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International Gem & Jewelry show.
OK, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. The pursuit of bling leaves me, well, a bit befuddled, particularly when women ooh and aah and lust after the biggest chunk of an engagement ring they can wrangle. Perhaps I’m just a sappy romantic, but when love is found, does it really matter how big the diamond is? Plus, it always puzzled me why one stone should be so prized (and let’s face it expensive), when there were others just as pretty. Having never fallen for the subtle pull of marketing or a cultural push to flash the cash has definitely kept me from falling under the spell of the mega carat. But I still admire well-designed jewelry as well as a special soft spot in my heart for those pieces that resonate emotionally with me. So sure I’ll be stopping by to see what’s going on at the International Gem & Jewelry show at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds April 22-24 (noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday). And whether you swoon at the sight of something sparkly, prefer the elegance of pearls or get excited by something a bit more eclectic, maybe you should, too. Because I’m pretty sure whether you agree with me or not on the issue of diamonds, you’re bound to spot some bauble to fit your taste and budget among the many, many one-of-a-kind fine jewelry pieces, exotic gems, beads, pearls and estate collections that you’ll find for sale at prices ranging from $5-$500,000. Entry fee $8 (no children 8 or under please). Discounted advance tickets available at ticketderby.com. For more info, visit intergem.com.

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Hey, how you doin’ on sticking to that New Year’s resolution to slim down in time for summer? Not so good? Well, how’s this for a little re-motivation? On April 26 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Miss Groove kicks off a nine-week healthy weight loss challenge to help get you in shape. Every Tuesday, nutrition expert Susan Krueger will address topics pertinent to losing weight and keeping it off. A $45 per-person fee includes a free metabolism test and a bit of personal coaching if needed. And here’s where things get interesting. For every pound you lose, you’ll earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of a slew of prizes, including a mani-pedi from Salon Nova, a massage at Invivo, a service done at LaVita Laser, a gift certificate for Miss Groove and more. Plus $25 of all fees collected goes into a pot of cash, which will be split among the top three losers at the end of the challenge. My guess is this challenge is going to be pretty popular, so better RSVP for your spot now. 1330 E. Brady St., 414-298-9185, missgroove.com.


Eiffel Tower
Looking for a little bit of April in Paris vibe? Head out to one of Artist and Display’s most charming free events April 30 (noon-3 p.m.) for a delightful offering of free French-inspired “Make it and Take it” craft demonstrations. Create a Monet, make a Gallic-inspired Zentangle or bookmark, fold and paste a mini valise or regal crown, or opt for the pièce de rèsistance, creating a paper Arc de Triomphe! Should your hunger be stirred along with your creativity, fear not, Le Reve Patisserie will be on hand selling très magnifique croissants and pastries. Oh, and while you’re there, check out intriguing pre-cut paper disc “airvases” from Japan that pop up to create vases or bowls. At just $7.50 apiece, they pack an awful lot of design pizzazz. 9015 W. Burleigh St., 414-442-9100, artistanddisplay.com.


Fleurology Collection
Shopping early for Mother’s Day? Be sure to stop in at George Watts April 30 for a lovely introduction to the entire chic new Fleurology Collection from Waterford. These beautifully fashioned, brightly colored cut crystal vases come in a variety of shapes and sizes specifically designed to show off fresh flowers to their best advantage, whether it be a single tea rose or bunch of gladiolus. Shoppers will be treated to inspiring arrangements created by stylists from Alfa Flower and the Wedding Shop specials on floral arrangements as well as an exclusive Waterford gift with purchase. Collection will remain on display though May 7. 761 N. Jefferson St., 414-290-5700, georgewatts.com.

Speaking of mom, log onto Facebook now to enter the Shorewood Business Improvement District’s generous Mother’s Day Giveaway Sweepstakes. Here’s how it works. Every day, April 25-May 8, a friend of the day will be randomly selected from the fan page to win one of many prizes donated by Shorewood stores like Harley’s, SHOP, Boutique B’Lou and Hummingbird Art Boutique as well as area restaurants, salons and more, including a three-month membership to Curves and free French lessons from Alliance Française de Milwaukee. For more info visit facebook.com/shopshorewood.  

And finally, I’m sorry to report that Flaire is closing its Historic Third Ward storefront at the end of May to concentrate on its website shopflaire.com. Fans of the boutique, which does a terrific job catering to modern men and women hot on the trail of contemporary fashion, can save 50-80 percent on current store merchandise during a closing sale going on right now. Please note new store hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 11-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon- 4 p.m. 407 E. Buffalo St., 414-223-5100, shopflaire.com.

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mjor Posted: 4/28/2011 9:30:24 AM
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So much is going on in the city! The gem show looks sparkly and fantastic!
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