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.
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.
HeatherJune 11, 2015 at 2:32 pm
I always wear my wedding band (which is very thin and delicate and easy to wear), but I’m more random with my engagement ring, which has a large orange stone and makes more of a statement. Reading this, I realize I ALWAYS wear that ring when I need an extra confidence boost–it’s like carrying a little part of my husband with me. I had never really consciously thought about it before reading your post!
The Office StylistJune 11, 2015 at 4:44 pm
Simple jewelry is always a great find! I love the choices you picked out, which one was you absolute favorite?
– The Office Stylist
MandiJune 11, 2015 at 6:03 pm
The floral engagement ring is perfection.
EmilyJune 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm
Awww and it’s called forget me not. Very fitting.
KatieJune 11, 2015 at 10:30 pm
Is this a ween reference?!
Making it LovelyJune 12, 2015 at 10:27 am
EmilyJune 12, 2015 at 11:32 am
Love the ring choice… and the ween reference!! ;)
KatieJune 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm
Rebecca | Seven2Seven8June 13, 2015 at 9:30 am
I’m so glad you said something because I’m going to be muttering “and make them come up” for the rest of the day… :)
Carly GJune 11, 2015 at 11:52 pm
This post is dangerous, I really want to buy everything Alex Monroe makes! Love the ring you selected and the meaning behind it.
The Modern GalJune 12, 2015 at 6:57 am
What a sweet story! I love the idea of having something sentimental for each of your loves. That jewelry is beautiful!
SummerJune 14, 2015 at 4:21 pm
These pieces are stunning – and I love that story! Thanks for sharing :)
KristinJune 15, 2015 at 11:50 am
Oh my gosh! The fritillary is one of my very favorite spring flowers! Gorgeous.