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Archive for January 2013

Blog. So. Far. Behind. Yikes!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Here is the thing, I have so many ideas about topics to post and what-not. And you might be surprised at how many drafts I have piled up right now. I just CAN NOT for the life of me find the time or the words to write them. Grrrr.

My 2013 resolution to try and post at least every other day is quickly fading.......well, unless you include this little rant of mine. Yeah, I think that counts. 

How is everyone else doing on those 2013 resolutions so far?

Wear It Wednesday {Lovin My Cable Cardigan}

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I absolutely LOVE my beige cable cardigan that I got many years ago from American Eagle. It keeps me warm, it's soooo comfortable, and it goes with absolutely everything else in my closet. 

Sadly, last week I lost my beloved sweater (insert sad face). And as of today, I still can not find it. Believe you-me, I have searched everywhere! It sounds silly, but I feel like I've lost a limb or something! 

So, in remembrance of my cable cardigan, I thought I would incorporate a similar one in the outfit for this weeks featured handmade jewelry.What IS today's featured jewelry you ask? You'll have to read on to find out!

To see where you can find the items included in this collection above, simply click the links below:

Here is what it's all about: We take a 3/4" sterling silver disc and etch a sweet little heart or other shape, in the center. We can then personalize the rim of the charm with names or a short saying. Patina is added to the letters, the necklace is then polished and lightly brushed to give it a slight matte finish. You can further personalize your necklace with an optional message that can be added to the back of the charm.
Etched Heart Circle Of Love Necklace - Sterling Silver - Handmade

Etched Heart Circle Of Love Necklace - Sterling Silver - Handmade

Are these not the sweetest necklaces you have ever seen? To see more designs like these visit our Personalized Jewelry Collection on our website.

What's your favorite article of clothing, one that you just can't seem to live without?

Ear Ye! Ear Ye! (Some Tips About Earrings)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Here is my random tid-bit on earrings....

Finding the right pair of earrings can frame your face while adding just the right touch to any outfit. While there are a lot of unique earrings to choose from these days; from everyday wear to evenings out, it's good to know how to select jewelry that adds both sparkle and style to your ears.

Mixed Tourmaline Hammered Earrings

Manufactured Earrings Vs. Handmade Earrings
Although I do own a pair or two manufactured earrings, that I really do love, this is still a 'no brainer' to me. Here is what it comes down to. Manufactured earrings are just that, they are mass produced and manufactured by machine in most cases. Plus, your odds of finding other ladies wearing the same pair you are is highly likely. Now, where is the fun is that?

If you'd rather not bump into someone wearing the
exact same pair of earrings as you are, opt for a set of unique earrings that are handmade with LOVE. Many of these handmade earrings are crafted using quality materials such as natural gemstones, crystals and other findings. These unique earrings can take your look from simple to sophisticated and are also the perfect gift idea for any occasion or as gifts for friends and family. 

Post Earrings, Dangle Earrings, Hoop Earrings....Oh, My!
I'm not going to lye here, I buy whatever earrings I like regardless of the style or what is supposed to look best on me. I have pretty little post earrings, dainty dangly earrings, hoop earrings, tear drop all shapes, sizes and colors. The only style I can think of that I  don't own are those thread type earrings and that is simply because I just don't understand them. 

Blue Quartz Gemstone Earrings

There are tons of articles and blogs out there that you can read to find what style looks best for you face or skin color. None of which I personally agree with, but that's probably because I am in denial about it. I just want to buy what I like. However, I do have a few tips to share that I found to be true to me. 

  • When selecting earrings, remember that they should set off the shape of your face.
  •  Studs such as simple post earrings or pearls are great for longer face shapes.
  • Long dangle earrings (my personal favorite) look best on round faces.
  • If you have a square jaw, circle and hoop earrings work best. 
  • Tear-drop earrings are perfect for women with heart-shaped faces. 
  • If you have an oval face like me, you're in luck. I have found that any earring style will complement your face shape!

Doesn't all this earring talk just make you want to go shopping now? Be sure to check out our handmade earrings over at Whole Soul Jewelry today!

What's your favorite ear candy? Let me know!

I {Heart} Gemstone Earrings

Friday, January 18, 2013

Looking for a cute pair of earrings to wear on Valentine's Day? 

We have a few, just take a look and see. And If by chance these little-heart-shaped-cuties don't suit your style, then you'll want to head on over and check our our entire Valentine's Day Jewelry Collection.

The following gemstone earrings are approximately 2" in size, and are available in your choice of sterling silver, or 14 kt Gold Filled wrapping wire and french wires. 

Don't have your ears pierced? Not a problem. Because our earrings are made entirely by hand, you can order these clip-on earrings instead. 

Ruby Hammered Heart Gemstone Earrings 
Peridot Hammered Heart Gemstone Earrings

DIY Comic Book High Heels...KA-POW!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Well, it appears that the good ole Mod-Podge has struck again. There are so many uses for this gooey-glue, from crafting to home decor, but THIS takes the....well, shoe! Seriously, how cool are these?  They look so fun to make and the possibilities are virtually endless. 

So I'm curious, what do you use Mod Podge for? 

Wear It Wednesday {Charlize Theron Heart Necklace}

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

It's Wear It Wednesday again!

I think this may be my favorite post to plan each week. I've been having so much fun 'If-only-I-were-Rich-Shopping' and finding lots of cute things!

To see items included in this collection click the links below:

Go Jane Faux Leather Buckle Boots 
Tilly's Fleece Lined Tights
Plus Lace Stretch Belt
CELINA - Summer dress - whiteLoose Hollow Grey Cardigan

Since Valentines Day is around the corner, I thought It would be fun to feature one of my favorite handmade necklaces here at Whole Soul Jewelry. Our Initial Gold Heart Pendant is actually a replica that Charlize Theron wore in her 2011 film, Young Adult. An adorable and versatile piece that looks great by itself or layered with other necklaces.

This petite Initial Gold Heart Pendant includes: 

  • A 1/2" 14 kt Gold Filled Heart Shape Disc
  • A 15.5" 14 kt Gold Filled Cable Chain to hang perfectly around the neck.
  • An initial or two (perfect for valentines day) that can be hand stamped in the center of the heart. 
Find this sweet little Gold Heart Pendant and many more in our Handmade Necklace Collection.

PLEASE NOTE: Valentine's Day Orders should be placed soon as time is needed to create and ship each of our handmade jewelry items.

And The Color Of The Year Is...

Monday, January 7, 2013

Emerald Green Recycled Glass Earrings
Good-bye to 2012's Tangerine Tango, and hello to Emerald!

Every year a color is selected as inspiration for yearly fashion trends. According to Pantone, the official color for 2013 is Emerald Green.

This color couldn't have been a better choice as 2013 is a great year for growth and renewal.

A Lively, radiant and lush color, emerald brings elegance and beauty and enhances our well-being. The name emerald comes form the Old French 'esmeralde' meaning 'green gemstone'.

As a birthstone for May, the emerald gemstone is a symbol of rebirth and believed to bring good fortune and youth...we will go over more about that when May arrives. For now, we can sit back enjoy  this years chosen COLOR amongst our trendy clothing, jewelry accessories and home decor.

What do you think about 2013's color of the year? 

P.S. Be sure to visit Whole Soul Jewelry and browse the beautiful recycled glass earrings and necklaces found in our of Eco Friendly Jewelry collection.

Life is like riding a bicycle....

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I am not the only one who's life seems to consistently be thrown off balance. 

Life can have many DOWNS that are crazy and hectic, messy and sad. In addition, if you were to throw kids and work into the heap it can be down right frustrating!  But life also has some happy, exciting, meaningful and unforgettable UPS too!

This is a great little inspiration to keep in mind!

Wear it Wednesday { Casual Vintage }

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Welcome to Wear It Wednesday! After seeing adorable outfits pinned all over Pinterest, I decided that might be a fun way to show off what Whole Soul Jewelry is all about! Each Wednesday, I'll post a new outfit featuring one or two handmade jewelry designs or collections. Today, I am featuring some beautiful Silver Spoon Jewelry. This jewelry is vintage inspired from stunning silver spoon patterns from the late 1800's to 1900's.

I think one of the best things about this jewelry is that even though vintage inspired, it's also very versatile. Whether you are dressing for work, a night on the town, or just keeping it casual, Silver Spoon Jewelry is the perfect go-to accessory. And with so many different patterns and designs in the form of rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings the styling possibilities are endless.

Check out our Silver Spoon Jewelry collection from now until January 31, 2013 and get 10% off your purchase. Simply use coupon code SILVERSPOON10 at checkout and Viola!

 Whole Soul Jewelry Items Included in this {Casual Vintage} Collection:

All Other Items Included in this {Casual Vintage} Collection:

Bring it On 2013!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Another New Year, another chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh! Today is the first blank page of 364 other pages to live the life you want to live.

 "Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. - Helen Keller

No regrets, just chances to learn some new lessons. I do love the sound of that!

In a previous post 2013 Just Around The Corner... I had mentioned a few of my resolutions in brief for 2013. These resolutions included getting organized; a very BROAD resolution because in reality, I really need to get my entire life organized. Yikes. Also included where staying on top of my blogging, staying in better contact with my four siblings and lastly, the most popular resolution of all...exercise! Another yikes.

I'm going to be honest here, I have NEVER been able to keep a resolution. Perhaps it's because I go all gun-ho making every single thing I want to improve in my life exactly that. Well, not this time. I'm going to try and be realistic this year.

I came across a few other blogs that mentioned creating monthly resolutions instead of a bunch for the year. I like this idea, It's just more practical. I still need to keep the ones I have already promised myself, they are indeed important. In addition, I am going to think of a few more and space them out each month. The organization alone could take a year or two!

Here is what I have for the first six months:

  • January - Start eating healthy and introduce exercise more regularly. I am hoping that by starting this one first I will become madly addicted to eating right and loosing weight, therefore, I will stick with it! You can't see me, but I am writing this post whilst I enjoy my leftover Christmas Cookies. Fine, so I'll start tomorrow.
  • February - Start that organizing! The closet is a mess, the pantry is horrific, the kitchen drawers, laundry room, medicine cabinet, garage, and don't even get me started on the family room or the entire upstairs level of our house. It's simple really, I'll pick one thing at a time here. Perhaps one room a month?
  • March - Dust off my garden. Since having two baby boys, and with the back to back pregnancies, I just didn't have the time or energy to nurture my garden. I do miss gardening dearly, and am thinking the boys are old enough to "help" out this year. I am excited about this one. 
  • April - Mission Organize Home Office. Nuff said. 
  • May- Make use of my camera more often and blog or journal about each day. Where I live, May is one of those months that is always so beautiful. The pretty green grass is starting to grow everywhere and wild flowers are in bloom as far as the eye can see. The weather is still chili, but it is all so beautiful. 
  • June - Purge, Purge, Purge. June is hot, so why not take the opportunity to get rid of all that junk I don't need? This resolution falls into the organizing category too. I have so much "stuff" that I need to either sort, throw away or give to good will. I'll need to go through each drawer, cabinet, closest, and dresser for this one.
What were some of your resolutions? I'd love to hear them!

Have a great 2013 everyone!