Happy Vernal Equinox!!

March 20th, 2014

Yes, Spring has finally sprung, and not a moment too soon! It seems like just yesterday everyone was making a list of New Year’s resolutions to get in shape. (To be honest, I think I make that resolution at the beginning of every month!) Now, though, we have no excuse not to get out there and soak up this great weather.

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There’s no end to the ways you can improve your fitness these days from walking, gym workouts, trainers, videos and at-home programs to yoga, Pilates, cycling, running, golf, tennis…you get my drift!

Even with all of those options, are you finding it hard to get motivated? Let me share what often helps me. It might sound silly, but I love to look good in whatever I do. My motto is “always rock your full potential,” and that includes when I exercise. Nothing gets you out the door and on your way to a better you like a cute and flattering new top or super bright athletic shoes that say “Hello sunshine!”

Whether you’ve been dutiful with your fitness resolution (applause!) or just need a teensy little push to get going, I’ve found some hi-lo “gems” to refresh your workout wardrobe for that boot camp you’ve been needing! Click here for more inspiration … neat colors and cool clothing options for all of your TGI-Spring activities!

Always rock your full potential!

~Judy

ENOUGH ALREADY!

March 1st, 2014

It’s inevitable. We dream of snow and pretty, wintery landscapes for the holidays; warm (cute) boots; hot cocoa and snow angels.

Beautiful Winter Sunrise  Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 11.56.56 PM  Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 11.56.12 PM

And then, WHAM! We’re SO over it!!!

SERIOUSLY?!  Aacchh  How much more?

Bring on the sand, sea and warm sunny days!!  PRONTO !

This crazy weather has been SO unforgiving that we all have a case of spring fever.  So, what’s a lady to do? Well for me, the next best thing to actually being in Spring is to start thinking about it.  Check out my latest Pinterest board with ‘designs on Spring’ (and one particularly smashing necklace) in mind. Then, let me know if you have some springtime favorites that I should be checking out, too!

CALGON!!!!!!!?????????????

Always rock your full potential ~

Arctic Fashions REALLY??!!

(Alright, when possible….)

~ Judy

And The Envelope Please….

February 24th, 2014

Well, I guess it’s been official for awhile now. They’ve said “Move over Tangerine Tango! You’re no longer the star of the show.” (P.S. Aren’t they a year behind? Wasn’t Tangerine Tango oh so 2012?) Yes, even 2013′s Emerald Green has been told to step aside (and, I refuse to let go of either one of them!)

Turns out ( and I DO hope you’re sitting down) that while the Chinese say it’s the Year Of The Horse, the official word from the color Guru that is PANTONE is that this is the Year Of The Orchid. Have you bought into this yet? After all, Spring is less than one month away! Radiant Orchid Not just any orchid, mind you. The color should be referred to as “Radiant Orchid,” if you please.

You may already be a lover of this ‘lovely’ color. And, I agree that it looks great on a flower. But, what makes me happy are all the other colors we can interpret from this news. (Are you getting the sense that I’m not a big fan? Maybe I’ll feel better about it when the warm weather rolls back around SOON?????)

Of course, there are some gemstones that might help us comply even if we can’t all embrace the orchid that is “radiance.”  Take a look and see what you think.

Rose Quartz Purple Opal Lavender Quartz

ROSE QUARTZ                  PURPLE OPAL              LAVENDER QUARTZ

And, for those of us who like to push the envelope just a little….                                       There now, can’t you just see the orchidness in these beauties?!

Rhodonite Blue Lace Agate Rutilated Quartz

RHODONITE                    BLUE LACE AGATE            RUTILATED QUARTZ

Alright, I tried.  In all fairness, I have actually hung onto a lavender, okay orchid, suit that I bought back in the 90′s. It still fits, looks like new and makes me feel amazing every time I put it on. Perhaps I’m suddenly glad it’s the year of the orchid. I can put some more mileage on that thing with the “but, it’s the Pantone Color of The Year!” excuse. (And, THEN it goes to the Consignment Shop once and for all!)

In all that you do, remember to …                                                                                    Always rock your full potential ~

My best ~ Judy

 

Nature as Art

January 13th, 2014

As we countdown to the premier of JOYA by Judy Crowell (9 more days! Jan. 21 at 5pm ET!) I’ve been asked by many of you where I drew inspiration for the pieces in my collection.  Well – from everywhere!

My animal pieces in particular draw upon animal symbolism in jewelry that historians have recorded as far back as ancient Egypt.  We’ve all seen a scarab in jewelry at one time or another – right?!  Here’s a gorgeous ancient ring style that is both rustic and elegant at the same time.

Galerie Golconda Ancient Egyptian Scarab Ring

Galerie Golconda Ancient Egyptian Scarab Ring

Another ancient jewelry style from the Etruscan era entailed carvings of small animals in pendants, called bullas, or mythological creatures such as winged lions as seen here.

Etruscan Ring, Museum of Modern Art

Etruscan Ring, Museum of Modern Art

For the most part, symbolism in jewelry evolved over time and with different cultures to reflect mythical, religious and spiritual meaning. In more recent times, these symbols (and animals) have been added to reflect a bit of whimsy and fun.

For JOYA By Judy Crowell, I’ve created two lovely pieces – a Serpent Pendant and a Turtle Bracelet.

JOYA Sterling Silver Drusy & Turtle Link Toggle Bracelet

JOYA By Judy Crowell Drusy Turtle Link Toggle Bracelet

JOYA Sterling Silver Carved Gemstone Snake Pendant

JOYA By Judy Crowell Carved Gemstone Snake Pendant

These animals offer their own symbolism story across the ages. At different time periods, the serpent has represented wisdom and eternity and even renewal as skin is shed and growth occurs. And, as a Native American “Totem” animal, the turtle symbolizes both the grounding quality of earth energy and the magic of the mystical. Using Turtle energy can help you achieve real balance in your life and your spirit so that you don’t get “stuck in the mud!”

I like the idea that our personal jewelry can be an emblem for positivity in our lives as well as being elegant and a lot of fun to wear.

Always rock your full potential!

~Judy

Huddle Up!

November 28th, 2013

During football season, these concepts are all too familiar: tackle, rush, defense, toss, tight-end, blocking, kick, forward, punt, pass and interception. (yawn!) BUT, Style Mavens unite!! You, too, can embrace the rest of the season with a strategy that requires no trades and has nothing to do with fantasy. Huddle up! It’s GAME DAY, so let’s PLAY!!

TACKLE the season with gusto. Color is in the spotlight, so don’t shy away. Embrace these!

The colors of garnet and raspberry, emerald and clover, turquoise and ocean are hot hot hot! So, RUSH to your closet for those hidden gems you’ve been ignoring. Even if you don’t dress in color head-to-toe, at least think ‘color’ when choosing jewelry and scarves.  You’ll feel younger and more refreshed wearing pretty tones during these shortened, drab days of fall and winter.

In your DEFENSE, change is terribly tough. But, if things don’t fit, don’t fight it…. TOSS them! You never feel your best in things too baggy OR too TIGHT-end (okay, that was a stretch),  things too short OR too young! Why do you think God invented daughters and consignment shops?! Give! Donate! Sell! Get them out of your closet! HUT HUT! HUT!

Remember when color-blocking was all the rage? Well, now we’re BLOCKING with leather and lace. Dresses, jackets and tops this year are artfully accented. Add them to your repertoire. Never has daytime-to-dinner looked so good.

KICK it up a notch with an idea borrowed from your man. The suit! No wonder he’s never late in the morning. He doesn’t have to think!?! The pants match the jacket match the shoes match the belt match the coffee…..  Aaaand, he’s out the door!  Now, for women they’re baaaaaaack! (…thankfully, designed a lot more creatively (and femininely) than those we wore in the 80′s. Phew!)

Be FORWARD thinking and don’t let the season PASS without a cool pair of boots. Nothing says smart and chic or comfort and style like boots. Leggings? Perfect for boots. Skinny jeans? MADE for boots. Skirts with tights? Boots! Dresses with fishnets? I think you get the idea. Pair them with boooooots!!!!!

Still not sure what to wear? Just PUNT! You can’t go too terribly wrong with the relaxed rules of fashion these days. Just look at Miley Cyrus. Uh, …. yeah. On second thought (I think I’ve just found my final football analogy) … now THERE’S a case in need of a serious style INTERCEPTION! Well?!? I’m just sayin’.

Remember to … Always rock your full potential! Hut! Hut! Clap! BREAK! Grunt! Now, go get ‘em! (especially those boots!!)

~ Judy

Looking Ahead

November 23rd, 2013

Okay, kids!! If you haven’t heard, we’re already looking ahead to Spring of 2014. (You know how we designer-slash-fashionistas are! Always anticipating our next move)

So, here’s the scoop… the skinny… the deal-e-o….. What we’ll be seeing on the covers of fashion magazines in the coming months (I doubt they’ll even wait for the holidays to become a distant, yet wonderful, memory) are the beautiful people in fashions-of-color ~ delicious hues called FREESIA (think sunflower fields), PALOMA (the yummiest of grays) and CAYENNE (you guessed it, Spice Girl, as in red pepper).

The PANTONE Color Institute says  (“Mother May I?”) stock up on camel, ocean blue, orange (yes, AGAIN!! (thank goodness) it’s my favorite! (*See new logo of my jewelry collection here WooHoo!!Ha! I digress),…. sky blue, seafoam (next year called ‘hemlock’), and glorious orchid.

How fun! Let the rainbow glow, and remember to…..

Always rock your full potential ~

Judy

Shingles?! Awww C’mon

July 19th, 2013

I’m one of the happiest people I know and one of the most relaxed (especially after a glass of wine) HOW can I be stressed? I mean that IS what typically triggers shingles, right? That horrible condition that flairs up in adults who, as kids, had chicken pox? Stress. That thing that happens to people who over-worry, over-work, over-see and over-do?

I remember as a teen learning about my Nana’s bout with shingles. And, my dad has had them twice! Painful, uncomfortable, burning, itching, blistery …. eeeew. That’s just nasty. But me? No, that happens to other people. Bad stuff happens to other people. Besides, I’m way too young!!! I have great control over my emotions; I handle drama with ease; I share my feelings; I don’t hold things inside; I laugh a lot; I cry with no shame; I ….

…. Well, Don’t I????

Alright, let’s analyze the situation. My 15 yr. old doggie died in May (sad, sad, sad..the longest relationship I’ve ever had). My step-daughter is now living with us for the summer (may I remind you of what YOU were like at 20 and single?). My parents SOLD and are now down-sizing this summer (what ARE we going to DO with all that STUFF?). Extended family in town; drywall repair from a leaky roof; a travel schedule that extends from Vegas to Minneapolis to Albuquerque to the Dominican Republic to Telluride to Pittsburgh and all within 3 months!!! AND, I’m launching my very own jewelry line this fall (the most exciting and terrifying thing I’ve ever done!).

A recipe for stress?? Must I admit it….? Call me old. Call me one of those other people. Call me someone who’s lucky she has a hairstyle with bangs! I don’t just have shingles. I have them on my FACE! Aaaauugghhh! This stress is causing more stress!!!

Truth is, it could be worse. I could have learned that I’m suddenly allergic to wine (as I had initially thought), a fate much worse than shingles. So, perhaps it’s time to pour myself a glass and just calm down. “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.” Ha, ain’t that the truth!!!

Always ‘rock’ your full potential (even if today you’ve gotta fake it) ~

Judy

A Thousand Tears

May 9th, 2013

How is it that even my tears don’t seem like enough to properly express this sadness? Isn’t there something even more elevated than tears? How is it that I can’t ask her to endure even one more night? Isn’t there something to tell me I’m wrong or I’m right? How is it that I knew months ago we didn’t have much time, so I sat down back then and wrote her a poem? Isn’t there something in those actions?

I don’t have the answers to my questions…. I only have my heart. And, just maybe that is something.

 
At Heaven’s Gate, Brie, please don’t wait
Go run and roll and sniff
For now your eyes, they see again
Your joints no longer stiff

 
 
We’ll meet again someday, my friend
Our routine we’ll repeat
That bark, that wag, that lick I’ll know
The circle then complete

 
 
Rest in peace, little girl of mine
Not sure there will be another
For you brought out the best in me
The only one who called me ‘mother.’

Brie Crowell Deasy  05/98 – 05/13

She was one week shy of 15 yrs. old. I will miss her more than words can say….. the littlest love of my life.

What Are You Wearing?

April 23rd, 2013

If it’s 10 pm when you read this, the answer is probably “your p.j.s.” And, if it’s 10 am, your answer might range from spandex to a suit! But, I don’t mean what are you wearing NOW, like right this MINUTE ….. I mean jewelry-wise, help me out, what are you wearing? What do you grab to accessorize? And, what is your jewelry box missing?

I ask because my jewelry line will debut this fall, and I want to know what you like.

Demure? Bold?

Silver? Gold?

New? Old?

Warm? Sorry.

If you lead a life on the run (kids, travel, business, PTA, volunteer, pet-rescue, fund-raising) or a life of leisure (golf, tennis, crosswords, travel, books, grandchildren), jewelry is sometimes that last-minute, grab what you wore yesterday kind of routine.

But, I have found lately (being a woman who leads both of those lives) that when I put a teeny-bit more time into my closet the night before, not thinking only about what I’m going to wear cloth-wise, but how I’m going to accessorize that cloth, that I end up feeling prettier, more confident and more ‘finished’ than when I don’t.

I’m on both Facebook and Twitter, and plan to keep you updated as to when and where my jewelry can be found. I can’t wait to hear your feedback, and I can’t wait to see pictures of you wearing it!

You know my motto … (and soon, it will mean even more!)

Always ‘rock’ your full potential ~

Judy

January 31st: Not so “New Year” Anymore

January 31st, 2013

Resolutions? Yes, not to feel achy, feverish and down-right blah. Head hurts, muscles are sore, nose is red and even things hot… a bath, mint tea, my husband… aren’t doing the trick. I’m miserable.

Paul left for Minnesota again this morning after buying these. (I can’t even believe I’m showing you this. I am a fright!!)

Yes, he went out and bought a 25-pack (“Twenty-five??!!” He said it was all they had) of these face masks to wear on his flight back to ShopNBC today. I would imagine he’ll fly home in one on Sunday all chipper and cured of his cold just so we can turn around on Tuesday and fly, wearing them of course (after all, we have 25!!), to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. (We’ll be the ones on the plane looking like we really ought to be quarantined)

Who knows, maybe we’ll start a Fashion Trend for Flyers. Perhaps wearing them even ought to be a law! And, with all of this down time on my hands, I think I’ll get out the markers and start drawing. A nice set of red lips would look good on my mask, don’t you think? (Or, should I put them on Paul’s? ha) That’ll let the world know that I know I look ridiculous, but that I’m gladly doing my part to maintain a germ-free zone. Other passengers may even ask if we have extras. (Suddenly, 25 doesn’t sound like nearly enough)

Just remember, even in a face mask…

Always Rock Your Full Potential ~

~ Judy