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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!

 

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Bedlam Over Bedford

Bedford Avenue is the longest street in Brooklyn, New York City, stretching 10.2 miles and 132 blocks from Greenpoint south to Sheepshead Bay. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, immediately off the L subway line, the Bedford Avenue stop features a bevy of walkable, quaint, quirky, and small boutiques that will sell you (almost) anything. Since it ’tis the season to be shopping, here’s a peek into two of my favorite Williamsburg based jewelers and knickknack shops.

Catbird, located online and at¬†219 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, is a¬†mecca for all things sparkly and exciting. Our favorite things include non-traditional wedding rings, stacking rings, knuckle rings and a wide range of gifts such as terrariums, perfume, ¬†glassware, candlesticks, cards, water bottles, tooth fairy boxes, candles. Anything that someone in the board game CLUE employs, one will most likely find here. When I say “find”, I mean it. The store is setup like a pirate’s booty and treasure chest filled with trinkets interwoven with strange artifacts, forcing you to play detective. The layout is haphazard yet delicate and organic.¬†The small space specializes in local designers (although they also carry items from designers all over the globe). The tiny space is a bit of quirky and feminine dreamscape.

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Step into the space that is equal parts Downton Abbey meets farmhouse shabby chic meets 1950’s diner. Peruse the sliding drawers, the glass displays, and the shelves – everywhere you turn in this postage-stamp-sized storefront is brimming with a hidden find.

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Tocca Perfume reigns supreme as an easy way to¬†evoke any distinct character trait. Discover your favorite scents by trying the samples in the store such as Cleopatra, Stella, Florence, Brigitte, Graciella and Violette. My personal favorite is Brigitte, which is inspired by the playful and sensual beauty of French film siren Brigitte Bardot, Tocca’s ¬†fragrance evokes the intoxicating scent of a stroll through the spice markets of Provence. Tres chic! The little brass birds, wrapped in ribbon, would also make a perfection addition to a mantle-place or bookshelf.

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Rodin by Recine creates tonics, lip balms, hair oils, face oils and candles with the seriousness of an ancient apothecary. The products are whipped up and infused with essential oils from apricot kernels, calendula, sunflower seed, sweet almond, neroli, jojoba, rosemary and juniper. It doesn’t get more natural and aromatic than that.

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If only my wallet allowed, I would buy all the knuckle ringed, chain linked, hammered metals, animal skull inspired, black diamond flecked pieces that my little heart desired Рbut, alas! The paycheck of a not-for-profit employee is a wee bit limiting. There are many steals using brass, crystal and silver for under $100 but the best bargain and bang for your buck, in my humble opinion, is the Lanolin-Agg-Tval Swedish Eggwhite Soap. This $5 bar of soap has been a part of healthy skincare in Sweden for generations. Originally prepared at home by Swedish women, an egg white facial was a weekly tradition to maintain pure, radiant skin. Go get this bar and make your skin glow!

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Catbird x The WalkupFlotsam and Jetsam is created by¬†Rebekah Harris in New York City. Harris apprenticed under a silversmith and creates¬†¬†rock and roll silver jewelry.¬†Many of her designs stem from a love of the ocean (hence the name) and a curiosity for the mysteries of the watery unknown. Flotsam and Jetsam speaks of the spoils cast over board and washed ashore, sculptural narratives whose stories invoke the desperate journeys of abandoned souls that dared to step aboard and sail into the realms of monsters, sudden squalls and shallow shoals. Whatever the company’s folklore may be, the pieces always pay homage to the artisan craftsmanship of the past with a modern edge.
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Another jewelry favorite, that has much more of a DIY vibe, is Brooklyn Charm. Located at 145 Bedford Ave (between 10th St & 9th St) Brooklyn, NY 11211, the funky shop is filled to the brim with gold chains, strange overstock, wholesale beads, and pre-made creations. After building up a small-but-loyal fanbase through her flea market sales and Etsy store, jewelry designer Tracie Howarth opened this storefront on Bedford Avenue in March 2010.

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The space also hosts metalworking, wire wrapping and other beading and jewelry making courses. No previous experience necessary! There is a large selection of letter charms, state charms, skulls, and all the supplies to create a one-of-a kind pieces. If you are not feeling so crafty and creatively inclined, bring your favorite parts to the cash register and the staff will assemble jewelry for you on the spot at the counter!

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Arrows, spoons, globes, acorns, beetles, knives, alligators, and wood – oh my! You would be hard pressed to find something missing the eclectic array of charms that the shop offers.

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Now, combining finds from the two lovely, aforementioned places, I bring you the Brooklyn holiday gift guide,  where all items are $50 and under! Buy something for your teacher, lover, milkman, boss, distant cousin and fellow commuter. At prices like these, buy yourself a gift too!

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