stella ella ella ella. with katy behnke.

A few months ago I posted this picture of my chicken scratches on Instagram.

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It was what I pictured my blog looking like when I’d close my eyes–scribbled out at 2am when I couldn’t sleep the night before.

I’d been thinking about writing more–writing this blog–for a long time. And I knew if I posted that picture of my scribbles–and put it all out there–there’d be no turning back.

My girlfriend Katy Behnke was the first to comment on my post that day. She said, “Yes!! Pretty pumped for this! Can’t wait to follow along!” Yaaaaa, buddy–big high fives for girlfriends who believe in their girlfriends.

I’ve known Katy for twenty-plus years. We went to grade school together. She’s a *little* bit younger than me–ok, a lot younger. But we still have a lot in common. We’re both true townies. We’re both in sales. We’re both toddler boy-moms–so we both really like wine. Ha.

She’s smart and sweet–and stylish. And she’s someone I really love and admire.

Katy’s an Independent Stylist with Stella and Dot. Stella and Dot is all things accessories–jewelry, watches, bags, wallets, purses and scarves. She can help you host a trunk show to share her exclusive accessories with your girlfriends in the comfort of your own home–or online. And she can also help you choose and style your accessories for any special occasion or just an everyday look.

For the past few months she’s been sharing her fabulous jewels with me–and helping me style all my fly looks. I’ve had so much fun wearing all her pretties.

Here are a few peeks of my favorites. See something you like? You can order anything from the Stella and Dot catalog here. And anyone who places an order–large or small–through that link will be entered to win my absolute favorite earring of all time–The Raven Earrings.

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Look at those beauties. They’re feathers and sparkles and rose gold–the most fly combination. And they’re sold out–they really are exclusive. So treat yourself!

Let me know your favorites. And thanks to Katy for sharing her jewels (do I *really* have to give all this stuff back?!)–and supporting a girlfriend. XOXO.

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We all know I love all things Hippie-Boho-Kimono. So I think this Totem Pendant Necklace, Bracelet and Chandelier Earring were pretty much made for me. You can wear the necklace and earrings three different ways too. Also shown, the Turquoise Stone Cuff and the Alila Lace Cuff–and my nostrils and part of my staircase.

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These may be my favorite necklaces of alllll the necklaces. The Crescent Necklace and the Arc Pendant Necklace. Delicate–and a little bit bad to the bone. Also shown, the Mondrian Ear Jacket–it can be worn four ways.

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The best part about all these Stella and Dot accessories is how well they layer together. Love this Legend Pendant and this New Moon Necklace. Again, delicate and bad–in a good way.

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The new Stella and Dot spring collection boasts a ton of little chains–on necklaces, on bracelets and on rings. This is the Swag Necklace. I wore the Drape Collar Necklace and the Bridge Bracelet Chain Ring to dinner last night–so fly–check them out online.

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Rose Gold. I guess I’m late to the game on this one, but I really love it. This is the Tiered Lariat Necklace. And it looks amazing with my wicked pre-cancerous mole removal scar (that’s what that is, for any of you wondering) and the Raven Earrings I’m giving away to one of you lucky shoppers.

The Stella and Dot Rebel line was also made for me. Ha. This Rebel Stone Statement Necklace may not make it back to you, Katy–sorry! I wore it with the Aria Drop Earrings and Aria Cuff to pretty much every holiday party I attended this season. If big statement necklaces aren’t your thing, try the Rebel Cluster Necklace with the Rebel ring–it’s perfection too.

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Last but not least, the Eden Tassel Lariat Necklace and Chandeliers. The necklace can be worn three ways. If these don’t scream SPRING IS COMING!! I don’t know what does. Love, love, love.

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Just so you know, I’ll be featuring a local sponsor (could be people, could be places, could be things–all fly stuff I love) once a month for these Fly as a Mother blog posts. I appreciate you supporting the local businesses that support me. Check out all Katy’s Stella and Dot goodies online this weekend. Treat yourself to something fly. And I’ll let you know who wins those fabulous Raven Earrings by the end of the month. Happy Saturday, XOXO.

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