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2021 June Mag

2021 June Mag

Paulette Roby has been marching for Civil Rights since she was a child. And she’s still marching.

June 2021 Cerese D Magazine cover featuring Paulette Roby

During 1963, Birmingham was known as one of the most racist cities in the South. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had described it as a “symbol of hard-core resistance to integration.” Civil Rights activists had nicknamed it Bombingham, because of the frequency of violent attacks against those fighting the system of segregation. The children of Birmingham played a key role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and their courage and determination, then, matters today.

Paulette and Curtis Roby, laughing together, dressed in black.
Paulette with husband Curtis Roby

Six months into 2021, the Black community is fighting against voter suppression that is being supported by nearly every state legislatures and some elected leaders to the U. S. Congress; police violence against Black women, men, teens, and underage children is videotaped day after day; an insurrection on democracy witnessed by millions but is feigned by 147; safety in public spaces; and the Jim and Karen Crows disregard for anything Black from health to wealth have made 2021 look like 2020’s first cousin with a virus.

As we grapple with the mental fatigue from above, meet Paulette Porter Roby, a face of courage who believes in hope and Black Lives Matter, then and now. In 1963, 13-year-old Paulette left her classroom to become one of Birmingham’s Children Foot Soldiers who fought on the Civil Rights front lines for equality for her generation, and unbeknownst to her at the time, an inspiration for future generations to come. She was one of the youngest protesters who was arrested for standing up to the police led by then public safety commissioner Bull Connor, a determined segregationist. Paulette and other Foot Soldiers’ stance against segregation and racism helped change the course of the 1960s’ Civil Rights Movement and gave the momentum that helped cement the Voting Rights Act of 1964 into law. Throughout 1963, Birmingham’s Children Crusade nonviolent campaigns helped win victories in getting concessions from segregationists for Dr. King and local Civil Rights leaders. But those victories came with a heavy toll on the community. 16th ​Street​ Baptist Church, a meeting point for Paulette and the many school age Foot Soldiers, was also the target of a bombing that is forever etched in the soul of the Birmingham community and the annals of American and World History.  

Unable to vote at 13, Paulette knew if she did not fight for her future, then, and the future of her people, she would not be able to vote later in life. She persists with that fight today, 58 years after the Birmingham’s Children Crusade garnered unprecedented national and international media attention for its brutal assault on the child protesters, the community and even innocent church goers. Through the lens of wisdom, Paulette recognizes, now more than ever, it is important for the Black community to know that our history lessons are for us to excavate for not only insight and knowledge but to continue to engage and create strategies to help prevent the injustices of yesteryear but also stop the injustices of an ever-evolving societal system that has been woven like an invisible cloak. A cloak not to keep the community warm and bring comfort but to cover up man-made systems that keep us from addressing root causes of systemic issues that overwhelm and discourage Black communities. Black people must fight to stay empowered with solutions to build up our communities and leave legacies for our young people and our future. Paulette believes voting is one of the strongest allies of ​the ​Black community in that battle. No matter how difficult some are trying to make the hard-fought for right to vote become a vague memory from the past and not a freedom that should endure forever.

Still marching.

Today, as the Chair of the Civil Rights Activist Committee at the Foot Soldiers headquarters in Birmingham, Paulette meets with Black Lives Matters movement members, high school students, and visitors from around the world who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. She shares her personal chronicles of being a Civil Rights Foot Soldiers, then and now. She also makes sure history does not forget those who walk beside, in front, and behind her. She talks openly in public spaces about the progress of Black Americans and​ their​ communities have made. She also addresses issues within the community that must be fixed by us for us. Paulette believes Black communities must be present and doing the work while working together so when we call out targeted racists acts and unearth intentional wrongdoings that harm Black minds, bodies, and souls. This ​should be ​done without fear and the need to make concessions that sets us back instead of propelling us forward.  

We are one year out from the killing of George Floyd witnessed by millions; 100 years after ​the ​torching of Black Wall in Tulsa, Oklahoma that wiped out millions of dollars of collective wealth from the Black community; and 156 years since the first Juneteenth (the emancipation of Black slaves in Texas); Paulette vows to continue to fight for equality, march even if she does not have shoes on her feet; and will continue to protest as if her life depended on it. Because it does! Paulette talks frequently ​to national and international audiences ​about inspiring ​stories ​that represents the resiliency of​ Black people coupled with tears for our collective untold pain and loss. She believes ​the history of Black people​ must never be forgotten or swept under a flag for the sake of moving on. It is a part of our heritage and must be remembered. And shared.

Paulette Roby wearing a t-shirt that says "I'm Speaking."

In a recent Associated Press story on the Foot Soldiers, Paulette stated, “This battle has no end.” Encouraged by the visibility and courage of today’s young leaders, she said, “They are needed. There will be a demand for soldiers throughout the generation of eternity who are willing to continue the battle for justice, peace, and equality.”

We cannot stop fighting.

Nationally and internationally known, Paulette is ad​mired​ and sought after. ​Married to Vietnam Veteran Curtis Roby (USMC) who also marched ​​on the front lines and mother of two beautiful daughters, ​​Paulette​ is a living history book and continues to add to history daily as she meets with visitors to Birmingham’s Historic 4th Avenue Business District.  She joins the ranks of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth for being a brave warrior who was willing to endure the suffering administered by Birmingham’s police water cannons and trained attack dogs rather than continue to live where laws were meant to keep Black people oppressed and desperate.

This Juneteenth, join Cerese D and the ​spirit​ of Birmingham’s Foot Soldiers by honoring our ancestors, our living heroines, and unsung heroes’ courage and bravery by making sure you, your entire family, friends, and members of your organizations are registered to vote. Let us be sure to vote in every local, state, and national elections. ​Our lives depend on it!​

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2021 May Mag

2021 May Mag.

If you want to get organized, training from an ex-military Sergeant is as good as it gets.

With more than 33 years of helping others organize and eighteen years running the Paris Love Productivity Institute formerly Organize With Love, Paris Love knows her way around a business. Not to mention, she’s also an ex-military Sergeant, so you probably wouldn’t want to argue with her about getting organized!

Paris Love, a former United States Army Sergeant, an accountability and productivity coach, affectionately known as The Drill Sergeant of Productivity is a highly sought-after speaker with tremendous talent for bringing order to chaos and pandemonium to her clients. She provides her clients with streamlined, efficient, manageable approaches to running their lives, homes, and businesses. After many years of working with a wide range of individuals in a host of settings, she has honed in on her specialty; helping overwhelmed professionals break through the barriers that keep them disorganized, disoriented, and dissatisfied in business, career, or life. Paris helps procrastinators do the things they always talked about but never get around to doing.

A nationally recognized productivity and organizational expert, her advice has appeared on numerous websites and in publications as well as appearances on the hit TV series, A & E Hoarders, and as an organizational expert with IKEA-Atlanta. She also has shared her organizational expertise as a columnist for Hope for Women Magazine. In addition to sharing her wisdom on television and in columns, Paris is a bestselling author with ten published books. She received Amazon’s top 100 Best Sellers in two categories and the TAZ award for her novel, Growing Pains. Her most recent book was published in 2020, A Woman’s Journey; Stories of Substance, Survival and Success with 7 other Remarkable Women.

Her high energy, loving but no-nonsense approach to life and living well has made Paris a hit with audiences from the West to the East Coast and from the North to the South. Paris has been featured on Focus AtlantaCW AtlantaMy Atlanta TV and OnlineOrganizing. Known for her motivational candor that produces results, Paris guides experiences that will increase well-being and overall success. Active on social media, Paris can be often found sharing advice to help others navigate the process of decluttering and organizing on Facebook Live and Instagram. Using her social media skills, The Drill Sergeant of Productivity launched a YouTube series, Declutter Across America, that is now in its third season.

“Too much is given, much is required.”

Paris believes in serving others by giving back to her country and community. She has been engaged in various professional and civic organizations that serve women and girls, military families, veterans, and business owners. She has led many groups locally, regionally, and national levels. A natural leader, her leadership skills were enhanced and polished during her service to our country. She has helped organize or lead the following associations: Founder and President of the Gulf Coast Women’s Business Association; Past Assistant District IV Director for the Alabama Federation of Women’s Club; and Past President of the Gulf Shores Woman’s Club. As a professional organizer, Paris was highly active in the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), a national organization that is dedicated to helping people and organizations bring order and efficiency to their lives. She was a Golden Circle member and held leadership roles as Past NAPO-GA Board of Directors; Past NAPO-GA Executive Board Member; Past Ambassador for NAPO and Past Co-chair on NAPO’s Membership Committee.

A staunch advocate for supporting women owned business, she is a current member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and serves on NAWBO’s membership committee. Paris is devoted to mentoring and sharing her knowledge she has learned along the way to encourage business owners to never give up on their dreams of entrepreneurship. She is the Ecosystem Ambassador for Bunker Labs and a mentor for the  Renew Entrepreneurial Center. She also mentors veterans at eMentor Leadership Program, a cutting-edge online mentoring program for military personnel, veterans and military spouses. 

In life, Paris believes we must continue to challenge ourselves to evolve and grow, personally and professionally. She is a proud graduate of Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VWise) Program; a graduate of the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) Program; a graduate of the Bunker Labs 20B cohort and a current member of the 21A cohort; and a graduate of Pre-Flight at the Entrepreneurial Center. In late 2020, Paris was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. Paris is a member of the TAU Upsilon Alpha Beta Chi Honor Society and is currently enrolled in IVMF’s Larry Broughton’s Masterclass. In late April, she started the SBA’s Emerging Leaders program.

Paris’ love of life and her trailblazing abilities to bring people together has not gone unnoticed. She has received numerous nominations, accolades, and awards by her organizing peers, her fellow comrades, veteran service organizations, and women groups.  Paris was nominated for the 2005 NAPO-GA’s Organizer Choice Award-Volunteer of the Year; nominated in 2008 for the Business of the Year Award by the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce; was one of four finalists for the Vetrepreneur Award; a finalist for the 2020 Veteran & Military Spouse Entrepreneur Award for the Rosie Network; received Small Business of the Month by the Mobile Chamber of Commerce; received the Professional Development Award by the International Association of Administrative Professionals; and received Organizer of the Month by OnlineOrganizing; and received the Platinum Paperclip Award from NAPO-Georgia to name a few.

Never at a loss for words about sharing the joys of organizing, Paris has been heard on talk radio and podcasts around the country like CityCurrent podcast and Leverage Your Incredible Factor podcast. Paris is a recurring guest on the Connect Our Elders podcast. She was a sought-after speaker for women and professional conferences. She has been a speaker at NAPO’s Annual conference where she served as a panelist for “Ask the Organizer.”  Throughout the pandemic, demand for Paris to speak has increased exponentially! Corporations are recognizing the toll the pandemic has had on millions of individuals who are now working from home who are in desperate need of work/life balance and are overwhelmed with the disorganization in their homes that have suddenly become makeshift offices. As a mother and a grandmother, she understands firsthand, the importance of having balance between your career and personal life. And, keeping order in the home.

She is NaVOBA Certified Veteran Business, a Veterans Owned Small Business (VOSB) and has a Certification in Human Resource Management.  She has a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management and undergraduate degrees in Psychology from DePaul University and Fashion Design from Norfolk State University. She is currently in the final phrase of her doctoral degree in Advanced Studies of Human Behavior.

Sergeant Love was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She enlisted in the United States Army in 1989. She attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Upon graduation, her assignments were in Arlington Heights, Illinois and Joliet, Illinois. A fun military fact, Sgt. Love was the only female in the Primary Leadership Development Course. As a veteran, she continues to serve her country by honoring and recognizing military families through advocacy, support, and her partnerships with Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs).

Officially designated by Congress in 1999, May is National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) and is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. NMAM honors current and former members of the United States Armed Forces. Cerese D Jewelry salutes all active and reservists’ members, veterans, and their families for their service and sacrifice.

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2021 April Mag

2021 April Mag

Meet the women and girls of the Sheats family, business and community leaders across generations.

To celebrate 2021 International Black Women’s History Month, we celebrate the women and girls of the Sheats family. Based in Brentwood, Tennessee, the women and girls of this family exude excellence and confidence, demonstrate their commitment to service and the community, and value family. The matriarch of the family, Mrs. Simone Sheats is a native of Buffalo, New York. It was in Nashville, Tennessee at Fisk University, however, that she met her late husband of 48 years, Dr. Jimmy B. Sheats. Together, they built a legacy based on the notion that “the more you give, the more you receive.” And with that, they have been extremely blessed.

Simone Sheats is the CEO and President of Sheats Endodontic Group (SEG), a premier, family-owned, endodontic practice network specializing in root-canal therapy founded by Jimmy in 1984. Today, the practice is led by their eldest of four children, Drs. Jimmy, II (J.) Sheats and Jan-Néé Sheats-Mathis. Jimmy and Simone’s twins, Dr. Jylana Sheats and Jamaal Sheats—university professors, also reside in the area and are excelling in the fields of Behavior Science and Art and Museum Leadership, respectively. Outside of SEG, Simone is known as a community leader and the unofficial “welcome wagon” to Nashville-area newcomers. While she is a mother of four, it has been said that she is “a mother of more,” in that Simone is known to be a great listener and mentor to her children, their friends, and other young professionals all over the country. She passionately believes that the “baby boomer” generation should think and go outside of the box to help young people of today be the leaders of tomorrow. Simone believes that just being there for your kids is not enough— and founded the Williamson County Area Chapter of Jack and Jill, Incorporated, in the 1980s to boost inter- and intra-family relationships among local African Americans. She is a member of the Parthenon Chapter of The Links, Incorporated where she has devoted more than 20 years of community service, and the Nashville Chapter of the Circle-Lets. Through SEG, Simone and the family have supported philanthropic activities with non-profit and faith-based entities. In addition to an endowed scholarship at Fisk University, they also have an endowed scholarship at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry awarded to outstanding students. These, as well as other efforts are a testament to the values that the family holds dear to their heart. 

Dr. Jan-Néé B. Sheats-Mathis is a Nashville area endodontist. A magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College, she was recognized for exemplary scholarship, leadership, and service as a member of the Mortar Board National Honor Society. She completed her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry with honors from University of Louisville, Kentucky. Jan-Néé then continued her advanced studies at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine for an Endodontic Specialty Certificate. As a practicing endodontist at SEG, she is loved by her patients and dentist peers—having been voted as a “Nashville’s Top Dentist” for the past 7 years. Jan-Néé is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Endodontics, American Dental Association, National Dental Association, and the Capital City Dental Society, where was past president. With a strong commitment to service, Jan-Néé is involved with several organizations and is a member of The Circle-Lets, Inc., The Girlfriends, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and The Links, Incorporated, where she has held several leadership roles. Jan-Néé’s effervescent spirit allows for the perfect work-life balance. She is also a Beautycounter consultant and enjoys travelling, spending time with family, and “veganizing” recipes in her spare time   She and her husband of 20 years, retired veteran-Ken, are proud parents of an energetic six-year-old daughter, Zoë Simone.  While Zoë aspires to be a dentist like her mom and uncle, in the interim, she enjoys being her mom’s fashion consultant and make-up artist. As a family, they are involved with and lead health and wellness efforts across Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Jylana L. Sheats is an applied behavior scientist and educator. Following in her sister’s footsteps, she was an honor student and magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College. Jylana received a Master of Public Health (nutrition) from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She then obtained a doctorate in Health Behavior and Public Affairs at Indiana-University-Bloomington and a Post-doctoral Certificate in Behavioral Medicine from Stanford School of Medicine. Jylana’s educational background and expertise have enabled her to work across public, private, and non-profit sectors to promote equitable health and wellbeing and reduce health disparities. Currently, she is the Managing Director of Health and Wellbeing at the California-based startup, See Change Institute, which is devoted to studying and shaping behavior change programs for the greater good. Like her mother, Jylana has a passion for mentoring and holds simultaneous faculty appointments at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the University of California-Berkeley, and Rutgers University. Given her commitment to education and service, Jylana is a member of the Spelman College “Guardian Society,” the Central New Jersey Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the New Jersey Chapter of the Circle-Lets. A servant leader, she is an Executive Board member of the Greater Princeton Chapter of Junior League and volunteer Manager of Organizational Effectiveness for the international non-profit, Code to Hope. Jylana recently relocated from New Jersey to Brentwood, Tennessee where she loves spending time with family, travelling, and exploring her artistic skills.

Christie Sheats resides in Brentwood, TN with her wonderful husband of 21 years Dr. Jimmy B. Sheats II (J.) and their three amazing children, Jordyn, Jadyn, and Jimmy III (Tré). Christie is the founder of Naturally U, Inc. a non-profit organization created to educate and improve self-esteem of young girls through professional hair care services and education. The premise and passion behind Naturally You delve into the core of Christie, what makes her who she is; one that sees the best in everyone, although they may not see it or feel it…YET! She also demonstrates this trait as a business and training consultant. Christie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University and maintains a SHRM-CP Certification.  Christie is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Circle-Lets, Inc. and has held several leadership positions in The Girl Friends, Inc., Nashville Chapter and Jack and Jill of America Inc., Williamson County Area Chapter.  She loves spending time with her family, reading/listening to books and learning to sew. The Sheats II family are active members of their church and continuously serve and give to their community and surrounding areas. J. and Christie’s two beautiful daughters Jordyn and Jadyn pictured here are a freshman in college and a junior in high school, respectively. They both have achieved outstanding academic success and have held multiple leadership positions in community and school organizations, as well as in the Williamson County Area Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Jordyn is pursuing a degree in Psychology on the pre-med track and Jadyn is considering a career in Orthopedics. They both enjoy spending time with their family and friends and are actively involved in community service.

Marcya Carter-Sheats is an Indianapolis, Indiana native but has called Nashville her home for almost 20 years. Happily married to her best friend and artist extraordinaire, Jamaal Sheats, she considers being a wife and mother her greatest gift. Jamaal and Marcya are proud parents to Juliana (aka “GiGi) and are expecting their second child this summer. When Marcya is not enjoying family time, she is working hard as the Global Operations Excellence Manager at Cummins Inc. She feels fortunate to work for a great company and has worked in various roles and lived/worked in various countries and cities for the last 19 years with Cummins Inc. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has two Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees with a focus on International Business from Purdue University in Indiana and the TIAS School for Business in Tilburg, Netherlands. Marcya is also very active in her community, serving as a Board Member on TennGreen Land Conservancy, a Board Member of ClearPath Equitable Development, the Foundation Chair for the Williamson County Area Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, member of the Frist Gala Advisory Committee and member of the Cummins Black Network leadership team. Both Jamaal and Marcya, while they work hard, feel it is vital to continuously give back to their community and set a good example of leadership and engagement for their children. They believe family is the most important gift and feel blessed that they get to spend every weekend with their family. 

The Sheats women – across the generations from girls to women, wear many hats. Yet family remains a priority. The love and admiration that they have for one another is exemplified every week when they all gather and rejoice during family dinners. Moments like these remind them of a sentiment expressed by their late patriarch, Jimmy B., when he once said, “You know, the older we get, the closer we become as friends.” For the Sheats family, truer words have never been spoken.

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2021 Feb. Mag

Dr. Karen Patricia Williams

Meet this trail-blazer, visionary, and thought-leader.

Dr. Karen Patricia Williams is a Nursing Distinguished Professor of women’s health at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and director of the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth. She is also a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research focuses on cancer prevention and control within cancer disparities. 

The Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth at The Ohio State University College of Nursing is internationally renowned for the discovery of new knowledge and its translation into real world settings to optimize health and wellness outcomes in infants, children, adolescents and women through health promotion and risk reduction. 

In her role as director, Dr. Williams is charged with thought leadership within and outside of the Center. This includes faculty recruitment, development and management, education, research, and expanding the Center’s footprint throughout the community engagement. Her goal is to help foster the Center’s vision to align with the College of Nursing as well as the goals of the university.  

In addition to leading the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Youth, and Children, Dr. Williams is deeply involved in her own research that she has passionately pursued over several decades; The Kin Keeper which focuses on breast and cervical cancer prevention and control. 

With funding from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Williams developed the Kin Keeper Cancer Prevention Intervention to address, in part, the continuous cancer burden carried by disenfranchised women of color and women with limited resources. Targeting breast and cervical cancers, the Kin Keeper Intervention has been implemented and tested with Black, Latina and Arab women. Her area of expertise is in community-based participatory research and women’s health policy. She has been involved in the evolution of women’s health research from fragmentation to the transition of bench to bedside to barrio (community) with mixed methodology, quantitative and qualitative to address health disparities.

Currently, Dr. Williams and her team are workingto identify factors and cofactors in the mechanistic and multilevel pathways of resilience and allostatic load that serve as protective and/or predictive factors of cardiovascular disease risk among Black women across the lifespan. Additionally, they are investigating the intersection of female cancers and cardiovascular disease risk in Black women.

Dr. Williams is a fierce advocate of women being seated at the table. She works tirelessly to expand the voices of women and our community in the boardroom. She believes that representation in various sectors will help drive corporate decisions that will empower leadership roles at the C-Suite level. Dr. Williamsserves in leadership roles in several national civic organizations that specifically focus on meeting the needs of women — Delta Sigma Theta, The Links Incorporated, Michigan Women’s Foundation, the YWCA, and others. Fueled by her faith, “To much is given, much is required,” is embedded in her mission to pay it forward and give back to various scholarships and endeavors that empower women and girls. Her advocacy for women, especially women of color, has been recognized by several organizations.

A graduate of Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) and Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), Dr. Williams’ work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Contemporary Clinical TrialsStatistics in MedicineWomen’s HealthJournal of Cancer and Journal of Urban Health. A former journalist, Dr. Williams has been featured in several national publications including Huffington PostInside the OfficeMSU TodayStar TribuneWalker’s Legacy, and  Circulation to name a few. As a trailblazer and a visionary thought leader, she is a sought-after conference speaker and media spokesperson.

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When it’s too hot out to wear more than your lightest cami in the coolest fabrics, don’t forget to layer on your favorite jewels to finish your look. This one-of-a-kind matching bracelet, earring, and necklace ensemble — featuring black onyx, resin, amber, capiz shell, aqua quartz — is one-of-a-kind and sold as a set (and it may be sold already – if you haven’t done so, sign up for notifications about new blog posts, and never miss a one-of-a-kind item again!). It makes a big, bold statement but is light enough to wear all day. 

Big looks like this one also work well with prints and mix and match surprisingly well with multi-color and big patterns. You do you! But do it soon – this one-of-a-kind set will be gone in no time.

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Summer Jewelry Wardrobe

Summer Jewelry Wardrobe

We love breaking out the warm weather clothes and getting into spring and summer, but we were surprised to find out that not everyone has jewelry for each season. So please take our word for it — there is nothing better than trading the winter jewelry box for the summer jewelry box! It’s like getting a whole new jewelry wardrobe! Sure, there are a few pieces that you’ll wear every season, every year, but some jewelry just goes better with your summer outfits.

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Citrine is gorgeous and summery, like warm beads made of sunshine.  Perfect for layering over white, they dress up a casual outfit or add a playful note to a dressy outfit.

If you love wearig big looks, summer is a great time to do it. You can layer on as many strands as you want, add bold earrings and chunky bracelets – even on top of this season’s super cute ruffles and bows. With these light colors you can’t go over-the-top even if you try.

Go Bigger

When you break out those bold flower prints you might think you have to tone down the jewelry, but we say . . . go big. A dainty necklace or bracelet will get lost, but a bold layered look pulls it all together.

Make This Your Look

If you’re never quite sure which jewelry to wear with your big prints, stop worrying. Our advice is . . . go bigger. 

Bigger jewelry won’t overwhelm your favorite prints, and it will get noticed!

Less is Sometimes More

Ka Pow

We love the playful, sexy elegance of this look. Our bead strands accented with gold-plated beads in two simple layers with matching earrings added a big summer jewelry look without overpowering the outfit.

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