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Jewelry Terminology 101

I get asked all the time about the difference between fine jewelry and costume jewelry. It can be confusing, so I hope this will help make it all a little more clear!  Petite Cubist White Topaz Necklace in 14k yellow, white and rose gold.   Gold Jewelry Pure gold is 24 karats but since pure gold is very soft, jewelers add other metals to increase durability. The different numbers of karat refer to the levels of pure gold that are included in the mix of metals. 18K Gold and 14K Gold 18K gold means that 18 parts out of 24 are pure gold and 7 parts out 24 parts are other materials, it is 75% pure gold. 14K Gold is 58.3% pure gold (14...

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Style Watch: My Favorite Summer Swimsuits Under $50

Summer is in full swing and with Mexico and Mallorca on my summer travel plans I wanted to freshen up my beach wardrobe with some new swimsuits that wouldn't break the bank. I've bought expensive bathing suits in the past and personally haven't found them to be that much better than the ones I buy at Gap or Target. I've purchased these bathing suits myself and found them to be good quality and held up after washing. I recommend hand wash and drying on the line for lifetime wear, I find that when I put them in the washing machine the lining will bunch up in the chest area. All of these suits are under $40 and most under $30! So if...

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Happy Pride Month!

 It's June and I bet you've been seeing rainbows all over the place. Pride month is a colorful reminder to be more accepting and inclusive to all of the unique traits that make us all so different and special. I was impressed that my local Target had a whole pride section right when you walked in the door. I live in liberal California but I remember not so far back in 2008 when Prop 8 passed eliminating same sex marriage. Thankfully it has since been overturned but that was only eleven years ago. Mainstream society has come along way in recognizing LGBTQ rights but there is still a long way to go.  Rainbow Baguette Necklace  - Vermeil Pride stands for the positive stance against discrimination...

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Stress Free Mother's Day Guide

Mother's Day is almost upon us, and I'm looking forward to doing it easy and relaxed this year. It's been non stop go with work and school and sports schedules and I'm looking forward to keeping things simple. Here are a few things that I'm in obsessed with lately, hope you enjoy!   I spotted my good friend Julia wearing these, raving about how comfortable they are. I walk a lot - gotta keep up my 10,000 steps a day! So comfort and style are key and it's often hard to find both. I like that unlike most flats they have a sturdy sole and a solid construction. Plus, they're ethically made in Peru so you can feel good about your...

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