My Cousin Got Married! Come See Her Gorgeous Wedding & Our Adventurous Trip!

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(All of the professional photos were taken by King Street Studios)

Awwwe Weddings…who doesn’t Love a wedding? Everyone’s looking fancy, smiling, and excited for the happy couple. There’s a palpable romance in the air and there’s just something absolutely magical about sharing and celebrating LOVE!

It was a real treat to be celebrating my cousin Kelly’s wedding in Charleston, South Carolina. She’s my Mom’s brother’s youngest of two daughters and she was marrying Adam Weiss. They’re a super fun couple who love each other dearly and I’m excited to share their AMAZING wedding with you!

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Hold your horses for just one minute….before I get to the wedding, we made a little extended trip out of it by first, by visiting Savannah! The Gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Savannah!

It can be tough to get the family together these days, so we wanted to take every chance we can get, and this was a great one!

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My sister Lily, my parents and I, all had a ball exploring Savannah Georgia.

You can’t see it too well, so here’s a better picture; I’m wearing one of my favorite tassel necklaces that I made with (non other than) what else, Swarovski Crystals (of course)!

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I handmade this Swarovski Crystal Tassel Necklace using Swarovski Tahitian Pearls and Aquamarine Satin Crystals. The two colors compliment each other so well and I wear it all the time because it goes with practically everything! The navy blue undertones mixed with a sophisticated sparkle, looks especially  nice with jeans. I sprinkled in some Silver Crystal Rhinestone Rondelles (Swarovski is only making the Rhodium now, which is still very nice, just a slightly darker plating) and I added some extra drama above the tassel with the  Swarovski 80101 BeCharmed Pave Beads. The large hole allows for the thread to easily fit through and attach it to the clasp with a jump ring. I just love the clustered pave crystal look!

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Lily & I capturing the moment along the river. Those twinsies smiles just say it all  🙂

Lily handmade her pearl earrings as well. Making jewelry runs in the family! Luckily our parents taught us at a young age & put our little nimble fingers to work! We all helped out making crystal beaded strands and necklaces for the family business. Then we would all have a ball together selling at art’s and craft fairs. Those are the days I cherish the most! Swarovski…bringing our family together, one crystal at a time  🙂

We loved walking all around Savanna and soaking up the rich culture. Seeing the historic Bonaventure Cemetery was a real treat and we even made it to Tybee Island. We happen to catch a terrific jazz festival, which was a fun way to dance off all the fabulous food we were enjoying!

A fantastic time was had by all…now off to meet our brother Jaia, his wifey Breanna and Lily’s hubby James in Charleston for the wedding!

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Here’s the Schmidt crew (Harmony, Jaia and Lily). I’m the oldest, but somehow the shortest…how did that happen?

We had a fun, albeit HOT & HUMID Fall day exploring Charleston.

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We’re all smiles as we head off to the rehearsal dinner!

You can’t really see our jewelry well, but Lily is wearing a necklace and bracelet I made with dainty fresh water pearls in a light cream color mixed with Swarovski Crystals in Rose Satin and  Light Rose Satin. Her dress is actually a baby pink and complimented the dress beautifully.

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I’m wearing the new Swarovski Crystal 6533-33mm Raindrop Pendants as earrings in Blush Rose with Gold plating. I absolutely ADORE them! I can’t say enough about this gorgeous style. I have worn this shape in different colors of earrings and layered necklaces almost every week since receiving them. I can’t get enough of them!

Every time I wear them, I receive more compliments then the last – honestly it’s my favorite style Swarovski has made – I know I  know – they make so many beautiful styles and I shouldn’t pick favorites – but I can’t help it! It’s won my heart! They are just so elegant and easy to make jewelry with! OK, I think my rant is over, thanks for bearing with me 😉

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It’s Rehearsal Dinner Time! Yay!

We had so much fun catching up with the fam! I’m sitting next to my cousin Holly, (Kelly’s sister) who I just LOVE so much! She’s next to her hubby Tim, who is super fun, great guy all around and so glad he’s apart of our family! What a fun night with everyone!

Next up….the BIG day!

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Here’s the whole family (minus my hubby Mike). He was a real trooper holding down Rainbows of Light while I go off and play! Well, somebody’s gotta ship those sparkles to you, and although Kashi’s a smart pup, somehow a girl just doesn’t appreciate a bag full of bones in the mail when she’s expecting a bag full of Swarovski Crystals  😉

My Mom is wearing the Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Tassel necklace that I made her for her Birthday! It made me feel so good that she wore it and loves it so much! I made it with Black Swarovski Pearls, Crystal Silver Night, Black Diamond and Crystal Silver Shade beads, along with accents of Gold Black Diamond Rhinestone Rondelles and finished with a Gold clasp. I also added an 80101 BeCharmed Pave Bead in Black Diamond.

My sister-in-law makes jewelry as well and she’s wearing beautiful Swarovski Crystal and Pearl dangle earrings. She makes custom jewelry for all kinds of occasions. Check out all her sparkling goodies at: Crystal-Princess.com

I bet you’ll never guess what earrings I wore to the wedding  😉

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Oh how did you know? Haha…Yep, of course, my fave 6533-33mm Swarovski Crystal Raindrop Pendants in Crystal Silver Night with the Rhodium finish. I told you, I just can’t get enough of them!

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Here’s the lovely bride and she’s looking more beautiful then EVER!

Kelly is a personal stylist, so this girl KNOWS fashion. She’s wildly successful and so much fun to be around. She’s also one of the most hilarious people I know and loves to have fun with life! Her soon to-be last name is Weiss, so she cleverly named her wedding website Twice The Weiss (too cute!)

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This shot is adorable! They’re both so excited to see each other for the first time on their wedding day!

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Even MORE Adorable!

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Here comes the Bride…

She’s escorted down the isle by my wonderful, loving Aunt Sue. We were all tearing up that her Dad, Tom couldn’t be there. Unfortunately he passed away many years ago after his battle with cancer. He was the most fun-loving person, we all loved him very much and I know that he was there in spirit. Kelly embroidered Toms initials on her sash and there were caring sentiments said before a moment of silence to honor him.

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Even at the alter, Kelly’s doing what she does best…cracking Adam up!

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Getting married and doing the happy dance!

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Sealed with a kiss!

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They were made for each other!

The Wild & Wonderful Weisses!

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What a gorgeous wedding party with the rich amethyst and plum tones mixed with natural green hues.

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The setting was stunning!

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They had a twist on the traditional sit down dinner, opting for smaller intimate tables inside and out on the balcony, where people could sit wherever they wanted. I loved it!

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Lets kick off this celebration with their first dance…awe!

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My cousin Holly gave the best matron of honor toast! It was funny, sweet and heart-warming. I just love this picture, all those smiles just makes me smile!

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How about some more dancing!

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And the celebration continues….with a fun sparkling sendoff!

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A little wardrobe and venue change to get this dance party started!

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Get your glow sticks on & dance like it’s 19-99!

Needless to say, we danced the rest of the night away.

WOW! What a fun wedding & memorable adventure!

Thanks for coming on this little trip with me & hope you had fun too!

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Harmony and Kashi

Warmest Regards, Harmony and Wonder Girl, Kashi

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On the Brighter Side ~ See the Vibrant Color Trends this Fall & Winter with Matching Swarovski Crystals!

Pantone Fall Color Trends 2015 Chic Fashion

2015 Pantone Color Report: An Evolving Color Landscape

Here is this last section of the top 10 most popular fall and winter colors, where I focus on the warmest and most unique hues this color palette has to offer. I’m thrilled that there are some refreshingly cheerful colors to choose from this season! The colors that we choose to wear and surround ourselves with can have a substantial impact on our mood, so I love that it will now be “fashionably acceptable” to incorporate more vibrant and upbeat hues to uplift our spirits on some of those dreary winter days.

Cadmium Orange Pantone Fall Fashion Color Trends 2015

Pantone’s Top 10 Fall and Winter Color Report: Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Orange is a warm, welcoming and gorgeous hue that is somewhat subtle but holds enough drama for a new type of refreshing orange this Fall and Winter. It’s almost a peachy type of orange that evokes a sentiment of optimism, fun and fantasy. It’s both playful and sophisticated that is a lighter compliment to the more traditional deeper orange and copper type fall tones. It can also act as a valiant contrast to the darker blue and green tones popular in these cooler months ahead.

Cadmium Orange’s Complimentary Swarovski Crystal Color Tones Include:

Padparadscha                                                   Tangerine

Swarovsi_6010_Briolette_Pendants_Padparadscha   Swarovski_5328_BiconeBeads_Tangerine

Coral Pearls (Gemstone Color)

Swarovski Pearls 5810 Coral

Rose Peach  Rose Peach Pearls (which are actually more peachy in color than Rose)

Swarovski Crystals Rose Peach  Swarovski Pearls 5810_RosePeach

Cashmere Rose Pantone Fall Fashion Color Trends 2015

Pantone’s Top 10 Fall and Winter Color Report: Cashmere Rose

The Cashmere Rose is an absolute exquisite color! This feminine almost antique pink hue also has a gentle and elegant richness to it that sets it apart as one of my all-time favorite colors! It’s just a perfectly lovely and delightful hue that is graceful and timeless.

It’s a gorgeous color that pairs well with so many options. It’s an ideal color for making wedding jewelry, because it’s works perfectly for both bridesmaids in a wedding party, as well as guests of a wedding. It’s also an every day type of color as well because it’s just so darn beautiful! It’s simply a romantic tone that matches well with soft purple hues, dusty rose type of shades and cream or white colors as well. It’s divine, just divine!!

Cashmere Rose’s Complimentary Swarovski Crystal Color Tones Include:

Blush Rose                                        Crystal Antique Pink

Swarovski Crystal Beads Blush Rose  Swarovski Crystal Antique Pink Beads

Vintage Rose                                               Powdered Rose Pearls

Swarovski Crystals Vintage Rose  Swarovski Pearls Powdered Rose

Rose Satin                                               Light Rose Satin

Swarovski Crystal Beads Rose Satin   Swarovski Crystal Light Rose Satin

Amethyst Orchid Pantone Fall Fashion Color Trends 2015

Pantone’s Top 10 Fall and Winter Color Report: Amethyst Orchid

Indicative of our affection for color, Amethyst Orchid is the jewel in the crown. Intriguing and somewhat sensual, this enigmatic purple tone is an extraordinary hue that is unique, bold, creative and exciting!

Amethyst                                                    Lilac

  Swarovski Crystal Round Beads Amethyst   Swarovski Crystal Beads Lilac

Crystal Lilac Shadow                             Crystal Blackberry Pearl

Swarovski Crystal Lilac Shadow  Swarovski Blackberry Pearl

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Have fun creating something beautiful and brilliant!

Keep smiling and keep sparkling!!

Fabulous Fall Color Trends With Matching Swarovski Crystal Hues!

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Fall is in the air (at least here in Colorado it is). The sun is slowly softening and we have been waking up to a little nip in the air. The leaves will begin to turn and a full fledged fall will be here before we know it! Here are a couple of fabulous fall colors that are sure to be very popular this year.

Oak Buff Pantone Fall Color Trends 2015

(Picture compliments of Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2015)

Oak Buff is a classically warm neutral tone that is mellow and compliments many traditional fall tones. It is likened to the soft sun as it shines after stormy weather to bring us cheer and a glimmer of hope. Another one of nature’s illustrious shades, the golden yellow Oak Buff acts to nurture and comfort.

Oak Buff’s Complimentary Swarovski Crystal Color Tones Include:

Light Colorado Topaz               Crystal Golden Shadow

Swarovski Crystal 5328 Xilion Bicone Beads Light Colorado Topaz    Swarovski Crystal 5328 Xilion Bicone Beads Crystal Golden Shadow

Crystal Bronze Shade                             Topaz Satin

Swarovski Crystal 5328 Xilion Bicone Beads Crystal Bronze Shade    Swarovski Crystal 5328 Xilion Bicone Beads Topaz Satin

Bright Gold Pearls                           Vintage Gold Pearls

Swarovski Crystal Pearls Bright Gold    Swarovski Crystal Pearls Vintage Gold

Marsala Pantone Fall Color Fashion Trends 2015

(Picture compliments of Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2015)

The gorgeous complex blend of Marsala incorporates the warmth and richness of a red wine with hints of brownish tones, which adds a graceful finesse to your fall color palette. This medium luxurious hue is intriguing with it’s plush reddish-brown roots and dusty rose finish. Marsala exudes sophistication paired with a natural earthiness, which is a perfectly delectable fall staple.

Marsala’s Complimentary Swarovski Crystal Color Tones Include:

Burgundy                                             Rose Satin

Swarovski Crystal Pearshape Beads Burgundy    Swarovski Crystal Beads Rose Satin

Maroon Pearls                                          Burgundy Pearls

Swarovski Crystal Pearls Maroon    Swarovski Crystal Pearls Burgundy

I hope you have fun creating new designs with these beautiful fall color tones!

I Love this song so much I couldn’t wait for “Throwback Thursday”. I had this on repeat while creating this blog post. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Fashion Trends and Color Inspirations for the New SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Fall and Winter 2014/15 Innovations! Featuring Romantic Urban Nomad

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Trend Inspiration Urban Nomad

The continuing emergence of nomad-inspired fashion showcases a new drive for freedom, and a stand against the constraints of the ongoing recession. Wanderlust continues to engulf the design world as we become more mobile in our daily lives due to the increased use and functionality of social media. We no longer have to work in an office, or one place, and our clothes and accessories reflect this. This mixing of styles, seasons, and eras to create a new bohemian look with a practical element is inspiring a new generation. Combining materials, such as tweed with luxurious fibers, creates a truly individualistic style.

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The exclusive and the eccentric will become ever more important and will be carried by the growing influence of the bespoke. Recycling and regeneration are predicted to be the future fabrics and will become an increasing focus. “We are consuming 50 percent more than what the planet can currently sustain. This is very unfortunate and could increase to 100 percent very soon…” Sri Lankan physicist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Mohan Munasinghe: “With such large numbers and as populations grow, the pressure to source more raw materials for textiles is intensifying.”

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Romantic The Mood Swarovski Fashion and Color Trends

The overriding aim of this theme is to create a totally individualistic style statement based on the wearer’s personality and taste.

Fabrics are down to earth: leather and skins, feathers and tweed, crochet and florals, crystal and tartan – strange bedfellows – combine in the one garment.

SEGMENT INSPIRATION MADE WITH SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Romantic Segment Inspiration Swarovski Elements Fashion and Color Trends

Electronics and packaging with modern and streamlined designs in warm colors are merged with crystal and nature-inspired patterns.

Evening-wear and day-wear merge with layering all-important in an individual effect.

COLOR COMBINATION and INSPIRATION MADE WITH SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Romantic Color Combinations Swarovski Elements Fashion and Color Trends

Blending rich gem tone pruple hues including the bluish purple color of Tanzanite, designed with the reddish purple tone of Amethyst and Light Amethyst blend very well with the new Fall/ Winter Innovation of Crystal Lilac Shadow. These colors complement Crystal Vitrail Light, Crystal Antique Pink, Light Rose Satin and Rose Satin very nicely. The Crystal Astral Pink is a wonderful transitioning color to then incorporate the brownish and neutral tones such as Crystal Golden Shadow and Light Colorado Topaz.

PRODUCT INSPIRATION MADE WITH SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Romantic Product Inspiration Swarovski Fashion and Color Trends

Romantic Product Inspiration Swarovski Elements Fashion and Color Trends

Add a dynamic coating to the neutral tones with Crystal Copper, Crystal Bronze Shade or Crystal Tabac for a deeply complex effect. Crystal Sahara is another  uniquely dynamic coating with hints of Yellows and grays interacting with one another. For an infusion of ravishing reds, try the Crystal Red Magma or Crystal Chili Pepper that can be incorporated nicely with Crystal Astral Pink.

JEWELRY INSPIRATION MADE WITH  SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Romantic Jewelry Inspiration Swarovski Elements Fashion and Color Trends

Swarovski Jewelry Inspiration Featuring  4809 Heart Fancy Stones in Crystal Silver Night, 4810 Hearts in Crystal Antique Pink and the 5860 Coin Pearl in Blackberry.

Romantic Jewelry Inspirations Swarovski Elements Fashion and color Trends

Surprising, never-seen-before material and crystal combinations set the standard.

Romantic Urban Nomad Jewelry Inspiration Swarovski Elements Fashion and Color Trends

Opposite materials, textured surfaces, and multilayered crystal are a core component.Romantic Urban Nomad Product Inspiration Swarovski Elements Fashion and Color Trends

Ornamental roughness highlights a new everyday elegance.

Crystals show their wild and independent side as the bold and the delicate become one.

Romantic Product Inspiration Swarovski Fashion and Color TrendsBeautiful Crystal Necklace Design Idea Featuring a variety of shapes in Swarovski Flatbacks in Amethyst and 6106 Pearshape Pendants as well as 6010 Briolette Pendants in Crystal Golden Shadow.

Designs strike a balance between bohemian softness and rough surfaces to give an urban edge to outdoor outfits.

Strong colors are combined with refined crystal patterns.

COMPONENTS FLAG MADE WITH SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Romantic Components Flag Swarovski Elements Fashion and Color Trends

The wild and the wooly meet the traditional and serene in clashing material combinations for layering of true individual style.

Romantic Transfers Flag Swarovski Elements Fashion and Color Trends

The metallic and brownish tones compliment the orange tones found in Topaz, Topaz AB and Topaz Satin. These blend well with Lime, Lime AB and can be pared with the rich purple tones of Amethyst, Tanzanite and Purple Velvet that all look nice against the Antique Pink hues.