Only 2 Days Left of the Spring/Summer 2011 lia sophia Catalog!

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

This weekend marks the end of the latest lia sophia catalog and bidding farewell to a number of favorites like the Pave CZ ring, Maggie necklace, Harvest Moon necklace and Discotheque earrings. If you have a favorite piece that you’ve been waiting on, check out our drop list here or you can also find it in the catalogs section of the website.

This also marks the end of July’s Reverse Customer Save Plan or Buy 1, Get 2 (more expensive) at 1/2 price, which can be used on the pieces retiring as well as the ones carrying over and even the new catalog. Here’s an example of what mixing them might look like:

Impress stud earrings (Fall/Winter 2011): $20
Circlet Necklace (both catalogs): $42 $21
Turnstile bracelet (retiring Spring/Summer 2011): $66 $33
Retail Value: $128
Your Price: $74

Have a must have piece that’s retiring or just want to take advantage of the sale? Contact your lia sophia rep or you can place an order with me until 5pm EST on Sunday. For more information on how to order and any additional customer specials visit my lia sophia website.

Lemon Cucumber Dill Dip

Cucumbers abounded at this past week’s farmer’s market. Despite our rough past (I choked on some seeds as a child and held a grudge for quite some time) I decided that cucumbers sounded good. I also had a cook out to prep something for, so I decided to go for a dip and crackers combo that I could easily grab between church and lunch.

Lemon Cucumber Dill Dip

2 cucumbers diced
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp dill
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups plain Greek yogurt

Throw cucumber, lemon juice and spices into food processor and process to itty bitty pieces.

Drain off excess liquid (if you want a thicker dip) and mix with Greek yogurt. Serve fresh or refrigerate overnight to allow the dip to season.

Note: This makes A LOT of dip, as in several cups worth, so you may wish to 1/2 the recipe.

5 Things I Love – July 25

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1. Tea Rex Tea Infuser

Loose leaf tea is fabulous and deserves to show that off in super cute designs like this T Rex shaped tea infuser. Instead of being the oddball amongst your tea bag drinking friends, this little fella will make your mug of tea an object of geek envy.

2. Feta & Spinach Pierogies

I’ve always loved pierogies. I’ve also been a longtime fan of spinach and feta, so when I saw these loves combined I knew I had to try them. Personal cooking preference – boiled then pan fried to crispy golden brown.

3. Holy Kaw

Interested in all sorts of crazy & random topics? Check out this stream for links to a wide and varied assortment of articles and news. (It’s actually where I found out about Tea Rex).

4. St. Julian’s Blackberry Wine

This past weekend I took a drive up to Frankenmuth, MI, to visit the St. Julian Winery tasting room there and make use of my soon to be expiring Groupon for them. After tasting several of their wines that I haven’t had before I left the happy owner of 3 bottles of wine including their Blackberry. It’s a dessert wine, very fruity and when one of the ladies who worked there mentioned that it is good over vanilla ice cream (or blended with it) I knew it was my kind of wine ;)

5.Chocolate Cheese

While I was in Frankenmuth I decided to wander the shops since it had been years since my last time doing so and in my wandering found myself in The Cheese Haus. They’ve got a wide, wide variety of cheeses that they make and sell with one of the more unusual being chocolate cheese. I couldn’t resist trying a sample and it is fabulous. I actually comes in chocolate, chocolate mint & chocolate peanut butter, but the plain chocolate was my personal favorite.

Also, remember that today is the last day to enter to win free lia sophia jewelry!

Summer Veggie Empanadas

Empanadas (at least from my American experiences with them) are like baby versions of what I refer to as pasties. In fact, now that I think on it, this recipe is really like a variation on the pasties that I shared several months back. Anyway, I wanted to do something with kohlrabi and saw some reference to it being in an empanada which reminded me of making Panamanean Empanadas in college and led to this recipe. I meant to post it earlier this week, but the record highs kept me from being very kitchen motivated.

Summer Veggie Empanadas

1 1/2 cups diced kohlrabi
1 cup diced zucchini
1 cup diced summer squash
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced radishes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ginger
2 tbsp butter
3 cups flour
2 tbsp water
3/4 cup margarine

Mix together flour, water and margarine for pocket dough. You can also buy pie crust to use if you don’t wish to make your own. Set aside in the refrigerator (esp if it’s warm in the kitchen). Now clean and dice your veggies.

Mix together died veggies with salt, pepper and ginger.

Pull out dough and roll into circles of 5-6 inches. Fill with a spoon & a half of veggie mix, add a dab of butter, fold and crease edge.

Bake at 400 for 30 minutes.

Also, this recipe is linked in The Healthy Hop July Edition:

lia sophia NEXT: Clinton Kelly’s Top 10

Since Clinton introduced us to his closet last year and it’s a bit hard to do live questions with 4,000 women; this year he did the next best thing by addressing the top ten questions that he gets asked. Of course, in the midst of this discussion he admitted to being caught in flip flops on the street after expressedly stating they are the bottom of the shoe ladder. This admission led to the removal of one show – to validate his claim of having attractive feet – and then a totally barefoot state.

I’m really rather amazed there weren’t more catcalls in the midst of all the cheering going on at that time. Anyway, on to the tips…

10. Most people I know are hot messes. I don’t want to look overdressed in my own neighborhood. What’s a girl to do?

Really, most of America is a hot mess. We all know it and Clinton’s not afraid to say it, but he’s also quick to say not to worry about what people think about you. Everything you put on your body should be a personal expression of you aka You Be You!

9. Can you help my husband? He’s gross!

I loved that Clinton showed a picture of himself with the admonition not to get your hopes too high. His advice – reward him your hubby/boyfriend/etc for dressing well with treats. What those treats are I’ll leave up to you to determine ;)

8. These boobs of mine! I just can’t figure out what to do with them. Any ideas?

I feel this one ladies. The girls are pretty fond of getting in the way. Last year, Clinton told us that getting a bra fitting was one of the best things to do to up your style ante. This year, he shared it a bit differently by telling us to get the girls in a bra halfway between the shoulder & elbow. That’s where designers design them to be.
For the smaller ladies, create a volume with ruffles, folding etc. whereas those more amply endowed should get to know v-necks. They’re our friends. He also encouraged smaller shouldered individuals to add some volume at the shoulder to balance things out.

7. How do I make it look like I have less junk in my trunk?

This problem I do not have (as my mother will attest) but Clinton has a phrase to help remember what to do if this is a problem area for you – divide & conquer. Dividing breaks up the attention and therefore helps minimize.

6. Shopping for jeans is about as much fun as playtime at Guantanamo Bay. Please… help… me.

My favorite part of this answer was when Clinton told us that the best way to prevent muffin top is to keep the muffin in the pan aka 2 finger widths under the belly button is an ideal location for the top of the jeans to hit. In case you’ve ever wondered, the trouser is apparently the most flattering style of jean available.
He also reminded us that the average woman on what Not to Wear has to try on 20 pairs of jeans to find that pair that fits, so don’t give up after one or two.

5. You’re always recommending heels. Well, my feet hurt Mister Smartypants. Now what?

“Why would I see a podiatrist? Because they’re a foot doctor!”

While taller makes you look thinner by elongating your body, if your doctor tells you not to wear heels – don’t do it! If you’re a heel avoider you can still be stylish sporting a cute non-athletic sneaker; light, airy wedge; ballet or other style of flat; boot or a sandal. Just avoid those flip flops. Oh, and with flats raise your natural waist to make your legs look longer and you, therefore, taller.

4. Is there such a thing as too much jewelry for daytime?

Jewelry is all about drawing attention to where you want, so use statement jewelry to draw the eye where you’d like it to go and complement it with simpler pieces for the daytime then trade out for a bolder evening look.

3. Momma ain’t got no money for Gucci. How do I still look fabulous?

“Style is not about clothes – it’s a state of mind that you believe & look good every day.”

Being a bargain shopper I love this – style is not about price tag. More important is the fit. Without fit, there’s no style involved no matter what the price tag says. According to Clinton a tailor & a bra fitting will change your life, so buy the less expensive piece and get it tailored to get that million dollar look.

2. My kids left me with a pooch as a reminder that I carried them for 9 months. Whaaaaa!

There are several options to get the attention where you want it like a great structured jacket, a blouse with shape (dart, etc.), avoiding tubes or an a-line dress that’s fitted at the waist. Don’t be afraid of shapewear either. It’s a girl’s best friend ;)

1. How do I dress so that I don’t look like my teenage daughter… or my mother? Yikes!

According to Clinton if you’re asking if your too old to be wearing something you probably need to seriously consider the likelihood that you are. Here are his 4 questions to ask:
– Does it show too much cleavage?
– Does it show too much leg?
– Does this trend involve the belly button at all?
– Is this a trend that a hooker would look at and say that’s a trend for me?

That’s it for Clinton’s Top Ten, but I’ll leave you with a few more quotes of his to brighten you day.

“You have a choice to be blah, boring or fabulous – like me.”
“Stop comparing yourself to anyone else on this planet. You are you & you are perfect.”
“You can be perfect & imperfect. Embrace your perfections.”
“You be you. You be the best version of you possible and everything else will fall into place.”

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the lia sophia giveaway going on right now. Less than a week left now to enter…

Baked Swiss Chard & Spaghetti

Since I wasn’t home to cook this past week, this week will feature a double serving starting with my first foray into swiss chard. My intention is to give green kohlrabi a try next. We’ll see how that goes.

Baked Swiss Chard & Spaghetti

3.5 cups chopped swiss chard
1/4 cup chopped Viadlia onion
14 oz diced tomatoes
8 oz canned tomato sauce or paste
1/2 lb spaghetti
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Garlic powder
Salt
Pepper
Clove
Olive Oil

Using a large frying pan, set chopped onions to brown. Once those are started place swiss chard in a saucepan with just enough water to be even with their level. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.

Pour contents of the saucepan into the frying pan with the onions (being careful not to splash yourself). Add tomatoes & canned tomato sauce or paste. Mix together along a dash of clove, salt, fresh ground pepper and a tsp or so of garlic. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.

I made my sauce the night before and refrigerated it to give the flavors more time to mingle, but you can also just proceed.

Partially cook your spaghetti noodles. I boiled them for about 5 minutes to be a little on the hard side of al dente, but I don’t like my noodles too soft.

Drain noodles and pour into an 8×8 pan along with sauce. Mix together well and top with shredded cheese.

Bake at 375 for 1/2 an hour or until cheese is beginning to brown.

5 Things I Love – July 18

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1. ‘Believe’ by Transiberian Orchestra

One of my favorite songs from their Night Castle album, I was geeked to hear it live at one of their concerts last year and it comes up pretty regularly in my iPod playlists. It’s not just the song I love, though. It’s Tim Hockenberry’s singing it. He’s got a fabulously raspy voice that makes me think of late nights at smoky piano bars. Not that I’ve really done that myself, but that’s what it puts me in mind of none the less.

2. Clinton Kelly

Host of TLC’s What Not to Wear, fashion guru and funny guy. I’ve now had the opportunity to hear him speak twice and he was fabulous both times. Now I just need to get his books, which I’m sure are great, funny reads. After all, the most recent one is Oh No She Didn’t. Unfortunately, I’m sure she did or she wouldn’t have ended up in the book ;)
Also, the post about his talk at this year’s lia sophia conference will go live tomorrow. is up now!

3. Trader Joe’s Mango Butter

Mangos are my friend. I love them. The problem is getting mangoes that are in decent shape up here in the Midwest. Enter mango butter. The wonderful taste of mango in a tasty spread for those mango-less times in life. It’s also great for cooking to give a bit of that creamy fruit flavor to a dish.

4.Retro Bikes

I’m currently bike shopping and I must say I love the retro inspired bikes that have hit the market. It started when I took note some of the Cruiser styles from Schwinn which are at Walmart. Then there’s the lovely offerings from Velobis and a multitude of other places. Thankfully I’ve got a price cap or this search would be far harder than it already is.

5. Vanessa Mae

In a recent scroll through my iTunes artist I stumbled upon Vanessa Mae once more and realized I still love her music as much as I did when I first was introduced back in high school. A classically trained violinist, she brings a modern techno feel to her music that I quite enjoy. It doesn’t hurt that I love violin. If I ever decided to pick up a new instrument most likely that would be it (though percussion has a certain appeal as well).

5 Things I Love – July 11 + a lia sophia Giveaway!

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As of today the new lia sophia Fall/Winter catalog and Color special edition is live! With 617 styles in the new catalog it’s harder than ever to narrow it down, but here are my 5 favorite new styles to hit the catalog.

1. Blushing Necklace

Uber-feminine with a trendy vintage vibe, I can’t wait to acquire this necklace for myself so that I can rock it with jeans and a tee.

2. Curio Necklace

Another fun, funky vintage look that reminds me of a collection of old brooches that have been strung together for a new look and new life. It looks great styled with a doubling of the Classique necklace (as seen on pg 15 of the catalog).

3. Sugar Dusted Earrings

Studs are back and these little beauties combine utilitarian matte finish with a dusting of shimmering crystal. Available in matte silver with clear crystals or matte gold with black diamond crystals, at $32 a pair I’m getting both (especially with the buy 1, get 2 @1/2 special this month).

4. Black Leather Wrap Bracelet

Charms have found their way into lia sophia and I love this wrapped leather charm bracelet with it’s assortment of mini slides available to customize it to your personal style.

5. Rock Crystal Hematite Necklace

The last one is always the hardest. There are so many pieces that I would like to include in this list, but I knew it wouldn’t be complete without this necklace.

So, what are your top 5 from the new catalog?

Share your top 5 below and be entered to win the Moroccan necklace and Haven earrings, both collectible pieces which have a combined retail value of $108.

Giveaway Details

1. You must be 18+ & a resident of the USA.
2. You must include an email address so I can contact you.
3. Eligible comments must be posted by midnight of July 25, 2011.
4. Additional entries can be garnered by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter or your own blog. Make sure to let me know what you did in the comment section by the July 25th deadline to be sure they’re counted.

This giveaway is now closed, but you can always get free jewelry as a lia sophia hostess or when you refer a friend who hosts a show or tries the lia sophia opportunity.

Sliced Potato Bake

Mmmmm, potatoes. Fresh Michigan reds to be exact and in one of my favorite ways of making them. I can easily make a meal of them instead of several servings of a side dish. Of course, if you really want to make it more of a meal, switch out some of the potato for sliced zucchini for an alternate yet still tasty option.

Sliced Potato Bake

3 small potatoes, sliced
1 1/2 tbsp melted butter
1/8 cup grated Parmesan
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cracked pepper
1 tbsp dill

Thinly slice 3 red potatoes.

Arrange layered in an 8×8 glass dish. Drizzle melted butter over and season with salt, dill and Parmesan.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until browned.

lia sophia NEXT: A New Year, A New Look

As I’ve been thinking over this post I can’t help but think that the first and shortest day of conference is designed to ease us into the packed schedule of the rest of the conference. Of course, it could also just be that they know we’re bubbling over with excitement at knowing we’re going to be seeing all the new jewelry soon. Anyway, that first session is where most of this news comes from. There’s far too much to fit in one post.

This year they changed things up by starting us all together in the U.S. Cellular Arena. They even sent us our badges ahead of time so that we wouldn’t have to go through registration first. We knew they had something up their sleeves, but I know I wasn’t alone in my surprise when they unveiled the new look of lia sophia, but I love the new purple and abstraction of the company name. As I said in my post earlier today, these changes are already live on the lia sophia website for you to check out.

Here’s a look at the new packaging that will be coming out with the new line:

Aren’t they pretty? I was super excited to check them out live while I was there, but I know that not everyone has quite as strong of feeling about such things as I do so here’s some of the other news I haven’t covered yet…

Elena Kiam, New Creative Director

If you’ve ever taken the time to look at the first few pages of the lia sophia catalog then you’ve seen Elena Kiam. Now she’ll be even more visible as she takes on the role of Creative Director for lia sophia. A women of fabulous style, a passion for lia sophia and a background studying design at Harvard; her touch can already be seen in the new catalog from the available styles to the tips that she’s scattered throughout it. In addition to the behind the scenes work, she’ll be becoming more involved with a blog at lia sophia homepage, Social Fashion videos on YouTube and more.

Social Fashion

Social Fashion is the intersection of style and friendship. Since this is what lia sophia is all about, be expecting to see even more about Social Fashion in the future like the previously mentioned videos and a special fashion update flyer every month featuring key trends & ideas.

Fall Winter Catalog

With 100 pages and 617 styles this is the largest catalog that we’ve ever had. It also features fashion tips from Elena, updated photography and even more trends. With over half the catalog under $50, it’s still affordable too though I will admit that I’m pretty sure I want every $45 Hostess Bonus item in there. Supporting my jewelry habit is definitely one of my ‘whys’ for being an advisor ;)

Special Editions

We all know trends don’t constrain them to the catalog cycle, so to address that lia sophia is now doing small collections known as Special Editions. This first special edition is all about bright colors and is only available through the end of September.

Charms!!!

One addition to the new catalog I want to call out specifically is that we now have charms and charm bracelets! There are a couple of varieties of regular charm bracelets and necklaces for clip charms as well as a leather wrap charm bracelet that can be adorned with mini slides. They’re super cute and I can’t wait to get my samples of them :)

Expanded Spanish Materials

Starting this August lia sophia will be expanding the materials offered in Spanish to a full suite including not only catalog but a special Spanish starter kit.

I know what you’re really looking for are some pics of the jewelry so, with no further ado, here’s a sneak peek of a few of the new styles:

Still to come are Clinton Kelly, Geena Davis & the Fashion Soiree…

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