I’m done. Here are the last two items I’ve picked up for my brother’s wedding.
An Alexis Bittar cuff, purchased during the week he gave 100% of sales to the Japan Tsunami and Earthquake relief. Lucite, turquoise, and accompanying sparkle. Safari Dust, Bittar calls it. How appropriate. I didn’t mind paying for Lucite when the design quotient is this high. The donation removed any last qualms.
I also found a pair of dangling earrings, made of smoky quartz blue topaz. from shopsomethingblue on Etsy. Routine beaded earrings don’t appeal, ordinarily, but I liked this configuration. As originally listed, the earrings had gold-filled earwires, and I’m allergic to anything less than 14kt. The seller made the change without a hiccup. As it turns out, the new earwires are different, rounded, and I fancy them quite graceful.
Earrings and bracelet together, sharing an Artsy moment with their friend Mr. Tissue. He thanked them but is pouting that he does not get to attend the festivities.
Add this dress, and these shoes, a wrap, and there you have it. I’ll have to carry a clutch, but Sturdy Gals have been known to say pshaw to perfect evening bags. I will choose my lipstick on impulse, when I dress.
Let’s note that it’s quite possible I’ve missed the mark. This many accessories, in a non-matching mode, takes me far beyond the world of little black dresses and perfect black pumps. Perhaps this is too much blue and brown. Perhaps the silver of the shoes and the gold of the earrings will fight. Possibly I will have to remove one of these pieces at the last minute, due to over-sparkle, although I suppose shoes are non-negotiable.
On the other hand, I’m aiming high. My brother will appreciate a late-in-life attempt at growth, and the resultant, inevitable, failure or two. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I figured out that I like navy blue in the first 50 years of my life, perhaps we’ll focus the next 50 on sparkle.
Should photos materialize, (likely, given wedding photographers and all) I will put aside any tendency to coyness and post them here. Thank you for having kept me good company in this process.
(Alexis Bittar lucite cuffs, still going strong in 2016)