Thursday, November 28, 2013

Dionne's Decorating Made Easy | Holiday Edition

The holidays are about so much more than gifts; it’s about family, reflection, and being kids all over again. As that magical time of year approaches we reflect on those childhood memories that make the holidays so special. We may think of the beautiful displays at Rockefeller Center, the colorful Christmas lights that illuminate your neighbors’ window, or even the massive decorated trees in the center of your neighborhood mall. If you think about d├ęcor on this scale, bringing that magic into your own home can seem daunting and overwhelming. I want to show you how you can bring that same magic into your own home, the affordable way.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Roxanne Raves | November 2013

Confession time, I am a lot of things, but I am not a Martha or Rachael. Recently I was reminded of how challenged I truly am. I was part of the hospitality team for a committee meeting I serve on. The meal included a professionally made cake. My task was to cut the sheet cake. As I started to cut the sheet cake, I could feel the stress and anxiety of those around me. Before I knew what was happening, they took the knife away from me. I don't really know why it matters considering it tastes the same. But these ladies were seriously getting upset. They looked at me like I didn't know how to tie my shoe. I tried to make a joke out of it, but they weren't laughing.

Three weeks, later, and I am still thinking about Cake-gate. I’m sorry I can’t cut in a straight line. And I will never agree to be on a hospitality team that requires such a skill again. 

Am I inadequate in the kitchen? Yes. Truth be told, I spent my childhood following my dad around (can we say Daddy's girl?) and not paying much attention to the basics of the kitchen. 

As a result I can't cook. However, that doesn't mean I don't like to eat. Not cooking helps me appreciate those who do even more. And although I will never make a Thanksgiving dinner from scratch, I DO know how to be the ideal holiday guest.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

LC Top 10 | Jewelry in Movies

Jewelry has a long and varied history in motion pictures, whether simply accessorizing the wardrobe of an actor or actress on the screen, or playing an integral role in the film, sometimes becoming a character in it's own right.  From the plantations of Georgia, to the seas of the Atlantic, to the fires of Mount Doom, jewelry in film knows no boundaries.

At LC, we value jewelry of all stones and styles, so here are our picks for our Top 10 favorite pieces of jewelry in movie history. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

LC Insider | Baltic Amber: Window to the Past

When shopping for a new piece of jewelry, you are probably drawn to the beauty of the gemstone, the craft of the silversmith or goldsmith and the value of the item. Have you ever stopped to think about the age of the gemstone and just how it fits into the overall history of mankind?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

LC Insider | Australian Boulder Opal: Color Down Under

Gemstones have the ability to transport us to far away and exotic places. Just a glance at bounder opal takes you ‘down under’ to mysterious Australian and the legendary opal belt between New South Wales and northwest Queensland. Opal, as a family of gemstones, has a tremendous variety of types and colors, with looks and properties that are very specific and unique to their geographical locations.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Roxanne Raves | October 2013

Fall/Autumn has officially and unofficially begun. Ready or not here it is! Not all of us live in an area where we can enjoy the changing leaves, but we do have the opportunity to enjoy changing our fashion. 

And as is true in each season, a few trends have risen to the top. For my inaugural blog, I couldn’t pick just one fashion trend, so instead here are the top four fashion trends for Fall 2013.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Katie Rooke's Fashion Looks | October 2013

For as long as I can remember, I've had a love affair with fashion. From an early age I always admired how people put together outfits, showing off their personality through clothes. I can remember flipping through the magazines when I was a young teenager, and lusting after all the hottest looks. Afterwards, I would raid my closet and figure out a way to create something similar. I don't consider myself an expert, just someone who admires the creativity of others. I guess you could say that I take note of what the latest trends are and try to figure out a way to work them into my everyday life, which is what brings us here to my fashion blog. I hope you enjoy the looks and please feel free to comment and suggest your own ideas! Creativity is what it's all about!

Monday, October 7, 2013

LC Insider | Jalisco Fire Opal: A Bird of Paradise, Born in Fire

Fire opal is not your typical white with play of color opal but it is a gemstone that will surprise you! This very unique variety of opal is considered ‘non-phenomenal’ meaning that it does not have the more traditional white background with the expected play of color. However, what it does have is a striking and very vibrant range of warm body colors! Hues of yellow, orange, and even red are the trademark colors of this vivid gemstone, recognized today as the national gemstone of Mexico.

Friday, September 20, 2013

LCInsider | Indian Ocean Apatite: Treasure of the Sea

Off the southeastern coast of Africa, in the waters of the Indian Ocean, lies an island paradise of coral reefs and jungles full of spectacular wildlife. Its name is Madagascar. Mostly known for rich deposits of sapphires (Madagascar currently provides half of the world's supply of the gemstone), recent discoveries have revealed a rare treasure: Indian Ocean Apatite. Named for the strikingly beautiful hues of sea-green, this rare specimen of apatite is quickly gaining popularity in the market, its scarcity increasing as people discover its rich and vibrant color.

Friday, August 30, 2013

LC Insider | Amethyst: Deeply Intoxicating

Known for its rich color, Amethyst is the most precious stone within the quartz family. It is the purple variety of quartz, occurring in the hollow of volcanic rocks (agates) as large crystal geodes. It is a pleochroic gemstone, producing varying shades of color (in this case, blues, reds, and purples) when light hits the gem from different angles. Amethyst has been a treasured gemstone for millennia, being used by the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Medieval Europeans, and more. It is recognized as the official February Birthstone, the birthstone for the zodiac symbol for Aquarius, and as an anniversary stone, often gifted on the 6th and/or 17th wedding anniversary.