Kayegems's Blog

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




The Secret to Success- there are 2 noted in this post!

Posted in diamonds, jewelry, kaye gems, necklace, Work Chic, Work Clothing by kayemlin on September 9, 2011

Hi All,

I’m just itching to promote my website, http://www.kayegems.com – my mom’s and my jewelry company. I really should do more to promote it, but my passion for my work in Journalism-pursuing stories and personal life have been getting in the way! However, I love jewelry, fashion and that is my other passion. I revealed to a guy and a girlfriend that I go home and prepare outfits for the week. ( I don’t do it every week, but I try to do it at least the night before, and put thought into my clothing. I’m pretty sure I scared the guy off lol and my girlfriend responded with a shock, ” Jeez, wow that’s so anal of you.” lol ) That’s the secret to success – be assertive and dress smart! I always choose my jewelry to give that extra UMPH (I’m serious and Independent and I want to Make an Impression look), and I’ve always enjoyed seeing my mom put a little more spark and attention into her clothing and style with a little jewelry on. I’m going to have an auction soon ( online as well as in real life) so I will keep everyone up to date with the planning! Also feel free to contact me if you are interested in the gems. They’re all whole sale! http://www.kayegems.com Revamping website soon!

I’m just so captivated by people who are ambitious and driven. I think I owe a lot of my drive to my mom. I’ve always seen her really hard at work, and my parents have sacrificed so much to get my two brothers and me to where we are today. ( And let me tell ya, they never let us forget it…they’ll go on for hours giving us lectures about it.) I just met a man today who came from Burma with nothing – only 16 dollars in his pocket; now he’s a millionaire. We interviewed him for a story – on how he was invited to speak at President Obama’s speech on the economy and jobs yesterday. He was sitting right next to Michelle Obama. He is the Founder & CEO of a sushi company and owns many sushi companies around the US. With $16 dollars in his pocket coming to the States, he became a self made millionaire. We asked him what his secret to success was and how he got here. He said, “hard work and determination”. He used to work on average 12 – 16 hours a day. He said, “Sometimes I used to work 24 hours a day.” The secret to his success was that he kept going…When he lived in Burma, he was a pre-med major, and he revealed that he got kicked out of school, however that didn’t stop him from pursing his interest and becoming a business man.

So with that in mind…I am posing in the pictures below with two of my loves near me- reporting the news ( Journalism) and wearing my Black Onyx, Gold and Diamond necklace with a diamond ring ( Kaye Gems-business with my mom). Here I am with my 2 loves. ❤ Will be posting more jewelry soon. Contact gemskaye@gmail.com if you’re interested. Will be revamping website-www.kayegems.com soon! So be sure to come back and check it out. xoxo


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?


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.




Make Up !

Posted in Events, fashion, special occassions, style, Uncategorized, Work Chic, Work Clothing by kayemlin on November 12, 2010

I apologize for not being able to update the blog! I’ve been super busy! Here are some pictures of my colleagues and I getting our make up done for Halloween! My friend, Jamie is an accountant/ beautician/ professional ________  ( insert any noun you can think of there)  ! She says we will be trying out more make up on me because doing Asian make up is different than putting on make up on any other races, and she wants more practice with a variety of people .  Once we plan our next make up date, I will show you the results and give you the card if you’re in the DC metro area. She’s  wonderful!


I’ll be sure to post up more pictures of me on Halloween night on a later post! Guess who I was? 😉


A guy once said to me, ” With makeup on, you look like you’re on the money, but without makeup, you look priceless.”  I love that quote. 🙂 I still love playing with make up regardless.


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New Movie Coming Out – and Background chosen!

Posted in Events, fashion, Work Chic, Work Clothing by kayemlin on October 22, 2010

In my previous post, I had written about choosing a background for my news story, and I have chosen! What is more important, is not the background in the story or the fashion I write about, but the message that the movie, Burma Soldier carries.


Here it is:


Help Me Choose a Background for a TV report

Posted in Blair Waldorf, Events, Gossip Girl, H&M, Work Chic, Work Clothing by kayemlin on October 7, 2010

Yesterday, I was running around all day reporting a new story. As I’m putting the story together, I have difficulty choosing the right background. These are the backgrounds that I used for the report. Which one do you like better?

I was wearing a blouse from H & M with a bow tie to top it off. Everyone said I looked like a school girl, and I was going for the school girl- Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl look. 🙂 I’ll show you the news report once I’ve picked out a background. Stay tuned…


Butterfly Pavilion at the Museum

Posted in fashion, style, Uncategorized, Work Chic, Work Clothing by kayemlin on September 30, 2010

I went to shoot a story about the extinction of tigers and butterflies at the National Museum of Natural History here in Washington DC.  Before I broadcast the video, I just wanted to share some pictures of the butterfly pavilion. The museum spends thousands of dollars shipping these wild and rare butterflies from all over the world- many of them are from Africa an Asia. Inside the pavilion was really beautiful- I really felt as if I were in a jungle because of the humidity inside.

Do you see all the butterflies fluttering by?

Fair Skin or Tan Skin?

Posted in fashion, style, Uncategorized, Work Chic, Work Clothing by kayemlin on September 30, 2010

Here is the promised air clip for the news story I was working on:

Light skin is highly prized in Asia, and social experts say, the reasoning behind why women desire to have lighter skin is because of social class differences. A lighter complexion means a life of wealth. Darker skin indirectly associates with a life of outdoor labor in the sun. Americans have other views on white skin- it is not in style. For Westerners, especially Americans, tanning of the skin is in fashion, and people spend long hours in the sun to get that sun tanned glow.

VOA reporters, Khin Phyu Htway and Kaye Lin report on this sociological question on the beauty of one’s complexion. What do you prefer ?  To be fair or to be tan? We’d like to know more…

English Version:

Burmese Version: