The tiniest of details

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When it comes to bracelets and necklaces, my preferences tend towards bold and chunky.  For earrings and rings, on the other hand, the more delicate and understated, the better.

I’ve had my eyes on Elephantine‘s Nova Trio for several years, and someone special gave them to me for Christmas this year.  This trio of tiny gold studs comes with white, champagne, and black stones, and they add just subtle touch of sparkle.  The champagne set is my favorite so far and I love that they are just a shade off from my skin color.  Check out Elephantine’s Etsy page for more of her gorgeous jewelry.

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Blazer weather, come back

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Winter this year has been all over the place in terms of weather.  We’ve alternated snow, warm drizzle, ice, sleet, pouring rain, biting wind, and our current bitterly cold polar vortex.  Also in that mix were a few unseasonably warm and sunny days, which we took advantage of to meet up for brunch outdoors with friends.

I usually love coat weather, but it was a nice change to throw a blazer over a cozy gray sweatshirt and enjoy brunch outdoors.  My friend showed up wearing the most gorgeous crystal earrings.  I couldn’t take my eyes off of them and I loved they way they contrasted with her black leather jacket.

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Vintage Tasseled Lariat

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I’ve always thought shifts and maxi dresses pair well with a long necklace.  They draw the eye in a way that lengthens a straight silhouette.

Recently, my mother and I were browsing around in an amazing, cluttered little jewelry shop, and this vintage tasseled lariat was the first thing that caught my eye when I walked through the door.  It has a nice weight to it, doesn’t seem prone to tarnish, and while interesting, is simple and versatile enough that I’ve already worn it three times.  I have a feeling it will be making a lot of appearances this winter.

Bracelets, studs, and Jewelmint

Pyramid bracelet

Pyramid bracelet

Earlier this summer, I’d been on the lookout for a few pieces of bold, modern jewelry to add a touch of interest and polish to some of my more tailored and understated outfits.  Lot’s of what I was seeing was girly and colorful and not quite what I was looking for.

A couple of mentions in various blogs led me to JewelMint and exactly the sort of jewelry I was looking for.  I started with two bracelets and a pair of earrings.  All three have become work horses in my outfit rotation.  They work equally well for conservative business meetings or drinks with friends, and I get lots of compliments on them.

Above: Moto Chic Bracelet (worn with an old turquoise beaded bracelet and a woven bracelet I picked up in Southern Peru.

Gold bangle

Gold and bold

Above: Golden Arm Bracelet – Currently out of stock but I love this Cobra Cuff

Gold stud posts

Gold stud posts

Above: Gold Pyramid Studs.  Worn with a Madewell shirt.

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