9.11.14 Fran Sandisco Summer

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It’s hot here today but I expect the fog will roll in later. Today’s bangles are mostly cuffs: xo Elsa Peretti, turquoise cuff I got in Maine when I was about ten, turquoise and silver bracelet from Mexico, and the horn bangles.

But look at me!
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I’m matching ear, neck and wrist! A turquoise heart necklace my mama gave me, and H&M hoop earrings.

I don’t know where my mom found the necklace but here’s something similar from Etsy for $6!
IMG_2503-0.PNG Dood, and it’s two for the price of one… Somebody should jump on that.

9.2.14 Solid Gold Lumberjack

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Today’s look is “solid gold lumberjack”…. I’m wearing my dad’s Rolex with my UP. I want to inscribe something on the back of his watch, I’m thinking daddy because yes I was so spoiled of a 34 year old to still call my dad daddy and no I’m not from the south so this was highly irregular.

All my jewelry has stories and right now my jewelry feels especially meaningful to me while I struggle with grief. The gold earrings are Elsa Peretti hearts from my dad, the pink pearl necklace my husband won at an auction for some ridiculously little amount (like $35, I think?), then there are my Brazilian voodoo necklace charms from my mom. I say voodoo, but truly they are H. Stern, so the chic sort of Brazilian voodoo. The feathers are to carry me through this period of time, the tiny frog charm is for fertility, and the kokopelli is the trickster who is also a fertility charm. But I worry his tricky ways are getting the best of me.

8.28.14 So late to work

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Pearls and silver!! There’s a fascinating book that I read awhile ago. In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki where he talks about the look and feel of silver. Japanese society prizes the tarnish of silver, apparently. I think of this everytime that I wear silver, especially when the jewelry is not recently polished. Tanizaki talks of the patina, the shadows of the metal, which reflects the age and wear of an item. Maybe even reflects the owner’s love for it. But I don’t know, there’s something so satisfying about polishing silver. Taking a bracelet from gray to sparkling silver. I did not do that today, however. These bracelets are definitely sporting some patina.

Bottom to top: silver cuff from Mexico that my father gave me years ago, the Elsa Peretti pearl bracelet my honey gave me for my 30th and swears that I never wear (It’s so fragile! It’d break my heart to damage it), another Elsa Peretti but a cuff of XOs my dad gave me in the late 90’s, and two delicate cuffs I think Native American in origin but again a gift from my dad.

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Second picture! Stupid selfie, I look so tense probably because I hate taking them but I wanted to show off the pearls. Miles and miles of Gump’s pearls from my dad. I miss him, can you tell? It’s nice to wear the things he gave me, I just wish they were he.

1.27.12 star bangled

Today’s forecast is LHF (low Hermes front). I broke out the ever tricky to polish Tiffany’s stars I used to wear in college.

Left to right : Elsa X, trio of viv + ingrid id bracelets, 2 Tiffany’s silver stars and Hermes multi colored and white bangle.

Side note: my mom just told me about http://www.luxury-scarves.com where there are loads of Hermes scarf patterns. Since the bracelets are based on the scarves, I’m going to do some research and see if I can come up with the names of the ones I don’t know.

1.11.12 black gloss

I’m wearing the Elsa Peretti black lacquer earrings from the same collection as the bracelet. Feeling kind of matchy matchy today. The bangle is wood painted in black lacquer and made in Japan. Paired with the “Ripped off by Chanel” bracelet from JKC. I believe the story behind it is: JKC was consulted by Chanel regarding her signature scrim shaw style, and then Chanel ripped her off. This is probably her most well known bracelet.

1.7.12 Greener and greener

I usually favor my left hand to sport the bangles, but today I’m going all out multi-hand-bangled.

Left hand: horn bangle I found at the dog park, the standard every day silver, viv+ingrid id bracelet, green enamel from the flea market, and green caleche.

Right hand: the asshole bracelet by Jessica Kagan Cushman “if you have to ask you can’t afford it”!!! An ebay find. I like the JKC bracelets for their scrimshaw style and sassy sayings.