Matte Is The Word!

I talked about OMBRE Style – one of the latest fashion trends – a little while back, ( ), and if you follow what’s different lately, you definitely noticed another fashion trend by now. From beauty products, accessory, clothes, shoes to Mercedes-Benz Black Series, MATTE style is booming everywhere in town.

Matte finish is considered very fashion-forward. Once relegated to men with rough surface looks, the matte finish is now being touted by women everywhere as a fresh, edgy, and confident style. The lack of glossiness increases the impact of each color, showing the instant “wow” effect without any distractions.

matte styles in fashion

matte styles in fashion

Have you tried any? What matte style do you fancy? Please dare to share it with us in the comment.


How to Choose the Jewelry You Will Actually Wear

In Los Angeles where I live, the seasonal changes are minimal. It’s hot during the day and cold at night all year around. Fortunately, that typical desert weather requires me a minimal work to organize my closets. Once or twice a year I go through them and sort out donations and throw-outs and keepers. When I do that, typically I go through, ‘I never wear this,’ ‘I wore it only once,’ ‘When did I get this?,’ and ‘I can’t live without this!’ Everytime I look at the piles sorted out, I see how my style changes. At the same time, I have shirts or earrings or shoes I had for decades and I still wear often.

What I wear expresses myself. That’s who I am. Even though my style changes, there’s still ‘ME’ in there that never changes. Those are the ones that I keep for years and keep wearing. When I meet people in general, my eyes catch their accessories first. Of course, it’s a career hazard, and it’s spontaneous when it happens. Over and over times, when I see the people who accessorize themselves well –  whether their fashion sense matches with mine or not – I notice the difference between those who don’t know how to accessorize themselves and the others who do.

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Those who know how to accessorize themselves know their style. In another words, they know themselves. They know how to make decisions on things they buy. Whether their style changes over the years or not, they know how to decide and make it work for them. It doesn’t particularly mean they’re fashionable or trendy. They just know their style. The ones that you wear over and over define you. That consistency tells me the story of the wearer; who they are. Simply put, Knowing Who You Are is how to choose your jewelry (along with almost all other decisions you make for yourself).

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Think about What Describes You when you make your purchase. Think three words that characterize you. For example, mine goes ‘Simple, Modern, and Direct.’ Not just jewelries – as a matter of a fact – the furniture, clothes, shoes, bags, hair styles, underwears…anything I buy, have, or wear reflects on that. Bold colors, simple designs, plain colored dresses, unbalanced styles, geometric figures, a little bit off the wall, etc. That’s what I have and always go for. When I find something that satisfies all 3 of them, I know I’ll love it and keep it forever. Look into your closet and drawers and jewelry boxes and displays, and see what you wear often. Does that satisfy all three of the words that describe you? Just two? Or one? Most likely, the ones that describe all three are your favorite ones. When you decide to buy new jewelry, see if the item matches your three words. See if it shows who you are. Go for all 3 strikes. Otherwise, it might stay in the back of your closet or drawers until you decide to give it away or throw it out.

So, what your fashion/jewelry tells about yourself? Confident? Friendly? Insightful? Complex? What are your three words you consider? Please share them with us in the comment!

Best Anti-Aging Foods for Women

Ahhhh, I’m waiting for the day the scientists announce that they found the foods that would literally prevent aging. LOL. I know, I know. However, I still try and focus on researches about anti-aging information, especially for women. We gotta try our best as much as we can, right? I’d like to share some foods that repeatedly come up in many anti-aging food lists.

1. Berries

Another TV Show with PinKixx

Another exciting news for PinKixxes! PinKixx has been given another opportunity to connect with a TV show. This time, it’s a popular family drama, Parenthood.

Teardrop Earrings for TV Show Parenthood

Teardrop Earrings for TV Show Parenthood

Along with dozens of crafts by the talented crafters and jewelers from The Artisan Group, our Teardrop Earrings have been gifted to the stylist of the show for their season 6. If you’d like to have our Teardrop Earrings, please click here.

Parenthood is on Thursday night at 10 on NBC. Please watch the show, and let us know if you spotted our Teardrop Earrings!

6 Inspirational Books for Goddesses

I find easy-to-read books stick to me more often and longer. More and more I find less time to read these days, and life drains myself sometimes. For those who agree with me, I recommend these books that helped me a lot and gave  me strength to charge up myself to go forward in everyday life.

=The Secret=

The Secret is a best-selling book written by Rhonda Byrne. The law of attraction and positive thinking can create life-changing results such as wealth, health, and happiness. The book has sold millions of copies worldwide and has been translated into 46 languages. Rather than the controversy the book created, I focused on how positive thinking would lead us to where we want to be.

My favorite quote from the book is this:

“There is a truth deep down inside of you that has been waiting for you to discover it, and that truth is this: you deserve all good things life has to offer.”

=Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff=

The title says it all! It’s the small stuff that makes us crazy, but after all, it IS all small stuff.

Written by Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff has been around since 1997, but still whenever I read it, I learn new things. Definitely worth reading!

One of my favorite quotes from the book is :

“Your heart holds the key to unlocking the door to your passionate bliss, and all you have to do is to learn to listen.”

don't sweat the small stuff

don’t sweat the small stuff

=The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything=

The Element is on a lot of people’s ‘must-read’ list. I love how this book makes us recognize and bring out the possibility within us.  It tells the readers how to tap into their hidden potentials by understanding and utilizing their talents. It is an amazing book with all the real life stories of real successful people on how finding their passion really changed everything for them.

One of the quotes from the book I love is:

“We are all born with extraordinary powers of imagination, intelligence, feeling, intuition, spirituality, and of physical and sensory awareness.”

=The Last Lecture=

I was introduced to this book by the Oprah show, and the over-achieving author, Randy Pausch, made me laugh and cry along with the book. The Last Lecture is a very inspiring book that will make you live your life to the fullest and try to be a better person.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is:

“Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. ” (from Roman philosopher Seneca in 5 BC)

=100 Ways to Happiness : a guide for busy people=

100 Ways to Happiness by Dr. Timothy Sharp is one of the books that I recently read and ‘spoke’ to me immediately. It focuses on personal responsibility and gives you 100 different things that busy people can do to lift their spirits.

One of the things to do from the book that I love and try to do everyday is :

“Tell three people (today) how much you love them”

100 ways to happiness

100 ways to happiness

=The Circle =

“what you perceive, what you conceive, and what you create are one . . . .”

Written by Laura Day, The Circle had been on my bookshelf for a while without being touched. I felt like I wanted to read it when I was ready, and when I actually did, I wished I read it earlier.

Each reader who follows the 9 steps in the book will learn their own unique lessons and discoveries. Each step helped me clarifying and refine my inner state to accomplish what I wanted. Especially, the 8th step about Inner Roadblocks came to me as a surprise. As strong-willed as I am, the biggest problem I had was my inner self. It was an eye-opening lesson.

I’m sure a lot of people already had read these books mentioned above, but I hope this list helps or reminds some of you to reconnect with the courage and happiness you wish.

What is your personal inspirational book you recommend? Please share in the comment!