Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jewels For Hope's New #Jewelry Inspired by @RoseFalcon

We teamed up with singer/songwriter Rose Falcon to make a new special set of jewelry! If you've read any of my recent posts, you know my mother connected with Rose and she was sweet enough to wear our jewelry on the CMA Awards Red Carpet when her and her husband Rodney Atkins attended this past November.

We just finished making the set of bracelets for Rose. We love them! Hopefully Rose will receive them soon and we'll get some great pics of her wearing these special bracelets.

Rose Falcon's Inspired Line; The Legends 

We think these bracelets are great in a set, stacked, or work separately. Rose is so great to work with and we are just honored she is rocking our charity jewels! We will be donating a portion of the profits of these bracelets to Young Survival Coalition. 

What do you think of the line!?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

California, Here I Come! Well... In a Month..

I am so excited to announce I will be going to The 2014 Golden Globes Gift Lounge hosted by GBK, in California next month!

I will be going, of course with The Artisan Group, like I did for the 2013 Oscars Gift Lounge.I can't wait!!

It's about a month away. Which is scary. I still don't have my outfits yet. Ah! I do have a necklace though, I am dying to wear! I made it just for this occasion, so now I just need to find an outfit that will go with it.I am in love with this necklace and think it will really pop! What do ya think?

Doesn't this just shine! I am in love with this piece. I actually had to redo it like 3 times to get it to lay just the way I wanted it to. I am happy I kept at it and completed it, because this is just so me. Now, I need to figure out what outfit goes with this!

Once I have my outfits picked out I will definitely take some photos and show you. I will be there for 2 full days, so I need another necklace and of course some arm candy. Hm... decisions, decisions!

Monday, December 9, 2013

#JewelsForHope #Handmade #Charity #Jewelry featured on @YahooShine

We are so happy to announce that our Handmade Swarovski Crystal Heart Pendant is featured on Yahoo Shine today! How exciting is that! It was featured in an "It Girl" Gift Guide for the holidays. The perfect gift to give that special woman for the holidays. Full of sparkle and shine, this Swarovski Crystal Heart Pendant also gives back to The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation.

Everyone rocking this pendant this holiday season can Look Good While Doing Good!

Here is a screen shot from Yahoo Shine!!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Enter to #Win #Charity #Bracelets as seen on #Celeb #RoseFalcon #Giveaway

If you've read any previous blog posts of mine, you should know that Rose Falcon wore our bracelets at this years CMA Awards!!

In honor of this, we wanted to give away the same two bracelets she wore to our lovely fans!

A little bit about Rose.... Rose is awesome. Not only is she a very sweet woman that my mother has become good friends with, she also is an amazing singer/songwriter. She has so much going on right now, along with just marrying country star Rodney Atkins, she has a new album coming out now (go listen if you have the chance! You won't be sorry!), and is also a part of CMT's Next Women Of Country showcasing emerging talent! With all that going on, she still takes the time to talk with my mom and is so supportive of jewels for hope! 

We are working on some new items with Rose- so stay tuned! You won't want to miss them! But for now... let's giveaway some charity swag!

We are giving 1 lucky winner BOTH bracelets shown on Rose!

*** Giveaway is for US Only, 18+ ***
We are ending it before Christmas, but please do not expect to get it before then. We are hoping to get this to you by New Years. We will ship the items within 24 hours of receiving your confirmation of winning

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Get a #Free #Swarovski #Crystal #Ring w/purchase #Coupon #Promo #Deal

Still looking for Stocking Stuffers?
 Check out our Etsy Shop! You can get 40% off until December 7th 
get a FREE BOW RING with every purchase! 
Perfect holiday bling!

Code: HOPE40

Tis the Season for #Hats & #Scarves @hookedonyarnct

My Aunt Lori has been selling her winter wear like freaking hotcakes for the past couple of weeks! I am so happy for her.

I, of course, have a bunch of her hats, scarves, and fingerless gloves-- they are the best! If you're in the market for some great winter gear, head to her Etsy Shop!

Isn't her stuff so cute!!

Go check out her site! You won't be sorry!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

#RodneyAtkins & #RoseFalcon wearing #JewelsForHope #Charity #Bracelets

My mother, believe it or not, made friends with Rose Falcon. Rose is a singer/songwriter who has written numerous songs for tons of artists including Lady Antebellum and Faith Hill. She also, just recently married country star Rodney Atkins.

If any of you actually know my mother, she is miss social. Everyone comes up to her when we are out and starts telling her their life story. Complete strangers. All the time. My mom is just such a nice woman everyone feels connected with her.

Online, it works the same way. My mom connected with Rose- and they became friends. Rose actually called my mom up a couple of times- she is so sweet!! I'm so happy my mom made this connection- Rose is such a good hearted woman!!

Well, something absolutely amazing I have to share with you... Rose wore our bracelets at the 2013 CMA Awards! YES. CMA AWARDS!

We are huge country music fans in this house, so this was a gigantic thing for us. We were like kids at Christmas!

Look how amazing Rose (and Rodney) looks!

Here's a close up of the bracelets....

Along with her rocking these on the red carpet (the red carpet, can you believe it!) we also spotted Rodney wearing our American Cancer Society Unisex Beaded Bracelet during one of his performances!

We are so happy! Don't they look amazing rocking our charity jewels!

We are working with Rose on some special new pieces so stay tuned! Once we have more info we'll definitely let you know!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Check out #JewelsForHope featured on @CultureCacheCT

Big thanks to Scott Gargan for mentioning Jewels For Hope on Culture Cache! You can check out this write up about our jewels going to the CMA Awards on Rose Falcon, newly married to Rodney Atkins!

You can view the write up here!

#MeredithVieira Rocking #JewelsForHope's #Charity Bracelet

We were fortunate enough to meet the lovely Meredith Vieira last year at a MS Event we participated in at the Greenwich Hyatt. It was a great event, and we actually got to meet Meredith. She was absolutely, the sweetest person to both myself and my mom! She was so warm and nice like she knew us forever. She came over to our booth and actually wore one of our bracelets during the entire luncheon event!

Recently, Meredith started her own online show, Lives with Meredith. Of course we had to watch it... once we did we realized SHE WEARS OUR BRACELET ALL THE TIME!!!

We couldn't believe it! We are so honored. We found a ton of photos of her wearing this. We are touched that a year later she still is wearing our MS Bracelet we made special for her.

Check out our pics, isn't this awesome!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

#JewelsForHope New Products!

We have been busy at work the last couple of months! My mother and I both have been making tons of new products, it's like our fingers have a mind of their own!

We just love a little sparkle. It makes us happy. 

Here are some of our new designs... What do ya think? Do you like a bit of sparkle too around the holidays?

Beaded Gold Bracelet- We Stop Hate

Black and Pink Swarovski Crystal Statement Bracelet

Blue Swarovski Earrings

Monday, December 2, 2013

#CyberMonday #Deal #Sale #Coupon

We love Cyber Monday!

Get 30% off Handmade Jewelry That Donates! Everyone wearing Jewels For Hope this holiday season can 
Look Good While Doing Good!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

#BlackFriday #Sale #Promo #Jewelry #Handmade #Charity #Donate

Our Black Friday Sale is starting now!

Get 35% off plus a free pair of SnowFlake Earrings as a part of our 25 Days of Jewelry Promotion!

Use code: 35FRIDAY

Saturday, November 9, 2013

#Discount on #Handmade #Jewelry worn by #RodneyAtkins & #RoseFalcon

We were so lucky enough to connect with singer/songwriter Rose Falcon. Rose and my mother have talked numerous times on the phone and really connected...
Rose is such a sweet woman and my mother just loves her!

Rose has written songs for artists such as Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Jesse James and many more! She currently is engages to country music star Rodney Atkins. This past week we were lucky enough to see BOTH of them rocking some of Jewels For Hope's charity jewels!

Rodney was rocking our Black Lava Stone Bracelet and Rose our Glam Bracelet and Swarovski Pearl Bracelet to the CMA Awards!! 

In honor of this, we are offering 30% off on all 3 of these items!
Use code: music30 to receive the discount!

Look Great & Donate!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

National Caregivers Month Giveaway

November is National Caregivers Month. In honor of all of the caregivers out there, we wanted to have a special giveaway just for them.

My mother, Sandy, started Jewels For Hope when she was a caregiver to my grandmother. November is always a very rough month for my mom now that my grandmother has passed away. November was a rough month for her.....My mother wanted to do something for all of the caregivers out there now- to try and make them smile. Just a little something to say thank you for what you do.

If you know a caregiver or if you are a caregiver, please enter the form below. We will be giving away 4 pieces of jewelry to 4 different caregivers.

***We hope everyone who enters is truthful about being a caregiver or entering for a caregiver they know to give them this gift ***

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Oscars Gift Lounge Photos


Here are my celeb photos I received from The Oscars Gift Lounge! I look like a smiling giddy kid in these pics! I was just so happy!

Raphael Sbarge from Once Upon A Time

Khandi Alexander from Treme

Sarah Rafferty from Suits

Tucker Albrizzi from The Disney Channel 

Chris Tucker!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Oh, The Oscars Gift Lounge

Day 3 (Part 2) & Day 4

We last left off with my ramblings of "will I be able to handle this"????

Can I handle this without freaking out?
(Freakout Face)

I didn't want to disappoint The Artisan Group's Leader, Valerie.

My first celeb pitch went well enough, but not absolutely perfect. During this event, I wanted perfection. I wanted Valerie to not have a single regret about asking me to help rep with her.

After D.W. Moffett left our table and I was able to talk to Val about my pitch... I waited. Some press people came in and immediately went to Valerie.

Throughout this entire event I could not believe the reputation The Artisan Group has. Tons of press outlets, celebrities, sponsors, people working at GBK's gift lounge- all raved about The Artisan Group. They love coming to the exhibit and receiving gorgeous handcrafted items. I felt a little bit like I was a celebrity when people came up and "oohed" and "ahhed" over TAGs products. It was awesome.

So.. back to what I was saying..... some press people went directly to Valerie since they knew her from previous events. They were hugging and talking and of course.. at that exact moment... I turn my head and see a celebrity.

Noel Fisher from Shameless and the new Twilight movie.

and he happens to be gorgeous.

So of course I start stuttering.. again.

This time though, I felt 100% more comfortable. I got this, I thought to myself. He's just another person. Noel made me feel so comfortable that it felt like just talking to a friend. He was so nice, he laughed along, seemed very interested in TAG products and was just an overall joy to talk to. The best part? HE POSED WITH AN ITEM!!!!!!!!!!

I did it. He was my first victory at this event. He was a nice guy, who was super sweet to me, and actually posed with an item for a picture.

This was the moment that I felt yes, I can do this! I will be fine.

90% of the celebs &  press know about TAG. They came up to the table, big smiles, talking about the great gift bag they received at the previous event. How they loved going through the handmade items. One of the members of the press, Margie Barron from Entertainment Today, actually had on our bracelet from The Golden Globes Gift Lounge! We had to take a pic together showing off our Jewels For Hope items!

Cheesey pose, but I enjoyed it! Margie was so nice!

Raphael Sbarge from Once Upon A Time has to be one of my favorite people I have ever met in my life. He is such a genuine person- such a big heart. He came up to the table all smiles. Gave Valerie a huge hug since he has met her at numerous events in the past.

He stayed at our table for some time, taking numerous pictures, including a picture with me! He asked me to take one with him- so of course, I'm not going to say no! I talked with him a bit and Thanked him actually... his girlfriend runs a blog called Things To Love Right Now. Our first ever gifting last year- she wrote about the necklace we included. It MADE our year. I told Raphael that, and he looked so touched by what I said- he appreciated it so much that it made such an impact for us. He was just so sweet, I can't get over it. I am so happy to have met him.

Some more shining moments for me?

I met Joey Lawrence. That in itself is amazing to me. I grew up watching Joey. He was such a nice guy at the event!! As I shook his hand, it took all of me not to say "Whoa!".

Wendi McClean Covey from Bridesmaids loved my Spike Necklace I was wearing (woohoo!)

Pamela Adlon from Californiacation came up to me and said "You are just too cute! I love everything about you" and then told me she loved my spike necklace. Thank you Pamela, thank you.

CCH Pounder said I looked like a Kardashian.

Eion Bailey from Once Upon A Time gave me a double high five and then held it. He is gorgeous btw and I thought I was going to pass out. My heart was pounding a solid 10 minutes after him and his wife left our table. Extremely sweet man, and just so darn good looking. Wow.

I met Harry from Sex and The City (also known to the world as Evan Handler).

Sarah Rafferty from Suits (a show I am a little bit obsessed with) and I talked for like 10 minutes. She's originally from the town over from me. We connected over that, haha. She is absolutely amazing- and so so pretty. I was so nervous talking to her- she was so nice though she made it easy for me to relax.

I met Tony Denison from The Closer and Major Crimes. My mom and I watched those shows religiously and the fact that I stood there with Tony for awhile talking to him just made my day. Such a nice man... as he was leaving the table he blew me a kiss and said "Stevie, So nice to meet you". I wanted to jump in the air and pretend to grab the "air kisses" but thought it would have seemed a bit stalker-esk. I didn't do it, don't worry.

I took personal pictures with 5 celebrities. Oh yea, 5... I know you're dying to know who. Check out the next post, full of celebrity photos!

I got to pose in front of the gorgeous GBK Wall like all the celebrities get to...

I did about a trillion interviews with press people. I was filmed for a lot of them and thought that was pretty cool. Can't believe that I was so calm about it haha.

Here is one I found so far online. Didn't do too badly, if I say so myself!

Let me know what you think!

The event lasted from 11:00-7:00 each day. Which is long in case you were wondering. After the end of day 1, I thought I was going to just drop right then and there. I made it to the bar though, so I was okay. Deep breaths and wine got me through the night.

Day two was just as crazy as day one. So many celebs and press coming through; it was such a fast paced event I am surprised I lasted! All of my "favorite moments" I listed above were from both days. I can't remember what exactly happened on which day- everything is all jumbled together.

At the end of the 2nd day though, I gave a big sigh of relief that I was able to survive. Those two days were so much work- I give Valerie a ton of credit. I absolutely loved it though. So much work, but 100% worth it.  I will never forget this event.

I was so sad to leave the next day. I didn't want to go. But, my whirlwind of excitement was over... and back to Connecticut I had to go.

If you've made it this far through all of my posts, THANK YOU! I hope you enjoyed my trip as much as I did haha.

Stay tuned for one final post though, full of all my celeb photos!!! You won't want to miss them!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Oscars Gift Lounge

Day 3 (Part 1)

The big day. The Oscars Gift Lounge. If you haven't been following my posts lately, this is my 3rd day in California, for The Oscars Gift Lounge. Day of The Gift Lounge begins......

I woke up like a kid on Christmas morning. Excited, Nervous, and Cannot wait to start the day!

I woke up early to do my hair. Because, If you know me, I have a TON of hair. And it takes a lot of time to look so effortlessly perfect haha.

I curl my hair for two hours. I had been practicing hairstyles for weeks before and curling it was what I had decided on. After I finish, I think...

"Hmm.... the curl isn't staying in.... I wonder why?"



I was so annoyed with myself I couldn't even believe it. My hair was a hot mess for the gift lounge. But there was nothing I could do about it. At least it wasn't "poodle"like, which is normally is. But it was not the gorgeous curls I had practiced weeks before. You win some, you loose some.

On to makeup... I had practiced my makeup for weeks before hand as well. I was lucky enough that Seven4 Cosmetics sent me some makeup to play with for the big event (also, a TAG member! Check out her items... I LOVE THEM).

I was thrilled that even though my hair DID NOT come out as planned, at least my makeup looked awesome. Of course, Looking back through my phone I can't find a single picture of just my face. But trust me- it looked hot.


I get to the Gift Lounge and it is a whirlwind of excitement. The hotel floor I was standing in the night before had been transformed into this beautiful gift lounge!

They brought in the beautiful cake they made for The Oscars Gift Lounge. It is GORGEOUS. I wanted to eat it haha. That probably wouldn't have ended well.. so instead I just took a picture near it.

And as you can see in the photo... my hair is not curly.

After walking through the gift lounge... I started getting nervous. Celebs were due to arrive at any moment. I stood by the exhibit, clipboard in hand.. waiting.

and waiting.

I was freaking myself out for no reason. Celebs are people just like us. There was no reason for me to be nervous. But obviously, I was. I mean.. It's me here. I get a little nervous talking to people I don't know- let alone celebrities. So I stood there, gripping my clipboard for dear life.

Now, The Gift Lounge started at 11:00am. Also, starting at 11am was The Wendy Williams Show- which The Artisan Group had some of their items on. So Val, comes up to me and informs me that she is going to go downstairs to the lobby to catch the show. That normally celebrities don't come right at 11:00.... and if I needed anything, to text her. She'll be back in 15 minutes.

No biggie. I thought that was fine... she'll only be gone 15 minutes... celebrities normally don't come right at the opening. I'll be fine.

You can guess what happened.

A celeb came in. Right at 11. I see him come into the room with his talent escort (every celeb in the gift lounge comes through with a talent escort who carries a huge bag of items as the celeb makes his/her way through the lounge). I recognize him immediately since I am a big ABC Family watcher (yes, I admit that. I love ABC Family and always will. Don't Judge Me.)

It was D.W. Moffett.

Valerie was not there. It was just me. And he was coming.

There were 7 other sponsors in our room. So I had time to prepare once I saw him come in. I went over and over in my head what I would say. I prayed I wouldn't start stuttering. or fall.

He made it over to our table and I walk up to him with as much confidence as I could muster. I start talking and immediate stutter. I get completely tongue tied and then just stop and said "You are my first pitch ever for this, So I am very sorry to be stumbling through it." And of course, start laughing because what else can I do at this point. He was SO INCREDIBLY NICE. He started laughing a bit and told me I was doing great and don't worry. I finally make it through my pitch and he decides he doesn't want to pose with any item but just in front of the table.

I felt like I failed. The main goal of this event is to get celebs to pose with an item... not just stand in front of the table.I felt horrible. Val wasn't there... my first celeb ever and he doesn't pose with a single item. I felt a bit defeated. He then came up to me right after taking the photo and said "Stevie, don't worry, you did great. You'll have a good day here".

I did a big sigh of relief when he said that to me. Even though I didn't manage to get a photo for my first celeb, he was just so nice that it made me feel like maybe I could actually handle this. Maybe.

Val came back 3 minutes later... of course, haha. She said The Wendy Williams segment went awesome. I then had to tell her I had a celebrity come through already. She said it was absolutely fine that he didn't pose with an item--- her and our photographer, Igor, said it was okay (Igor is our photographer for both days... he hangs around and takes pics for 4 sponsors for the event. So super nice and really funny guy). Igor said I did a good job with the pitch- since he stood there waiting to take the pic, he heard the whole thing.

I still was a nervous wreck. Even though I did my first celebrity pitch ever, without my mentor around, I still didn't know if I could make it throughout the day. Getting those celebrity pictures is something extremely important to this event... I was sweating, my stomach was in knots, and I wished we didn't have a small break in between celebs so I could just keep going and try again. I didn't want to let Val down. She had faith in me enough to invite me to participate in this event. I really didn't want to disappoint her...........

Wondering what happened next?

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Day 3!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Oscars Gift Lounge Set Up

Day 2.

I went to bed at 10:00 my first night in California. Yes, I know, I am like a 90 year old woman. I get that. But I was exhausted from a day of traveling- so 10:00 was fine by me to pass out.

Thursday. Set up day. We had a big day ahead of us. Today was the day we get to set up for the spectacular Oscars Gift Lounge taking place Friday and Saturday. But before set up... we needed some yummy food. We ate at The Sofitel's restaurant a ton over this week- and let me just say, all of the food was just fabulous.

Since I take photos of everything, of course I have to show you my breakfast.

After lounging in the hotel for a bit, Val took me to some touristy spot that you may know of....
Rodeo Drive.

Definitely passed the famous shop from Pretty Woman. I had to use all my might not to go in and start yelling "Big Mistake.... Huge!".... I didn't want to embarrass Val. So I kept my cool. haha

While walking along this street I was just in awe of all the gorgeous shops. One day, I swear, I will have enough money to shop here. One day. Until that day... I'll just awkwardly take pictures outside of stores.

From Rodeo Drive, we went to a yummy cupcake place, Sprinkles. Which actually took us some time to find since both Val and myself are directionally challenged. But the cupcakes were worth it. 100% worth it.

Now. Back to the hotel. Time for set up.

The Artisan Group has 25 items on display during these events. There is a lot to unpack.

You see a couple boxes here... Imagine a million more off to the side. haha It took us about 2 hours to set up completely... Myself, Valerie, and Rachel (one of the fine members of TAG).

Rachel and Myself. BOOM. Awesome set up!

Val and Rachel!

It looks beautiful doesn't it!

I felt so accomplished after this set up. Val and Rachel normally do every event set up. I give them so much credit because it is so much work! I am so happy to be able to see it first hand though- because it really is awesome to see it all come together so perfectly!

After set up, Rachel left for a bit since we were meeting up with her and some other TAG members later on for dinner. So what is it Val and I do in between? Of course, back to the hotel bar.

We were regulars at the bar. Everyone working there was just so nice!

We only had a couple of hours in between set up and going out to dinner. So this little down time was great. Val and I drank and relaxed at the bar and actually got to sit and talk to Gavin for a bit. You may ask... Who is Gavin? Well, Gavin is the head of GBK's Gift Lounge. Yep. He came over to us and had a drink. He is so nice I thought it was great to sit and talk with him a bit. Of course, I don't have a photo of him. I wasn't going to be "that girl" taking too many pictures... even though I normally am. I controlled myself. Aren't you proud?

So back to the room to get ready to meet more TAG members. I was so happy to be able to meet these fine ladies! I have been a member of TAG for over a year, and haven't met many members. This was so great to be able to go out to dinner with them!

We had so much fun at dinner!

These women are all amazing and it really made me smile to be able to meet them in person. I wish I could stay out in California to be honest, haha. If I would be able to move my friends and family there with me- I would go in a heartbeat. But unfortunately, that isn't possible. So, I'll be staying East Coast for now. But these ladies are so sweet it would be great to actually live near them and hang out. 

Of course, during dinner, I was falling asleep because as I started off this post... I'm a 90 year old woman. I couldn't help it... the time difference and everything- I felt like I was going to pass out right in the middle of my meal. But, I made it til the end, and again, went to bed somewhat early... around 10:30- 11:00 I think. Which was a good decision since the next day was THE BIG DAY. I needed my rest.

Day 2: Completed.

Come back for Day 3!