Just For Mom Salem Community Patriot | May 11, 2012 - 9
Just For Mom Charming Fashion Trend:
Tips for Creating a Unique Gift
or someone else. Ehrlich suggests wearing an odd number of charm bracelets or layering them with other bracelets or bangles to achieve the same effect. * Celebrate what’s close to your heart Build a bracelet with charms for each of the important aspects of your life - significant others, children, pets, etc. You might also consider selecting charms that have a personal meaning as a way to honor favorite memories such as graduations, vacations or anniversaries. “I have started charm bracelets for some of my dearest friends,” says Ehrlich. “It’s a beautiful way to celebrate a friendship and commemorate special moments over the years.” * Add a splash of color Many sterling silver and 14K gold
charms are available with colorful ac- cents. Popular options include smoked quartz, bright enamels, pink sapphire, colorful cubic zirconia or Murano glass. “The same color does not need to be used throughout the entire bracelet,” Ehrlich adds. “But keeping your choices in the same color palette maximizes the aesthetic appeal.” * Don’t be afraid to mix it up Add a little variety by mixing in two-
Charm bracelets are more popular than ever, gracing the pages of glossy fashion magazines and adorning the arms of women of all ages, yet charm bracelets are much more than a hot trend. The charm bracelet has a long history that makes it a timeless piece of jewelry and each woman’s charm collection is an expression of her personal style and her unique story. “Charms and bracelets are popular year after year for so many reasons. Not only it is a beautiful accessory, it’s one that will be cherished forever because the charms represent special people and unforgettable moments,” says Cristina Ehrlich, who was most re- cently named as one of the 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood by The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo. “Collecting charms can become a cherished tradition and a wonderful way to celebrate a woman’s life.” Ehrlich offers these tips for creating an unforgettable charm brace-
let for yourself or the special women in your life: * Create balance Charms and bracelets look best when they are grouped in odd numbers, such as three, five or seven, which helps create balance. This is something to keep in mind when buying charms for yourself
tone charms or charms with different finishes such as oxidized sterling silver or black rhodium. “Consider wearing a pendant as a charm,” suggests Ehrlich. “It’s a great way to add an extra eye- catching piece without losing space on
the bracelet.” * Start a new tradition Let friends and family know that you are buying someone a charm bracelet so everyone can select a charm, or buy yourself a new charm to com- memorate a special trip or achievement. Adding to your charm bracelet regularly keeps it fresh and exciting. Pandora Jewelry offers hundreds of charms to suit every style, occasion and budget, with charms starting at $25. For additional guidance, Ehrlich recommends using the PANDORA Gift Advisor, an online ap- plication that asks simple questions and makes charm recommendations based on your answers. She adds, “Whether you’re creating one for your- self or want to give one as a special gift, a charm bracelet is a jewelry piece that will be cherished for a lifetime.”
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Celebrating More Than Moms on Mother’s Day
Every spring individuals celebrate their moth- ers on Mother’s Day. It has evolved from a day to honor mothers to one that recognizes all special women. There- fore, if there is a woman in one’s life who isn’t a bio- logical mother -- but special nonetheless -- Mother’s Day can be a time to tell her how much she is appreciated. There are
many reasons a person may want to honor a woman that is not his or her mother. Perhaps the person’s own mother has passed away or is not promi- nent in this individual’s life. Maybe there is a grandmother or aunt with whom one is especially close. There may be a teacher or mentor that has touched the life of a person in a special way.
Although Mother’s Day is built around giving thanks to Mom, it’s certainly acceptable to thank women in addition to dear old Mom. Further- more, one needn’t wait until a specific day in May to honor a notable woman. This can be done all year long with certain gestures and sentiments. For those who are celebrat- ing all women on Mother’s Day, here are some ways to set the day apart.
* Create a handmade card with personalized sentiments that reflect the unique relation- ship with this special woman. This can mean more than a prepurchased card that may not offer the right words. * Find out her interests and spend a day doing entirely what she wants to do. It doesn’t necessarily have to take place on Mother’s Day. A trip to a museum or a day at the park -- whatever it may be -- can be a nice outing.
* Treat her to a special dinner. Ask about favor- ite foods and create a meal at home. If dining out is a must, choose a day other than Mother’s Day to avoid the crowds and have intimate moments with just the two of you, especially if you are also honoring your own mother on Mother’s Day. * Find some-
Mother’s Day presents an opportunity to celebrate Mom and any other special women in your life.
thing you both enjoy and then go and do that. Maybe you met up due to a hobby or inter- est. Remember the first day you met and reminisce by heading to that place for a celebration. * Have an extended fam- ily fiesta. Host a
Mother’s Day party at home and single out all the special women in attendance. Serve cocktails and enjoy the time spent together. Mother’s Day is a special time of the year to honor not only a person’s mom but also any other notable woman in his or her life. The holiday can be customized any way a person sees fit.
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