8 Things that every Happy women should have by 30!

Having just celebrated a Birthday myself, I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness, being present and falling more in love with myself and my life. I read great blog post from Cupcakes and Cashmere and it inspired me to answer a few question about my own happiness. 

Cupcakes and cashmere

 

1. A go-to drink 
– Riesling or Blue Moon
 
2. A go-to Karaoke Song 
Anything Jewel, Prince or old school 90’s
 
3.  A uniform 
J. Crew flats, ripped jeans and my favorite Theory Leather jacket
 
4. A hair stylist they love 
I’m actually on the hunt for a favorite! Maybe my fellow New Yorkers can give me some recommendations! xoxo
 
5. An exercise routine 
Yoga, running and I’m excited to have added weight lifting to my routine! 
 
6. A hobby

yoga, seeing Lighthouses and brunch (yes, brunch can be a hobby– especially when it includes exploring all the options here in NYC!)

 
7. A best friend 

I am a lucky lady! I still have my Best Friend from High school, Amber! I also have my NYC Bestie, Ashlea and a great circle of amazing girls that love and support me.

 

8. A healthy sense of self
I can honestly say that I have found a place in my life where I still have space to grow but also where I feel very happy. I have an appreciation of my body, a respect for my goals and strength, but I also know that I, like many things am a work in progress. I welcome the journey these days, embracing and cherishing everyday. I have come to realize that I am exactly where I need to be. Being of service to others is such a gift and it warms my spirit. 


Answer the questions for yourself and share them with us! We’ll feature a lovely lady’s 8 things every week. Woman power!

Email us your answers – subject: 8 things I love! – sales@jamesandlilyjewelry.com

xoxo

 

         
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Goodbye to 2016

As we close the chapter on 2016, I am taking a moment to reflect on some of my very favorite moments along this memorable path.

So I’m sure that it doesn’t come as a surprise that my passion for making jewelry really aligned when I started designing engagement rings and wedding bands. Bridal jewelry just speaks to my heart. A symbol of love, given with a promise to spend forever together, I’m not sure that it gets more romantic!

I love custom engagement rings because like each love, each couple and each story, each ring, is unique. I work with clients to co-create a piece that will be as special as the connection that they share. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from this year.

Enjoy!

Kelly

 

 

A fresh new look for a gorgeous diamond!

Engagement ring remounts have a special place in my heart. I love helping my dream client co-design their new rings for a fresh new look!

This stunning ring has a new life and a chic look with a hand wax carved 14k white gold mounting featuring the client’s round brilliant center stone! Here are a few images of the wax and the finished piece.

Stunning!

 

xo, Kelly

 

 

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The current of life

There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3, 218–224

 

Is it ever too early in the morning for Shakespeare? This has been one of my favorites as I prepare to step into 2017 and remain open to all of the wonderful opportunities that the universe is presenting.

I have been experiencing a great deal of movement over the past few weeks, both creatively and geographically, with my move from Austin to New York City. I’m attempting everyday to journal and to read quotes that help feed my passion and calm my soul. I’ve always been one to love and embrace stability and feel at peace with a stable ground below. This past year, I traded stability for a fluid movement and it’s been one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences of my life.

My new engagement ring line sits in sketchbooks all around me as I type and I have a flutter of emotions when I think about these beautiful pieces coming to life. As an artist, my work gives me bravery and stillness that is difficult for me to articulate.

I often wonder if this is how a mother feels awaiting the birth of her child. You have excitement, anticipation, love and fear. As each emotion floats up to the surface, I’ve learned to  witness and honor each emotion as they arise. Be thankful for them. Then allow them time to float away. We know that time passes so quickly during the development stages: from a baby, to a toddler, to a teenager, and then out into the world to create their own lives. For me, that is what my work feels like when I pause to appreciate it.

From a pencil drawing to a symbol of love. It’s a journey that takes just a few weeks or months but it’s personal significance isn’t lost. There have been years of my life spent feeling as though my profession wasn’t significant. I’ve often felt guilty that what I do doesn’t impact the lives of those around me. Questions I often asked myself were how could jewelry affect the way that people feel. Could it better someone’s life and be a truly fulfilling path?

It took a great deal of love, patience  and a very special couple to help me realize that my work, my art, and my passion touch people.

I was excited to get a call from Mark, the soul mate of my best friend, Ashlea. He asked if I could help him create a ring, hoping for a Christmas proposal. I was overwhelmed, inspired and of course, as anyone that knows me would guess… I cried.

This was a dream, to make a ring for two people who I loved, and who’s love gives me hope.  The ring and this couple truly opened my eyes to the truth of my path.

I have been holding guilt for all of my career in jewelry. Although, I can honestly say that I LOVE what I do. I have often felt that I needed to give back more, to donate more, volunteer more and  those things are wonderful and will always be apart of my life. But, I no longer feel that I need to do them because my work IS important. The energy I put into my craft inspires and impacts others. I’ve also realized that this is a parallel process. While I inspire others, their story inspires me to create.

Art isn’t frivolous. It isn’t selfish. It isn’t a luxury. Art in all forms: painting, music, acting and movement are all essential parts of our world. This has been a transformative realization and I’m so excited to see my world change and grow from this newly found perception. It feels good to say goodbye to 2016, more aligned with my purpose.

Happy New Year everyone!

xo, Kelly

 

 

 

Are you a fan of Asscher Cuts? The Nina, might be your dream engagement ring!

 

The Nina Engagement ring, pictured in platinum with a 1.50 carat certified Asscher cut diamond center. Also, available in different carat weights. I’m a BIG fan of fancy shaped diamonds and this beauty is high up on my wish list! Want to chat about getting one of your own to treasure? Reach out! Kelly@jamesandlilyjewelry.com
xoxo, Kelly
Grace Necklace, Nina Engagement Ring, Savanna Diamond Eternity band

 

Savanna Band

 

Nina Engagement Ring