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Fox Fur

9 Jan

Hello Jewels,

One of the first essentials I bought when I moved to Michigan from California was a coat(s), fur coats, a red coat, a green, etc., while I lived in California I was able to get away with jackets all year-long, however when I moved to Michigan it was a different story.






After the holidays probably the only thing that gets me through winter is being able to wear my coats, I can’t think of anything more chic then a great-coat.

Genuine Fox Fur Coat – vintage, Aviators – Ray-Ban, Polish Cynthia Rowley (silver) and Sephora meet me for drinks, Michael Jackson Shirt – vintage, Bag – DKNY, Skinnies –Paige, Boots – Rebeca Sanver

Until next time,

Plaid Pants

12 Dec

Hi Jewels,

Hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday!

As much as my sister loves polka-dots I love plaids. I have run around to hardware stores, and appliance stores with my husband since we bought our house and like any fashionista I have to make it a fashion statement.




Layering in Michigan is more necessary than it is a fashion statement, and although it hasn’t snowed it has been cold.

Jacket –Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bag – Coach,  Lips – Bobbi Orange here, Chambray – Grand & Greene, Sweater – compliments from mom, Plaid Leggings – no name, Boots – Steve Madden here

Until next time,


Feeling Like Florida

19 Jun

Hello Jewels,

The weather in the MI (Michigan) has been hot and humid and feeling like I am in Florida. Us Michiganders love to vacation in Florida during the cold grey winters, that is if my husband and I are not in California visiting my family. So what did I do, I faked it like I was in Florida, I put on what I call my Florida attire because it is bright and colorful, only I did not feel like wearing a skirt/dress.

Hair my friends: valcro rulers they are great because I am not adding unnecessary heat to my hair which I do enough of with a blow dryer.

Cross Necklace: Faith (currently what is keeping me living) essentjewels which you can find here.

Coral blouse: Express and Coral Lipstick: Bobbi Brown

Want-to-be Ray Ban Wayfarer: bungalow

Belt: J.Crew, our Carol pearls strand bracelet you can find here: essentjewels, wire watch: Gucci

Floral kitten heel heels: Etienne Aigner (this is probably as floral as it gets for me, everything else I will keep as chic as possible). Nail Polish: O.P.I. (Did it on EM) which I am currently addicted to because I have had it on my toes for a month now and it plays pretty close to a neutral, it is also not a true yellow, it is more in between a yellow/lime which works with my skin tone, a true yellow most likely would have not worked.

White Jeans: Paige

Ring: Sea essentjewels, you can find here, everyone is doing it mixing the gold with the silver, I also added our accountability bracelet you can find here, I think mixing the silver and gold really works well when wearing bright colors, and nail polish: Revlon (Coastal Surf) , I had to put it on because I had Florida on my mind.

And there you have it my Florida attire.

Thank you for visiting me in Florida my friends,

Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini

10 May

The temperature was in the near 90s here in Michigan and all I had on my mind was the “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” and drinks at the beach.

So I tried my best to make it happen. I put on my yellow polka-dotted blouse by Do & Be, aviators: Ray-Bans, 7 for all man kind dark navy blue jeans, and shoes Joan David rose ring: essentjewels.

And I met one of my best friends for drinks who greeted me with a warm smile wearing our glimmer earrings.

I can’t explain the joy it brings to see my friends supporting our work.

Jewels, what are the simple pleasures of life that bring you joy, we want to know?

Until next time,


Plans for the weekend

9 Mar

Hi Jewels!

It’s Monica! What are your plans for the weekend? I will be celebrating my husband’s birthday. I reserved a two night stay at the cozy Castle in the Country. It’s a bed and breakfast embedded in an enchanted forest near the Kalamazoo River in Allegan, Michigan. I’m really hoping to see some unicorns and fairies in this enchanted forest.

The Grill House


Jewels, I know what you’re thinking. The trip sounds more about me than my husband, but after much research and since Hattem (my husband) is sort of a meat connoisseur, I also made reservations at The Grill House which is a restaurant five minutes away from the castle. The Grill House is included in the Steak Paradise List on the Travel-channel. This isn’t your typical steak house where you wait for the chef to prepare your cut of meat. At The Grill House you grill it yourself. Not only do you grill it yourself, but you select it! Hattem will be like a kid in a candy store when he finds out that he will have to choose from Ribeye, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, and the king of them all the Lumberjack Steak. The dining also becomes a unique experience as you swap stories with others while cooking your dinner.

I also booked two side-by-side facials at the spa in the castle, which are much-needed from the dryness of this long winter. Thank God spring is on its way! I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend of pampering and relaxation, but what I am looking forward to the most is the expression on Hattem’s face at The Grill House. After all, it is his weekend. I have a feeling this will become a tradition in the near future.

Fill us in on your weekend plans, jewels!

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