A Diamond in the Rough

Ahh… the greatness of summer holidays. Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July and yes, even the dreaded end of summer Labor Day. Barbecues, poolside service, the smell of suntan lotion with the day off?? Yes, please! My Memorial Day Weekend was incredible this year thanks to a little help from some college friends and the Guadalupe River…
Waring, Texas is a town in the Texas Hill country that is approximately 30 miles south of Fredricksburg and 26 miles east of Kerrville. Don’t even try to punch it into your TomTom – you won’t find it. My good friends Clare and Jayson Adams live in Waring on Rockin’ Heart Ranch, a ranch that happens to have the Guadalupe River running right through the middle of it- amazing, right?
They were kind enough to invite a group of 20 down to their place for the weekend to camp, float the river and basically just hang out. It was amazing – we set up shop right under some trees that backed up to the Guadalupe .
On Saturday we made our way into the town of Waring, which basically centers around a general store. Clare informed us that reason it is so hard for people to find the town is because it’s technically a village – what?! After some killer breakfast tacos, we headed back to the ranch and floated the river for the afternoon. Saturday night we headed to Fredricksburg for a concert at Crossroads, an awesome bar that is perfect for dancing the night away.
Before hitting the road on Sunday, we stopped in Comfort for some comfort food (I know, I couldn’t help myself). We ate at High’s CafĂ© & Store and I have a confession to make – I am in love.
It’s the perfect, quaint Hill Country restaurant, complete with a sprawling patio and smiling locals. Their vege-licious sandwich is enough to make any vegetarian swoon and their key lime tart is absolutely off the charts. While driving home (unfortunately), I kept thinking about how such a simple place can be so amazing and it reminded me of OCD’s newest creation.
row of raw diamonds on 14k gold fill chain- 16" $110

This necklace seriously speaks for itself. It’s gorgeous yet laid back. This necklace is ideal for every day wear. I immediately pictured myself in this necklace with the perfect summer sundress at the river. Then again, do I really need to state the obvious – DIAMONDS, hello!! The necklace 100% proves that diamonds can be casual and affordable. Simple yet stunning- perfect for a weekend in the Hill Country.


New Kid on the Blog

Hey guys! My name is Kelcey May and I'm the newest addition to the OCD team. I'll be checking in every now and then to keep you 'in the know' with OCD Jewels. Along the way, you'll learn a little bit more about me and my obsessive compulsive love for jewerly- enjoy!


the art of friendship

“What do you do when you realize that although you may have years of history, and found real value in each other in times past, that you kind of don't like a friend anymore? That, after time spent with this person, you feel drained, empty, belittled or insulted. My father always used to tell me that, ‘you can't make new old friends.’ How do you distinguish if someone in your life makes you change for the better or if you are better off without them?”

do you GOOP? 

{You know, the online newsletter / blog by Gwyneth Paltrow that is just pure genius?! SIGN UP NOW!} 
Read G.P.'s title question above- and click HERE to read the original newsletter and responses. Chalk full of wisdom to enlighten the soul. 

OCD gets inspired everytime GOOP shows up in our inbox. Even when it is about subjects that sometimes may not be appropriate dinner party conversation, despite what we see on the "Real Housewives" series, but they are topics that women should converse about! For example- the blurb above is a recent post about "friend divorce." Not friends that have gotten divorces. Not frienemies you hope get a divorce, but friends in your life history that you let go. You break up. You get a friend divorce. 
And while it may sting a bit, you know deep down that it is for the better. Ohhh the power of estrogen charged wisdom. If only every female shared her "tough" experiences and realized that deep down, we really aren't that much different from each other. Losing a friend is OK. You will survive and be an even better friend to those who are close. And while OCD is not going thru a friend divorce (that we know of!), it has happened before and we have watched many friend go thru it as well. And if your confused, go watch the movie Mean Girls!

This is a pair of hammered wire gold teardrops with blue iolite and yellow topaz stones {$68} that I recently made for my sweet, blue-eyed friend after she survived a friend divorce. {Hope you enjoy them!!!} 




Oh girl! Next time you find yourself in a tropical, exotic location with endless white sandy beach, frozen adult bev by your side in a tiny black bikini and gold sandals while hearing that tall, dark and handsome surf instructor calling your name.......... do not, I repeat, do not wake up! 

But if you must, OCD will be daydreaming as well......daily! So how do we keep our cool during the hot summer months? With accessories that mimic our made-up vaca! Check out this black tourmaline  bracelet. Perfect to wear everyday or at the beach. And if  the beach and surfer stud stay in dream-world and not this world, this modern bracelet would sure match that Chanel bag you have been eyeing! 

Hey, a girl can dream about anything!!!       

So to match that teenie weenie black bikini (or work attire of skirt and pumps)..............

large black tourmaline and gold chain bracelet   $80

sweet dreams! xoxo-