Friday, October 31, 2014

The Brilliant Element C - A Girls Best Friend?

Better known as diamonds - and as Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor called them "A girls best friend".

Its no secret I am a HUGE fan of jewelry with sapphires and diamonds being my favorites.   I love to window shop - though D isn't a fan as it generally leads to purchasing! LOL.  It however led me down the path to find one of my favorite independent jewelers. I will introduce you to Tabitha and Tiger Gems in a moment.

In  2006 the movie Blood Diamond (conflict diamonds) brought to the forefront the illegal diamond trade that was still rampant despite the UN Resolution banning the purchase of blood diamonds many of the diamonds of the 1980's are conflict diamonds. Reports estimate that roughly 20% of those sales were conflict diamonds. Consumers become much more aware of the illegal diamond trade. Many searching for an alternative.

Over the years "ethically sourced" diamonds have become a huge deal.  Which brings in man made lab created and simulants.  Stay with me here man made lab created does NOT mean CZ. Certainly CZ's are created by man but for my purpose here I am not referring to CZ stones.  Man Made lab created diamonds are composed to be flawless and cut with the same number of facets as an ideal cut natural diamond to give the stone perfect sparkle and shine. CZ's are typically nothing more than glass or polished crystal.

Actual lab created, man made stones are graded just like a mined diamond. However unlike a mined diamond there are no flaws or imperfections. Man made diamonds have the  almost the same hardness of mined diamonds.  They shine and sparkle the same. Color is where you may see a difference as they are typically created completely colorless. The hardness, light refraction and density are identical. Grading the man made diamonds came about in 2006 by the Gemological Institute of America the standard 4 C's are used. Only a trained gemologist with special tools can tell the difference from a lab created and a naturally mined diamond.

I wanted to give you some back ground on the growing industry of man made, lab created stones and explain the difference between lab created diamonds and the $10 mall store CZ rings.  Lab created is growing by leaps and bounds and are becoming very popular with today's Bride and Grooms. Not only are they more affordable than a mined diamond they are ethically sourced and you get more stone, sparkle and brilliance for your dollar.

I discovered lab created diamonds and Tabitha's Etsy store Tiger Gemstones when I started searching for ideas on resetting my current wedding set. I was on Instagram searching hashtags when her Instagram popped up (and the video below) I was blown away at what she has created. Her work and the quality of the stones she has selected are premium. She sources lab created stones with a D grading (colorless) and a superior cut to refract the most light and provide a ton of sparkle.  Tabitha works in 14k yellow and white gold as well sterling silver. She also has a variety of lab created gem stones as well as the lab created diamonds.

I chose her 2.25 halo with the art deco curved bands. My pictures do not do her creation justice. So I included her video of the set below.

Her work is just stunning. She is awesome to work with. Tabitha's customer service is superb and she is as sweet as can be.  Head over and take a peek. Tabitha has graciously offered a 15% discount off your purchase with the code: KayLynnblog. Let me know what you choose! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday Confession Time

Kathy isn't doing the Wednesday link up anymore. However, off and on I have always done Wednesday confessions so here we go..

I truly think Bruce Jenner is transitioning..

I'd also LOVE to know what red that is he is wearing - it is AWESOME.  I also had no clue he smoked.

I am sick of Taylor Swift. This may have been the more honest thing shes ever said " I maybe the most enthusiastic obnoxious New Yorker" I think however she should had self edited and left our enthusiastic and put a period after obnoxious.

I think shes been way over publicized  and way over exposed. I am sick of turning on the radio and hearing her nasal whine.  

I am working on a blog post that is starting to read like a science class and a review all in one. The science is necessary however to explain background.  I am hoping y'all stick with me to the end though, I happen to be really excited about this one. I believe it will be my longest post yet..

I am looking forward to setting my clocks back an hour on Saturday. I do wish the government would stop messing with time though. Well and a few other things!

I love that I am enrolled in UPS My Choice notices. I know when a package is coming and can plan around it. I just got an email telling me my Ulta order is set to be delivered on Saturday and now I know to either be home or have Peep watching out for it if I am running errands.

Some more changes are coming to my family right around the first of the year and I am excited and nervous all at the same time.

What are your Wednesday Confessions???

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Monday, October 27, 2014

40 Something Weekends

Remember weekends in your 20's? Non stop partying, girls night out Friday maybe a date on Saturday then brunch with the girls ala Sex in the City.. Yeah not so much when you get older. In your twenties you bounce back immediately - not so when your 40. Now if you do that you will need two days vacation/sick time from work to recover!

The 40 something weekend looks way different. Friday night we grilled out with friends as the weather was kick ass this weekend. Then we watched game 3 of the world series. We were home by midnight. Yeah I didn't go to bed until 1 am but I was home in sweats by midnight watching TV. Catching up on my DVR. I have been watching Kendra - wow that is hard to watch. I could not imaging going through that much less filming it all.

Saturday we took Lil Man to the park to blow off some steam.(I took no pictures, I had put the phone away and concentrated on being IN the moment) We ran around for a few hours then hit Perkins - he wanted pancakes. At the moment pancakes are his favorite. He asks for them at EVERY meal. Since he was with Noni and Papaw he got chocolate chip pancakes and half my omelet sausage and potatoes LOL.  We got home about 2:30 and he crashed hard.

I got hit with a migraine so I also laid down and ended up taking a short nap after hitting the pain relievers and the coffee (I hadn't had any yet that day). Thankfully it only took a few hours to ease. When I got up and was able to see clearly I started planning the weeks meals. When I actually sit down and plan evenings go so much easier than when I hit the store and toss a bunch of crap in the cart thinking yeah I can make something outta all this. It also stops the dreaded "Whats for dinner question" I HATE trying to figure that out after a 10 hour day.

Saturday night we hit Walmart and got the grocery shopping done.  Yep 10 pm and we were out grocery shopping. It was way better than Sunday afternoons at Walmart. There were no screaming kids or pissy people. Still took an hour but it was a way better experience. I got everything we needed and wasn't stressed.

Sunday was so laid back, since we did everything Saturday I was able to just chill. I tossed a ham in the crockpot at noon watched some TV, surfed the internet and played with Lil Man until it was time to finish dinner. We had some ham, mashed sweet potatoes and corn. Its been a long time since I have cooked an actual Sunday dinner.

How was your weekend? Have you noticed a change from your 20's to your 30's and beyond on how your weekends are used??

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Favorite things on the Internet this Week

I'm not sure if I'm gonna regret this. Only one way to find out.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

TGIT Randomness

Oh hell yeah its Thursday!!!! This is seriously my favorite night of television.

This has started to happen..

 This happened last night..

Thrilled to be blonde again.
(yes that is a Victorian stuffed bear in the background, It was a gift from my dad and sits in my office)

STILL my favorite clip so far on Scandal

Then this happened

I have been working on some fun stuff (read bling) for the blog for next week.  It should be ready for the first part of the week. I am just waiting on the postman and a little bit of research..

have a great Thursday!!!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Confessions

I think it is strange to see a guy walk into the restroom talking on the phone. I just passed a guy talking with his ear piece and right into the potty he went - it was a business call... WTF? I don't want to hold a conversation with people while they take care of business, I really don't want to be on a professional call while the other party goes potty!

No matter how much sleep I get these days - I am seriously tired.

I'd like to run away from home. Just for a weekend.

I think if you are over the age of 5 and you are whining anyone in ear shot is and should be justified to slap the snot out of you.

Shailene Woodley to me comes off as not being authentic - its like shes trying to be a cross between a 1990's Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lawrence. I have to change the channel when someone is interviewing her, she annoys me that much.

I'm really looking forward to my hair appointment this evening.

I am really sad that The Good Wife is losing Kalinda Sharma (Archie Penjabi) she is my favorite character on the show.

Thursday has become my favorite day of the week.  Love chilling out watching Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. Unfortunately I just can't get into How to get Away with Murder.

Don't by Ed Sheeran  on Grooveshark

Happy Wednesday!!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

And Like that the Weekend was GONE.....

That blur that just went by, yeah it was my weekend LOL! How was yours?

I can't believe there are only 11 weeks left in this year.. It really IS true; the older you get the faster time goes. NOT FAIR!!!  I have not even begun to thing about the holiday's except for "oh shit, they are almost here".

So what did you do this weekend?

Friday night D and I grabbed a coffee and went for a drive downtown.  Right now its pretty exciting in downtown KC. EVERYTHING is lit up blue, makes for a gorgeous night drive. JC Nicols fountain is normally dyed pink in October - not this year its Royal blue. While I do love a pink fountain the blue is pretty freaking sweet.

Saturday morning I dealt with a plumbing issue at my mothers - her hot water tank did not want to light and stay lit. Thankfully an old school plumber was able to fix the switch for the pilot light. She will need a new hot water heater soon though. Apparently those really only last about 12 - 15 years, hers is 22 years old. Damn thing is a $1000.00. This is why I rent!!!

Saturday afternoon we took Lil Man for a hair cut, to lunch then the pet store. We needed a few things and the pet store is his favorite place. Between the fish and the puppies he is always a happy camper.

That evening we hung out built some mega lego's towers and watched movies.  Poor guy was worn out and fell asleep on me watching Monsters Inc. 

Sunday morning we just hung out in jammes. I made sausage gravy and biscuits for the first time in a longgggg time. Then Sunday afternoon D and ran some errands - he needed new shoes. I found a pair as well (I know shocker)! Ran to the store for dinner items and then just chilled. Had chicken salads with roasted sweet potatoes and peppers - trust me the sweet potatoes in this salad are awesome - watched last weeks Secretary of State and got ready for the week ahead.  D started a new job this morning so having everything ready for this morning was key. 

Let's go rock this week! 

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Friday, October 17, 2014


Listening to:

Looking forward to this weekend. Hoping to find new boots - last year I couldn't find anything I liked so I didn't replace my old pair - just wore them out a little more. So I really need to find ones this year.

I'm also hanging out with little man this weekend. I am taking him to get a haircut then headed out to play as long as the weather holds - if not we will be hitting the local mall where there is an indoor playground.

I'm laughing way to hard at this..

Wanting to reorganize my house and get rid of some more things. I'd love to get a new couch and a rug for the living room. i am also seriously sick of the mini blind look and want curtains - at the moment that's the easiest to solve so that just may happen Saturday!

Worried about my mom - something is up that she is not sharing. All she will say is I will let you know when I have the answers.

Now listening to this:

Currently this is my all time favorite The Voice Battle

Whats up with you currently???

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Favorite Things I Found on the Internet this Week

I thought since I was so cranky yesterday I would share my favorite things I have seen on the 'net this week..

Go Royals - Take the Crown

I STILL do this to people

Really liking 5 Seconds of Summer - but when did boy bands start looking so grade school??? Lordy these boys look like they ran off the play ground, had milk and cookies then hit the recording studio! 

She Looks So Perfect - 5 Seconds Of Summer by LouisGomez on Grooveshark

The Deeper the Love by Whitesnake on Grooveshark

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Confessional

 The Christmas store at the mall is open - this makes me ragey. For fuck sakes its not even Halloween yet.

I'm not really looking forward to the holiday's much less Christmas. I don't care how much people say "It's all about friends and family" they are lying - don't buy them anything and see how they act. Oh they may not come out and say a word but their demeanor and mannerisms will be different. Its why Thanksgiving is D's favorite, its just food and family & friends. No one expects anything but turkey and dressing!

I will be glad to see this year go.  When I said it was going to be an EPIC year - NONE of this is what I had in mind.

I'm sick of a grown family member's childish behavior. They happen to be jealous of their own child and it makes me so angry that I'd love to just slap the snot of out them.

If I hear EXCUUUUUSEEEEE ME one more time in "that tone" I may just snap.

I just read this list over and I am apparently in a real shitty mood - its the pain (back is STILL fucked up) and exhaustion.

Someone asked me if I thought my nails were to long - NOPE I like them this way and who the hell asked you - I don't even KNOW you. Maybe you should stop biting yours!

I am taking vacation time in December, not going anywhere but the time does not roll over so I need to use it. I am hoping that its peaceful and that I can relax.

I am hoping to find a better mood tomorrow!

Vodka and Soda

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Too Much

It took me a really really long time to learn this.. I admit there are times when I forget. Hey I'm a work in progress.

I try to not apologize for everything, though sometimes I slip I am a girl and most of us were brought up to apologize for EVERY damn thing. I have seen women walk into an inanimate object and on reflex apologize to whatever it was that they walked into. Men generally will loudly ask "who the hell put that there"? 

I have apologized profusely to various people my entire life for being to sensitive. These days I refuse to. I am a sensitive person by nature - so what. That truly IS who I AM. Just maybe my reaction was spot on - perhaps you were acting like a total asshole. Why do I need to apologize to you for not just accepting your horrid behavior. 

When I was younger it use to be a game "see how long it takes her to cry". For the record not long, when you are being down right cruel. Also for the record the game of How long does it take is pretty fucking cruel. Keep in mind when dealing with a sensitive person, they were made that way for a reason and maybe you need just a little more sensitivity. 

I may be too much for a lot of people, but frankly that is okay and I am done apologizing for being too much for you. There are people who think I am "just right".

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Mainlining Caffeine Monday

Today is brought to you by vast amounts of Starbucks.. For some strange reason my brain decided to turn on about 1:30 am this morning and run a fucking triathlon. So I am "functioning" on 4 hours of sleep and its Monday - SHOOT ME NOW. It also happens to be the Monday when we do a huge meeting with a review of the last few weeks projects and determine if they are complete, close to completion. Usually takes a few hours and can get intense. Not something to attempt on not much sleep BUT.....

This weekend was a pretty good mix of chill and getting a few things accomplished.   Saturday night we hit up the late night showing of Gone Girl and all I can say is WOW. I had not read the book so I had no ideas going into the movie.

It is long I will tell you that. Its a little over 2 and a half hours long. We didn't get out of the theater until after 1:30 am. It is also VERY worth both the length and the cost of seeing it on the "big screen". Now I need to go get the book and read it. I have been told however, that the movie doesn't vary off the book by much at all. Stands to reason the author also wrote the screen play. In my opinion that is the best way to take a book to the screen.

The next movie I can't wait to see is Mockingjay... November will be here befor you know it!

Sunday I finished up our taxes to be mailed off - yes I know what month it is.. I filed an extension. All I can say is that 6 months FLEW by. - I also caught up on my DVR recordings - well some of them - and lounged around. Sometimes Sunday's are just for staying in sweats and holding a remote.

The next two days it is supposed to do nothing but rain, which has me wishing they were days off, in sweats cuddled in a blanket with the remote and my kindle. Gray and cold are not my favorite days and I hate having to go out when its like this out.

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Better known as Thursday's Shit I don't Understand:

Pink eye shadow - Yep I just do not get it. Lets face it pink and black are both number 1 when it comes to my favorite colors. I have seen lots of ladies pull pink eye shadow off and do it well. However, every single time I have tried to wear pink eye makeup I come off looking like I have a horrendous eye infection..

That would NOT look like that if I attempted it!

Jennifer Love Hewitt on Criminal Minds - yep last week was the first show of the new season and her first so maybe they just need to find the groove but I am not to sure I like this new twist. The feeling just seems different and "off". I will give it a few more Wednesdays to see if they all sync up. If not I may just watch the reshowings on TNT and CLOO just to see Shemar Moore..

Teresa Giudice's hair line...

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Why is it so low??? I am not even going to get started on her Fraud convictions.....

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Wednesday Confessions

Vodka and Soda

I need to seriously get back in to the flow of blogging. I have had so much going on personally most of which I didn't want to just toss up here and get into an area of "over share".  There have also been a few situations, which are out of my control, that have left me pondering taking the blog private, open to reading by invitation.  To be honest I have pretty much been watching what I post/say on ANY social media forum.

The back pain I have been dealing with all Summer is still with me, albeit not as bad there are some totally pain free days now. I am still not able to work out though.

There are a TON of changes going on in my life right now, thankfully it looks as if a "normal-ness" is on the horizon. Three cheers for that!!

I am so glad The Voice is back and I am loving Gwen and Pharrell - I really wasn't sure if I would.

This is my ALL TIME favorite clip from the blind auditions.  Beth Spangler did an amazing job singing the hell outta this song.  I also love how sassy she is.  I love her hair to boot ;-) I can't wait to go back to blonde..

Stay strong! Friday IS on its way!! 

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Just Finished - Mother, Mother - Koren Zailckas

Ever have a book that once you finish it you have no idea what to read next because nothing sounds good after the world you just finished. ...