Monday, August 25, 2014

#mynewlife Monday

Aug. 17 - My cousin came to visit!!!! I haven't seen her in 29 years!!!!!

Aug. 18 - Remodel at work is moving quickly! New cases have arrived!!!

Aug. 19 - Training for Frederique-Constant Watches!! Which one do I want?!?!?

Aug. 20 - Put a fork in it!! Lunch at Lime! 

Aug. 21 - Meeting with our Rep for Faber-Castell writing instruments! Need a pen??

Aug. 22 - Best thing about working on Saturday - no traffic! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


It's appropriate that I've been chosen to beta test an internal website for Swiss watchmaker Frederique-Constant. A year ago  I was living minute to minute - my future looked like a big black hole...Time does heal. Frederique-Constant is known for their Heart Beat movement which is visible through the dial. Just like a watch, there are many moving parts that must be in sync and work together. God, my friends and family have all been working to bring me to this place. My heart has healed with time. There are no coincidences. Like the automatic watch which keeps going with your movement, I chose to  keep  moving forward straight into the darkness and now I'm in the light of my new life.

Photo shows 2 Heart Beat movements by Frederique-Constant

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

#jotd Jewelry of the Day

Are you ready for the next big thing? Gem slices are trending in Jewelry Designs now. I love these Aquamarine slices from Marco Bicego.  The light plays right through the gem and you can see all the beautiful natural elements of the stone. 
Amanda Gizzi, director of public relations and special events at Jewelers of America says, 
"It’s a little more edgy, a lot more irregular, no matchy-matchy, and while nothing looks perfect, it all looks intentional without being intentional."

Let me know what you think!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

#mynewlife Monday

Aug. 10- Oh My!!!!! Ants in my car!!!!!! Not good!!!!

Aug. 11 - Feeding the Kitties while their mom and dad were in Vegas!  Jack was hanging out by the back door - he wanted to go out so bad. 
Follow along on Plain Chicken's Instagram this week to see how the cats and Chicken Legs are doing while Plain Chicken is in Sweden! #chickenlegshomealone

Aug. 12 - And so it begins!! Helping Second son with Pre-AP Geometry! My head hurts!!! 

Aug. 13 - It's getting real at work - remodeling is in full swing!!! So excited to see our "new" store!!!

Aug. 14 - Enjoying this unusual August weather. So glad I can work at such a Beautiful place!!

Aug. 15 - #mynewcareer - I have my very own Jeweler's Loupe! 

Aug. 16 - It's all about the Links. Learning how to remove links from watch bracelets! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#jotd Jewelry of the Day

I am learning so much about jewelry and gems and I want to start sharing some beautiful gems that aren't as well known.

The Blue ring is Tanzanite. It's named for Tanzania where it was discovered in the late 1960's. It was a less expensive substitute for Sapphire but it is now sought out because of it's beauty and rarity. Tanzanite is found in a 4 square kilometer area in Tanzania and nowhere else in the world! 

The Green ring is Green Tourmaline or Verdelite.
 Tourmalines occur in many colors and some are bi-color or even tri-color. 
The most well known bi-color tourmaline is red and green and is known as Watermelon Tourmaline. 
Verdelite is said to bring a joy for life. It will also become electrically charged if heated or rubbed and will attract dust. Dutch traders of the 1700's  used tourmaline to pull ash from their smoking pipes and today, many flat irons for hair are coated with tourmaline to make the hair shinier! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

#mynewlife Monday

Aug. 3 - Sunday Supper with the Kitty Babies. 

Aug. 4 - Big Remodel started at work!!

Aug. 5 - A night with Plain Chicken at AllSouth Appliances. Awesome Dinner - Baked Feta, 3 Cheese Chicken Alfredo, and Tiramisu Brownie Bites! 

Aug. 6 - This was my Visitor today. 

Aug. 7 - First day of school picture since second son won't allow pictures! I went to Panera before work - can't believe he's in 10th grade.

Aug. 8 - Love this new one-of-kind Tanzanite Ring!!! 

Aug. 9 - Started watching the Outlander series on Starz - based on the best book series I have ever read!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Style Tip

It's an Arm Party with your watch! So many people have smart phones for time so the watch has become a beautiful Accessory - a piece of nice Jewelry. Add your favorite bracelets to complete the look! 

Watches and Bracelets by David Yurman

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

#jotd Jewelry of the Day

Mix and match designers to create your own personal style. My friend Megan came up with this wonderful combination of  Roberto Coin, David Yurman, and John Hardy Bracelets!! I love it!!! Roberto Coin is a classic Italian designer based in Venice while John Hardy is edgy Bali-inspired and then you mix in David Yurman that is timeless! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

#mynewlife Monday

July 27 -  It's a Costco kind of day!

July 28 - Diamonds are a girl's Best friend!! Learning more about these incredible gems! 

July 29 - catching up with friends and trying a new restaurant - Melt Avondale - it's all about the Grilled Cheese!!!

July 30 - Trying out new menu items at On Tap with Plain Chicken.

July 31 - Love finding new "looks" at work! This is a co-worker's favorite combination!

Aug. 1 - Signed up for Tag Heuer Academy, an online certification course! (Photo from Tag Heuer)

Aug. 2 - Today was a great day!!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Simple Saturday

Happy Birthday August Babies!!!! Your birthstone is Peridot. According to the American Gem Society, "Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year.  As peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes."

The ring below is by David Yurman

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday's Find

It all started with a Food it's also a thriving restaurant in Avondale - Melt Avondale needs to be on your List.  It's all about the Grilled Cheese!! I went last week with 2 friends and we oohed and aaaahed over our Food!!

We started with their famous Matilda's - you HAVE to get these - cheesy and crunchy and perfect.
Mozzarella, cheddar and red pepper flakes flash fried in wonton wrappers then served with Marinara sauce!!!

I have a thing for Bloody Mary's so I tried the B'ham Bloody Mary - it's garnished with a piece of bacon and 2 pieces of Habanero Jack Cheese! It's not like any Bloody Mary I've had! Loved it with my lunch!

Next comes the Grilled Cheeses!!! I went with the Flaming Lips - don't let the name fool you. It was delicious and not too spicy. They grill American and Cheddar Cheese with bacon and grilled JalapeƱos!! Oh my!!!!! It is served with their Homemade Ranch! Next time I go, I want to buy some of this Ranch - it's that good!

One friend had the Mac Melt - Grilled Cheese with homemade Macaroni and Cheese in the sandwich!! Who could resist!!! She ate it all.

Then finally my other friend went with the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Chicken Fingers in their 
homemade Buffalo sauce with Monterey Jack Cheese! Not too spicy either. It was also a hit!!

They also have their own Rosemary Ketchup for your fries as well as a wonderful Spicy Honey Mustard sauce that I also dipped my fries in - it was kind of addicting!

Are you hungry yet!!!!

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