One of my favorite bloggers invited me to participate in a fun 30 prompt blogging challenge. The list of ideas offers a fun way to have other bloggers get to know you and your point of view. If you would like to follow along, please join me! This week is about introductions and a recent photo. I’ll put next week’s prompt at the end of today’s post.

 

Here we go:

 

My name is Candy.

 

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I’m a 5th generation Floridian and I’m 9 months pregnant with my first little miracle. I work for a jewelry boutique located in Gainesville, Florida and I feel like I have the best job in the world! We have been in business for over 30 years. The main passion of our boutique is everything jewelry but with an emphasis on vintage and estate treasures.

 

 

 

My blog started over a year ago and every Friday I bring you something either educational, inspiring, fashion related, jewelry related, or a fun story. Our most re-blogged and favorited post was “A story of a used wedding ring” (check it out here).

 

That story shows my heart for vintage pieces and giving them a new life, a new love story, and a new purpose. My goal is to keep well crafted, gorgeous heirlooms in circulation for generations to come. My favorite thing to tell my clients is: you’ve got the girl, we’ve got the ring. We really do have something for everyone!

 

 

 

My other passions include my two silly dogs, who are the odd couple. A golden retriever from Australia and my black pug with the huge attitude. My golden, Ali, went to work with me at our boutique for many years but she is retired now. Her new past time is laying in the sun in the backyard.

 

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My pug, Cali, is working on her own book entitled “Where’s Cali”….kinda like “Where’s Waldo” but with her cute little mug. Here is an example to test your skill (this is a pretty easy one).

 

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I also LOVE to cook and collect pretty china! Here is my Christmas china with my favorite meal ever…breakfast food! And here is my more traditional set with my other favorite food…Mexican!

 

 

 

Last but certainly not least, I have to tell you about my hubby Marc. Simply said, he’s every wonderful word I could ever think of!

 

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That’s a little intro to me. Thank you for reading. If you would like to join me on this challenge please let me know. I would love to read your blog posts using the prompts.

 

Next week’s topic: 20 random fun facts about yourself

My Style Icons ~ Past & Present

My Style Icons ~ Past & Present

When I hit my 30s, I realized that I had two specific looks. I had my classic, tribute to retro, polished look and my trendy, fun, quirky style. Both of these styles give a fashion nod to my two fashion icons. One is from the past and one is current.

 

Elizabeth Taylor is my “past” style icon. First off, I love her signature makeup looks. In particular, I love her black, winged eyeliner with pink lipstick. I feel this is a flattering look on us brunette girls. My favorite eyeliner is the liquid, boot black, liner from MAC and my favorite pink lipsticks come from the drugstore brand, Milani.

 

Elizabeth Taylor also had a way of pairing a simple fitted dress in a single color with some dramatic earrings. This is my go-to date night look, wedding guest look, and Sunday best look.

 

To shop diamond earrings, click here!

 

Alyson Haley is my “current” style icon. She has a gorgeous Instagram feed that you have to scroll through. Her style is on point! She knows how to pair colors, layer pieces, and just look effortlessly stunning. The mix of trendy pieces with classics is what speaks to me. Here are a few photos if you are not familiar with her.

One random thing that I noticed is that she always pairs her oversized watch with a bracelet. I don’t know why I love this so much, but I have gotten to where I can’t wear my watch without a bracelet with it. She is very influential!!! :o) I am linking some similar bracelets below.

 

To shop statement bracelets, click here

Who are your style icons? I would love to hear from you!

For photo credits and more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board here. Thank you for reading! Happy Friday!

July Birthstone & Fun Facts

July Birthstone & Fun Facts

Today in Texas, it’s 100 degrees outside and you feel every bit of that heat when trying to run from the car to any air conditioned building. The month of July is just red hot and that is shown even with the birthstone…red hot ruby!

 

 

Rubies are precious gemstones that derive their name from the Latin word for red, “ruber”. They are one of the most prized gemstones and sometimes even dominate over diamonds. Rubies are mentioned several times even in the Bible and are usually associated with wealth, vitality, and love.

 

“The gleaming ruby should adorn, all those who in July were born,

For thus they’ll be exempt and free, from lovers doubts and anxiety. “

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Rubies are part of the corundum family, so is sapphire. If fact, sapphires come in all colors and when they reach a certain color of red, they are called rubies. Rubies are a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, second only to diamond.

 

Check out this GIA breakdown on all ruby info:

 

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Rubies are not only July’s birthstone but also the anniversary stone of choice for the 40th year. They are also a traditional gift for the newly engaged….or you could knock out both the engagement ring and engagement gift and get your love one of these gorgeous ruby engagement rings. Having a gemstone engagement ring has become widely popular since Prince William gave Princess Kate her sapphire engagement ring. The ruby can handle being worn every day and the color red is a color that compliments a wide range of other colors.

 

 

 

July Fun Facts:

~National ice cream, pickle, picnic, hotdog, and blueberry month

~The national days for Canada and France also occur in July like the United States’ Fourth of July

~The long hot days in July are also referred to as the “dog days of summer”

~Julius Caesar’s birth month

~Seven US Presidents have died in July which is more than any other month

~Zodiac signs are Cancer and Leo

~Birth Flower is the water lily

~Famous July birthday holders: Tom Cruise, Dalai Lama, Tom Hanks, Ringo Starr, and Liv Tyler

 

Happy Friday and if you happen to see a jewelry piece from today’s blog that you love, be sure to take advantage of our summer sale. Visit our Etsy store by clicking here, and use coupon code: SUMMERTIME25 at checkout for 25% off your entire order!