Brighten up your wardrobe with Green Onyx…beyond St. Patrick’s Day!

 

One of staff favorite stones this spring, is Green Onyx.   Photographed above is our new Capri Inspired Four Geometric Drop Earrings in a faceted Green Onyx (retails for $175).  This weekend, we are having a promotion –  Buy anything over $100 in store or online and pick a ring stand as a gift with purchase (just mention this post)!

One of the reasons that we love to spice up any outfit with this royal Green Onyx stone is due to it’s special properties.  Onyx is often desired for its ability to bring strength. It is said to promote stamina, steadfastness, and vigor. The stone is also said to improves your self-confidence and self-control, easing your worries and increasing your natural abilities.   Each color brings their own additional properties. Green onyx is is associate with the fourth chakra- your heart which encourages you to express your feelings and thoughts. It is said to be help bridge the upper three chakras and the lower three chakras.

 

 

 

 

Happy Mardi Gras!

On this Fat Tuesday, we wanted to share some history of this fun holiday and debunk some myths.

Mardi Gras is not a singular event but rather a season that begins on Three Kings Day and continues with celebration until the climax on Fat Tuesday just in time for a somber Ash Wednesday. A great time of excess before fasting.

Colors:  The traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold were not chosen arbitrarily. Rex, the King of Carnival, selected this scheme in 1892, declaring purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power.

The colors are now used on nearly every Mardi Gras decoration, including the millions of beaded necklaces that have been tossed along the parade route since the 1870s.

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, we have selected our favorite stones to highlight this international celebration.

Bring on the Gold with Lemon Topaz!  Lemon Topaz ranges from light yellow to almost brown. This Mardi Gras stone is known for its ability to bring joy, good fortune, and synchronicity.

Justice for all with Amethyst!  Amethyst purple color is known for its meditative and calming effects which is supposed to promote calm, balance, and peace.

Faithfulness always with Peridot!  Peridot which is also known as olivine because of its olive color. This beautiful gem is known for it’s ability to attune the cycles in your life. It is supposed to help dissipate old cycles in one’s life.

Floats

Early Mardi Gras floats were horse drawn carts and wagons which began to appear in and around the mid-1800s.  Today, krewes express their pride in community, and celebrate their accomplishments, through Mardi Gras floats with elaborate themed designs costing thousands of dollars and hundreds of man-hours to produce.

Krewes and Secret Societies.

During Mardi Gras, parades and balls, krewes and secret societies are responsible for coordinating and funding almost all of the major events.

http://www.allaboutmardigras.com/Features/Tradition%20Features/societies.html

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Valentine’s Date Ideas in Austin

It is one of the holidays that creates the best or worst memories.  This year we are taking some of the pressure off of you with 5 ideas around ATX to make your Valentines (or Galentine’s) Day as stress free and memorable as possible!  And don’t forget… make the special day complete with a gift from Sikara!

Ballet Austin Beauty & The Beast

Following its critically acclaimed debut to sell-out audiences in 2015, Stephen Mills brings this contemporary ballet back in time for Valentine’s Day. With this dark and sexy retelling of the famous story of Beauty and the Beast, you and your date will love the show! Click here or below to learn more and get your tickets!


Galentine’s Day

If you’re single and need a ladies night!

Galentine’s Day is a day to leave your boyfriends and husbands at home and kick it with your lady friends. It’s ladies celebrating ladies. This FREE event will sponsor a couple of vendors and also some cool raffle prizes!

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Patrizi’s 

If you haven’t tried Austin’s roaring food truck scene, then you have to try Patrizi’s! The location is really romantic with red lights dimly illuminating the scenery to give a very authentic Italian vibe. There is plenty of outdoor seating, and an area under a tent in case of bad weather. Right next to it is the Butterfly Bar so you can grab a drink with dinner or while you wait, because the line can be as long as two hours; however it is definitely an experience so bring a board game while you’re at it to keep yourselves busy!


Pinot’s Palette

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Pinot’s Palette

Pinot’s Palette is your place to disconnect from the distractions of daily life and reconnect with the one that matters most. Paint, drink, and have fun with your special Valentine between February 9 – 14, 2017! Make your date night even more remarkable with a personal masterpiece to take home. Seating is limited – book your event today!


Bob Schneider & the Moonlight Orchestra at ACL Live

Treat your sweetheart to a romantic Valentine’s evening with Bob Schneider Music and the Moonlight Orchestra featuring the Tosca String Quartet, and special guests Lex Land and Jackie Venson. The show will include classic love songs as well as favorites from the Bob Schneider songbook.

Click here to learn more about this magical evening! 

 

4 Travel Inspired Super Bowl Treats

Game day is quickly approaching. We put together some yummy travel inspired super bowl eats! Which one is your favorite??

From Mexico: 5 Layer Dip
http://www.foodnetwork.com/…/five-layer-mexican-dip-recipe.…