Mountain Bling Continues


By Jill Adler

Just because I live and play in the outdoors doesn’t mean I like to bare all. Granted, I’m not the best at accessorizing but when I find something cool, that works with my ‘style’, I’m all over decorating my neck and limbs.

I got my first Expression Ring at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The owner/designer was in a corner of one of the gifting suites at The Sky Lodge; surrounded by power waters, and Burt’s Bee’s products. I was attracted to the luring sparkle at the CW3PR RE:treat.

Cancer was the inspiration for these stretchy, shiny, fun rings. On February 4th, 2010, Mike Kacynski was diagnosed with Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma that had metastasized throughout his spine and other bones. His battle inspired his wife’s best friend Holly Freese to start Expression Rings of Hope. The rings are made with Swarovski crystals and Miyuki Delica seed beads. They retail for $45 but there are always one or two on her website for $25. A portion of the proceeds of each ring go to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research in Mike Kacynski’s name.



  • Wow! Jill thank you so much for writing this! I appreciate it greatly!!!!!! xoxoxo Hope all is well!
    Holly Freese

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