Thursday, February 23, 2012

Flag Swarovski Crystal Necklace - Dear Catju


Dear Catju,

Presidents Day weekend made me think about Memorial Day weekend and the 4th of July. What do you recommend for a chic look that is patriotic but not gaudy?

Glen Burnie, MD


Hi Megan,

Not only does Presidents Day make me think of the patriotic holidays, it also makes me think of summer, which I can NOT WAIT to get here!

I understand that you don't want to look tacky, but you want to show how proud you are of our country! The best solution for this is to not be literal -- you don't want to have large color blocking of red, white and blue all over you -- the key would be to stick to one major color and accent with the others.

For instance, if you chose blue, you would really refine it to a more of a navy. Let's use a navy dress in this case. Let's picture the top of the dress with a collar like a dress shirt and narrow neckline.  In this case, a necklace and earrings really would work well.

Our Red, White and Blue Flag Colors Swarovski Crystals Necklace with Star Pendant has perfect accents of red and white to compliment the blue from the dress and will give a great shine and sparkle!

Then, pair this with our Pearl Star Sterling Silver Earrings to give a simple accent to your necklace.

And surprisingly....leave it at that! In this case, less is more!  You're expressing your patriotism in a very stylish way!

So what's the overall tip? Don't be too literal and show the fun in your accent pieces.

Red, white and blue forever!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Catju Designs Facebook Page Launch

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Hi all,

This weekend the Catju Designs team was able to launch our Facebook site.  We are so excited!

Please like us!  You'll hear about upcoming events and promotions directly in your Facebook news feed, including new product alerts and sales!

This is something new and exciting for Catju Designs which we will be using it frequently, so be on the look out!

Beading Kitten


Genuine Turquoise Necklace by Catju Designs

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Genuine Turquoise Necklace comprised of genuine turquoise beads, copper beads, and a green sphinx Swarovski crystal rivoli set in a copper pendant.  Picked up these gorgeous green turquoise beads recently, and the dark brown veining matches well with the copper beads.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cruise Jewelry - Dear Catju

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Dear Catju,

I’m getting ready to leave the dead of winter and head to the islands on my first cruise.  I’m SOOO excited and ready to get out of here.  My only problem is that I don’t want to go too islandy in my apparel or look cheesy or touristy.  Can you please help?

Pittsburgh, PA


Dear Margo,

Congratulations on your trip, the islands seem like a great place to be during this wintery and overcast time of year.

Totally understand what you’re saying about being too touristy!  You want to look luxurious, feel good and look put together when you’re on vacation.  The best look for this is the “relaxed beach chic” look. In the apparel world, this would consist of pieces like wraps and tunics as well as jeweled and beaded sandals.  If you can find simple bikinis and bathing suits that are plain black and white, then you’ll achieve the look you want.

As for accessories, well they’ll make or break your look if you don’t get it right.  For handbags, you’ll want something that is non-leather.  Stick to mostly canvas or straw.  You’ll want to have a buckle with something natural, like a piece of shell (a real shell, not a fake shell) or a piece of coconut.  This makes it relaxed but trendy.  Your sunglasses should be whatever you like, although I’d stray away from sport shades or over-shielded shades.  A nice, classic, plastic look says “I’m not trying to fit in here, I already do.”

As for jewelry, you definitely won’t want to wear any while on the beach, but you will however want to dress up for sunset dinners and all-night dancing!  So you’ll want to go with natural and colorful stones, as solid, plastic, colorful beads will NOT achieve what you want them to.  You’ll want something that is more translucent and can shimmer in the sunset or a moonlight walk on the beach. Our Sparkly Swarovski Crystal Earrings would really do the trick.

The Caribbean blue would add that “unintentional, but fabulous” pop of color to your black or white dress and the Swarovski crystal would shimmer, just enough.

Then on another night, I’d wear our Gemstone and Sapphire Satin Swarovski Crystal Necklace with a strapless dress.

Since your dress is solid, neutral color, the little pop of green with the natural textures of the stone would really give an elegant but island flair.

The best thing about these two pieces also is that you can wear them in the winter as well.  The necklace would look great with a white or cream, crewneck cashmere sweater, while the earrings would look great with anything dark green, yellow or navy.

I hope you have a fabulous trip and I hope we here at Catju Designs get to hear about it!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunrise in Cancun

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Spent the last week in Cancun, Mexico.  Unbelievable teal blue skies and even deeper blue water, along with spectacular white sand beaches.  Here's a photo that I took of the sunrise.

Lots to inspire and amazing color combinations to include in my jewelry making.  Check here and my shop to see the new items.

Valentine's Day Bracelet

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Hi Everyone,

Wow!  It’s February already!  Can you believe it?  I know that I can’t.  I do however know that I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day, the chocolates and hearts are my favorite.

I really wanted to make something different this year to help bring a new twist to the day of hearts, something that is fun but also fits in with daily work wear.  Take a look at my Cupid and Heart button bracelet:

You’ll notice it’s not your typical pink and red V-day color scheme. It’s doesn’t shout out or scream, “look at me!”  When I finished this piece, it reminded me of the fact that love is everywhere, even if it isn’t always right in front of your face.  Love is simple, love is complex, love is significant.

Happy February!


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Swarovski Bling for the Super Bowl - Dear Catju

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Dear Catju,

My husband is an absolute football fanatic, and he has our basement decorated in
everything football.  His favorite team is the Baltimore Ravens.  Me, on the other
hand, could give or take football.  In addition to my other Christmas gifts, my husband got me a black Ravens jersey that he is going to want me to wear. I’ll wear it, but I’m looking for ways to dress it up and make it as girly as I am.  Can you PLEASE help?

Canton, MD


Dear Rachel,

On the eve of Super Bowl weekend, I found this situation very interesting because we can dress your jersey up to find the medium that would work for your inner girl.  The biggest thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want to “clutter” the jersey as it already has a lot going on with the numbers and patches. The second thing is to try and tone down the clothes as much as possible.  If you want to style it up, start off by wearing a black long sleeve shirt underneath.  This draws attention to your face and arms, and then you can add various jewelry pieces.

If your jersey were purple, I would say go with black and silver jewelry, but since it’s black, you get to play with a fun color! Purple it is!

A pair of dangly earrings would definitely style-up this look. Our Violet Swarovski Crystal Crackle Bead Earrings would do the trick.  These earrings are so many hues of purple that you get to have fun with them on game day.  The crackle would also add a soft, girly texture that would really match your personality.
On your wrist, I would then wear something like our Swarovski Super Bling Crystal Bracelet.
I know…you’re saying “what the heck? clear crystal beads?”  But this bracelet is PERFECT for your jersey situation.  The auroro borealis coating on the crystals will pick up the purple from the jersey and reflect the color perfectly.  And you won’t look gaudy or over accessorized because the look is cohesive, attractive and complete.

Happy game day and I hope this will help you get to your girly-girl roots!



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Swarovski Heart Earrings for Valentines Day

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Hi All,

I’m feeling inspired by the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, so I’ve been busy creating several sets of Swarovski heart earrings in many different hues that would be PERFECT for the special day.  These earrings dangle and shimmer in the light, and will add sparkle to your outfit.  I’m going to be making more pieces as Valentine’s Day approaches, so look out for more heart themed earrings, bracelets and necklaces.  Visit my Etsy store to see all the earrings, like the fuchsia pair above.

Looking for something customized?  E-mail me at and let me know what you’re looking for so I can make sure you get some fantastic jewelry to accent your Valentine’s Day outfit.