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Happy Vernal Equinox!!

Thursday, 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!

Saturday, 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.

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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….

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

 

Huddle Up!

Thursday, 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

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

Sporty Chic

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

My love of fitness has suddenly collided with my love of fashion! Oh happy day! And I don’t mean that we’re re-embracing sweat pants. (Pleeeease don’t go there!) No, I mean that the wonderful, powerful, attention-grabbing appeal of true athleticism has finally caught up with our love of everything stylish and chic.

I can’t tell you how many hours a week I spend in spandex! Sometimes it’s downright embarrassing. But, here’s how it happens. I wake up with the knowledge that at some point in my day, I’m going to work out. Be it tennis, treadmill, tummy-work, tumbling, trampoline …. well, you never know …. I just know one thing’s for certain, I’m going to need flexible clothes.

My best laid plans have me reading the paper over coffee and some form of bran cereal (again, best laid plans) with a work-out soon to follow. Before you know it, the dog needs walking; laundry needs folding; UPS needs a signature; my flowers need a drink; the phone needs answering; I forgot to buy half and half !!; checks need cashing; bills need paying … It’s 3:30 in the afternoon and I’M STILL WEARING SPANDEX!

Perhaps this is not exactly what designers had in mind when they put their Sporty Chic silhouettes on the Spring 2012 runways. The gym is one thing, The Four Seasons is another. But, I still love the fact that now my double white-striped black leggings only call for a pair of Jimmy Choos, and I’m good to go!

In the most practical of athletic mindsets, we must accessorize accordingly. The littlest of bling is necessary. (But then again, who said anything about necessities?) What do you think? Some Pink Morganite leverbacks for comfort and color? Or, perhaps some Citrine studs? There’s always that go-to pair of Barepani London Blue Topaz to kick it up a notch, or the White Sapphire studs for flair. (Click the photos for details)

These don’t get in the way of your leg lift/kick-backs; they add color to your otherwise “glowing” make-up-less face; they fill in the pierce of your otherwise adorned earlobes; and, if nothing else, they scream Sporty Chic. It’s every girl’s dream come true… an invitation to be fit, fabulous and comfortable. I say, let the games begin!

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

The Return Of The Earring ~ Spring 2012

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

I’ve always referred to it as the most intimate piece of jewelry you wear, because it’s selected to be closest to your beautiful face. Now, designers are taking the importance of them to a whole new level with the Return Of The Earring for 2012. Soulful and sexy; flirty and colorful; movin’ and groovin,’ these dazzlers are turning (and framing) heads!

Some of us are thinking, “Wait just a minute. What’s so new? We’ve been down this road before.” Yes, but isn’t it fun?! Fashion loves to reinvent itself, and WE love when it does!

Some of the most famous faces in history were known for their glamorous lobes. It’s nice to know it’s ‘cool’ all over again.

So, what do you say we do a little shopping? If you want to duplicate the ‘looks,’ you’ve got to know where to go to find them. While my Stratify Collection isn’t on the runway……….. (yet!), I do have some great styles that would fit the bill for this current trend.  Take a look at these beauties, and see if  the colors, the gems, or the dangle styles strike your fancy. If so, click on the earring to see all the details. Happy shopping!

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

Spring 2012 Fashion Trends

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

“Ehhh…verything’s coh…ming up roses…” It may have been back in ’59 when Gypsy Rose Lee hummed that tune, but 53 years later we’re having another affair with florals. 

Have you been shopping lately? Spring 2012 Fashion designers are having a field day! Fitted or flowing matters not as long as we’re talking flowers.

And, while we’re on the subject, you’ll notice that it’s tough to wear flowers without wearing color. Harper’s Bazaar highlighted the blues in their recent expose of Spring 2012 runway style. Think of your average garden, though, and you realize that all color combos are acceptable.

Accessorizing this trend is simple.. especially with my Stratify Collection! While the clothing may be expensive (it’s really painful to look at the price tags), the jewelry I’ll show you is not. Every single one of these rings featuring genuine Tanzanite, Amethyst, Blue Topaz and Garnet is priced at under $100, and many are closer to $79. (You can click on the image to read more about it) Become your own designer! Jump on these styles while the trend is hot, but own looks that will long outlast today’s garden variety splurge.

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

Bright Spots

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Noticing a trend here?! Suddenly in the mood for a creamsicle? Or, perhaps another glass of orange juice?

The Pantone Color Institute has donned this, Tangerine Tango, ‘the 2012 Color Of The Year.’ It’s a vibrant, refreshing, BLAST of color with so much potential. Paired with lime or royal or (here’s another Pantone fave) solar yellow, you almost can’t go wrong with it.

Of course, you know me, never one to pass up an opportunity to talk about how fashion relates to  jewelry…. I thought I’d make some suggestions as to how you can wear this color other than in fabric.

I realize not everyone desires that red flair of attention, so here are some pretty pieces that can add that perk-me-up to your current wardrobe of navies, grays and whites. And, of course, your LBD could be completely transformed with these orange and red combos. Click on any of the photos for more information on where they are available.

I’m excited that, while black and white are always in-season, designers everywhere are thoroughly embracing the color-wheel. (I just painted my new kitchen “Audubon Russet,” and it’s so refreshingly fun!) :)

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

Scrub-A-Dub Dub

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

When was the last time you cleaned your jewelry? We take the time to clean our clothes, our houses, our dogs (don’t ask me why I thought of that one… probably because my Springer “Brie” just got a bath), but cleaning our jewelry? Who has time? The truth is that all jewelry requires TLC for long-term wear and lasting beauty.

My advice for Storage: Take advantage of the individual compartments in a jewelry box, divided drawers or a travel pouch. Gemstones can scratch one another if they all get jumbled together. And, if you’re not careful to keep pieces separated from one another, they can even scratch the gold or silver settings.

My advice for Cleaning: Don’t overdo it, and don’t use steam cleaning or ultra-sonic cleaners. All you really need is a soft, lint-free cloth. That should do a fine job of keeping it free from surface dust and dirt on a daily basis. Should you find that it has dulled from accumulated soap or hand lotions, just swish it in a bath of  mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. Rinse, and make sure you always dry it well … away from the drain.

Keep in mind that in some cases, like with my Stratify and Blooming Jewels Collections on JTV, some gemstones are set with an adhesive instead of with prongs. (This is common practice with opaques or cabochons like turquoise or lapis) Therefore, it’s smart not to leave your jewelry in water or a liquid jewelry cleaner for an extended period of time.

Styling Your Full Potential~

Judy,

Style and Trend Jewelry Expert