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Push the Little Daisies

I was doing a television appearance once, and there was a stylist on set for wardrobe. She had some great options for everyone, but then she zeroed in on a giant beaded daisy necklace for me. “This looks like you!” she chirped, and I politely declined, all the while thinking of Drew Barrymore in the 90s. I may have tried to emulate her skinny brows at the time, but I’ve never been much for daisies.

I’ve written before about my sentimental jewelry pieces. I always wear my wedding ring, but when I travel, I also wear a little elephant necklace that reminds me of Eleanor, and a heart ring for August. I had been looking for something that would remind me of Calvin too, but nothing I’d come across had been quite right.

I associate him with flowers. I was working on a post about my entryway a few days before my due date, and I’d almost finished my setup. I went out to the florist and came back to arrange everything, but I couldn’t take photos because the sun had set. I joked with Brandon that the baby was going to arrive before I could get my shots in the morning, and sure enough, I went into labor in the middle of the night. I had Calvin, and the first thing I saw when we came back home the next day were those flowers.

Making it Lovely's Entryway

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I just got back from Salt Lake City because I was there to speak at Alt Summit again. I’m lucky to have so many opportunities to travel because of the blog, but it’s the times when I’m away from my family that I love having those sentimental pieces with me the most. I’m not a superstitious person, so it’s not about them being my ‘good luck charms’ or anything of that sort, but I have for years worn my wedding ring, my elephant necklace, and my heart ring when I fly. I like the tangible reminders of home.

I don’t like to wear too many types of jewelry at once. My wedding ring, a necklace, another ring, and something else is a lot, so I’d been looking for another gold ring that I could stack. I wanted something delicate with flowers or leaves for Calvin because of the association and I’d come across a few nice ones (along with plenty of not so nice ones), but I would know it when I found it, and I finally found it.

I wasn’t familiar with Alex Monroe before, but his floral designs are exactly what I’d been looking for: delicate, modern, and pretty, and not giving me flashbacks to nineties Drew. Some of my favorites are below and his other designs are fantastic too (mouse and tea cup ring, anyone?), but I chose that second ring. So glad I finally found my little Calvin reminder.

Alex Monroe Gold Floral Jewelry

  1. Fine Buttercup Ring

  2. Forget Me Not Fine Stacking Ring Number Two

  3. Fritillary Flower Hook Earrings

  4. Little Bluebell Necklace

  5. Little Fern Leaf Bracelet

  6. Baby Pearl Chrysanthemum Stud Earrings

  7. Floral Fayre Brooch

Style: Pink, Gold, and Bugs

As much as the idea of actual bugs crawling around my ears sounds absolutely terrifying, cute little gold ones can hang out all over me anytime. (Insects seem to be my adornment of choice these days.) Clogs, ’cause I’m on that bandwagon. Pink: always. Stripes, glasses, a dress… you know how I do.

Style, May 2015, Making it Lovely

  1. Eyelet-Mix Tunic Dress, Madewell

  2. Richmond Glasses in Citrine Quartz, David Kind

  3. Small Embroidered Guatamalan Pouch, Furbish

  4. Gold Watch, Target

  5. Gold Beetle Stud Earrings, Terrain

  6. Gee Wawa Pink Paige Clogs, Anthropologie

  7. Watercolor Stripe Scarf, Ann Taylor (40% off right now!)

Style: Like a Moth

Spring is almost here! Are you feeling it where you live, too? The temperatures climbed above 30° this week, and I was so excited, I showed a bit of ankle the other day like a hussy. I’m eager to wear the pair of striped shoes that I picked up recently ($22 bucks, and super cute), but I figure I should wait for the slush and snow piles to melt first. A little ankle is one thing, but showing the whole top of the foot? Who do you think I am?

Anyway. I want to wear this whole outfit right now, bare legs, stripey shoes, and all.

Style: Like a Moth…

  1. The Good Machinery, Ciclop Bracelet, Adorn Milk
    A whole stack of ’em, just like that.

  2. Derek Cardigan Glasses, Coastal
    Keyhole bridge = nerdy chic.

  3. Nars Lipstick in Gipsy, Sephora
    My go-to color these days. Like my natural lip color, but with a bit more oomph.

  4. Moth to a Flame Shift Dress, Gorman
    My favorite scarf is printed with beetles all over it. If I had this dress, I could start a small collection of insect-themed clothing, and life would be awesome.

  5. Dream Collective Brass Levine Earring, Belljar
    Simple, but with enough detail to make them interesting.

  6. Bernice Taper Toe Two Piece Flats, Target
    Adorable, affordable. Perfect spring shoes.

  7. The Zip Transport Bag, Madewell
    I carry a similar tote most days, but I wish mine had a zipper. This one does.

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