lia sophia Countdown: Versatile Glitz

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

2 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available!

Versatile Glitz

sparkle that effortlessly take you from day to night…

Bling lovers – you know who you are – this is your section. In the words of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, frost yourself in something a bit less expensive than diamonds but sure to make you sparkle none the less.

Corsage

Corsage bracelet from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

This picture does not do this bracelet justice. The black glass beads of this stretch bracelet set off an enamel and crystal flower sure to garner the oohs and aahs of your friends.

Bracelet: $88

Spontaneous

Spontaneous necklace from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

While there is perhaps not quite as much sparkle as Glitterati (which has a hematite companion arriving), this necklace is elegantly modern and sophisticated with it’s interwoven hematite chains intermixed with faceted glass and resin beads.

Necklace: $96

Elude

Elude necklace from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

Simple. Sleek. Sparkly. This circular pendant necklace of cut crystals is a piece that can carry you from day tonight with ease and class.

Necklace: $52

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Nautical Looks
Iridescent Shell
Eclectic Metal Mixtures
City Girl
Return to Feminine
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.
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lia sophia Countdown: Return to Feminine

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

5 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available!

Return to Feminine

pearls & delicate filigree are now beautifully modern…

Blame Mad Men if you’d like, but embracing the feminine is back in full force on the runway and in accessories. These pieces take classic, vintage styles and add a touch of modern sensibility to them.

Cafe Au Lait

cafe au lait earring and necklace set fromt he spring/summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

OMG I love this necklace. Strands of coffee colored pearls entwine to create this gorgeous piece. Classically feminine, the choice of mocha brown for the color updates this look for the 21st century.

Necklace: $160 ($30 as a Hostess Bonus item)
Earrings: $32

Buttercup

buttercup bracelet from the spring/summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

This bracelet has a great vintage look while still being in keeping with modern trends and the pave style center adds a bit of sparkle without overpowering the bracelet. Perfect with a cute blouse, little black dress or business suit.

Bracelet: $118 ($20 Hostess Bonus item)

Reach, by Paula

reach, by Paula necklace from the spring/summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

Gray and matte silver pair on this lovely necklace featuring glass beads and vintage styled charms.

Necklace: $68

Bonus!Creme de Menthe

creme de menthe ring from the spring/summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

Love Deco? Check out this great ring. Mint green and matte gold encircle a gray pearl for a look that is both pop classic and a little unusual.

Ring: $68

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Nautical Looks
Iridescent Shell
Eclectic Metal Mixtures
City Girl
Versatile Glitz
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

lia sophia Countdown: City Girl

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

7 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available!

City Girl

sleek or edgy pieces to wear with trendy & sophisticated silhouettes…

Looking for that piece that adds a sophisticated flair for your work day, but you can also rock at night? This may be your section.

Mischief

Mischief necklace from the Spring/Summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

A smooth mosaic of black, gray and white in free form set against a hematite finish brings the city and nature into beautiful harmony in this bib necklace.

Necklace: $72

Paris Lights

Paris Lights earrings and bangle from the Spring/Summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

Cut crystals fade from jet to clear in this gorgeous bangle and earrings set. If you’re looking for modern glamor sure to shimmer, this is an excellent choice.

Bracelet: $170 ($30 Hostess Bonus item)
Earrings: $66

Whitewashed

Whitewashed earrings, necklace and bracelet from the Spring/Summer 2011 lia sophia catalog

Hematite and white enamel combine to create this modern, sophisticated set great for both the power suit and the little black dress.

Necklace: $88
Bracelet: $78
Earrings: $34

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Nautical Looks
Iridescent Shell
Eclectic Metal Mixtures
Return to Feminine
Versatile Glitz
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

lia sophia Countdown: Eclectic Metal Mixtures

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

19 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available!

Eclectic Metal Mixtures

and artistic shapes help create your own personal statement…

One of the great things about metal mixtures is that metals are neutrals – you can mix and match them with pieces throughout your clothing wardrobe. They also come in a variety of styles so you can pick the ones that best match your personal style.

Improv

Improv necklace from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

In every catalog we have one piece that is designated our Dress For Success piece. Whenever that piece is purchased a potion of the purchase goes to support the Dress For Success program. So not only do you get a fun and versatile necklace that combines silver and gold with hot hematite when you purchase this necklace, but you help a great cause as well.

Necklace: $98

Day Dreamer

Day Dreamer bracelet from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

Joining the Day Dreamer necklace and earrings that are already in the lia sophia collection, this bracelet continues the free-spirited fun with etched hearts in three antique metals proclaiming love to the world.

Bracelet: $68

Tri

Tri ring set from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

Not only are these rings super cute with their crystals set into antiqued metals as well as being totally in line with the stacking trend going on in the jewelry world right now, but they’re a great deal for the budget conscious fashionista.

3 ring set: $48

Bonus! Riventing

Riveting bracelet from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sohia catalog

In just about every catalog there are one or two items that reflect Red Carpet Collection aesthetic and this is one of those pieces. Echoing some of the pyramid shapes we see in the Lanaya collection only with the enamel that appears in la belle rose II (as well as several previous collections) instead of the black diamond crystals featured so prominently there. It’s also a lot more friendly for your pocketbook being less than half the price of most Red Carpet bracelets and available as a hostess bonus item as well.

Bracelet: $160 ($30 Hostess Bonus item)

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Nautical Looks
Iridescent Shell
City Girl
Return to Feminine
Versatile Glitz
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

lia sophia Countdown – Iridescent Shell

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

21 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available!

Iridescent Shell

abalone and mother-of-pearl complement this season’s pastels and bright colors…

She sells seashells by the seashore… but with lia sophia’s Spring/Summer 2011 line you can get your shells without the trek with these lovely additions to your jewelry wardrobe (especially considering the chill at the moment).

Ocean Air

Ocean Air necklace from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

Genuine abalone and mother of pearl intermix their beautiful iridescence with glass beads for a beautiful, natural look that can be worn long or doubled.

Necklace: $98

Turnover

Turnover reversible necklace & earring set from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

Looking for jewelry that will do double duty for your wardrobe? Check out this great reversible set. Not only can both the necklace and earring be flipped from colorful to creamy white, but with the simple oval settings they can be mixed and matched with other lia sophia pieces like the Triton slide, Inner Circle necklace or Saltwater earrings (coming soon).

Earrings: $35
Necklace: $50

Pacific

Pacific bracelet from the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

The beauty was one of the pieces that caught my eye on the very first flip through the catalog. Hematite sets off genuine abalone in this gorgeous stretch bracelet that is both as beautiful and mysterious as the ocean that it’s named after.

Bracelet: $50

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Nautical Looks
Eclectic Metal Mixtures
City Girl
Return to Feminine
Versatile Glitz
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

lia sophia Countdown – Nautical Looks

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

25 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available for purchase!

But, as of today lia sophia has updated the corporate page as well as photo settings on personal pages filling both with an array of pieces from the new collection.

Nautical Looks

fresh designs inspired by the sailing seas…

Over the last several years the nautical trend has been steadily making it’s way from the boathouse to the fashionista’s closet. Along with that have come some fun, fresh yet still classic pieces for the jewelry wardrobe. Find not only the charms of sea and sale, but also knotwork, the blues of the sea and the white and gold of sandy shores that can be appreciated both on land and at sea.

Knotted Up

Knotted Up necklace and bracelet set from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

Elegant gold chains are accented with braided knots both fitting the nautical theme and a Celtic flair, especially visible in the eternity knots in the bracelet. This set also has the distinction of gracing the cover of this season’s catalog.

Bracelet: $76
Necklace: $128 ($20 as a Hostess Bonus item)

Ahoy

Ahoy necklace & bracelet set from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

Charm lovers will adore this set adorned with classic nautical imagery. It’s a great set for sailing the seas, or lakes as it may be.

Bracelet: $46
Necklace: $35

Love Me Knot

Love Me Knot ring from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

This ring was chilling out over in the City Girl section, but it definitely fits the nautical theme despite its wandering ways. Simple, yes. It is, however, a great way to add a touch of nautical without feeling like you’re going over the top with it.

Ring: $44

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). Unless marked otherwise, they also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Spring Bling
Iridescent Shell
Eclectic Metal Mixtures
City Girl
Return to Feminine
Versatile Glitz
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

5 Things I Love – Jan 3

image for weekly list of five things I'm currently loving in life, music, art, etc.

It’s January! To most this means New Year’s Resolutions, one more year has passed and a new benefits calendar, but we in lia sophia know this as the last month of the Fall/Winter lia sophia catalog. This means 2 things – it’s a great sale month & at the end we will have to say goodbye to some of of our bejeweled friends as old styles are dropped to make way for the new catalog.

Here are 5 pieces I love too much to give up (in spite of their retirement).

1. Golden Ticket necklace

This necklace is incredibly simple, just a little hammered matte gold square with three black diamond crystals, but it has become a staple in my daily jewelry wardrobe because it is so simple and versatile I can wear it with just about anything.

2. Twilight Bracelet

I may have drooled the first time I saw this bracelet and despite the fact that it’s a little big on me (this is normal), I still adore it. It’s also a real attention getter with all of that faceted hematite.

3. Fancy That

This is one of those pieces that the catalog picture just didn’t do justice to. It really has to be seen in person to appreciate the way that it lays and that combinationof black, gold and gray (are you seeing a theme yet?).

4. Fate

My current standard gold right, that 4.6ct CZ of Colorado Topaz really does flash with it’s own fire and the antique gold band keeps it from being too over the top or gaudy. Not that I mind over the top. My standard silver ring is the Pave CZ ring, which is definitely neither small nor sedate. It, however, will not be retiring until July.

5. Shifting Sands

Another piece that is even better in person than in the catalog, this necklace has a lot more shimmer than you might expect and the layered circles give it a geometric modern flair.

lia sophia Countdown – Spring Bling

Cover of the 2011 Spring Summer lia sophia catalog

30 days and counting… until the new 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog is available!

In preparation for this I will be doing a series of 8 posts covering the new styles that will be coming to an advisor near you very, very soon. In each I’ll talk about a section of the catalog along with highlighting a few new pieces that have caught my attention culminating in another New Catalog Bling Giveaway with post 8.

Spring Bling

cheery colors & floral motifs easily renew your jewelry wardrobe…

Spring may seem far away in many places right now with all the weather stories of multiple feet of snow piling up in places like Arizona and New York, but it is coming and you can bring a touch of Spring into your life without relying on Mother Nature with the Spring Bling selections. Filled with airy simple silvers and bright colors these pieces really will brighten your day.

Bouquet

Bouquet Earring & Necklace set from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

Lovers of the floral statement necklace check this out. It’s not quite as ornate as some necklaces in this trend, but these cut-out matte silver flowers accented with creamy resin and cut crystals make for a versatile and memorable addition to your jewelry wardrobe. Pair it with a button-up for work, a t-shirt for day or your little black dress for a night out.

Earrings: $30
Necklace: $98

Wanderlust

Wanderlust Earring & Necklace set from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

Wanderlust may not strike everyone, but it certainly has me. Not only do I love traveling, but I also love this set. Simple with a bit of edge, this hammered silver necklace and earrings with cut crystal accents yet again make for a set that can easily go from work to play as well as accent a wide variety of colors and styles.

Earrings: $38
Necklace: $58

Fireworks

Fireworks ring from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

What about those bright cheery colors? Here’s one example in the form of a lovely mosaic cocktail ring accented with genuine Abalone, Mother-of-Pearl and cut crystals in an array of purples and teals.

Ring: $84

Bonus! Shopping Spree

Shopping Spree Necklace from the 2011 Spring/Summer lia sophia catalog

I only plan to cover a few pieces in each post, but when I saw this necklace I had to include it. This simple charm necklace feature three things every woman needs – a cute purse, hot shoes and bling. In fact that bling has a CZ weight of 0.7ct. Not bad for a charm ring.

Necklace: $38

As always with lia sophia, all of these pieces qualify for the Customer Save Plan (Buy 2, Get a 3rd more expensive at 1/2price). They also all would fall into the $15 hostess bonus range, even the Bouquet necklace which would be 85% off with the hostess pricing.

Check out the rest of the Spring themes!

These links will be made live as posts continue throughout the month.
Nautical Looks
Iridescent Shell
Eclectic Metal Mixtures
City Girl
Return to Feminine
Versatile Glitz
2011 Spring/Summer Bling Giveaway

Images are all property of lia sophia.

Sparkle in… Sequins

There is a great quandary that faces most sparkle-holics (and wanna be sparkle-holics as well) –  how do you get that shimmer and sparkle without being gaudy? With the holiday season in full swing now, I’ve decided to broach some tips on how to achieve this starting with trend of sequins.

Sequins are back. If you’ve done any shopping lately you’ve probably seen them in several places and styles. Unfortunately, as we all know, they can easily be overdone turning into 80s flashback mode. Nobody wants this.

To avoid looking like your hair needs another 10 lbs. of hairspray, keep in mind two things.
1) Sequins are best paired with solids, not more sequins or other shiny things. Depending on what you are dressing for this could mean jeans, a cotton blend or even a satin – preferably unembellished.
2) With your jewelry, keep in mind that too much bling is not the thing and proximity is queen.

For our first example…

A night out with the girls

sequin tank paired with trouser jeans, canvas military jacket, earrings and ring
Sequin Tank, DKNY – $125
The Slim Trouser Jeans, 7 for All Mankind – $198
Military Jacket, Willow & Clay – $60
Wound Up Ring, lia sophia – $40
Cutting Edge Earrings in Hematite, lia sophia – $28

When I originally went hunting for a jacket to go with this look I was thinking of blazer, probably of the boyfriend style. Then I came across this Willow & Clay jacket and what can I say? I’m a sucker for military styling.

Why did I choose these items to go with the tank? A little sparkle goes a long way. The structure of trouser jean and jacket not only balance the brightness of the sequins, but they also give them more of a modern edge. Because of the detailing on the jacket I refrained from adding a necklace, but instead kept to the textured hematite earrings and silver ring. Both pieces have character and that modern edge but don’t compete for the spotlight.

PS Mixing metals is in (they’re all neutrals), but if you’re not quite up for it yet, check out the Matte Gold Textured Earrings and Sophia Ring as a golden alternative.

Now for something a bit dressier…

ombre sequin cardigan paired with jersey dress, necklace and ring

Dixon Ombre Sequin Cardigan, Velvet – $196
Sable Scoop Neck Dress, Velvet – $128
Beyond Reversible Necklace, lia sophia – $35
Cluster Ring, lia sophia – $125

I actually stumbled across this cardigan while looking for a jacket for the tank and had to include it. I love that it was paired with a simple black jersey dress. It really makes the cardigan pop.

Continuing with the a little sparkle goes a long way theme, both the necklace and ring are simple but interesting pieces that add to the look without creating competition for the eyes. Another option would be to drop the necklace for ear candy like the Ink Spot or Studded Pyramid Linear Earrings

Next up – Velvet.

Special 2.5 Day Sale!

Empress set - necklace, earrings, ring cobalt faceted cabachons set in matte gold

That’s right – I’m sweetening the jewelry pot just in time for Holiday shopping. Why? I’ve got a goal to reach this weekend and I know some of you have some shopping you’ve been wanting to do. You’re just waiting for the right deal, so check out this special 2.5 Day Sale:

Buy: 1 Piece of Jewelry

Get @ 1/2 Price: 1 necklace +1 other piece of jewelry (more expensive than the one at regular price)

Repeat as needed.

AND

Free Shipping on orders placed by 8pm EST, Nov. 5th

With a $65 order: Get an additional item at Hostess Bonus Pricing

With a $100 order or $100 in orders: Get $5 off of your Hostess Bonus item.

The $100 can be reached by collecting and either communicating the orders to me personally or by notifying me of online orders placed by friends that came from you.
After $100 each $50 in orders gets you another $5 off. So $150 in orders = $10 off. $200 in orders = $15 off (which is free if the piece retails at under $100)

An Example:

Crystal Palette Earrings$19
Blossom Necklace$29 (Retail Value $58)
Sequin Pendant Slide$21 (Retail Value $42)

Sub-total: $69 – $50 saved

Plus – the Party Favor Bracelet$20 (Retail Value $130)

Total: $89

Total Savings : $160

This sale concludes on Saturday, November 6th at 2pm. Orders can be placed from anywhere in the United States and will be shipped to you.

Orders placed online will not reflect these savings initially. I will adjust them upon receipt of the order through our advisor system. No orders are completed online without my first seeing them. To order online go to http://www.liasophia.com/sites/barbkraus/catalog-intro and use ‘Alaina Kraus’ as the hostess name.

You can also order by contacting me at alainarkraus (at) gmail . com

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