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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

I keep learning about raising a bilingual kid and let me share with you some of the things I have done to have a 80% bilingual kid.

Some kids don’t realize how important is to speak another language (and some parents don’t realize how important is it, either),  but as parents in a very modern world and in the 21st century it is VERY important to speak two, three even four languages.

Through my blogpost I like to inspire parents to help their kids in any way possible to be bilingual. I know it won’t be easy but in the long run it is one of the best things we are giving our kids.

I also did some research to find out about bilingual kids been smafter.         Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age. This view of bilingualism is remarkably different from the understanding of bilingualism through much of the 20th century.             (source from the New York Times)

I have also read an article on science line that explains the advantages of been bilingual even if you learn a second language when you are older. So we are never late to learn huh?! Also some people learn faster than others when it comes to study other languages.

imgresI have a six year old and a two year old. My six year old had problems in the beginning  learning Spanish and even though I still have to correct him he speaks a very clear and clean Spanish (even with my Peruvian accent LOL) although most of the times I  still have to correct him especially when he doesn’t know a word he tends to say it in english. (no spanglish in this house:) even those special games we play we manage to say it (see video)

My daughter on the other side seems to speak more English than Spanish so I don’t know how much energy I will have to teach her, because it is exhausting, trust me. Trying to make them understand how important it is to learn my language, my background, my heritage and the importance of been bilingual; so only the time will give me the answer I am looking for. I know I will try my best but this little girl is very stubborn, so hopefully she will learn Spanish no matter what;)

The great gift of all this  bilingual thing, or speaking other languages is, that the kid learns to be more social, appreciates and respects other cultures and enjoys the beauty of been bilingual.

I can share my secret now…I wish one day I speak French fluently or Italian:) and even better if it is both;)

till next time…

Evelyn Brooks