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Colorful Stones

For my birthday, I went out with some of my closest friends from DC. We had a great time- and I spent the night dancing away. I wore 2 necklaces that my mom had sent me for my birthday – all made up of semiprecious stones- amethyst, citrine, peri-dot, blue topaz and pink topaz. It was on a 28 k yello gold chain. I wore a white short Cinderella- puffy dress, and I thought the dress complemented my jewelry well. I am really loving semi precious stones, and the necklaces are definitely 2 of my favorites from Kaye Gems.

Do you have any favorite jewelry? Do you find it difficult to match your jewelry to your outfits? Please share! I’d love to see and hear what you wear on special occasions.

xoxo,
Kaye

 

 

 

 

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Birthday Bling

I’ve finally turned the big 25, and so far there is no quarter life crisis. Life’s been good, and there have been many changes. I moved to a new house and have been ecstatic with my stay there. My walk home from work and to work are a little longer, but I like the exercise. ( I’ll post pics of my new house soon!)

On my birthday, my coworkers surprised me with a birthday cake, and I had gotten so many well wishes from everyone- family and friends. Nice to feel loved. My phone ran out of batteries because of the many alerts, but it survived after a little charging. I didn’t do much on my actual birthday, but one of my friends bought me a drink at a bar. I left after one drink, and instead opted to go home, read a book and eat a slice of cake by myself way past bedtime. I thought that was living on the wild side- eating carbs right before bed! I’m feeling old!

 

I wore the gold pearl necklace my mom had sent by Kaye Gems. She designed it herself. I also wore earrings and a ring from Kaye Gems. I love the uniqueness of all the jewelry. The ring has a leaf shape curve to it, and my earrings remind me of earrings from traditional old times. What do you think? I have to thank my friend/colleague Donald ( who is also in the pictures ) for the photos. He took pictures of the jewelry for me on my birthday. lol

 

 

NYC Tutoring

Posted in Events, fashion, style, summer wear, Uncategorized, Work Chic by kayemlin on September 2, 2011

I’m in NYC this weekend, and it has been eventful. I do miss NY sometime, but I’m loving DC so much that I don’t think I can move back here. It’s too hectic for me. Sometimes I just need to go take a breather and just stop and stare when I’m in the city. The one thing that I do miss about NY is the mix of people, and I always think about the students that I used to tutor. I used to tutor students of different backgrounds who were failing school. I was tutoring 8 individual students- all girls- and they ranged from 1st grade to 11th grade. I was so happy to have gotten that job because I felt like I was making such a big difference in the students’ lives.

I remember coming home from tutoring these kids (I was working practically as a social worker) and remembering just how happy and sad I was each time. Many of them came from nothing. They didn’t have people to support and push them hence their grades were bad. Many lived in hostile neighborhoods and were teased badly. Others were left back 3 times and told me that that it was social suicide if they were ever seen with books in their hands or a tutor by their side.

The one little girl who left the biggest impression on me was this beautiful 1st grader. I won’t tell you her name ( it is very unique and pretty) because I want her to be given some kind of privacy. She had 2 parents who were both deaf and an autistic brother. I used to go to her home three times a week and tutor her in Math and English. She was teased so badly by her peers. Her books were ripped, and she could barely write in them. She had her writing notebook duct taped in the front and inside the pages because it was ripped; she told me her parents couldn’t afford to get her more. I didn’t know just how badly her situation was. Her brother was also teased, but he was a little older and I was sure that he could fend for himself. She, on the other hand, this little bright thing, is so smart, and with the weight of her family on her shoulders and being a girl, she was sensitive to the teasing ( As any young girl would be. Even older girls are still sensitive to these things.)

This 1st grader amazed me. I sat with her 2 hours each time I came over, and we used to go to the park, sit on steps, go to Dunkin Donuts and cafes, and study. She has the street smarts of a high schooler too. A few times I took her to Dunkin Donuts, and each time I’d take her there, I’d get her a hot chocolate and a donut. Then I’d tell her to take one donut and a hot chocolate for her brother as well. She’d never let me go back in with her when I took her back home. She just waved to me by the door and went inside. I later found out that she never gave her brother the donuts or the hot chocolate. She was hiding then eating the donut and drinking the hot chocolate herself. She loved her brother so much, but she was being a little sneaky and loved treats.

One time, as I was visiting the family  on a Saturday ( one of my last days with her), I brought her and her brother treats and school supplies. The brother all of a sudden came up to me and jumped and squeezed me so hard. I thought I was going to pass out. The little girl yells out in laughter and starts jumping, ” Oh, he likes you. He never hugs anyone. He really really likes you.” I didn’t know what to do. I smiled, but I was hoping that he would’ve been a little bit easier on my shoulders. She later told me, after our 3 months were over, ” I used to get teased all the time, but since you came around, none of the girls tease me anymore. They actually want to be my friend.” 😦   I thought that was the most rewarding compliment I have ever gotten in my life. The little girl is such a gift to her family. She helps them communicate to others. She helps her mom with laundry, helps her brother and is the sunshine of her dad. You know that she is just their world. I know she could go such a long way in life, and I just hope that she has people to keep her on that track. After our tutoring session ended for good, I tried to get in touch with her, but never got a response. I tried contacting her one last time before I moved to DC, but that wasn’t successful either. I just wish that I get in touch with her soon… like be a pen pal.
Here are the pictures of this beautiful baby girl.

A Sunday Escape

Posted in H&M, style, summer wear, Uncategorized by kayemlin on August 17, 2011

DC has some amazing spots, and there are some amazing places in the DC,Virginia,Maryland area that you might find to your liking. I went to visit my grand aunty on Sunday and stopped by this place. Can you guess where I am? It’s in Virginia. Isn’t it beautiful? People were kayaking, hiking and rock climbing. I just wanted to sit down near a waterfall and try to meditate and smell the breeze. lol Really…

Grandaunty’s amazing. She seems happy.

What I’m wearing: a fadora hat from a cute boutique store in Ocean City, MD ; dress from H & M – I topped it off with a light blue belt, sandals and an ankle bracelet.

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Topaz

I must be boring you with all the blue jewelry. The one I’m wearing in this post is blue topaz. It’s slightly different from the Sapphire jewelry – lighter in color and looks a little bit like crystal when in the light. However, it is a stone- a gem and not a crystal. This whole set is a tear dropped / oval shape. Hope you like it.

My next post is about a diamond and the mystery/ curse behind it. Stay tuned for that one! 😉

Sapphire and Diamond Earrings from Madagascar and Sri Lanka

I’ve been pretty busy creating stories for work and although I haven’t updated in a while, I will make it up to you with the updates that I will be doing incessantly this week.

Lately we’ve had a lot of request for Sapphire jewelry, and I think it might be due to the news of the Royal Wedding and the popularity of Princess Kate’s wedding ring. Sapphire and diamonds do scream out ” royalty”, I must admit. 🙂 I love Sapphire and Rubies. I’ve always said that- maybe even more so than diamonds. Don’t quote me on it; I don’t think my mother would approve. I just can’t help it that I like color and shine! Diamonds are gorgeous too. After all, they are the most expensive gems. Speaking of which, I do have a video story that I just made on arguably the most famous diamond in the world, but I’ll save that for a later post. 😉

For now, I’ll leave you with pictures of the 2 sets of Sapphire and diamond earrings that we just created. One pair of earrings are Sapphires from Madagascar. The other pair is a set from Sri Lanka. Can you guess which is which? And the cts.? Which one do you prefer?

Pink Topaz Ring

Posted in diamonds, Events, fashion, jewelry, kaye gems, Ring, special occassions, style, Topaz, Uncategorized, Work Chic by kayemlin on March 30, 2011

Also from our 2011 collection is a new Pink Topaz ring. This is for the woman that likes big, bold, ” bling” things. It really is a beauty, and it shines when the light touches it. I took a picture of everything on my blog with a small Kodak camera that I acquired from STAPLES more than 2 years ago ( for my 22nd birthday). I’m still amazed that the pictures look good when the only light I use is natural sunlight. All I can say is that the jewelry speaks for itself when you see the shine of the stone in the photos. I’m not thinking about getting a new camera anytime soon. 🙂

 

Sapphire and Diamonds

I was born in September so my birth stone is Sapphire, and since September 22nd 1986, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Sapphire jewelry. Rubies and Sapphires are my favorite (even more so than diamonds, can you believe it? hah) My mom and I recently designed Sapphire jewelry for a client, and I was more than ecstatic to have a voice and see my designs come to life. Our special client wanted a Sapphire necklace so here are some of the necklaces and rings that we designed. Hope you like them. This is the first of the 2011 collection to come.

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Sight Seeing in DC

Posted in Events, Hair, Places, style by kayemlin on March 22, 2011

My boyfriend and I showed my friend from college around DC. We walked all around DC for a total consumption of 5 hours. We went to see the Freedom Monument, the Capitol ( which is right by my house), the Lincoln, the Jefferson ( across the river- in Virginia) and the F.D.R. memorial. I’ve lived in DC for over one year and never have I visited the Jefferson or the FDR memorial. It was beautiful though. I didn’t take pictures of the FDR memorial, but I’m sure I’ll be back there again soon. I was just tired by the time we got to the FDR and I stopped taking photos by then.

 

Here are some of the photos.

 

Producing

Posted in Events, fashion, style, Uncategorized, Work Chic, Work Clothing by kayemlin on January 11, 2011

At work, I produce a lot of stories for TV. My news stories are targeted around the country, Burma. I’m proud of the work that I do. In these two pictures, I help with the production of the TV news magazine show that is broadcasted via satellite into Burma. We also have it available on the web.