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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. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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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Girl Crush – Julie Thevenot

Founder and titular Designer, Julie Thevenot launched her line in 2008, starting with hand-printing and dye-testing in her custom-built silkscreen studio. This self-taught fashion designer received her MFA from the National Superior School of Decorative arts of Paris and integrates this artistic training into her working process.  Thevenot left Paris for the energy of New York City. Not limiting herself to the medium of fashion, create print editions, wall displays, music, jewelry and more.

At Home With Julie Thevenot, Photogrsphy by Agnes Thor for New York Nests
The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_Tag At Home With Julie Thevenot, Photogrsphy by Agnes Thor for New York NestsPhotography at the home of Julie Thevenot by Agnes Thor for New York Nests.
Julie Thevenot Big Wall HangingHer work explores everything from color theory to crystals. It is minimal and yet filled with depth of color. The modern lines remind me of Josef Albers, yet the macramé ombre is very seventies! The sulfuric neon yellow evokes the painted geothermal pots of Yellowstone National Park. 
 
Julie Thevenot Wall NeckTextures mingle: wood meets metal meets acrylic. Soft objects become sharpened.  The spirit wall hanging, hand made in the USA, is comprised of leather details on long brass tubes. Need it? Buy it here.
 At Home With Julie Thevenot, Photogrsphy by Agnes Thor for New York Nests
Photography at the home of Julie Thevenot by Agnes Thor for New York Nests. Grace Jones, coral and Black & White Photography continue to inspire the designer. 

The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_TagAbove all, Thevenot hopes to always remain jubilant, playful and imaginative. Her work has a childlike sense of wonder, and you can tell that she is in love with the universe and its vast cosmos!

Julie Thevenot ClothThe Samsara Scarf is 100% silk twill 48’x48’ , made in France. In Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism and more, the Samsara or Sangsāra is the repeating cycle of birth, life and death (reincarnation). 

Her work spans a northwestern aesthetic, oriental meditation, geometric minimalism, and the bright hues of a print-maker’s color magic. As Albers explains in his grounbreaking Interaction of Color (Happy 50th Anniversary!), “In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is — as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.”