There are a few things I feel pretty strongly about. One is helping out when you can and another is supporting local business. It makes things oh-so-easy when you can do both at the same time. Wednesday, September 24th from 6 - 9 p.m., Hall's on the Plaza is hosting an evening of The Best of the Best to benefit Hope House, Missouri's largest shelter for women and children who are the victims of family violence. The event is free (!) and 10% of the sales from the evening will go to this amazing organization.
Easy, right? A glass of wine, a little chatting and a purchase or two to do your part. The way I see it, you could go big, make a statement, or you could make a purchase that you would make any old time, just make it on the 24th.
Let's start in fine jewelry. I mean, why not? The pieces above are by McTeigue & McClelland. No surprise these would top my list of go big. The earrings, turquoise and gold, have that perfect vintage feel. Continuing our theme of hi/low, I adore that the dandelion has a diamond in the middle.
Hmmm? The cuff? Oh, yes, the cuff. A masterpiece. It is, literally, caned. The artisans studied the caning process and have taken strips of gold and woven them to replicate the effect. I have this theory about cost-per-wear. Even a big splurge can be rationalized easily if you calculate the potential cost-per-wear. This beauty could go from the carpool line to the receiving line at the boys' weddings. (Where I will be silent and wearing beige, right?)
Still, if you're trying to give yourself just a little treat, you'll be thrilled to see Hall's has recently begun carrying the Ippolita line. Chic and classic, these would jazz up your everyday jewelry wardrobe.
Oh, and look, this clever designer is appealing to the collector in all of us. Fabulous.
Moving over to tabletop, it is hard to resist the Buccellati flowers and leaves. What better way to go big than to treat yourself to an instant collection? You wouldn't have to buy them all that night. But you could.
Speaking of having them all, this would be an easier bill to fill. There's been a fair amount of blog buzz about the New York Botanical Garden collection by Lunt. Well, darling, you can pick up a piece right here without having to pay shipping.
These hurricanes are fantastic. I like the varying sizes, but would also adore seeing three of the middle size marching down a dining table. My dining table, in fact.
Made for candles, they would be easily as stunning as vases. Just the spot for fall's Chinese Lanterns.
Goldenbleu Cassandra Patent handbag and the Cora Ruffle Patent clutch.
I did go up to bags just for you. Even I could see the appeal of these....
while this every day bag would be much more likely to get my vote. Fingers crossed it's still there on the 24th as I plan to be there with bells on.
Here's the skinny one more time. Hall's for Hope House, September 24th, 6 - 9 p.m., admission is free, but you must make a reservation by calling 816/274-5755 as space is limited. Can't make it that night? Stop by customer service any time that week and tell them you want your purchases to be applied to the event and they will set you right up.
My flippant tone is in no way a reflection of my impression of Hope House and their daunting work. As their website reminds us, "Every nine seconds a woman is beaten by someone who says he loves her." This is a great way to do your part to help some of these women and their families make a new start.
Special thanks to all the associates of Hall's who helped me gather objects to promote the event. Gracious and helpful, though they had no idea what I was doing, they confirmed a reputation for wonderful customer service. I hope they will forgive my photography.