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    Simple & Sweet Gift Tags

    Simple & Sweet Gift Tags

    Make your gift stand out with simple and inexpensive gift tags! They're simple to make, and add that special touch. So for all you last minute wrappers, all you truly need is some kraft paper, twine, and a printer. Now go forth and print some cute stuff to let people know---'This one is for you. And this one is for you!' 

    FREEBIES PACK  (link at end of post)

    • 12 designs across 4 x PDF printables 

    Gift Cards - Simple Elegance

    WHAT YOU'LL NEED

    • Printable download (there are 4 pages, download NOEL. Peace Fa La La, trees, Let It Snow)
    • White card in stock of choice
    • Computer & printer
    • PDF viewer (e.g. Adobe Reader)
    • Hole punch & twine

     

    THE STEPS

    • Print out the gift tags on A4 or US letter paper. (I like to use a thicker matte paper stock between 200 - 300gsm, fed through the rear tray of my printer) Make sure in your printer setup that your print quality is set to 'high'.
    • Using scissors, a blade or guillotine, cut around the dotted line on the outer edges. (I like to use a guillotine to ensure my lines are straight)
    • Punch a hole in the top of the tag, add twine, write a special note on the back and attach it to your wrapped gift. ☺

    **These cards are originally from an old post on gatherandfeast.com but it was so good I had to repost!**

    3 Simple Tips to Mix Metals

    3 Simple Tips to Mix Metals

    It’s an old debate. It falls in the same categories of wearing white after labor day and women over 40 can’t wear short skirts. Mixing silver and gold jewelry (or mixing metals of any kind) has been seen as tacky and a faux pas. Well, that’s no longer the case! In fact, the once frowned upon practice has now become one of the hottest fashion trends. Here’s some tips to help you adjust from the one-metal mindset, into a more modern outlook.

    Tip #1:

    Wedding Rings Don’t Count

    You most likely wear it every day and hardly ever take it off. It’s effectively become a part of you. So, it doesn’t count in your accessory additions. You don’t need to stress that your wedding ring is gold and your favorite necklace is silver. Who needs that stress? From now on, subtract your wedding ring from all further fashion decisions.

    Tip #2:

    Stack To Make A Statement

    Layer rings, bracelets or necklaces in mixed metals next to each other. It might seem strange to you at first, but it will easily create a fashion-forward look. To pull it off, keep the styles and overall appearance the same. Are the styles bohemian or delicate and whimsical? The visual weight and styles of your jewelry need to make sense as a combo; if that’s working, you’re golden. To glam up your wrist, try adding mixed metal bracelets on the same wrist as your watch. Go ahead and stack them on for a trend-setting look.

    Tip #3:

    Combine With Strategy

    There are three different strategies that you can utilize to make use of this new trend.

    1. Obtain A Combination Piece: Have at least one piece of jewelry that has the combination of metals you’re mixing already. A necklace that has both silver and gold worked in or a ring with rose gold and silver. Having a piece that already combines them for you will cut your work in half. You just have to add accessories that match what’s already there in color and style.
    2. Watch the Weight: Layer pieces that have different colored metals in one place. Do you normally wear a set of bangles that are all matching and one color? I’m guilty of this. One way to easily adjust is by finding one or two bangles that are of a different metal with the same style and swap them in for ones in your set. Or, wear a watch of one color and a bracelet of another, all on the same wrist. If rings are your thing, try different rings on the same hand. Stacking mixed metals in one place makes it look intentional and very stylish.
    3. Bring In A Third Color: Much like matching a blouse to a skirt, introducing a third color will bring the whole ensemble together by connecting the two different metals. For instance, combining a necklace that is silver and black (oxidized finish) with a piece that’s gold and black, the black acts as an anchor, making the jewelry pieces look more cohesive. This lets you flawlessly mix metals and look well put together.

    The days where you had to stick to one metal color are gone. That means our choices are limitless (yeah!) and we can wear whatever our wonderful hearts desire.

    Adding layers and mixing metals can add warmth and texture to your wardrobe. No more worrying about whether it’s burnished gunmetal, bright yellow gold, pale rose gold, oxidized silver, rhodium or copper, you can make it work. The mixed variations of mixed metal jewelry look great at the beach, under the stars, in the workplace or at music festivals. Go on, give it a try!

     

     

    Feature on THE TALK on CBS

    Feature on THE TALK on CBS

    We know, we just launched the site, and we are hitting the ground running! We are proud to announce that THE TALK on CBS is featuring us in their segment 'Fantastic Finds' tomorrow, November 30th! We are more than delighted and humbled by the incredible honor. 

    I'm Chi-Lan, the lead designer and half the brains behind this operation. :) 

    Since Lulu & the Bear Jewelry started about five years ago, it's been a dream of mine to be featured on THE TALK. Some of you may know, that is my day job, being the Lifestyle Expert for the fabulous talk show. And being on the inside, I know the stiff competition and hard work it takes for brands large and small to be featured on the show. So for my line to be chosen is a definite dream come true, and I'm hoping the start to a very grand year for the newly launched online store. 

    So sit back and tune in to THE TALK on CBS at 2pET | 1pPT and let us know what you think! 

    Kisses! 

    Chi-Lan

    13 Easy Ways to Clean Silver

    13 Easy Ways to Clean Silver

    It's no secret. Silver tarnishes. With wear, your skin's natural oils will keep the silver shiny, but will it be the brilliant shine you saw when you first purchased it? Air tarnishes silver, and honestly, sometimes I think me thinking about my silver jewelry makes it turn slightly dingy. But that's the finicky nature of this gorgeous metal. And I feel some oxidation enhances the pattern or creative shapes. 

    However, I am also one to clean my jewelry - or at least the pieces I'm looking to keep real shiny. 

    Below are 13 Easy Ways to Clean Your Silver - and the best part, it's all with household items you likely already have around the house! 

    Aluminum foil

    Tarnished silver is no match for this aluminum foil "recipe." Bring one liter of water, one tablespoon of baking soda and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Drop silverware in the pot for 10 seconds (longer if it's very tarnished), then remove using kitchen tongs. Magic! If built-up tarnish persists, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and two tablespoons of water. Apply with a damp sponge, then rinse and dry.

    Laundry detergent

    To make your jewelry or silverware sparkle, line a medium-sized bowl with aluminum foil and fill it with hot water. Mix in one tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent, then soak your silver for one minute. Rinse with clean water, and air-dry.

    Ketchup

    If your silver is tarnished, ketchup can help. Squirt a small amount on a paper towel, and rub gently over the tarnished areas. If your silver isn't getting shinier, let the ketchup sit for 15 minutes, then rub with a soft cloth and rinse clean. For items that have textured details, as with some candlesticks or fancy silverware, use a toothbrush to clean between the crevices.

    Corn Starch

    A paste of corn starch and water will make silver look new again. Apply with a damp cloth, let dry, then rub off with something mildly abrasive, like cheesecloth or a rough towel. Tip: You can substitute cream of tartar if you're out of corn starch.

    Hand sanitizer

    Hand sanitizer not only fights germs, but it's a great silver polish. Squirt a few drops on a soft cloth and rub away the tarnish.

    Lemon-lime Soda

    Recapture shine by dunking your silver items in a bowl of lemon-lime soda for one hour. Rinse and dry thoroughly.

    Toothpaste

    Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste on a rag and polish your silver. Then rinse—and see how it shines!

    Window cleaner

    Spray window cleaner on a rag or toothbrush, and use it to gently scrub your sterling silver. You should be able to restore your silver its original shiny state.

    Hair conditioner

    If you want to prevent tarnish, try rubbing conditioner on clean silver.

    Chalk

    Silverware will stay shiny if you keep a few pieces of chalk in the drawer or chest where you store it. The chalk absorbs moisture, preventing your nice utensils from tarnishing.

    Ammonia

    Brighten silver trinkets by soaking them for 10 minutes in a solution of one cup warm water and 1/2 cup clear ammonia. Gently wipe clean and dry.

    Vinegar

    Return luster and shine to your silverware and jewelry by soaking it in 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse under cold water, and dry thoroughly.

    Lemon juice and salt

    Your silver will sparkle after soaking overnight in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1/2 cup of instant dry milk.

     

    Copper Candle Inspiration

    Copper Candle Inspiration

    There's something so peaceful about a flickering flame, and when coupled with a gorgeous metallic copper color, it gets even better. 

    lulu & the bear designers were so inspired by the gorgeous metallic color, we are translating it in a few of our pieces. Perhaps we shall do rose gold necklaces. Perhaps we will use a warm flame colored plating. The options are endless. All we know is this candle is our #goal.