Archives for August 2013

Tribute to Turquoise

Guiding us through the last days of summer is the enchanting and mysterious stone: Turquoise. The Turquoise stone is one of the most ancient gemstones known to man. With strong ties to the Egyptian and Aztec cultures, this gemstone made it’s way overseas to the US through Turkish trade. Turquoise has continued to be a vibrant stone in fashion, culture and healing. Turquoise continues to be uniquely divine in it’s power and is known as a master healer gemstone as its healing qualities are so effective and wide in range of healing. It helps heal emotion and helps dissipate sadness or grief and is known to offer its wearer with overall protection.

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18K Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Diamond Charm on Cultured Yellow Pearls and Imperial CitrineCirca 1940 Enamel and Turquoise Paisley on Keshi PearlsCirca 1940 Turquoise Enamel Paisley drop on EmeraldsCirca 1900 King Fisher Bird Feather Medallion on Arizona Turquoise NuggetsCirca 1940 American Indian Medallion on Smoky TopazCirca 1940 American Indian Medallion on Jade Discs,Circa 1940 Afghanistan Paisley Pendant on Crysoprase and Raw RubiesCirca 1900 14K Seed Pearl and Turquoise Fly18K Turquoise Sun


While Turquoise has deep rooted meaning historically, my own personal connection with the gemstone is what inspired the creation of my Turquoise jewelry designs and Turquoise fragrance collection. I grew up in a very bohemian environment with an artist mother that adorned herself with wonderful hippie attire which included an arm full of Navaho Cuffs and bangles in Turquoise. This is what started my love of Turquoise (like mother, like daughter)!

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Turquoise: (Birthstone for December) Named after that vivid blue-green stone favored as an ornament across continents throughout the ages, Turquoise is an effervescent scent that stirs the spirit with oceanic beauty. Its youthful, enlivening top note accord of blue chamomile, grapefruit, cassis and ozone elements glistens like fragrant, sun-kissed sea spray. Turquoise’s base note accord of watery, flower-infused musks melds with mysore sandalwood for a dry down of freshly subtle depth. Certain Native American tribes revere Turquoise for its healing properties, which arguably are shared by the timeless, deep blue seas of the world that also inspired this fragrance fit for a mermaid.

 

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My love of Turquoise has extended to collecting Turquoise in it’s raw form (pictured above). For over 18 years, I have been collecting an incredible turquoise stone collection that I display in a beautiful turn-of-the-century Tibetan prayer bowl. The bowl resides in my design studio and helps to keep my creative thoughts flowing! This stone’s healing energy has helped me through design ideas, business endeavors and helped me keep a clear mind.

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Pictured: Khampa Tibetan girl in a traditional ceremonial costume and wearing a stunning traditional turquoise head dress. In Tibet, Turquoise symbolizes friendship and peace. In the Tibetan culture, the stone is said to protect the carrier from the negative forces of the universe if received from a true friend.

“I have always been fascinated with the beauty of the Tibetan people and culture. They have such purity and intrigue to them. Their culture is embedded with tradition and the colors; the clothing, jewelry… all incredibly beautiful and always a constant inspiration to me throughout my career.”

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Circa 1880 Georgian Turquoise-and-gold snake necklace; Ring , Circa 1880 Turquoise , Pearls, and Diamonds.

“Georgian jewelry is absolutely intriguing. The story behind each piece tells a wonderful story of a tribute to love and remembrance.”

Georgian-era jewels, were typically laden with meaning. Turquoise pieces were given as “forget me not” gifts, Pearls were presented as a tribute to the recipient’s beauty, and designs with musical-instrument patterns symbolized the music of love. The Turquoise serpent necklace above represents undying love.

 

Enjoy and be well!

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“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”

 

Captivated by Indigo

Color is my daily inspiration, my obsession and my main influence as a designer. I am currently swooning over the blue hue! Indigo, Azure, Cobalt and Lapis have all been influential colors in my work, life and style. I have been captivated by this color of the moment and I see it as the pulsing trend to watch this season! The wide spectrum of the blue hue has embodied fashion and design everywhere.

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Enamel Owl Turquoise and Fuchsia Jade dropsCirca 1960 Austrian Crystal Medallion on Raw RubiesCirca 1900 Real Butterfly Wing encased in Sterling Silver and Glass Frame on Smoky Topaz Discs18K Emeralds Ruby and Diamond Medallion on Black Abalone Teal Tourmaline and Cranberry tourmalineCrown Ring in 14K Rose Gold and Blue SapphireBlue Agate with PyriteFaceted Blue Topaz disc with Fresh Water PearlsEnamel Cross Lapis and Fresh Water Pearl drops.


On the visible spectrum, blue is the color of light between violet and green and ranges in light to dark mediums. The hues of blue include Indigo, Lapis lazuli, Azure, Cerulean blue, Cobalt, Cyan.

The color blue has historically been an influential color for many years! Throughout history, blue has been associated with sky, divinity and royalty. In Egypt, blue was associate with protection from evil and misfortune. This color association has been consistently paired with the word trust and loyalty. Still today, blue is symbolized as a trustworthy color and many say that it is trending again because it has become an attractive hue due to economic and social unrest.

I have put together today’s post to share with you my obsession with this color, what I am currently designing and what I am coveting as must-haves for the season!

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“Can’t have enough fringe….love the plum contrast to all the blues!”

Image: Forget Me Not: Flower Print Triangle Scarf – Barneys.com

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“Love Chanel…..like a gorgeous blue butterfly!”

“Lashes flutter in electric shades of mascara and eyelids are adorned with gleaming colours,” says Chanel  – styleandsocial.com

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“Simple, clean and just the perfect shade, gorgeous!”

  Moreau – Bregançon Zip Tote in Moreau Blue – barneys.com

Enjoy and be well!

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“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”

 

 

Purely Innocent: Pearl Fragrance

3810076753The discovery and development process for each of my scents can be one of the most emotional journeys for me as a designer. With each of my scents there is a very in depth process that requires a deep look into each gemstone and what type of women embodies that stone. I find inspiration in the color and essence of the stone and look for flowers and essences from the region where the gemstone is naturally found. With this deeper understanding of the gemstone it helps guide me to the creation of each of my scents.

It is very important to me that the true essence of the gemstone comes through while experiencing the fragrance as the gemstone is born into a perfume. My passion for both jewelry and fragrance has led me to a greater understanding and discovery of each scent.

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Sophie Rose Annabelle Lee, my beautiful daughter.

The most cherished scent in my collection is Pearl. Pearl was the natural gemstone that I chose to represent one of the most precious moments in my life – the birth of my first daughter, Sophie Rose Annabelle Lee. The Pearl has been a symbol of unblemished perfection since ancient times and continues to represent purity and innocence. Reflective of the journey of motherhood and creation of new life, I was able to experience and imagine the beauty of the scent before it’s creation, similar to the process of pregnancy. At 8 months into my pregnancy I was able to envision what Pearl symbolized to me and began the journey of creating a fragrance that would embody the sweet smell of a baby and encompass all of the purity and delight of new life!

The Pearl fragrance was also created for women who are sensitive to fragrance and who struggle with potent perfumes in general. Pearl is the perfect fragrance for a new mother and newborn child due to their sensitivity to smell. Pearl offers a gentle, 100% natural, subtle fragrance that is not overpowering, making it the perfect choice for you and your babies first year together!

sbs-pearlAfter the launch of Pearl the beautiful fragrance quickly climbed to the top of the charts in sales in my fragrance collection and to this day maintains its status as one of the top two fragrances in my entire collection of 19 scents.

Pearl: (Birthstone for June) A Pearl is a lustrous fragrance that adorns the wearer with an aura of inviting beauty. Inspired by those captivating organic stones that oysters and mollusks have offered humankind since time immemorial, it is both delicate and enduring. The fragrance’s full, round base note accord of meditative sandalwood and fresh musks accented with warm vanilla and fresh, green mousse de chene suggests the innocence and spiritual purity that pearls have long represented. The pearl collection is available in Pearl Roll-On Oil, FAINT Pearl Roll-on Oil, Eau de Toilette Pearl, 3 oz. Pearl Travel Candle, 4 oz. Pearl FAINT Candle, and 8 oz. Candle Pearl!

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Sophie Rose, now 10, still loves to hear the story of her fragrance, Pearl and how she inspired me to create such a beautiful perfume!

Enjoy and be well!

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“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”

The Sage Lifestyle Fragrance Guide

Frangrance Guide

Guiding you to your perfect scent is the goal of The Sage Lifestyle. I choose to call myself a lifestyle brand because my intention is to enhance every part of you and your life. Specifically with scent creation, I try to help my customers understand what they like, who they are and what works with their own personal chemistry. The challenge is trying to figure out what you like. I have designed this post today to help navigate you through The Sage Lifestyle scent guide and help you find your perfect scent! My fragrance guide will help you find your fragrance soul mate!

Step 1: Figure out who you are and what you like?

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Think back to one of your favorite memories that was sparked by a familiar scent or think about a smell that reminds you of a positive memory. Since smell is tied to memories, connecting scents that evoke something in you will help you find the perfect scent. If you are dreaming of being on the beach this summer, head to step:2 which will guide you to the Marine collection which is designed to smell like a day on the beach.

Step 2: Learn our scent categories and see the differences in each! I have 19 scents in my fragrance collection, you will find that my guide is the perfect way to narrow down your selection and find your newest obsession!

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  • Floral: A blend of mixed bouquets,these fragrances capture the true essence of nature.
  • Fresh: These scents are crisp, refreshing and clean, like a meadows enchanting mist.
  • Subtle: Soft and gentle on the senses, these scents are delicate and delightful.
  • Earthy: Spicy in nature, these sensual fragrances have a warm and earthy undertone.
  • Fruity: Our fruity scents enlighten your senses with the perfect balance of delicious fruit and scentual delight.
  • Marine: Like a day at the beach…an oceans breeze in a bottle.

Step 3: Application – What are the differences between Sage’s roll-on collection and Sage’s Eau de Toilettes?

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Oils are what give any fragrance its scent. Traditional perfume is a mix of oil in a 75-90 percent alcohol solution. For example Eau de Parfum has only 15 to 22 percent oil. Eau de Toilette contains 8-15 percent oil. As you can see many perfumes on the market are made up of mostly alcohol and water. Sage roll-on perfumes are 100% oil. There is neither alcohol nor water in these blends to dilute their purity or integrity.

Alcohol base fragrances requires repeated applications throughout the day if one wants to remain scented. Sages roll-on oils will last much longer on the skin. Also, the purity of these oils affords them the ability to work with ones own body chemistry – enabling the scent to become much more individual.

My Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toliette collections are made with the same high quality essential oils as my roll on collection, however are blended with alcohol and water. If you prefer a more traditional approach to your fragrance you may choose one of my scents from either my Eau de Parfume or Eau de Toilette collections.

Either way, you will be smelling fabulous!

Step 4: Try a sample vial!the sage lifestyle sample vials

Each of my scents are available in a sample vial. I understand the challenge in finding the right scent and want you to be happy with your choice. Once you have picked out the perfect scent, the trial process is the most important. Since the top note (first scent you smell) fades during wear, it’s the middle note (heart note) that comes when the top note fades and is the main body of the perfume. The last part which is after an hour of wear is the base note. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. The base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. See how the perfume works with your personal chemistry!

Step 5: Connect with our staff! If you are still struggling with what scent you want, connect with our team! We are here to help! You can contact with our team via phone at 877.698.SAGE or visit our website!

Enjoy and be well!

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“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”

Images via Plumsiens.com, Vogue.com