“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin. At first glance, a wristwatch made of wood evokes a certain amount of masculinity, but its sophisticated nature (and JORD’s precise sizing) made a perfectly chic addition to my wardrobe! The best thing about a wooden watch? It goes with everything! It adds a dapper feel to any frock, and dresses up any sweater and jeans combo. This edition is part of the Dover series, and is made of zebrawood and dark sandalwood. Created of sustainable products, it was also remarkable to discover JORD is eco-friendly! Upon opening the lovely wooden box it came in, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning – inside, the timepiece sits upon a little pillow just waiting for you to wear it! Watches have always been a favorite accessory of this editor, because it’s essentially a piece of jewelry that serves a utilitarian purpose. (It’s also more elegant to simply raise your wrist to tell the time than rifling through your bag to look for your cell phone!) The gorgeous craftsmanship of JORD conjures images of chopping cabin wood, going yachting or walking down Madison Avenue. At the same time, it makes us want to eat breakfast at Tiffany’s, and go for a hike with Teddy Roosevelt. It’s both classic and rustic: the perfect culmination of American style. Wood Watch
While this editor was on her honeymoon in Ireland, one of the places my husband and I ended up in was this beautiful, extremely small and cozy coastal town called Doon, near the cliffs of Moher. While we were going to dinner at a pub, we took a stroll through a couple of the stores in town, and I happened upon this gorgeous shamrock ring by Solvar. A few years later my parents bought me the matching necklace for my 25th birthday and then just this past Christmas season, my husband and mother colluded behind my back to get me the ring in time for my anniversary present! They are all sterling silver-based with green marble settings surrounded by chips of marcasite. I am in love!
“Sometimes when I’m alone, I take the pearl from where it lives in my pocket and try to remember the boy with the bread…” While searching for a photo of Josh Hutcherson in costume during our tribute to The Hunger Games, one of our editors found this snapshot. These “Peeta Bread Earrings” are the creation of the incredible jewelry designer and blogger, Christine Tyler. They are perfect little slices of bread with bright pink hearts in the middle. The bread’s name itself is a play on words; instead of it being called pita, it’s aptly named “Peeta” for the strong-willed baker’s son, Peeta Mellark, from the popular trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The pink hearts represent the creator’s love for Peeta, who is easily the most likeable character in the series, and it’s not hard to understand why… He represents everything good, humane, honest, and true. He is salt of the earth and as wholesome as the bread he bakes. Christine designs with such originality and precision, it’s amazing the amount of detail she can master on such a small accessory (you can see the actual texture of the bread!) We love them and can wear them with anything… and nearly do!
“District Twelve. Where you can starve to death in safety.” This editor became so obsessed with The Hunger Games after reading the first book in two nights (and then rereading it all over again a day later), she decided she wanted a mockingjay pin like the heroine Katniss Everdeen’s. After searching online and seeing some extremely overpriced pieces of nickel jewelry going for 5x their worth, she landed on this District 12 t-shirt on Amazon.com. It’s a juniors t-shirt ranging in price from $14.25 to $22.99. After impulsively purchasing it, the shirt arrived two days later, and I must admit – it’s my new favorite tee! It’s actually very comfortable, cool-looking, and long (it’s made of preshrunk cotton though, so remember it’s juniors – buy one size up from what you normally do.) The shirt is extremely complementary to the female form – just like Katniss is to female empowerment!
This “Editor’s Obsession” is brought to you by OPI Nail Lacquer. The color is very dark navy called “Suzi Skies in the Pyrenees.” (Part of the OPI “Coleccion De Espana” – many of the OPI colors come from collections inspired by people and places, which we LOVE.) This polish generally looks black on nails, but it’s shining dark blue in bright light. This editor was completely impressed it lasted an entire week without any chips, even if it did take a full 30 minutes to dry when applied. But it’s definitely worth the extra few dollars, especially if it means only using it four times a month still gives you perfect polished nails everyday! Other colors from this Spanish-inspired line include “Barefoot in Barcelona,” “Can You Tapas This,” “Give Me Moor,” “Manicurist of Seville,” “Ate Berries in the Canaries,” and “Pamplona Purple.” Te quiero OPI!
This Editor’s Obsession is due to White House/Black Market. One of our editors nabbed this last pair of stiletto oxford spats at one of their Long Island boutiques, marked down to $19.99 from $98.00! Black and white oxfords were primarily worn in the earlier part of the 20th century, reminding us of the original New York mobsters and Frankie Sinatra! These stilettos are a fantastic way to feminize and update the old-fashioned trend. They look best with slim black pants, a fitted light-colored button-down shirt and a modern vest – a very sexy way to wear St. Valentine’s Day Massacre menswear.