My mom has passed a lot of her traits on to me. Her handwriting, organizational skills, and love of cooking come to mind on a daily basis, but today I thought I'd highlight two additional similarities we share: our love of jewelry and belief in treating yourself. Growing up I would always play in my mom's makeup (begging to wear mascara) and jewelry drawers. Just like how her signature perfume brings back memories, so do so many of the jewelry pieces I've seen her wear since Sally and I were little. Our mom always told us that we could have our own jewelry collections some day, and that we just had to work hard and save up for the pieces we loved. As the two of us got older, our mama contributed to our jewelry boxes but encouraged us to save and splurge on things ourselves. She reasoned that there was no reason to wait for someone to gift you something (especially a boy) when you would have a greater appreciation for the pieces you bought yourself.
My thoughtful, curated collection of dainty, fine jewelry started after college and it’s still my number one favorite thing to splurge on for myself. Sally and I have been seriously spoiled in that we have become friends with some incredible jewelry designers and brands through blogging…we love discovering new lines and finding favorites to add to our wish lists. It’s like the “make new friends but keep the old” Girl Scout song – we more designers in the mix of our jewelry boxes, the better!
Last April, I was going crazy over the jewelry on a seriously stylish Chicago-based blogger – Jena Gambaccini of Chi City Fashion – and she kept pointing to certain pave diamond pieces saying, “that’s Ellie Jay…that’s Ellie Jay.” This unknown name was one I needed to learn about. Fast. I stalked the Ellie Jay Jewels website and learned that like Jena, the brand was based in Chicago. I did several double takes at the prices (incredibly low for real diamonds and solid gold!) and then built a little mental wish-list of what I wanted (rings – my latest jewelry obsession) and after a few months of saving, felt ready to splurge. I emailed the company and was excited to meet Jami, the founder behind the dainty and elegant collection. After a few notes exchanged back and forth and realizing that my bestie Mary had also been emailing Jami, we decided that aside from placing an order for fresh sparkle that it would be fun for Jami to come down to Dallas for a trunk show!
Similar to a few other jewelry brands, Ellie Jay is a social selling company that provides job opportunities for women. Options for getting involved include hosting a party, joining the team, or referring a friend. Mary and I were really excited to host a small trunk show a few weeks ago to show off Jami’s gorgeous pieces and amazing prices. Today I’m even more excited because I get to show off my new Ellie Jay rings, and announce that as of today, the brand is now taking orders directly through their website!
I can’t tell you how much I adore my new rings. I’ve been wanting some super thin, pave brands for so long but was turned off by pricing until I found the ones by Ellie Jay. The “H” ring is also dainty but makes a statement – perfect for a right hand – without being overpowering. Haven’t taken them off since I got them! So I know it’s the season for buying gifts for others. Which is why I think you should take a look at the Ellie Jay site – you will most likely find a lot of things you want for yourself, but I’m willing to bet that you find pieces perfect for some of the ladies on your holiday shopping list, too (: