Club Tacori 2016

Mark and I are back from Club Tacori 2016 and we’re still glowing from all of the California sun. When we arrived on Sunday we spent the day exploring Santa Monica. It’s such a cute part of LA! We hit the 3rd street promendade, the Pier, and dipped our toes in the sand at the beach. After a wonderful day on our own, it was time to join our other Club Tacori members to celebrate the past, the present, and the future …

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THE PAST

Club Tacori kicked things off with a welcome reception, dedicated to reflecting on the past. The whole party took place Under The Fig Tree at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica. This particular tree has a history. The wife of the man who founded Santa Monica planted it as a sapling back in the 1880’s. Since then it’s grown into one of the largest trees in North America and has been named one of the “Most Essential Trees of Los Angeles.”

Just like everyone attending Club Tacori, this tree has a story. Standing in its shadow we all had an opportunity to think back to our pasts, our accomplishments, and the mark that we’ve left thus far. It was a wonderful evening!

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THE PRESENT

Monday was a celebration of the present. Tacori exposed to all of their beautiful new products and had most of us drooling. We can’t wait to bring some of these new items to the store for the holidays!

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As the sun began to set all of the Club Tacori Members gathered at the Jonathan Club for our White Party. There we were encouraged to embrace the moment, enjoying each others company as well as the beautiful California sunset. 

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THE FUTURE

Tuesday, the final day of Club Tacori, was a look ahead to the future. After some free time in the morning Mark and I attended seminars in the afternoon. It was so inspiring to see all of the wonderful things that Tacori is working towards. Hint, hint … there’s plenty of sparkles.

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Come nighttime we were all invited to a formal Wonderland party. The whimsical theme challenged us all to think outside of the box, and dream big. It was a night of excitement, great food, and plenty of dancing!

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Overall, we had an amazing time at Club Tacori 2016 and are so excited to share some of this amazing new jewelry with you. One more day strolling down Venice Beach and we’ll be on our way back. We hope to see you all at Yelton’s soon!

LeVian Day At Yelton Fine Jewelers

I’ve been all smiles lately, as one of my favorite events of the year is just around the corner. Let me give you a hint; there will be stunning chocolate diamonds, blushing peach morganite, and even some oh-so-trendy neopolitan opals. It’s LeVian Day at Yelton Fine Jewelers and you’re not going to want to miss out!

Join us on Thursday, September 22nd from 10AM to 6PM to view over 1,000 pieces of jaw-dropping LeVian jewelry. Since I fell in love with chocolate diamonds, LeVian hasn’t let me down. I’ve already added three of their pieces to my personal collection and am hoping to pick up another at the event. When you see how they sparkle, you’ll understand my obsession. This girl gets it …

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To RSVP for the event visit the Yelton Fine Jewelers website, or e-mail me personally at tina@yeltons.com. Attendees who RSVP in advance are eligible to receive 20% off of their next LeVian purchase. On top of that, if you book an appointment with me I may just have a special gift for you.

Hope to see you all there!

*Valid on trunk show items only

September Birthdays

Happy September everyone! While the boys are back to school, and summer, as we know it has come to and end, we’ve still got plenty to celebrate at Yelton’s this month …

You know John? Our bubbly sales rock star? While we can’t believe it John, is turning the big 6-0 this month. I’d say he’s looking pretty good and with his energy levels you would assume he’s only 35. If you see him around give him a big high five.

And then there’s Mark and I, while we’re hanging on tight to our youth, we’ll also turn a year older this month. I’ll be 42 on the 6th, and Mark will make his way to 44 on the 3rd. When it comes to aging, I like to think of myself as a fine wine. It only gets better!

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To celebrate another year in the life Mark and I are headed to the lake with family and friends. I’m hoping someone whips up a good gluten free meal for the birthday girl. I mean a really good one, none of these g/f recipes that taste like cardboard. Aaaand, if a little purple Yelton’s box happens to make it’s way to the lake as well … let’s just say I wouldn’t be disappointed (hint, hint).

To all others born in September – happy birthday to you! I’m honored to be your birthday buddy. If you need a fancy new Sapphire to celebrate your Virgo or Libra spirit don’t hesitate to pay me a visit at Yelton Fine Jewelers! Cheers.

Moms & Mimosas

July came and went, and it’s hard to believe that school is just around the corner! We’ve already started back-to-school prep in our house – stocking up on school supplies, securing uniforms, and practicing those early morning wake up calls. My kids are NOT happy, but I’m trying to stay strong. #willpower

If you too are a Mother gearing up for the next school year, I’m sure you’re feeling the pressure too. Well, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s an event called Moms & Mimosas. What’s not to love?

Jan Collins is the host of this awesome gathering. For those who don’t know her, she’s a rock-star businesswoman that just happens to own two of my favorite local restaurants – Putters and Cozy’s Cottage. While Jan’s kids are now grown, she knows first hand how busy summer and school prep can be. So, after the kiddos hop on the bus for the first day, she decided us Mom’s deserve some fun too!

This year Moms & Mimosas will be held on August 16th from 9AM to 11AM at Putters in West Chester, OH. I’m lucky to have partnered with Jan on the event this year, and with our forces combined we’ve kicked it up a notch. Expect great food, good company, gift bags, and some pretty spectacular raffle prizes.

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If your kids have a different start date, let’s chat. Maybe we can get a second date on the calendar! Even though my kids start on August 22nd, I’m still planning to hire a sitter and join in on the fun. Hope to see you all there!!

Our Time In Cooperstown

Our travels this month took us to Cooperstown, New York, “The Home of Baseball”. Our goal, of course, to play baseball!

To start our adventure, we packed up and drove 10 hours to this quaint and amazing little town. I never imagined New York could be so green! Cooperstown is truly beautiful, and it’s also in the middle of NOWHERE. After getting the whole family settled in our vacation home, it came time to drop off our first player (Ty). Things didn’t go as smoothly as planned there! To get into the barracks we waited in traffic for THREE HOURS, leaving only five minutes for our last hugs and kisses.

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Once we dropped off Ty, we ventured downtown and checked out the cute shops and restaurants. It was a boutique paradise, and all of the restaurants had cute, baseball inspired names such as DoubleDay Cafe, Hey Getcha Hot Dog, Mickey’s Place and Hard Ball Cafe. We even found a distillery that sells Glimmerglass Branded Vodka (named after a local state park) in a baseball shaped bottle, as well as a non-GMO cinnamon whiskey called Spitball. Awesome! The shops were also 100% focused on baseball with shirts that read “My son hit a Home Run in Cooperstown” and “My son hit a Grand Slam in Cooperstown”! Fortunately for us, members of the Ty fan club, we were able to purchase BOTH!

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Along with Ty’s Grand Slam and Home Run, he made the whole family proud with a strong showing on the Pitchers Mound, and every base that he played.

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As we neared the end of our baseball inspired vacation, we were so excited when our team made it to the Championship game in Little Majors Stadium. What an amazing accomplishment! The boys fought hard, but ultimately they came up short. There were a lot of tears and sad faces, but after a few days Ty came around!

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Since our team finished 2nd Place and went 11-1, we didn’t have a lot of breaks! That said, we did make time for one grand Yelton family excursion. Before arriving in Cooperstown, I researched the area to find that the oldest covered bridge in the United States is located just seven miles from downtown. It’s called the Hyde Hall Covered Bridge and is nestled in Glimmerglass State Park. Entrance to the park cost $7, and it was worth every cent. If you ever find yourself in the area, this is a MUST DO!!

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Overall, we’re so glad that we made the trip to Cooperstown. If you ever have the opportunity to take your son or daughter, don’t let this pass you by! Even if your kids are grown, but you love baseball, you could still spend three to four days in this quaint little town and have a blast.

We’ve had a lot of great family adventures lately, and as a mom, I just love to see how much fun the boys have. When we left Cooperstown we also headed to Niagara Falls. Stay tuned for a future blog on that trip! In the meantime, I hope you’re all enjoying your summer so far!

 

To Family & Freedom

I hope everyone had an amazing (and safe) Fourth of July weekend! If you drove down Shulze Drive at all, you may have noticed that Yelton Fine Jewelers was closed. While it’s always a hard decision to leave our customers behind, we sure appreciated the time away as a family. It just doesn’t happen enough with our busy summer schedules.

To celebrate our freedom, and soak up our time together, we made our way to our vacation home on Hidden Valley Lake (psst, visitors always welcome). Along with the usual food, games, and fireworks we also had some time to indulge in our hobbies. Ty and Mark snuck away to play baseball resulting in some shiny new trophies, while Trent and I took our new paddle boards for a spin. So much fun, here’s a glimpse …

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To all of our customers, thank you again for allowing this opportunity to escape as a family. I hope your holiday weekend was just as relaxing, free, and full of laughs. See you all soon!

Summer Statement Earrings

Are you looking for the perfect thing to transform your summer wardrobe? Well, ladies, take off your everyday studs and opt for a pair of statement earrings instead. These stunning face-framing accessories are the perfect way to show off your summer style and instantly glam up any outfit. Take these looks for example:

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SOPHISTICATED ELEGANCE

Your summer khakis won’t be boring when you pair them with these stunning, two-tone drop earrings from the Simon G Garden collection. The leaf-like design delivers an organic look, while white diamond accents add a hint of shimmer.

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SEASONAL COLOR

Delivering stunning blue hues, the Tacori Island Rains collection reminds me of the bright summer sky. I especially love these three-tier drop earrings, made from 925 sterling silver. They deliver color so tastefully and also pair well with blue jeans {score}.

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NATURALLY SEXY

There’s a certain stigma attached to wearing pearls. Well ladies, I’m here to prove that they can be fashionable, fun, and downright sexy. Check out these stunning freshwater pearl drop-earrings from the Imperial Pearl Exotics collection. There’s nothing boring about them.

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MODERN GLAM

For the girl looking to make a fashion statement, I’ve got just the thing. The Lorelei Fringe Diamond Ear Cuff from Hearts On Fire is sure to get the conversation started. These earrings feature 3.10 carats of sparkling white diamonds, in a sleek, modern design.

Happy Summer everyone! As you enjoy the warmer temps and longer days, don’t forget to grab a pair of statement earrings to transform that everyday maxi dress. If you need help choosing the perfect set, stop by Yelton Fine Jewelers in West Chester, OH. I’m always happy to be your personal shopper!

Beneath The Bling

Coming back from Vegas, I feel refreshed. While jewelry shows are about finding new lines, staying up to date on trends, and networking, it’s also much more. As I reflect on the past week, I realize that the reason I love what I do is not just because of the sparkles. It’s because of the innovation, the fashion, the people, and the passion. All of the tiny facets that rest beneath the bling …

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Innovation

My favorite thing about the jewelry industry is how it continues to evolve. New technology, new styles, and new designers are constantly coming out of the woodworks. The result of this ongoing innovation is an industry that bleeds creativity and expression. In Vegas, there was evidence of that everywhere. Even after all of these years, I’m continuously amazed. And that is, awesome!

Fashion

When most people think about fashion, the first thing that comes to mind is clothing. Well, I’m here to tell you that no outfit is complete without perfectly coordinated bling. Everywhere we turned in Vegas we found stunning fashion pieces. They were colorful, they were bold, and they had me wanting. With the right jewelry piece, I promise, even jeans and a white t-shirt can become a work of art. That, my friends, is the power of fashionable jewelry.

People

Believe it or not when I see diamonds, I don’t think about the rocks themselves. I think of the people they represent. When I look at a well-crafted Simon G engagement ring, I think about the man, the artisan behind the work. When I sell a promise ring, or an anniversary band at Yelton Fine Jewelers, I think about my customers, their love and their unique story. When I put my own jewelry on each morning, I think about my blessings, and my own desire to express myself. Look deeply at any jewelry piece, and I bet, you too, will be reminded of someone special in your life.

Passion

If you ever have an opportunity to attend a jewelry show, one of the first things you’ll notice is that everyone there is passionate about what they do. When you walk into the room, the energy radiates and it’s because we believe in the products that we sell. As jewelers, we appreciate the hard work that goes into each piece, we respect the vision of the designers, and in the end, we love helping our customers commemorate the most precious moments in their lives. I think we can all agree, there aren’t many jobs quite like this one.

As I get settled back into the “real world”, I’m appreciative of my time in Vegas. For reconnecting me with the people that inspire me, for exposing me to the talents of so many designers, and for reminding me all that lies beneath the bling.

New Shopping Experience Coming Soon

Last October we celebrated six years at the Schulze Dr. store, and back in April we celebrated a whopping 28 years in business! Wow. Looking back it’s awesome to reflect on how Yelton’s has evolved, our amazing staff members, and of course, our customers that have been with us for years, and even generations. I have to say, I am so grateful to be part of a company that puts people first, offers a fun working environment, and knows how to adapt.

Speaking about adapting, I’m happy to announce that changes are on the horizon once again. Since Monday we’ve been working alongside the demo crew, electricians, designers and more. All of this to deliver you a better shopping experience. Because, you’re worth it!

For a long time Mark and I have dreamed about creating a more private shopping area within the store. This project is that vision coming to life and we are excited to use this new space to bring new one-of-a-kind items to Yelton’s. Think big. Think bling. Think personal.

We can’t wait to share more details once the dust settles. In meantime, I’d like to give a huge shout out to all of the local companies that have made this renovation possible. Thanks to KDM and the fabulous Samantha for the creative, Schumacher-Dugan for the demo and rebuild, as well as our friends at Biz-Com electric, JP Flooring and Lighting EFX. You’re doing awesome!

Summer Planning

It’s hard to believe that another school year has passed us by. Soon, I’ll be the mother of a 7th grader and a 4th grader! Wow, time flies. It seems like just yesterday that they were crawling around in diapers.

While it’s always hard to see your kids grow up, I have to say, my boys are at a really fun age. They’re old enough to get around and appreciate new experiences, but not quite to those teenage years where they’ll want to start doing their own thing (sniff).

With summer on the horizon, I’m going to take advantage of their time and attention while I still have it. As a family we’ve already been planning! There are so many new things popping up around us, it’s really hard to choose. Here are some of the activities that have made it to the top of our list so far …

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Liberty Center

Of course, a day at Liberty Center is always fun. While the boys are more than happy to hang out at Foot Locker and Dicks, I’ve got a few other ideas. I see there are a lot of new restaurants opening, and a Farmers Market every Tuesday. Fresh food, sign me up!

Top Golf

I know my family is really excited for Top Golf to open! Trent had the opportunity to visit one last summer on his trip to DC and he can’t stop bragging about it. Every time we drive the construction site on 1-75 we note any progress. I know we’ll be there soon after the opening. Has anyone ever been?

Bike Rides

One of the items on my Mother’s Day wish list was a “Townie” bike, and I’m happy to report that my boys came through for me! On those beautiful summer days I’ll be showing off my new ride on the Loveland Bike Trail. Where else should we go? If you have a favorite bike trail, send it my way.

Cooperstown

One of our summer getaways will include a visit to Cooperstown, NY for a baseball tournament. This should be an amazing trip! Along with the tournament we’re building in a couple of extra days to visit state parks, and possibly even detour to Niagara Falls on our way home! Do you have any favorite places in that region that we should put on our “must see” list?

No matter what you have in store for the summer, don’t forget to get out of the office and enjoy some family time! I’m certainly going to sit back, sip a few glasses of wine, and enjoy these warmer days while we still have them. Before we know it, summer will be over and we’ll be back to our everyday school routine. Gah, did I really just say that?!

So, what’s on your agenda?