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September 29, 2010

A Few of my Favorite Dallas Restaurants

Dallas has so much great food to offer-- from fine dining to hole-in-the-wall hot spots I had a hard time choosing favorites. Here are a couple restaurants that I think all locals (and visitors) should try! What are some of your favorites?Kirin Court, Urban Taco, Louie's

September 21, 2010

Meet Julia-Carr Bayler of Belvedere

I absolutely adore Julia-Carr Bayler and she is sooo easy to be friends with. She started Belvedere 11 years ago in Atlanta and it has become known as the high end home goods and jewelry store that has really transformed the city's design scene. If you are in the area, stop by our trunk show to meet Julia-Carr Bayler, and our very own Karen Bates, on Friday September 24th from 2pm-8pm and Saturday the 25th from 11am-5pm.

Belvedere Store

We asked her a few questions about her current favorites:

Best restaurant in Atlanta: Lots!!!: Shaun’s, Sotto Sotto, Abattoir, JCT. Kitchen, Holeman & Finch

Book you are reading right now: I’m actually plowing through a huge box of out of print books on interior design, fashion, etc that I bought for a song at an estate sale. They were priced so well that I even bought duplicates of all the books I already own by Billy Baldwin and David Hicks. Late night reading this week is “When You Are Engulfed In Flames” by David Sedaris. I especially love his stories about growing up in Raleigh, NC since I went to school at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Favorite piece of architecture in Atlanta: The legacy of Atlanta architects Neel Reid and Philip Shutze…beautiful homes scattered throughout the city

Best dessert in Atlanta: Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bars at Star Provisions (to-go)…also the Red Velvet Cupcakes at CamiCakes

Greatest aspect of your job: (1) The hunt (2) The transformation (3) Selling something that will give the client years of beauty and pleasure

Favorite Fall must-have: Weekend getaways to see my friends who are all over the country…Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Charleston.

Favorite Fall color: Benjamin Moore’s “Turning Leaf”

Favorite thing to do in Atlanta: Eat out with friends

What is your favorite museum/art gallery in Atlanta?: Jackson Fine Art (photography)

Favorite piece of jewelry: I wear my Elizabeth Showers chandelier earrings (three round and one teardrop) every day! The size is perfect…not too big, not too small, so they work day or evening.

Turquoise and Gold Chandelier Earrings
$1475 (18kt Gold)
$365 (Silver)

Caroline Finnerty and Duvall Fuqua are two of our customers through Belvedere and recently hosted a Carlisle and Per Se Fall Clothing Collections Trunk Show in Atlanta. I love the cute outfit that Julia-Carr is wearing below! Our turquoise is a great pop of color with black or chocolate brown. Duvall, along with Mimi Woodruff, will be hosting a Holiday & Winter Collections Carlisle and Per Se Show this week in Atlanta through October 5th. Go to Sister Act Collections to view their collections. Buy our jewels at Belvedere then hop on over to the clothing show to pick out an outfit to go with! Julia-Carr calls Duvall a walking Elizabeth Showers jewelry ambassador because she wears her emerald-cut Deco earrings daily, and wears her Marilyn chandeliers for special occasions. Love that!

September 20, 2010

Meet Amanda Pinson

We love Amanda Pinson in Chattanooga! I am so inspired by Amanda's store--I am looking for ideas of how to redo my Turtle Creek showroom, and Amanda's aesthetic is so along the lines of what I would love when revamping our space here. Her look is light and airy and feminine and just beautiful.

Karen will be selling both our silver and gold collections Wednesday and Thursday this week (September 22nd and 23rd) from 11am to 5pm daily. Please come join us!

Here are Amanda's favorites including some great things-to-do in Chattanooga:

Best restaurant in Chattanooga: There are no bad restaurants here!

Book you are reading right now: Life of the Party by Christopher Ogden-- the biography of Pamela Harriman, quite the brilliant, femme fatale.

Greatest aspect of your job: Meeting all the fantastic people in my business.

Favorite Fall must-have: An arm full of bracelets!

Favorite Fall color: Midnight blue

Favorite thing to do in Chattanooga: The lifestyle here is very relaxed--I couldn't begin to pick one thing, but mountain drives would be near the top.

Favorite piece of architecture in Chattanooga: Main Post Office downtown--beautiful Art Deco.

Best dessert in your area: Chocolate Molten Cake

What is your favorite museum/art gallery in Chattanooga?: The Hunter Museum is top notch.

Favorite piece of jewelry: Hands down the ever-stunning Marilyn earring in turquoise or maybe in London Blue over mother-of-pearl for Fall.

Marilyn Chandeliers in London Blue Topaz over Mother of Pearl

September 16, 2010

Joe Star Ring

I have to write about our first men’s ring. One of our best customers is Diane Podwysocki (or rather Dipod, which is her nickname) from Okotoks, Alberta in Canada. Her husband is Joey, and I think as he watched her collect my jewels over the past 2 years, he had kept his eye on one of our bestsellers, and asked us to make it for him in a masculine style. So we designed it without diamonds, used a dark smooth smokey quartz cabachon and beefed it up with more gold… and it turned out really cool. We are calling it the “Joe Star Ring” as a spin-off name on our "Hope Star" ... Joey should feel special as this is a momentous occasion!The scenery behind Dipod and Joey is the Calgary Skyline. The tower is called the Calgary Tower and was one of the tallest buildings built in the early 60's to celebrate Calgary's 100 year anniversary. Dipod is wearing two jewels from a past collection--my turquoise pinwheel earrings and pendant.

Joey and Dipod are in-town right now, and Joey is cooking a feast for me, my friend Erin (who also works here), and another mutual friend of ours, Lynn Larson, who is also starting to represent us at a few trunk shows around the United States. I can't wait to see the Joe Star Ring on Joey and to taste the feast!

September 14, 2010

Meet Peachtree Place's Lucy Callahan

Lucy Callahan opened Peachtree Place in 1985 with the idea of bringing a little Southern charm to the North Shore of Chicago. My salesperson, Karen, will be visiting Northfield, Illinois for a trunk show tomorrow and Thurday (Sept. 15th and 16th) from 11am to 5:30 p.m. daily. To find out more about their city we took some local tips from Lucy.

Best Meal: We are right next door to The Happ Inn and love their Black 'n Blue Burger--not to mention the Salmon, Turkey and Beef Sliders...and they have outstanding drinks...

Best Dessert: Without a doubt the carrot cake at
Jerry's--unlike any carrot cake you have ever known.

Favorite piece of architecture: The Tribune Tower with flying buttresses and spires--also 120 stones from important locations such as the Parthenon, the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, the Alamo and the Great Wall of China are embedded in the facade.

Book I am reading now: The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart

Greatest aspect of my job: All the wonderful people I get to work with: The Peaches (all of us), our customers and our vendors and I have had this pleasure for 25 years!

Favorite Fall color: Any shade of purple, lavender or plum.

Favorite thing to do as a local: Get down to Lake Michigan in any way, shape or form. It is as blue as the Caribbean--did you know that?

Favorite piece of jewelry: EASY! The Madeleine Bangle in Emerald Quartz, Chrysophrase and Diamonds! I love, love, love it!

September 7, 2010

Meet Reinhold's Marie Helene Morrow

I will be at Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico this Thursday, September 9th, from 2pm to 7pm and then Plaza del Caribe in Ponce this Friday, September 11th. Marie Helene Morrow owns the Reinhold stores in Puerto Rico, and she is loved not only by everyone in our industry, but also by people who know her far and wide all over the place! I feel truly honored to have my gold and silver jewelry collections in 2 of her stores.

I asked her several questions about her favorite things including some local Puerto Rican spots.

Favorite Restaurants: Pikayo at The Conrad in San Juan

and Lola in Ponce

Favorite Dessert: Puerto Rican rice pudding and coffee ice cream -- Marie Helene says, "If the restaurant doesn't have these, then I pass."

Best Part of Marie Helene's Job: "My ability to communicate with super-talented people."

Her Favorite Color of the Season: Purple

Book She is Reading: Comfortably Numb

Her Favorite Thing from My Collection: Our large chandelier earrings...see below...

September 3, 2010

Doing Good: NCL's Promising Young Women

Last Saturday I spoke to 100+ young girls on behalf of the Dallas Chapter of the National Charity League, a nationwide group of mothers and daughters committed to doing community service work together. The girls range in age from 12 to 18 and do local community service year round at Ronald McDonald House, Operation Kindness Animal Shelter, Meals on Wheels and many other agencies.

During their annual retreat I explained the story and evolution of my business (the fun parts and the not-so-fun parts) and I recounted some intimate details about my recovery from anorexia, and that there are plenty of resources available for help including The Elisa Project in Dallas. It was a fun and attentive group of young women with whom I really connected. The group's theme for the year is "Oh The Places We Will Serve," taken from the Dr. Seuss book.

I expressed to them how service work (which is also the 12th step in 12-step programs) keeps my life and what is most important to me in perspective. And that helping others is a gift that always gives back to the giver.

Girls working on blankets for Operation Kindness Animal Shelter

September 1, 2010

Meet Julian Gold's Cheryl Ernst

Please join us today and Thursday (September 1st and 2nd) at Julian Gold in San Antonio from 10am to 5.30pm! Cheryl Ernst is the jewelry buyer for all the Julian Gold locations and has been with them for over 30 years and is loved and respected by everyone in our industry...especially all of us here at Elizabeth Showers! I personally adore visiting San Antonio because it's like a small town in a big city--I grew up in a small town, but I love the variety of culture in big cities, thus San Antonio is one of my favorite Texas cities to visit.

I asked her several questions about her favorite things including local spots:

Favorite Restaurant(s): La Gloria and Il Signo (both at the Pearl Brewery) and Picnikins

Recommended Architecture: The downtown San Antonio library otherwise known as "The Enchilada" and the Landa Library on Shook Street

Favorite Dessert: The sticky toffee pudding from Cappy's

Fall Must-Have: Cheryl says, "I love that everyone is layering all their necklaces together. From short to long & all different colors. Jewelry just completes the look!"

Best Part of Cheryl's Job: "Having the opportunity to work with people I genuinely care about."

Favorite Coffee:
Olmos Perk

Favorite Piece from Elizabeth Showers' Collection: "You cannot ask me to pick a favorite piece in your collection. I love it all!!"