Thursday, May 29, 2008

Spring Has Sprung

W Magazine, a feature on bridal jewelry, June, 2008. Bulgari pearl and diamond necklace; Tiffany conch shell, pearl and diamond brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels Tahitian pearl ring.

I did not get around to posting on Tuesday because we had just gotten back from a weekend excursion and then I had a hair appointment Tuesday morning. I take my hair appointments very seriously. My hair isn't awful, but it's far from great and it needs a little handling.
Tiffany, Jean Schlumberger Butterfly Clip.
Shelby gets me. When he runs into me around town the first thing he asks is "How's your hair?" And, generally, I have something to say. My best girlfriends know, I can talk about my hair for a good long time. Since I receive so many magazines at home I intentionally do not buy or subscribe to W so that I have something to read during my two-and-a-half hours in the chair. I mean, we talk a lot, but I like to look at the pictures.
Tiffany, Jean Schlumberger Dalia Clip.

W does great jewelry. And, like Town & Country, they don't do just one feature a month. No. Usually a few and they are all fabulous. This month, they did a great piece on jewelry for spring and it was truly inspiring. (They did another on Oscar de la Renta's new fine jewelry line which debuts this fall - and the pieces are amazing - but I could not find it on-line. Stinkers.)


Tiffany, Jean Schlumberger Bird on a Rock pin. Indeed.
I have a problem sometimes with keeping my look appropriate for my age, but not like you're thinking. I had a brief mid-life crisis that included no scalpels or extra-curricular relationships but did include a need for longer hair and slightly snugger clothing. But, usually, my pendulum swings the other way.
Chanel Fine Jewelry, platinum and diamond ring, Camelia collection.
Especially with jewelry. I like those crazy pins on the shoulder of jackets. Love them. Envy them, want them, pine for them. Big, fat button earrings. Pearls, pearls and more pearls.

Chanel Fine Jewelry, Coco ring.
Also, mature women can wear more jewelry, bigger jewelry, and not look like they are trying too hard. Huge gold chain while on the links? Terrif! Diamonds for lunch with friends? Why not? Shell earrings with the cabochon jewels at the ends at the beach? Naturally.
Mish Jewelry, Lotus. Mish is available in Kansas City at Hall's.

And why not. They earned it. Or someone did anyway and they are reaping the benefits which is A-OK by me.

Mish Jewelry, assorted flower pins. Minimum three suggested.

Stack, pile, twine, pin away. I hear grandmother chic is the new interiors trend. While you're snagging her slipcovers, raid her jewelry box then go to lunch with your friends. You can talk about your hair.

16 comments:

pve design said...

That's it, now I know why we connect, for the love of hair and Grandmother's jewels.
I never ever saw my Grandmother with her hair down, nor a brooch of some sort that looked as if it landed in heaven.
Heavenly post and any one of those badges would be well earned. Love that bird on the rock.

Emma Ladoux said...

Oh, Mrs. Blandings! These are exquisite & lovely. Our tastes are so similar; we really must be long lost sisters, or at least cousins, somewhere along the way, separated at birth. You got a bigger portion of style and talent for writing. I did get the hair, tho.

Style Court said...

I still love your Chinese turquoise beads best, but the Mish pins are great.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Patricia - the bird is perfect for you!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Emma - I envy the good hair; thank goodness I found Shelby. He keeps me out of paper bags.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - there is always room for more jewelry - but the turquoise bead will always be beloved.

Dianne said...

You amuse me every morning with these wonderful posts. Your humor is right on target for today's super women, the mom's balancing it all. Thank you!
btw...I have great grandmother jewelry. My grandmother loved to "dress" and always wore fine costume jewelry. Thank you to her too!

linda said...

I love fine, proper, ladylike jewelry too! Love the Seaman Schepps shell earrings- a good friend has them and I always drool when she wears them!

Pigtown-Design said...

I picked up some amazing vintage pins when i lived in wales, usually at some church fete or a car boot sale. Someone selling off granny's goods. Unfortunately, they were all stolen.

Courtney said...

Oh my goodness, so did you say you were kindly giving away one of these jewels to a lucky reader :)

These are gorgeous and my inherited pieces are my most favorite collection. I never wear a scarf without pining one of my grandmother's hat pins to hold it closed and I seldom leave the house without a bracelet that belonged to Mom. Being ladylike is so much fun!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Dianne - inherited jewelry is the best. Even when it's wrong, it's right.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Linda - my mother-in-law has the Seaman Schepps (thanks for naming them for me) earrings as well. Every time she wears them I'm preoccupied trying to figure out, would I want the gold detail? What stone would I want on the ends? Stones on the shell? No, too much, I think. And on and on.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Meg - I often worry about buying vintage jewelry. I'm concerned that it might be stolen - on the flip side, I can fret and fret and fret about it. "No one wanted this? No one? Who stuck this in a box and said, 'Maybe we can sell it?'" It's troubling.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - you are lucky to have a family collection. I have pieces of my mother's and grandmother's that are on regular rotation. And, if I ever hit the big time, I promise to do a jewelry give away. Total heaven.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

I suppose that I am in the minority of men who will tell you that I like a huge piece of jewelry or two on a woman. Those massive cocktail rings... why not? A chunky necklace or five strands of pearls... you bet. A bone cuff? Well, that was my first gift to Mrs. E. while we were both in our 20's...

A little glamour, it's really what the world needs.

Mrs. Blandings said...

E&E - I knew you would be with me on this one. The bone cuff, is, of course, one of the classics. My mother had similar piece that she bought for herself in Santa Fe; I wear it often. Mr. Blandings is an excellent jewelry buyer and obvious hint-picker-upper. The best guys are.