Stella and Dot Rory is Here

rory1After our short Central Texas ice storm yesterday, I assumed UPS would be running late, if at all. Not so. My order showed up on time. There were oodles of cool jewelry pieces in there, and I’ll certainly show them off soon, but the Stella and Dot Rory necklace was my most anticipated piece. I was happy to see that it is truly more of a medium-size statement necklace style. It’s a spring/summer piece, after all. I can’t stand huge necklaces when the temperature reaches into the 100s down here. This is doable for now and later.

As a general rule, I’m never a huge fan of goldtoned jewelry. That being said, the Rory’s metal is almost an antique finish. It isn’t bright, gleaming, polished gold. As you will see below, I went totally against my usual style today and wore a chambray shirt. Between the three colors of stones, it plays really well with denim. I’ll be more excited to try pairing it with something more “me” (ie: a black sweater, a Breton striped top, or a modern, lacy ivory or white top). Oh, and I would be remiss to forget mentioning it’s price: $59. It’s not pocket change, but it isn’t staggering either. It’s a spring and summer must-have in my book.

What do you think? Love it, like it, or not really your style?

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Stella and Dot Rory Necklace and Sardinia Bracelet

Stella & Dot Rory Necklace

Stella & Dot Rory Necklace

I did the unthinkable (at least for me) last month: I became an independent stylist for Stella and Dot. I don’t generally order home business-based items, I haven’t had a party since that total failure of a Pampered Chef party I had back in 1998, and I certainly didn’t think I would ever join one. Stella and Dot, however, kind of changed my mind. I’m not pushing products on my friends and families, so I guess you could say it’s more for me right now. That 50% off stylist discount was a big attraction…won’t lie about that one. I have a personal site up and going, and you’re welcome to visit it here: www.stelladot.com/courtneystrimel

The new early spring line of jewelry went live for stylists to sample this morning. It’s good if Mediterranean blue is your cup of tea (and it is mine). The Rory necklace (above) is so vibrant and Deco-inspired. I’m imagining myself wearing it heavily once we get to Italy. (Yes, at this point the whole idea of moving to Italy is full of romantic visions of walking down gorgeous streets in Vicenza. The culture shock should shake it out of me in a few months.) The Sardinia bracelet in blue (below) is also on my must-have list. I already own it in coral and have worn it ceaselessly since it arrived. I believe these items, as well as a few others, go live for the rest of the world mid-March. If you’re interested in a heads up when you can order them, visit my site or leave a comment. I don’t mind to let you know when they’re up.

Stella & Dot Sardinia in Blue

Stella & Dot Sardinia in Blue