Category Archives: Accessories

Peruvian Treasures

Peruvian Turquoise Earrings from Illaria

On my most recent trip, I ventured out into South America for the first time. I spent nine incredible days in Peru that I will never forget and I brought back a little treasure (and a few lot of other souvenirs).

I was looking for a gift for my little sister’s high school graduation, and my cousin recommended a jewelry company called Illaria. They specialize in silver and everything is handmade in Peru. After a day filled with scouring the markets and eating guinea pig (yes, I ate that — they call it “cuy”), I visited an Illaria boutique on my last night in Cusco.

The store gleamed, reflecting light as if everything in there was made of silver. It didn’t take very long to spy the perfect necklace for my sister, tucked away in the last display at the back of the store. It was now time to find something for me. Somewhere along the way I’d spied these green stones in numerous different pieces. Little did I know they were Peruvian turquoise. Now for those who don’t know, I have a borderline problematic obsession with turquoise. Peruvian turquoise is different, darker and somehow richer. I had to have it. I tried on earring after earring, looking for the perfect pair. The sales associate pulled out the tray of additional items that weren’t on display, and there they were. I’d found myself little Peruvian treasures.

P.S. Cuy tastes like a cross between chicken and pork, it was seasoned beautifully, it was a little hard to get the meat off, but I enjoyed it immensely.

Postcards from… Venice

Baroque Side Table; $675.00 Alessandra Di Tommaso | Baroque Skull & Lava ring; $369.00 Murano Mosaic Millefiori Tumblers; $99.00 Mystery gold Murano necklace nr. 379; $238.00 Josh Goot | Slim Skirt; $450.00 Image Map

My trip to Venice inspired a love of baroque, Murano glass and so much more.

[1] Baroque Side Table; $675.00 – [2] Alessandra Di Tommaso Baroque Skull Lava Ring; $369.00 – [3] Murano Mosaic Millefiori Tumblers; $99.00 – [4] Mystery Gold Murano Necklace; $238.00 – [5] Josh Goot Slim Skirt; $450.00 –

My trip to Venice sparked an adoration for Murano glass and re-ignited my love for the baroque style. The city floats on the Adriatic Sea, it’s beauty unveiled in every corner and crevice. My mom took to repeating “Venice is like a fairy book,” an interesting combination of fairy tale and storybook. From the Realto Market to the bridges and old doors on the canals and the man playing his violin in a corner at sunset, it’s not hard to imagine how the quiet magnificence of this city sparking a Renaissance. The spirit of the city is somehow captured in my picks and all of the plethora of pictures I took.

The Fantastic Four: Burgundy Bags

I can think of quite a few things I love that come in the color burgundy: wine, my ballet leotard from when I was 9/10 years old, and these bags…

Melie Bianco Silvia Double Handle Woven Satchel; $59.40 - The original, Hermes Birkin (in burgundy); $17,999.00 - Rebecca Minkoff - Large Affair; $495.00 - Madewell - Heritage Leather Satchel; $228.00 - Image Map

I haven’t bought a new purse in an eternity, and when I say that I mean it. It’s not like me saying I haven’t bought a nice blouse in a long time, knowing full well I went on a mini shopping spree last weekend and bought five. I need a new bag, and I don’t want a plain black one (although I may want a white one) – the color I’ve been drawn to as of late is burgundy. The Rebecca Minkoff – Large Affair is my current fave.

With fall on the way, what colors are you looking to add to your wardrobe/handbag collection?

Tints of Mint

I’m not sure why, but I gravitate to shades of green more often than I do any other color. Maybe it has something to do with the color in the Jamaican national flag, or those instances where the Caribbean Sea isn’t really blue – instead it’s turquoise or some other magnificent shade of green that stuns the soul. Nevertheless this season my shade of green is more minty than anything else…. so much so that even my phone case is emblematic of my favorite color of the moment.

From dresses to wedges to the jewelry in between, mint green is the kind of shade that will do its best to make your tan look even better than it did after you basked in the sunlight for hours on end. These are just a few tints of mint:

[1] Sandro – Pale Green Printed Dress – $250.00 –

[2] Art Deco Trudy Earrings – $10.00 –

[3] Vince Camuto – Nadine Wedge – $225.00 –

[4] Nine West Predictable Mini Bag – $39.00 –

[5] Two Cord Charm Bracelet – $8.00 –

Season of Scarves

I'm dubbing this the... Season of Scarves

At one point or another I became obsessed with vintage scarves. The result: so many scarves I don’t know what to do with them (so much so, every now and then I stumble upon one or two that I thought were lost). Naturally I grabbed on of them this morning, after deciding my curly hair ponytail needed a little something extra. I knotted my Talbots scarf that I’m not sure really qualifies as ‘vintage’ into a turban, and I was on my way. I loved it so much that I’m declaring the next several months – the season of scarves. How to knot your scarf properly:

[1] Lay the scarf flat
[2] Fold it on the diagonal in half
[3] Fold the pointed corner in until the scarf is about three inches wide
[4] Place the center of the folded scarf on the nape of your neck and tie the scarf once on top of your head
[5] Knot the scarf again, and double-back to knot the ends on the nape of your neck.
[6] Voila! C’est finit!

When I lived in Toronto, I’d spend my weekends in Kensington Market eating scones and rifling through bins to find yet another scarf to add to my collection. I’ve found the best way to find a scarf is to head to a vintage store with those large bins of scarves, get down on your knees and for all intensive purposes start diving for treasure.

Knots of Gold

Knots of Gold

I’m pretty much cursed when it comes to my favorite earrings. I often break or lose one, leaving the other unbearably lonely.

I sometimes think I’m doomed to spend an eternity searching for replicas of the ones I’ve loved and lost. This weekend I found a pair of knots I’ve been trying to find for the last 4 years. Nestled under trays and trays of earrings at the Brooklyn Flea were the gold knots pictured above. The story behind losing their predecessors has to do with a water park, and so the story goes – after shooting down a water slide one of my favorite earrings abandoned me. I’m sure I paid more than the $5 I shelled out for my new babies on the sterling silver ones I lost on that fateful day, so it brings me even more pleasure to slip these on. They’re prefect and simple, so whether my hair’s curly and wild or pinned back in a bun or series of twists – these knots of gold are my new favorite pair.

Pick of the Week: 06.02.12

Mayan Skull Green Moon Earrings

Mayan Skull Green Moon Earrings – Terra Moda Designs;, $60.00

The thing about these earrings is that they possess an air that’s sort of delicate yet savage. The proof is in the details, from the little skull elements to the beading and the moon shaped Brazilian jade – it gestures toward a primal instinct. I envision myself on a beach somewhere in a wrap skirt, with my hair wrapped in a scarf on top of my head with these dangling from my ears for a raw yet regal look.