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December: Turquoise, Tanzanite & Zircon!

Happy Birthday to all of you Sagittarius & Capricorns!  Out of all of the 12 months in the year you are the only ones who get not, 1, not 2, but 3 birthstones to celebrate the anniversary of your birth all year long.  So luck you, you have get to choose between the stunning Turquoise, Tanzanite & Zircon.  The name turquoise stems from the French expression Pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones.  It’s a definite perennial favorite of the American Southwest.

Tanzanite was discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found exclusively in this tiny area of the world.  This stone exhibits a rich violet-blue color for which the gemstone is treasured and is an easy budget friendly alternative to the sapphire.

The third birthstone for the month of December is the Zircon.  This gemstone has a folk meaning of granting the power to relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from disease and injury, ensure a warm welcome, and to prevent nightmares guaranteeing a deep, tranquil sleep.  Talk about an all inclusive right?

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

 

 

November: Topaz & Citrine!

Happy Birthday to all of my fellow Scorpios!  Yup, you guessed it I’m a Scorpio-all my Scorpios stand up, whoop whoop!  And to answer your question, yes all Scorpios (myself included) have key character traits such as being too forward for our own good, thoughtfulness is our fatal flaw, passionate about life, practical is our middle name, driven by our high ambitions, we have a great sense of perspective and the most defining trait of all is that we’re naturally highly intelligent (like that’s a surprise right?).

If I do say so myself, we’re a pretty impressive bunch aren’t we?  So is it any surprise that for our birth month we don’t just get one but two birthstones  to celebrate the anniversary of our births all year long.  We get the choice between the stunning Topaz & Citrine.  The Topaz is such a unique gem and available in a rich variety of rainbow of colors.  What should come as no surprise is that the Topaz exudes royalty, specifically the ‘Imperial Topaz’ the signature stone of the Russian Czars of the 1800’s.

The second birthstone for Scorpios is the Citrine.  This golden gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer.

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!  P.S. I’m by no means biased but just feel November birthdays deserve a little extra treat so I’ve picked out one amazing piece for you to wear every single month of the year.

 

 

October: Tourmaline & Opal!

Happy Birthday to all the Libras and Scorpios whose birthday falls during the month of October.  For the month of October you lucky ducks get the choice of 2 birthstones, the Tourmaline or the Opal.

The Tourmaline is a really unique gemstone because it displays a number of different colors within the same gemstone.  That translates to: versatility and a multitude of options!  The second stone is the Opal and is also another fun gemstone in that it’s signature trait is the contrast between its color play and its background.

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

September: Sapphire!

Happy Birthday to all of you Virgos & Libras born in the month of September!  September’s birthstone is the Sapphire gemstone.  It has been said that the Sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom.  So it’s definitely not a coincidence that your birthstone being the shade of blue is associated with heavenly blessings.  Must be why your such an angel right?  Umm, not! But hey, your secret is safe with me (well pinky swear I won’t tell the really juicy ones).

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

 

 

August: Peridot!

Happy Birthday to all of you Leos & Virgos born in the month of August!  August’s birthstone is the Peridot gemstone.  It has been said that the Peridot is the host to magical and healing powers that protects the wearer against nightmares while at the same time is influential to being a good luck charm and conduit to having a great year.

As a Pasifika woman it’s significant to the  Pasifika communities because the Peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.  This is due to  formation of the Peridot gemstone deep inside of the earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes.  So this in turn makes you royalty based on about six degrees of separation right?

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

 

July: Ruby!

Happy Birthday to all of you Cancers & Leos born in the month of July!  July’s birthstone is the ruby gemstone.  It has been said that the Ruby’s red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making a gift of this stone symbolic of everlasting love.  So, who else loves you more than anyone else in the world?  Now that was clearly a trick question, because duh we all love ourselves more than anyone else ever can (well, not that we would ever admit to anyone else but it’s okay because your secret is safe with me wink, wink).

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

June: Pearl!

Happy Birthday to all of you Gemini & Cancers born in the month of June!  June’s birthstone is the pearl gemstone.  How amazing is it for you that rather than just saying the iconic catchphrase “clutching my pearls…” you now can and it would mean so much more!  So clutch your pearls all year long  with one of these stunning birthstone baubles.

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

May: Emerald!

Happy Birthday to all of you you Taurus & Gemini’s born in the month of May!  May’s birthstone is the stunning emerald gemstone.  What’s even more amazing?  Your birthstone is also the Pantone color of the year.  So shine bright all year long and make everyone else green with envy with one of these stunning birthstone baubles.

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

 

CSM has a new look!

I seriously can’t believe that the day has finally arrived and I can finally unveil CSM’s new grown and sexy makeover!  When CSM first launched back in April 2011 it was because I needed a pure, raw and tangible outlet for all of the fashion ramblings and opinions I had about the industry.  Over the years you the CSM community have helped me to truely mold and define who and what CSM is and should be.  My initial outlet has become so much more than I would have ever expected and so to have undergone such an extensive and much needed makeover was truly empowering.

The first and major change is CSM’s defining logo!  I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I literally agonized over what the logo would be visually for the first 2 months of this 6 month makeover journey.  Thank goodness for creative design guru and web genius, Laura Granlund of inTIMIDnation for taking all of the feedback you all have given me over the years (and yes, I had it all stored up in my brain).  To now have an actual visual representation of CSM is legit incredible.  So if you are in need of anything graphic/web design related I would highly recommend reaching out to her (literally kept my sanity for these last few months-trust me ask my husband).

CSM's New Logo

Okay I digress, let me get back to CSM’s amah-zing transformation.  The next major change and is the more obvious one, I’M NOT ON BLOGGER ANYMORE!  Yup, CSM needed to put on her big girl panties on and step into the real world of blogging and that required a new handy URL and so naturally it’s www.csmstyle.com.  Now, you all can update your favorites with the new link and what’s even more handy is that the name is in the new URL so you’ll never forget it right?

These next few changes were all about me keeping you all in mind.  One big important change for you is that I wanted to make it as navigationally friendly as possible.  With that in mind  it was really important for me to have a ‘Categories’ tab front and center so that you all would know exactly what the content of CSM is plus you could drill directly into whichever specific category you were looking for and/or wanting to delve deeper in to.

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Another great addition is that you can see I still have all of the old categories you all love like “Pasifika Fashion Series”;  “Shop Local”; “Fashionable Dining” plus a few new ones like “WWAW” (What Would Ana Wear) and “Splurge vs. Save.

Now, peruse and make yourself at home because I’m looking forward to seeing more of you and for a longer time.  Next time, cocktails are a must! xo

 

[Birthstone Baubles] April: Diamond!

Happy Birthday to all you Aries & Taurus’s!  April’s birthstone is the stunning diamond gemstone.  It is the hardest gemstone and is definitely one of the most valued.  After all, Marilyn didn’t just coin the phrase “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend” for nothing right?

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the 12 amazing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style! P.S. Yes I picked out Black Diamond options because why not be unique right? xo