Melissa Schmidt: Pyrex Jewelry

Yes, you read that correctly…jewelry made out of Pyrex! Mom and I were strolling through the Sausalito Art Festival over Labor Day Weekend (worth the visit if you’ve never attended — very well curated), and we came across a booth with the sign, “Keep Calm, It’s Pyrex!” Ok, that got our attention. So did this necklace: Pretty interesting, right? ...more

Change of Plans

Sooooo, THIS happened over the weekend. ...more

5 States with Affordable Homeowners Insurance

It’s common to find people relocating from one part of the country to the other these days. Many people do it as they change jobs or as a result of personal or family needs. If you’re planning to relocate, there are various factors you ought to consider first before deciding on your new place of residence ....more

Emmy Awards 2016: Statement Earrings

I don’t think I’ve ever written about Emmy jewelry, but since it was too hot to hike today, I found myself glued to the Red Carpet instead. So glad I had the opportunity, as I’m finally seeing the return of larger scale earrings! Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my stud earrings, but I think bigger earrings are ideal for the awards, and I know we’ll be seeing more of them out on the street as well ....more

Buying & Selling Houses

For someone who has had zero experience with real estate in the past, I’m sure getting pretty familiar with the buying and selling of homes now! We have officially hired a realtor to sell my Dad’s Texas house (I orchestrated the sale of his Utah house over summer; it closed in mid-August). It needs some make-ready stuff so it’s not on the market yet, but should be within 2 weeks’ time ....more

Long Turquoise Necklace: Jewelry Judge

Yesterday I was psyched to stop by The Podolls in Burlingame to see the latest and greatest fall arrivals. As I was chatting with Josh, half of the husband/wife team behind this local, sustainably-made brand, I got distracted… A woman walked in and I was instantly drawn to her look. Though her outfit was cute, I wouldn’t have necessarily done a double-take without the necklace ....more

Signet Rings for Fall 2016

My fascination with signet rings was piqued about a month ago when Butterlane Antiques posted this photo on Instagram. For some reason, it seems so apropos to wear a signet ring as the leaves change colors and people head back to school. Perhaps it reminds me of my mom’s old class ring? ...more

Money Down The Drain

First, thanks for the responses, comments, and helpful feedback on my last post. As a mini-update, I haven’t done anything. I was about to send an email to my boss on Friday afternoon but thought better of it and decided to sleep on it ....more

Can’t Do It All

We can’t do it all. Everyone knows that. But sometimes we still try ....more

Ruth Tomlinson: Designer

It never ceases to amaze me that after 5+ years of jewelry blogging and into my 18th year of personal styling (where I pretty much am in the stores constantly), I can STILL come across such unique jewelry designs…those that stop me in my tracks and speak to me. This is exactly what happened as I walked down the first row of the NY Now Handmade show in New York City. I have a new jewelry crush on Ruth Tomlinson ....more
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