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I like jewelry, a lot, but on the average day my accessories are pretty minimal. Now don’t get me wrong: I have plenty of over the top statement pieces to go with the occasional night out -I mean, it is the closest thing to grown-up dress up-, but for your average Wednesday? I have some pretty pieces, but they’re subtle and small enough to not get caught up on things as I move about. One of the hardest things for me to wear is rings. I craft, I type, I bake, I work with my hands all the time, and until I got married, rings were too much of a hassle to work with.
Lately however, I’ve been thinking about how I eventually got used to my wedding band (so much so that I feel naked without it), and I was thinking I might want to add a delicate right hand ring to my daily ensemble. It would be something that would make me feel a little special, and since it’d be small, it’d be less likely that it would be cumbersome. Plus, I looked at them on my phone once and now I am getting all sorts of shop ads on my Instagram feed. So many wonderful companies, and so many pretty things! How is a girl supposed to decide? Since I’ve been considering this addition a little more seriously, I’ve started to compile a list of options, some at all price points, and these are a few of my current top contenders.
- Petite Double Moonstone Ring – Moonstone Magic Jewelry
- Moon Guardian Ring – Catbird
- Butterfly Diamond Band – Audry Rose
- Opal Diamond Ring – Free People
- Marquise Ring – Tippy Taste
- Dainty Set – Rose & Choc
- Cluster Ring – Ferko’s Fine Jewelry
- Teardrop Diamond & Topaz Stack – Nordstrom
- Art Deco Band – Gems Box
So far #3 and #7 are the front runners, but they’re both at a high enough price point that I am disinclined to just go out and buy one of them without a good reason. I figure my birthday is a few months away and I should probably wait until then. That’ll also ensure that I won’t spend all that money on something that I end up not wearing.
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.
I’ve never been one to wear a lot of rings. I did try to do the hippy loads of sliver rings thing in college, but that didn’t last very long. I work with my hands a lot, baking, and crafting; heck, in college, I was sewing, drafting, and embellishing things left and right. With my short stubby fingers, rings just felt like they got in the way, and constantly taking them off and putting them back on during a project seemed, frankly, like a waste of time. It’s one of the reasons I have a modest engagement ring and wedding band set, and it still took the better part of a year to get used to them. So when I talk about liking a ring, it’s a pretty big deal; it has to be something special to turn my head. The Secret Wood ring collection did just that. Yes, they are on the bulkier side, but they look like rings from fairy tales long ago or the cat collar necklace bauble from Men in Black. Tiny worlds contained within a simple object.
Incredible, right? My favorites, of course, are the ones with flowers, but I think all of them are something special. Plus, no two are exactly alike, so each ring is a unique piece of art.
Images from here.
I am a notorious binge-watching fiend. Crappy week at the office, family drama, hormonal, and out of chocolate; whatever minor life drama I have can send me scurrying for my Netflix queue so I can disconnect for a bit. A while back, my program of choice was Pretty Little Liars, so I was delighted to discover that the new Guest Bartender at Bauble Bar was Shay Mitchell. Along with the collection being so many of the things I love in my jewelry (sparkle, globally inspired shapes, ethereal styling), it was like getting to see an old friend. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.
The chokers alone would have made me love this collection. I was a very big fan of the trend when it last came around in the late 90’s, early 2000’s. I even still have a few of my more elaborate ones saved in my jewelry box. I mean, if there was ever a collection that could make a girl feel like royalty, it would be this one. With so many glittering pieces, I find myself at a loss as to what to purchase first. I also find myself trying to come up with reasons why I might “need” this or that piece. I mean, the holidays are coming up, and there are going to be plenty of reasons that a girl might need a little extra sparkle. Right?
The first time I ever walked into an Anthropologie I couldn’t believe that so many pretty uniquely wonderful things could exist in the same space. Unfortunately (or fortunately in my bank accounts case), there isn’t one close by so I only get to wander around in one once or twice a year. That doesn’t stop me from browsing online when I feel the need to see something special. Right now I am loving their necklaces. My wardrobe contains a lot of solids and neutrals that can be dressed up or down for work. A lot of the visual interest comes from accessories. Scarves and statement necklaces are my two top go-to options. Here are a few of the necklaces that I wish would make their way into my jewelry box.
The butterfly wings on necklaces 3&4 are so delicate and wonderfully fairytale-esqe, and that first necklace? I could wear sweat pants and a ratty tshirt and still look amazing. There may be some subtle hinting directed toward my husband in the near future. My birthday is right around the corner after all.
All images from Anthropologie.