Elegance cannot be faked. It is a state of being. And when you have it, everyone knows it. Elegance exhibits confidence and style, and it’s best pulled off understated. Elegance doesn’t need flash to make an impact, it captivates the room all on its own.
Make a statement this evening
Weddings are the most common occasion when one thinks of true elegance. My cousin C’s evening wedding to her husband sets that example. They paid attention to every detail, while staying true their personalities. It was an elegant affair, memorable and fun.
The accent bead gives this set its personality.
With C’s wedding in mind, as we approach their first anniversary, this necklace set developed. The burgundy accent colors in this set match the colors of C’s bridesmaids gowns. The necklace is the centerpiece, with the off-center bead drawing the attention. The earrings and bracelet complement the necklace with similar burgundy tones admits the iridescent glass pearls.
The bracelet has maroon seed beads to pick up on the accent bead’s color in the necklace
The accent bead falls slightly off-center, with the three strands comfortably coming together.
Earrings tie the look together
What I love about this set is the symbolism. We all walk down many paths in life, but the most precious are the paths we walk together.
I love vacation, but then who doesn’t?? The best part of vacation, is the opportunity to travel. Travel doesn’t have to be a budget-busting, jet-setting affair every time, it can be as simple as hiking a new trail in your local area park. The point is to get out there and experience something new. Experiences open our eyes to new understandings and broaden our views of the world. When we have an open mind, our world becomes a beautiful place.
My most recent vacation was local. The last of the hot, humid New England summer weather rolled through, and it felt as if summer was giving me a long hug to prepare me for winter (again). I connected with my loved ones and met inspiring, new people. Traveling helped me to reset, and gave me the opportunity to feel inspired by my new surroundings. Here are some of the inspiration points from my week:
The list of places I want to travel to in the world is long, but the list keeps only makes me want to travel more. Get out there and see the world, and let it inspire you too.
Labor Day has come and gone, kids are back in school, the commutes are clogged – it’s autumn again. In New England, the month of September is a tease. The ocean waters are finally warm (in comparison to May), the days can still be hot, the sun shines, and the night air is cool and crisp. Just like April 25, “all you need is a light jacket”¹.
But I, like many people, am a summer girl, and I’m not ready to give it up yet. Ten weeks are just too short. And I’m not ready for another winter like last year – Hey Alaska, try delivery tracking. Boston doesn’t want to receive your snowfall amounts again this year.
Perfect for keeping summer by your side.
That’s where this set comes into play. The light, sea glass tones remind me of strolling along Old Orchard Beach to the pier. The whites and blues are like the bright twinkling reflections of the sun on the ocean on a hot summer day.
This set will keep the sand in your toes (or your Sperry’s for a month). It’s a short necklace, so I can’t promise your daughter won’t steal it to wear with her Elsa costume this Halloween. As much as is terrifies me to acknowledge, these same summer tones are also the same as those cool winter ones of January snow. Pick your season, or pick both, and enjoy!
- Miss Congeniality. 2000. Directed by Donald Petrie