Month: November 2010
What is it? A charm bracelet.
Here’s why. First, it’s jewelry. Most women love jewelry, and fine jewelry is a romantic sort of gift – a lot of women don’t buy it for themselves. A charm bracelet is a simple yet classic piece, so even someone (like me) who’s not much into bracelets can appreciate its sleek, understated appeal. I have quite a few friends who own one, even though they don’t otherwise share the same style.
Second, it can be personalized; there are any number of different charms that can be added to the basic bracelet. I suggest you start with one or two, so you’re not just giving a bare chain. This also solves the problem of the next half dozen Christmases/wedding anniversaries/birthdays – just keep adding the charms!
Third, there is the potential for built-in sentimental value in each charm. For example, my parents (who bought me my first bracelet) got me an “evil eye” charm that is supposed to protect against, what else, the “evil eye” of folklore. It reminds me of stories my grandmother used to tell me when I was little, which scores high on the nostalgia scale. My husband has plans to add to it with a bee charm – which might seem random unless you know that his nickname for me is Bee. A charm bracelet is also a piece that might easily turn into an heirloom down the line.
Fourth, it can satisfy even the label snobs. Both Tiffany’s and Links of London have relatively affordable sterling silver options and, hey … the nice box doesn’t hurt. For those looking for something a little bit different, I read that Thomas Sabo – a famous European brand – is coming to West Edmonton Mall. Their charms run the range from the classic (trefoil, key, hearts, etc.) to the hippie-chic (astrology signs) and the whimsical (Disney characters). Here is one of their “Charm Club” bracelets, courtesy of my stylish Swiss cousin.
Vogue took a somewhat similar approach. On the cover, Anne Hathaway looks as dewy and gorgeous as ever wearing burgundy. OK, at least technically it’s not red.
Inside, there is another version of the fashion-on-the-heath spread; Vogue gets the edge over Harper’s Bazaar seeing as how it managed to get Stella Tennant to do the traipsing.
On the other hand, she’s not wearing tights or a scarf – both no-no’s in my grandma’s books. However, the spread does feature sheep at one point, so maybe she’s planning on making them from scratch later. Bonus points to Vogue in that case.
On the other other hand, Vogue loses the battle of the anachronistic spreads to Elle, since it doesn’t commit fully to the concept of summer-in-November. All Vogue can muster is a few summer frocks, no bathing suits in sights.