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And The Envelope Please….

Monday, 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

 

Looking Ahead

Saturday, 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

A Thousand Tears

Thursday, 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.

January 31st: Not so “New Year” Anymore

Thursday, 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

The Best Laid Plans

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

If you agree that a wedding is memorable as MUCH because of the mishaps as because of the bride’s beautiful gown, then perhaps the same can be applied to my recent Holiday party. Centered around the date of the annual boat parade, my party had been scheduled for months. Last year the boats swung right by our house … so creative, so pretty, so festive… I thought my Kappa colleagues would love it.

So, the night is planned; the evites have been sent; the menu has been selected; we’re ready to go. The night before the party, my husband is cooking me salmon on the grill. It’s a beautiful night. I look outside and here comes a decorated boat. How PRETTY! “Look Paul, here comes another one!” Wait. What’s going on???

He says, “Come eat while it’s hot.” I say, “You don’t think…..” “No. Don’t worry,” he’s says. “I’m sure it’s a parade from another township.” Just to make sure, we double-check on line. Sure enough, OUR township parade is definitely scheduled for the following night. Whew!

The next night, all the ladies show up with their husbands and dates. It’s an even nicer night than the one before. Everyone’s dressed up and enjoying people they haven’t seen in forever. The boat parade start time, 7:15, comes and goes. ‘Ah well, they must still be lining up.’ 7:30, 7:45 … still no sign of a light much less a boat! Now I’m starting to worry (and, like any nervous bride who wants it to be perfect, I’m getting mad!).

“Hey everybody,” I stall. ” Let’s get that shot of all of us holding our children’s books that we’ve collected for charity!!”

Okay, well… that was good for a few minutes. Now it’s 8:00, 8:15, 8:30….. NO BOATS, NO PARADE, NO NOTHING! Well, that’s not quite true… somewhere out there along the beach, someone was shooting off fireworks. Woohoo!! (Small consolation for a night completely planned around a PARADE!) Talk about mud on my face (or is it ‘in your eye?’) SOMEwhere, there was mud. And, aside from the skinny string of Christmas lights on the bow-railing of our boat, my party people got totally ripped off!

The good news? Friends are incredibly forgiving. The food was good, the children will get books for Christmas, and …. there’s always next year?!?

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Not every blog has to be big news, right? Sometimes it’s fun to just embrace the moments when life is grand!!!! 

Paul and I re-watched “Swingers” the other night: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Heather Graham … and got in-the-mood for some swing dancing. We then had the opportunity to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (who were featured in the film) perform LIVE. Do you know that all of the original members (up to 9 of them) have been together for 19 years!?? They’re obviously doing something right, and making a lot of people happy with their music. (Click their pic to watch the dance scene from the movie) We couldn’t stay in our seats. One song was even better than the next! At the end of the night? You would have witnessed two tired (and sweaty) pups. I’d definitely burned off the calories from dessert! ;)

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

Around The World In An Hour

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

After developing my photos from our recent trip to Tucson, I realized how many countries we had visited in a single afternoon! The South American tent took us to Peru.

The Madagascar tent showed us interesting fossils and the most beautiful Labradorite 

And yes, we went to Africa and Australia as well.

Not only do we have the opportunity to see the latest cuts or colors of beautiful gemstones, like these faceted opals from one of our favorite suppliers to Jewelry Television,

but we come to appreciate the laborious process of searching for these treasures.

You may tune in to a shopping channel and feel like you see an abundance of beautiful baubles. But from this perspective, we’re reminded that it takes many months (in some cases, years) to mine and sort them; cut and polish them; design and set them 

into magnificent pieces of wearable art.

The annual Tucson Show is not the end of the journey… it’s just the beginning. But, it IS the culmination of a lot of hard work!

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

Tucson Talk

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Tucson, Arizona is just buzzing with enthusiasm and excitement every year at this time. The first week in February, it becomes the site of the largest gem and mineral show in the world. Vendors and buyers alike are here on a quest for new material, uniquely cut stones and large parcels of Mother Nature’s latest creations. The customer is always on our minds. (Of course, if one happens to come home with a selfishly bought new bauble, well, that’s just a well-earned reward for all the hard work that can extend into the wee hours)

My recent post on Facebook generated 35 good guesses as to what this pretty new purple-veined material might be. So far, though, no one has accurately identified it. So, the game is still ON! Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

A huge bonus of our annual trek to Tucson is, of course …

…  the food! We can’t seem to veer from our favorite foods at our favorite restaurants. There’s just nothing like that table- side guacamole at La Fuentes or the entertaining Cowboy atmosphere of Lil’ Abners.

And the views? Well, there’s no question. It’s just a little slice of heaven.

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

My Girl, Brie, Sporting A New Haircut

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

In my eyes, just too cute for words. (Although, in this photo “she” sort of looks like a “he.” She went through this phase at the age of 6 months, too. Now she’s going through it again at the age of 11 years! hahaha It sucks to get old.) But, she’s still the cutest, sweetest little girl in the whole wide world! Just look at that face.

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In Living Color

Friday, February 27th, 2009
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Look closely at a light blue scarf paired with a mint green jacket. It’s called being different and doing the unexpected. Add to that an orange-cased cell phone and orange crocs? and you’re in living color!