Birthday gifts are overrated.
Actually, holiday gifts tend to be pretty underwhelming as well. There’s just so much pressure! Thanks to Facebook, I get a sneak peek of my friends’ upcoming birthdays and think oh, I’ll have to keep my eyes open while I’m out and about, this year I want to give the perfect gift! Of course, inevitably, I find myself at the mall a few days before the celebration sniffing candles and eyeing unusual kitchen tools. There’s a reason we’re blasted with cologne commercials right before Christmas—it’s the last hope of the gift-challenged. Even the three wise men couldn’t think up anything better than money and perfume, because what does one get an infant savior? Diapers are so last season.
So, I’m done. I’m cancelling obligation gifts for the rest of my life, and I invite you to join me. Instead, I’m bringing back the just-because gift. What is sweeter than a dear friend surprising us with a small square box—not because they hit the mall in a mad rush to get something, anything, but—“just because?”
Just because I saw this and thought of you.
Just because this necklace would go great with your blue dress.
Just because these earrings reminded me of those hoops you wore in high school.
Just because this will make you laugh and think of the margaritas we quaffed in Key West.
It doesn’t have to be expensive, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to BE. Don’t put off an opportunity to show someone you care—you never know how much they may need the lift. Friendship is like our Sister Circle necklace. Sometimes, you’re the big, confident circle supporting one feeling small, sometimes it’s the other way around, but you’re always blessedly interconnected and interdependent.
And of course, if you choose to build up a giftable stash of bling “just in case,” we won’t tell a soul!
The results are in, and more is very much more!
Jewelry journalists (yep, that’s a thing) are noticing a blinding barrage of bling everywhere. Layered pendants. Chandelier earrings. Multiple cuffs. The hippest of the hip are bringing it (all) on in surprising and exciting ways.
Not quite ready to add a foot-long, feathered single earring? Most of us aren’t. Actually, the styles you see on the runway are rarely meant to be emulated on the street. Could you imagine the stares you'd elicit on your next Target run?
Check this examination of jewelry trends from the stylish folks at Harper’s Bazaar and let us know: how would you translate runway to reality?
It’s a gorgeous time of year, isn’t it? All the trees are really bringing out their fanciest frocks and everything everywhere smells like cinnamon. There’s a nice chill to the air and it still feels crisp, clean, and new.
Those lovely trees dropping their unnecessary accoutrements serves as a reminder that this is the perfect time to pull a Marie Kondo and drop the unnecessary in your own life. We recently stumbled across this article in WhoWhatWear about the joys of a capsule wardrobe and could not agree more. Paring down one’s closet is a true joy because really, we only wear the same few pieces over and over again. We all have that one perfect sweater that makes us feel beautiful; why not wear that more often? Just add or subtract some sparkle and you’re good to go.
That’s where we come in. Melissa Dew crafts exquisite jewelry with real gemstones at price points everyone can afford. Classic, well-made jewelry is always in style, and always appropriate- whether you’re headed to the grocery store or the theater. It’s a great way to change up your favorite pieces so you can always be effortlessly accessorized and feel fabulous. Plus, it takes up very little closet space!
Wondering how to work jewelry into your capsule collection? Call or email with descriptions of your favorite wardrobe staples and we’ll help find the perfect pieces to pull your outfit together.
Wherever fall takes you this year, you deserve a little sparkle—today and every day.