Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year: Reflections, Resolutions, and Refills

Top: Macy's
Skirt: Boscov's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Marshalls
Sunglasses: Michaels

Dress: Xhilaration, Target
Shoes: Not Rated, Journeys
Bag: Nahui Ollin
Belt: Kohl's
Sunglasses: Rampage, Boscov's

Top: Lily Star, Target
Skirt: Necessary Objects, Annie Sez
Shoes: Chinese Laundry, DSW
Bag: DSW
Sunglasses: Michaels

On this last night of 2016, I thought that it would be appropriate to feature necklaces made from old and new pieces.  Last week, when I reached into one of my (many) jewelry boxes, I found that a few of my (admittedly ancient) store-bought stretchy bracelets had broken, the beads and disintegrated cord littered among the intact adornments like fancy flotsam and jetsam.  At first I was annoyed.  But then I remembered that I could repurpose those remnants into things that were even better.  And so I strung up the displaced peach teardrop and pink and cream disc beads, added some seashells, rhinestones, and plastic chains, and came up with this Beach Bum Bling Necklace.  It reminds me of the 1980s (something else old), or, more particularly, of a 1980s hotel painting.  You know.  Ironically.

The rest of my jewelry box boon will have to make its debut later.  For now I used "old" vintage oval charms for my last two necklaces, the facsimiles of which have already appeared in other necklaces in recent weeks.  Well, those and the art deco discs in the Pop Art Start Necklace, which I filched from not one but two former failed experiments.  That's one of the things I love about making jewelry.  Reinvention is always easy. 

This is rarely so with more personal matters.  But in keeping with New Year's tradition, I'm making a resolution anyway, namely . . . to go to bed earlier.  That is, once my hibernation (er, staycation) is over.  It may seem simplistic, considering that most people say something like "spend less," "eat better," or "exercise more," but I can assure you that for me this is no easy feat, as evidenced by the twilight time stamp on most of my posts.  Still, I remain optimistic, choosing to greet 2017 in a glass-half-full kind of way.

That said, it's almost time to start pouring the bubbly.  By which, of course, I mean scoop the ice cream.  


1 comment:

Jewel Divas Style said...

The first necklaces is so whimsical.