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A Look Inside The Best Jewelry Store In Town

Jessica Wagner

C Sterling Jewelers - Levis Commons

 
Family, Fashion & Philanthropy 

Right now get 15% off any in-store Kendra Scott C Sterling Jewelers purchase with code: WEEKENDER15

Do you have a jewelry box? When I was a little my grandmother gave me a silky gold covered box and filled it with her priceless gems and costume jewels. It was the best! I would play dress up and treated my jewels like prized treasure. Depending on my mood, I would layer on the gaudiest pieces like some sort of ancient Cleopatra - charming and dishy - in my head to toe clip on earrings, strings of pearls, chokers, and charm bracelets. (Oh wait, that was yesterday!) 

Truth is I still love to get dressed up and play with jewelry, but my jewelry box has changed a bit. It still contains priceless pieces mostly with sentimental value. The one-of-a-kind gemstone Rob gave me our first Christmas together. A little bar necklace from Noah that reads "mom." A few favorite vintage pieces. A beautiful ruby ring from my grandmother. 

Recently, I have started to collect more classic pieces and fine jewelry to one day pass down to my daughter, and even my son (for his future wife! Aw, omg I am crazy - lol.) They don't have to be diamonds and gold, but pieces that will remind them of me, hold sentimental value and withstand the test of time. 

So where does one shop for designer + custom jewelry, an experience, and expert advice? The best place in town is C Sterling Jewelers hands down! 

Family Owned

C Sterling Jewelers is a family owned and local business right here in Levis Commons! (They are located next to Fiddle Stix!) You guys know I love to promote shopping local. They have an amazing variety of gems, and an even better variety of price points. Their staff is super friendly {and fashionable} and as much as I love walking around Levis, or meeting up with my girl gang for brunch or wine nights, I love stopping into C Sterling to see the latest collections in person from designers like Kendra Scott. So while you might feel intimidated by fine jewelry - this is a family friendly place. (Coco's has come with me - dangerous I know lol-  the girl loves to shop!)

You guys know I am always looking for vintage, but vintage jewelry shopping can also be a bit tedious and overwhelming. Walking into C Sterling, I love how bright, open, and inviting the showroom is. I think there is a common misconception that jewelry stores only carry diamond rings for weddings and engagements. Not true! C Sterling carries an awesome mix of designers. Pop in, bring the littles or a friend, and play dress up!  

You will find Kendra ScottMichele, and of course a fine jewelry, like Tacori and Forevermark.  Their showroom is cozy and inviting and includes local jewelry artists! (How cool is that!) 


KENDRA SCOTT

"You're a gem, and you're allowed to treat yourself like one!"

I love this concept! "Treat yourself' is nothing new, but you are allowed - and C Sterling is the place to do it! 

When I heard C Sterling carries Kendra Scott {and that I've been living under a rock - because I didn't know} I almost cried. LOL. I just purchased my first pieces and I am SO in love! (See below!)

Sivan Choker Necklace

Petunia Ear Climber

Kendra Scott is SUPREME down south. My sister Kelly lives down in Lexington, KY and told me about Kendra and her jewelry line and all her charitable giving back, but I rarely order jewelry online. I didn't think anywhere around here carried Kendra. I like to see my jewelry on, feel how heavy it is on my ears or neck, and often have a specific outfit or occasion in mind when adding to my jewelry box

What I really love about Kendra Scott is that it's style that gives back! In 2016 Kendra donated more than 75,000 pieces of jewelry to 3,500 local and national organizations. Plus she started out as a mama with a dream. 

"As a young mom, I began designing my first jewelry collection 15 years ago with $500 and a dream. I wanted to build a fashion brand that put family first, pushed the boundaries of fashion and quality design, and above all stood behind the importance of giving back." - Kendra Scott

Elyse Ring, Alex Drop Gold Earrings in White Pearl

Not only are her designs affordable, and special, but it's jewelry you can wear everyday. Pieces you will want to save. It hits that sweet spot of looking elevated, yet still really goes with everything. I can't go buy myself a pair of diamond earrings, but I can go buy a piece of Kendra and feel just as special. It's affordable classic pieces with a high-end feel.

Kendra also makes a perfect gift for graduation, Mother's Day, birthday gifts, or a boyfriend/ husband could also make a great surprise with it.

 Denise Gold Statement Earrings in Pink Agate

I'd been looking for some new everyday pieces, and had been hunting for a new pair of statement earrings for summer. (Bright, bold tassels are everywhere right now!) Adding a little bit of thoughtful detail to an outfit can pull it together. I love how one piece of jewelry can add glamour to a basic tee and jeans or black dress. Have a wedding coming up? This is the place to look for a new set of jewels.  C Sterling helped me find the perfect pieces, and has me wanting to own every piece of Kendra out there! 

Kendra also has a home-good line, and C Sterling carries her amazing candle collection! 


MICHELE WATCHES

With working full-time again, I also have been on the hunt for a new watch for everyday wear for work. Something about a classic timepiece that goes with everything is one of my favorite accessories. My oversize gold watch could use an upgrade, and my wood watch is not dressy enough for work. 

Deco Sport

Iconic Michele watches are created with versatality in mind. These timepieces offer feminine and elegant look. Their Sport and Cape styles are an affordable line, and charms with it's wear-anywhere silicone strap. Both playful and luxurious!

The C Sterling selection includes diamond, hybrid smart watches and interchangeable watch straps.


TACORI

If you are looking for something extra special, C Sterling's Tacori line carries engagement rings, weddings bands, women's fine jewelry and men's jewelry for those big moments! Handcrafted in California, each Tacori design reflects the passion of the Tacori family for creating beautiful heirlooms to be treasured for generations.

You want fine jewelry that tells a story and Tacori not only signifies style but speaks from the heart. Everything from their beautiful design elements to their uncompromising dedication to quality and attention to detail connects you to who you love the most.

Tell Your Story

Rob and I have an anniversary coming up and I know where I will be sending him! {Kidding!} But ladies, feel free to send this post to your man if you need a little help in the *hint- hint* area. ; )

I truly love the variety of designs C Sterling has to offer when it comes to filling your jewelry box with stories that sparkle. It's about the little details, the simple moments. It's celebrating love, cheers-ing to an anniversary, a mark of a moment or a goal reached. Let your jewelry tell a story. The tale of how you got engaged. The way your significant other surprised you on your birthday. Maybe it was a "push-present" for your first born! Or maybe just a because... why not?! 

Jewelry from the big moments and the little ones in between is about a feeling - sliding on your special ring or wearing you favorite necklace. It can take you back to those moments. Let C Sterling help you make your next memory! 



Right now get 15% off any in-store Kendra Scott - C Sterling Jewelers purchase with code WEEKENDER15

Thank you to C Sterling Jewelers for partnering on this post.

I'd love to know, do you prefer to shop your jewelry in person or order on-line? Have you heard of Kendra Scott? What's your favorite piece of jewelry you own?

Outfit Details:
Top: Blank Cami (old) Jeans: Levi's Mile High Super Skinny Jeans Shoes: Jessica Simpson Levin Pump

Plaid With A Pom

Jessica Wagner

Christmas Tree Farm 

Family traditions can fill you with blissful joy or send you to into survival mode.  

So you better dress the part! (Let’s see who can guess by the end of this post if we were in “blissful joy” or “survival mode.”)

Layers of plaid and pops of primary make for a festive (and toasty warm) outing. Christmas Tree Farms require you to go outside and walk around, so while it seems obvious, this is a place you want to be cozy and comfortable. Say no to tulle skirts and heels, unless you plan on freezing your pretty tail off and leaving without a tree.

A playful hat, a thick scarf, and tall boots are a must. This dark blue equestrian-inspired cap adds a contemporary touch to a casual look. Layer under your woolliest coat with a solid turtleneck and preppy button down. The more berry red and mistletoe green the better.

Classic Hunter boots will keep your toes and feet protected from the blanket of needles, and prove once again to be the best boots ever. (Last seen here.) They are also a requirement for chasing after hot chocolate-fueled children.

I seem to have a category of clothing that comes out once a year (my sequin deer sweater for one) and these bright red skinnies. This candy-red vibrant shade brings any outfit into the holiday spirit.

Speaking of holiday spirit, I’m in a sharing mood. (Can you sense that this post has a lot of parenthesis? Hinting that I have comments to interject between my attempts to just write this out.)

Our trip to the tree farm this year almost sent my husband and I on a holiday strike (yipes!) Somehow (as they always do) things have a way of working themselves out, and we pulled together and were able to enjoy the crisp outdoors among the wooded forests hunting for the perfect pine. (No matter that one child refused to put on pants and the other only wanted to wear the same shirt he’s been living in for the last three weeks. I mean, I knew he would like a Grinch shirt - I did not know he would refuse to wear anything else and start to smell like said Grinch. Let’s hope it runs its course by the 25th.)

Last year we started the Christmas Tree Farm family tradition, and had the most magical time. We selected the sweetest Charlie Brown tree that needed some love; sipped hot chocolate on a horse and carriage ride, and the tree man snapped one of my favorite family photos to date.

This year . . .  let’s just say it was a little less enchanting and little more holiday comedy of errors. Coco was there to see the chickens, and made it her life’s mission to try and escape every chance she got (birds of a feather.) We could barely keep her hat on (it was cold!) and Noah just wanted to hug trees. We didn’t get a great family pic and as these things go, no matter how much you prep to make it all fun down to the dirty details, it all felt a little – dare I say it, forced?  So we stopped trying to channel that charming experience from last year and went with the nutty chaos. Do you know what? We still found the one, shared hot cocoa by a giant campfire and as tradition, listened to our favorite holiday record as we trimmed our tree that night, and she’s a real beaut.

So yes, while these family outings and traditions usually call for a good time had by all, don’t feel bad if you’re dashing through the snow and no one is laughing all the way. Or if no one seems like they want to be there. Ha! Because someday you will look back on that awkward family photo and smile, and the kids will remember that growing up you gave them more than just the things the asked for, but built them a castle with a forest, they will always be able to walk through, each tree filled with a memory. Raising young ones and keeping tradition alive can be a challenge, but know keeping those traditions is something everyone will look forward to year after year. 

Hope you are all enjoying this time of year to the fullest. As for me, I am off to enjoy what I hope will be a quiet weekend at home. Right! So wish me luck babes! :)

Outfit Details:
Hat: Old (similar here) Coat: NY&C (similar here) Top: J. Crew (similar here, also like this one) Turtleneck: Forever 21 (comes in many colors under $8) Scarf: Abercrombie & Fitch Bottoms: Old (similar here) Boots: Hunter Original Tour in Hunter Green Lips: MAC Lady Danger