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Postpartum Jewelry – (Victoria Emerson Giveaway)

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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Enter now to win aGold & Thread Layering ID bracelet, free! In collaboration with Victoria Emerson.

To enter, simply login via Email or Facebook and follow the multiple entry instructions. 

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. SECOND BRACELET: The Thread and Gold ID Layering Bracelet from Victoria Emerson is made of pewter metal, a steel chain, and features hand-wrapped cotton thread. It matches almost anything, leave it on for days.
  8. 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.

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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.

Good Luck!

 

Hidden on an unassuming side-street on the border of Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill in Brooklyn, NY lies Aaron Ruff’s studio. Based out of the The Invisible Dog Art Center, Ruff’s jewelry line is asperous, craggy, whimsical and filled with motifs of yore: Latin phrases, ballinger vessels and other ships fueled by the trade winds, antique letterpress keys, anatomical parts seemingly drawn by Henry Gray, and other sundries. And yet, from the creation of rough-hewn objects comes some of the most unique and delicate engagement rings I have ever seen.

Meet Digby & Iona.  In addition to the jewelry, the studio is  packed floor to ceiling with antiques and curiousites fit for a Victorian cabinet.

And who are Digby & Iona? Well, no one…really. Ruff chose to name his company after two quiet seaside towns in Nova Scotia, Canada (inspired by a trip taken before the studio’s creation). The names just happen to also be a juxtaposition of two interesting and sophisticated people who sound vaguely literary.

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Shifting his style a few years ago, Ruff now splits his focus between sterling silver creations, high-end gold stacking rings, and diamond engagement rings on commission. He sources his gems from a fellow NYC company that has an ethical mine in India. Ruff, who used to be a carpenter and cabinetmaker, has been interested in adornment since his teens. He loves to work with “the weird stuff,” such as black diamonds, “salt-n-pepper stones”, sapphires, and tourmaline. Lately, the work is becoming more geometric and architectural; literally building houses for his stones – a much more personal nomenclature than “prongs” or “settings.”

Not just for the gentler sex, Digby & Iona explores the intersection between masculine and feminine, chunky and dainty, antiquated and new. My colleague Meg and I tried on plenty of ultra thin bands alongside heavy signets (ala Henry VIII) with the idea that body decor is androgynous and personal.

Ruff is a transplant from Dresden, Maine. A town with a population of 1,672 people in a county that seems closer to Canada than the rest of the USA. This idea of obscurity pervades most of his pieces.

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We continued speaking casually over the sound of a tumbler polishing pieces and Ruff’s dog whinnying at a bird outside. Extensive research is done over every piece, no matter how many millimeters of design. We explored items inspired by the War of 1812, J.R.R. Tolkien quotes, and essays by Teddy Roosevelt.

If you want jewelry that speaks to the past and is connected to human affairs and bygone quotes, Digby & Iona offers a veritable library of inspiration.

Like happening upon a shipwreck, spelunking for geodes, or unearthing buried treasure, or a map to a hidden cache, the details in Ruff’s studio and jewelry present themselves slowly but richly.

Adorn Yourself.

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Modern Flower Child Giveaway

Meet Sarah of Modern Flower Child boutique on Etsy. She creates handmade, real flower resin jewelry. She work with resin and nature to make unique flower bangles that mimic the style of the early 1970’s.

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In the Pacific Northwest, USA, where Sarah’s shop is based, every bit of any flower or foliage, leaf, grasses or twig that is picked is used and not wasted. Every ant or bug that accidentally comes with her flowers is saved. Even the jewelry that does not meet the criteria to be in her shop is given away as charity.

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Sarah is the daughter of two hippie parents and had access to many pieces of vintage jewelry as she grew up. Inspired by her mother’s handful of flower lucite bangles from the 50’s, she began experimenting with her own creations. Each bangle at Modern Flower Child is made by hand and not a machine so tiny bubbles, bumps and slight imperfections are part of the unique characteristics of the jewelry. Don’t these golden rule inspired treats look simultaneously modern and ethereal?

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Jewelry in her shop pays homage to the vast and infinite qualities of nature. No two leaves are identical, no two plants are the same, the world is unique. She uses green Cedar, purple Lilac flowers, peach Rose petals, fern, pod seeds, dried moss, tree bark, and tropical stems. The variations in hues, textures and earth-tones are stunning!

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NOW A RESIN BRACELET CAN BE YOURS!

GIVEAWAY: Modern Flower Child Resin Jewelry via The Walkup

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