Category Archives: Beauty/Style

LOLL Towel: A Wearable, Wonderful Option

With Summer quickly approaching, many of us are dreaming of long, lazy days spent at the beach or the pool. (The sun, the seashore…gosh, does it get any better?!) While I love to swim, I absolutely hate wearing a swimsuit. Even a “modest’ one-piece can be very revealing, not to mention unattractive and uncomfortable to wear. Plus, hanging out in a dripping wet suit when I get out of the water is not only yucky feeling, it’s also unhealthy.

A much better solution is a wearable towel. Similar to a poncho, the LOLL towel (aka Lots Of Love Lara, in honor of the Australian designer), is a loose-fitting, soft-feeling delight.

Made from 100% cotton, it zips up both sides, and also has a hood. The plastic zippers are guaranteed not to rust, even if they get wet. I tried it out on a recent vacation, with great results. Not only can it be used as an absorbent cloth, I like to use it as a cover-up. Much better than a tee and shorts, or a sarong, the LOLL is awesome. Instead of feeling self conscious, and worrying about my body being on display—and possibly sunburning, too!—I could lounge on a chair, reading a huge stack of magazines, without a care in the world.

LOLL towels come in a variety of colors and prints. My favorite is called Choppy Ocean, a blue and white combo of zigzag stripes. So cute!

Check out the website for more info, including Lara’s great blog, or to order.  

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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What’s the best way to spoil Mom on her special day–flowers, chocolate, balloons? All of those make good gifts, but they’re gone in a flash. I’d rather give a keepsake that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Stella & Dot has created a Mother’s Day Gift Guide full of great options. One idea that I really love is engraving. Adding a name or initials to a piece of jewelry makes it so special.

Since I already have a lot of jewelry, I’m requesting a Multi-Strip Getaway Tote. Because I lug so much stuff around, I am always in need of another bag. This one is roomy and cute. Plus, it’s perfect for a day at the park, the pool, or the beach.

Many other accessories are available at Stella & Dot. With reasonable prices and excellent quality, their pieces should be on your gift list.

New Sign-Up Special for Stella & Dot Stylists

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Love fashion and jewelry? Ever wanted to start a home-based business? Becoming a Stella & Dot Stylist may be right for you. Here are a few reasons why it’s ideal for busy moms who don’t have time for traditional jobs:

You can be your own boss:

You choose the hours; you call the shots. How much you work is up to you, with no minimum requirements. Work during naptime, during school hours, vacations, etc.

Earn income & freebies:

Ok, I’ll admit it: the freebies are the biggest incentive! Stylists can earn 25% – 35% commissions on sales, shop at a discount up to 50% off, AND score tons of products and perks.

Training & support:

Starting a business can be overwhelming and scary. With Stella & Dot, help is always available. Join a community of strong and supportive women who want to see you succeed.

Curious how Stella & Dot works? There are 3 selling options:

One-on-one styling:

Have a good sense of style? Help another lady to find the right accessory to take her outfit to the next level. Great for those who aren’t super outgoing and do better outside groups.

In-person trunk shows:

Social Butterflies will love hosting small and large events. Most Stylists make the highest dollars per hour here, so if you’re a “people person,” try it.

Online trunk shows:

Take the party online by collaborating with a friend. You provide the posts she can share with her network, and you both earn as they shop through your online boutique.

Plus, anyone who signs up by 4/30/17 will receive $450.00 worth of FREE accessories. And that’s not all: Achieve $1000 in sales within the first 30 days and you’ll receive an additional $200 of free accessories and $250 cash commission!

Become a Stella & Dot Stylist today

Love Judaic Jewelry? Dangles By Orna are Incredible!

Judaic jewelry tends towards the traditional. Most of us have more than a few Star and Hamsa necklaces in our collection. While I absolutely love those, I also enjoy more modern pieces, particularly custom creations.

Dangles by Orna are incredible. Each handmade piece is truly one of a kind, making it an ideal choice for ladies that have a ton of jewelry, but nothing “exciting” to wear! (Yes, I bemoan that constantly…)

Here are a few of my favorites, all of which are on the list for Mother’s Day gifts:

“I Believe” Statement Necklace

This hand stamped brass delight contains the first verse of Shaul Tchernichovsky’s classic Hebrew poem. The wire wrapped light blue stone is very complimentary. A wonderful choice for those who like big, bold pieces.

“Grandmother” Keyring Pendant

Designed to be carried as either a keyring or a handbag charm, this is a fun and fashionable accessory. The color combo of bright green clip and green/teal beadwork is so pretty. With a stamped swivel tag that says “Savta” (Hebrew for Grandmother), this would definitely be right for the special lady in your life. I immediately thought of my Mother-in-Law when I saw it, because green is her signature shade.

“Ein Alayich” Pendant

Suspended from a braided top ring, this customized charm includes a green teardrop, meticulously wrapped gold filled wire and a series of intricate gold plated beads. It can be worn on a necklace or added to a handbag or keyring. The translation means “No one tops you!” So adorable.

Many more jewelry designs are available at Dangles by Orna as well as needlepoint creations at Adorn by Orna.

About the artist:

Orna Willis has always drawn inspiration from her surroundings. Born in Israel, Orna lived in Tel Aviv, the San Francisco Bay Area, Michigan and is now very happy to be living in Philadelphia. Her artistic point of view has been molded from the different cultures, climates, sounds and scenes of these places.
Her line of Judaic/Hebrew jewelry is a unique way of combining her love for creating jewelry along with her love of Israel.
“I create pieces made of a variety of metals, which are then stamped in Hebrew with segments of poetry, songs, and prayers. Next, they are embellished with stones, jewels and formed into necklaces, bracelets and other accessories. Each piece of jewelry comes with a story about the segment chosen which allows the wearer to connect with the words and their significance. Some of the pieces are stamped with segments from the Bible or prayers and some are segments of Modern Hebrew songs by well-known Israeli artists. I also offer custom services for names in Hebrew; the customer can supply their Hebrew name and a custom piece will be made for them.”
In addition to creating beautiful art, Orna also enjoys blogging.