Birthstone Rings & Why I Love Them.

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Birthstones tend to be on the same category for me as Zodiac signs: made up by someone at some point and now it’s a huge market.

Even though I know this…I still fell prey to the market. But you know what!? They can take my money because now I look at these rings and like them anyway, despite their made up origins, for these reasons:

  1. Emeralds and pearls are pretty together (thank you, birthstone maker-uppers for not giving me something ridiculously expensive that I could never afford a real one–sorry, Aprils)
  2. They’re genuine, which makes me feel like they’re worth more than they are. Plus, who doesn’t like wearing real, semi-precious gemstones? People are all about diamonds these days, but gemstones are cool too.
  3. The raw look of them makes them feel sort of vintage-y and more real. The super polished glassy look of gemstones makes me feel like they’re fake for some reason.
  4. Because I look at them and it makes me think about Jared and me and how we’re married and how that’s still really new and neat for me.

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Run-on sentences aside, I think that things have meaning if you let them. And, against my best rational mind, I have put meaning into these birthstones. I wear them pretty much every day, and I love looking at them. They mean more to me every day, and that’s really what makes them so fun and special.

Honestly, I think I may go crazy and buy pearl/emerald jewelry forever (I’ve always liked pearls though).

If a non-believer like me can love and find meaning in birthstones, then anyone can. Especially if they’re pretty. Which is why they’re great gifts. I got these two rings from Etsy, which is also one of my new obsessions. I got silver plated (but I wish I would’ve gotten sterling silver, because they’re already starting to tarnish). The shop in general has a lot of really cute stuff, like druzy jewelry.

Have you heard of druzy? It’s like the newest craze in jewelry. It just means the stuff in crystals that make them look shiny, but oh man, I’m in love. Why is it so pretty? Anyway, you should look it up, especially as gift season approaches!

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Like an Animal

Animal Tank

I usually don’t wear animal prints, because I attach this stigma to them that says “cheap,” and other things that just generally surround the opposite of “classy.”

I’ve decided, though…who cares? Go a little wild, go a little crazy.

Do the things that you want to do and just be free!

I say this because recently I did something adventurous and fun and then I felt guilty for it…even though I didn’t do a single thing worth feeling guilty over. I realized that my childhood/teenage restrictions of “NOT ALLOWED” still grip me sometimes. And that made me mad!

I really wish I didn’t let the fear of “not allowed” (whether by society, or personal inhibitions) keep me from doing all the fun stuff I could be doing. So I’ve vowed to change that, because we simply just don’t know how much time we have left–and I’m tired of being so careful! Even when I did my one adventurous act of packing everything I own in the back of my car and moving to California by myself…I still was so careful. I just need to relax and enjoy life, and worry less.

Raise A Glass To What Your Future Holds

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Black and White

Cropped. Filtered black & white, filtering the green instead of red! Makes the eyes look brighter, lips look darker. Increased highlights, removed stray hairs that went across my face, brightened eyes, darkened eye liner (to make it look smeary) & other minor spot corrections.

Pentax K-x. Taken on 2-sec timer with flash. Focal length 23.1mm. Exposure time 1/20. F-stop f/4. ISO 200.

If you own a digital SLR, you should know what all of that means. If you don’t, take a class like I did. If you don’t want to, maybe I’ll post a little beginner guide next week.

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After A Long Day Of Shopping

Nice to see you again, yellow blazer! I coincidentally wore those same shoes, too, I just didn’t get a good photo of them. Nails are done with Essie’s Play Date and a top coat of Sinful Colors’ Purple Diamond. Dress is from Papaya. I got my necklace from a little boutique about a year ago and the ring on the right hand is from Charlotte Russe, the LOVE ring, I can’t remember where it’s from or when I even got it…they have them everywhere, though.

I wore this to a family friend’s reception on Saturday!

In other news, I hate it when I do that thing when I smile and my teeth go over my lip. It’s so unattractive. I should’ve gotten braces.

Oh well. So this week, I’m going to St. George! It’ll be fun. Fingers crossed I come back tan.

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TUESDAY GIVEAWAY

Merry Week-After-Christmas! What better way to deal with post-Christmas blues by having a dreamy giveaway? Some of my favorite jewelry are these two pieces by my friend Jess Esplin. She is extremely talented! She made that Teapot Necklace out of clay. Something else I want (but she would never sell to me) is a tea set she made to look like wood:

She likes it too much, so she won’t part from it, but I want it. Beyond belief!

The ever-talented Jess has agreed to donate a piece of jewelry for our giveaway: a hand-made Spoon Ring.

Enter to win said ring by commenting on this post! Those who have subscribed to the blog and commented will be entered twice! You don’t want to miss out on this one!

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