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July 30, 2010

Whitney & Her Life

The more time I spend with my dog, Whitney, the more I realize how in-love with her I am, and how much she puts me at peace. I am about to journey on a 2-week trip with her in my Mini Cooper to visit friends in Colorado and New Mexico. This will be her first trip to the mountains!

Here's a bit of helpful info if you have a dog: I use Dee's Doggie Den (dog daycare) here in Dallas 2-3 days per week so Whitney is not lonely and gets to play with her friends while I am at the office all day. I also use Dee's for boarding as well, and am beyond happy with it!

July 29, 2010

Ronda's Wedding

From left to right: Ann, me, Christie, Ronda, Misty, Julie and Catherine (Ronda’s niece—one of the flower girls—pictured in front)

One of my very best friends, Ronda, got married a few weeks ago at the Dallas Arboretum. The wedding was so beautiful, and Ronda looked so beautiful. She and Mark (her now-husband) are 2 of my favorite people in the world! She wore my turquoise and chrysoprase drop chandeliers. See the chandeliers on Ronda below...

You can find these earrings at many retailers in gold ($2450) and in silver ($495)--click here to take you to our list of retailers--also available at

July 23, 2010

Elizabeth Carlock Designs

Elizabeth Carlock interned for me in 2005/2006, and not only have I always adored her, but also I am inspired by her continued passion to help others. In the summer of 2009, she launched Elizabeth Carlock Designs. She now travels to Uganda several times per year to volunteer with the AKOLA Project --she helps to train many Ugandan women to make crafts ensuring that they may sustain a consistent income. Elizabeth sells and markets her jewelry designs that these women make, and all the profits made from this collaboration go directly back to the AKOLA Project and other UAPO initiatives. I am planning to go with her on one of her next plan is to volunteer with AKOLA and then to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda! ;)
I will keep you posted!

Belvedere and Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler, Karen, Julia-Carr Bayler, Steven

Here is my adorable sales director and mom-to-be, Karen, with Jonathan Adler on the left. Julia-Carr Bayler is the owner of Belvedere and good friends with Jonathan. He stopped by to see her new store and was speaking at a forum that next day.

Come visit us in Atlanta at Belvedere for another trunk show September 24-25!

July 14, 2010

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Two weeks ago, I travelled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the 3rd year in a row to do a trunk show at Goodie 2 Shoes. I adore the store (I always buy several things for myself), the women who run the store, and the customers! We had another great show and a lot of fun. This is me with Jenny on the left and Susan on the right.

After the show on Thursday and Friday, I always hike all weekend every year I am there. This is me at Phelps Lake at the Rockefeller Preserve. It's a dreamy hike--my favorite of all the ones I have done thus far in the Jackson Hole area. This is the first year that we hiked the entire lake. It's a great inspiration for me--for new designs as well as inspiration to simply enjoy the moment and to be grateful for the beauty of this earth.

July 9, 2010

Train Concert in Las Vegas

Karen (my sales director) and I had the luxury of seeing Train while at the Couture jewelry show in Vegas last month...I wanted my picture with the cute lead singer, Pat Monahan.

Pat Monahan was such a great entertainer. I had no idea he would be so amazing!

A bunch of women were called from the audience up on stage and were given “Trainette” t-shirts to put on…I know a couple of them, which made it that much more fun to watch!

July 1, 2010

Girls Lunch Date

This is from this past Thursday at Neimans--me, my almost-9-year-old niece Eliza, my mom, and my sister Susanna. We ate lunch at downtown Neimans in the Zodiac Room—it reminds me of when I was a little girl and we would drive from Hillsboro to Dallas each season to shop for new clothes.

I loved the Zodiac’s popovers with strawberry butter then and I still love them now—yum!