The Inspiration: You know how they say, “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans?” My life has always been what happens when I’m too cynical to bother making plans. Why? Because I am the Plan B girl. I never wore a dress to prom that was more than $20… never had a graduation party (maybe because I graduated when I was 16- and never had a customary farewell ballet solo for the same reason). Perhaps it goes without saying that I didn’t have a wedding: no happy pictorials, white dress, walk down the aisle, nor family in attendance. No Bachelorette party, or registry, or anniversary parties.
So even though James Yorke may have been right (saying, “The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B”), I wouldn’t know how to expect traditional, celebratory things in life if my very life depended on it. In all honesty, I would rather wear that $20 dress than skimp on an experience with my family. To skirt the notion of manicures or designer clothes, than ix-nay on a good book-ay. Or most of all, to think that matrimonial customaries or bridal mainstays are more important than the person I’m with (perhaps I know this more than anyone else on earth, since I’ve had the worse end of that metaphoric stick before).
So where am I going with this? Let’s just say that my Plan B is finally becoming my Plan A. That I may have found a Plan A romance without looking for one, nor needing one, nor ever expecting it to come along. So what does this mystery nuptial vaguery involve? You guessed it: rings. Confused? Read on…
* Embrace Practical: I have always been really good at settling. In fact, I based most of the former portion of my life on the practice, before doing the antithesis of such in the latter. So when it came to looking for wedding bands for the not too distant but still un-settled date of the future, I turned to Jewellery World.com not only because they spell jewelry this way (necessitating a Brit accent), but because they have some truly affordable options. And for someone who is painstakingly frugal [this is what happens when you become a mom at a young age], I have my eyes on the simplistic styles. Who else can say they got a 9ct White Gold ring for less than $150? Near malarky, I tell you.
* Don’t Settle: If the sky were the limit (which if I were a Plan A girl, it totally would be), this Yellow Gold Russian wedding band is pretty durn cool as well. If only it were a somewhat Greek-Irish-Scottish band so it made sense with my mutt-ish heritage, right? Now if this were an engagement ring, it’d be a whole other story (I really need to date myself!) This White Gold Diamond Cluster Pearl makes my heart go pitter patter, and I normally don’t patter over any kind of ring (just another thing to scratch my face with when I get overzealous in my signing). But it’s pearl, which reminds me of some of the great women in my family, and feels somewhat vintage… so beaucoup cool points.
* Organize It: It’s no secret that I love the creations from Lively Happenings– one of those hidden gems on Etsy that should get a lot more cred- but none more so than this Jewelry Organizer. I spotted it online awhile back, and was instantly fascinated. Despite the beautiful imagery above, my typical mode of storing bracelets and earrings is rather barbaric (involving a plastic bag and piles of tangled metal), and my prevalence for losing beloved items even worse. Now that I finally have a new home which really matches my style, being able to simultaneously organize my jewelry while matching the visual ‘decorum’ of the new place is perfection. This couldn’t have been easier to install too: hang my mismatched, mistreated jewelry in their rightful place, slap it on the wall with “sticky wall hang things” (hammer and nail? I’m not that organized), and voila! Part art installment, part wardrobe brilliance: 100% crush worthy.
Sound Off:What is your favorite way to organize your jewelry?