Monthly Archives: January 2015

Celebrate Friendship with Gorgeous BFF Jewelry

Best Friends

Best friends jewelry is as meaningful as it is fabulous.

Best friends: you began by finding one (or perhaps several) around the time you first started school, never realizing that a close relationship with a buddy could someday become one of the most important alliances of your life. Whether you have lost count of how many years you’ve known your best friend, or you have only just recently found someone but felt instantly connected, a special friendship deserves to be commemorated.

BFF necklaces

One to wear and one to share! These necklaces add a twist to traditional BFF heart pendants.

Perhaps the most widely recognized type of friendship jewelry is the interlocking pendant set. So sweetly sentimental, you and your best friend can join two pendants together to create one fantastic design, which is most often a heart. Whenever you’re apart and no matter where you go, one half of a friendship necklace set will always remind you that the person who shares the other half as well as your joys, secrets and sorrows is still thinking of you. Looking for something in the same vein but just a little different? Try a coordinating jigsaw puzzle piece ring set!

BFF Rings

Bring friendship glam to your digits with this triple set of jigsaw puzzle stretch rings.

There’s no reason to believe that heart pendant necklaces are the only option for showing your number one pal some devotion. These fabulous macrame bracelets capture the youthful arts and crafts spirit of lighthearted days spent at summer camp. Simply choose a color and style that both of you will love. Can’t decide on just one? Stack multiple bracelets together for meaningful matching arm parties!

Red BFF Bracelets

Wearing matching macrame bracelets is an excellent way to connect with your bestie.

Of course, you and your best friend have similar interests. Why not show off one of them with fun iconic jewelry? Whether it’s a pastime you both enjoy, a shared favorite animal or a mutually much-loved motif, wearing matching iconic baubles is a great way to increase your connection.

BFF Giraffe Necklaces

Celebrate your shared interests with fashionably fun iconic jewelry.

If you have little ones at home, it helps to make sure they start forming friendships early. Their BFFs now might just become lifelong companions as they grow older. Giving them pretty jewelry to share and cherish is a simple step in fostering a blossoming friendship.

BFF Teen Bracelets

BFF jewelry for kids and teens helps to start them off right on a lifetime of friendship.

It’s always important to find good friends you can trust. Celebrating their valuable presence in your life with gorgeous and heartfelt accessories helps show them how much they mean to you. A long-lasting friendship is always a beautiful thing, and wearing jewelry to match makes everything that much more meaningful.

by Sarah Clark

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Why Buy Vintage Jewelry?

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These vintage clip on earrings have gorgeous retro flair.

Objects carry a meaning, with each owner infusing their own energy into every item. That’s the power of vintage jewelry. With a vintage piece, you’ll be the only one wearing that specific look. People notice. It becomes your It Girl signature, a way to stand out. It’s about sensibility as much as style.

Vintage KJL Layering

Layering on luxe vintage necklaces adds classic style to a modern trend.

We seek out vintage finds with current trends in mind; nothing goes up on our site unless we think it’s relevant today. Vintage jewelry worn in a contemporary context ties together past and present, a history that adds emotional depth to your everyday wardrobe and dovetails with the repetition and evolution of up-to-the-minute fashion cycles (Vogue says that for 2015, it’s the 1970s).

VIntage Turquoise Bracelets

This Southwestern style vintage baubles are fabulous for crafting a boho look.

Our vintage offerings bring you a huge variety that spans decades. Styles range from romantic Victorian-revival cameos to pin-up era Bakelite brooches to tailored, long pendants from the Nixon years to Native American sterling and turquoise from the Age of Aquarius that perfectly accent today’s boho looks. Whether you want a classic gold bangle that adds just a touch of difference or a bold rhinestone bib that shouts Hollywood vixen, there is something in our vintage collection for you.

Bakelite Rose Brooch

Make every day Throwback Thursday with pretty baubles like this vintage Bakelite brooch.

Not only does vintage jewelry come with a rich backstory — you get craftsmanship and staying power for only a fraction of what a new designer piece of fashion jewelry might cost. We pull together notable pieces with an eye for top condition and a deep knowledge of the era’s history. We know when a find truly is a find, because we’re familiar with the materials, techniques and history of the manufacturer.

Vintage Cupid Necklace

The ages haven’t tarnished these lovely accessories’ romantic feel.

That’s because Heirloom Finds was built on our love for antiques and collectibles. For years, our co-founders Kim and Jeanne have scoured estate sales and auctions, looking for notable pieces and fun finds. The very basis for our fashion jewelry business began with vintage jewelry. It’s in our blood — Jeanne’s parents were antique dealers, and Kim’s idea of a relaxing weekend still includes hitting up flea markets.

Vintage Fan Necklace

Expect to craft looks that are as exquisite as they are unique when you buy vintage jewelry.

And the best part is that we do the legwork for you. When you order vintage jewelry from Heirloom Finds, you know it’s the finest example of its kind, because we buy for condition and relevance. Our fast, free delivery means a distinctive vintage piece is only a few clicks away. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone you love, vintage jewelry offers a romance and power all its own.

by Sara Bir

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Marsala: 2015′s Color of the Year

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The official color for 2015 is absolutely stunning!

If you’re a fan of rich and versatile neutral colors, this is your year. The Pantone Color Institute, the prominent leader in color insights and trend forecasting, has declared that Marsala is the color of the year for 2015. A warm and soulful shade of earthy terracotta, Marsala has exciting potential for adding an attractive pop to makeup, apparel and jewelry. According to Pantone, it effortlessly flatters a range of skin tones and welcomes trendsetters to experiment with their own creativity in flashing this fabulous shade. The color’s burnished blend of red and brown evokes a notable organic feel, but can also imply extraordinary luxury and sophistication when it’s combined with a desirable sheen. From home decor to manicured nails, this subtly sultry color is ready to make a resounding splash in 2015’s design scene.

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Such a complex and beautiful shade!

But what is the meaning behind the name? For most of us, it probably brings to mind the Italian American dish chicken marsala, which is a delicious combination of chicken, mushrooms and a sauce made from a reduction of Marsala wine. It is from this wine that this year’s number one fashion color takes its inspiration. Marsala takes its name from the Italian city near where it was first produced in Sicily. It was originally crafted in the late 1700’s when English merchant John Woodhouse combined a locally produced wine with grape brandy to fortify the beverage for long ocean voyages. Marsala enjoyed a lengthy period of popularity with the British navy before eventually becoming more widely accepted as a cooking wine. However, it has regained favor with oenophiles in recent years. The color it has inspired is, as we know, nothing short of spectacular.

History lesson aside, how do you plan to rock this luxe hue? It pairs incredibly well with pink and lavender tones, giving you a chance to sport some feminine flair with a chic Marsala dress or covetable coat. Statement rings, dazzling dangle earrings, flirty bracelets and striking necklaces in these soft, pretty shades are surefire options for amping up the glam of your next cutting-edge Marsala ensemble.

Pink Ring

This pale purple dyed agate ring will add dynamic flash to your Marsala ensemble

Don’t forget the sparkle! These pink aurora borealis drop earrings pair perfectly well with the wine-colored hue.

Add a feminine touch to your cutting-edge look with this glistening pink crystal bracelet.

Going for something a little more unique? Try out this glam beaded pink scarf necklace.

Granted, not every lady is in love with the color pink. Never fear! If you prefer combining colors that are artfully vibrant without becoming too clashing, cobalt blue hues are the way to go for creating a truly memorable and modern look. Your jewelry collection will thank you for adding such attractive blue baubles to your Marsala style lineup.

Marsala and Cobalt

One thing that makes Marsala so spectacular is that way it makes accessories gorgeously pop.

Sport fantastic glam with these incredible cobalt blue crystal burst earrings.

This cobalt blue stretch ring will add dazzling pop to any Marsala outfit.

This bracelet’s unbelievable blue hue will pair wonderfully well with Marsala’s warm earthy tones.

Based on Pantone’s top color pick for 2015, we think it’s safe to say that this year should be nothing short of outstanding on the fashion front. Who could have guessed that a wine historically valued by sailors and chefs could inspire such a gorgeous hue? However you decide to sport Marsala and whatever glamorous jewelry you choose to wear with it, we hope you enjoy this stunning color of the year as much as we do!

by Sarah Clark

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Cook Up Clean Eating To Warm Your Soul

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Choose a warm, healthy and delicious meal with this Japanese-style recipe.

It takes weeks of clean eating to recover from weeks of buttery cookies and fatty slices of prime rib. While there’s no reason to feel guilty for embracing indulgence over the holidays, it’s true that your taste buds and constitution can get fatigued from the festive abundance of rich, starchy food.

That’s why straightforward and nourishing recipes are so welcome early in the year.

On nights when you are chilled to the bones, this will warm your soul without loading your gut. Vegetables and tofu simmer in a sweet-salty broth until they are just tender. Then you serve the whole works right from the cooking vessel. It’s satisfying without being heavy, which is why I also serve it in the summer. And the main effort is in chopping the vegetables—after that, just add the flavorful cooking liquid, throw on the lid, and dinner’s ready about twelve minutes later.

The savory-sweet broth is a big crowd pleaser, too—even my picky young daughter asks for seconds.

ingredients

Here are some of the ingredients you need to make this meal great!

Japanese-style One Pot Simmered Vegetables

Adapted from Ann Gentry’s Vegan Family Meals
Serves 4

Use any combination of seasonal vegetables that are fresh and colorful. Cut longer-cooking vegetables into smaller pieces so everything’s fully cooked at the same time.

The final drizzle of sesame oil adds a hit of fatty richness. It’s essential. Also, if you ever run across smoked tofu, by all means use that. It has less moisture and way more flavor than water-packed fresh tofu, with a pleasant chew and depth of flavor.

½ large yellow onion, peeled, root end left intact
About 2 cups peeled and seeded winter squash, diced into ¾” cubes
2 medium carrots, cut into 3/4” pieces
¼ head green or savoy cabbage, roughly chopped
1 cup broccoli or cauliflower florets
3 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and cut into ½ inch strips
1 small turnip, diced in ¾” pieces
1 5-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
2/3 cup mirin
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
1 14-ounce container water-packed extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into ¾-inch cubes
Roasted sesame oil, for drizzling
Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

onion in pot

Start off cooking this nutritious meal by placing your sliced onion in a pot.

Place the onion cut side down in the center of a cast-iron skillet (at least 10” across) or Dutch oven.

veggies in pot

Place your vegetables in neat piles around the onion.

Arrange the vegetables around the onion in attractive little piles, keeping each as separate as possible. Add enough water to just barely cover the vegetables, about 1 cup. Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 minutes or so.

ginger

Spearing the ginger with a toothpick makes it easier to identify and fish out of the pot later.

Then add the ginger, mirin, and tamari. Scatter the tofu cubes over the onion. Bring back to a boil and cook, partially covered, until the vegetables are crisp-tender (check the root vegetables especially). Depending on the vegetables you’re using, this may take 10 to 15 minutes.

cooked hot pot

This tasty hot pot is almost ready to be served and enjoyed!

Taste the broth and adjust the seasoning with a little salt, if necessary. Fish out the ginger and discard. Serve the hot pot with steamed short-grain brown rice or hot or cold soba noodles. Drizzle a little sesame oil on top of each serving. The onion will look sad and mushy and brown, but it’s actually tender and sweet and the best part. This is our little secret.

by Sara Bir

 

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Pamper Your Inner Self for a New Beginning This Year

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Starting the new year off right begins with taking care of your inner self.

At Heirloom Finds, we believe that wearing beautiful things on the outside can help you feel great inside. But all of the fabulous jewelry in the world can’t bring you contentment and joy if you aren’t taking time to restore your spirit.

Considering the demands our careers and families place on our lives, it’s all too easy for our well-intended New Year’s resolutions to simply evaporate. But what if, instead of shooting for an unrealistic fad diet or unattainable exercise regimen, we kept our goals simple, accessible, and nourishing?

We asked two experts—lifelong yoga instructor Carolina Alvarez and a massage therapist Allison Griffith, L.M.T.—to offer advice on small, meaningful changes to make in our daily lives that will get your year off to a balanced and motivating start.

These gorgeous yoga pose earrings capture a meditative spirit.

Carolina Alvarez began taking after-school yoga classes at age four, when her family lived in Germany. Since then, she’s taught over 10,000 Hatha yoga classes, and she currently teaches classes in Ohio and West Virginia. Here are her suggestions:

The first step toward making yoga a regular practice does not need to be a giant one. “Even if it’s just 20 minutes of quiet time, light a candle, turn off your phone. And just sit. Even if it’s just for one minute. The hardest part is starting.” By allowing that start to be a small commitment that’s easily worked into your routine, you’re setting yourself up for success, because the scope of your own investment is not daunting.

Having a regular yoga practice does not have to mean going to class every day.
The ultimate point of yoga is “to create and enjoy a blissful, relaxed state of well-being,” Alvarez says. And you don’t always have to go to a class to achieve that. If you’ve done yoga in the past, make it easy to start up again. “A lot of people come to me saying, ‘It’s hard for me to get to class,’” says Alvarez. So bring your yoga practice into your own home. “Get a yoga mat, don’t worry about props—simplify. I don’t recommend watching yoga DVDs unless you’ve been to a few classes in person, in order to avoid injuries. But if you have been to classes recently, go ahead and use a DVD. If you can’t do a full hour, do 15 minutes.” For the month of January, Alvarez suggests investigating Yoga International’s 30 for 30 Challenge; by registering, you’ll get a 30-minute yoga class emailed to you for free for 30 days.

Meditation and times dedicated to reflection help us tap into our creative selves.
Theater is Alvarez’ other professional background—she acted and directed in New York City—and as a theater artist, she cites meditative activities as a useful tool to “get rid of mental clutter. You are clearing the slate, the mental static. Reflective time is a tool to become calm and open to new ideas.” That’s beneficial not only from a theater standpoint, but in creating new approaches to run-of-the-mill dilemmas we encounter in our everyday lives.

This stunning charm bracelet beautifully reminds you of the importance of meditation.

Massage therapist Allison Griffith works in Vienna, West Virginia, and her clients include Heirloom Finds’ co-founder Jeanne Peters. She’s been in massage for 13 years.  “I guess it was something I was meant to do,” Griffith says. “I love it. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I like working one-on-one with people.” Here are her tips.

Self-care is vital to personal success.
Because of the intensely physical nature of their work, massage therapists can injure their own bodies if they aren’t aware of their limitations. “It’s really hard for me to do deep massage if I’m not at the top of my game,” Griffith says. Since she can’t be there for her clients if she doesn’t take good care of herself, she knows firsthand that the importance of maintaining her own inner and outer health can’t be underestimated.

Incorporate more healthful foods in your diet.
“I think that the most important thing to get yourself on track is to watch what you eat. When you eat better, you feel better.” Griffith suggests keeping tabs on a list of fruits and vegetables called the Dirty Dozen, which have more residual pesticides than other conventionally grown produce. “At least buy those organic if you can’t buy everything organic. Incorporate some organic foods. Just start small. You’ll notice a difference in the flavor of things when you buy organic and cook for yourself.”

Pay attention to your breathing.
We breathe every moment, not just in yoga class or during deep meditation. “I remind my clients to be aware of their breath in everyday situations,” Griffith says. “People are generally shallow breathers. It’s an easy way meditate. You can do it anywhere, for a short period of time. Even while waiting at the checkout at the grocery store.”

This beaded Om symbol stretch bracelet makes a beautifully meditative token for yourself.

Often, when our do-do lists run away from us, the first things we compromise on are activities that we can dismiss as indulgent or luxurious—a massage, a quiet walk alone on a clear day, or even just sitting still and doing nothing for a few moments. But the ripples of these small things extend beyond the actual times they occur, moving forward to put a positive spin on our interactions with everyone around us. As Alvarez put it, “You’re worth it. You’re worth finding your peaceful center and taking time for yourself.”

by Sara Bir

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