The New Year Jewelry Cleanse

For those of you who know me, you also know that I am obsessed with organizing. In fact the opportunity to declutter and start fresh might just be my favorite thing about the New Year. Along with the champagne, of course.

One question that I get all of the time is, “how do you keep your jewelry organized?” Well ladies and gents, it’s a little secret that I like to call the Jewelry Cleanse – get rid of the old, fix what’s broken, and organize what’s left. Here’s how you do it …

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GET RID OF THE OLD

Getting rid of jewelry might be one of the most difficult things to do. But, let’s face it, styles change and so do we. I go through my jewelry box a couple of times per year and make three piles …

Love It: Easy, gives these pieces a fresh clean and put them back in your jewelry box.

Over It: For the items that you know you’re ready to part with, you have a couple of options. Either sell them or pass them along to someone that will love that particular piece of jewelry just as much as you once did.

Over It, Yet So Attached: We all have them. Those pieces that are sentimental, but never quite find their way into our wardrobe. My suggestion – transform them into something new. Your grandmother’s old earrings could become a beautiful modern necklace. That promise ring he bought you two decades ago? Why not resize it for your daughter instead? Once you start considering the possibilities, it will come to you!

FIX WHAT’S BROKEN

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There is nothing worse than a broken piece of jewelry! What’s the point?! At least once a year gather up all of your damaged items and bring them to us at Yelton Fine Jewelers. We’re here to see that your favorite bling lives to shine another day.

ORGANIZE WHAT’S LEFT

When it comes to jewelry storage you should have at least two items on hand – one {or even two} large jewelry box to house your entire collection, as well as something to store your favorite everyday items. If you invest in a good jewelry box, most of the organizing is done for you. Just remember to keep things in their spot! As far as your “go to” pieces keep them on your dresser or in your powder room for easy access {morning and night}.

Happy New Year, and happy jewelry cleansing everyone! If you have other questions about storing, organizing, or cleaning your bling, don’t hesitate to give me a shout.

Tina’s Holiday Sanity Checklist

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With only a handful of days left until Christmas, it’s more important than ever that we keep our cool. For our children. For our family members. And, of course, for ourselves! If you’re looking at your growing to-do list wondering how you’ll ever hold it together, start by taking a deep breath. Inhale. Exhale.

Ladies {and gents}, we’ve got this. If you’re looking for tips to keep you in a good space, check out my holiday sanity check-list. I’ve been using it for years, and it works!

1. Cherish family time. During the holiday season my favorite moments aren’t the fancy ones. I love the slow mornings. Making cookies in sweatpants. The movie nights. Those moments, with my boys and my hubby, are the ones that I cherish.

2. Pay It Forward. Whenever I start to get bogged down by my holiday task list, I remind myself that the stress I am feeling is actually a luxury. At this time of year I think it’s more important than ever to donate to the less fortunate with time, money, food, or gifts.

3. Enjoy Indulgence. Calorie counting during the holidays should be a crime. Between parties, dinners, and baking we’re all bound to consume a little more than we normally do. Don’t beat yourself up about it; rather enjoy the opportunity to indulge.

4. Plan a night out with friends. Even when I have a million things to do, it’s so important that I make time for my ladies. There’s nothing that a little escape, a lot of laughter, and a few adult beverages can’t cure.

5. Accept less than perfect. So the tree might be a little lopsided, the cookies came out a little brown, and some of your gifts are on back order. Let it go. You did everything else right!

6. Go to church. Attending church regularly throughout the holiday season helps me remember what it’s all about. It serves as a great reminder not to sweat the small stuff.

7. Keep positive people close. A Grinch can seriously ruin the holiday vibe. Whether at work, or in a social environment make a conscious effort to surround yourself with people that are on the “nice list”. You’ll thank yourself for it.

8. Play dress up. Whether it’s a new dress, or a sparkly piece of bling, I always feel more confident entering those holiday soirees when I love what I’m wearing. I know it may seem silly, but to me it makes all the difference.

9. Smile. It sounds simple because it is. Even on those days when you feel completely worn down, count your blessings, remember what’s good, and then … put a grin on your face. It’ll benefit you, and those around you.

10. Drink lots, and lots, of Starbucks. There is only one way to juggle work, a household, gift-wrapping, shopping, decorating, and planning holiday meals. It’s called caffeine folks, and don’t you dare try to take it away from me.

Ho ho ho. Happy holidays everyone! Wishing you an amazing time amongst family and friends. When in doubt, fill up that coffee cup and keep smiling. I’ll see you all in 2017!!

Looking Beyond The Holiday Madness

There are only seventeen days until Christmas folks. How are you holding up? Working in the retail industry, I see first hand how the holidays affect people. At the beginning of December people saunter through the store. They’re calm and collected. They choose gifts carefully, and thoughtfully. And, then December 20th comes. That’s when things start to get a little bit crazy. People rush through the store like it’s a marathon. They’re frantic. Sometimes, I wonder if they even know what they bought or whom it’s for.

Ahhh, the holidays.

We’ve all had our moments of madness and every single year we look back and say “next year, I’m going to be more prepared”. Well, not to be a Debby downer, but I’m going to say it. Let’s not kid ourselves. Having tried so many ways to stay ahead of the holiday game, I’ve learned that the “rush” is inevitable. That said, it doesn’t define the season.

While I’ll never give up on the mad dash to get the cards out the doors, the presents under tree, and the food on the table, there’s a lot more to it. For me Christmas is a celebration of my faith, and the birth of baby Jesus. It’s an opportunity for me to enjoy some down time with my family and catch up on sleep {wink}. It’s a nice pause to reflect, appreciate recent accomplishments, and count my blessings.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

We’ve got seventeen days to go everyone! It’ll be great. If it starts to get a little hectic just take a deep breath. In that moment, remember it’s not about fancy bows, perfectly decorated cookies, and having the most beautiful tree. In that moment, step away from your task list and go do something that will remind you what Christmas is really all about.

For our family the best way to reconnect is always a visit to our church, New Life Chapel. They’re offering a variety of services on December 23rd and December 24th. All are welcome, and we would love to have you there to celebrate with us!

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I hope to see you all soon, whether that’s at Yelton Fine Jewelers, around town, or at church. If there is anything I can do to help your holiday season go a little bit smoother, don’t hesitate to give me a shout. Xo.

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! In between cooking the turkey, setting the table, and entertaining your guests I hope you all find some time to pause. Remember what you’re celebrating. Be grateful for the joy, the laughter, and the company that surrounds you.

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Last night, upon returning from the chaotic grocery store, I took a moment to myself. As I reflected on the past year there was a lot that came to the surface. I giggled when I thought about our crazy All-American road trip. I remembered all of the amazing designers that paid a visit to Yelton Fine Jewelers. I recognized the challenges, and the people that held my hand through them. Looking back there are so many things to be thankful for, here are just a few of them …

  • My church, for the support and the guidance
  • My family, for making every day a good day
  • Our customers, for their loyalty
  • My friends, for seeing me through this crazy thing called life
  • Our community, for standing behind us
  • Gluten free granola bars, for keeping me fueled
  • Simon G, for yet another year of amazing bling
  • Our fabulous staff, for their hard work and dedication
  • My boys’ teachers, for helping me guide them through life
  • This past fall, for the warmth and sunshine
  • My country, for giving me freedom
  • My health, for allowing me to keep moving, breathing, and experiencing
  • And, Bad Moms, for making me look good

I’m wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! Eat up, take advantage of those Black Friday deals, and above take some time to pause. Give thanks.

Tina’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Black Friday is just around the corner, and we’re only six weeks away from Christmas. Let the shopping commence! Hopefully by now you’ve compiled your nice list and have set your budget. And now, the real fun begins. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, your mother, or your one true love, I’ve got some ideas that will bring a smile to everyone around the tree this year. As you might guess, there’s a lot of sparkle involved …

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My shopping is never complete until I’ve picked out the perfect accessory for my bestie. This year, I love all of the beautiful fashion jewelry from ELLE Time & Jewelry. They’re so stylish, and with pieces starting at $60 you definitely can’t argue with the price point.

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Tacori Bridal, for the woman of your dreams …

The holidays are such a romantic time of year. If you’re ready to get down on one knee and ask her that very important question, stop in to check out our Tacori Bridal Collection. From classic to modern, they offer a variety of styles so you can find something just as unique, and radiant as she is.

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Hearts On Fire, for your loving mother …

Motherhood is no easy job. Believe me! This holiday season show your love and appreciation for that woman who has always stood by you. Get along with your siblings {even if you have to fake it}, and surprise her a perfectly cut diamonds from Hearts On Fire. 

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Simon G, for your beautiful wife …

By now I think you all know how much I adore Simon G. What you might not know is that your wife will too! From his fashion-forward Caviar Collection to his beautifully feminine Garden Collection he offers something for every woman. You’ll know you’ve found the perfect piece when it reminds you of her beauty, her charm, and her grace.

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Troll Beads, for your expressive daughter …

There’s no better gift than one that can be customized specifically to the woman who will wear it. Get your daughter a starter bracelet or necklace from Trollbeads, along with a couple of charms that she’ll cherish. From there, let her tell her unique story.

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And, for the jeweler’s wife …

If there happens to be anyone out there with a woman named Tina on their list this year {ahem, Mark, you there?} I have a few things in mind. Bling is always a winner {of course}, but from what I hear she also has her eyes set on black Hunter boots and a new set of golf clubs. Just sayin’.

Happy shopping everyone! Don’t forget to stop by Yelton Fine Jewelers this month to make your very own holiday Wish List. You’ll receive one of our awesome Yelton’s Swag Bags when you do. Also, stay tuned for more information on what we’ll have in store for the holidays. We can’t wait to help you make this the most wonderful {and sparkly} time of the year!

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR BLING

November is less than week away, and brace yourself … there are only eight Saturdays left until Christmas. I feel like it was just yesterday that our family was traveling around the country in an RV, yet the boys are back in school, the days are growing shorter, and “the most wonderful time of year” is just around the corner. How does it all happen so fast?!

If you’re anything like me, you’re not one to procrastinate when it comes to holiday shopping. I’ve already made my list, checked it twice, and have started hiding gifts from the boys {shhh}. Along with getting my personal shopping done, we’re also getting things kicked off at Yelton’s as well.

As we move into the 2016 holiday season, we decided to shake it up a little bit, and our customers are on the receiving end! Stop by the store anytime between November 1st and December 1st to make your wish list and you’ll receive an awesome Yelton Fine Jewelers Swag Bag. When you come in, be sure to look for me because I can’t wait to show off all of the MUST HAVE gifts and jewelry for the season.

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On top of our swag bag promotion, also be sure to mark your calendars for November 18th and 19th. During this two-day event we’ll be celebrating one of my favorite designers, Simon G. Having been in this industry for many years I’ve seen a lot of bling, and yet each time Simon G launches a new collection, I find myself in awe all over again. Stop in to check out his latest pieces and appreciate his dedication to artistry.

Tis the season for bling and as we approach the holidays, I want to make sure that all of my ladies find something sparkly under the tree this year. If you need help making your wish lists, or dropping hints, give me a shout. Hope to see you all soon!

Hearts On Fire VIP Diamond Event

Do you like diamonds? How about diamonds that sparkle like the stars? If you answered yes, you’re not going to want to miss our Hearts On Fire VIP Diamond Event at the end of this month!

Join us at Yelton Fine Jewelers on October 21st and 22nd to see, admire, and try on some of the worlds most perfectly cut diamonds. While I love everything from Hearts On Fire, here are three pieces that I am particularly excited about …

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ATLANTICO CUFF BRACELET

Talk about the statement piece! This cuff bracelet showcases a twisted design that is brought to life by 3.25 carats of sparkling, round cut white diamonds. The rose gold variation delivers a modern look, though if you’re craving something a little more classic this cuff comes in yellow gold as well.

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BELOVED ENGAGEMENT RING

For the love birds out there, check out this stunning single halo engagement ring, complete with a round cut Hearts On Fire diamond at the center. This particular ring is available in white gold, yellow gold, or platinum and can be designed to fit various sized center stones.

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TRANSCEND STUD EARRINGS

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Every girl deserves a beautiful pair of diamond earrings and these studs from the Hearts On Fire Transcend collection certainly fit the bill. With 0.90 carats of glimmering white diamonds, when you put them on you’ll immediately feel like a princess.

Visit our website to RSVP for this VIP event, and to book your appointment with one of our associates. Along with an expanded inventory of Hearts On Fire jewelry, we’re also offering Yelton Gift Cards on qualified purchases*. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to send them my way! Hope to see you all there!

*Restrictions apply, see store for details. 

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.