Vintage brooch and plaid coat

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wearing: sunglasses / lipstick / ivory, cz, and silver earrings / red turtleneck sweater (last seen here) / plaid coat (under $100!) (last seen here) / belt (vintage Prada, also love this one) / dark wash skinny jeans / vintage brooch c. 1960s (also love this green one) / Gucci bag / holiday nail polish / black ring / black rain boots /

Disclaimer: I broke my own cardinal fashion rule; never wear red and green together because you will look like a Christmas tree! Ugh! So, what did I do on the morning I planned to meet my friend Dawn for breakfast at Santana Row? I pinned my green vintage brooch to my coat and threw it over a red turtleneck. What was I thinking???

When I looked at these photos a few days later, I took a deep breath. I look like a Christmas tree, but somehow, it’s OK since it is the Christmas/Holiday season! Any other time of year, and I would go for a clear stone brooch with this outfit. Now that my looong explanation of my red and green together is done, let’s chat about this brooch!

This brooch was my Mothers’. Around the turn of the century, I was in a huge brooch mood. My Mom, who loves jewelry, had a fabulous collection of brooches from the 1960s that she bought when they were all the rage. I raided her stash, and she gave me two of her brooches! I couldn’t believe it. I was so grateful! She never got back into the brooch look, so she is happy the two I took are getting some use.

I love vintage jewelry and accessories. I also have a few vintage clothing pieces which I am too afraid to wear. If something were to happen to them, how would I replace them? It would be impossible! At least with accessories and jewelry they are easy to clean and keep nice.

This brooch is my favorite vintage brooch from my Mom’s collection. Its’ stones are crystal clear, and they sparkle so much! The green is a beautiful hue, and I love the design. My daughters love it too; someday they will be able to split the vintage brooch collection, and I am thrilled that they appreciate vintage and understand how special it is in the world of fashion.

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Photos taken by the fabulous Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should be Fun at Santana Row.

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Bracelets that keep your health goals on track

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wearing: silver disc earrings / sunglasses / lipstick / grey floral scarf / black long sleeve tee / black cardigan sweater / silver health bracelets c/o Chelsea Charles / pink holiday nail polish / vintage Prada belt (also love this one) / black stamped croc satchel / black skinny jeans (use code CATHY30 to save 30% off) / faux fur and suede booties /

The new year is fast approaching, and I am already thinking about my new goals for 2019. I know I want to continue working on my fitness goals, but being healthy isn’t just about sticking to a workout routine, it’s about an overall healthy lifestyle which includes diet, and so much more!

I was thrilled when I learned about these health bracelets from Chelsea Charles. They are so much more than pretty silver cuffs; they offer a way to look fashionable while helping you stick to your health goals. Love that!

The bracelets have little beads on them, which at first glance, look like a decorative design. What is amazing about these bracelets is that the beads move. You can pile all the beads to one side, and move each one as you hit a goal. Or, you can use them to track your daily activity. How you use the beads, is up to you!

Since I have a set of three Health bracelets by Chelsea Charles, I am using one for my fitness goals, one for my diet goals, and one for hitting milestones in my path to hitting my final goals. You can use them however you choose, which is what makes them fabulous!

If you have goals, or someone on your holiday gift list is striving to live a healthy lifestyle, then you have to check out these bracelets by Chelsea Charles! They are available in silver, gold, and rose gold. You can mix and match, or go tonal like I did. The bracelets are also available as single cuffs; which make great gifts at under $100, or as sets of three. I love having the set of three. I can wear one, two or three at a time depending upon what my goals are at the moment. They can also be split up. Two can be worn on one arm, with the third bracelet paired with a watch on another arm. There are countless ways to wear them!! Love!

I am still working on updating my health goals for the new year-so stay tuned! Do you have any health goals you are working on right now? Have you planned yours for the new year yet? Let me know in the comments below!

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Personalized jewelry made in the USA by Messages in Metal

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There is nothing more fabulous than personalized jewelry. It is incredible to have a special piece of jewelry which bears something personal; whether it be initials, a name,  a date, an event, or something near and dear to your heart. When I heard about Messages in Metal based in Montana, I was thrilled! Here is a company that makes personalized jewelry made in the USA. Love!

Messages in Metal creates a wide variety of jewelry which you can personalize for yourself, or as a gift. They have so many different options to choose from! It’s like being a kid in a candy store! I love the name necklaces, the vintage designs, and the family collection.

I chose to have a necklace created with the names of my three kids. Alongside their name, is their birthstone. It’s an incredibly special necklace I know I will cherish for years to come. I’m also a sucker for bold pieces, so the Tranquility necklace was right up my alley. I love how it’s a bold piece which is eye catching, yet also has a special place in my heart since it reflects the names of my children.

One of the fabulous things I love about Messages in Metal is that they are speedy! I received the necklace roughly a week after ordering it. This is because they are made right here in the USA; more specifically, they are made in Montana! You don’t have to worry about waiting weeks for your jewelry from some factory oversees. It is made right here in the states! Love that!

I love the high quality jewelry Messages in Metal creates. Plus, the prices are really good! You will find most of their jewelry is priced under $100. Love!

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