“Don’t Worry, Bead Happy”

Relaxation can come in many forms. When I need to relax, I don’t do yoga, watch TV, or read a book… I go to the bead store! As a form of retail therapy, I peruse through the beads, gems, and chains to inspire my jewelry designs.

I think it is very important to do what you love and love what you do. I am fortunate enough to have a job that I absolutely love. When I create new pieces I feel a sense of accomplishment. I am able to combine my love of jewelry, my creativity, and my sense of self within my designs. Whether I walk into a store with a design in mind, or walk in not knowing what I want to get, I always leave with a bag full of jewels and a smile on my face.

Since I am no longer a full-time teacher, I had to find a new place to call my own. The jewelry store has become my new classroom. All teachers know how important a classroom can be to both the students and to the teacher. When I walk into the bead store I get the same feeling that I used to get when I walked into my classroom; it is my second home.

Whether you are spending your paycheck at the mall, reading this week’s best seller, or “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on Sunday nights, it is extremely important to have a way to relax that works best for you. As the sign outside the bead store always reminds me, “DON’T WORRY, BEAD HAPPY!” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

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Spring It On!

A few months ago, my friends and I went to the Tory Burch Fashion Show at the Field Museum in Chicago. Tory Burch is one of my favorite designers, so it should come as no surprise that her Spring Resort 2012 Collection inspired me! I LOVED all of the bright colors and maxi dresses that were paired with long, beaded necklaces.

After the show ended, and my friends and I finished “ooh”-ing and “aah”-ing over how amazing Tory Burch is, I decided to translate what I saw into a new look for The Diana Rose Collection. When I went on my buying trip for my spring jewelry collection, I made sure to buy lots of big, bright, and fun beads. When I set the beads out on my table, I couldn’t help but smile! I cannot wait for Spring to officially begin!

Come on, admit it, you just smiled to yourself a little bit when you saw those gorgeous beads :) I can’t wait to create some new pieces for my spring collection!

Just in time for spring, our new Heidi Necklace is now available in Turquoise! The Heidi Necklace can be made on sterling silver or gold fill chain, and is also available in black spinal and pyrite stone.

The Heidi Necklace is available here: http://dianarosecollection.com/dianarosecollection/necklaces/heidi-necklace/

So… look out for our New Spring Jewelry Line, coming soon to Diana Rose Collection.

Who are you wearing?

While watching the Academy Awards, the average viewer will care most about which film will win best picture. Not I!  I care most about the fashion! After watching the stars walk the red carpet, I had an epiphany and ran to my jewelry collection. “I can do that,” I thought to myself as I looked through my jewels.

So, here is my take on the Oscar fashion!

Many stars borrowed and wore diamond necklaces worth millions of dollars. Penelope Cruz looked stunning in her off the shoulder gown with all that sparkle around her neck.

Her necklace reminded me of a piece from the White Rose Collection. This particular necklace has dangling pearls on a silver chain. It’s a very popular choice for weddings and other fancy occasions. This necklace can be custom made just for you. It can include pearls and/or Swarovski crystals and can be made on a sterling silver or gold fill chain. ($90-$120) http://dianarosecollection.com/dianarosecollection/white-rose-collection/white-rose-collection/

I loved all the bracelets and bangles I saw on the red carpet! Gwenyth Paltrow looked gorgeous in her elegant white gown, but her bangle was to die for! I also really liked Emma Stone’s bangle; it added a little something to her fabulous red dress.

The Diana Rose Collection has many bracelets to choose from. The “Michelle” Bracelet  is a three stranded pearl bracelet with a magnetic crystal clasp (so easy to get on and off by yourself!) It comes in a variety of styles as well. The “Michelle” Bracelet can be custom made to include any color of Swarovski crystals. ($80) http://dianarosecollection.com/dianarosecollection/bracelets/michelle-bracelet/

Most similar to Gwenyth’s bangle is The “Julia” Bracelet. Made with Swarovski crystals and pearls, this bangle wraps easily around the wrist four times. This piece is one of my favorites because it adds class to any outfit, and it is available at such a reasonable price! ($60)

The last trend I noticed on the Red Carpet were the beautiful earrings. Simple and elegant, a pair of earrings can make any outfit look put together. Shailene Woodley looked amazing in her drop earrings, as did Rose Byrne.

Rose’s earrings reminded me of The “Nicole” Earrings. These limited edition black chandelier earrings are made on onyx stone chain with black Swarovski crystals. ($98) http://dianarosecollection.com/dianarosecollection/earrings/the-nicole-earrings/ 

The delicate look of Shailene’s earrings reminded me of The “Emma” Earrings. These earrings are on a gold fill chain with clear and peridot green Swarovski crystals. However, The “Emma” Earrings are also available in sterling silver and can be made with any color Swarovski crystals. ($45) http://dianarosecollection.com/dianarosecollection/earrings/emma-earring/

Hopefully, at the 2013 Oscars, Jennifer Aniston will answer the famous question, “Who are you wearing?” by replying with great satisfaction… “Diana Rose Collection” with a smile on her face.

Three Looks, One Necklace!

I am SO excited to share my newest creation with you- I string a row of black spinal gem stone or pyrite gem stone on either a sterling silver or gold fill chain. Simple and delicate, this new necklace can be worn so many different ways!

LOOK ONE: I love how this necklace looks worn on its own. This necklace can make any outfit effortlessly chic. The necklace creates such a classic look when worn with any outfit.

 

LOOK TWO: The only thing better than wearing one necklace is wearing two! I am obsessed with layering my jewelry to add extra color and sparkle to my wardrobe.

LOOK THREE: My newest necklace looks great layered with other jewelry as well, especially the “Jane” necklace (also available in silver or gold, personalized just for you).

You may have noticed that this new necklace does not have a name…. that’s where YOU come in! We are looking for the perfect name to encompass the beauty and class of this necklace. To enter our Name This Necklace Contest, comment on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/dianarosecollection) by writing for whom the necklace should be named! The winner will receive this soon-to-be-named necklace in the color of their choice! You have one week to suggest a name. Ladies, enter to win this staple accessory. Men, win your gal this special prize. Good Luck!!

Love always, DIANA

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14th is a day of hearts, chocolates, and of course, jewelry!

To keep that special someone close to your heart, consider the “Jane” necklace. Personalized for your valentine, the “Jane” necklace is perfect for any woman in your life. The “Jane” necklace is a very personal gift to give to your bridesmaids or an expecting mom. From a boyfriend to a girlfriend, from a daughter to a mother, or from a friend to a friend, the “Jane” necklace is the perfect gift for any occasion or celebration.

Starting today, The Diana Rose Collection is giving away one personalized “Jane” necklace! For a chance to win, Like The Diana Rose Collection on Facebook, share the page with your friends, and then comment on our wall to let us know that you have shared the page with others. A winner will randomly be selected once our page receives 200 Likes.

From all of us at The Diana Rose Collection, have a wonderful Valentines Day!

xoxo