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Jewelry- Fashion Friday Series May 24, 2013

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A huge part of fashion, and one that I greatly enjoy, is jewelry. I have always been a fan of it, even at an early age. I remember dressing up in costume jewelry as well as some of my mom’s older pieces. I do the same with Emma. Train them up! Anyways, today I wanted to share some of my favorite places to get jewelry. Join me!

Forever 21- this my absolute favorite place to buy jewelry, especially when I’m wanting it versus saving up for it. You can go in with $20 and come out with 10 or more new pieces. I love that. It is costume jewelry and some pieces are more than others but in my experience it holds up well and resells well, too, at yard sales and consignment sales. They have a lot of unique pieces so keep that in mind.

Premier Jewelry- as some of you know, I use to sell Premier Jewelry. I still have a quite a few of my premier pieces from when I sold and a few from having shows since then. It really holds up well and they have a great return policy, too. This jewelry is more expensive but it holds up better than costume jewelry, too. If you’re interested in having a show and getting some of their jewelry for FREE, let me know and I can get you in touch with my premier mom, Melissa. She’s awesome!

Boutiques- whenever we pass a little boutique, whether local or out of town, I stop. Sometimes the stuff is way too overpriced but sometimes it’s perfect! Mom and I went to a store when we were on vacation last year and found some really cute jewelry for buy one, get one half off. We were excited to say the least! I also like stores that are local, like Vagabond Traders in Abingdon. They sell one of my favorite brands, Good Works. A portion of what you pay is going to charitable donations. I really love that!

Thrift Stores- whether it be a thrift store we find or a goodwill, I love to go through the jewelry they have available. Sometimes there is nothing I like but other times, there are a TON of things! I have been known to get myself jewelry there but also jewelry for Emma. It makes great play jewelry and I don’t feel bad with it being $1 or less!

Hand-Me-Downs- these may fall into my top place to get them. Anytime my mom, grandmother, or other relative gifts me something of theirs, it’s something I hold near and dear to my heart. Knowing that someone else has loved me enough to share what is theirs and trusts me enough to keep it makes me smile. Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry are those that were given to me.

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A few tips:

*Long earrings make your face look slimmer because it elongates it. True fact!

*Having bracelets on BOTH hands make you look slimmer, too!  They’re in your expressive zone so any attention drawer there helps.

*The recommended amount of worn accessories is 6 and you’ve gone too far if you reach 11 (this includes all jewelry and scarves).

*You can mix together long and short necklaces to add more to your outfit. This is one of my favorite tips!

What is YOUR favorite place to get jewelry? What is your favorite piece of jewelry?

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Tis The Season For Giving December 5, 2012

Christmas season is one that comes once a year but seems to last for a good two months. It’s one of the only times you can be mauled over a talking toy and have someone anonymously pay for your dinner at the same time. Christmas has always intrigued me between these two different things- the battle between selfishness and selflessness. It’s tough. I really WANT Emma to have the things she wants, but at what cost? At what point do I say “no”, that someone else needed it more, or she doesn’t really need it at all? We are luckily at an age that Emma will take any gift we give her and grin, minus squash. She hates squash. What I want to focus on today is gifts you can give to others this holiday season. I hope this sparks some creative juices flowing and helps you as the holidays quickly approach (20 days!).

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Give store bought. Now is the time that the stores are going nuts with people shopping for the holidays. It almost doesn’t depend on when you go either. If you go at 2am you’re just as likely to find as much chaos as you do at 7pm on a Friday night. It’s nuts. I would make a game plan before you go and find the place with the best deal. If you find somewhere with the best deal and you don’t want to go there (ie: Walmart for us) then bring their add to a competitor (ie: Target) and they’ll price match! You can also shop for great deals online at places like amazon, pick your plum, and more. We’ve found some great gifts and deals at online stores this year.

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Give thrifted. If you have a lot of people to buy for this year or money doesn’t add up, consider hitting up a thrift store or two. Emma has several gifts this year from the thrift store and I don’t feel bad about it at all. We are giving her gifts that are great, just a little cheaper and a little loved. She will also get “new” gifts but we’re not above going to second hand stores for good deals, too. We could spent $100 on 2 gifts at a store or $100 on 15 gifts at a thrift store that Emma will love just as much. You can also find a lot of brand new items at a thrift store. True fact. It’s wild how many thrift stores you can find a brand new dress with the tags still on it or a toy in it’s box. Just be willing to take the time and look.

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Give homemade. This year, we’re attempted the year of homemade gifts at the Linkous house. We are giving each person at least (1) homemade gift. We’re really excited about it, too. This is probably one of my favorite ideas. You can do anything from homemade ornaments to homemade lip balm and more! I have a whole section devoted to this on my pinterest if you’d like to friend me and check it out!

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JR & Emma                        Daddy-Daughter Night              at Chickfila

Give love. This may sound cheesy, but the reality is you can give your kids thousands of dollars in gifts but if you give it to them without love, they’re not really going to care. What kids want more than anything is for their parents to love and care about them, to treat them like they matter. That’s the most important thing. So even though you will probably buy at least one gift for your child, be sure to give them your love, too. Be willing to put down your work when you get home for a few hours. Take them out for dates and start young. JR took Emma out just last night for a daddy-daughter date night. It melts my heart. LOVE your kids. And your spouses. And your family. And your friends. And those that sometimes don’t deserve it. After all, we didn’t deserve the love bestowed to us at Christmas time, either.

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Give time. Time is one of the best gifts you can give. EVER. We are so rushed and so busy in our lives that we don’t have time to breathe. We don’t have time to even blink, much less give time that we don’t have. What I’m saying is MAKE time. If you know that your mom has needed help painting a piece of furniture, make time for it. If you know that your dad has needed help cleaning out the gutters, make time for it. If you know that your child has been dying to learn how to ride their bike, make time for it. If you know that your spouse has been wanting to have a date night alone, make time for it. Time may not have a specific dollar amount attached to it but it costs more than any other gift you can give. Yesterday will never happen again and NOTHING can get that back. Give time this year!

Here are my ideas for giving this year at Christmas. Remember to be selfless this holiday season and model the most selfless thing ever done for us- God sending His son at Christmas time for freedom from our sins.

What are you giving this year for Christmas?