Friday, September 27, 2013

I {heart} personalized jewelry...

I know that's probably no surprise at all, but I L O V E personalized jewelry.  Don't get me wrong: I love wearing big 'ol statement pieces sometimes that make people from three miles away "OOH" and "AHHH"...but the pieces that make it onto my being on a daily basis, the ones that get asked about at dinner parties and leave the ask-er (is that a word?) speechless because they are just so darn touched by it all - THAT'S the stuff I love.

This piece was created to commemorate the life and the love of a customer's dog - a little something she can carry with with her (because up until now, she has been carrying Dakota's dog tags around with her) to keep Dakota close to her always.  Something that can remind her of that incredible love and bond between animal and human.

The grief you feel when he/she is gone...inexplicable. 

I am so beyond honored to create something that can provide just a little bit of makes me feel so amazingly blessed.


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Our Fall 2013 Collection is here!

Check out our Fall 2013 collection here:

Tell us what you think!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

We're having a HUGE HUGE HUUUUGEEE Sale!

We've never done a flash sale. I don't know if we ever will in the future - so, if you love us, and see something on our 21 best sellers here that are on sale for 50% off from 9AM - 3PM (PST) TODAY ONLY - get it while supplies last!!!
Discount code: FLASHPRETTY  Link:
Happy Shopping!!!!
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Funky Creation ~ Message to Me Pendant ~

I love Friday Funky Creation time!  It's something that I've done for quite some time, but never documented. 
I take Fridays to play a bit - it's a mix of research and development and a simple exercise in clearing the creative zone in my head.  Having a handful of hours to decompress from a hectic week of production, marketing, meetings and what-not's has proved to result in happier (and more sane) business owner...and oftentimes these little excursions result in a brand new piece. 
For this FFC, I wanted to create a 'little note to myself' type of piece - but I didn't want it to look like a post-it...I wanted it to be clearly distinguishable as a letter, or note.  I chose the shape of an envelope and wanted it to hang a bit askew for interest.
The whole point of this piece was to have a word on there that I say to myself quite a bit - which is, "enough".  That word holds so much weight.  I like it because it reminds me to be okay with just saying, "okay, I've had enough" of whatever (re: negative words that I say to myself, a friendship that doesn't hold positive value any longer, or cupcakes :) )  It also is a word that I use to remind myself that I am enough. Just as I am, imperfections and all. I am enough.
I wanted the word to be handwritten - it adds to the organic aesthetic of the pendant and I thought it was fitting.
Here's the finished piece:
What do you think?
If you need a message to carry with you, let me know - I'd love to create a piece like this for you!
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Creativity and Intelligence...

Back in 2011, Psychology Today's Jonathon Wai published an article asking, "If you are creative, are you also intelligent?" I thought the article, found here, was pretty interesting.  There's been all this talk about how countries such as China and Japan are adopting more of the "American" sense of education so that their students are encouraged to be more creative, rather than just adhere to the 'rote learning' that Asian countries are known for.

Bill Gates was quoted in the article and said (something along these lines) that considering that Japan creates some of the most creative, imaginative video games in the world...there has to be some creative folks lurking about (not to mention that Japan = anime, Pokemon, Yugi-Oh!...and all sorts of other creatively awesome good stuff).

I am drawn to this whole idea of creativity and intelligence because being raised by parents from the Asian continent, I was held to incredibly high academic standards, but being creative (drawing, writing stories, playing music, singing songs) was kind of expected.  That makes me think that most Asian parents do the same thing (no science or statistical backing on this claim at all).  
What I truly believe is this quote from Einstein: Creativity is Intelligence having fun.  
Now I'm just hoping that MineCraft is considered a creative activity, because if so, our children are practicing this in spades. :)

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Pretty Peacock Pick of the Week ~ Storybook Pendants

School is {finally} starting this coming Wednesday for my two children.  The start of the school year always has me a bit nostalgic for their babyhood.  

My oldest is about ready to start 5th grade - and that sounds so crazy to even WRITE, let alone say aloud!  I caught a glimpse of him in the rearview mirror the other day and, I swear, I saw him as a toddler sitting in his 5-point harness and happily kicking his legs...when in reality, he is almost as tall as I am, has feet that are way bigger, and is super proud of his *almost* tween status.

My youngest is a second grader. She is still my bitty, bitty baby and always will be, darn it all!  Too bad her (becoming-all-too-frequent) sassy tone, definitive style choices, and independence streak dictate otherwise.

I created my Storybook pendants because I needed something to hang on to.  Something substantial, something that clinked when I walked, something that I could look down and be reminded of the two most gloriously monumental days of my life. Ever. 

No matter how weird-ed out I become over saying what grade my children are in, or how often I need to hold back laughter as his voice changes, or how many times I have to bite my tongue when she asks me about an outfit choice...I will have this tangible, fiddle-worthy, super meaningful pendant with the dates of their entrance into the world to hang on to.  

That's why the Storybook pendants are the Pretty Peacock Pick of the Week.

How do you guys feel about your kids going back to school?

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