5 Things I Love – Sept 6

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1. Retro Owls

I’ve been seeing them all over the place – material at the fabric store, decorating hobo bags, Etsy finds – and I must admit I’m quite enamored of them. Check out these rainbow hued ceramic fellows or these fluffy friends by hilary cosgrove. Winston & Squeak break the mold a bit, but they also make smile every time I see them ;)

2. Temptations by Jello

I gave in. The French Silk was on sale and my mom has been talking about freezing yoplait whips then eating them like ice cream… so, I gave in. I bought them. I froze them. I ate them like ice cream. Now I’m hooked.

3. Glitch

Back over a year & a half ago I first heard about this new massive multi-player online game called Glitch during a web conference and was so intrigued I jumped at the chance to join the testing group, which I was able to do last winter during the alpha test. The world has grown A LOT since then, moved from to beta and I’m still loving it so it only seemed right that it finally make it’s way on here. Look for a post with screenshots and more soon…

4. Mr. Men & Little Miss

These cartoons and books were a favorite of mine when I was little so I was stoked to see them return. I may just have to stock up on them for my hypothetical future children to make sure they can enjoy them too.

5. Belize Necklace

I knew that I liked this necklace and that it was much prettier in person after seeing at the lia sophia conference this summer, but now that I own it I’ve moved from like to love. Paired with the Cyclone hoops it makes a fabulous copper statement which I personally am greatly enjoying.

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…

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.

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…

July lia sophia News

I plan to post the first conference post later today, but some news just shouldn’t wait that much longer. So, without further ado, here’s what’s up in July with lia sophia :)

It’s Reverse Save Plan Month

Yep. It’s one of those glorious months in which the customer special is buy 1, get 2 more expensive items at 1/2 price. It’s the perfect time to think ahead to what presents you might need for you sister, mother, girlfriend, wife, etc. over the next few months.

lia sophia’s New Look

If you haven’t been to lia sophia’s site in the week or so then you probably haven’t seen our new look. No longer blue, lia sophia is rocking a warm, modern purple now which is just one part of the new look that coming. There are also updates to our packaging, catalogs, website, etc.

New Jewelry Available This Month!

For the first time ever lia sophia is allowing customers to order from the new Fall/Winter catalog along with the new Special Editions AND the Spring/Summer Catalog. Even more exciting is that with the new catalog and Special Editions being available starting July 11th, you’ll be able to get the new jewelry using the Reverse Save Plan!

New Starter Kit

New advisors will get a new, updated starter kit featuring an assortment of styles from the Fall/Winter catalog and updated supplies that show off lia sophia’s new look!

One last thing before I vamoose. At the beginning of next week information for my bi-annual new catalog jewelry giveaway will be going live, so keep an eye out for it.

5 Things I Love – June 27

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Today I am posting live from NEXT, the 2011 lia sophia conference, in Milwaukee. What a fabulous way to spend my birthday, right? Well, being here for the post it only seemed appropriate that this week’s edition include the 5 things I love about conference…

1. The Jewelry

Not only do we get the new catalog for Fall/Winter, but we also get a chance to see & try on the upcoming styles in person. We even get to bring several styles home to show off to all our friends!

2. The Ladies

I know I’ve said it before, but the ladies of lia sophia are AMAZING and when 4,000 jewelry fans gather from around the country entertaining things are bound to happen. It also gives us a chance to celebrate with all the award achievers, like our own Cheri Willis who was the #1 manager in the country in recruits. Go Cheri!!!

3. The Surprise Announcements

One day in & OMG!!! A rebranding (we’re purple now!), new creative director (Elena Kiam is amazing), new Spanish materials AND the new catalog will start July 11 overlapping the current catalog for 20 days!!!

4. The Speakers

Can I just say Clinton Kelly? He was fabulous last year & came back by popular demand because, well, we love him. We’ve also got the lovely Geena Davis, Go For No & Mikki Williams.

5. The Parties

We eased in with a festive atmosphere at Mo’s last night. Tonight we’ll be rocking our Zone party and tomorrow is the Fashion Soiree!

More to come about the conference in the next few days…

5 Things I Love – June 13

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It’s that time of year. Well, it’s actually one of the two in which we find out what pieces are departing from the lia sophia catalog. As always there are the pieces that aren’t too surprising and July always draws a close to the Kiam collection, but there are also always those pieces that we know we’re going to miss. Here are 5 pieces that I’m sad to see leaving…

1. Multi-Strand Hematite

I fell in love with this piece at last year’s conference and knew that I had to have it. In the time since it has become a regular in my jewelry wardrobe and I anticipate that it will continue to be as it transitions from my kit to my personal jewelry box at the end of July.

2. Pave CZ Ring

Another piece that will be finding it’s way to my jewelry box. This has been my go to silver ring for months. In fact, I’m wearing it even now as I type. Dress it up, dress it down – it’s great bling that brings a lot of sparkle without being ostentatious.

3. Amber Dawn

Much prettier in person, this long necklace of quartz & abalone is one of our ‘magic’ necklaces that naturally complement a variety of colors making them flexible to wear with a wide variety of different outfits. Another of these necklaces, Maggie, will be leaving us as well.

4. Buttercup

If you’ve been a visitor of my blog for awhile you may remember that this bracelet made my top 5 favorites from the new catalog last February. Sadly, it is now taking all of it’s retro goodness and leaving us.

5. Jody

If you couldn’t tell by #1 on this week’s list, I’m a fan of the hematite finish. This necklace actually takes the hematite of #1, the pave of #2 and the length of #3 to form a gorgeous glam necklace that dress up a tee or complement a little black dress.

There are a ton of other really great pieces that are leaving as well, which made making this list really difficult and I know that I’ve left things off (Harvest Moon, Herb Garden, Galena…). To see the whole list for yourself, pop over to my lia sophia page and you can download the pdf of all 240+ pieces that will be leaving on July 31st.

Fashion Soiree: The Groundwork of a Dress

Every year on the last night of conference lia sophia throws a huge party for all of the attendees. Two years ago we took over the Harley Davidson complex. Last year, they closed down the pier for a massive white party. This year the Fashion Soiree is being held at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Knowing that we would ask, they’ve given us these guidelines for dressing for the evening:

Think New York Fashion Week, a Hollywood movie premiere, or even a summer wedding where stylish, understated elegance makes an impact. This is the time to break out your favorite summery cocktail dress, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

The moment I saw the announcement I knew exactly which piece of jewelry I wanted to wear:

Having no luck in finding the right combo of color, cut and fit (that still fit my budget), I have decided to make my dress instead which means the possibilities are endless. That is not to say I didn’t have a basic style in mind when I made that decision. I’ve already got a deep sea green material, a midnight blue as well. Now tis the time for figuring out the details.

Here are some of my inspiration styles:

Black Halo - Red Carpet Dress

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent - Perfect Picturesque Dress

Moschino Cheap and Chic - Perfect Bow Dress

Alice by Temperly - Cobalt Cyclone Dress

Yigal Azrouël - Black Jupiter Dress

I’m sure the final dress will end up pulling inspiration from several of these, but feel free to share your thoughts below :)

Super Special March Deals

There are some interesting things going on with Partylite and lia sophia in specials this month, so I thought I’d do a quick post to talk about them.

lia sophia

$100, Get 1 for $15 Special

This month lia sophia is trying something new this month. For the first time guests who spend $100 can get any item up to $100 in the catalog (regular & Kiam) for $15.

Also, hostesses in March can take advantage of this special in addition to all of their usual hostess benefits, no $100 purchase required.

Partylite

Free Tealights

This is a non-party only special available through March 16th. When you place an order of $40 or more online you get 1 dozen tealights free.

This special can be combined with the Internet specials and the spend $50 get 1 item at 1/2 price that are also going online.

Product Rating and Review Sweepstakes

Partylite has just introduced product ratings & reviews. In honor of this they are giving away a $200 gift certificate to one lucky reviewer who writes a review during the month of March.

Fragrance of the Month

Lastly, this is the third month of the fragrance of the month special. This month’s fragrance is Cherry Blossom, so all Cherry Blossom candles and oils are 25% off.

Extras

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a big fan of Grosgrain the blog and she has got a couple of fab giveaways going on right now. Here’s the info:

House 8810 $60 Gift Card Giveaway

Great retro houseware, decor and more. As House 8810’s site says, make your roost rock.

Sizzix Big Shot Giveaway


If you’re a fan of do it yourselfing like myself, this machine looks like a great addition to the do it yourself toolkit. I can think of many things to make and do with it, but I’m sharing it with you all anyway.

That’s it for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief foray into the world of specials and giveaways ;)

5 Things I Love – Feb 28

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I realized this past week that I got your top five from the new lia sophia catalog and drew a winner from the contest, but I never told you my top 5 or who won. So…

Congratulations, Deanna G! I hope you are enjoying your new bit of sparkle ;)

And here are my 5 favs from the new catalog:

1. Cafe Au Lait

Forgive me as I drool… my mother will vouch for me that the moment I saw this I had to take a picture on my cell (she hadn’t gotten her catalog yet) and send it to her. I fell in love with it just that quickly.

2. Buttercup

Matte gold, bling and a vintage feel make this a definite win in my book AND it’s even cuter in person.

3. Knotted Up Bracelet

Again with the matte gold this time combined with a hammered Celtic knot pattern and at 7 1/2 inches I can actually wear it without it become a projectile weapon.

4. Bouquet

This necklace take a popular trend and gives it an almost minimalist take that gives it a versatile wearability as well as being fun and springy.

5. Contessa

I will just tell you now these earrings are long and they do have a bit of weight to them, but I love wearing them anyway. They have quickly become a go to set for me especially when I’ve got on a neckline that just isn’t conducive to necklaces or I can’t find just the right one.

Runners Up (because I can):

Paris Lights set – So gorgeously sparkly
Marina – simple but interesting
Improv – very versatile and this catalog’s Dress for Success piece
Comet – fun, flirty and perfect for spring
Reach by Paula – another versatile but trendy piece

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