Your Queen’s Jewelry

I still remember.

This is a special day. She carefully selects her outfit to wear, she sits down in front of mirror to put on makeups for a change, she does her hair more than just combing, then…

She puts her pearl necklace for the last touch…

The last piece she put on, I knew that was special for her.

When I think about my mom, I think about pearls. Something special about it, isn’t there?

Marguerita, Queen of Italy. Love her layers of pearls!

Marguerita, Queen of Italy. Love her layers of pearls!

Pearl Jewelry has been popular all around the world for centuries.

Queens and Princesses favored them.

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Queen Alexandra, Queen Elizabeth’s great grandmother, loved jewelry, and she was only ever seen covered in pearls and diamonds. She even popularized pearl chokers!

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Consuelo Vanderbilt | The Duchess of Marlborough frequently wore a pearl choker/collar that reputedly belonged to Catherine the Great of Russia and the Empress Eugenie (wife of Napoleon III). In 1918, she donated a “collar composed of 15 rows of the Vanderbilt pearls” valued at $ 25k, to a “children’s jewel fund” of which she was treasurer. During the second decade of the 20th Century she was a leading champion of women’s rights and child welfare causes too (a reason to love her even more).

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Remember, the infamous Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s 3 layered pearl necklace?

One of the reasons why pearls are so popular is that pearls are so easy to coordinate, and it goes perfectly with so many different outfits we wear. It matches with so many, but at the same time, it is special. It looks special, it makes you look special, and it makes you feel special.

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Princess Diana also had a lot of varieties of pearl jewelry we loved so much.

So many different colors, so many different types, and so many different styles of Pearl jewelry attract the wide range of wearers.

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The oh-so-elegant Grace Kelly also had several precious pearl jewelry she frequented.

Another thing we love about pearls is that it’s timeless. It was popular centuries ago. It is popular now. It will still be everywhere in the future too.

The pearl earrings, the pearl necklace, the pearl bracelet you received at your wedding, your graduation, or your birthday (june is pearl month!), you will still have it at your 90th birthday, and it’ll still make you look special (and fashionable too of course). It lasts forever!

Gold Infinity Bracelet with Initial on a pearl chain at PinKixxJewelry

Gold Infinity Bracelet with Initial on a pearl chain

PinKixx has pearl bracelets that could be personalized for your love ones. Of course, you can request a special customized piece for your mom, daughter, or wife too!

initial bracelet with pearl chain on sale for wedding at PinKixxJewelry

initial bracelet with pearl chain

May 8 is mothers day this year. Don’t forget to send her something – a phone call, a card, a gift, a visit…

The most important thing is to make your queen happy!:-)

For another pearl related blog you can read is HERE.

What is your favorite pearl jewelry on your mom? Please share your story with us in the comment!

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One Small Thing To Change Your Life

It goes crazy.

It runs fast.

It feels endless.

Yep, sometimes that’s how our EVERYDAY goes.

You’re a teacher, a leader, an artist, an entrepreneur, a manager, a coach, or someone who is strong, confident, and proud.

That does not mean you don’t get depressed, tired, or stressed in the midst of busy everyday schedules.

Everyday life runs fast and busy, and even when everything is going well as you planned, you do sometimes feel disconnected, anxious, or depressed. Strange, isn’t it?

When you were younger, you moved with a group of friends, went out doing ‘stuff’ together all the time, and tried to be one of them and did anything you wanted to do.

You made lots of mistakes, broke up relationships, and shed tears and sweats, and now you are where you do feel settled and know where you are headed.

You have friends to talk to. You have enough activities going on everyday. You are smart and experienced enough. So, why are you feeling isolated or empty at times?

busy always but feeling isolated? you're not alone.

busy always but feeling isolated? you’re not alone. image from pinterest.com

I can say one thing for sure. You’re not alone.

So many of us go through the same thing everyday everywhere. These negative things come and go, and we have to overcome it and need to rejuvenate ourselves when it comes.

I used to think that I needed to rest when it happened. ‘I’ve been too busy,’ I thought.

I made some free time and did one person activities such as eating, exercising, sleeping, watching TV, or reading – just relaxing. Although it did help me physically but did not get me out of the weird emptiness I felt.

So, I tried different things when I hit the same wall again, and found out that it wasn’t the relaxing time that I needed. I needed my mind shifted.

Here are some things that helped me to change my mind to the positive directions.

1. MOVE YOUR BODY, REST YOUR MIND

It was not exactly that I needed to rest my body. I needed energy.

As you already know, it’s proven by so many that moving your body gains energy for your mind and body. So, instead of resting my body, I try to do the opposite, which actually put my mind to rest.

Going out for whitewater rafting or hiking rejuvenized my body and refreshened up my mind by taking it off my work or busy schedule. It’s even better if you do it with friends, groups, or your family.

Sweating in exercise is good too, but I try to find more outdoor ‘activity’ than ‘exercise,’ so it is more fun. I’m not ‘working’-out if you know what I mean.

change your mind and get into new patterns

change your mind and get into new patterns

2. CHANGE YOUR THOUGHT PATTERNS

Don’t get sucked into the negative thoughts. You know when that happens. You know the pattern.

You blame on yourself first.

‘why am I like this?’
‘what’s wrong with me?’
‘what am I doing?’
‘is this my life?’

Then, it transfers to what’s NOT working out. You dig out problems, and then ‘maybe i should’ ‘maybe i could’ve’ or ‘what if?’ starts.

You either dwell in the past with ‘could’ve, should’ve, or would’ve’s or worry about the future that didn’t happen yet.

You ruminate over mistakes, problems, guilt, or anything in your life that did not go the way you believed it should have gone, or you fear of what may or may not happen for yourself or your family.

Catch it before you go too deep. Take a deep breath and try to see it from a 3rd person’s point of view. Be a watcher of the situation/moment.

Don’t blame on yourself or look at what’s going wrong. Look at what’s happened/happening right. Think about what makes you smile even when you’re depressed.

For years, I have had this picture right in front of my desk. I have no other choice but see it everyday, and it makes me smile and imitate what I see.

the most important activity for your life

the most important activity for your life: let’s laugh! (from pinterest.com)

That’s right. Laugh it off and step back. Breath deep and turn around from your negative thoughts.

3. REDISCOVER CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS

Ah, this is so big, and you probably already have them.

Have the positive people around you at all times.

Keep them close to you. Check in with them often. Support them and get supported by them. These are the people you CAN ask for help when you need it.

4. LEARN TO ACCEPT WHAT IS OR WHO IS

Regret can go so far. A lot of times, no point doing it anyway.

Let-go was the biggest lesson I learned in life. It is still the hardest thing to do for me. Accept what is, accept what happened or not happened.

Look at what you have, not what you could have. This includes yourself too. Accept who you are and go from there. Believe me, you are more than enough.

Cease the opportunities you currently have on your plate. Make the best of what you have or who you are.

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accept who you are (image from pinterest.com)

One small thing can make big things. One little thing you change can change your bad habits. One thing can lead you to a new start.

Going to a yoga class once a week can help you. Change your diet can help. Calling your mom once a week can change. Putting down your electronic device one hour before you go to bed could make a big difference. See what happens when you stand on your desk once a day.

Change your mind on things and situations. Change your life. Your new way of thinking and looking at things will change your now and your future. 

What’s your small thing that you do or will do to change your life? Please share with us in the comment!

More on food for life for women:

https://pinkixxjewelry.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/5-ways-to-be-confident/
https://pinkixxjewelry.wordpress.com/2015/12/18/11-ways-to-live-more-meaningful-life/

Celebrate Your Mothers Day n Graduation PinKixx Style!

It’s our first time, and it is EXCITING!

And, that’s right, we’re making it all about confident women.

PinKixx is celebrating upcoming Mother’s Day and Graduations with a cool contest**.

It is our first #ConfidentWoman CONTEST on Instagram and FaceBook. Yay!

happy dance celebration!

happy dance celebration! (pic from pinterest.com)

Here’s the simple rule when you enter the contest:

  1. Sign up for our monthly newsletter before April 30, 2016. Don’t worry, it is only once a month. We swear! You can click the happy dance pic above or the contest pic below to sign up.
  1. Post your best “confident woman” photo on our Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pinkixxjewelry/) or on our FB PinKixxJewelry page (https://www.facebook.com/PinKixxJewelry/) by April 30, 2016, 11:59pm, pacific time.
  1. Please tag “confidentpinkixx” if you’re posting on Instagram.
  1. Please post your pic on our Pinkixx Jewelry page for your FB entry.

Simple, right?

pinkixx confident women contest is on

pinkixx confident women contest is on!

We will pick 1 winner on each site on Mother’s Day and send a free prize, our popular Long Bar Necklace or Long Spike Necklace, whichever they choose.

Long Bar Necklace and Long Spike Necklace are cool jewelry to have all year around, and very easy to coordinate with any outfit.

Yes, there IS a catch. If fewer than 5 contestants participate, this contest will be withdrawn for that site, and the participants for that site will be sent a consolation prize if they provide us their mailing address. It is a contest after all. So, please ask your friends and families to participate as well.

Can’t wait to see your confident-self or your heroes and loved ones!

**one pic per person per site, so make sure to post your best one!

#confidentwomen #contest #freeprize #giftforwomen

 

Must-Haves in Your Closet for Confident Women #3

Too much? Too little?

Yes, we’re talking about your closet. Is it overflowing with clothes you don’t wear? Do you need to buy new clothes for change of season or career?

What fills up your closet? Today, we’re going to talk about what fills most of my closet.

It is basics, it’s ageless, it’s timeless, and it’s absolute essentials. That’s right. I’m talking about C-A-S-U-A-L!

1. Shirts

Long length t-shirt, short sleeve t-shirt, long sleeve t-shirt, plain t-shirt, plain button-down shirt, long button-down shirt, long and shirt sleeve button-down shirt…now, the patterned or figury printed ones…and then onto the sleeveless ones… Yep, there are plenty.

As much as I believe nothing wrong with having many shirts in my closet, let’s be honest. We don’t really need that many.

When it comes to fashion, Mix and Match is your friend as I mentioned in the previous article. You can create many different looks with one shirt by using different accessories, bottomwears, or outerwears.

When it’s long, which is very popular now, it’s perfect to wear with tight pants or leggings.

casual long shirt with leggings

casual long shirt with leggings

Layering shirts is also a great fashion idea.

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layering shirts

2. Jeans

Jeans, jeans, jeans. Can’t live without them, and can’t live without them. I’m a huuuge fan of jeans.

Tight or not (and let’s not forget there are lots of nots), Ripped or not, White or black or colored… It used to be hard to find the right fit, but it became much easier to find the one I like, thanks to skinny jeans and spandex.

casual jeans

casual jeans

3. Knit Tops

Since the college days, I loved knit wears religiously. It lasts forever as long as you store it properly, and they don’t go out of fashion (yeah, as you can guess i’m not talking about the ugly holiday sweater, haha).

casual knit top

casual knit top

Layering with other shirts also look fashionable.

4. One Piece Dresses

Easy and efficient.

You just throw one on and coordinate with a long necklace, you are ready to take off.

casual one piece dress

casual one piece dress

another casual one piece dress

another casual one piece dress

5. Cardigan or Blazers

Yep, another essentials for your casual outfits.

But, the reason blazers are essential for your closet is that it doesn’t just accompany casual looks but business looks as well.

As many of our PinKixxes are, for a career woman, a blazer is a must-have to carry at all times just in case any occasion you might face or anyone you might meet on a short notice. A blazer changes your casual look instantly to semi-business one, even with your blue jeans.

casual blazer

casual blazer

Cardigans make you look more relaxed and elegant. Also it’s a plus that it’s easy to carry around.

casual cardigan

casual cardigan

6. Long Skirts

Long skirts don’t have to be formal. I actually have to say wearing a long skirt is even more comfortable than wearing jean pants if it’s possible. And at the same time, it creates a mature look I love.

casual long skirt

casual long skirt

All images are from pinterest.com.

A quick useful tip for your shopping this weekend. If you find any cloth that fit you well, you might want to get them in different colors and multiple ones if possible. You might not find them again.

Please remember your style and colors when you shop too.

There you have it! What’s your favorite casual look? Please share them in the comment.

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For more on “Must-Haves In Your Closet for Confident Women” series:

https://pinkixxjewelry.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/fashion-tips-for-confident-women-2/
https://pinkixxjewelry.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/must-haves-in-your-closet-for-confident-women/

 

15 Best Practical Packing Tips for Female Travelers

It’s getting warm, and that means more outdoors and traveling.

When your trip is set, what do you think about first?

‘What should I bring…’

That’s what I think about. And, to be honest, it’s not my happiest moment.

Also when it comes time to leave, I always feel like I’m missing something. Don’t you have that?

A fashion designer and a businesswoman, Rachel Zoe, says “Packing is an art form, and if you master it, you can drastically minimize your traveling woes.”

So, here I gathered best travel packing tips we can all use for our traveling. Let’s see how we can become a professional packer.

1. Make a checklist.

Even if you travel all the time, it’s easy to forget something. keep a checklist and cross things off until you’re sure you have everything you need. To avoid overpacking, plan out some outfits beforehand and write a list. This is a great way to visualize what you’re taking and to avoid overpacking.

2. Don’t forget your Ziplock bag.

If you’re flying, the liquids you take in your carry-on need to be 3.4 ounces or less and must fit into a quart-size bag.

3. Pack an extra outfit in your carry-on.

If you’re planing on checking a bag, make sure you put at least a t-shirt and pair of underwear in your carry-on. If your luggage is lost or doesn’t arrive on time, you’ll have at least something to change into the next day.

4. Ask the flight attendant, nicely.

If you bring a garment bag on the plane, the flight attendants will usually (not always) let you store it in the closet even if you’re in coach. If you are going to a fancy event, you might want to bring a dress in a garment bag instead of trusting yourself to have time to iron it successfully in the hotel. Your choice.

5. Pack Tide To Go pen.

I don’t know how long your each travel is going to be, but this would be a lifesaver.

6. Leave room in your suitcase.

Don’t travel to your destination with your suitcase already at the maximum allowed weight. You’ll regret not being able to take home any souvenirs, and let’s be real: this means you most likely have packed way too much.

7. Wear the valuable jewelry you’re taking with you.

First of all, it’d be best not to bring any expensive jewelry for traveling, and wearing anything constricting such as big finger rings or lots of metals is not recommended either.

However, if you do bring jewelry, wear them on you when you get on the plane. Putting jewelry in checked baggage is an obvious no-no, but putting it in your carry-on isn’t exactly fool-proof either. Things get stolen — that’s life.

Bring jewelry that can coordinate with most of your outfits you will be wearing during the trip, and minimize the amount of jewelry to bring.

best packing tips for femail travelers

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8. Wear your bulkiest shoes on the plane.

If you’re saving room in your bag. Otherwise you’d want to be comfortable in your long flight, so wear something comfy.

9. Wear leggings, Wear comfy on the plane.

Rachel Zoe says “It is so important to have a go-to uniform to wear when you’re traveling. I opt for pieces that are comfortable, chic and wearable beyond the plane. Think: A great pair of wedges, long dresses, leggings, riding boots and cozy knit sweaters. As a general rule, cashmere and jersey fabrics are your friends. I also suggest wearing black or navy to hide any potential in-flight spills or wrinkles. In the accessory department, a non-structured hat (so it won’t lose shape if you stow it away) and a large pair of sunglasses are a must.”

10. Wear a scarf on the plane.

It can double as a wrap/blanket if things get chilly (and they usually do).

11. Roll your clothes.

If you’re worried about not having enough space in your suitcase or want to avoid wrinkles in your clothing, try rolling your clothes instead of folding them.

12. Pack clothes that coordinate.

You CAN travel in style. Just don’t pack completely different outfits.

Pack a couple pairs of dark casual pants and maybe one other pair of slacks or a skirt, plus a few silk shirts, camisoles, a cardigan, and a jacket. Almost any of the shirts you bring should match with any of the bottoms. If you wear suits, just switch up the shirts/accessories.

13. Bring an eye mask and earplugs.

You never know.

14. Always keep an energy bar or your own snack in your carry-on bag.

The plane might get delayed. I mean, like delaaaayed. The airport vendors might have sold out of food for people. If it’s a winter blizzard or a massive string of delays, you may be out of luck. Prepare in advance by keeping an energy bar in your bag so you’re always ready in case disaster strikes.

15. Bring a small bag for dirty clothes.

Drawstring ones, plastic ones…doesn’t matter. Just don’t forget one. (if you forget to pack it, you can also use the plastic one in your hotel room in the closet for laundry)

There you have it! Please share your best packing tips in the comment below!

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For more useful traveling tips, please check these out:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/doree/27-things-every-woman-business-traveler-should-know#.je959Xqzg

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/travel-dining/rachel-zoe-traveling-tips

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234459

http://www.onecountry.com/6-tips-to-help-you-pack-for-an-upcoming-trip-1648270136.html

http://www.visualistan.com/2014/11/travel-done-right-tips-and-tricks-to-pack-efficiently.html