Let’s just straight up ignore the fact that I haven’t blogged since my wedding day, September 15th, and it is now almost November. Deal? Deal. The graduate fellowship program I currently am in is keeping me busy to say the least. I am in a room with 20 kindergarteners Monday through Friday, and then have class all night Monday and Tuesdays. I’m loving it, but my hands have definitely been full, that’s fo’ sho’.


I recently learned about a lovely jewelry website called John Wind Maximal Art. Have you ever heard of them? When I first visited their site I was sad, happy, and nervous. Sad because I hadn’t heard of the company, happy because I finally had, and nervous that I was going to spend too much money on it (those charm necklaces, those cuff bracelets!). They so kindly sent me a necklace to see how I liked their product in person — the equestrian necklace ($38) — and I truly love it. It is simple enough to throw on with almost anything, but then again different enough (how often do you see a necklace with a horse head on it?) to jazz up something plain that you’re wearing. Plus, I love gold so I was definitely down with that.

And did you know? Equestrian is all the rage this fall. Who knew I would be on point with any fashion trend?….And how do I know this? Glamour magazine of course! They know everything, and I always believe them. Always.



Check out the necklace for yourself:

Love it

Love it

Closer look

Closer look

My idea of jazzing up a casual outfit:

Flannel and gold

Flannel and gold

Like what you see?

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John Wind Maximal Art so kindly sent me my equestrian necklace for free, but as always my opinions are truthful, and of course — my own!

Stella and Dot (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 7)

Today I did two “nice things”. For one, I decided to donate when they asked meΒ  while I checked out at the grocery store. Now I don’t always do this – I will admit it – usually I’m in a rush and I just want to get moving ya know? But while I was waiting in line, I notice how easily the lady in front of me said “yes” to donating when they asked her. She was happy to! So, I thought – hey maybe this time I will. Why not? So, I donated money to Food for Friends.

Second nice thing was that I had some friends over for a Stella and Dot jewelry party. I got some food/treats together, Meg made some delicious food and we hosted a fab little get together. It was so good seeing everyone and playing jewelry dress up!

Thankfully, I was introduced to Stella and Dot jewelry from the wonderful ladies over at We are not Martha. When I went to their trunk show I bought these beauties:

I'm actually wearing them right now!

A few shots from today’s partay:

Yum :)

Meg borrowed a delicious recipe from the ladies at WANM for a cucumber/smoked salmon creation you can find here on their site.

My fab Christine!

Introducing Meg's card creations!

So cute!!!

It was a great day! You seriously need to check out Stella and Dot – their jewelry is AMAZING. Perfect to dress up in, or even to wear while you’re dressed down. Very versatile stuff. And, hey if you’re interested in hosting a trunk show, you should! It was a lot of fun and our stylist Joanne was awesome. If anyone’s interested, let me know and I could get your her info. :)

Good night!