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11.06.2015

Big and Little News to Share

We Are Having A Girl

As you may have noticed, I have been missing in action on the blog for the last few months. Today is the day to get back to updating this space on a regular basis. But, first things first. I would like to start this post sharing with you some exciting news. As of today, I am 21 weeks pregnant!! I (well we :) ) had been trying to start a family for a while and we feel so unbelievably lucky to be expecting our first child, who, by the way, is going to be a girl! As expected, I felt really tired during the first trimester, but I am happy to report that I am currently feeling great.

Now that I have shared the BIG news let’s move to other updates that are worthy of mentioning too. In the past, I have played around with the idea of opening an Etsy shop for Sommi. I had gone back and forth with this idea since before I launched the main website. I have finally decided to create an Etsy space for my brand. About 70% of all the designs will be available on the new Etsy shop, but people will be able to see the full collection on the main site.

The shop will open next Monday (November 9th) and I will add 3 or 4 designs/listings every day until all the listings are up on the shop (I read that this technique can be a good approach when opening a shop to stay at the top of search results for longer). I will also be giving a 15% discount during the first 7 days for those of you who are part of my email list. So, if you haven’t yet, you can click here and sign up!

I am feeling really good about getting back into the swing of things, opening this Etsy store (just in time for the Holidays) and sharing more of my jewelry making process and new designs on the blog. Hope you guys are doing great and that you had as good as a summer as I did!

xx,
Alexandra

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02.11.2015

Boys and Valentine’s Day

Growing up Valentine’s day was never an important day for me. Partly because I was a late bloomer in the dating world and partly because once I started dating, my relationships didn’t seem to coincide with the holiday. Now that I have been with C (Clayton, my husband) for the better part of nine years (wow, almost a decade!) we have had our fair share of Valentine’s days together. During our first few years dating, I enjoyed getting pretty blooms from him, but never gave it much thought. After all, I was not used to celebrating this day anyways.

Then it happened. Days before Valentine’s day, we were walking through a grocery store overflowing with red chocolate boxes, balloons, and soft toys, when the words came out of his mouth: “I hate Valentine’s day.” I shook my head and looked at him. It was just so unexpected. Long story short, he completely dislikes how commercialized this day is.

I give my better half two thumbs up for his honesty, but it makes me wonder if most guys feel that way and never say it out loud. Or maybe they buy this stuff at the beginning of a relationship and then slowly try to get out of participating in this tradition. And what about girls? Do we all truly love this holiday? I go back and forth.

While I think about it, I’ll leave you with some Valentine’s day ideas that caught my eye. Each idea can be purchased ready made or you can do it as a DIY. You know, just in case you are trying to avoid the “commercial” feeling of the whole thing.

IDEA #1: Balloons

Valentine's Day Balloons

Fill in a room with these pretty heart shape balloons. They have them in three different colors. If you want to go for extra credits, make sure your significant other sees you arriving home, just like this.

Valentine's Day Mini Balloons

This is an equally cute, but less expensive idea. The Flare Exchange sales these little heart balloons and have a DIY tutorial on how to customize them on their blog. You can fill up a big gift box or gift bag with these little guys instead of tissue paper to wrap your present. Or simply cover a whole area, like a small room, for a nice little surprise.

IDEA #2: Tea Bags

DIY Heart Shaped Tea Bags

I love tea, so these caught my eye as soon as I saw them. These Valentine’s Day tea bags are the sweetest DIY I have seen in a while. You can find all the instruction right here.

Valentine's Day Tea Bags

If you are short of time, these organic white tea bags come ready for gifting. They feature rose petals and chrysanthemum blossoms. Not sure how they taste, but it sure sounds lovely.

IDEA #3: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Strawberries dipped in chocolate

One of my favorite local chocolatiers in Winter Park (FL) is teasing all of us with their Valentine’s Day ideas. I’m particularly loving these.

And if you feel like doing the ground work yourself, just pick some fresh berries, chocolate and sticks from the market and get to dipping. If this is your first time making strawberries dipped in chocolate, here is an easy recipe you can follow.

So there it is. I hope you found at least one of these ideas worth your time. As for me, I’ll keep pondering and will let you know as soon as I figure out the way I really feel about this holiday.

xx,
Alexandra

08.05.2014

Getting Married In Vancouver

Rifle Paper Co. image via rifle paper company 

It’s been two weeks since the launch and, even though I hate to leave, just as I’m getting into the swing of things, I’m thrilled to be heading to Vancouver for one of my best friends’ wedding. We will be there for six days, which I feel will be enough to explore the area, and it’s surroundings. The most exciting part, though,  will be to wander through a new place with some good  friends and, most importantly, to celebrate with my friend on her special day.

So far, we are planning to do a lot of outdoor activities like biking, mountain hiking and swimming. You guys, I can’t tell you how excited I’m about this. Florida is a beautiful state, but I miss having mountains around. I grew up in Caracas (Venezuela) which is located in a valley with beautiful mountains all around. And well, I spent lots of time going through all the trails and looking at the city from high above.

As soon as I get back I will be sure to let you know how the trip went and will share the best places I visited. Perhaps you guys will head that way someday and may find some of my recommendations enticing.

See you next week!

–Alexandra

06.13.2014

Gifts For Father’s Day

Fathers Day Gifts

The day to celebrate dads is soon approaching. I have put together a Father’s Day Gift Guide to help us all get started planning what we will be giving these special guys.

1. Father and Son Shave Set / J.Crew (how fun is this little gift?), 2. Berti Pocket Knife / Old Faithful Shop, 3. Brass Pen / Schoolhouse, 4. Ace Pilot Stapler / Schoolhouse (love the old school look), 5. Canoe Moccasins / J.Crew, 6. Wentworth Flask / Old Faithful Shop, 7. Dipped Cufflinks / Jack Spade (love the geometry and bright color on these), 8. Round Wallet / Makr (these awesome company is located in Winter Park, FL… about 20 minutes away from where I live), 9. Ludlow Spread-Collar Shirt in Indigo Italian Cotton / J.Crew.

–Alexandra