I discovered Meghan T the other day on Twitter (a veritable treasure trove of talent). I was pleasantly surprised to find some very colourful and unique creations (inspired by the Caribbean) in her Etsy store.
Perhaps it's my fascination with the Caribbean, but I absolutely love these little 'witch doctor' earrings. Plus, they're limited edition so chances are, you're the only one you know with these babies.
Spotted: Leighton Meester rocking a serious bit of Tiffany's bling on the set of Gossip Girl Season 3.
Personally, I think Blair's style is a bit uptight, but I adore this Tiffany & Co Fleur De Lis key. I think it would look better paired with another, shorter necklace or against a more boho outfit. The diamonds and the Diane Von Furstenberg top is all a bit (as they say) "matchy-matchy" for my liking.
Boy do I love finding new talent. Even though this is a relatively new blog, you do tend to see the same names come up quite often. Which is why when I find something new and amazing, I can't wait to post on it.
Gregory Lynn (Rocky) Hard (yes, I see it too), has had a most interesting life - from riding across Afghanistan aged 18 to making a film with Jean Lac Godard and studying metallurgy with North American Indians.
This "Burning Water - Metamorphosis" pendant is more like a piece of art than jewellery. If you look closely at the citrine stone, you can see a face of a man and woman carved in cameo. The fluid metal design is composed of 18K white, yellow and green (?!?) gold.
It's a one of a kind piece and a beautiful manifestation of Rocky's vision. Buy from Etsy for US$8,660.
Trend alert: It's not enough to have a big necklace, it also has to be a bib necklace. As in, we're all giant babies with really expensive bibs around our necks.
Look, it's not as weird as it sounds. I've found a pretty gorgeous one from Turkish designer Gurhan Orhan, who, as funny as this may sound when you read the price tag, creates his designs for "the everyday woman". Hmmm
Still, a spectacular piece of jewellery (or a very expensive way to keep your collar clean) at Bergdorf Goodman for US$4,600.
I've always been aware that my friends see me as the ultimate co-signatuary for any expensive (but necessary) items. Seriously, if you need someone to tell you to buy those Chloe over-the-knee boots even though you just lost your job (AND make it sound like a sensible idea) then I'm your woman.
However, I found out today that my friends are also beginning to use me as a "Shopping Benchmark". For example, my friend Lynette said she had fallen in love with a Chanel ring. Unsure of whether $6,000 was too much in the middle of a global economic crisis, she said to herself "Well, if Lisa can justify the Roberto Cavalli jacket, then this is fine."
In my book, if it's Chanel, then don't even ASK. As I continue to reinforce with the b/f, Chanel is an "appreciating asset". (It's my asset and I appreciate it).
Many of you may be avid readers of The Satorialist - in which case you will know that he (Scott Schuman) has just released a book capturing some of the best fashion from around the globe.
Not only do his photographs showcase the best in street fashion from the capitals around the world, but they are also fantastic and emotive portraits of people. When I look at the photos I am instantly transported to Rome, Milan, Paris... sigh.
This book is going to be on my coffee table as soon as it hits the shelves. Find out how to pre-order here.
One of the best (and worst) things about living in Australia is that summer fashion is a season behind the Northern Hemisphere. The great thing about this is that we get everything on sale. Like this incredible Marni petal necklace, reduced from £269.57 to £188.70 at Net-a-Porter. That's around A$389.24.
This would look equally amazing with a simple, summer maxi dress, or casual with denim cut-offs, havianas and a white t-shirt.
Hopefully there's more than one because I've almost talked myself into buying it!
Jami Rodriguez's 'Peach Paris Charmed Silk Wrap' has to be one of the prettiest and most original designs I have seen in a long time.
A 24k gold dipped Eiffel Tower charm dangles from a matching bubble pendant which is suspended by a 30 inch peach silk ribbon that can be worn around your neck as either a long or short style necklace, or it can be wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet.
It's amazing how you can go your whole life without knowing about something (in this instance the combination of oxidised silver and rubies) and then be unable to get it out of your head once you have seen it.
I want this ring big time. It's the perfect combination of tough and pretty. It's the ring equivalent to wearing a black biker boots with a cute little vintage white dress.
Last year around this time I was lying on a beach in Santorini. It was the most amazing holiday and my b/f and I spent a lot of early evenings walking through Fira looking at all the little boutiques and admiring the jewellery.
There's a design in Greece that you see on a lot of rings and whenever I see it, I'm transported back to that amazing holiday. The Fendi logo is very similar to this design, so when I saw this cuff, I immediately got all dreamy-eyed.
Not only that, but how amazing would this cuff look with a simple white dress, sandals, a kick-ass tan and hair that's still a little bit wet from the beach and scraped into a messy bun.
So, a lot of the time I'm on the fence about Marc Jacobs. He'll do something I really love like glossy patent navy loafers or that cute Wild Cherry dress from a couple of seasons back, then he'll do something that I want to scream at and throw off my balcony, like those omnipresent mouse flats.
But this? This I LOVE. It's like a grown up version of something that you would get out of a gumball machine in one of those oversized plastic eggs while you wait for your mum to finish her shopping at Jewel supermarket in Lindfield.
I think this is a great ring for day and will be perfect for summer. Buy from Shopbop for US$58.
I understand completely how these earrings got their name. As soon as I saw them, I was overcome by a desperate urge to throw myself off a waterfall if I could not have them. And I don't even wear earrings.
The way I see it, US$295 is pretty reasonable if it means I'm not going to launch myself off a waterfall.
So last night my bestie and I were talking about all our friends who are getting engaged at the moment and Face-bragging like there's no tomorrow.
In the middle of this discussion, Emma folds her arms and declares suddenly, "I'll get married, but I'm not having a ring or anything."
For me, a ring is one of the oldest symbols of love we have. But I understand why Em doesn't want one, she's always done things just a bit differently than anyone else I know. So when I saw this ring, I immediately thought of her. It's like the anti engagement ring.
Firstly, the diamonds are black. Which is a little bit rock and roll, like Em. Secondly, if you look closely, the diamonds are actually inverted, with the pointy side sticking out. Which makes it a little bit tough, also like Em.
So well done to Alex & Chloe for creating a ring that kind of sticks its middle finger up at other rings. Buy through Alex & Chloe for US$680.
I love Jennifer Behr's head pieces, but she really does need to use a model whose neck is able to support their own head.
The head piece itself is from her Spring 2009 range and uses vintage black plastic stones in multifaceted shapes.
For someone like myself, who doesn't wear a lot of jewellery all at once, this would be the perfect piece to finish off an all black night time outfit, to give it that extra pop. Buy for US$220 from Jennifer Behr.
Has anyone seen the movie Magnolia? The one where Tom Cruise plays the fantastically arrogant and completely misogynistic self-help guru? One of my favourite ever movie lines comes from Magnolia. You know where the journalist says "What are you doing?" to him and he says "I'm quietly judging you."
Well, I'm sure Jan Logan wasn't thinking of that when she made this pendant. In fact, I'm pretty sure she was thinking of a gorgeous Magnolia flower.
I love this piece from her 2009 collection just as much as I love the movie. It's simply stunning and made of 9ct gold. Buy it here for $850.
Something I've become really interested in now that I'm not working (other than blogging obsessively about Shiny Pretty Things), is how I can help others. I've finally decided where I want to volunteer and I'm looking forward to starting there in the next month.
Which is why, when I saw this pendant, I forgot my limited income and nearly succumbed to the dangerous TIP (Total Impulse Purchase) even though once a old Chinese numerologist told me if I wore gold bad things would happen. My thoughts are, bad things might happen if I don't get this necklace.
The symbol is The Tibetan vow of the ‘Four Immeasurables’ encourages us to focus our attention on helping others. The vow is engraved in Tibetan on this 10k gold disc which is set with single diamond in the center.
Unfortunately the price is incredibly measurable at US$700 from Me & Ro. Still want it though.
It has to be said, I love pearls. Not only do they have a warm, soft look about them, they add instant elegance and go with just about any colour (seriously, try to think of a colour that would look bad with pearls).
So when I saw this bracelet from MIMCO, I was in love. The best thing about this bracelet is the fact that the pearls move and shake with you (insert obvious joke here). If you're lusting after this like I am, buy from MIMCO for $199.