Festive Firsts

Two clichés have become very apparent over the last eight months: 1) it’s magical to see the world through the eyes of a child and 2) time flies with kids – which is why I compiled October-December holiday highlights in a lump sum. Carter has brought the most special joy to our lives, and the slew of holiday festivities were even sweeter as we established new family traditions with our first born. Pumpkin patch visits, a first night away with girlfriends, Santa pics and our white Christmas in Spokane was a flurry of fun. I’m amused now by the minor challenges, like Carter’s disregard for daylight savings the morning after Friendsgiving crept into the wee hours; and sharing a bedroom with him during his first cold at Grammy and Gramps’ Christmas. With our first Holiday season in the books, we look forward to the year ahead continuing traditions (I vow to dress up with him every Halloween until I become embarrassing) and creating new memories. Cheers to a colorful new year!

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Maui Babe

Carter (and mama!) loved quality time in the Hawaiian breeze with our favorite people, overlapping both sets of grandparents and my brother in Maui. We’re grateful for such a special vacation kicking off Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

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Kiri + Paul

We loved being included in our dear friends Paul and Kiri’s tasteful urban affair at Seattle’s Sodo Park. Curran was a groomsman and college friend to Paul, so it was extra special to witness Kiri stun in my rainbow moonstone and diamond earrings as she walked down the aisle. Kiri exudes beauty and warmth with her wholehearted smile, pairing elegantly with rainbow moonstone’s glow. Adularescence, the phenomenon of a blue flash as light hits the gem, is reminiscent of the sheen of the moon. Thus, rainbow moonstone is said to bring reflection and harmony. We wish Kiri and Paul a harmonious union, we love you guys to the moon!

Photography by Captus Photography

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Vivian + Keaton

I love being a little part of big love and chosen for life’s best moments. High school sweethearts Vivian and Keaton’s wedding in secluded Cle Elum was dreamy in every detail. Vivian dazzled in rainbow moonstone and diamond rose gold earrings. I love the way they complimented the intricate beading on her gown’s bodice and how they glowed in the flowering meadow. Statement earrings, especially with her elegant swept back hair, are sensational and glamorous – just as every bride should feel.

Cheers Vivian and Keaton, to a lifetime of love!

Photography by Melissa Gray of G Photo Co

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Marquise Heirloom

The most beautiful aspect of jewelry isn’t the brilliant light refraction off gemstones or warm luster of polished gold, but the unique story told in each piece. Jewelry symbolizes what is most near and dear, and every time it is worn it can invoke special memories. As a jeweler, it is the greatest honor to be involved with such intimate expressions. I feel especially privileged to be chosen for my latest project.

My college friend, Brittni, wanted to repurpose her mother’s wedding ring into a special piece she would wear to honor and celebrate her wonderful legacy. Heirloom redesigns present the unique challenge of adapting to the wearer’s style and vision, while also honoring the aesthetic and legacy of the original piece. After contemplating several designs – including incorporating their mother’s ruby birthstone – Brittni and her sister Dayna ultimate decided on a variegated diamond halo in 18k yellow gold for its sparkly and feminine aesthetic.

From the family photos I have seen, it is evident the gorgeous sisters inherited their mother’s radiance and make stunning models for this irreplaceable marquise diamond. Hearing she would love this necklace, with her affinity for jewelry and diamonds, and that Brittni envisions wearing it on her wedding day is incredibly fulfilling as a jeweler. Brittni and Dayna, thank you for the honor of including me in Julie’s special heirloom piece – may you and yours treasure it along with your most beautiful memories.  side by sidesisters3Brittni_1200brittni neck5marquise_1200

Gem Gossip does WA

I had the pleasure of sharing my collection with jewelry goddess Danielle Miele of Gem Gossip during her ‘Jewelry Road Trip’ stop in Seattle. Danielle is a celebrity within the industry, with her blog going on eight years and as the mastermind behind the instagram #showmeyourrings. I loved showing my rings (and necklaces, earrings and bracelets) to Danielle and seeing her styling in action. Our businesses have been on similar trajectories, with taking the plunge to focus on our passion full time (rather, over time!) during similar life stages; it was great bonding over being a young female entrepreneur and over all things sparkly. Read her fun feature on my collection here. Thanks again, Danielle, I can’t wait to reconnect!

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Red, White & Birthdays

We celebrated not only America’s birthday, but my dad’s 60th at the lake. Introducing Carter to such a special family place was a blast.  My dad and I were lucky to spend both our childhood summers at Hayden, with mine watching my dad and grandpa build our lake cabin. Their handiwork is ingrained in every detail like the cedar ceilings and slate flooring by my dad and my grandpa’s dock pilings and wildlife fireplace mantle woodcarvings. I am grateful to have inherited their workmanship and would be proud if the desire to create – regardless of what medium – was passed down to my little one. This was the first July without my grandpa and he is dearly missed. His presence is felt, especially at the lake and it’s the greatest joy to share what he loved with the next generation.  Happy birthday, Dad! I loved celebrating you with a homemade huckleberry pie (my grandpa’s other favorite pastime – pie baking and devouring) from Hayden’s pickings. C+gpa piling_DSC0308_pieC+grammy pupsC+mommysunset

Carter James

Carter James graced us as a 6lbs 10oz and 19” bundle of love at 11:10pm 5/7/16, just in time to spend our first hour of precious skin to skin contact during the first minutes of Mother’s Day. Named in honor of my mom’s maiden name (his due date was also her birthday!) and Curran’s dad’s first name, CJH is a tribute to two of the many special loved ones in his life. As evidenced by the outpouring of love and support, he is already one very lucky boy and our lives are forever changed!


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Expecting an Emerald

My mid May due date is approaching and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to meet our little emerald.  Delivery and lifetime responsibility are simultaneously exhilarating and daunting but I now feel as ready as possible and this can be credited to my family and friends that have made me feel loved. A big thanks to the sweetest friends Kelsey and Natalie for throwing a perfect shower and everyone that made me feel so special. I’m grateful to enter motherhood with so much support!

I hit the jackpot with an emerald birthstone. The fascinating third chapter of Aja Raden’s Stoned illustrates emerald’s rich history, geology and reinforced my adoration for the sacred stone. I can’t stop wearing my newest, most sentimental piece and the thrilling thoughts it conjures. With the 15th as my due date, I was fairly safe preemptively making myself an emerald necklace “push present”. I specially selected my 2.7ct Zambian emerald at the AGTA Tucson Gem Show in February with my mom, ‘Grammy’, for it’s lustrous color, emerald cut and allure. Much of its allure can be attributed to its interesting inclusions that detail its miraculous formation and establish the specimen as one of a kind. In the case of emerald, inclusions are referred to as ‘jardin’ as they’re reminiscent of a garden.

I carried over the green emerald theme to the nursery, curating and painting a gallery wall of verdant artwork. The reading nook with my late grandmother’s chartreuse rocking chair is my favorite part because I can envision snuggling and reading to my little love. Eeeeek!

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Arches + Canyons

Rocks big and small, I love them all. Working with them on an ornamental scale brings me joy daily but there’s nothing like adventuring among grander ones to appreciate our earth and reignite creativity. Utah’s landscape around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks was majestic geography like nothing I’ve ever experienced – a hybrid between Land Before Time, Indiana Jones and Lion King imagery with an otherworldly golden Mars glow. Exploring these wide open spaces with my best college friends – Kelsey, Natalie and Taylor with intimate conversation and Dixie Chicks as our soundtrack is a girls getaway I’ll cherish.

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