I think I was a tomboy growing up. No one believes me when I tell them that but I spent the larger part of my life being naughty, playing pranks and getting in trouble. At the sprightly age of 6, I remember my neighbor (a boy) throwing handfuls of grass at me and getting a bit peeved about it. My solution: wrap a rock in grass and throw it back at him to teach him a lesson. Admittedly I was wearing a cute little red leather purse slung casually across my body which came in very handy when I needed to conceal my grassy weapon but nevertheless, I was a bit of a bad-ass. So once in a while my tomboy tendencies surface in the form of androgynous leather jewelry. . .I don’t throw stones anymore, the only ones I have on hand are diamonds and those serve a higher purpose than self-defense methinks.
Miansai by Michael Saiger rose gold and leather hook bracelet (for men technically, but the adjustable strap lends it well to my little wrist), DIY gold chain and silk cord bracelet, Hermes leather bracelet.
I’m leaving for Shanghai tomorrow and no, of course I haven’t started packing yet! I usually start planning for any trip by making lists of things I want to bring and then waking up at the crack of dawn to place everything in a suitcase. In light of my insane travel schedule, I thought it would be fun to pen a travel section. In upcoming posts I’m going to cover what to bring to which destinations, how to pack the jewelry so it doesn’t get lost/stolen/broken, and what jewelry to buy while abroad! GASP! So fun!
Let us start today then shall we, with packing for an urban jungle. . .Shanghai. Shanghai, for those of you who have never been is just like NYC except more colorful, more densely packed with people AND with better Chinese food! When I’m in Shanghai my day ranges from meetings with clients (we don’t actually produce in China, all our jewelry is designed and made in NYC so my meetings in Asia are generally client development), marketing firms, yoga with my dear friend “Tang Tai Tai” (Jewish UES New Yorker who graduated Spence, had a career in law and is now a yoga teacher–go figure), drinks dinner drinks dinner dancing with my “Eddie” (best friend, if you follow AbFab, I’m Pats, she’s Eddie, you get the picture) and somewhere in there I inevitably find myself dressed to the nines, dangling off the back of a gypsy peasant motorcycle decked in diamonds and trying to keep my stilettos from getting caught in the wheels (I sit side-saddle as ANY lady would). I will try to get a pic of that one. So, there is a whole slew of situations for which I have to accessorize. Lets begin with the necessary evils:
1) Diamond Stud earrings: These are my every day earrings, they are conservative and truly go with everything. Heaven forbid I should leave the house without earrings! These are for business meetings with service providers, marketing, branding, etc. etc. where I don’t want to be too flashy–people tend to overcharge you when you’re too flashy and we can’t have that! These are on my ears, so not in the photo.
2) Pink Diamond Earring Jackets: to give the studs a little more oomph! in case I’m meeting with a client. Never outshine a client but we are taste-makers and trend-setters so we must dress the part.
3) Pair of diamond statement earrings: elegant, slightly decadent for “work dinners” but not enough to get me mugged or kidnapped by the gypsy motorcycle driver.
4) Pair of Statement Designer Costume Earrings: Here the motto is GO BIG OR GO HOME! For nights out with the girls, parties, dancing so you can have a proper rager without worrying about losing bajillion dollar earrings. Slap these on and have at it! The ones shown here with multicolored rhinestones and pearls are vintage Hobé.
5) I don’t tend to pack rings when I travel because rings are very particular to an outfit. I just stick to my wedding band and my three J&A bubble rings in white, yellow and pink diamonds/gold which I stack if I want to be conservative or wear as knuckle dusters for a little more emphasis. I would suggest, bring the rings you wear every day and stick to that. Rings are also notoriously easy to lose on hotel room side tables if you’re not weary so save yourself the fuss.
6) Necklace: I go for two statement necklaces one gold and one silver the two shown here are both from J.Crew. This will generally cover me for most situations and give any outfit that little extra. I used to pack my Sent Murano glass necklaces but I decided it’s not worth risking breakage since mine is the old version with GIANT size glass bubbles which has been discontinued and the one sold now has significantly smaller bubbles.
7) Bracelets: I don’t think I can live without bracelets. In my arsenal I always have by J&A Star bangles (19 of them), some sort of Hermes leather bracelet, I’ve been wearing my J&A 20k gold elephant charm necklace as a bracelet these days (his name is Moe my lucky elephant) so that’s on there, a white vintage Monet enamel bracelet and a new Murano glass bracelet from the Sent sisters.
Alright my DMD darlings. I will be posting on the road with loads of pics from the Hai so until the next one. . .