Vintage Sparkle. Let it Snow.

Vintage jewelry is a favorite of mine. As a child I coveted my grandmother’s brooches and beads. They always looked so pretty and added a personal touch to every outfit. There’s mystery, history and the element of daring to be different when you find just the right piece. And the brooches in particular are often large…

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Thrift Hunting. Fall Finds.

In August, my daughter and I visited our local Value Village after I had refused to pay $60 for shredded jean shorts at an upscale retailer. There are many items I don’t mind paying premium for if the quality, style and value are present. Shredded short-shorts don’t fit that bill. We were on a mission…

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Bangles & Memories. Symbol Joy.

I first learned of Alex and Ani in Washington, DC while out for a quick walk and a break from a conference I was attending, and it was long before their significant growth trajectory. The small boutique was unique and inviting and the staff was fantastic. I left the store with a few original bracelets…

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Water & Mud. It’s Lokai.

My daughter discovered the Lokai bracelet and immediately asked if she could order one. How could I say ‘no’ to a bracelet with two meaningful beads, one with filled with mud from the Dead Sea and the other with water from Mount Everest. If you visit their web site, you can read the founder’s story,…

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Luxe Layers. Vintage Vibe.

Sometimes more is better. Especially when it comes to dreamy, drop necklaces. I picked these up while walking home from a lunch meeting on a beautiful sunny day. I was passing a local independent boutique called Red Velvet. They carry select designer lines with reasonable prices, quality and a unique collection of jewelry, hand picked…

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Charmed. Estate Jewelry.

Estate jewelry comes with a history. It’s often a mystery, although sometimes the former owner shares things with the seller who can pass it along to the new owner. Not so for this old world charm, but I imagine it to have been on a magnificent bracelet with many others collected over the years. The…

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