{giveaway} turquoise bubble bib necklace

by jani on November 26, 2012

I’m so excited about today’s giveaway. It’s from very jane, a wonderful online website that has incredible deals. Imagine my excitement when at the Connective Circle Hands-On Blogger Workshop, it was announced that each of us was receiving her own very jane bubble bib necklace – and one as a giveaway! I actually let go a yelp (so unlike me!) “Yes!”

The necklace color I chose for you that I’m giving away is a beautiful seafoam turquoise. I’m showing it here over an animal print, but it looks beautiful on black or white. It’s just a stunning necklace! And, very jane always has great deals, so go check them out. Sign in; you won’t be sorry.

I chose a charcoal gray color, as it’s just a bit more subtle for my wardrobe. It just fits my personality. But I have to say, everyone looking at the seafoam turquoise color wants it!

These necklaces are versatile and so fun to wear. This will be the next outfit to put on my body!

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*Disclosure: Thanks to very jane for providing me with a beautiful bubble bib necklace and one for this giveaway. The ideas and content are my own.


my mom’s belt… it doesn’t fit!

by jani on August 24, 2012

What do you do when your sweet 88-year-old mom gives you a belt she wore in the 60s… once you get home, you try it on and it doesn’t fit around your waist? Well, after a good cry, you start to play around with it. What I came up with is wrapping it around my neck. I tried it different ways, but I like this one the best. I was at  Sundance Resort in Utah this past weekend and was pleased to receive compliments on my unusual “necklace”. I’m never afraid to wear something a bit unusual… suits my personality. So why not throw that recycled belt around my neck!

We came across a lovely Nepalese shop in our travels to Santa Fe, where I  found these tribal earrings and bangle made out of water buffalo bone. I love wearing them! The gold ring that is on my middle finger has been there since 1975… it’s my dad’s 1920 University of Notre Dame ring where he graduated in 1920. I couldn’t get it off my finger if I wanted to… it’s pretty much attached!


Straw fedora (gifted), white capris (Dillard’s), black tee (Westbound), white waffle-textured jacket (CBR Specialty boutique – Salt Lake City International), glasses (Dolce & Gabbana)

Snake skin-metallic Anne Klein flats (Macy’s), bronze-metallic Anne Klein handbag (Macy’s)

 Have you ever recycled a gift to be worn differently than its intent? I’d love to hear your ideas.


kingman mine turquoise

by jani on June 26, 2012

HB and I have always loved turquoise – it being one of our favorite stones. In our many travels throughout the southwest, HB has always been on the lookout for a beautiful piece of jewelry for me ( I know…  I’m spoiled), but he has never found just the right piece for the right price. Our favorite turquoise is from the Kingman mining area of Arizona. We’ve always loved the brown “spiderweb matrix” veining found in the Navajo Kingman mined jewelry.

I found a few interesting historical facts about turquoise from the Colbaugh Processing, Inc. (miners and producers of Kingman Turquoise) website: “Turquoise is found in Arizona, Alabama, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, and Virginia.  During the 1970s, the Bureau of Mines stated, in terms of value, that Turquoise is the most sought after stone in the U.S. mining operations. 

Turquoise was the first stone in recorded history of man to be used as a gem according to the Library of Congress.  The name Turquoise comes from French describing the stone that came from Turkestan, in Central Asia extending from the Caspian Sea to the Gobi Desert.  Turquoise has been found in crypts dating from the First Dynasty in Egypt, more than 7000 years ago. The mines along the southwestern coast of the Sinai Peninsula are thought to be the sources. Deposits in eastern Tibet were reported by Europeans as early as the 16th century, and 14th century in India.  Marco Polo reported turquoise in his travels in China.  The Aztec Indians of Central America, who had in abundance the most prized ore of all, gold, traveled into our American Southwest to find turquoise.  Turquoise was so valued by the Aztecs that they demanded turquoise as a tribute from their neighboring states.”

In our recent trip to Santa Fe we were in awe of the beautiful turquoise pieces and we were also in awe of the incredibly high pricing. Many of our favorite necklaces were on sterling silver ball chains. HB wanted so badly to find that perfect adornment, but all were too expensive.

 As much as we loved window shopping for jewelry in Santa Fe, we began our road trip back to Utah without a piece of turquoise. I was completely okay with that. It was my cute HB that was sad.

We were driving towards Colorado on highway491, heading to Cortez for the evening, when we happened upon a trading post in the middle of nowhere. We probably spent a good thirty minutes looking at the jewelry… nothing. Then, I spotted it. It took my breath away. The owner said, it was an expensive piece because it was Navajo from the Kingman mines. I tried it on… we were both wowed and then sighed. I took the piece off, we thanked the owner, then drove the 15 miles to Cortez. Two days later, after exploring the breathtaking cliff dwellings (it’s in my post “roller coaster in the sky”), I began packing  for the last leg of our trip home. Then I heard it –  HB on the phone… was he negotiating the price of the necklace and earrings? What happened next made my heart leap. We made a slight thirty minute detour to the trading post and I’ve been enjoying my birthstone jewelry ever since! They’re so beautiful and HB beams every time I wear them!

White embroidered tunic (Dillard’s), black cut-out shirt (no idea), black open toed pumps (Nordstrom), silver watch (gifted), silver bracelet (Walgreens), blue beaded bracelet (CBR Specialty Retail – airport boutique), blue leather handbag ( Big Buddha – Santa Barbara), turquoise necklace and earrings (Indian Trading Post – in the middle of nowhere!)