Challenge of Music Blog Hop: Rayando El Sol

Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver rabbit, moon, heart, hummingbird, owl, and flower charms

When Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati decided to put together a Music Blog Hop for Leap Day, I definitely had to jump in on the fun.

Choosing one song or artist was pretty difficult because I love a lot of different kinds of music, so I decided to narrow it down to one idea that represented where I've been and where I'm going. This song touched my heart when I was living in San Diego and still moves me today --  "Rayando El Sol" by Maná the pop rock band from Guadelajara, Jalisco, Mexico.





I've always been a sucker for a love ballad and folk music from different countries particularly if it was a corrido with an amazing story to tell in a poetic way. So it's no wonder that I'm drawn to the music produced south of the border. "Rayando El Sol" or "Reaching for the Sun" is a song about the romantic love between two people, but I've always felt that the urgency of the music and beauty of the lyrics could also symbolize our burning desire to be closer to the divine.


Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver rabbit, moon, flaming heart, hummingbird, flower, and owl charms

Rayando el sol
rayando por ti
esta pena me duele
me quema sin tu amor

Reaching for the sun
reaching for you
this sorrow hurts me
burns me without your love


I decided to make a healing milagro necklace using sterling silver charms and gems from Hint Jewelry to symbolize what I would like to bring into my life over the coming year to feel closer to the Beloved -- that inexplicable essence or oneness with the divine that brings us sense of wholeness and peace.

Last year, creativity felt lost to me so I'm longing to find that curiosity in me that wants to create new things again. My charm Rabbit Run is the perfect center piece for calling creativity back into my life.



Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver rabbit, moon, flaming heart, hummingbird, flower, and owl charms


I want align myself with the more reflective energy of the moon and surrender up to forms of love that I have run away from in the past. My Crescent Moon and Flaming Heart Milagro charm calls these things into my life.



Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver hummingbird charm


With intention I want to look for and listen to the hidden the messages of love and compassion found in the confusing moments of my life through this little hummingbird charm I call Messenger.



Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver rabbit, moon, flaming heart, hummingbird, flower, and owl charms

Es más fácil llegar al sol 
que a tu corazón

It's easier to touch the sun
than your heart


In my tiny field of flowers charm called Joy, I want to continue to seek out those small surprises that transport me to a place of wonder and awe and keep me falling in love with the world all over again.



Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver owl charm

 Te tengo atrapada
entre mi piel y mi alma

You're trapped
between my skin and my soul


Lastly, like a secret nestled along the back of my neck is Saskia an owl charm -- a symbol of infinite wisdom and guidance. I am hoping that this beautiful bird who can see within darkness will lead me to places of greater understanding and peace.

Be sure to click on the links below to visit other participants in the Challenge of Music Blog Hop and check out the free giveaway on Erin Prais-Hintz' blog Treasures Found:

Erin Prais-Hintz

Challenge of Music Blog Hop: Rayando El Sol

Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver rabbit, moon, heart, hummingbird, owl, and flower charms

When Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati decided to put together a Music Blog Hop for Leap Day, I definitely had to jump in on the fun.

Choosing one song or artist was pretty difficult because I love a lot of different kinds of music, so I decided to narrow it down to one idea that represented where I've been and where I'm going. This song touched my heart when I was living in San Diego and still moves me today --  "Rayando El Sol" by Maná the pop rock band from Guadelajara, Jalisco, Mexico.





I've always been a sucker for a love ballad and folk music from different countries particularly if it was a corrido with an amazing story to tell in a poetic way. So it's no wonder that I'm drawn to the music produced south of the border. "Rayando El Sol" or "Reaching for the Sun" is a song about the romantic love between two people, but I've always felt that the urgency of the music and beauty of the lyrics could also symbolize our burning desire to be closer to the divine.


Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver rabbit, moon, flaming heart, hummingbird, flower, and owl charms

Rayando el sol
rayando por ti
esta pena me duele
me quema sin tu amor

Reaching for the sun
reaching for you
this sorrow hurts me
burns me without your love


I decided to make a healing milagro necklace using sterling silver charms and gems from Hint Jewelry to symbolize what I would like to bring into my life over the coming year to feel closer to the Beloved -- that inexplicable essence or oneness with the divine that brings us sense of wholeness and peace.

Last year, creativity felt lost to me so I'm longing to find that curiosity in me that wants to create new things again. My charm Rabbit Run is the perfect center piece for calling creativity back into my life.



Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver rabbit, moon, flaming heart, hummingbird, flower, and owl charms


I want align myself with the more reflective energy of the moon and surrender up to forms of love that I have run away from in the past. My Crescent Moon and Flaming Heart Milagro charm calls these things into my life.



Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver hummingbird charm


With intention I want to look for and listen to the hidden the messages of love and compassion found in the confusing moments of my life through this little hummingbird charm I call Messenger.



Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver rabbit, moon, flaming heart, hummingbird, flower, and owl charms

Es más fácil llegar al sol 
que a tu corazón

It's easier to touch the sun
than your heart


In my tiny field of flowers charm called Joy, I want to continue to seek out those small surprises that transport me to a place of wonder and awe and keep me falling in love with the world all over again.



Rayando, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver owl charm

 Te tengo atrapada
entre mi piel y mi alma

You're trapped
between my skin and my soul


Lastly, like a secret nestled along the back of my neck is Saskia an owl charm -- a symbol of infinite wisdom and guidance. I am hoping that this beautiful bird who can see within darkness will lead me to places of greater understanding and peace.

Be sure to click on the links below to visit other participants in the Challenge of Music Blog Hop and check out the free giveaway on Erin Prais-Hintz' blog Treasures Found:

Erin Prais-Hintz

Winter Buds



Today beautiful, white fluffy snowflakes are blanketing the earth, but inside
I'm enjoying buds just starting to blossom on my winter bouquet.
I'm loving the delicate promise of what lies ahead. :)























Winter Buds



Today beautiful, white fluffy snowflakes are blanketing the earth, but inside
I'm enjoying buds just starting to blossom on my winter bouquet.
I'm loving the delicate promise of what lies ahead. :)























2012 Oscar Jewelry Round Up: The Top Ten from Tinseltown


Oscar jewelry at the 84th Academy Awards was an elegant affair complete with Wonder Woman cuffs, capes and crazy carats galore.

While some of my Oscar predictions came true (Angelina wore studs. Again; gold dresses were everywhere; blue sapphires made a showing, statement earrings are still trending) - others totally missed the mark (necklaces weren't the no-show I thought they were going to be - not by a long shot).

For fashion followers, the colors of the night were a mix of devilish red and angelic white - with a lot of black or black and gold and a smattering of blues/purples.

Here's the ubiquitous Top Ten List for your reading pleasure. Be sure to weigh in with your rants and raves!

TOP TEN (in no particular order):

1.  Gwenyth Paltrow


Gwenyth Paltrow, in a white, caped Tom Ford number and a 6-inch diamond cuff by Anna Hu and tons of right hand rings had all the crazy jewelry-loving tweeps on the Live Tweet Fest (#oscarjewelry) gasping for air.

2. Viola Davis


Viola Davis sparkled in green emerald stunners by Lorraine Schwartz and a Vera Wang masterpiece (I love you, Meryl, but Ms. Davis SO deserved the Oscar this year. Sigh)



3. Michelle Williams


Michelle Williams wore 30-carats of old mine-cut diamond ice by Fred Leighton for Forevermark around her neck and added a bow brooch on her dress (not pictured) to boot. Perfection. Almost too perfect, perhaps?

4. Stacey Keibler

Stacey Keibler wowed in marvelous Marchesa and Lorraine Schwartz earrings (that I swear I've seen on Beyonce before).

That dress was simply made for her - a nice consolation when George shows up with someone else next year.

5. Octavia Spencer

Big winner, Octavia Spencer, looked lovely in the night's white color trend (another Tadashi Shoji number) and platinum and diamond deco-drops from Neil Lane.

6. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman in Harry Winston. Classic. Elegant. And a one doozy of a necklace sighting - the night's most surprising trend!

7. Jessica Chastain


Jessica Chastain won big in $2 million worth of Harry Winston jewels and an Alexander McQueen number that had the red carpet buzzing.


8. Penelope Cruz


Penelope Cruz sparkled in another stunning riviere necklace (a la Michelle Wiliams) and diamond clusters by Chopard. And that dress! To die!


9. Milla Jovovich


Milla Jovovich was the first 'big' star on the red carpet, and she set the bar high in this stunning white beaded Elie Saab number and Jacob & Co. diamond jewels. Big win!

10. Emma Stone


And finally...I'll go with Emma Stone's rockin rubies by Louis Vuitton EVEN THOUGH SHE WORE THE SAME DRESS AS NICOLE KIDMAN from the Oscars a few years ago. Fashion faux pas, my dear.



The losers for me were Shailene Woodley in a dress meant for someone twice her age, Rooney Mara for boycotting jewelry altogether (even though her Givenchy couture dress was divine, and Sandra Bullock in barely there diamond drops (zzzzzzzz......)


And finally. Angelina Jolie wore $2.5 million of Neil Lane diamond ice in the form of some back brooches and (wait for it....) diamond friggin studs. Again with the studs? Yeah, I'm disappointed, but when you can rock a frock like that (the audience literally applauded her legs when they appeared on stage)? Who needs jewelry.


So who am I missing? Weigh in with your thoughts - and be sure to check out the Oscar Sale I curated for Jewelry.com with looks inspired by many of my favorites of the night!

How Romeo And Juliet Found a Happier Ending



I think one of the hardest things about reading Marshall B. Rosenberg's book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life is afterwards having that desperate feeling of wanting to put his teaching into practice but not having a clue how to make it happen.

It's like reading a book about how to ski, then positioning yourself on top of a mountain, and shooting down the hill with no concept of how to turn, adjust your speed, or even stop. Skiing would be a pretty terrifying experience if you didn't have a teacher modeling how to do it safely and correctly.

If you've grown up confused about how to communicate your true feelings and needs effectively, and you've never witnessed a healthy disagreement that was resolved through thoughtful and meaningful dialogue, the method of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) might feel like taking an incredible emotional risk that could leave you hurt and injured.

Working with an NVC practice group was life-changing for me. It was a creative laboratory where I not only saw conflict resolution modeled for me, but I also tried out effective communication in a safe environment where no one was judging my awkward attempts at learning language from a compassionate point of view.

If you are interested in practicing NVC but feel lost as to how to integrate it into your life, I urge you to seek out other people in your area who can model it for you and provide space to practice it without possible negative consequences. The video above is a great example of seeing NVC in action and demonstrates what people around the world are trying to do in small practice groups, learning how to speak from their hearts in simulations so they can communicate more effectively in their close relationships.

Another method for slowly integrating NVC into your life is to start your study of compassionate communication by learning to build a strong dialogue within yourself. This approach can be a safe way to become comfortable with your own language of feelings and needs, and develop a depth of understanding that will make communicating with others less frightening. This method of learning compassionate communication through developing an inner dialogue of self-empathy is the focus of my book Lemonade Mantras, which can be purchased in my book store here.

For more information about the film in this post check out Peace for Romeo and Juliet.

How Romeo And Juliet Found a Happier Ending



I think one of the hardest things about reading Marshall B. Rosenberg's book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life is afterwards having that desperate feeling of wanting to put his teaching into practice but not having a clue how to make it happen.

It's like reading a book about how to ski, then positioning yourself on top of a mountain, and shooting down the hill with no concept of how to turn, adjust your speed, or even stop. Skiing would be a pretty terrifying experience if you didn't have a teacher modeling how to do it safely and correctly.

If you've grown up confused about how to communicate your true feelings and needs effectively, and you've never witnessed a healthy disagreement that was resolved through thoughtful and meaningful dialogue, the method of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) might feel like taking an incredible emotional risk that could leave you hurt and injured.

Working with an NVC practice group was life-changing for me. It was a creative laboratory where I not only saw conflict resolution modeled for me, but I also tried out effective communication in a safe environment where no one was judging my awkward attempts at learning language from a compassionate point of view.

If you are interested in practicing NVC but feel lost as to how to integrate it into your life, I urge you to seek out other people in your area who can model it for you and provide space to practice it without possible negative consequences. The video above is a great example of seeing NVC in action and demonstrates what people around the world are trying to do in small practice groups, learning how to speak from their hearts in simulations so they can communicate more effectively in their close relationships.

Another method for slowly integrating NVC into your life is to start your study of compassionate communication by learning to build a strong dialogue within yourself. This approach can be a safe way to become comfortable with your own language of feelings and needs, and develop a depth of understanding that will make communicating with others less frightening. This method of learning compassionate communication through developing an inner dialogue of self-empathy is the focus of my book Lemonade Mantras, which can be purchased in my book store here.

For more information about the film in this post check out Peace for Romeo and Juliet.

2012 Oscar Jewelry Predictions


With the 84th Academy Awards a mere days away, it's time - once again - to put the champagne on ice and dish out some juicy Oscar jewelry predictions. You know you love 'em.

But first, a quick reminder that this Sunday at 6pm EST all the jewelry-loving tweeps will be using the #oscarjewelry hashtag to Live Tweet all the red carpet shenanigans.


We may not have a Glam Cam - but we've got fangs sharper than a diamond shard when it comes to arm-chair quarterbacking the fashion choices of the A list. AND we play drinking games. Me-OW! 

Prediction #1 - Wonder Woman Cuffs


I just participated in a Style Counsel piece for InDesign Mag where we 'trend spotter' types all touted the arrival of the double cuff on the red carpet. Sofia Vergara, Elle McPherson, Kate Beckinsale and Nicole Ritchie all sported the look during Awards Season this year, and the trend is likely to continue on Sunday night.

Why wear one gazillion-dollar piece of arm candy, when you can have two?

Prediction #2 - Neckwear No-Show


One would think the 'case of the missing necklace' would be solved now that Lindsay Lohan is the 'home stretch' of her community service - BUT - the little devils just aren't coming out to play at all on the red carpet lately.

Gone are the bib necklaces of Awards Shows past (like this stunner on Amy Adams in 2008). We're not even getting a decent-sized diamond Y-neck!

While I may be off here, I'm thinking the statement earring trend is where the big boys are going to play again this year - and with designer Lorraine Schwartz dominating the red carpet, I'm sure the celebs have been doing their ear lobe exercises all week.

Prediction #3 - Blue Sapphires


Emerald jewelry has become the gemstone of choice when it comes to adding a splash of color to a red carpet look - from Angelina Jolie's emerald earrings in 2009 to Reese Witherspoon last year.


BUT - the 2012 runways have been swimming in a sea of blue hues (Chanel Couture, Anna Sui, Oscar de la Renta and more), and I think the jewelry world may just follow suit. Just a hunch.

Prediction #4 - Golden Gowns

While shiny dresses may be an 'easy way out' when it comes to making a statement on the red carpet (Taylor Swift, anyone?) metallics are - indeed - trending, with Badgley Mischka, Naeem Kahn, Marchesa and many more featuring them in their Fall 2012 RTW shows.

The vintage sequined look of the Great Gatsby-era is also big right now - and so are those long, head-to-toe sequined looks that belong to the Alexis Carrington/Dynasty days of the 80s.


So, ladies. When in doubt? Wear a big shiny dress to the Oscars. At least you'll make the Joan Rivers "Best List".


Prediction #5 - Angelina Jolie and Michelle Williams Will Wear Studs

I've given up hope that Angelina will bring us another Lorraine Schwartz jewelry juggernaut like the emeralds of yesteryear. Every time I think: "THIS is going to be the event where she graces us with something other than studs, hoops or 'just Brad' in the accessory department," well..I wind up as disappointed as a tree-hugger at a logger convention.


Coming in a close second on the list of "Can't Seem to Top Her Own Fabulosity"? Michelle Williams.

I LOVED her 2006 Tangerine Dream of an Oscar dress and her 19th Century vintage diamond necklace from Fred Leighton was the perfect complement. But these days? I haven't seen her sparkle in anything other than barely-there studs and an eye twinkle. Zzzzzz......



C'mon A-listers! It's the Oscars. I want to wear a bib to catch the drool this year. I want my jaw to hit the floor so hard I have to put in carpet to cover the cracks. I want Kelly Osbourne's hair color to return to something resembling... 'human'.

But I digress...

With Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Natalie Portman, Penelope Cruz, and Emma Stone all presenting, I'm sure there will be plenty of jewelry conniption fits to complement my champagne.


What are your thoughts about the Oscar line-up this year? Agree, disagree with my predictions? Weigh in...and be sure to check Jewelry.com on Monday where our post-Oscar coverage will include my Oscar Jewelry For Less Sale, a thorough round up of all the night's best bling and more!

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