Keep the Vacation Alive with Living Lockets

By: Ginger Harris


If you're looking for the best gift ever (and by ever, I truly mean ever), consider Living Lockets from Origami Owl.

The see-through locket lets you choose components to create a story of your life, or of the life of someone near and dear to you.

I recently met the creator behind the line when she came to Miami to show off her latest collection. Bella, a recent high school grad, is the brains behind the now multi-million dollar company.

She'll head off to college this fall, so I asked her what she plans to study. Her answer? Business.

But with the success of her jewelry company, a company she literally started with $350, something tells me she could teach the classes in her business track herself.

Bella was kind enough to invite me to make my own necklaces. I made one for my mom and one for my daughter, by filling each with little charms that reminded me of the two of them.

For my daughter, I added an M for her first name, as well as a rainbow (her favorite), a watering can for the time we spend gardening, her birthstone, a cupcake (because that's what her grandmother calls her), ice cream (because we both love our trips to The Frieze on Lincoln Road) and a sunshine because "You Are My Sunshine" is the song I've always sang to her.

So what makes this the best gift ever? Not only is it adorable, it's meaningful, too. And with the endless beach options (think palm trees, beach balls, sunshines, bikinis) there's plenty to use to remember your upcoming or past trip to the Sunshine State.

Wondering what to put in your locket? For vendors in Florida, simply visit Living Lockets start at around $20.

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