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Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

My Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

Hi, my name is Malia and I am addicted to {fake} jewelry.

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

I ‘m not much of a “real” (as in authentic) jewelry girl. It’s not that I don’t like sparkly things. I sure do. It’s that I can’t imagine spending much money on jewelry when there may be braces x 2 in our family’s future, or our IKEA couch (it’s vintage… from the year 2002!) might die one day… or there might be an unexpected event of some sort and we need to be prepared. What I do love and have so much fun with is faux/statement jewelry.

I like wearing necklaces when I do TV segments but I have a couple stipulations. 1. They necklace has to be fun. 2. The necklace has to be CHEAP.

Over the years, I’ve amassed a decent collection. Here are my SECRET Sources!

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

1. The “Brass Plum” Juniors Department at Nordstrom: This area of the store is meant for teens and tweens but this {ahem} mature woman has found oodles of great items there– especially in the accessories department. You’ll find a great assortment of scarves, hats and bags. PLUS very reasonably priced earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

2. Forever 21: I may be more like “Forever 31″ but there are steals and deals to be nabbed at this store. Tons of trendy clothes, bags, shoes{!} and yes, jewelry. You can really stretch your dollar here! The selection can greatly vary, but if you hot F21 on the right day (as in the day the stock the jewelry) you can score all sorts of treasures. Tip: Carefully inspect each piece before you buy, there can be marks/flaws sometimes but Hey… it’s cheap and trendy stuff you can afford!

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

3. Francesca’s: I like to think of Francesca’s as F21’s slightly older  “cool” sister. They have wonderful stuff that’s good quality and reasonably priced. I have found so many great tops there and they tend to be polyester… which is AWESOME– no ironing! This is also a hot spot of affordable and cool jewelry. As a matter of fact, the necklace in the photo above is a Francesca’s score from last weekend (so is the top!) There are sales quite often. In fact I think there’s a BOGO jewelry sale going on right now.

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

4. Stella & Dot: Hold on now… I know what you’re thinking, “Stella and Dot has beautiful things but they’re also expensive.” Listen, S & D’s products aren’t cheap but they are very well made and stylish. Their pieces tend to be a bit more versatile in terms of style. And… they can be inexpensive. Let me explain. If you have a Stella & Dot stylist that you work with, you’ll receive emails every so often about what they have in stock. When the seasons change, those stylists don’t want to hang on to all the jewelry that they’ve been featuring for the past few months so they’ll mark it down. That’s how I got this fun gum ball necklace for half off!

Secret Sources for Scoring Statement Jewelry

5. GroopDealz: Oh so many tempting deals here! I once bought 3 of the same necklace (in different colors of course) in about five seconds flat! Groopdealz is a fantastic place to but super trendy jewelry online (and maybe even nab a few extras for gifts). Check the site often to keep tabs on what’s for sale and don’t dilly dally if you see something you like. Things can get sell out fast!

Where do you find fantastic jewelry? Let me know in the comments!

Wishlist: Bright-On Beach

School's ALMOST out and this Mom is ready to hit the beach! Let's Go!



Motel retro bikini
$60 -


Soft Style summer wedge
$45 -



Tory Burch beach tote bag
$285 -


Neon jewelry
$20 -



Long necklace
$45 -


Kate spade sunglasses
$128 -


H M beach hat
£13 -


$85 -


Swansea Beach Radio
$40 -




Spring Style: Nice Neons

It's been eons since I wore NEON (hello 1984!). But after catching a rerun of

Desperately Seeking Susan this weekend… I am inspired! Here are some fun neon finds for spring… starting at $3.50.


The Deets:


Knit poncho
$88 -


Kate Spade flat shoes
$134 -


GUESS high heels
$53 -


Melie Bianco messenger bag
$79 -


Nine West stretch jewelry
$36 -


Rubber jewelry
$3.50 -


Silk scarve
$68 -


Hair accessory
$6.50 -


Bobbi Brown Cosmetics lip gloss
$23 -


Tory Burch makeup travel bag
$55 -


Essie nail polish
$8 -


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3 Ways to Cover those Grays!

 Gray hair ad

vintage advertisement courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

So this isn't a craft project exactly, but it is a little like painting! I come from a long line of people with gray hair… or as I like to call them "silver foxes." My Aunt Mary went gray in her 20's and my Dad was totally silver by age 30. Let's just say I've been keeping the "gray at bay" for awhile now.

Standard root coverage practice means a visit to the hair salon every 4-6 weeks… BUT it's not always feasible or affordable to get the gray professionally covered. Here are a few ideas that work for me:

1. Mascara: When your mascara reaches retirement, get a little more out of it by using it to cover that  gray grow out. I usually use Maybelline Great Lash but of course– any kind of mascara will do. Even though my mascara is black and my hair is dark brown, it's not noticable. Works great in a pinch.

2. Identity Spray Pigment: This new product– Identity Spray Pigment, provides temporary spot color in a shade close to your own. You just use it like hairspray and it works like a charm. It easily washes out the next time you take a shower. There are lots of colors to choose from.

3. Clairol "Nice n' Easy" Root Touch Up: The Clairol "Nice n' Easy" Root Touch Up is a more "permanent" solution. According to the product website, it lasts 3 weeks. The kit comes with a easy-to-use brush for getting those roots and the box guarantees that it flawless matches ANY brand, even salon color. You can find this product at the drugstore and it's pretty affordable.

Of course, you could also scrap the coverage plan and embrace it– like gorgeous silver-stranded model Cindy Joseph who didn't start posing for the camera until she was 40!

Do you have a trick for taking care of your grays? I would love to hear about it!

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How to Incorporate Color into Your Look

Hi Friends, I get to write a post about "How to Incorporate Color Into Your Look." So let's pretend we get to take a weekend jaunt. Here's what I'd want to pack.

It's spring and that means pretty pastels like pink. A sweet pink top, a punchy scarve, some cute kicks and some dangly earrings are all great ways to add color to your look.

Visit the main post on and join in the comments. And then don't forget to enter the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes!


How to Incorporate Color



Life Well Lived: Your Beautiful Face


 Hi Friends! This post is part of the BlogHer Life Well Lived series.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for framing and showing off your beautiful face?

1. Scarves: A pretty scarf adds a pop of color close to your face.

2. Boatneck Tees: This type of tee gives you a nice clean flattering line. Perfect for spring.

3. Headbands: Pull back the hair and show off that mug.

4. Turtlenecks: A simple style that puts the focus on you.

5. Smiles: EVERYONE looks better with a smile!

I think that smiling is the best possible way to show off your beautiful face– that and being genuinely interested and engaged in what you are doing and who you are talking to.

Everyone is beautiful when they do that!

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Don't Forget to Enter the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes! You could win a KINDLE FIRE… Good Luck!



So Fetching: The Thank You Cards Shop

Hi Friends! I have found the most fetching spot to purchase lovingly designed thank you cards and notes:


Amy Lowry of Vancouver, Canada, is the talent behind these darling designs from The Thank You Cards ShopAirmailBrights

The products below are part of their new "Airmail Brights" line, inspired by travel:




Aren't they sweet? Being the daughter of a printer myself, I am a little picky when it comes to cards, notes and stationary. The quality of the paper Amy uses is nice and thick (not not too thick) and the colors of the ink are lovely and fresh. 

Amy sent me the Plane Cards (first card shown here) and the Anchor Thank You Cards to try out. She kindly personalized the Plane Cards for me and now I am so looking forward to writing my next thank you note!

Before you write your next thank you note, visit Amy and her cute shop. I think you'll be as delighted as I am.

Find the Thank You Cards Shop in these fun places:

Shop: Thank You Cards Shop

Blog: Check out the Thank You Cards Shop Blog for wonderful ideas and freebies. Like REALLY amazing freebies like this:


Facebook: Join the Thank You Cards Shop on Facebook to learn about their newest cards, great contests and suprise discounts.

GO visit the Thank You Cards Shop!



Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own. But I truly do love these products.

Life Well Lived: My 6 Favorite Beauty Tools

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

Audrey Hepburn


 Hi Friends! This post is part of the BlogHer Life Well Lived series. I get to write about my favorite beauty tools. Woo Hoo! When it comes to beauty, I'm drugstore with a dash of department store.

Here are my 6 Favorite Beauty Tools:

1)Cetaphil: It's not flashy… but it's not irritating either. I wash my face with good old Cetaphil at least 2x a day. It's very gentle and paired a good washcloth– it gets the job done!

2)Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Lotion: Acne? Check. Wrinkles? Check. I need a face lotion that won't make my situation "worse" LOL. This lotion does the trick.

3)MAC Makeup: I've been using MAC since the early 1990's. When I worked at the local CBS TV station, it's what all the female anchors used. Even though I couldn't really afford it– I felt like good makeup was worth the money. I've been a fan ever since. Current favorite product: MAC Cremesheen Glass in "Over Indulgence." It's a light browny-peach color and works great for running around and ferrying kids. Just enough color to show I made an effort.

4)Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: Cheap. Effective. Preppy pink and green packaging. Love it.

5)A FlatIron: My hair is really wavy. Depending on how much time I have in the morning (and whether or not it's raining– in which case, there's no point) I will straighten my hair. This was a drugstore purchase.

6)A Sense of Humor: I'm in my 40's. I don't look 20 and I'm ok with that. I like to tell myself that as my skin has thinned out my "dimple" (ok it's more like a cheek crease) has gotten deeper. That sums up my feeling about the aging process. 

 Visit the main post on BlogHer and join me in the comments. More beauty tool favorites on this post. Don't forget to enter the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes! GOOD LUCK!


My Fall Must Have Fashion Picks: Mad About Plaid


I am crazy about everything "fall"– the brightly hued leaves, the fun drinks (salted caramel hot chocolate… yes please!), even the nip in the air is a lovely part of autumn. But more than anything… I'm mad for plaid!

This post is part of the BlogHer Live Well Lived Initiative. Share your opinion AND enter to win $250! More info below.

Here are some of my fall fashion picks (mostly on sale even!) 


Country Blazer by Frenchi


 Plaid Shorts from Nolita


Plaid Cape by Tahari


  Plaid Cabin Woods Skirt by Free People. I own this and I love it!


Faux Shearling Lined Vest from Jolt


 Fun colors brighten up this Plaid Rainboot by Chooka (a MUST have here in drizzly Seattle)


Vanderbilt Scarf from Jessica Simpson

What are your fall fashion picks? Join me in leaving a comment on the BlogHer's Must Have Looks for Fall Post… AND Enter Current the $250 Life Well Lived Sweepstakes.