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Beginner’s Luck

Beginner’s Luck

I wish when I started collecting fine jewelry someone would've given me advice on what to invest in first. Jewelry is one of those things that actually can be a sound investment compared to a lot of other material things in this world. 


But unlike real estate or stocks you can enjoy your investment while you own it. My jewelry collection gives me joy and security, which is the best of both worlds. 



The best advice I can give for starting out with your collection is to pick pieces that you truly love. The great part is that stones and metals can all be changed and re-set to make anything. Styles will change and everyone has different preferences but like fashion there are classics and that goes for jewelry too.


Pieces like thick and thin chains, diamond earrings, bangles, cocktail rings will always be classics. I started my collection with rings because I just love rings and I knew that would make me the happiest and would get the most use in my life. So my best advice to you is that, find what you love and start there. 


Till next week,

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The Natural Look

The Natural Look

One of my favorite parts about designing jewelry is working with natural materials. Throughout my many years of creating I’ve used tons of stones and materials that occur naturally in this amazing earth we are so lucky to be apart of.




I am drawn to the mystic qualities of these pieces. The color and texture is always so unique and perfect, that other man-made objects just can’t compare. I’ve shared with you our annual trips to my favorite gem show out west. It’s at these shows that I get inspired and basically become in awe of mother nature…again and again.


As I was looking through my collections the other day I wanted to showcase some of my favorite pieces that were inspired and created with mother nature’s help. I love sharing my favorites with you guys and I hope you feel the same. 



I would love to hear what you think and what is your favorite naturally occurring material or stone. Sending you lots of love and relaxing vibes as the summer is coming to end.


Till next week,


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Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

The past few seasons and even years, earrings have been getting all the love. Statement earrings are everywhere and I love that because I love a statement anything. But I wanted to take a moment to really focus on chains, not statement necklaces but chains alone.



There is so much that can be done with chains via layering. They have the ability to be creative and fun like stacking rings. There is so much possibility to let your style shine through. 




Layering chains in the summer feels so right, something about the simplicity in the different links and the movement. Summer is about flowing and not wearing pieces that are fixed and heavy. I have paired some of my favorite chains together here to give you an idea, but you really should experiment and use what you have.



A few things to remember…scale is important. Pick chains with varying sizes of links, it’s like mixing prints, you don’t want them to be the same.  Length of the chain is also key. You want there to be a difference in where the chains hit your chest. I would start with two chains but three is possible as well if they’re the right ones.




I hope this helps you mix up your summer style with ease and effortlessness. 

Till next week,

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Everything is greek to me

Everything is greek to me

This past weekend was one of my favorite holidays, Easter! I think I love it because it’s set in one of the most beautiful times of the year, Spring.

Also, it’s a chance for everyone to get together and enjoy each other without the pressure of gifts. That Spring themes of detoxing and renewing follows Easter and really makes this time feel different than the other holidays. 

We need it now...more than ever!




Of course there was lots of food is involved and last year on the blog I talked about my favorite traditional greek dishes. My family is Greek and the traditions are every important to us but this year I decided to experiment a bit. I tried out a few fun modern Greek-esque dishes and I wanted to share in case you might need some inspiration as well....and, of course, the major difference was we all got together and had Greek Easter via Zoom!




Below I have included two different dishes I made: an appetizer and of course a dessert! Since we all are at home more now...maybe you can try when you get a chance.


Appetizer - Grilled Bread with Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, and Oregano


  • 4 3/4-inch slices of bread (country style)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. feta cheese (crumbled)
  • To Taste: olive oil (extra virgin)
  • Garnish: Greek oregano (dried rigani)


Note: Quantities depend on the number of people and the size of their appetites. Be creative!

Grill the bread over coals, in the oven, or on a countertop grill until the ridges are clearly defined and the bread is crusty. Brush well with olive oil while hot. Top with enough chopped tomatoes to cover, and add crumbled feta cheese to taste. Sprinkle with oregano, and serve.



Dessert - Butter Cookies with Sesame


  • 1 lb. unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs (reserve 2 for brushing cookies)
  • 6 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 oz. Ouzo
  • Sesame seeds (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Using the mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and ouzo and mix well. While the mixer is running, add eggs one by one and mix until well incorporated.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder and soda. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture little by little. The dough will be soft and malleable but it should not be sticky.

You should be able to pinch off a ball of dough and roll it in to a cord or thin tube.

If the dough is too sticky, add a little bit more flour. Allow the dough to rest a bit before rolling into shapes.

To shape the cookies, pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a walnut. Roll out a cord or thin tube of dough about the length of a dinner knife. Fold in half then twist two times. You can also make a coiled circle or an “S” shape.

Beat the remaining two eggs in a bowl and add a splash of water to the egg. Brush the cookies lightly with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.

Bake cookies on parchment paper or on a lightly greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until they are nicely golden brown.








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Recycling Refresher

Recycling Refresher

We have all recycled before. Most cities have programs that make it easy to help the planet when it comes to disposing of our trash. But like a lot of things in life we need to be reminded sometimes of the rules and that’s what I wanted to do today.




Over the years some things have changed when it comes to recycling and some rules get confused and start to become facts when they aren’t corrected. Here is a little refresher of what and how we can recycle in our own homes:


The three general guidelines are:


  1. Recycle all bottles, cans, paper

  2. Keep items relatively clean

  3. Don’t mix plastic bags in with the rest of your recycling


DO Recycle: any plastic bottles or containers, cereal or snack cardboard boxes, phonebooks magazines, mail, office paper, newspaper, tin/steel/aluminum cans, glass jars, glass containers, beer bottles, wine and liquor bottles.




DON”T Recycle: loose plastic bags, shopping bags, plastic wrap, egg cartons, take out containers, drinking cups, soiled food containers, soiled paper products, broken glass, fast food packing.



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Jewelry Clean Out

Jewelry Clean Out

I’m sure you have been feeling it but there is always a detox-vibe in the air come January. I love to take this time to not only clean out my bad habits but to clean out my physical closet. It feels so good when you release the stuff you no longer need. It makes room of new things to come into your live.




I love to follow Marie Kondo’s method. It’s a beautiful approach to learning to how to get rid of what you don’t need or love anymore. I have noticed how well this method works for me when I am dealing with my clothes, accessories and especially my jewelry.



The majority of my jewelry collection includes pieces I will keep forever but I am quite the hoarder of shiny things and can never say no to a cocktail ring or statement pendant, so you can imagine my collection needs a little detox once and a while. 


Follow these rules to hold your own jewelry clean out and be surrounded only by the things that you love:



      - Commit to letting go of what isn’t serving you

      - Imagine what your ideal style is

      - Finish discarding first, then tidy

      - Work by category, not location

      - Ask yourself if it sparks joy



      Good Luck! and till next week,


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      Recycled Facts

      Recycled Facts

      Let’s take a little break from the holiday madness for just a minute to talk about my favorite subject…the environment. I hope you guys have been loving these blogs with facts and ways we can make small changes for the betterment of this planet.

      I wanted to talk about recycling this week because I get a lot of questions about it’s effectiveness and how much of a difference it truly makes. This was one of the first subjects I jumped into because it seemed like there wasn’t enough information going around.

      Here are some facts that seemed to stand out the most to me and maybe will surprise you:


      • The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.

      • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPhone.

      • The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) estimates that the 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a scrap metal value of more than $600 million.

      • Americans throw away about 28 billion bottles and jars every year.

      • Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.

      • A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as few as 30 days.




      It’s hard to believe that there are still people that don’t recycle. I know that there might be some obstruction to the process for most people but it’s usually a fairly easy thing to do that can save our world energy and reduce the amount of waste we produce. 




      I urge you to reach out to your local recycling centers if you are having issues participating. Every little bit helps.

      Till Next Week,


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      Tidying Up

      Tidying Up

      I’m a big fan of tidying. I love clean white space, especially when I work. There is no doubt that Fall has a certain energy for fresh starts and newness, but I like to get a little head start right before summer is about to end. That way I won’t feel overwhelmed in the coming weeks.

      I want to share some tips that help me ease into a cleaner space that doesn’t feel like I’m doing that much work. A little bit at a time over a week is how I usually work but find the right balance for you.


      Have A Clear Idea - Having a vision for how you want your space to look is important, so you have something to work towards. Be specific, create the perfect scene in your head.





      Categorize - Breaking up the job into themes or categories is really helpful. Looking at the whole picture can feel like a lot, but breaking it down into chunks will feel really doable in short amounts of time.




      Empty First - I have tried to do this both ways and I’m telling you, you have to empty out the clutter first. It’s very tempting to try to organize things in the drawer, or cabinet, or closet, but the job never really gets done until you empty it out and get a good look at everything.



      Fill Empty Spaces with Joy - I got this tip from Marie Kondo (the queen of tidying) and she talks about adding things that bring you joy. Not just adding junk. I love adding framed pictures, potted plants, art that has a meaning to me, etc. 




      I hope this helps and possibly gives you a little motivation while you’re enjoying these last few weeks of summer.


      Till next week,


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      It’s not over yet!

      It’s not over yet!

      I can’t believe it’s the end of July. I know I say this every year, but where did summer go!? While we’re past the middle point it’s also safe to say that we have a few good weeks left.




      Now is the time to really get in all those dreamy summer activities, like afternoon pool hopping and lazy morning book reading sessions. Summer is my favorite time for doing nothing. It’s really the only time of year I feel like I can completely let go and just be. 



      The funny thing about all this relaxing is that you really do have to plan it out. If I don’t plan time to relax and just chill, the hard working go-getter in me will never take a beak, so I plan my lazy summer days.



      At least one morning and one afternoon a week I make it a priority to dive into a good book with my favorite iced beverage or walk along the beach collecting shells and listening to the waves. Nature makes everything better and I try to squeeze as much of the summer sun in as possible.




      My advice to you is to really take the time to plan to do nothing before Fall hits and you find yourself scratching your head wondering where the time went. This doesn’t have to be a whole day or week, just take an afternoon here and there and watch how refreshed you feel.


      Till next week,

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      Heating Up

      Heating Up

      As the months get hotter all we want to do is take off the layers and accessories. When I was younger I remember people always pairing down their jewelry and accessories during the summer, but I always thought that this was the perfect time to amp up my style game.



      I have always created collections with this idea in mind. The idea that jewelry, like clothing, can be seasonal. I think the mistake is wearing the same pieces you wear during the year, on vacation or at the beach. There has to be some changes made.


      These hotter months call for loose fitting jewelry, not so heavy. Not just in weight but in visual appearance as well. That is why you see lots of hoops, and bangles. The lightweight movement of these styles lends itself to the relaxed nature of summer.



      I have some favorites, pieces I always find myself reaching for during the summer months. These pieces here are truly the staples I can’t live without once the temperatures rise. I hope this helps you in heating up your unique style.



      Till next week,


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