I am just about two months postpartum. My nights are still divided into 3 hour segments, broken up by breastfeeding, burping and re-swaddling. The bags under my eyes could now be referred to as luggage. My “fat jeans” and leggings are still the only fabric successfully covering my legs. And, my favorite tops have been hijacked in honor of those allowing for “easy access.” A term which was once sexy and conjured up vignettes of bathroom quickies, now means the ability to feed on demand, anywhere at anytime. Button-downs, wrap shirts, loose sweaters, and nursing bras. In all this, it’s still important for me to feel stylish and put together. My secret? Jewelry.
Baubles, trifles, costume jewelry, vintage, metallics! Who cares? All of my jewelry still fits and provides me with a quick way to feel glamorous in my new routine of flats (or uggs) and pseudo-moo-moos or ponchos. I know my body will recover eventually and for now I’m just happy dressing Josiah well (who has a better, more extensive wardrobe than me and my husband combined.)
Because it’s my birthday this Thursday, and because Valentine’s day is almost upon us, I’m giving you a piece of my collection! Enter to win a bracelet from Victoria Emerson below.
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PINKY: The Lana Pinky Ring in Silver by Sarah Chloe x Goop – initialed “J” for Joss, and purchased a few days after delivery. Show your pinkies some love with this signet ring.
RING FINGER: The Beatriz wedding band and the Ella wedding band in Platinum from Ken & Dana Designs. When I don’t feel like wearing my complete bridal set and my awesome engagement ring, I stack these two bands which each go 3/4 way around and feel slightly vintage. Ken & Dana commissions are handcrafted in NYC, and ensure that each piece is environmentally friendly and socially responsible.
THE MIDDLE FINGER: For the longest digit, I tend to go simple.The 14k gold, 5 blue sapphire stone ring from Lio and Linn is great worn alone or for stacking. I discovered this amazing brand at the Renegade Craft Fair.
INDEX FINGER: Ever since first visiting Catbird year ago, I fell in love with the idea of midi stacking rings. The gold chevron is from Liesel Love, and I cannot remember where the silver knot ring is from! However, you can find similar here.
THUMB: The Sterling Silver Double Bar Ring from Eve’s Addiction is in a modern, minimalist cuff style that adjusts its size to fit almost any finger.
FIRST BRACELET (from wrist): At the base of my wrist, flaring toward my fingers, is the ARCN Pacaya Bracelet from Abacus Row. This is a Limited Edition bracelet created by Christy Natsumi and Abacus Row featuring 14K gold-fill fringe, palladium-plated glass Japanese hex-cut seed beads, and 24k gold-plated glass Japanese seed beads. A total of 12 bracelets were made. 14K gold-fill fringe, palladium-plated glass Japanese hex-cut seed beads, 24k gold-plated glass Japanese seed beads.
THIRD BRACELET: I was never a huge fan of anything overtly branded, and the Tiffany’s “property of” charm bracelets are no exception. I do, however adore many of the famous silversmith’s collections. I wore pieces from The Gatsby Collection, full of Jazz Age Glamour, to my wedding. Less formally, I adore the Atlas collection’s clean lines. On the cuff, linear numerals create a striking and simplified design.
Just for readers of The Walkup, if you feel like treating yourself to some new sparklies, here is 20% off your entire order, from Victoria Emerson, with the coupon code thewalkup20! Coupon expires February 27, 2016.
Flowers die, chocolates get eaten, clothing comes in and out of fashion (and fit), but good jewelry can feel eternal.
The weather in Brooklyn is officially in its winter phase. I know it’s only November but the windchill or the frost didn’t seem to get the memo. What better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with cozy knits? Accessodium’s creations make me want to sip cocoa by a fire.
Tanya was nice enough to offer this gorgeous handspun yarn, handknit cowl ($50) for one lucky reader of The Walkup. Ready to enter? Use the giveaway widget below.
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Accessodium was created by Tanya, who is originally from the Ukraine, but now living in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Tanya grew up watching her grandmother knit so naturally, it seemed magical to her. As a child, she knew one day that she would able to make things as well as Granny!
Accessodium’s shop holds knits, crocheted beanies, scarves, leg warmers, gloves, brooches, cowls, skirts, bookmarks and anything that can be dreamed up with imagination and wool.
Now, once a week Tanya visits a farm, where she learns about wool production, and other fibers such as alpaca and angora goat fibers. She can carde, dye and spin wool. Being able to use handmade yarn from homegrown animals is a lot of work.
For Tanya it’s hard to say which one is a hobby and which is work – yoga or Etsy. She loves do both! Here are other things that make her tick:
EAT: I love sushi and Japanese food in general. So any good Japanese restaurant is my favorite place to eat.
SEE: I fell in love with Arizona. I have been there many times; I love how it smells and I love its beauty.
SHOP: I like Free People, even though I do not shop there too often, I visit the shop for inspiration.
Introducing Olga Zamyatina, from Moscow, Russia of the clever Etsy shop, Wassupbrothers. Olga adores making decor with fabric but she is particularly fond of creating creatures. These stuffed animals may look like toys, but it’s best to think of each piece as a soft sculpture. The items are not meant to be played with but rather, used as art and knickknacks around the home. Cotton, felt, velvet and lace with stuffing are not just for kids anymore! Olga and her husband Igor have two funny and wonderful dogs. Igor works as a photographer and supports Olga by taking beautiful photos of the creations in her shop.
Some of Wassupbrother’s creatures can look alike but no two are ever the same. Olga attempts to repurpose, recycle, and reuse different materials as often as is possible. It’s magic to see, how small pieces of fabric, vintage buttons, sweaters or old dresses turn into a soulful creations. Since Olga is vegan, she even douses her fabrics in natural, organic dyes like tea, coffee, cinnamon and more.
The owner explains, “I found the art of soft toys and have been stuck on them ever since. They give me the opportunity to use all the skills and creativity I’ve accumulated over the years, and bring me so much joy and pleasure. When I made my first owl I did not think of it as a serious endeavor, but now I can’t imagine a time when I did not create my soft little friends.”
Olga was nice enough to offer one lucky reader of The Walkup not one, but two little friends:
Ella owl is a lacy, peaceful, greenminded and friendly owl. She have movable wings, fixed with the buttons. Her chest is decorated with beautiful cotton vintage lace. On the bottom, Grumpy Cat is a hand-sewn and hand embroidered brooch. Made with vintage, thick felt, it is a great quality material from Russian Soviet Marine’s overcoats. Does everyone see the resemblance to Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, the Internet “catlebrity” known for her disgruntled facial expression?
Meet Crupitsik owl, as small as a tomato, Prince Gustav little owl, the photographer, and their little bunny companipons!
Not just for nurseries, Olga’s products fit perfectly in a kitchen or on cabinets in your living room and office. The animals are truly little sculptures! Olga is an artist whose medium is fabric.
Carrot soft sculptures in a bunch. Carrots tops are made from tea-dyed vintage cotton lace and synthetic lace. Mr. Bat Henry Forrester, is made of faux fur in natural and warm earthy tones. His wings and ears are layered with the teadyed lace.