MISSION: FILL YOUR GOODIE BAG

Glitter: Glow with citrine

Autumn may be almost here, but there are still plenty of opportunities to showcase your summer glow. Citrine, part of the quartz family, is a honey-colored semi-precious gem sure to set off sparks as a compliment to any hue of bronzed skin. Since they're the perfect palate of colors for fall, you can feel comfortable wearing them all season long.

 

This multi-strand citrine necklace from Exotic India Art will have you dripping in golden amber hues. Featuring 39 faceted gems arranged in a 16-inch elegant drape, it falls along your collarbone, beckoning the golden light to radiate against your shoulders.

Faceted oval gemstones alternate with pear-shaped stones to create a softly twinkling symphony set in sterling silver.

Wear it against your skin with a sexy cami or off-the-shoulder blouse to show off your sun-kissed and soon-to-be-kissed neck, shoulders, etc., etc.

Citrine can range in color from lemon yellow to deep orange and is associated with the 13th wedding anniversary. Citrine is also known as the “merchant’s stone” because wearing it was once believed to attract wealth. All the more reason to grace your neckline with this stunning piece of jewelry.

Treat yourself: Faceted Citrine Necklace, $125, ExoticIndiaArt.com

—Judy Ann Olsen
 

Fabulous finds under $50

Nothing is sweeter than this simple suite of citrine for the waning days of summer. Dress up one of your old silver chains with this exciting four-way motif pendant and matching earrings.

Treat yourself: $20.00, ExoticIndiaArt.com,


Judy Ann Olsen is a NYC-based author and jewelry expert who's worked for internationally recognized jewelry design houses and is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America. Specializing in diamonds and couture jewelry, Judy Ann has been a fixture in the New York jewelry industry for over 13 years. Website: JudyAnnOlsen.com; Contact: JudyAnnOlsen[at]msn.com
 

MISSION: TREAT YOURSELF

Goods: Become a beanie baby

Vegging-out is so underrated. It gives you time to come up with solutions to pressing problems, rejuvenate from a long, hard week and polish off the Chunky Monkey without interruption.

So if quality down-time is clearly important, why would you want to spend it on a lumpy, bumpy couch? Or worse—a kitchen or home office chair?

What you need is the Sumo  Beanbag chair, an adult version of the dorm beanbag that was practically your second home in junior year. Larger than the typical bean bagmeasuring a body-hugging 4.5 feet by 5.5 feetwhat sets this pliable furniture apart from its smaller predecessor is its versatility.

Want to sit up, lay down, slouch, hunch, bunch or flop? The Sumo Beanbag can be easily repositioned to accommodate all those moves and more. That's because, despite its large size, it's surprisingly lightweight—just 18 pounds. Plus, this beanbag is filled with a higher quality bean ball—made of polystyrene foam—which bends to new shapes and keeps those shapes far better than the old vinyl-covered blob.

Made of rip-resistant PVC-coated nylon, you don't have to worry that Mr. Whiskers will be decorating your apartment in little white balls when you come home. And because this fabric is stain-proof, it makes cleaning up dripped ice cream a breeze.

For a little extra vegging comfort, get the matching Otto footrest, which is about 20 inches in diameter and filled with the same high-quality beads.

Both the Omni and Otto come in a  variety of bold colors, including fiery red, tangerine and hot pink, as well as more muted tones, such as black, charcoal green, platinum and white.

Treat yourself: Omni, $149; Otto $75 (free shipping included),  SumoLounge.com, (866) 340-SUMO
 

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