For The Girl Who Has Everything

Gift Box With Red BowClunky appliances, ugly sweaters, Groupon vouchers, you name it and I’ve probably received it as a gift in the past. While I appreciate the gestures and always find a good use for any gift, I wanted to provide some words of advice for all of the men out there.

Yes, guys. For those of you who are struggling to find that perfect present to put under the tree. This one is for you.

As you walk through the stores or scour the Internet for something she’ll love, nothing seems to stand out. After all what do you get for a girl that seems to have everything? The problem is only exacerbated when she hasn’t asked for a single thing. “surprise me,” she says.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. When those two little words, “surprise me”, come out, that’s not what she really means. What she really means is “find me something that you know I will love and that represents what I mean to you”.

Gasp. The pressure.

Deep breathes. I’ve got your back. If you happen to love a girl that has everything, here are some simple tips to help you find that perfect gift. If you follow these rules, I guarantee that your “surprise” will be everything that she hoped for.

  • Listen closely. While she may not have asked for anything, I’d bet that if you start listening to every side comment and whisper there are going to be some great hints. When you hear things like, “I need a vacation” or “if I only had a Vitamix”, she’s not just venting. Put ‘em on the list!
  • Simplify it. Whether you’ve got $100 or $1,000 dollars to spend, don’t create extra work by trying to find multiple gifts that she’ll love. Focus. Ask her family members and friends what that one thing is that she needs and wants. Simplify the process and place all of your bets on that one item.
  • Use your own judgment. Rather than struggling to figure out her unique style and taste, rely on your own! When you walk into a store, look for items that you would love to see on her. It’s a sure win and bonus points if you tell her you bought it because you thought it would look great on her.
  • When in doubt, buy jewelry. I know, I’m biased, but it does make a great gift for any occasion. It’s not just the sparkles, or that beautiful, signature Yelton’s box. When you give the gift of jewelry she’ll appreciate the fact that you took time to find something that’s sentimental and will last for many years to come.
  • Need more help? Give me a shout or stop by the store for some one-on-one shopping assistance. I’m here to help you get it right.

Happy shopping and above all, remember, you’ve got this! Even us girls who seem to have everything appreciate your consideration and your tenacity when it comes to holiday shopping. So what if it ends up being another bulky sweater, we’re going to cherish it anyways. And, that’s the truth.

Thankful

Giving Thanks

From the official kick-off of the holiday season, to an opportunity to take advantage of great deals, Thanksgiving has come to mean many things over the years. Amidst preparing the store for the holiday rush and planning our own family gatherings, I took some time to sit down and think about what I am thankful for. After all, that’s what this is all about. Right?

Having been blessed with wonderful people in my life and amazing opportunities, compiling this list didn’t take a lot of effort. It was also a great way to set the tone of the holidays, bringing a larger focus to the people and the events that have shaped who I am. While it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, I think it’s important for all of us to take a moment to reflect. Appreciate. Give thanks.

Here are the top five things that I am thankful for this holiday season:

  1. Thankful for having God on my side, who has lead us to an AMAZING church family.
  2. Thankful for my husband, kids and family that surround me.
  3. Thankful for my health.
  4. Thankful for my business, staff and customers that make it all possible.
  5. Thankful for the people that I have encountered in my life. Each and every one of them has impacted me greatly. I have vivid memories of parents friends growing up to those that I just met yesterday. They all have played a role in my foundation and I am grateful for that.
What’s on your list? Wishing you all a safe, relaxing and laughter-filled Thanksgiving holiday.
And, thank you for reading!

A Few Of My Favorite Blings

There’s no denying it, the holidays are just around the corner. For me this means great times with friends and family, an opportunity to be grateful and new inventory! It’s been a busy couple of weeks at Yelton’s as we prepare for the holiday hustle and bustle and as promised, I wanted to share some of the seasonal sparkle with you. After all, it’d be a shame to keep it a secret.

Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift, or want something to dazzle up your holiday wardrobe, check out a few of my favorite blings.

Holiday_Jewelry_1Charm Bracelets

If you’re looking for jewelry that combines fashion with personal expression, consider a charm bracelet from either Endless or Chrysalis. With a leather bracelet at the center, Endless offers a variety of charms so that each piece can tell it’s own unique story. If you are looking for something less traditional, let me introduce you to Chrysalis. Along with their fashionable design they also offer things such as positive energy, luck and even healing powers.

Holiday_Jewelry_2Everything Le Vian

Le Vian, known for their exquisite designs and use of naturally colored diamonds, has maintained their reputation with their seasonal pieces. They’re so good that I couldn’t choose just one; you’ve got to see them all. If your goal this season is to make someone’s jewelry dreams come true, consider Le Vian. Stunning.

Holiday_Jewelry_3Chamilia: 12 Days of Christmas

Chamilia really hit the mark with this piece. Inspired by the well-known Christmas carol, this set features a beautiful bracelet along with twelve exclusively designed charms. If you’re looking for a gift that captures the spirit of the holidays, look no further!

Holiday_Jewelry_4Simon G Bangles

Perfect for the holiday season, and beyond. From the office to the cocktail party, and everywhere in between, Simon G bangles are a great way to add little sparkle to any outfit. With a look that is both simple and elegant these bracelets cater to women of all styles, so you really can’t go wrong.

Holiday_Jewelry_5Tacori Diamond Studs                  

While you all know I am obsessed with Tacori, I think all women would agree with me when I say these diamond studs are “AMAZING!” This picture doesn’t even do them justice, but I promise you, they sparkle like the stars. Stop in the store to check them out, along with other fabulous finds from my favorite, Tacori.

Wishing you all health, happiness and a little sparkle as we dive head first into the holiday season. If you have any questions on the pieces above or need other gift ideas don’t hesitate to send me a note!

One Of The Coolest

yelton-entranceIf you’re here, you’re probably expecting to hear from Tina. Well, this week you get all of us. That’s right, the entire Yelton’s staff has hacked into The Jeweler’s Wife blog to share an announcement that is very dear to us. In-Store Magazine has written an article about Yelton’s as one of America’s Coolest Stores. Check it out here.

That’s all.
Read it.
Love It.
We are so darn proud of it.
If you’re a Yelton’s customer you might think this is the coolest place to shop. As employees, we think this is the coolest place to work too. A huge thank you to our customers, our community and In-Store Magazine from the entire Yelton’s team! Now come in, browse our bling and get those holiday wish lists started. See you all soon!


Bling On A Budget

What if I told you that you didn’t need to shell out thousands of dollars for truly amazing jewelry? It’s true. Bling can be found on a budget, and I’m here to prove it to you. See below for some of my favorite picks, all of which are under $500.

Movado Bold

In my opinion the Movado Bold is the perfect timepiece for any occasion. From casual lunch dates to those important business meetings, this watch pairs well with jeans, pencil skirts and everything in between. It’s classic, timeless and best of all, affordable. Oh Movado … I heart you.

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Tacori Blushing Rose Ring

By now, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I’m Tacori’s number one fan. That said I had to include their “blushing rose” ring in my top five affordable picks. The ring features a beautiful sterling silver band with a rock star amethyst in the center. When you wear this ring, Friday night belongs to you.

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O.W.L. Jewelry

O.W.L. stands for the Ones We Love and their jewelry provides a great opportunity to self-express. My own O.W.L. necklace includes a charm at the center, which represents my faith, as well as two pearls, one for each of my sons. What a great gift from the Yelton boys. As a mother I love having a sentimental piece that I can cherish forever. Ah, now I’m getting emotional. This was not my intention. Bottom line, O.W.L. rocks.

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Toy Watch

While the name may be deceiving, Toy Watches are definitely made for adults! With so many colors and designs available, they have something for everyone. Madonna and Oprah themselves have been spotted sporting Toy Watches. While these two ladies could probably afford any watch on a planet, the fact that they’ve chosen a Toy says something!

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Hearts On Fire Fashion Jewelry

Hearts On Fire is known for making the worlds most perfectly cut diamond. Their reputation alone sounds expensive, but don’t be deterred! The truth is that they offer some pieces that are not only fabulous, but also affordable. Starting at $495 you can set your heart on fire (sorry, I had to). Check out this necklace and if you want to see more be sure to RSVP for the upcoming Hearts On Fire event at Yelton’s.

Script-Initial-Pendant-1And there you have it, bling on a budget. Whether you’re looking to spend $200 or $1,000 on your next piece, remember that there are always options out there. Above all, we all deserve jewelry to help us celebrate our accomplishments and make us feel fabulous. At least I think so!

Bling It Back To Life

This past weekend I found myself sifting through my jewelry box. No surprise there, but what was shocking was the number of pieces that I own that are in need of some major TLC. From tarnished bracelets to loose gems, you name it. It was all there in front of me. Looking through my collection of not-so-sparkly bling, I started to think. If everything I owned was repaired, I would have so many more options! Who knows, at that point I may not even need any new jewelry. On second thought, let’s be realistic …

The fact of the matter is that all jewelry, new and old, deserves to be cared for. After all a lot of our bling represents major life milestones such as anniversaries, birthdays or personal accomplishments. By taking care of our jewelry we’re able to wear it with confidence and as a result, those memories live on.

While it all makes so much sense, for some reason, when our favorite pieces lose their luster we don’t give them the love that they deserve. Rather, we shove them to the back of our jewelry drawers and forget about them. I’m guilty of it and I spend the majority of my week at a jewelry store! Shame on me. Shame on all of us.

I say it’s time we all do something about our broken jewelry. Pull those pieces from the back of your drawer. Bring your bling, and the memories that they represent, back to life! If that’s not enough motivation, how about discount repair services? That’s right, bring your lack-luster jewelry into Yelton’s this October and I’ll give you 20% off of your repair. It’s only the right thing to do. We all deserve it.

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Calling All Tacori Girls

Who loves Tacori? This girl does. If you search through my jewelry collection you’ll find many Tacori pieces. Bracelets, rings, necklaces, you name it. I just can’t help myself, it’s all so beautiful. My obsession must be apparent because even Mark has caught on. For my big 4-0 he surprised me with a new Tacori promise bracelet. The bracelet can only be taken on or off with a special key, that he holds. The design is so elegant and the concept definitely warms the heart, but I have to say, his delivery was the best part. As he handed me the box he looked at me and said, “I promise to love you for the rest of our lives”. Now that my friends is a Tacori moment!

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Whether you want a promise bracelet of your own or another piece that shows off your unique style, Tacori has something for everyone. I recommend taking a look at the Ivy Lane and Moon Rose collections. Here’s just a preview of some of my favorite pieces from those collections:

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Another one of my favorite Tacori pieces is the “Birth of a Child” pendant. Perfect for all of the moms out there! The pendant represents the 12 months of the year and the diamond is placed according to the birth month of your child. It’s a great way to keep one of life’s most precious moments close to your heart.

Birth_PendantWhether you want to celebrate a milestone or add a new accessory to your collection, when you’re a #TacoriGirl, your options are endless. If you’d like to get a glimpse of what they have to offer stop by Yelton’s on September 26th and 27th for our All Tacori Weekend. We’ll be joined by a Tacori specialist with over 500 pieces onsite. Talk about eye candy! I hope to see you all there.

I am (almost) 14,600 Days Old

tina-40th-birthdayIt’s hard to believe that on Saturday I will turn the big 4-0. Yes, I said 40. Time flies, especially as you get older, but I have nothing but positive things to look back on. I am fortunate to be blessed with great health, a loving husband, two beautiful children and a supportive extended family. Looking at the big picture there is a lot to be grateful for, which is why I am marching towards 40 with confidence. When you wake up everyday appreciating everything that you have and looking forward to what’s to come, time carries no burden. In fact it’s a blessing.

Coming up on a milestone birthday, I took it as an opportunity to reflect back. In doing so it was fun to reminisce about the good times and appreciate the opportunities that I’ve had thus far. From high school and beyond, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Florida, Hilton Head and other great places. I attended many amazing concerts in my college days. I met Mark and he spoiled me (wink). As a couple we traveled, treated ourselves to great meals, and attended sports games. No matter where we were we truly enjoyed our time together. Then, along came Ty and Trent. As a family the adventures only continued. We have gone to Disney many times, we set sail on a Disney Cruise, we made our way to Phoenix for spring training and our next stop will be New York City this fall. Looking back there is one common theme. I am one fortunate gal.

On top of reflecting upon past memories I’ve also thought a lot about my future and what was ahead. This past New Year’s Eve, knowing that the big 4-0 was just around the corner, I decided to make a bucket list of things that I wanted to accomplish in 2014. I’m proud to say that I’ve knocked off over half of them! Here’s a glimpse of my progress:

  1. Perform 40 random acts of kindness (almost there)
  2. Get baptized
  3. Spend more time with my mom
  4. Start a blog (here it is!)
  5. Read the Bible (halfway done)
  6. Be a better wife (We should probably check in with MY on this one!)
  7. Join a Bible Study
  8. Journal daily
  9. Learn to let go at work
  10. Take tennis lessons (had to stop due to an injury)
  11. Play in a tennis round robin
  12. Drink more H20 (gulp)
  13. Stay on my facial regimen (thanks Erika Ellis)
  14. Wear Makeup (to cover those wrinkles)
  15. Stay gluten-free
  16. Take my daily vitamins
  17. Eat less fast food
  18. Give up soda (5 weeks and counting)
  19. Sleep less
  20. Set goals to work towards at Yelton’s Fine Jewelers
  21. Serve at New Life Chapel
  22. Spend more time being thankful
  23. Don’t sweat the small stuff!

I have to say, I am pretty impressed. It’s only August and I’ve only got 17 more items to accomplish. While it won’t be easy, I know I can do it. Above all, it’s good to look back and realize that no matter how old you are, every year is a year to celebrate. Whether your 23 or 79, I challenge each of you to think about the things that you want to accomplish. Use your age as a guide, make a list on New Years Eve and go for it! Accomplishing your goals is easier than you would think and can be a lot of fun along the way.

Cheers to turning 14,600 days old!

My Essentials

Essential PlannerWhether they are items that help us be more productive, simple reminders that make us happy or things that we need to keep around for sanity purposes. In life, we all have our essentials. The things we won’t go anywhere without. From home to work and everywhere in between, here are the five things that I keep with me at all times.

1) My iPhone

I know that most people think it’s a problem, but my iPhone is my lifeline. First and foremost I need it for communication. From work to home and everywhere in between, I like to stay in touch with my friends, family and customers. Plus, with my busy schedule no one would ever catch me if I were tied to a landline.

Outside of the obvious benefits of a cell phone, I also rely on my iPhone to access my New Life Chapel App. No matter where I am, I have access to the Bible, past sermons, event calendars and music. It certainly makes doing a daily devotion much easier! Finally, I wouldn’t get very far without easy access to my Dropbox App. For those that use Dropbox, enough said. For those that don’t … go download it. Now.

2) My iPhone Charger

Refer to #1 and you will understand why I generally need a charger by noon on any given day.

3) Business Cards

Our business is very important to me and my dedication began the first time that I met Roy. When I entered the house to meet him and JoAnn for the first time, he barely said a word before reaching into his pocket to hand me; you guessed it, a business card. While I didn’t know it at the time, it wasn’t long before I would have a stack of Yelton’s business cards of my own.

When I joined the family business I remember one very specific rule. If you were ever caught without a business card, you were fined $50. At the beginning, I learned the hard way, having to pay in a few times. Luckily, I’ve caught a few other Yelton’s employees empty handed over the years so I’ve been able to even the score. Maybe I should go walk the floor right now and see if I can make a few bucks!

4) Planner & To Do Notebook

Lots of people make fun of me, but even with my iPhone next to me, I still have a written planner. It needs to be within an arms length or something feels off. I think I got this from my momma, who’s the same way. I used to consider myself a loyal Franklin Covey girl but, as of late, I’ve migrated to the Erin Condren world. Look her up! Her planners are amazing.

There are many days where I don’t know whether I am coming or going. In those moments, I rely on my planner and get back on track. But that’s not all. With me at all times, I also carry a To-Do notebook. Did anyone say Type A? Yes, admittedly, but I can’t help it. Day or night, you’ll find me taking notes and making lists to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.

5) Trenta Iced Green Tea Unsweetened from Starbucks

When I think of addiction this tasty beverage comes to mind. It’s not much of a secret; if you see me there is usually Trenta Iced Green Tea right by my side. I gave up soda a while back and have never been a huge fan of coffee, so this is my beverage. Zero calories and zero sugar. Make fun of me all you want, but at least my addiction is a healthy one. Or so I tell myself!

Along with the beverage, I’m not going to lie; I love the attention that you get as a regular Starbucks customer. I’ve got my Gold Card, the Starbucks App is on my phone and I frequent the drive-thru window more often than I visit the ATM. Beyond being a regular, it’s possible that I have even gotten a little too comfortable with Starbucks. My sister, co-worker and I gossip about the drive-thru barista as if he was our boyfriend. If he’s working, we all know and bonus points if he calls us by our name. So what if it’s listed on our Starbucks Gold Card? It’s always good to feel important, even if for just a few moments.

So there you have it, five things that you can count on me to have at all times. What’s on your list?


Sun, Sand & Smartphone Apps

I was really excited when Allegiant Air announced its arrival into Cincinnati. Upon hearing the news I immediately started planning a summer excursion to Florida. It was perfect, while the boys played baseball in Disney I would take some time to kick back, relax and rejuvenate. Don’t get me wrong, I love baseball, but this chick was in desperate need of some beach time. Plus, what’s the big deal when you can get live score updates from anywhere these days! Don’t judge me (please).

After researching a few areas in Florida, it was decided. While the boys headed out for their games, Trent and I would post up in Juno Beach to visit my good friend Kendall and her husband Chad. Plan in place, time to book. As I browsed through the awesome “a la carte” rates offered by Allegiant I decided they were too good to be true and invited my niece, Kendall, as well. It didn’t take much convincing. She was on board.

Our flight path took us from CVG to Sanford Airport in Orlando. For those who travel often, Sanford is the best-kept secret in the world of airports. No lines. No waiting. It’s even smaller than Dayton! After snagging our luggage we headed towards our first stop, the rental car kiosk.Tina_Florida2

In an effort to be economical and save on fuel, I had originally booked a compact car. Well, little did I know that when they say compact they actually mean an itsy-bitsy-teenie-weenie Smart Car. While I love those little things, I knew that it wasn’t going to fit the bill for this trip. With long drives ahead, new highways and a lot of planned stops, now wasn’t the time for my first Smart Car adventure. Luckily they had a couple of mid-sized cars on the lot so we didn’t have to pack in like sardines. We left it up to Trent who chose a bright red Hyundai Accent as our chariot and we headed on our way.

When we hopped in the car my niece asked where we were headed. No problem, I plugged the information into my favorite travel app, WAZE. If you’re on the road a lot, consider WAZE your new best friend. Not only does it give you accurate directions, but it also provides you with fun facts and important details along the way. Do you want to know where the police are hanging out? Would you like to steer clear of accidents or bad road conditions? How about terrible weather? WAZE knows it all.

While I consider myself a seasoned WAZER, my niece took it to a whole new level. The moment we decided we were famished she whipped out her ROAD NINJA app to reveal the closest restaurant. Easy. How technology comes so natural to kids these days, I have no idea.

By the time we had identified the location of our next feast our phones were dying quickly. We attempted plugging them into the USB charger in the car. No luck. We turned to WAZE, which pointed us to the nearest Walgreen’s to purchase a new charger. At this point I was starting to believe that my niece, Kendall, had super powers. With access to nearly every cell phone app in the world, she was saving our day!

After juicing up the cell phones and satisfying our bellies, it was finally off to Juno Beach. We set our ears on the US PL8S game while keeping our eyes peeled for different license plates. Arizona. New Hampshire. Colorado. Halfway to our destination we were convinced that we’d find them all, but, alas, we ended at 60%. Alaska, watch out, I’m still looking for you.

When we arrived in Juno Beach I immediately felt relaxed. The waves were crashing. The breeze was soft. The destination was nothing short of beautiful. We spent the week digging our toes in the sand, visiting local museums, shopping (of course), and swimming in our friends’ pool. We also got a little time in with my family as well – the Woodses. Unfortunately, we aren’t related to Mr. Tiger Woods himself, but our golfing skills are almost as good. Take my word for it.

By the time the boys met up with us we were ready to hit the beach again. Can you blame us? On Saturday morning, we darted towards the sand where we got to see Sea Turtles in action as they made their way back to the ocean. What an awesome experience. Come Sunday, we packed it up and headed back to Orlando to close the trip.Tina_Florida

En route to Orlando we decided to stop in Christmas, Florida for an airboat ride. Back in the day Roy’s parents lived in Christmas and Mark spent a lot of summers on the very river that we were on. It was kind of cool to imagine him hanging out there in his younger years. Our trip guide was amazing and if you ever find yourself in Christmas I highly recommend visiting Midwest Airboats. Santa Claus sightings, not guaranteed.

For our final stop (insert a tear), we decided to head to Universal City Walk. Guided by our fearless leader, Kendall, and her array of cell phone apps we, once again, got to experience the best of Florida. After strolling around, we decided to have dinner at NBA City where the food and the service were something that I could appreciate!

When the weekend came to an end we were sad to kiss our vacation goodbye, though we knew it had come time to make our way home and get settled back into our routine. Overall, the trip was awesome I would highly recommend all of the excursions that we went on. I also advise everyone to jump on the cell phone app train. From restaurant recommendations to accurate directions and everything in between, they make traveling so easy!

And, if you don’t like being tied to your smart phone, travel with a sixteen year old. They’ve got this technology thing down!