Vacation Jewelry – All You Will Need…

Packing for a vacation is always difficult for me. No matter how much I try to plan my wardrobe the inevitable always happens…I over pack! It’s clothes, accessories, girlie products, a little of this and a little of that, just so I am PREPARED. Nonsense. The truth is I bring too much and then I am dealing with it day in and day out for the entire trip. I don’t know what “carry-on” means. :) Part of being on vacation is not stressing about anything… so get started before you go. Edit it down and that includes your jewelry too.

Recently, I went to my sister’s wedding in Las Vegas. It was wonderful! Before she left on her honeymoon, I gave her a few simple pieces of Everyday Jewelry in hopes it would be all she needed for a beach vacation in Hawaii (plus her gorgeous new wedding rings supplied by the groom, of course). A few of these pieces are photographed below. Easy jewelry to dress up or down. Simple, colorful, light-weight and neutral enough to work with all of what she brought. If it were me, I would also include a watch, my little pair of studs and the moonstone ring I wear daily too – and that’s it. Your covered. Done.

Only bring your really nice jewels on a trip if absolutely necessary for a particular occasion. Jewelry can be easily stolen or misplaced while traveling. Take your fun stuff and leave your good stuff at home in the safe. You’ll feel stress free! And that’s the point, right. Happy Vacationing!

[ Gold-Plated Bracelet - $92 ] [ Long Multi-Stone Pendant Necklace - $175 ] [ Aquamarine Earrings - $75 ] [ Faceted Long Smokey Quartz Earrings - $120 ] [ Emerald Green Bracelet - $78 ]

*Items above are displayed and sold at Isabella.

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Mother’s Day Jewelry She’ll Love




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The Scout is Out! Charlotte Book Launch 2012

 The Scout Party – An Evening to Remember at Capitol - 4.18.12

MAJ Designs & Isabella are in proud company to be included in The Scout Guide – Charlotte Vol. 1

“Highlights the flavor, passion and character of small businesses, local artisans and the communities they serve…”

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Me & My Girls…Lisa Yarbrough (left) & Leigh Ann Young – (right)

 Thank You Hobby & Chris – Good Work!

 It’s A Wrap!

Get your guide at MAJ’s Jewelry Showroom, Isabella, Capitol or view The Scout Guide online.


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Bold Beautiful Turquoise

This was my absolute favorite piece of jewelry from the 2012 Golden Globes. Heidi Klum looks amazing as always but her necklace was what I had my eyes on. Turquoise…. Big and Bold and Stunning! What an amazing color. This looks like Sleeping Beauty turquoise mixed with diamonds to me. Turquoise is a wonderful year-round bright pop of color that looks great on everyone. Whether it be a statement necklace or nice simple blue earrings that give a little color to a muted Winter outfit, it will make you instantly stylish and your outfit more interesting and fresh.

My second favorite was Emma Stone’s deep raspberry and plum gown with bejeweled belt. Such a bold statement! Artistic, functional, striking but not over the top. That belt pulled her whole look together and focused our eye on her small defined waist. If you have broaches that you are not wearing because they seem dated then find a way to attach them on a belt you own and wear them in this way in your everyday life. Jewelry is meant to catch the eye and finish accessorizing an outfit. Use the cool one-of-a-kind pins your grandmothers handed down to you in a new youthful way like Emma did. Glamorous!



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Best Sellers

Over the years I’ve had a lot of trunk shows, and no matter the location or time of year, there’s definitely a few pieces that come out on top. I think it’s because they’re timeless designs and can be dressed up or dressed down.

The blue Chalcedony earrings are fabulous because they look good as a single, double or tripled mixed with gold. We offer different versions of the Chalcedony in the Everyday Collection and have found the preferred drop of the earring depends on the face shape and length of hair. The light color of blue looks wonderful on blondes, brunettes and redheads alike, and they are perfect with a long maxi dress in the summer or a grey cashmere cozy sweater in the winter.
The Mother of Pearl quatrefoil earrings are an easy throw on for any occasion and a fun alternative to a hoop. They’re an understated size, so work for people who might be branching into wearing larger earring or are looking for something that would be appropriate for work. They’re a very light piece of jewelry, and add a little something special to a pair of jeans and t-shirt for a casual dinner out a fun cocktail dress when you’re going out on the town. The earring has beautiful movement, and the white pearl dangle pops!
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Style Watch: Cocktail Rings

If there is one item of jewelry that I get more compliments on than anything else, it’s the moonstone ring I wear every day. I couldn’t find a ring I loved that went with everything, so… I designed one! (It’s the ring above, second from left.) It’s large enough that it stands alone and makes a huge statement. I adore it!

With the holidays coming, cocktail rings are a go to accessory. I prefer them to be worn on the middle finger on your right hand. That way, when you shake someone’s hand, they’re bound to notice your awesome ring and make note of your impeccable taste! :)

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Updating a Classic

If there’s one piece I typically know a woman owns but rarely wears, it’s her diamond stud earrings. The standard gift from boyfriends past, or maybe a special gift for a 21st birthday, they’re a beautiful piece but don’t get any action. And… what’s the point of keeping them if you’re not going to wear them, right?! Well think again!

Updating a pair of classic diamond earrings is so easy. Recently, I worked with a client to update her pair. They were sitting unworn but she didn’t want to get rid of them for sentimental reasons. So, we took the small diamond out of the setting and reset them in 14k gold with a modern setting. They’re now about the size of a pencil eraser and are her go to, everyday earring.

Definitely an affordable, chic and eco-friendly alternative to the notion of out with the old, in with new!

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Classic is Always on Trend

Ever wonder why you could look at a picture of Jackie Kennedy Onassis or Katharine Hepburn and it looks like it could have been taken today? These women embody the notion that classic is always trendy.

They wore simple silhouettes, in neutral colors, paying attention to their body shape and what worked for their lifestyle. Rarely, would you see them in over the top cuts or colors. They always looked pulled together and stylish!

I personally love this style of dress because it makes planning for special events easier and getting dressed each day a breeze! Mens wear inspired trousers, cigarette pants, riding boots, 3/4 length sleeve blouses and flats are staples in my closet. The finishing touch for me though is always jewelry. My favorite pieces to pair with classic outfits are a simple gold chain bracelet or knock them dead earrings worn with no other accessories.

What about you, any fashion secrets you rely on?

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