Bead Beauty. Natural Power.

Beautiful, natural stone beads always make great gifts. This wrap bracelet is made of amazonite. It’s said to encourage truth, courage and self-discovery. I gave this one to my daughter as she completed her first year of university. It comes from paybackgift.com, a retailer who curates handmade jewelry from artists worldwide. Their team is focused…

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Equestrian Spirit. Horse Love.

I began riding at the age of ten and competed tirelessly in hunter, jumper and equitation divisions throughout my teen years. Once a girl falls for horses, it’s forever love. Even though life took me along a path to university and on to raising children, I never lost my passion. Doesn’t everyone want a pony?…

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Sweet Hearts. Pearl Jam.

Hearts and pearls are classic symbols of love. Timeless and beautiful, they have old-world charm, ooze romantic sentiments, and can be totally modern glam with the right outfit. I think every woman should have a pearl necklace in her collection. Even if not worn often, I guarantee you will find the right time and inspiration…

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Thrift Hunting. Fall Finds.

In August, my daughter and I visited our local Value Village after I had refused to pay $60 for shredded jean shorts at an upscale retailer. There are many items I don’t mind paying premium for if the quality, style and value are present. Shredded short-shorts don’t fit that bill. We were on a mission…

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Luxe Layers. Vintage Vibe.

Sometimes more is better. Especially when it comes to dreamy, drop necklaces. I picked these up while walking home from a lunch meeting on a beautiful sunny day. I was passing a local independent boutique called Red Velvet. They carry select designer lines with reasonable prices, quality and a unique collection of jewelry, hand picked…

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Charmed. Estate Jewelry.

Estate jewelry comes with a history. It’s often a mystery, although sometimes the former owner shares things with the seller who can pass it along to the new owner. Not so for this old world charm, but I imagine it to have been on a magnificent bracelet with many others collected over the years. The…

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Raw Sapphires. Jewel Candy.

I was drawn to this necklace in the case at Magpie Jewelry. I had no idea what the stones were. I just found it to have unique beauty with a combination of substance and refinement. I learned it was handmade by a Canadian jewelry artisan (unfortunately I can’t remember her name) with 14k gold and raw…

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