Happy Valentine’s Kay

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With the approach of Valentine’s Day Kay Jewelers is going all out with their commercial push. Now, I have kind of a love/hate/love relationship with America’s favorite jewelers. Chocolate diamonds? Please (insert major eye roll). If you give me anything chocolate ever I better be able to eat that isht. No joke. Give me a chocolate diamond I will insist upon eating it. On the other hand… SPARKLY. Lots and lots of sparkly.

Whenever a commercial begins with a kiss that begins with Kay, first I say to my honey “Don’t ever buy me anything from Kay!” Then I say “Wouldn’t it be funny if you bought me something from Kay?” Final stage is blogging about Kay. So. There’s that.

What I’m trying to say is I took a look at Kay. Again.
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And Kay did not disappoint. Because this is some weird stuff. Heartbeat monitor necklace? Like what?
Everyday I’m so thankful for your pulse! <— that's what the card should read.

And if that above is the heartbeat necklace, what’s this one? HUH KAY??!!
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A flatline necklace, Kay? To send to your enemy.
Everyday I’m so thankful you have no pulse. <—– what this card reads.
Or maybe vampire lover? I don't know. This is all on Kay Jewelers and frankly? I would appreciate an explanation.

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12.17.14 hair brained schemes

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This time of year whenever something goes missing I assume my honey took it for gift giving reasons. Like he needs to know the size of my shoe, or brand of makeup, or to engrave something for me. I believe this despite the fact that a. he has never done this before and b. the item missing may be a hairbrush. What could he possibly use my hairbrush for in gift giving terms? Hairbrush upgrade? I don’t think so. So the brutal truth is, I’ve lost my hairbrush. Which explains my hair today.

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Various emotional states call for special grooming rituals. If I’m extremely tired I paint on ridiculous levels of makeup. If feeling insecure? I wear A LOT of jewelry. Granted, I tend to wear a lot of jewelry for other reasons too, so you’ll never know if I’m feeling insecure or in a magpie mood.

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(Ack! My skin! *adds a face veil*)

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” Clearly I do not abide my Coco Chanel’s policy. I suspect I have the entire female population of Texas on my side for this one.

Today’s jewelry: Left hand: two Indian rhinestone bangles from my best friend, red Clic Clac a Pois, Tiffany’s braid from my dad, Goodwill rhinestone bow.
Right hand: Jawbone UP, my dad’s Baume & Mercier watch
Necklaces: Tiffany’s candy cane charm, I’m Your Present bow tie
Earrings: red gifts I’ve had since about 4th grade

Anybody seen my hairbrush?

Seeing Red

#14 VERY GIFTED : GIFT IDEAS

Gift ideas for:
*the Italian Sister in Law
*the Black Amex Card Member
*the Smartass

Welcome all to the home stretch of gift ideas. I was so clever, I wrote a bunch of posts in advance and scheduled them to publish then bam, here we reach my non scheduled posts. Did I mention it’s Sunday and I woke up today at 5 a.m. to go to work? My status update today for fb is “The more tired I am, the more makeup I put on. Today you would never guess I don’t work for the oldest profession.” Subtle, right? Pats on the back all around and then I must return to working. BUT FIRST!

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This is the matching necklace to the earrings we gave my sister in law for her bday. It’s from one of my neighbor boutiques Mabel Chong. The raw ruby is so beautiful, a deep luscious magenta. Magenta is such an outdated word, isn’t it? It sounds so much less beautiful than it is.

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Another of my merchant neighbors is Twiga Gallery. Twiga is from Tanzania and her collection of jewelry is all from various places in Africa. It’s more art than jewelry. So if you want to buy something unique, exotic, from far away lands for prices unknown…. Seriously, I have no idea what the prices are on her pieces but I know they are fancy levels.

“If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” -Chairman Mao. Just kidding. I don’t know who said that but it’s inscribed on a smartass bangle of mine.

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It’s one of the saying bangles 👆 same brand as above made by Jessica Kagan Cushman, a favorite jewelry designer of mine.

So how’s everybody doing? You finished with your shopping yet? I still have my mom left. She wants sunscreen. So I need to figure out something better than sunscreen to give her. Sunscreen. Let me repeat that, all my mom wants for XMas is sunscreen. SMH.

Great Balls of Fire

#12 VERY GIFTED: GIFT IDEAS

Gift ideas for:
*the Rockstar
*the Violinist
*the Guy With the 12″ Pianist

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If this necklace by Lili Colley is not rock n roll, then I do not know what is and I should probably turn in my Jem Fan Membership card. Face it, this is the penultimate jewelry gift recommendation. We have a long steep fall from here.

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The violin brooch idea by visiting Cinderella on Etsy just pales in comparison, right? Granted, violining is not exactly rock n roll. With the exception of Laurie Anderson. And that geek from Revenge of the Nerds 👇

How about the piano? Buddy Holly made the it look pretty cool. And I do like this piano cuff.

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But it still barely holds a flame to the necklace at the top, right? So how about we scratch all the others, pool our money together, and establish a necklace lending library for this one pricey pricey piece?

The daily disclaimer: I would be remiss if I didn’t offer the link to my online store… I write these posts for my love of jewelry and gift giving, there’s no sponsors here but ME for MYSELF 😀

Cuff Em

#11 VERY GIFTED :GIFT IDEAS

Gift ideas for him:
*the Sentimentalist
*the Year of the Horse and/or the Cowboy
*the Tech Wunderkind

So personal admission time, I went to NYU. I’m sentimental about many things- 90s music, flannels, my awesome business-on-the-right party-on-the-left-haircut from 2009, that t-shirt from when I was 5 that read Margaret across the chest. So many things. But not college. I didn’t have the *best* college experience. But other people did, right? I mean, I’ve seen movies about fun times in college. So I assume somebody enjoyed it. For the male sentimentalist, I figured cufflinks from their Alma Mater would be a great option. Voila. Cufflinks from my Alma Mater. The mother funking NYU Fighting Violets cufflinks on fanatics.com.
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Barf. Anyway, get him cufflinks from his college, many are available on the Fanatics link. Does not necessarily need to be the NYU cufflinks. Or yes, NYU, if he attended some alternate universe NYU than I did.

Was that not enthusiastic enough of a rec for you all?? Oops.

Year of the Horse is something I can get behind. Or on, being a horse and all. These horse cufflinks are perfect for the guy born in 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, or 2014. Later on the calender than mid-February, just FYI.
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They’d also work for your standard issue cowboy. If y’all got one of them laying round, be sure to cuff him up. Seriously though. You want to lock those cowboys down, dontcha ladies?

On the polar opposite side of the man spectrum is the techie billionaire. What do you get those dudes? I really don’t know. Thankfully, I know none of them. But you all might, right? Girl, why don’t you go out and swap that dude for the cowboy, ok? No? Fine, you still need a gift for techboy. How about super duper fancy white gold Alt Esc cufflinks?
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If price is any kind of concern of yours don’t even look at these puppies. JEEZ LOUISE. You know how much therapy I could pay for with this kind of moola? Yep, and we’d all be a lot better for it, too.

The daily disclaimer: I would be remiss if I didn’t offer the link to my online store… I write these posts for my love of jewelry and gift giving, there’s no sponsors here but ME for MYSELF 😀

Paris Places

#8 VERY GIFTED: GIFT IDEAS

Gift ideas for Paris lovers:
*Place Vendôme- the shopper
*the Louvre- the art connoisseur
*Tentacles- all things fall apart

Who doesn’t love Paris? I can promise you, it is a city that stole my heart. If I were to live anywhere but SF it would be there. The Marais, the Tuileries, Rue Louise Weiss. Place Vendôme? Mais biensûr!
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I love this Vendôme ring by Isharya… It’s si tellement noir et diamonte. And, it’s on sale! EN PLUS, I have a discount code HOLIDAY15 which saves you -15%. So basically they will pay you to give this ring to your fav francophile. Life could be worse.

Now I don’t know about you but I’m so eh about the Louvre. The Pompidou on the other hand? Or Musée Rodin? Those are the best of the best. It’s odd that this Isharya bangle is titled the Louvre, I would expect something more classic. Or with longer lines? Bah dumching!
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Okay, so my theme straight up falls apart with this next necklace recommendation. It’s all tentacles. Which if you know some French men, you might say I am still on theme BUT let’s give Jean-Marc Gallois the benefit of the doubt, shall we?
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How you holding up? Need some wine yet? I sure do. Got some Barolo? 😹

The daily disclaimer: I would be remiss if I didn’t offer the link to my online store… I write these posts for my love of jewelry and gift giving, there’s no sponsors here but ME for MYSELF 😀

Unisexy

#7 VERY GIFTED: GIFT IDEAS

Gift ideas for:
*the Athletes
*the Runner/Walker
*the Cyclist
*the Swimmer

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Do you know the one piece of jewelry that I wear every single day? My Jawbone UP, a wearable fitness tracker that syncs with my iPad. I only take it off when I shower or when it needs to be replaced. As I’ve mentioned before I love my UP. It calculates my daily mileage, steps, food, water consumption, sleep. It looks stylish with some fun color options, and the app is a really good workout motivator. I definitely recommend the Jawbone UP for any runner or walker in your family. The one down side with the UP is it’s propensity to fizzle out, fortunately they have a warranty that covers up to a year after purchase.

But the UP isn’t the only fitness tracker on the market!
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The Fitbit is probably the most popular of the wearable sports tech. I don’t have a first hand experience with it, but my mom does. Hers has never needed replacing (unlike my Jawbone UP ahem… 3 times). The new one acts like the UP but has a built in heart rate monitor, which is a good tool to use to gauge intensity of a workout. Oh! And it has a watch function, which explains why this puppy looks so much like a watch. And it includes a heart rate monitor, which is important for cyclists. It’s slightly pricier than the UP, but I think you get significantly more for your dollar. I just wish the app was as great as the UP app.

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The Pebble is one of the few waterproof fitness trackers, which makes it best for any swimmers out there. There’s even a beta swim app called Swimio for Pebble users. Price wise it falls in at the lower end of the wearable tech cost range. Anybody have a pebble and love it? I’d like to know how it’s received.

The daily disclaimer: I would be remiss if I didn’t offer the link to my online store… I write these posts for my love of jewelry and gift giving, there’s no sponsors here but ME for MYSELF 😀

Law & Disorder

#6 VERY GIFTED: GIFT IDEAS

Gift ideas for:

*the Cop

*the Spy

*the Lawyer

The San Francisco art world is going through a strange transition right now. The MoMA is temporarily under renovation, many of my favorite galleries have closed their doors.  Mostly because rents are exorbitant here. But fortunately one of my all time favorite galleries, who closed their doors over a year ago, is back with a website. And on the Heather Marx website, there is jewelry and a Small Business Saturday promo code 5OA1FZ3. So for that tough as nails, but pretty as a peacock cop in your life let me recommend one of the Heather Marx pieces.

Love Cuff by Matt Gil

The Love Cuff by Matt Gil for your best gal. Her handcuffs may be on the perp, but yours are on her heart (and her wrist).

For the spy, the puzzler, the code breaker, your lover (ewwwwww) you should consider the Coatt morse code necklace.

“all of me” necklace

There are prefab phrases to choose from, like ‘wild horses’, ‘true blue’, ‘dog my dog’ or (DING DING DING) there is the CUSTOM route. Remember what I said Day 1? CUSTOMIZE, ALWAYS CUSTOMIZE. Coatt too offers a promo code. To get -25% off this weekend use coattholiday.

Now for your honey, the lawyer? First, let me recommend you never get into a fight with her. You won’t ever win. Secondly, lawyer needs some classic pieces! She needs something that says “You know that I am worth that $850 hourly rate, don’t you?” But it must be understated, fancy, and black as her corporate soul.

Onyx Necklace

matching onyx earrings

That’s why there’s Tiffany’s but mind you get her the matching pair, okay? Necklace and earrings. Or she will filet your heart and serve it to her family for Christmas dinner. Oh, and Tiffany’s? They offer no promo codes. You sure you can handle this, bud?

The daily disclaimer: I would be remiss if I didn’t offer the link to my online store… I write these posts for my love of jewelry and gift giving, there’s no sponsors here but ME for MYSELF 😀

Life’s A Sitcom Party

#5 VERY GIFTED: GIFT IDEAS

Gift ideas for:
*the Hostess
*the Bae Cultist
*the Alien Life Form Follower

Oneida Limited is known for their silverware. Beautiful decorative often silverplate utensils, as any good hostess knows. So what would be more appropriate then the Oneida silver spoons cuff bracelet for the aforementioned good hostess?
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WSJ Jewelers on Etsy offers a beautiful silver and gold one…ripe for the monogramming! Matching a bracelet to your silverware is all kinds of transcendental matching skill.

You know who’d be a great hostess? Beyoncé. Watch her bananas video, I want to be part of her dance crew. Did you catch that Versace necklace she’s sporting at one point? You know I did.

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O Versace. Just so you know, I can’t help but read Versace like Jessie Spanno pronounces it in Showgirls. Ver-sais. Here’s where you find that Versace medallion, for if your bae loves Queen Bae. Mind you break out the black Amex for this one.

By the way, you guys picking up the 80s easter egg sitcom references? How many you got so far? We’re at three.

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This is the most darling outerspace Max and Chloe necklace for that UFO aficionado.

Okay, you figure out the three 80s references? The answers are in the blog tags, my friends.

The daily disclaimer: I would be remiss if I didn’t offer the link to my online store… I write these posts for my love of jewelry and gift giving, there’s no sponsors here but ME for MYSELF 😀

For The Love Of Kay

#3 VERY GIFTED: GIFT IDEAS

Gifts for:
*The Soft Core Romance Novel Reader
*The Hello Kitty Lover
*The Patriot

Listen, I do not shop in malls. I don’t know where to find them despite the rumor that they are around. Somewhere. But for me, malls are like Capybaras, I know they exist, people love them, but I just don’t know anything about them. However, as you all know, I watch TONS of TV. And something I see all the time is Kay Jewelers. Every kiss begins with? Kay. Or cock, as my husband insists on saying. That’s him! Not me! I didn’t say that! So to continue my simile, Kay is the bowtie on a Capybara. Or something. So I looked them up. I was curious if they are ethically sourced jewelry. Quelle surprise, they are! They have “extensive policies” in place for the sourcing of the gems, gold, everything.

So Kay Jewelers? Not my usual cup of tea, but this is a gift list and I like a challenge.

First up the blue (? diamonds come that color?) and white diamond, sterling silver heart.
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It’s pretty cheeseball, but there is something sweet about it. I would wear this, I think. But really it’d be suited for an older lady. Maybe a grandmother? Or a lover of Romance Novels, not the explicit kind, mind you, but the Barbara Cartland varietal. Which I swear *cough cough* I know nothing about.
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Hello, hello kitty!! I love you. I would give these to my nieces if their ears were pierced. So cute. Is it weird that the Hello Kitty studs are more expensive than the diamond pendant? I think so, too.

Interesting Kay category: patriotic jewelry. Because you only really love your country if you’re wearing a red, white and blue diamond ring? Ok, that does sounds like something I would do. This is where my Mother in Law (and all military moms/wives) and I crossover. Patriotic expression thru jewelry. I think she might wear hers year round whereas I would save mine for the 4th of July, so as to compliment my Babe-raham Lincoln dress. (It’s got hot shirtless presidents all over it, I love it.)
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This *is* the best item in the patriot category, but not necessarily something a MIL would don. So for her, I would go with this flag pendant.
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Now you can go ahead and check patriotic Mother in Law, cutie pie niece, and Barbara Cartland fan off the shopping list, you are welcome.

The daily disclaimer: I would be remiss if I didn’t offer the link to my online store… I write these posts for my love of jewelry and gift giving, there’s no sponsors here but ME for MYSELF 😀