Archive | November, 2012

Home Sweet Home

30 Nov

TGIF Jewels,

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As of today my husband and I will be moving into our new home. After searching an entire year we finally found what we were looking for. We went from renting a 3000 square foot home four years of our marriage to renting a one bedroom apartment this last year. For one I am really glad that we rented a house before we purchased one because it gave us the opportunity to experience what we did not want from a house. The house we were in before was too big, and consumed a lot of our time maintaining it, and we decided we did not want to live our lives like that, and a one bedroom apartment was extremely small, however we managed.

We settled for a contemporary 1700 square foot house by the lake and these are a few things I am looking forward to sharing with you.

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My passion for baking.

Getting the courage to dive into DIY projects.


And photos by the lake.

You can only wonder what I have ahead of me this weekend. Whatever you are doing this weekend I hope it includes doing less work then I will be doing.

Until next time,
Monica

Winter Essentials

29 Nov

Hello Jewels,

It is that time of the year to add a couple of winter essentials or put them back to use, in my case it is both, I added a couple and already had some in my wardrobe.


Black leather boots, whether knee-high, mid length, or booties: Rebeca Sanver


A new polish (this color looks great with gray): essie blue rhapsody

Metallic sweater: Rock & Republic you can find here.


Studded belt old: J.Crew


And it is essential for my dog Mocha to have new seasonal outfit as well.

Hope you all enjoy your day, and that you have started incorporating your winter essentials into your wardrobe.

Until next time,
Monica

Country Chic

28 Nov

Hello Jewels,

Yes, I go country more of a preppy country, blame it on our roots. We grew up surrounded by ranches, in fact my husband and I married about five minutes away from Neverland Ranch, and Ronald Reagan’s ranch (Rancho del Cielo) which is why it was essential growing up in our area to own a pair of authentic cowboy boots.

I have had these gems for several years and they get better with time. I wear them through out the fall, with leggings, skinnies, skirts, and dresses.

I better watch it before Mocha my dog steals my thunder she is much more of a natural at modeling her little outfits.

Chambray – grand & greene, French Hen Sweater – J.Crew, Lips – Bobby Brown Orange, Wool Skirt – J.Crew, Bag – Coach, Cowboy Boots – Vintage

Until next time friends,
Monica

Frittata

27 Nov

Sometime ago I lived in Spain for a couple of months, it was in my early twenties when I didn’t have a care in the world. I played, I shopped, I traveled, it was such a great experience, and most importantly I met some great people, and had some amazing food. One of my favorite dishes was frittata. When I returned to the states it was my mission to make this dish. My version is a little of this, and a little of that. This dish is full of flavor, and it can be made for breakfast, lunch, brunch, picnics, and as an appetizer.

I found the recipe here

I hope you give it a try as you will soon realize how universal it is.

As always,
Carolina xo

Mustard

26 Nov

Hopefully you all had a wonderful relaxing fulfilling weekend. My weekend was a bit busy but very satisfying.
At times, I struggle between dressing for the season or the weather as today was just one of those days, a little of this and a little of that. Lately LA during the fall season has been having amazing sunny days, if I see the sun shining it’s pretty difficult for me to wear all dark tones. So I present you my fall inspired by spring look.

As always, Carolina Xoxo

Art For The Holidays

23 Nov

TGIF Jewels,

I hope you are all enjoying this black Friday. As mentioned in a earlier post here that essentjewels is selling at the Detroit Artist Market (DAM) and while most of you are taking advantage of the great deals I have my heart set on a couple of pieces at the DAM.

Which one is your favorite?

Until next time,
Monica

Thanksgiving Turkey Treat

22 Nov

Just a little treat to thank all of our followers for the likes and comments which keep us motivated to post on a daily basis.



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Hope you are all surrounded by family and friends and enjoying a warm meal and may you all have a lovely Thanksgiving.

With love always,
Monica

Guest Post: Glad2bawoman

21 Nov

Big is in – Chunky jewellery is a rage!


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Earlier women advocated the dainty look. Tiny and delicate rings, elegant pendants, studs for the ears or teardrop earrings – nothing too loud or flashy. Fashion was all about being understated. This concept has undergone a massive overhaul – women like to be noticed and how!
Neon shades of yellow, pink, purple and orange have replaced the sober pastels of yore, brightly coloured ballerina flats or chunky platform heels and wedges with large flower embellishments have replaced the dainty kitten heeled sandals and large statement rings; cocktails rings, huge danglers and big pendants have overshadowed the dainty jewellery so favoured by women a few years ago.
Oversized jewellery with abstract designs and bright colours are not only being worn by the young women of today, this trend has caught the fancy of older women as well. The style is hippy and fun and looks very good if it is paired with the right ensemble. They add a fun visual element to all outfits and can be paired effortlessly with all kinds of outfits – even formal wear if you are careful about how you go about it.
Such jewellery is easily available and suits all budgets as they are sold everywhere – from high end showrooms to small shops. In fact, the major pro of this style is that it is available. Young women like picking up chunky bracelets, bangles, pendants and earrings to wear with a plain white tee and jeans outfit or A-line tunics and leggings at roadside flea markets without a thought. A note of caution though, like all styles, this one has its own dos and don’ts.
“If you pair a chunky bracelet or earrings with clothing that also has many colours and designs then it doesn’t work – the ensemble just looks confused,” says pretty young thing Mishka, sporting a large owl pendant worn over a pastel tee-shirt. Also, don’t overdo it – wear one chunky piece at a time. If you team a chunky bracelet with over sized earrings and a large pendant, chances are that you will end up looking like a veritable fashion disaster.

So go ahead, add some panache to your outfit!


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Guest article from: http://www.glad2bawoman.com

Also visit their site for a recent article authored by essentjewels here.

Jewels

20 Nov

As mentioned in my post yesterday, I designed 30 new items, here’s a few, take a peek!!

Dainty necklaces for layering

Girl’s night out!

Pearls, Rubies, emeralds and more!

Which one?

As always, Carolina xoxo

Stripes And Lepard

19 Nov

Happy Monday beauties!

I had a fun relaxing and productive weekend. Did the usual house chores that I have neglected for sometime as well as designing some new jewels whoo hoo!! 30 new pieces and counting. Did we tell you, we will be exhibiting our line in two weeks? What I’m looking forward to is the cocktail and hor dourve hour while the exclusive members shop the show! Wish us luck friends! On another note, I think I finally found a car, but since I never had a car payment before I’m a little hesitant. My honey and I had our date night on Saturday in which we ventured off to Koreatown for some yummy Korean BBQ. Talk about a Feast!! This weekend was just below 70 degrees, here comes the sweater weather. Take a peek!

Sunnies: Tory Burch|Collared Shirt: Ralph Lauren| Sweater: Ann Taylor| Jeans: Free People| Shoes: Nordstrom| Purse: Italy Trip| Lips Mac: Rubywhoo. Jewels: Yours Truly essentjewels.

You already know how I feel about S.Y.C …Shop Your Closet! I wore jeans here and collared shirt here.

Can’t forget the jewels! Genuine Rubies, Fish bone, pyrite, 14k gold filled chain.

As always, Carolina xoxo