During my River Walk Duchess Coronation in February (pre Covid Era) I was given the opportunity to start wearing my great great grandmother’s nearly 200 year old necklace made of gold, 5 diamonds, and 7 amethysts. I thought it would be amazing to be able to wear some of my family’s antique jewelry as my own ‘royal jewels’.
As much as I love this family heirloom necklace I am paranoid while wearing it. I had it secured to my top with multiple safety pins and neurotics checked it every two second to make sure it was still on my neck.
I knew if I lost it that my grandmother and my mother would both (justifiably) kill me.
I decided that I wanted to find another necklace that captured the spirit of the necklace but wouldn’t make me as crazy and that maybe was even a little more ‘me’ that my family necklace is.
I stumbled upon this beautiful sterling silver, gold plated, amethyst and freshwater pearl necklace (y’all know how I LOVE pearls!) from Ross Simons that conveniently was also under $100!
I think this necklace perfectly captures the spirit of my great grandmothers antique necklace but with a more bohemian kind of feel which is definitely me!
I like that I’m able to start collecting some pieces which can add to things that I can pass down in the future and start creating some other family heirlooms (see my previous post on starting to create heirlooms).
I think both of these amethyst necklaces can happily coexist in my jewelry collection and be lovely amethyst sisters together!
When picking out holiday gifts for friends and family, I got to thinking about family heirlooms and their importance in my families legacy, as well as the joy those heirloom items bring to me this time of year. When you bring out a silver ornament or a special pair of earrings, you start talking about you bought it our who gave it to whom and how long it has been in the family. During the holidays I also bring out a pair of earrings that are over 120 years old that were my 2x great grandmothers. I got to thinking… what heirlooms am I creating for my future 2x great-grandchildren to remember me by?
I have been lucky enough to inherit a few pieces to pass down and I had a few quality pieces of jewelry but most of what I had was costly costume jewelry that was certainly never going to last a lifetime. As I’ve gotten older (and hopefully a little wiser) I’ve started to invest more into quality jewelry pieces that will stand the test of time.
I realized that while I had not collected many pieces that I felt really told a story about who I am and about things I have done. I decided it was time to start investing in my legacy and my future family by collecting quality pieces to pass down to my future family members.
I partnered with James Avery to show y’all some items that I think make wonderful heirloom pieces that I have personally added to my collection and also give you a chance to win a $150 James Avery gift card to start adding to your own heirloom collection!
4 Heirloom Pieces to add to your collection:
1. Charm Bracelet
Charm bracelets have been around for centuries. Early Babylonians around 600 BC! But Queen Victoria really popularised the charm bracelet including mourning charms after her beloved husband passed away.
Charm Bracelets tell a story and that story can be shared and passed down in a tangible and meaningful way.
My James Avery charm bracelet story started off with the San Antonio Tricentennial bracelet that I purchased for my birthday and added on some iconic Texas charms onto it ie. Whataburger and the super adorable FIESTA Pinata charm! I recently included a few more charms to my bracelet’s story, the Taco charm (foodie life duh!) and the beautiful new Bell Charm from the new 2019 Holiday Collection.
This beautiful Bell Charm (Love Song Charm) actually does ring and there is nothing quite so pleasant as the sound a ringing silver bell.
This particular charm is darling and not just for its lovely name ( the Love Song Charm) holds a few meanings for me:
-My Dad is a Real Bearded Santa and having a subtle nod to Christmas is something really lovely to have on all the time.
– The bell represents the beautiful missions in San Antonio and the beautiful 5 bell display along the San Antonio River Walk. And since I’m River Walk Royalty for 2020 I felt it was perfect to add onto my bracelet that tells my Texas story.
2. Claddagh Ring
The next piece I invested in was a Claddagh.
The Claddagh Ring is a very old Irish traditional ring that has been around for hundreds of years and having one to pass down is extremely important to me. The James Avery Claddagh ring is a classic piece but still with beautiful modern lines that is something that will be passed down to future generations of my strawberry blond and red headed future Irish family.
3. Silver Ornaments
There’s nothing like setting up your tree to really get you into the Christmas spirit. Part of the fun of putting up the Christmas tree is pulling out old ornaments and saying “remember this one this is from grandma” or “we got this when we visited” etc. sharing those stories are so important for ensuring that families continue to pass down important family memories. Having silver ornaments not only look beautiful on the tree but also ensure that those precious family memories don’t accidentally break due to a furry family members tail or some other calamity.
4. Subtle Statement Earring
My last heirloom recommendation is a pair of subtle statement earrings.
This pair has an elegant quatrefoil style ( very reminiscent of the San Antonio quatrefoil) that easily transition from daytime at the office to an evening affair. They are light and delicate but still sturdy and will easily stand the test of time both in changing the fashion trends and also being passed down from person to person. I cannot wait to tell my (currently nonexistent) future grandchildren how I wore these earrings during my reign on the 2020 River Walk Royalty Court!
Quality jewelry of precious metals like silver and gold are one of the few things that are able to be passed down from generation to generation because those items LAST. The $10 pair of costume jewelry earrings won’t last you until your granddaughters 16th birthday, but a pair of silver, gold, or gemstone earrings or a charm bracelet, now that will last generations past your lifetime. If you start curating your collection now, you will have a wonderful collection to pass down to your future great grandchildren.
For a chance to win a $150 James Avery gift card to start building your own heirloom collection follow me on Instagram and enter my giveaway (Closes 12/22)!
A hot Texas Hill Country summer night calls for a bold look.
Wandering around this Boerne property, I loved seeing the old mustang grape vines that once thrived here, and seeing the rebirth of new growth and possibilities.
I love shopping local here in the Texas Hill Country. There are so many incredible places to discover and take inspiration from.
My Summer look features the ‘Aztec Necklace‘ sent to me by Grace and Charm . Grace and Charm is a local jewelry company in Austin that features beautiful handcrafted jewelry made with natural stones. I love that, while this is a statement necklace, it is not heavy on my neck, making this an easily wearable piece that has been in heavy rotation in my weekly outfits.
This mustard yellow dress reminds me of well mustard… which is a huge part of German and Czech dishes here in the Hill Country. I picked up this striking piece at Lenette’s Shop and Sip Boutique just down the road from Boerne in Helotes. It is SO nice to see local boutiques here that carry plus sizes!
This gorgeous necklace sent to me from Grace and Charm, is the perfect accessory for the Summer Solstice. It is a gold fill chain and natural amazonite stones. It reminds me of those beautiful rough cut pillars at Stonehenge.
The Summer Solstice is also World Giraffe Day! The longest necked mammals celebration is on the longest day of the year!
I thought that this week I would share some of my Fiesta outfits with you all. This is a little outside of my normal posts but I thought that it would be fun and festive and well I just really want d to share my cute outfits!
This look is colorful and fun, perfect for one of the biggest parades in the country! This top by Belk’s Crown and Ivy Collection has pops of color and hot pink fringe down the front that help give the look a little extra Fiesta flair! Also how cute is my pig purse?! I picked him up at the Fiesta Store for only $8!
This look will easily let you show your Fiesta spirit while still being appropriate to hit that work meeting and easily transition to after work Fiesta events like hanging out at NIOSA, Taste of the Northside, or Alamo Heights Night.
This top from Belk, is so light and breaths! It will definitely keep you cool during these humid Texas evenings!
I win this adorable fiesta purse from the lovely @Cynthiaedee and her Goodwill SA instagram Giveaway. You can find amazing fashion opinions for an incredibly affordable price at you local Goodwill!
We all know there are multiple types of blogger genres, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, food, family, etc. But there are a few items that no matter what the blog focus is, there are universally useful items to any genre of blogger.
If you have been racking your brain trying to figure out what to buy the blogger in your life with only a short time left to shop, or are looking to pick up something for yourself, here are the 7 things that I think any blogger would like to find under their tree or in their stocking this year:
For the blogger who is a planner nerd or that needs a written calendar to get things done this is a great gift. This planner helps lay out what content you want to put out and really helps if your are trying to get on a posting schedule.
This is a great tool for the iPhone Instagramer or Blogger. Having the ability to up your game before you make the leap to a DSLR, or for when you want to leave the big girl camera at home, really helps to diversify your photos.
I was introduced to theses by beauty blogger MegO on her blog gift guide. I’ve been using THIS pair for several days now and I have noticed an IMMEDIATE improvement in my workday. I haven’t had a headache in over a week! I know that may sound strange to some but for a frequent migraine sufferer this is HUGE!!! I highly recommend them to anyone who spends a lot of time in front of a computer or phone screen!
I recently discovered the usefulness of these lights and have been hooked on them for taking photos ever since. It is a great product if you want to be able to take better quality photos in areas with limited lighting with your iPhone.
I featured this product in my 2016 Gift Guide and it is back again this year! I use this regularly and it is one of those items that is always in my bag no matter what. The great part about this hot spot is that you can do a monthly subscription or just a one time purchase of data so you’re not tied down if you don’t want to be.
Click HERE to get $10 off your purchase of a Karma Go!
This is a gift that any type of blogger or Instagramer will appreciate. There is such a wide variety of items to choose from of this site that range from website templates, animations for your Instagram story, Snapchat filters, themes, fonts, banding mockups, and other add ons that will all bring amazing enhancement possibilities for the various means of messaging your blogger has.
I decided that this year I would give myself a pre-holiday treat… every day. I recently picked up a Beauty Advent Calendar from Target so I can celebrate my own version of the 12 Days of Christmas sans a partridge , swans a swimming, or 5 gold rings.
I was inspired to pick one of these up by a Beauty Blogger and YouTuber I have followed for some time, Kristina Braly, who opens a few Beauty advent calendars every year for Vlogmas (follow her channel it’s fantastic). She finally convinced me that I should pamper myself this year and try something new.The thing I liked about this Beauty Advent Calendar, besides it’s great price tag, is that you can see exactly what items you will be unboxing so that you can be sure you’ll actually like what you’re getting. The great part about picking up an Advent Calendar is that you get to try out items you may not have prior experience with but you also get tried and true products as well.
Click HERE to check out this Beauty Advent Calendar. They’re selling out fast so make sure you go pick one up soon!
Make sure you follow me on Instagram and check out my Instagram Story where I’ll be opening up a new window each day through Christmas Eve and watch my Beauty Advent Calendar journey!