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We're well into fall, but I figured it's never too late to share my family trip to Yosemite from the summer. Plus, it sure still feels like summer here in Los Angeles with temps in the 90s last week!
As you know, Mother Earth is always a huge inspiration for my designs so this trip was extra special that I got to breathe in the crisp, clean air while hiking up mountains with my family. T-Boz, Left Eye, Chilli, I love you girls but some waterfalls are worth chasing. See for yourself from my pics!
This was on our way up the Mist Trail. That perfect rainbow was sitting pretty between the beautiful river rocks.
I'm never without some sparkly rings. Yes, even on rigorous hikes.
We made it to the very top of the Mist Trail! Do you see where the powerful rush of the waterfall starts at the top? We were there! And pretty rainbow makes another star appearance on the right.
My dad and I proudly hiking back down after reaching the top. I was so proud of him and my entire family for that matter. My 6-year-old niece had to be carried down by my brother-in-law but she deserves the princess treatment after a steep hike.
Our sweet cabin in the woods. It was the perfect resting place to kick up our feet after a long nature day. And most importantly, we were able to build a campfire to make delicious smores.
I have an entire hard drive full of pictures from Yosemite from all the hikes that we went on and our Father's Day Brunch at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, but I hope you find yourself at this magnificent park some time in your lifetime so you can see for yourself how awe-inspiring it is. May the powerful rush of the waterfalls purify you. May the clean air heal you. And may the campfire smores satisfy your sweet tooth.
It's the holidays, you guys! And scientific research has proven that ALL the zodiac signs want jewelry as gifts. And this season, the Misa Jewelry team is making it very easy to shop for your favorite Libra, Sagittarius or any other zodiac sign.
(Yes, we are unapologetically huge fans of astrology. We hope you are, too!)
Find out now what the perfect Misa Jewelry is for each zodiac sign! (And don't forget: If you want it delivered by December 24, place your domestic orders by December 13.)
Aries (March 21 to April 19)
Aries is the ultimate Fire Sign in all of astrology. Being first, front and center is a big deal for your favorite Aries. DO light her inner flame with the Fire Coral Moonstone Necklace -- not only is it a part of Misa's newest collection (Aries is a trendsetter!), but that moonstone pendant falls on the most important person and body part of all: the heart. Let it take center stage by wearing it solo or make it a star-studded show by layering it with more Misa Jewelry necklaces like the Journey Treasure Lagoon Necklace and Mini Horizon Necklace.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
The Taurus in your life is a rock, wow. Represented by the bull, we find that the curved-branch artistry of the Timber Guard Ring is reminiscent of the protective horns of that symbolic Taurus bull. Like a Taurus, this ring wants to cling to what is theirs, and it's the perfect stacking ring to Misa's Compass Ring or even your own one-of-a-kind engagement ring.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
The Gemini twins deserve not one but TWO ring gifts this season (and perhaps every season)! There's no better pick than a double stack of two Compass Rings. As the sign of communication and responsiveness, Gemini is not directionally challenged, per se, but depending on which twin you're talking to, you'll go this way or that. Let the Compass Ring (or the other one) guide you.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
The sensitive Cancer is ruled by the beautiful moon, arguably our favorite muse in the sky. Meet the new and popular Morro Moon Ring: The dome-like shape of this moonstone gem represents the tough exterior of a Cancer, but deep inside, your best Cancer is emotional and full of good feelings.
Leo (July 23 to August 22)
Oh, what joy a Leo can add to your life: It is not unlike the sun rising and shining on you every single day. You might find your favorite Leo basking in the sun without a budge. Plus, the delicate rays of the Sunrise Ring also remind us of the wild mane of a lion, the spirit animal of every Leo.
Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
She is the harvest queen, and like a water lily blooming from Earth's dirty, murky waters, the Virgo still emerges from the ground up in modest vogue. This is the inspiration behind Misa's Water Lily Necklace. The Virgo is the sign of hard work, self-improvement and purity, and this necklace is representative of nature's beautiful progress.
Libra (September 23 to October 22)
It is so fun shopping for a Libra! A lover of all things beautiful and artistic, jewelry is the ideal gift for a Libra. It's tough to choose just one piece from the Misa Jewelry collection, but it's the Opal Eternity Ring that comes out winning. Not only is she pretty, this charming Eternity Ring shows off balance -- the best-looking thing in a Libra's life.
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
Chances are: Your favorite Scorpio is super-intense! And the more you get to know your favorite Scorpio, you fall in love with each layer uncovered. You might spend a lifetime getting to know your passionate Scorpio, and we believe the dramatic Labradorite Cove Ring represents the mysterious depth of that love.
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)
Nothing is more nourishing to a Sagittarius than a good ol' journey. Misa's Journey Treasure collection is made for every optimistic, freedom-loving Sagittarian in your life (hopefully, you have many!). We are particularly keen on the Journey Treasure Cave Ring, which features rich-colored gemstones like amethyst -- purple being Sag's most powerful color.
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
The ambitious Capricorns in your life are always seeking achievement, always evolving. No better ring for a Capricorn's forefinger than Misa's Evolve Mermaid Ring to show off how far along they've come. Each gemstone is a milestone in steadiness and manifesting one's own destiny. The circular shape of the ring also pays homage to the Capricorn's ruling element: the Earth.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Aquarian people are often unique and a little quirky. A new ring in the Misa Jewelry collection is the Constellation Eternity Ring, and we trust that your best Aquarius will appreciate the unexpected beauty of this ring. The diamonds in this band appear sporadically, not unlike the stars in our own galaxy. We salute the sky gods for Aquarius' progressive and independent spirits.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
Two swimming fish represent Pisces, but in Misa Jewelry land, it represents two rosecut diamonds in the shape of a water bay -- one for each ear. The Half Moon Bay Earrings is a highly intuitive way to pay homage to the romantic and mystical Pisces in your life. Each earring honors a different desire in a Pisces life, because what a Pisces does best is dream, dream, dream!
I take in inspiration from all over to design my jewelry. That might mean I have multiple (style) personalities, but you don't have to suffer from the same affliction! The Misa Jewelry team has put together this light-hearted quiz so you can discover your Misa Jewelry style by personality. (It's surprisingly accurate.) Please share your results with me in the "comments" section below!
1. You're on a spontaneous weekend getaway: What is your must-do activity?
A. Take a long hike with your dog.
B. Get dressed up to dine at the hottest new restaurant.
C. Swim ALL day!
D. Wake up to the sun rising and immediately read your horoscope.
2. Your Instagram account is most populated with images of:
A. Flowers. Whatever grows on trees.
B. Stunning architecture.
C. The coastline.
D. All the sunsets. Especially the pink ones.
3. You're thirsty. You're drinking ...
A. A green juice.
B. A martini.
C. Sparkling water.
D. Rosé all day.
4. You're hungry. You're eating ...
B. Foie gras.
C. Sushi and oysters.
D. Moon pie.
5. How would your best friend describe your style?
A. Natural and earthy.
B. Cutting-edge and modern lines.
C. Ethereal and flowy.
D. Out of this world!
If you answered:
You are a Natural Woman, and we have a lot of Misa Jewelry to help you feel like one (a la Aretha Franklin). You prefer to be one with nature and its trees, its roots, and its baby animals (especially birds! Check out the inspired Lava Beak Ring). You've been green-juicing since the womb. You invented the flower crown, didn't you? You're actually camping right now and stumbled upon some Wifi in the woods. If you're getting married under a big beautiful tree, we suggest the Dew Drops & Ti Leaf Rings to pronounce your Happily Ever After vows. The Diamond Branch Ring is an all-time MJ bestseller, and Misa herself wears the Timber Guard Ring to hug her engagement ring.
You are a City-Chic Girl! Misa's studio is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, and she is often inspired by the historic architecture of the city. You are modern and sophisticated, and your week isn't complete without a night out on the town (or three). Your manicure? Perfect always. The Marquis Ring and the Tapered Baguette Ring emanate haute couture -- without the hefty price tag. As a wedding band, you'll appreciate the design symmetry of the Opal Eternity Ring and the stark simplicity of the Vega Ring. Anything from the Compass collection -- like the Bangle or Earrings -- will pay homage to your constant use of GPS in your black SUV.
You are a Mermaid! If you could, you would prefer to live underwater. You're definitely not shy about getting your hair wet at the pool. The Journey Treasure Collection, available in Mermaid and Lagoon, is Misa's way of celebrating the beauty in nature's water. The Fire Coral Ring is your everyday ring, and Misa's newest Shima Reef Opal Ring is on your Wish List -- both rings are inspired by the intensely gorgeous coral reef system. If you HAVE to be out of the water, you're eating oysters and octopus, while wearing Misa's Oysterette Earrings and Tentacle Ring. And your way of paying tribute to the foreverness of the ocean is to slip on the Wave Eternity Ring.
Sun, Moon & Stars, oh my! You are inspired by the beyond. You prefer to look up -- or look down at your hands and see jewelry that is inspired by what's above. You believe in astrology, and together, are warmed by the idea of birthstones (order the Union Ring now with two birthstones significant to you!). Wearing the Constellation Double Strand Necklace makes you feel like a star. Top your ring stack with the golden rays of a Sunrise Ring, or give your lobes a little twinkle with the Stardust Earrings. And what you love about Misa's one-of-a-kind Moonstone Cove Ring is it celebrates YOUR individuality and our moon's.
Or, maybe, just MAYBE, you're "E. all of the above." ;)
My tropical holiday seems like a distant memory now that it's almost the end of January and I'm back in full work mode, but looking through my vacation pics instantly warm me up and take me back to my happy places of Oahu and Guam, two beautiful islands where I spent my childhood. Crystal clear beaches everywhere you turn, the kindest people on earth, my fun and loving family, and lush gardens galore are just some of the things that make me come back multiple times out of the year. I hope you enjoy these pics of my White (Sand) Christmas.
My niece and nephew always lead the way to a good treasure hunt. Last holiday's goal was to find the coolest shell; this year's target was to dive in the warm waters to spot the coolest "fishes."
Hiking to the top of volcanic craters, discovering new beach coves and exploring my parents' deliciously green backyard are my go-to muses for my new jewelry pieces each season. Inspiration is all around us, especially when you travel, so put that phone down and start observing the beauty that surrounds us.
Thanks to my family and nature for recharging me for 2015!