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I’ve been circling around the enamel pin trend for awhile now. I don’t really wear pins, but damn are there are some super cute pins out there and my logical resolve is wavering. Even more so when I found out that my coworker has created a really fun arrangement of pins on her bulletin board. So I am doing the thing I like to do when I can’t make up my mind – waste time on the internet and make lists of things I’ll get if I decide start a collection.
So many great options! And so many great little shops. I still haven’t reached a decision, but I follow quite a few more people on Instagram now, and I also have a few more shops added to my “favorites” on Etsy. So what do you guys think? To pin or not to pin?
I don’t know why this didn’t happen sooner but Vans finally meets Van Gogh. In this wonderfully alliterative combination, the well known athletic brand has created a collection based around four of the creative genius’s works. Finding inspiration in —Skull, Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, Self-Portrait as a Painter, Old Vineyard with Peasant Woman— which offer glimpses into certain moments in the artist life, these wearable masterpieces are now available to the masses.
Almond Blossom is one of my favorite pieces by Van Gogh and without a doubt my favorite part of this collection. I would buy every single piece if I could.
The collection will be sold online at both Vans and at the Van Gogh Museum’s gift shop, and the museum will be donating all profits from the collaboration to the preservation of the Van Gogh collection and keeping the artist’s legacy alive.
Images from here.
This may seem a little strange, but I haven’t worn a watch since high school. It started with art class and having to remove it and any other jewelry from my wrist while painting or whatever since I tended to be a little exuberant (aka messy) when it came to the creation process. Furthermore, it drove me nuts to have something clicking against the desk while I was writing. I tried wearing it on my non dominant hand, and that was a little better, but then I took typing and well… that requires both hands so you can guess what happened next. In a world full of cell phones, it seems like the timepiece is more of a luxury rather than a necessity, the way it once was.
Recently however, I have found myself in a few situations where neither my cellphone nor a wall clock wasn’t immediately available to me. It got me thinking, maybe, just maybe I should give this whole “watch” thing another shot. It’s been many years since high school, and my financial resources allow for something other than the $9.99 Walmart special that I rocked back in the day. While I am nowhere near making my final selection, I did want to share this amazing company I stumbled across called Olivia Burton. Classy, feminine, and understated, these watches give you an accessory you can wear with almost anything, while still being a little something special. Even better, they have vegan options that are every bit as lovely as their less animal friendly counterparts.
While the flowers are probably what I would ultimately choose, the idea of a gilded little bumble bee or a delicate little bunny being the focal point really appeals to me. Probably because it’s a sophisticated version of something that would usually be found in the children’s section. While I was perusing options for myself, I was making mental notes of things I think might be nice for various gift giving occasions. For example, the watch above with the lovely pastel blooms and butterflies and the perfectly coordinated sage green band? Perfect for my mom. Oh ,and she likes rose gold, can’t forget the rose gold.
Really lovely options, but I am still not quite ready to bite the bullet and make the purchase. Besides, there are a couple of gift giving holidays coming up in the next few months (ie. my anniversary and Christmas) and generally Andy is willing to spend more on me than I am on myself, so if I hold out who knows what I might end up with 😉
All images from Nordstrom.
Thanksgiving is not really known for its sparkle -that’s much more of a Christmas or New Year’s Eve kind of thing-, but I recently discovered that Free People has some truly stunning hair jewelry available this holiday season. I would be willing to don a turkey day tiara, perhaps starting a new trend. After all, it would be alliterative. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.
I think that a few of these, while gorgeous, are sedate enough to blend in at the dinner table. So what’ll be? Flowers? Geodes? Maybe a little of both?
All images from Free People.