I love jewelry, though I haven’t invested in many pieces myself. Half of it is because I can never find the time to coordinate them into outfits and the other half is that I’d rather invest in a few pieces I always wear than have a bursting closet full of baubles. Shocked? You’re probably not. At the very least you can bet that I’m wearing my pearl earrings and a sentimental ring or two, but a single lettered monogram necklace has been on my list of staple pieces to own for a while now.
There’s something special about monogrammed pieces. Though I’m not a huge fan of the traditional 3 letter monograms, I think a single initial is simple + sweet. Here are four of my favorites:
1 / mini gold or silver alphabet charm necklace from MakiYDesign
2 / hand-stamped gold disk initial necklace from NYmetals
3 / tiny triangle letter engraved necklace from edor
4 / ‘from a to z’ initial necklace from dogeared
What’s your favorite? If you know of a shop I should consider getting one from, let me know!
Maybe I’ll gift it to myself for Christmas. (;
Last year at the Chapel Designers conference, Ariella Chezar designed this beautiful bouquet shot by Vicki Grafton. Between that and my current favorite Essie nail polish, I’ve been embracing the deep burgundy hue. Snag a leather baggu in small or large sizes or add in some gold foil to say ‘Thanks’ this Thanksgiving [card by Rifle Paper Co.]!
Last week was full of learning and being event support for Nearly Impossible, a conference for makers and shakers [as opposed to movers & shakers]. Day 1 was chock full of speakers from Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. and Harley Finklestein from Shopify to Rachel Schectman, founder of STORY and probably my favorite, Seth Godin! It was inspiring to hear the inside stories of some of these small businesses, varying perspectives on what the future holds for makers and sellers of product, and action steps to growing your business. Day 2 kicked off with an expert lab where there was 1-on-1 time to ask an expert about your business – from the editorial editor of Chronicle Books to the brand manager of e-commerce at Mailchimp. Eliza Blank, entrepreneur and founder of The Sill, got my gears turning every which way during my expert lab session. I don’t own a business, but maybe one day I will! The rest of the day was focused on workshops and speaker panels and capped off with a pitch night at STORY – such a cool storefront in NYC!
The conference was such a whirlwind, I was glad to sleep in and bum around the city for a bit on Saturday. And then of course I had a grand adventure picking up Craigslist furniture. The dining table wouldn’t fit in the cars, so Angela and I carried + rolled it a substantial number of blocks and hauled it up the stairs. How’s that for a Sunday? It was a great weekend, but I’m really thinking this as the week begins.
I’m currently loving this garamond poster by Michael Lashford Creative. It’s so genius and witty – what’s not to love? And that letter g! Always so classic. I may just have to buy a ridiculously large sized poster of this. If you’re as obsessed as I am, snag one at his Society6 shop!