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- I can picture myself living in this forest green cardigan from ModCloth. It’s got a hood!
- I love the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. It had been on my “must see” museum list for years (every good museum nerd has one), and I finally had the opportunity to visit a couple birthdays ago. It was everything I hoped it would be. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Mütter inspired perfume, Umlaut, is available exclusively in the Mütter shop. The decription: “A mélange of balsams, leathers, and raw vanilla designed to evoke images of unearthed secrets and dusty, ancient libraries. An old fan favorite is once again brought to life within the Mütter Store and is the perfect scent to inspire memories of scanning the exhibits.” So. I probably need that.
- I love this stone and silver Earthshine ring by Shadow House.
- Yes to this black floppy wool felt hat. I’m looking forward to getting my hair trimmed and shaped so hats no longer look weird.
- This month, Julep brought back their black crème polish, Johnny. It’s basically the perfect black. All Julep polishes are 5-free and vegan-friendly.
- Oh. My. Goodness. I love Pam Wishbow‘s work. I think we need the protector sigil banner hanging in our house.
- These floral print ankle booties are so cute! Most of my clothes are basic and black, so I like the idea of adding a little color and detail with shoes or accessories.
- I think I’ve shared this earring set made by metalsmith Joanna Szkiela before, but I’m still in love. Her work is stunning.
- I wish we had a bathtub, because I’d love to try Lush’s new Guardian of the Forest bath bomb. Maybe Tj’s parents would let me borrow theirs?
I’ve been reading and drawing a lot this week, which has been pleasant enough. I can’t say I’m producing anything worth sharing, but it feels good just getting the kinks out. I don’t know if drawing is something I’d want to return to full time. My attention span just isn’t what it used to be; doing anything full time seems daunting. I’m all over the place. It’s something I’m working on.
Happy weekend, everyone.
The necklace featured below is a custom made sample product received for review purposes. I was contacted by Anjolee and asked if I wanted to review their products and website. The thoughts and opinions in this post are my own. Thanks to Anjolee Jewelry! ♥
Anjolee offers high quality, customizable diamond and fine gemstone jewelry. The California-based company was founded in 1977, and is highly regarded for their customer service. Check out their site for more information. What really sold me on this collaboration was the plethora of information provided on the Anjolee website. It really means a lot to me when a company, especially one dealing in high-end goods like diamonds, is upfront about their manufacturing process and source materials. I didn’t have to hunt for the details I wanted. Anjolee conforms to the 2003 Kimberly act, ensuring their diamonds are obtained through legitimate channels.
I received a sterling silver CZ and amethyst tennis necklace. The necklace is bright but still delicate and understated, and appropriate for everyday wear (though I think I’ll probably save it for date nights). It will pair well with some of the plainer silver pieces I already own. Amethyst is one of my favorite gemstones, so I really liked that I had it as an option. Many of their statement pieces allow for the choice of a gemstone instead of a diamond. The amethyst and the CZ’s provide a subtle pop of color and a bit of sparkle to a mostly matte dark wardrobe, so I think I’ll probably get a lot of wear out of this piece.
When it comes to fine jewelry and diamonds, I think I will always prefer vintage, but it was a pleasure working with this company. If you are in the market for a new, custom jewelry piece, I recommend checking out Anjolee.
It’s been ages since I’ve written a collection post, so I find myself here.
I’ve added three new pins to the collection over the last few months. I’ve been incredibly deliberate when it comes to picking out new pieces, which is why it’s such a small update. I’ve also culled the flowers (which will be up on swapdom, soon) with the hopes that, because they’re so popular, I will find replacements that suit me a little better. This blue tulip is missing some enamel, but I really adored the color. It stands as a placeholder for the time-being.
My personal interests are all over the place, so the choices I’ve made building this collection kind of reflect that. I am really drawn to vintage tourist-type pins, but I also have a soft spot for animal costume jewelry styles. I like that a collection like this can be easily managed, and condensed when necessary. I am well aware that collections can get out of hand quickly, so it’s honestly kind of nice to collect something that I like, but don’t have any sort of serious attachments to. Selling and trading is part of the fun. I definitely have my favorites, but there will always be a handful of pins I’m looking to replace or upgrade. I try to keep my eye out for pins that are unique and a little quirky.
Tiny update, yes, but I think the beetle kind of makes up for that. I purchased that one at a consignment shop in Concord, NH that was home to a ton of vintage pieces. I was lucky enough to fall in love with something that happened to be on sale. I hope to make my way back there soon, because they had cases full of costume jewelry! The bee and the tulip were sold in a mixed bag of pins at a Goodwill store. There was actually a second identical bee, but when I got them all home I noticed his back leg was broken off. I was originally a little disappointed, but I think I’m content with having just the one!
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