Follow Up to Spring Wardrobe Additions

Quick update on recent wardrobe additions:

These shoes got sent back to J. Crew.

The shoes were about half a size too big and the fabric seemed like it would stain easily.

Adios, berry print heels.

This necklace, however, was even better in person.

I wore it last week for a work photo along with a bright blue shirt, and I loved the color combo:

It’s definitely still available at J. Crew.

 

P.S. How fun are these earrings?

 

 

 

Suitable Alternatives

Remember when I said that my wedding ring was recently on the losing end of a battle with the garbage disposal? 

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Yeah, that was a bummer. An uninsured bummer.

So, while I currently remain ringless, I am dreaming about some suitable alternatives.

First up, this stacked David Yurman ring. It’s one piece but creates the illusion of multiples.

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I also like the idea of having these three delicate rings, each in a different metal (gold, platinum, rose gold), that could be worn separately or together. I think I like this better than the stacked ring above because of the styling versatility.

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A slightly different version of the above, but with a more random placement of the diamonds. This Elsa Peretti Etoile band has been available for at least 15 years but I still think it looks modern and fun:

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My friend P. has an anniversary band like the one below and I love the way it looks. Pro tip from her: make sure the diamonds circle the whole ring so that you can see it sparkle if she’s waving to you, princess-style.

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A substantial gold and diamond number:

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This is more of a cocktail ring, but I still love it, especially in rose gold:

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And finally, this Roberto Coin panda ring is a big no but it made me laugh:

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It’s $18,500 (!!!)

 

 

 

 

Like A Magpie: J. Crew Fall Jewelry

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This definition of a magpie in the Oxford English Dictionary made me laugh:

Used in similes or comparisons to refer to a person who collects things, especially things of little use or value, or a person who chatters idly.

Yep, sounds familiar.

On that note, J. Crew’s first fall catalog arrived in my mailbox yesterday and it contains some delightful sparkly gems that are a magnet for my magpie mind.

This crystal foliage necklace is #1 on my Just Want Now list:

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Look how great it is styled with a chambray shirt:

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Same stones, cocktail ring version:

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Two cuff bracelets (two images of the second one to show its wrap style):

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I can’t decide which bracelet I like better. Both have their charms.

Or, if you want to go in an entirely different direction, these simple and modern pieces also caught my fancy:

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Buried Bauble

I regularly get emails from Bauble Bar, but I didn’t pay attention to this part until recently:

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Every Monday and Friday, Bauble Bar features a “Buried Bauble,” which is an item(s) reduced to $10 or $20.

The site makes it seem like a big treasure hunt, but it’s easy.

While I haven’t seen these offered as one of the mega deals, I’m hopeful they’ll be soon:

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Tassels are so in right now.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Spade Charm Bar

I fell in love with the new Kate Spade Charm Bar.

Here’s a sampler:

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These charms are adorable and well-priced, ranging from $18-32.

The glittery champagne bottle and the  funky eyeglasses are my favorites.

I already have a fun costume charm bracelet from Juicy Couture that I could add to, but this KS collection also has a large link bracelet, a small link one and a charm necklace.

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Large link bracelet, only $38!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhinestone Necklace

Two weekends ago, I was shopping at J. Crew and saw one of the employees wearing this rhinestone necklace:

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A closer look:

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It looked really cool and was honestly not too overdone for work or daytime wear.

This Swarovski beauty is currently full retail at $165 (and backordered until April).

Sigh.

Here are a couple of alternatives:

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Both of these are Kate Spade, but obviously two different colors. I’m thinking I like the silver better, which is great because it’s on sale right now at Nordstrom for $66, versus $98 for the gold version.

Another from J. Crew:

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Less sparkly, but I still like these two clear stone necklaces (Bauble Bar and Kate Spade – currently 1/3 off, respectively):

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What would you choose? I think it may be possible to layer one of the clear stone necklaces with one of the rhinestone ones, too.