Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Rosy Outlook

This photo, taken for a post card for Just So!, seems to be one many people are drawn to.

I think the tones of pink on pink toile, plus Monica's charming silver spoon, set the stage beautifully. Plus it does a great job of illustrating our theme of "Impeccable by Design." For a mom, daughter, graduate or bridal party where pink is the color of choice, this image illustrates how our special charms and gemstone designs adapt so easily to everyone's favorite color palette.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Timeless, Modern, Truly Personalized

A bride's palette and her wedding themes are a wonderful starting point for truly one-of-a-kind gifts for attendants and flower girls. Inspiration for our custom bridal jewelry designs often starts with a color or motif that reflects the celebration itself: Fresh shades of green, sweet posies, traditional elegance, timeless pearls and crystal. No matter what the color palette or the theme, these charming details add up to a meaningful message that expresses the couple's gratitude for the participants in their celebration. When a custom jewelry item is then monogrammed or engraved, the result is a true heirloom.

The photos in the large picture are based on themes of Forget-Me-Nots (with sterling jewelry made from a Victorian wax seal), delicate floral motifs, and the colors white and green. The peridot briolette pendant and earrings shown above were created as a special variation of one of our Victorian*Charms designs. For a bridesmaid's gift that is both timelessly classic and absolutely on trend, another variation of our Victorian*Charms designs is shown below, this time using sparkling briolettes of white quartz:

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Who's Sooooo "Just So!"?

Our customers, who else? That is why we created our new blog, Your Just So!. Those of you have shopped in our boutique, know that we proudly display customers' photos. When we do a beautiful custom design for a customer's wedding, special event or special outfit, we love to show it off. With the new blog, Your Just So!, we are able to share glimpses of the best moments of our customers' lives. It's a privilege to be a part of it!

A permanent link to the "Your Just So!" blog is on the left. We'll be adding new photos soon too. Enjoy!

LEFT:Peggi's Wedding, Deland, FL

LEFT: Lori and her family at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Just So! Savannah

We spent the Easter break in Hilton Head Island -- far away from the last of the Michigan snow storms. Our family spent almost every waking moment biking, walking and eating meals outside in the wonderful, comfortable sunshine. It was super.

We also took a day trip to another one of our favorite spots, Savannah, GA, which is just an hour's car ride (or a nice boat trip) from Hilton Head. Savannah is not only historic and graceful but it is considered one of the best "Walking Cities" in the U.S. During our walk around town, my husband, Mark, spotted an intriguing store, The Paris Market. Boy was he right. The Paris Market is truly a "Just So! Destination." The Paris Market is really a world into itself -- a chic mix of modern and vintage items. Almost everything in the store is either seriously cool or exudes vintage elegance. Almost everything in its two floors would make an impeccable gift or home accent -- all guaranteed to be a great conversation-starters for years to come. They really stole my heart with the gorgeous corner coffee bar and enormous glass jars full of candies, including my all-time favorites: Lemon Heads.

The store is a testatment to the design eye of it's owner, Paula Danyluk, who bouyantly chatted with admiring customers in her beautiful shop while we were there. (Amazingly, Mark and I were watching The Big Idea program on television a few days later, and we saw Paula again -- she was a guest evaluating products on a program segment involving Savannah, Paula Deen and the Deen brothers.) Enjoy Mark's photos and don't miss The Paris Market if you plan on visiting Savannah. You're sure to be inspired and delighted.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Interchangeable Jewelry for Travel

For a beachside vacation, I love how a handful of picture jasper Connectables strands can mix and match. For all of the beiges and blacks in your travel wardrobe, the picture jasper provides a sophisticated neutral accent. Once you are at your destination and ready to have have fun, just add some strands of exuberant color (like this pink and green turquoise). This tropical combination broadcasts that you are ready to relax and soak up some sun:

But what about earrings? Yes, I love earrings just as much as necklaces. With my own Connectables earrings (which I wear every day), I can pack one or two sterling (or gold) bases for a classic look with any clothes. Then, all I do is pack a tiny pouch with a few neutral and colorful GemDrops, I have the perfect earrings for any event:

Just having returned from vacation this weekend, the only April Fool's joke here in Michigan is that we might have some snow again today! Back to turtlenecks for another week or two until Spring makes it way to our area!