Note - I'm about to get a bit philosophical here, so please excuse my ramblings. It's just a way to make sense of some of the crazy thoughts I've been having!
After having a bit of a shopping spree this weekend, I realised something. It's very easy to get overwhelmed at the endless amount of choices that are presented to us and I'm not just speaking in reference to the main content of this blog, which is beauty.
It's everything - from the big questions like what am I going to do with my life, what job do I want, where should I travel - to the more mundane like what do I eat for lunch today, what book should I read and (now getting to the point of this post) what do I want to buy - do I buy this gold necklace or hmm, maybe I should go for the silver version...
Does it even matter?
But why do we ponder so long and hard on this kind of stuff? I think it's because whenever we make a purchase we're making some kind of statement about the person we are. We buy clothes that reflect our moods, we try to display to the world the kind of person we are, or want to be. For instance, I just spent a day contemplating a pair of brown shoes I bought. I kept thinking, hmm I should have got them in black, it would have suited me better - pointless thoughts like this circled in my mind and took up way too much of my time. It seems so stupid and materialistic.
But I think it's also about control. There are so many things we have no say over. But we can dictate our appearance - we can change our hair colour, wear different clothes, put on makeup and so on. It's these things we can rely on to make ourselves feel better and make some sort of statement as an individual.
Yes this is getting a bit deep for a seemingly simple post about jewellery! I guess what I'm getting at is, there are so many avenues now to find these little extensions of ourselves - ebay, etsy and so on. How do you choose?!
So, here's a snippet of some of my favourite items that have some sentimental value and make me feel like "me."
But, of course it's still important to remember the fun of it! In the end, it's just material stuff.
So, ramble over - let's look at rings!
From left to right: black and white ring that I bought from Sportsgirl years before the store went through its massive overhaul, antique style ring from Diva, bow ring from Forever New, silver patterned ring (gift) and floral ring which I think is from Forever New.
As you can see, very different types there. I actually have to say my favourite is the chunky black and white sportsgirl one, which is the one I've had the longest.
Ah, my one and only Disney Couture piece, which my boyfriend bought for my birthday. Not sure why the photo keeps loading the wrong way...but anywho! It's called "A Royal Invitation" and even has a cute little gold letter inside it. It's actually quite a heavy necklace.
I've had this layered locket necklace for ages, can't remember where I bought it, probably from Diva. I love this - it brings me back to high school, I would often wear this to house parties. Ah, remember house parties - not to sound like an old woman but, those were the days!
On the left is a cool flower print necklace I got from Sportsgirl for only a few dollars, middle is a wooden heart necklace (reminds me of a cookie!) from Just Jeans and the antique style necklace, which looks like the ring I just showed you, was a gift from a friend.
I honestly do not remember where I got this necklace from, but I have had it since high school. I like wearing this with a cream dress, it makes the look a bit more edgy but it's still feminine with the black rose and ribbon woven through the beading.
This I bought from the markets, I just loved the quote on it. Very whimsy.
Bracelets: the brown, stretchy beaded cuff on the far left is from Target, on the right of that is a gold bracelet from Diva with a gorgeous deep blue ribbon woven through, bottom right is another stretchy one from Target, on the left of that is a Sportsgirl elastic bracelet with pastel pearls joined with a ribbon and in the middle is my favourite - a gorgeous, old-style floral patterned bracelet from Myer. I like wearing this with a navy dress and cream cardigan.
Ah funny story with the "faith, hope, love" bracelet. I fell in love with it after seeing it in one of those giftware/stationery stores. Bought it, wore it every day until...it broke. I was devo! I went back to the place, they didn't have it - searched everywhere for another one. Couldn't find it. Ended the search with a heavy heart. But months later I just happened to be at a Christian store looking for a present and there it was, sitting on a shelf. I couldn't believe it! So I snapped it up. Although I think I have been scarred by the incident and now hardly wear it because I think I'm scared I'm going to break it or lose it! So I just leave it on my dressing table for decoration - maybe I'll wear it again one day! In the middle is a Mickey Mouse bracelet, which my relatives got me from Disneyland and the one on the right is from Sportsgirl - I love how every piece on it is different.
So there you go - some of my favourite pieces in my jewellery collection.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.