Welcome back to Style Saturday, the day of all things style, fashion, and beauty! This week is all about existing accessories- pieces I own that jog my memories, make me smile, and just generally step up my outfit. I personally struggle with buying jewellery for myself, I just don’t have a great sense of what goes well with my wardrobe when I am out and buying. I sometimes forget how many wonderful necklaces I already own, and how the memories that they bring up affect my mood when I wear them. These few pieces are some of my favourites…
Locket, Origami Owl
Liz is an Alpha Gam that I met while I was studying at UCD. I met her at Centra, the shop on campus, when I happened to be wearing letters, and it was one of the best things to happen to me that year. Liz is an intelligent, warm, funny, and loving woman, and I am incredibly lucky to be able to call her my sister. In addition to one of my favourite Alpha Gam shirts, Liz gave me this locket for Christmas. I adore that not only does it have our letters but also a little shamrock to show our time together in Ireland. I think of her every single time I wear it, and it makes me remember that woman like Liz are the reason I joined Alpha Gamma Delta!
I found this necklace by accident- I was actually looking for something to get for Liz one Christmas (inevitably searching “squirrel” on Etsy, as I always do), and I happened upon this necklace from a Winnipeg artist! The Historian in me is absolutely thrilled with the vintage nature of this, I love that it incorporates the history and culture of another society by using the Norwegian currency. Shout out to Olaf V for gracing the back of it! It was less than $20, and I have received quite a few compliments on the unique nature of it. A longer chain, a squirrel, and a piece of history- couldn’t be more perfect me!
Ballet Slipper Pendant
This is one of my favourite necklaces, and I have had it for nearly two decades now. My parents gave it to me when I was much younger, right before we went to see The Nutcracker one Christmas! I have a matching pair of earrings to go with it. There are a few reasons that I love this necklace: 1) the pendant is clearly a pair of pointe shoes without being overly costume-y or dramatic, 2) it’s silver, thus matching the rest of my silver and white gold jewellery, and 3) it is one of my favourite gifts that I have ever received. Kate Spade currently has a very similar necklace available in her AW16 collection in yellow gold, but it doesn’t hold a candle to my own- sometimes the memories are worth more than the piece itself.
Do the history of certain pieces affect the way you feel when you wear it?