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  1. quintessence
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    7:22 am

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    quintessence said...

    My iPhone is of course part of my stable of accessories but am now loving having a keyless car – you have to have the key on you but don’t need it start or unlock the car. It took a bit of getting used to but now I’m hooked – I just love never having to look for them in my bag full of (too many) tricks!!

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  2. Tabitha
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    7:39 am

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    Tabitha said...

    What great photos Lisa, the jewellery ones are so enticing.

    Mine are keys and iphone, I only carry bags on long trips or nights out and rarely wear jewellery, after 12 years i still don’t wear my engagement/wedding rings – they feel like manacles to me.

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  3. Jan
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    7:39 am

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    Jan said...

    Interesting – and not all that different from what I won’t leave home without. The exceptions being my phone is a Droid and I rarely wear jewelry except for my wedding ring. I’m also a one-bag-at-a-time girl.

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  4. Alesya
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    8:29 am

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    Alesya said...

    Great post! I also loved the jewelry pictures. However, my favorite part was the story about the key chains. Traditions like that are what makes a life more fun.

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  5. miss sophie
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    8:34 am

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    miss sophie said...

    i LOVE your picks and the stories behind them! :) and i’m with you on wearing jewelry every day – my pinky ring and earrings are like my talismans…mus have them on before i leave the house.

    do you like your iPhone? i’m retiring my crackberry and debating between an iPhone and a Droid. :)

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  6. Jill
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    8:45 am

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    Jill said...

    Done!

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  7. Lori
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    9:00 am

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    Lori said...

    I am very touched by the thoughtfulness of your parents in giving you this ring. What a wonderful idea…it is a beautiful ring. Happy Monday my friend. XX

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  8. Karena
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    9:12 am

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    Karena said...

    Lisa perfect choices and I have them all on my list as well!! Add a scarf and I am good to go!

    Xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  9. Rubiatonta
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    9:13 am

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    Rubiatonta said...

    iPhone is at the top of my list, too — mostly because I’ve stopped wearing a watch regularly and sometimes still want to check the time.

    Trinity ring worn on my little finger, so I can fiddle with it when I’m thinking.

    Sunglasses — I’ve got the world’s most light-sensitive eyes, and I hate squinting. Mine are go-with-everything oval RayBans in tortoise.

    Silk scarf — to keep my neck warm in cold weather, to tame the curly monster mane in hot.

    Liberty of London hankie — because I really use them! Much preferable to tissues in nearly all cases, and Liberty’s are soft, colorful, and last forever. (I’ve got a few that are 20 years old.)

    01/17/11
    9:14 am
    Rubiatonta said...

    P.S. I couldn’t resist playing along! ;-)

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  10. the gardeners cottage
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    9:18 am

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    the gardeners cottage said...

    hi lisa,

    i too love the story of your parents buying you the ring. how thoughtful.

    i love your minimal accessories. i don’t use a cell phone but i would love to get down to one bag. do you use the same bag even in the summer, or do you switch then?

    xo
    janet

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  11. deja pseu
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    9:23 am

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    deja pseu said...

    Thanks for the tag! Will have to think about this one, as I generally travel with the entire purse unless I’m just walking the dogs…

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  12. cosmic
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    9:29 am

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    cosmic said...

    I love your diamond pendant. I was initially loathe to wear my diamond necklace every day, but I’ve been really surprised at how it adds a little touch of sparkle to every outfit, so now I almost never take it off (except for pearls).

    Similarly after my divorce, I kept touching the nakedness of my ring finger. I still feel a bit bare/plain on my hands, so your ring from your parents is such a lovely and sympathetic gesture.

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  13. hostessofthehumblebungalow
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    10:23 am

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    hostessofthehumblebungalow said...

    It would be interesting to know what you have in the LV bag….
    is it minimalist too? Monobagamous…has me smiling!

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  14. Stephanie
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    10:25 am

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    Stephanie said...

    Keys, phone, and a slim wallet/card case are my must haves. Additional accessories added as needed. Camera, almost always, but not on errands. The bigger the bag, the greater the tendency to fill it. Have a great week!

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  15. That’s Not My Age
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    11:07 am

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    That's Not My Age said...

    Excellent choices and practical too. Love the bag – and I’m just getting to grips with my first iPhone, it has a black cover but now I’ve seen your pink case I might have to brighten up.

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  16. EntertainingMom
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    11:46 am

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    EntertainingMom said...

    I will work and post soon! I wholly understand that no ring feeling. It is odd. I have them still and am wondering what to do with them.

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  17. Russian Chic
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    12:15 pm

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    Russian Chic said...

    There are times when diamonds express feelings better than spoken words.
    I love the simplicity and magnificence of the pendant. What a timeless and versatile piece!

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  18. chicsinger simone
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    12:17 pm

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    chicsinger simone said...

    I love the monogram on your iPhone screen, I think I’ll take a photo of one of mine for my Droid.

    Lipstick or balm, mascara, and earrings are my necessities.

    Such a treat to read your blog! Thank you!

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  19. DocP
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    12:18 pm

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    DocP said...

    I am also monobagamous. I rarely change out my bag or jewelry.

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  20. Sensible Footwear
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    1:57 pm

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    Sensible Footwear said...

    How thoughtful of your parents to buy you a ring. I too found that a very touching gesture.

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  21. Paula
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    2:14 pm

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    Paula said...

    No scratches on the vernis so far? I am not sure if this photo shows your purse, I was sure the vernis would be be delicate and show some wear and tear after 2 years …

    I understand what you went through with the wedding ring gone. Years ago I lost a ring and there is this phantom-feeling, I touch my finger to turn the ring but it isn’t there anymore. Only a new ring can cure this sort of phantom-pain.

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  22. mise
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    2:20 pm

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    mise said...

    The ring is beautiful, and the thought of giving it to you a kind and graceful one. What nice people your family are.

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  23. Preppy 101
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    3:05 pm

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    Preppy 101 said...

    Interesting post. Thank you for sharing.

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  24. Lisa
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    7:22 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Quintessence – The first time I had to start one of those cars I felt like I was on Candid Camera. Could NOT figure it out:).

    Tabitha – Thank you. It was really fun to take the photos. If you don’t carry a bag, what do you do with your money and driver license?

    Jan – See? Sturdy at heart:). Only my phone is Artsy…

    Aleysa – Thank you. The traditions are such graceful glue.

    miss sophie – Thank you for inviting me to play. I like my iPhone, I LOATHE my ATT service. So check out service in your area first, and go with Verizon if you have bad ATT.

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  25. Lisa
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    7:28 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Lori – It was such a thoughtful present. My family was very supportive during that time.

    Karena – Thank you! If it’s cold, I’ll wear a scarf too.

    Rubiatonta – I loved your playing along. I check the time on my phone but since I kind of have to peer at it, I wear a watch in formal situations. And my mother always carries a handkerchief, but I had no idea Liberty of London made them. Thanks for the info.

    Janet – I use the same for summer and winter. Of course, in the Bay Area we don’t get summer humidity, so I don’t have to worry about sticking to my purse:).

    Deja – If you travel with the entire purse always, your accessories then are your scarves, shoes, jewelry. Much artier and more creative:.

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  26. Lisa
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    7:36 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Cosmic – Thank you. It’s become another sort of talisman to me. And nobody ever tells us about naked finger syndrome, do they? I have been very comforted by mom and stepdad’s present.

    Hostess – I try to keep my bag contents minimal, checkbooks, notebook, makeup bag, hand sanitizer, nail file, hairbrush, and my Xanax for flying. Which, of course, I don’t need to keep there, but then I never lose it. I could do better pruning.

    Stephanie – My wallet is fat. It’d be fun to get a slim one next time, one that could fit in my pocket. I hope you have a good week too.

    That’s Not My Age – Why thank you! The bright case really helps mitigate fumbling.

    EntertainingMom – I’ll be waiting. You should get a new ring for your right hand. It’s a good step. That and new pillow covers.

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  27. Lisa
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    7:45 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Russian Chic – Thank you so much. Maybe I will post on deconstructing diamonds some day. All the better for sparkly photos too:).

    chicsinger simone – Thank you! BTW, that monogram was from an app I downloaded called 3initials.

    DocP – Sensible:).

    Sensible – Thanks. Me too.

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  28. Lisa
    January 17, 2011
    01/17/11
    7:47 pm

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    Lisa said...

    Paula – No, no scratches that I can see. It’s a very sturdy material.

    Mise – Thank you. That they are.

    Preppy 101 – You are welcome. And how are you?

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  29. Linda in Chile
    January 18, 2011
    01/18/11
    12:35 am

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    Linda in Chile said...

    Dear Ms Lisa, I am monobagamous too! However, my bag which is simply a nice two tone grey number from Argentina is heaps less glamourous than your beautiful number. Having little children, it is filled all manner of things which I can pull out with the aplomb of a magician – however generally it takes me half an hour to find my keys which migrate to the bottom. I love love love my iPhone. I love the ability to look things up whenever they occur to me such as when I am reading the paper at the cafe. How wonderful that the items you cannot leave home without are all useful and beautiful. William Morris would be proud of you!!!! love Linda

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  30. Mary Jo Matsumoto
    January 18, 2011
    01/18/11
    1:11 am

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    Mary Jo Matsumoto said...

    I highly approve of all of it! And how sweet that present from your mom and step-dad. I believe that God is in the accessories…okay and lots of other things, but definitely the accessories.

    xo Mary Jo

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  31. Sarah (Semi Expat)
    January 18, 2011
    01/18/11
    1:42 am

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    Sarah (Semi Expat) said...

    Love your choices and your bag is so gorgeous… I remember when you bought it too! x

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  32. Mama Henley
    January 18, 2011
    01/18/11
    5:04 am

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    Mama Henley said...

    Can you believe I am the last standing American female without an I Phone or Blackberry? My day will come!

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  33. Duchesse
    January 18, 2011
    01/18/11
    5:42 am

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    Duchesse said...

    Why thank you! Was your pendant always a pendant? (Many of my friends have repurposed their old engagement rings.) An elegant witness to the charms of both genuine and vintage pieces.

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  34. Muffy Martini
    January 18, 2011
    01/18/11
    9:09 am

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    Muffy Martini said...

    Ah! A true peek into the life of our faithful servant! I do believe each of these items speaks volumes about your personality and it is all just as we expected– a sturdy gal at heart, with brief characteristics of the artsy cousin. I will be interested to see what my own pieces say about me.

    How very kind of your mother and step-father to give you that ring. True love and support. Divorces are so very terrible, no matter the circumstance. Just terrible. So sorry you had to go through that.

    Ahhh, now I shall spend my day not working, but rather, thinking about what I cannot leave the home without! I will get right to work on this!

    Have a good day,
    Muffy

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  35. Mardel
    January 18, 2011
    01/18/11
    10:50 am

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    Mardel said...

    Oh my, “monobagamous” made me smile, even though I’m not. the iphone and the keys are always with me, the same watch, the same sunglasses. Everything else changes: not the same purse, not the same jewelry etc. But I’m fascinated by people who stick with something personal

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  36. Lisa
    January 19, 2011
    01/19/11
    8:37 am

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    Lisa said...

    Linda in Chile – When my children were little, my bag was an enormous canvas painter’s bag, painted in fact with a flamingo. I don’t think I even had a purse:). And I too like to be able to look things up – no thought has to go unfinished.

    Mary Jo – The stamp of approval is much appreciated:).

    Sarah – Oh, it’s so nice to have friends on this little adventure, isn’t it?

    Mama Henley – Once soccer enters your lives, it’s hard to do without. All those team notices:).

    Duchesse – I hope you decide to participate. And yes, this pendant has always been just that. But it certainly has some engagement ring vibrations.

    Muffy – I have really enjoyed seeing what people have to say with this meme. It does make me feel as though I know them better. I’m happy with what you think you saw in my personality, and also what you say about my mother and step-father. They are very kind people.

    Mardel – Glad to make you smile. I think I stick with it just because I can’t be bothered changing out all my stuff:).

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  37. Lara in Long Beach
    January 19, 2011
    01/19/11
    9:47 am

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    Lara in Long Beach said...

    Monobagamous! Perfect! I’m so happy to not be in the minority anymore. Everything important needs to fit in one bag and if I have to change bags all the time, there is a risk of finding myself without something I really need, when I really need it. Most importantly, a purse needs to accommodate my Tumi Passport wallet. It is the single most important piece I carry whenever I leave the house.

    Love the photo of your jewelry (and leaf) on the glass!

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