Monday, August 13, 2018

How Do You Store Your Jewels?

A J. Crew Factory jewelry tray holding Alex & Ani bracelets and my favorite long earrings!

I finally realized I have a jewelry organization problem. I figured it out when I noticed that I have six separate stashes of jewelry, both fine and faux, in different spots around the bedroom plus a medium-sized box of pieces that I consider seasonal. It was when I was looking for my summer jewelry that I realized I didn’t know where half of it was and couldn’t put my hands on any of it easily! I eventually located everything I was looking for in a cardboard box—each piece safely nestled within their own smaller boxes—but it only reminded me that I forget about what I own all the time because I am not seeing it on a regular basis.

A J. Crew dish with Carolee brooch and CrewCuts bracelet my girl owns.

Pieces that I wear daily like rings and stud earrings end up in various jewelry dishes and trays, and, of course, because I see them they get more regular wear. I have picked up a few trays from J. Crew or J. Crew Factory. The small round blue and white dish below came from Pearl River Mart in Chinatown.

A tiny bowl of rings.

I do love the jewelry trays on top of a dresser or bookshelf but they can’t hold much and I am thinking it’s time to get more organized about storing jewelry so I could see it all regularly and get more wear out of each piece. I like the idea of opening a dresser drawer and finding my entire jewelry wardrobe there so I could have easy access to it. I found this neutral-colored set of four stackable jewelry trays by Stock Your Home on Wikibuy. I like the look of them, that kind of golden-beige shade would allow the colors of the jewelry to stand out. Maybe these organizers would make me feel like I was perusing my own private jewelry boutique if I could open a drawer and find a lot of what I own stored in them instead of seeing box after box stacked in various spots and not remembering what is inside!

Stock Your Home Stackable Jewelry Trays. Photo courtesy of Wikibuy.

If you have any tips on storing jewelry, let me know. Do you switch out what you see regularly due to the season? Do you use a jewelry organizer or trays, or are you more haphazard about it like me? Do you keep the fine jewelry you own in a safe? I would love to hear how other ladies and gents take care of their jewelry when they are not wearing it!

As for Wikibuy, I like that everything on their site is arranged to show me what my options are from different online retailers for an item I am in the market for and then shows me which retailer will sell me that item for the best price. It seems a lot easier and more organized than a Google shopping search, which is a way I have shopped for things in the past when I haven’t gone directly to a store’s website. I can also search for coupon offers or go straight to a store’s home page, which are other nice features. They will also alert you if the item on your watch list goes on sale! I was able to hone in on these jewelry organizers immediately and am already thinking of how I can clear out a drawer to make room for them. I might need to buy two sets!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the lovely people at Wikibuy but all opinions expressed here are my own.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Princess Charlene at the Monaco Red Cross Ball 2018

Albert & Charlene at the Red Cross Ball 2018. A nice photo of them!

It’s always fun to see what Princess Charlene wears to the annual Monaco Red Cross Ball and I think this may be one of my favorite evening looks I’ve ever seen on her! I read over at The Royal Couturier that Charlene wore Atelier Versace to the ball, held on July 27, 2018. The silver evening bag is by them as well. I love the intricate beading on this dress so much, along with the dégradé color. The people who create these gowns are extremely talented and Charlene wears this dress very well!

Love the back bodice detailing of this dress! Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis.

The full shot. Stunning!

Note the simple studs paired with an ear crawler!

Earrings both simple and edgy!

Love the diamond bangle too.

I was glad to see that the jewelry look was all about diamonds and of course Charlene mixed it up a bit, pairing tiny diamond studs with a diamond ear crawler on her left ear. I also loved the simple diamond bangle and I wonder if that is her amazing (and huge) engagement ring on her left hand, which I wish she would wear more often. It’s clear by now that she prefers to keep it pretty pared down in the gem department most of the time but I do love it when she gets her big diamond ring out! The Royal Couturier says it’s by Repossi and thinks the rest of her jewelry is too. You can read her full write-up here. A lot of the photos I used in this post came from The Daily Mail and their article about the event is here.

Magnificent beading, great bag, and is that her e-ring I spy?

I do not know if Charlene has a stylist or just works with designers within individual fashion houses (maybe both?) but I continue to love how she dresses for her position, body type, and personal style, whether she is making the selections herself or with the help of an assistant. This dress is another winner for me, it looks good on her from every angle and in different lighting. Check out how beautiful it is on the dance floor under the pinky-purple lights!

On the dance floor with Albert.

Let me know what you think of Charlene’s look!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Duchess of Windsor Style Earrings by Magnificent Costume Jewels

At my local thrift shop I recently found a pair of earrings that immediately made me think of the Duchess of Windsor and her love of cluster-style earrings, usually featuring colored gemstones surrounded by diamonds. My thrift store specials feature a ring of faux cabochon sapphires with a center cluster of faux diamonds. They are clip-on so they remind me even more of something Wallis would wear! I got them for about $20 and they are signed: MCJ. A little internet research turned up that this stands for Magnificent Costume Jewels, a company founded by jewelry historian and designer Clive Kandel. He has made some amazing costume jewelry. The prices can be pretty high for some of his pieces so I feel lucky to have gotten these for a song.

Love that blue.

These earrings look great with my triple strand of Jackie pearls by the Franklin Mint but they are also lovely on their own!

They are clip so the weight plus the backing takes a bit of getting used to since my ears are pierced and my daily earrings are studs that I put on and forget about, but I hope to get some wear of out these beauties the next time I want to add some glamour to my look.

Let me know if you have heard of Magnificent Costume Jewels before, own any pieces by Clive Kandel, or if you have some tips on wearing clip earrings to make them more comfortable!