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1. Cut up those layered chains.
The trend is moving toward ‘statement’ jewelry…that’s one standout necklace. Maybe it’s a dramatic medallion. Or a rich textured chain, or If you have a long layered necklace, you can clip off some of the chains to turn it into a solitary piece. Add a ring and adjust the length to shorten your necklace, or simply cut the chain and readjust the size of your necklace.
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2. Less is more.
National Jeweler is recommending wearing bolder, larger pieces that are gem- and color-intensive. Check your jewelry collection for dramatic pieces. Then wear only one or 2 at a time: an oversized cocktail ring or dangly earrings. Whatever you choose, be sure they make an impression.

3. Look for versatile pieces.
A long necklace with a clasp can be worn several ways: as a single strand, as a triple strand choker, even as a bracelet. Long necklaces can be worn as double necklaces or even triple necklace. Our long necklaces come with an extra clasp so you can double it and you can use the clasp we give you to make it easier when you put on your necklace.

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4. Earn a compliment.
Pay attention to which piece of jewelry wins you a compliment. If your best friend, or a neighbor, or a stranger compliments you on a necklace, wear it more often. Jewelry is meant to enhance your look. It should catch someone’s attention. Same goes for what you like…if you find yourself giving a compliment, remember the piece. Here at Evelyn Brooks, we are well known for making a statement. Most of our customers come back telling us many stories of I walked into a room and everyone looked at me and the beautiful necklace I was wearing. Specially our exotic braided necklace with a reversible clasp that can be worn not just on the side but also on the center or all the way in the back. Giving you multiple options.

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5. Buy what you love.
If you’re out shopping and something catches your eye instantly, respect that instinct. That first reaction is powerful. You really like a piece when you feel that emotion of “I want that.” If you love it, buy it. You’ll love it every time you put it on.

6. Stack your bracelets.
Women’s Wear Daily declared the bracelet THE piece for this season. Wear any style you like: thin, thick, cuff, beaded, silver, gold, bronze. Many trendsetters are stacking them. Often it’s the same style stacked together. Or it’s the same color in a few different styles. Or it’s a group in complimentary colors. Any way you want to wear a bracelet, you’ll be a fashionista. We have tons of options for you, from stretchy bracelets to wrapping bracelets, to bangles, leather bracelets. ALL for YOU or if you are looking for a gift to surprise someone. Shop NOW our latest BRACELETS designs.

7. Give up the watch
If you don’t wear bracelets, your excuse is “but I wear a watch so I can’t wear a bracelet!” So wear bracelets on your other wrist. Or buy bracelets that are thin and will coordinate with your watch (same metal, same color). Better yet, give up your watch. You carry a cell phone…get the time from that. Or ask a handsome stranger for the time.

8. Buy jewelry in neutral colors
They’ll go with most of your wardrobe…giving you versatility. Greys, camels, frosts, blacks are all good choices. They go with everything. Or look for a multi-colored piece. Something with 10 hues in autumnal colors will look good with a lot.

9. Repair your favorite pieces
If it’s an expensive piece, take it back to the store you purchased it from. If it’s from a local designer, call them…most local artists will do repairs for free…(YES, WE DO) they want you to be able to wear their creations. If it’s a costume piece, you can visit a craft store or a bead store. They might offer repairs. Or you can buy supplies to re-string a necklace or replace a clasp.

10. Ask Grandma for her jewelry
So many retro and vintage styles are back in fashion. Take a look at your mom’s, aunt’s or grandmother’s jewelry box. Look for enamel bracelets, Swarovski crystal necklaces, oversized earrings…all in vogue now. You can also find great vintage jewelry at estate sales, antique fairs and thrift stores. You’ll love digging into a world of treasures you didn’t imagine and you can end up creating beautiful new jewelry pieces.

11. Store your jewelry in an air tight container
Oxygen is what makes sterling silver tarnish. So when you’re not wearing your jewelry put it in your jewelry box. Or you can even use a small ziplock bag. One from a grocery store is fine, or The Container Store has small bags in heavy plastic that are the perfect size for jewelry. To prevent tangling, store one necklace in one ziplock bag. Leave the clasp sticking out a bit from the zipper. That way the chain won’t tangle.
Oxygen is what makes sterling silver tarnish. So when you’re not wearing your jewelry put it in your jewelry box. Or you can even use a small ziplock bag. One from a grocery store is fine, or The Container Store has small bags in heavy plastic that are the perfect size for jewelry. To prevent tangling, store one necklace in one ziplock bag. Leave the clasp sticking out a bit from the zipper. That way the chain won’t tangle

12. Keep handy a clean cotton cloth Why? simple because the minute you see one of your pieces is not sparkling or has a small dirty spot, or something that doesn’t look right, the first thing you should do is use a clean cotton cloth to clean it and maintain it from getting dirty.

I truly hope this ideas help you take care of your jewelry pieces, gives you ideas for what or how to wear your jewelry and helps you to take care of your beautiful treasures.

Till next time,

Evelyn Brooks

It was March 2nd of 2002, I arrived at the Dulles Airport in Virginia, with many dreams to fullfill. One of them was to be with my long time sweetheart, one of my brother’s best friend whom I ‘ve know since I was six years old. He had already talked to my mom, telling her, he will help me in every way once I come to Virginia. How many have come to the States, just to try luck, staying six months using our tourist visa, right? that was me.

So I called my “boyfriend” to pick me up from the airport and he said he couldn’t pick me up, Please, find another ride, he said; because he wouldn’t be able to help me. I guess (that phrase: finding a new ride) had a meaning that now after so many years I continue to understand. That same night I called a friend to see if I could stay with her, she agree and told me, to take the train, she will pick me up from Springfield Metro.
I remember crying on the bus and train ride thinking what would happen in the coming days and months.  I came to the U.S. because I was also tired of living in Perú, after a couple years living all by myself and very independently in Mexico, City for two years; I got use to my independence. Once my assignment with United Airlines in Mexico – city ended; I went back to Peru but couldn’t find a job there; I felt I didn’t fit in there anymore.

So that night, my girlfriend picked me up from Springfield metro and said to me: Ok, you must be sad and all that, but tonite we will go to a club (the back then popular, E-City in Tyssons Corner, VA) Obviously I didn’t feel like dancing; I felt lost, super sad, I felt my dreams were trashed in a matter of seconds. I don’t know what happened to my long time sweetheart who changed his mind, even till this day.
But that is not important anymore. He was right I needed to find another ride.

Anyhow…now I understand God’s purposes in a better way than almost 15 years ago.
That night I went out with my friend, that same night God will change my life forever. That night I met Mr. Brooks, with whom I married after eight months. Wanna know what happened to my old long time sweetheart? I have hardly saw him maybe but five time in all those years leaving in the U.S.

This post isn’t about my relashionship with my husband is more about who I was before I became Mrs. Brooks.

I was worried about how to survive. I only had $600 and I even thought about going back to Perú. My dad told me he would help me, only If I would go back to Perú. My younger brother told me: You have always being my super-hero, I know you will manage to be OK”; he gave me courage, to stay in the U.S.
So my friend Connie, help me find a job and that is how I ended up working at a beautiful home in Mclean. With a family who was looking for a living nanny where I will have a place to live and I will have a job, too. So I interviewed for the living nanny position and got my first job as a nanny, where I will take care of Joey, a five year old and will also help with the house shores.

I absolutely fall in love with Joey. He became my little buddy, my family. I didn’t have any relatives other than some friends. Joey would test me in many ways, his mom already told me about stories of him and other nanny’s that he didn’t like. And I hoped it would be different with me. He was always playful and high energetic. His mom worked so much we will be spending a lot of time together.
During school time I will drive Joey to the Beavouir School for boys in Washington DC and we will tell us so many stories, while driving. We will go to the country club, play in the pool, have playdates with his neighbors or simply go to chucky cheese.

While I worked as a living nanny, I dated Mr. Brooks and just as what happens when you are dating, we had good days and bad days. The only person that was there for me to cheer me up was the little five year old boy Joey. He knew when I was sad, he knew when I didn’t want to play much specially one day, because Mr. Brooks made a comment about perhaps I was dating him because of his U.S. citizenship. I was a person with real feelings I wasn’t looking for any paperwork to stay in the U.S. but I am pretty sure Mr. Brooks wasn’t the only and first person thinking, that about many women come just to get their green card. I guess soon he realized that wasn’t my purpose
Joey sometimes will actually tell me, Evelyn you are sad is OK, let’s just watch TV.

So days went by and I had one of the most special memories while I was Joey’s nanny. I remember the day his mom and dad, had to go to the hospital because Angela was pregnant and will give birth to A.J. Joey’s younger brother. Joey’s mom had asked me to please help her more than ever while she was at the hospital and of course I would not let her down. Joey and I were closer than ever. Things got a little complicated and we lived some difficult days because A.J. had severe jaundice issues. A.J. finally came back home and I was asked to babysit him, too; but in all honesty I was so worried about A.J. he was so tiny and he looked sick. I didn’t really wanted to watch him because I thought he will stop breathing at anytime. I will constantly put my finger in his nose just to see if he was breathing.

After a few weeks things got better for A.J. and I continue to work with this beautiful family.

Although my visa will soon expire, my dad got sick and I had to come back to Peru. I had to leave the country no later than November 23rd. 2002

I was sad to go back to Peru. I was sad to leave Joey and of course Bryan. It was hard to make understand a five year old what was happening. Other than I will come back to visit. I remember Joey was in my bedroom when I was packing my cloths to leave the house. I will pack and Joey will unpack, I will put things in my suitcase and he will get them all out. We both were heartbroken, it is hard to see someone we love go, right? I could understand it but how do you make a five year old understand it, right?

This weekend after so many years I had the chance to see Joey and his beautiful family on a weekend that I will never forget. Joey is now 20 years old. Instead of me watching him, now he is watching after Tyler and Stella. He’ll always be my little Joey. I hope when he reads this posts he knows how special he was for me. After so many years I want him to know he has a friend and just as he cheered me up when I needed it, if he ever needs me to cheer him up I will be there for him.

Yes, I was a nanny and house keeper. I am proud to have worked for my little Joey (now 20) and his family before I was Mrs. Brooks and before we launched Evelyn Brooks Designs over 13 years ago.
Many things have happened in both our families, after A.J, came Chloe (Joey’s youngest sister), they moved to North Carolina and continue with their life but we kept in touch.

I went from being a nanny, then to work in the travel industry and then to create Evelyn Brooks Designs.
Humbly proud of my beginnings, of the opportunities I was granted and to loudly say
YES, YOU CAN DO IT. We could have good and bad days but with perservace & courage YOU CAN DO IT.
Anything you want in life you can accomplish, you just have to work hard, get trained, study hard, while inspiring others to do the same and always being thankful with those who helped you.
I dedicate this post to my little Joey, THANK YOU, you will always have special place in my heart.

Sincerely

Evelyn