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Rare and Exotic Gemstones: Baltic Amber

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Not only is Baltic amber a striking gemstone, but it also tells an intriguing story. This rare and exotic stone is known as a “window to the past” because of its unique properties.  Baltic amber is fossilized pine tree resin, and it often contains prehistoric plant material, insects and strands of DNA. Amber is actually the same stone referenced to in the movie Jurassic Park!

Baltic amber is 40 to 60 million years old. During its formation, the stone trapped many prehistoric plants and insects. Researchers have cataloged amber pieces containing more than 1,000 extinct species of insects. An amber gemstone with insect or plant inclusions is much more valuable than amber with none. Who knew?!

The Baltic Sea region holds the richest and largest amber deposits. The level of succinic acid found in amber also determines its quality. You’ll be pleased to know that Baltic amber holds the highest levels of succinic acid. The largest mine in the Baltic region is in Russia, located west of Kaliningrad and where the Liquidation Channel gets its amber.

Despite its name, amber comes in more colors than just amber. Rare pieces can even be blue or green. Most amber is polished in different shapes or beads. This gemstone is surprisingly light, so large jewelry pieces made with amber won’t weigh you down.

Baltic amber is perfect for everyday wear. Many women find it taxing to accessorize for the office, but Baltic amber makes it easy.
Wear artisan crafted pieces made with amber to add feminine detailing to your work outfit. An amber necklace can be casual enough for running errands on Saturday morning. It can also be dressed up for an evening out.

Feeling inspired yet? Stay tuned for our Baltic Amber show airing Monday, Oct. 27, from 12 p.m. to midnight. If you want even more ideas, check out our Pinterest board!

7 Fall Must-Haves

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Your closet is screaming for a shift in a cooler direction, and we are here to tell you which items are a must have! We’ve done our research and have compiled a list of fall fashion essentials for 2014 to make your season cozy and chic! 

World Food Day

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Today is World Food Day. It is a global movement to end hunger. Family farmers have a huge roll in creating a zero-hunger world. Be a part of the solution in your community and around the world!

Ronald McDonald House Charities: Wear Your Stripes

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Sport a pair of snazzy red and white striped socks during the month of October for the Wear Your Stripes campaign to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. It’s a way for the community to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Ronald McDonald House and the millions of families that rely on their “home-away-from-home.”

Trendspotter: How to Incorporate Exotic Prints into Your Wardrobe

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Walking on the wild side never looked so marvelous. Undeniably stylish, exotic prints add a catwalk essence to your wardrobe. Get ready to ditch the black clothes typically associated with cold weather and go for bold, wild prints. Life’s too short to wear boring clothes or shoes anyways! With a few styling tips from us, you’ll be wearing your favorite faux skins everywhere from the office to an after five get-together.

Family Traditions: Pumpkin Carving Tips

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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Fall is definitely the season of the pumpkin—pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pies, pumpkin candles and of course pumpkin carving! It’s always fun to do it as a family or with friends. The LC is having a pumpkin-carving contest, and you can enter from now until Halloween. Check out our tips and you just might win! If anything, you can at least impress your family with your awesome pumpkin!

Boss's Day Gift Guide

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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National Boss’s Day is this month—Oct. 16 to be exact. It’s a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. Although this day was created for the purpose of strengthening the bond between employer and employee, there’s no rule saying you can’t have a bit of fun with it! We have listed 10 of the best gifts to get you noticed around the office (some for better reasons than others)!

5 Ways to Wear a Button Scarf

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It’s officially that time of year. Yes, it’s scarf season! These cozy accessories are a fall must-have. Not only can you wear them around your neck during the colder seasons, but they can also be used as an actual article of clothing. One of the most flexible ways to do so is to use a scarf with buttons. Let us show you five stylish ways to wear a scarf that’s not around your neck!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, October 6, 2014

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As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, we all still have a long way to go. To help support this cause, we want to share moving stories of how three inspiring women survived breast cancer and shared their experience with others.