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Organize your Jewelry with Brassy Apple

March 21st, 2013

My Brassy and fashionable friend Megan is showing us all how it’s done! That’s right DIYers, scoot on over to Brassy Apple for a tutorial on how to make your own Necklace board! Brassy Apple DIY Necklace Board Tutorial

And other ways to store & organize your jewelry in her video here >>

I Found the Perfect Jewelry – Review + {giveaway}

January 25th, 2011

Leslie Lewis DesignsI was so happy when I came across Leslie Lewis Designs and even happier when I received the opportunity to test a couple pieces. Plus, Leslie is based out of the Colorado area and I love it when I find companies local to me to review!

oro diamond necklaceLeslie sent me her Oro Diamond necklace and her Posh Bracelet. Here’s a quick description of the necklace:


The Oro Diamond necklace is a genuine diamond inlaid in a vermeil disk.  Especially charming is the 14-karat goldfill bead chain.  It is so sweet and delicate yet with a modern twist.  It is an understated yet classic piece that can be worn with a t-shirt and jeans or with your favorite LBD.

This necklace is right up there with my Love Locket. I wear my Oro Diamond necklace all the time. It’s so easy for me to throw on and it makes me feel a billion times more put together when I’m wearing my regular t-shirt and jeans combo. I love it’s subtle beauty. I find it so unassuming and gorgeous all at once. This is one piece that every woman should own. It’s excellent.

The Posh bracelet is made with Swarovski crystal, quartz, freshwater pearl, labradorite, and Bali and Thai silver. It really does have a great weight and drape to it. I love the toggle clasp. Although I found it to be a little on the older side for me, I still think it’s a beautiful piece. I found the bracelet to be a bit on the small side as well, which is fine for me because I have small wrists. If you have larger than average wrists you’ll want to add a bit of length to your bracelet.Posh Bracelet

Speaking of jewelry age, one thing I love about Leslie Lewis Designs is that the designs satisfy a large age-range and she has many timeless pieces. You really could throw a trunk show and invite everyone you know from your teenage niece to your Grandmother and everyone would find something they adored. It’s not often that I come across a jewelry designer with this specific skill and I find it quite admirable.

Another note about Leslie’s pieces – they are so well crafted. I have no doubt that my Oro Diamond necklace and Posh Bracelet will last for years and years. Her jewelry doesn’t feel homemade, it feels extremely professional and put together. I’m extremely happy with these pieces and I highly recommend purchasing jewelry from this designer. – Katie

***Giveaway Leslie Lewis Designs is offering one $150 gift certificate to one lucky Boutique Cafe Reader!***

Here’s how to enter. You may do as many as these as you like. Each counts as one entry into the giveaway. Please leave a separate comment for each entry:

  • Visit Leslie Lewis Designs and leave a comment on this post telling me how you’d spend $150

  • Tweet about this review and giveaway (leave a link to your tweet in your comment)

  • Post this review and giveaway on Facebook (leave a link to you post in your comment)

We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: February 2, 2011 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Congratulations Kate! You’re our lucky winner.

One Life Jewelry Review + {Giveaway}!

January 17th, 2011

irreplaceable sparkMy most recent and amazing Etsy find has been One Life Jewelry. I swooned over their pieces of jewelry before contacting them and I was so happy when Arlyne, the owner, wanted to do a review on Boutique Cafe. She sent me her “Your Irreplaceable Spark” necklace and I’ve loved wearing it. It’s a little 3/8” 14k gold filled disc that’s been hammered and polished. It hangs from a dainty chain and is so subtle, yet so beautiful. Arlyne has so many other gorgeous pieces; one of my other favourites is her Sweet Leaf and Iolite necklace. I love the personalization of this piece; it’s subtle and delicate and most importantly, not tacky. I’ve found that sometimes personalized jewelry can land on the other end of darling, but One Life Jewelry is the master of perfect personalization!

Here’s a little of what Arlyne has to say about herself and One Life Jewelry:


“I was a clothing designer for many years in New York City. I thought I left designing behind me when we moved to Florida to raise our family, but now with all my time at the beach, under the stars, at parks with my two kids, I have found inspiration and passion again. Or perhaps it’s found me….

I enjoy making jewelry that will uplift and inspire. It’s like wearing small reminders of things we appreciate and make us happy.

One vision, one goal, one child, one man, one woman, one choice, one heart, one day, one moment, One Life…

One Life Jewelry.”


You just have to visit One Life Jewelry today! You’ll be “favoriting” so many items and coming up with lots of ideas for what your Valentines should give you next month! Make sure you check out the awesome giveaway below that One Life Jewelry is giving to Boutique Cafe readers! – Katie

****Giveaway**** One Life Jewelry is giving away a newly designed necklace, not even available in the shop yet! This is a Boutique Cafe exclusive! The necklace is called “Strength, Courage, Wisdom.” It’s three small 14k gold filled disks that are hand stamped in scripts and hung on a 16” chain comprised of 18k gold vermeil and genuine moonstones. The piece will retail for $100. See photos below.

strength, courage, wisdom

strength, courage, wisdom

Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment telling me what other piece of jewelry you like from One Life Jewelry. It’s that easy!

We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: January 28, 2010 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Congratulations Mal! You’re the lucky winner.

Darling Accessories from the Vintage Pearl Review

January 4th, 2011

logoHappy New Year! Did you get everything you wanted for the holidays? If you didn’t get something from the Vintage Pearl, then you must read on and add your favourite item to your Valentines wish list.

I was sent the Mama Bird Necklace to review with 2 pearls which signify my first daughter and my upcoming second. I chose to not have anything stamped on it as I liked the simplicity of the copper bird. The necklace is really sweet and an excellent and subtle way to celebrate the “Mama” in your life. It’s a great necklace for every day wearing and it even arrived with it’s very own polish cloth, which conveniently helps me to keep it in tip-top shape.

mamabirdThe Vintage Pearl was begun by a stay-at-home Mom, Erin, looking for a creative outlet. And it grew into a popular business. The Vintage Pearl even has a storefront with a studio in Tulsa, OK! Exciting, right? You can check out Erin’s blog here.

Many other items can be found from the Vintage Pearl, and since each item is hand stamped, you can guarantee that your’s will be unique and made especially for you. Some of my other favourite items are the initial on a chain necklace and the silver cuff bracelet. I would love a little baby spoon as a keepsake for my second daughter. The spoons come hand stamped with your choice of words. Darling! -Katie

***Promotion! The Vintage Pearl is offering Boutique Cafe readers 15% off from now until the end of February. Just use the promo code CAFE15. Whatcha gonna get?!

{Find} Silhouette Necklace

April 30th, 2010

il_430xN.132859005 Isn’t this fantastic?! I can only imagine how thrilling it would feel to carry the silhouette’s of all the faces I love close to my heart. This beautiful keepsake is made by LuckyMeBeads on Etsy.

It instantly made me think of (Nie Nie) Stephanie Nielson – she needs one of these! Love it! – Daria

Funky Teardrop Pendant

June 24th, 2008

TFK Make a Splash this summer with this funky teardrop pendant from Toodee*Frudee*Kids on eBay.

Perfect for dressing up your denim and adding some funk! It will go with almost everything in your closet.

Bid on it today, and make it yours!

Something for Mama

June 19th, 2008

Moxie Designs Hey you! Yes you, the hardworking Mom over there! Need a little pick me up? Why not a gorgeous new necklace from Moxie Designs on Etsy?!

This POD designed necklace is the perfect little accessory to take your outfit from drab to fab. Check it out on Etsy today

Mermaid Summer Jewelry

April 10th, 2008

mermaid This beautiful necklace and bracelet set from all*gods*children will make your little lady feel very special and grown up. We love the cats eye beads and the wonderful mermaid summer colors! The color combo includes: Dark Rose, Orange, and Yellow! with 4mm daisy spacers that add just the right amount of shine!

To complete the set, a dainty Yellow Flower (Pink flower is shown in pictures) adorns each piece! So cute with this summers fashions! The Necklace & Bracelet both have lobster style closures for easy fastening and will be custom made in your little Mermaid fan’s size at auctions end!

Bid on this summer time set here >

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