Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sick and Bubbly


I'm going to be a bad blogger until Tuesday: today and tomorrow I'm out sick (my company talks you into taking Fridays off...), and Monday is the holiday, so....
In the meantime, I want to thank WendyB for honoring me with that cool badge that I have to figure out how to move here. Oh, and a side effect of old computer? No Firefox, which means no linking. Please find Wendy over there to the right------>.
Anyhow, on a particularly bored day, I made a back up post, which will suffice for today. I'll try to throw some pics up tomorrow after the doctor, but just in case I don't, have a great weekend!

Inspired by:
standing on the corner of Broadway and Spring, watching the Bubble man try to sell his wares (bubble guns), shooting bubbles all over the street. Making NYC look like a fairy tale.

Blowing Bubbles Necklace, $118

Gold Bubbles Circle Sterling Silver Pendant, $28

Peridot Bubbles Sterling Silver Ring, $36

Yumiko Yoshimoto Glass Bubble Necklace, Prices vary, beginning at $75

White Bubble Necklace, $140

Antica Murrina Veneziana Bubble Necklace, $129

Sterling Silver Bubble Ring, $50
(by jill.i, one of my fave designers)

Bubble Necklace, $76 (these names! So original!)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Today's Jewelry

I have been trying to start a daily post featuring the jewelry I am wearing, but my camera and I, well, we had issues.
Finally, we have settled into some uneasy truce, so here's today:

Magenta dress with floral tank top layered, which is a little bit more teal then the the picture shows; Fossil Watch referred to here; flower Austrian Crystal earrings, probably purchased at Nordstrom's Off the Rack.

Ball Girls

It was more fun than I expected, I'll give the US Open that much. Andy Roddick* was a joy to root against (he's such a villian!) and the night was beautiful. The bf was entranced by the playing, sports-o-phile that he is, but me? I was entranced by Maria Sharpova's dress and earrings. I wasn't the only one, based on the coverage I read this morning. More news was dedicated to her Swavorski encrusted outfit then to her tennis skills. My kind of game!

Maria Sharapova, celebrating her win

Those are some earrings, right? Inspired by Sharpova's jewelry sense, today will be dedicated the modern and simple drop earring! Hers are pearls:

but I've decided to mix and match...

Sterling Silver Coin Pearl Earrings, $100

Dabby Reid Ltd. Pearl Drop Earrings, $36

Sterling Pendulum Earrings, $147

Sterling Silver 8mm Multi-color Rice Pearl Earrings, $85

Moss Aquamarine Sterling Earrings, $186

Pink Rudilated Quartz Earrings, $86

Miguel Ases Gold-Filled Dangle Earrings, $128

Mesh Link Earrings, £5.00

Lee Angel Long Multi-Stone Earrings, $142

Faceted Bead Earrings, $5.80

Okay, done with tennis for now.... no more sports posts this week. It's exhausting!

*I had read that he did not treat Mandy Moore well when they dated, and I happen to be a fan of Ms. Moore. Also, sometimes it's just fun to root against someone.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tennis, Anyone?

This week heralds the start of the US Open, a sports event in which I generally have little interest. Though I like a lot about tennis (the little outfits, the fairytale stories), I am just a bad sports fan. I'm armed with a lethal combination of not quite understanding the rules and a touch of impatience, garnished with laziness that makes it difficult to care. Of course this isn't limited to tennis: my bf, the avid baseball fan, has tried so hard to lure me into the game that sometimes I feel guilty for not loving it.

Tennis Ball Beads, $5.50

Anyhow, tonight we have tickets for the Open and I'm kind of jazzed about it. These tennis players are almost like celebrities and celebrity is something I can get interested in (US Weekly, I'm (pitifully) looking at you...)
In honor of this great game, today's all about the tennis bracelet. I've seen a lot of variation on the original style, including various gemstones and mixed metals but I tend to favor the classics. My only exception:

Amber Tennis Bracelet (offered in the "same spirit" as the original), $65.50

14 Karat Two-Tone Tennis Bracelet, $10,750

First let me give you a little history that I found fascinating, most from Ask Yahoo:
Tennis bracelets, also known as diamond line bracelets, are thin, elegant pieces of wrist jewelry that feature a symmetrical pattern of diamonds. Unlike charm bracelets, they lack pendants or mementos.

Next generation diamond bracelet by Kwiat, price upon request

The name originates from a 1987 match with player Chris Evert. Evert had been wearing an expensive bracelet featuring an inline string of individually-set diamonds. When the clasp snapped, she asked the officials to stop the match until the jewelry could be found. Since that day, bracelets featuring an inline array of diamonds have been called tennis bracelets. (this is from Wise Geek)

Double diamond tennis bracelet from J. Birnbach Jewelry

5.85 Carat Diamond Tennis Bracelet, $3,255

Following in the footsteps of the great Chris Evert, last year Serena Williams wore a custom-design Harry Winston tennis bracelet at the U.S. Open. According to the press release, "Winston added an extra secure safety clasp to the bracelet to make sure the flexible and fluid piece will stay securely on Williams' 7 and one-half inch wrist."

Maddy Emerson Pure Square CZ Tennis Bracelet, $40.99

14k White Gold 2 1/4ct Diamond Bezel-set Tennis Bracelet, $1,599.99

Monday, August 27, 2007

Again, with Watches

I couldn't find a picture before, but just hunted one down of this watch:

which the wonderful bf got me for Christmas last year (in teal). It's got a negative/ positive display that changes at the twelves (ie the numbers are dark, the background light at midnight and vice versa). The thing I probably love most about this watch though is the way it tells time, which you can see on the photo. It brings back dear childhood memories of driving my mom crazy. I went through a phase (her "agita" phase) during which, when asked the time, I would say, "Oh? Um, 8 til." Or, "The time, you say? 39 after." At which point she would get comically red in the face and tell me not to do that, to just tell her the time in the correct way.

Ah, the good old days.

Also, this site has painfully cool watches.

What's the Time?

Some Jedis at the NY Comic Con this year

The watches I end up loving are often sleek, simple and modern. Like something from Star Wars. Sometimes, I have a weakness for cheap plastic ones with generic Japanese cartoon characters on them, but that's a guilty pleasure and I try to restrain. (So much so, that--and my boyfriend can vouch on this--I will go to the store and lovingly handle these little watches with their pigs in bow ties and baby chicks with eyeglasses. Yet I will not buy.)
Anyhow, my "bookmark" list is heavy with websites under the category WANT and many are specifically saved for watches. Here's a few of my favorites.

*Sadly, no vintage here. I prefer to find vintage watches in real life and have not found any websites that I can navigate easily online...

Rayna Watch, $130
(Comes in tons of colors...)


Skyline cuff, $75

Masayuki Kurokawa Translucent Watch, $125

Bo Hansen digital wristwatch (small), $240

Jensen Chronograph watch, $390

Nooka Zot V Watch, $295 (LOVE!)

Bango-Time Watch, $260

SPACE LED Watch in Brushed Stainless Steel, $125

Sweet - Gold Metallic Swarovski Crystal Frame Dress Watch, $175

Tokyo Bay Carnaby, $30
(On sale! I have this in aqua and it's lovely)

My favorite:

Veiled Ladies Watch by Starck, $150

After all this, you may be saddened to discover that my favorite wearable watch is a cheapy stainless steel casio that I love with all my heart. It goes with everything and rarely breaks. It kind of looks like this:

The wonderful bf helps to keep me in watches every holiday, and he's gotten me some lovely ones that I am scared to scratch!
Honestly, their gorgeous faces generally mean I can't read the time, but who cares?!
They look good and that's what matters.

Friday, August 24, 2007

My Jewelry Laden Desktop

Shaz just asked me a little bit about this post, and in my response I mentioned that I sketch designs and collect pictures from all over the Internet. With this blog, my desktop is almost always in sad condition.

Here's what it looks like right now:

Click for larger view; these are all things I am trying to work up posts around...

Yes or No?

Quick lull at work whilst I await e-mail responses....

Eye Chart Ring

I like this one. I don't know if I would wear it, but I think it's another interesting ring.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Friday Favorites!

*I think I might be too busy to post this tomorrow, so in advance..

Loving pinks and purples this fine (almost) Friday.... normally, I try to pull from many websites, but I was basically in love with a lot of what Fozieri has to offer.

Sterling Silver Multi-Gemstones Necklace, $1,985

Skipper - Light Pink 18K White Gold Ring, $1,092

Cancun - Murano Glass Beads & Flowers Multi-strand Necklace, $119

Amethyst Oval Murano Glass & Sterling Silver Ring, $106

Sapphires and Diamonds 18K Black Gold Flower Ring, $2,990 (This is very similar to the ring I will probably be getting my mom for Christmas, though hers will be topaz and matte gold. Sorry, can't afford this one, Mama!

Have a great weekend, everyone!