Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hot Colors for Spring

With the Easter holiday done and over with, it’s time to start looking towards Spring. We all know that with Spring comes color, but which are the hottest for this 2012 Spring season?

This season there are many colors to choose from when creating your wardrobe.


Need something to set you apart from the crowd? Tangerine pops with any outfit and is the Number 1 color for Spring 2012.

2. Mint

Mint is another way to stay subtle but in the spotlight. From a basic top to striking earrings, mint is the perfect color of accessories this season.

3. Yellow

Yellow is the perfect color to shine in, whether you're inside or out-bring the sun with you.

4. Kelly Green

Kelly Green has made its comeback and in a major way. Draw some attention by accessorizing with this beautiful color.

5. Coral

Coral is the ultimate girly color. Show off your flirty side this season with coral accessories and fashions.

Pick any of these vibrant colors to accessorize your wardrobe this season and you can’t go wrong.

(All images sourced from www.anthropologie.com)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Prepping for Prom

Hey girls, its just about that time to be picking out a prom dress that will set you apart from all the others. However, this can be tricky when every dress seems look exactly the same in every store. One way to stand out from the crowd this year is to play with some spring accessories.

One look that always turns heads is with a one of a kind tiara or headband. This accessory can be worn with any hairstyle and will make anyone shine.

Another popular prom accessory that seems to be a standard is a necklace. But this year, why not wear something that no one else will be wearing? One option is a one of a kind, vintage and pearl necklace with a flower accent. Flower colors can be customized to any dress color and can really make every look pop!

Another simple way to spice up an ordinary prom look is shoe clips that can be easily clipped onto any type of shoe and bring a whole new look.

Prom is all about fun and fashion, so why not lead the pack?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dressing for Easter

With Easter just around the corner it seems just about that time when we should be out looking for that perfect Easter Sunday dress, or maybe simply reaching in the closet and dusting off one of our old favs. Though this time of year may be stressful for some who find themselves on a budget, it doesn’t have to be. Wearing an old Easter dress does not have to feel like a disappointment. Maybe all it needs it a little accessory to spice it up a bit.

Here are plenty of options for putting a little flare back into that dress that certainly isn’t brand new anymore.

One option for revitalizing your Sunday wardrobe is wearing a colorful flower brooch that can brighten up any Easter dress.
And to match your brooch, flower shoe clips can certainly bring the outfit together.

Hair flowers and headbands are also easy ways to accessorize and bring some excitement to an outfit. And for all you moms out there who are hesitant to purchase a brand new dress for their growing daughters this year, you can also liven up their ensemble with flower accessories from our girl’s collection especially for the little ones!

Easter Sunday doesn’t have to be filled with unwanted stress about who is going to wear what and how it can be different this year, all you need is a little something special to make you really shine!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Ultimate $4,500 NO EXCUSES Giveaway!

Pop over to DesignHer Brands for a spectacular giveaway. CarolineAlexander is also participate, we are giving away a sampler of our brooches. There are so many fantastic things in this giveaway!

Melissa Bolton started Designher Brands. A place where women in small business can come for help with just about all of their online business start-up needs. I've enjoyed working with everyone so much and still get such a sense of excitement when I see a new business launch. I know first hand how difficult (and expensive!) it can be to get started. SO.......with the New Year approaching, I thought it might be nice FANTASTIC to give one lucky winner the chance to fulfill their dream of becoming an online entrepreneur! I've assembled a group of uber thoughtful, successful (and generous!) female entrepreneurs to help you on your way.

Whether you're starting a new business or revamping and expanding an existing business - you don't want to miss out on this UNBELIEVABLE opportunity!

We're hoping it'll be a life-changer for some lucky dreamer.

ONE lucky winner will receive everything shown below.

~Over $4,500 worth of prizes~

This amazing opportunity starts TODAY, Thursday, December 1st, 2011 and ends on Sunday, December
11th, 2011 at midnight EST. The winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced on this blog on Monday December 12th, 2011.

Items donated will be provided to the winner directly through individual sponsors.
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Here is a sneak peak of our giveaway.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Changing Women’s Lives

I just thought I would share a little bit of information. We love this show and love what it stands for.

AAUW To Host 55th Annual What’s New Fair At JCC Nov. 13-14When Debra Eck was looking to advance her education in studio arts, she needed help.

With three children - one each in elementary, middle and high school - there just wasn't enough time for her to go back to school as well.

''I had lots of driving to school to do every morning, lots of picking up from school every day,'' Mrs. Eck said. ''I really wanted to continue on, but the logistics of doing that didn't seem very realistic.''

After applying for and receiving a scholarship from the Jamestown branch of American Association of University Women, however, Mrs. Eck received the opportunity she had been searching for.

''That money made a difference because it allowed me to hire somebody to pick my kids up from school, feed them dinner, get them to their afterschool activities,'' she said. ''I finished my degree at (the University at Buffalo) and actually was the Dean's Medalist for Fine Arts the year I graduated.''

After taking a year to achieve her master's degree at Northumbria University in her native England, Mrs. Eck returned home to Jamestown and now teaches art at Jamestown Community College. She said the chance she received that was kickstarted by the scholarship she was given by AAUW has taken her to a place in life she may not have gotten to otherwise.

''The educational stepping stones allowed me to pursue my career as an artist,'' she said. ''Being able to teach at JCC because of my master's degree has given me an income stream that allows me to spend time in my studio, too.''

Mrs. Eck - who also teaches young women through working with organizations including the Jamestown Audubon, Aspire, and the Infinity Performing Arts Program - has seen her artwork exhibited to much acclaim both locally as well as in her native country. She said that her education, provided to her in part by the scholarship she received from AAUW, has helped her get to that level.

''I feel very strongly and the statistics show that when women get a better education they get a better financial toehold on life,'' she said. ''I think that education is a way for women to get out of the traditional dead-end situations that a lack of education puts them into.''


Mrs. Eck's success story is just one of hundreds that have come from the local branch of AAUW and its scholarships. More than $260,000 in scholarships have been given to more than 300 local women from the scholarship program, funds for which are raised from the branch's annual What's New Fair.

The 55th annual AAUW What's New Fair will be held Friday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Hamilton Collegiate Center at Jamestown Community College. Sixty-one local merchants will be there selling their newest items for Christmas.

Among those merchants will be Cheryl Greenstein of GG My Love boutique on North Main Street in Jamestown. Ms. Greenstein, who moved back to her hometown of Jamestown recently from Las Vegas, said she joined AAUW during last year's fair because she was so impressed by what it provides.

''I wanted to get involved with an organization that helps women,'' she said. ''They just do such great things - I didn't know all the things that they did.''

A strong and growing organization, AAUW's Jamestown branch supports equity and education for women and girls through its actions. In addition to the scholarships it awards, the branch educates young girls in teamwork and builds self-esteem through the Get in the Game program, as well as contributing to the national AAUW Educational Fund and Legal Advocacy Fund.

Ms. Greenstein, who owned three boutiques in Las Vegas over the past two decades before coming back to Jamestown, opened her local boutique shortly after becoming a member of the AAUW branch. She shops in New York, California and Las Vegas and brings clothing back to Jamestown to resell it, and the shop also offers psychic readings - for entertainment purposes only, Ms. Greenstein said - on Saturdays.

She said the members of AAUW have been behind her throughout the process of getting herself settled into the business world in Jamestown. All the get-togethers and luncheons the AAUW members have throughout the year to talk business are chances to share that support and build a stronger community, Ms. Greenstein said.

''The ladies have supported me,'' she said. ''They inform you of things like legislation that you would probably never be aware of.''


FOR NOV. 13-14

The 55th annual What's New Fair, with proceeds benefiting the Jamestown AAUW branch's scholarship fund, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 14. Admission will be $3 for adults, $2 for JCC and Jamestown Business College students, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under.

The 61 merchants with tables set up in the Hamilton Collegiate Center during the fair will be 3C's Catering, Along Chautauqua Lake, Alphabet Art Photography Designs, Amway, The Bag Babe, The Basket Company, BeautiControl, C'Rosiez for Flowers & Gifts, Carlson's Jewelry/Weeping Willow Gifts, Caroline Alexander, Chautauqua County Master Gardeners, Curves, Discovery Toys, Edies Beadies, Evergreen Outfitters, Gift Collections by MMG, Jaguar Jewelry, Fashionista, Fences & Such, Francis Mac-Leod, Fun Bags & Accessories, GG My Love, Greater Jamestown AM Rotary, Glasswerks, Heart for Haiti, Hemlock Designs Jewelry, Ida Marie's No Bake Cheesecake Mixes, J & L Enterprizes, J B Florals, Jamestown Audubon Society, Jewels by Park Lane, Joan of Z, Josie's Jewelry, KC's Emporium, Lasting Impressions, Maple Country USA, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Marvin Community House, Natural Nomad, NYR Organics, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Peaceful Designs, Pennie's Country Scents, Petals and Twigs, Primitive Peddler, Quilter's Haven, Rainbow International Cleaning and Restoration, Roots Jewelry Design, Sew Sweet Designs, Silpada Designs, Simply Sally's, Simply Soap, Small Indulgences Jewelry, Streich's Cake and Candy, Strings and Things, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One Gifts, Valentine Enterprises, View from Hickory Heights, Viking Trader, Weezy's Korner, and Willow House Gifts.

Among entertainment for children to enjoy during the event will be a visit from Santa Claus himself both days, and the Silvertone Barber Shoppers will serenade attendees Saturday morning from 10 to 11.

Food will be provided during the fair as well, with the AAUW offering personalized gingerbread cookies and other home-baked delectables. In addition, Next Generation Vending and Food Service will provide homemade vegetable soup and chili, macaroni and cheese, assorted sandwiches and wraps, and other foods.

Door prizes will be drawn each hour throughout the fair, with all admission tickets entered to win. Also, tickets will be sold for drawings for many other prizes that will be given away at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Jamestown branch of AAUW will also have a membership booth set up during for fair, at which any interested women can join at a discounted rate. Those interested in joining must have at least a two-year degree from an accredited college or university.

For more information about the Jamestown branch of AAUW, visit jamestown.aauw-nys.org.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Sunday Afternoon on Lake Erie

One of the things that me and my girls do for fun is to go treasure hunting on the beaches of Lake Erie. We have a special treasure in mind....beach glass. My girls love to search the beach for these rare and amazing treasures. They hit the beach running to find the biggest piece of the day.

I love watching them just enjoy nature and a beautiful day!

For once, Lila found the biggest piece. That made her day, her big sis usually steals the moment.

It is amazing to think how long it takes the Lake to send this glass to shore. The pieces are beautiful and each one unique. I always wonder how old this piece of glass is or how long did it live in Lake Erie. Lake Erie sea glass "true sea glass" is cloudy and all the edges are completely rounded. I love the aqua blue pieces, they are my favorite.

As we were walking back from our adventure we saw the Canadian Geese, well fall is really here on the lake.

I think we all need to take the time to enjoy natures beauties.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Make Mine Pink Friday.....An English Cottage

If I were to close my eyes and conjure up images of an English Cottage, it would be surrounded by an explosion of colorful flowers, both inside and out. The porch, though small, would hold a whitewashed rocker, with even more fresh cut flowers peeking out of a tote hanging from the arm. A beautiful needlepoint pillow, stitched with a riotous bouquet of wildflowers, propped against the back for comfort. The first entry to my English Cottage would feel like home itself with a wreath on the door, welcoming you to step inside.

Once inside my cozy cottage, you’d find the windows draped with delicate lace curtains and gorgeous floral fabrics. Cabbage roses, trailing down each panel. A cozy window seat, made comfortable with a down cushion, provides a perfect place to enjoy a favorite book and a cup of tea. The teacup, passed down for generations and filled with memories. The hand-painted roses, now faded and worn, just enhance the beauty and the experience.

Shelves and cupboards are an essential part of any English cottage. They’re often used for storage and for display. You might see a beautiful collection of vintage dishes, or a cupboard devoted to teapots and favorite teacups. Colorful tins that once held tea, now hold buttons and sewing notions. Hand embroidered tea towels and pure white linens, help fill the shelves until they’re called upon to celebrate a special occasion.

Vases stuffed full to overflowing with fresh cut blooms, are tucked on tables and window ledges throughout the cottage. Each a reminder of the beauty that awaits, just steps outside the cottage door.

The garden, visible from the kitchen window is ablaze with color and activity. Ivy climbs the trellises and arbors, colorful bird houses and wrought iron bird baths, a refuge for our aviary friends.

With cottage touches in just the right places, the simple beauty of a English cottage can be yours no matter where you live.

Please stop by the boutiques at Make Mine Pink to help create your own English Cottage.

Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink