Looking for a hot piece? We’re talking, of course, about jewelry. (Not ass.) Try finding your next signature accessory with this crop of indie designers that have us crushing hard.
Lady Sybil Crawley on “Downton Abbey” is my new girl crush and not just because she’s a rabblerousing feminist. The actress who plays Sybil, named Jessica Brown Findlay, is a jaw-droppingly lovely “English rose,” as they say. Jewelry designer Dominic Jones must agree, because he’s hired Jessica to appear in ads for his new jewelry line. I’m not going to pretend to like her makeup style here — it evokes Angelina Jolie from the Billy Bob days, or maybe any Helena Bonham Carter movie — but, hey, the jewelry looks pretty! [Styleite]
Last weekend, I was out at a bar with a girlfriend. We were catching up; we weren’t looking to meet anyone. Mid-conversation, we noticed that the two cute guys at the other end of the bar were looking at us. Girlish blushing, furtive looks, gossipy chit-chat ensued. Yes, they were definitely checking us out. One, we concluded, was definitely cuter than the other. While agonizing over whether to open the paths of communication, I was suddenly thrown by something: He was wearing what looked like a wedding band, not on his left hand ring finger, but on the right. Keep reading »
I love the look of this ruffle necklace — it’s so delicate and feminine — and apparently you can make one yourself in about 10 minutes. You do need a sewing machine, but if you don’t have one, I’ve found that bringing a bottle of wine and a box of cookies over to a crafty friend’s house is an excellent solution. Saturday night craft party! [via Happy Together]
I had a few friends in high school who insisted on bringing their guitars to every single social gathering and closing their eyes dramatically to play “Moondance.” The sight of a guitar case still gives me a little rush of anxiety, because I never know when someone’s going to force me into a Van Morrison singalong. But this guitar case necklace is so adorable it overpowers all those bad memories. And you guys: the case actually opens up like a locket. Think of all the fun things you could store in there! For example, the lyrics to “Moondance” written in a tiny font. [$62, Shopbop]
We’ve got another month and a half to go until season five of “Mad Men” starts on March 25, and fans can’t wait to find out where things stand with Don Draper, his family, and everyone else at Sterling Cooper Draper Price. We found just the thing to wear to a premiere party — this falling Draper pendant from Saucier Jewelry.
What’s a druzy, you ask? Strange name, yes, but it makes it easier to put a label on what I previously referred to as “the inside-geode sparkles.” Druzies, or drusies, are the tiny quartz crystals that form within or on the surface of other previously deposited stones and minerals. They’re beautifully eye-catching and they capture and reflect light in a way that makes me want to buy them all and adorn my body with them forever. I mean, what? Druzies are so pretty, and while designer takes on them can be pricy for sure, there’s plenty of stunning druzy jewelry out there that looks like magic and won’t make your wallet cry. What could be better than that?
The only time it’s acceptable to have a sharp object this close to your wrist is if you’re wearing this steampunk scissor bracelet. Handmade and finished in beautiful bronze or silver ox, you’ll make a statement with a lovely pair of antique shears wrapped around your wrist. And as a bonus, you’ll always have a deadly weapon on you should you need one.
You can’t blame PBS for trying to make a buck. Even they hate their biweekly fundraising efforts. Nevertheless, the production company for “Downton Abbey” got on the horn and put a stop to PBS.org’s sale of a “Downton Abbey”-inspired jewelry line, which was in no way affiliated with the show. Keep reading »
I can barely handle this ring. I mean, look at it. It’s a giant cocktail ring featuring a stoic bunny in front of an endless starry sky. Its official title is “Celestial Bunny Ring,” which sounds like the name of a really exotic sex toy or one of Frank Zappa’s children. If I owned this ring I would never need to read another book, because I would spend all day staring at it and daydreaming about bunnies in space. If some guy kneeled down in front of me on the street and presented me with this ring, I would marry him, no questions asked. This ring is just … awesome. [$24.99, Modcloth]