In fact, my mom and I were browsing in a little shop on the square today. (I justify a lot of shopping in Nevada as supporting small/local businesses, and also my dad was home with the girls who were both napping. I don't have much alone time for browsing boutiques in STL, which is both a real shame and a real money saver.) I was admiring their jewelry, and thinking about all the cute tassel earrings I've been seeing. I think they are adorable--I like these, these, and these--but right now I feel like I am keeping track of so many things that something has to give, and for me, that something has become jewelry.
I always admire jewelry when other people wear it--my friend Beth rocks an arm full of bangles like nobody's business, and I think statement necklaces look really chic, and I know that the right jewelry can pull an entire outfit together. One of my favorite cousins (not Crafty Cousin Amanda this time) has started selling some beautiful jewelry, and though I am totally supportive of this venture, I just can't mess with big necklaces and bangle bracelets right now. This may be a particular season of my life, or I may just end up being a simple jewelry person, but I am putting a moritorium on jewelry for the time being.
Anything dangly gets yanked on by small children or caught on diaper bags or backpacks or tangled in my clothes when I'm throwing on a tank top to run to barre class (literally, because it's right down the street and I always seem to be running late when it's time to go). Bracelets bug me when I'm typing on my computer (or get yanked on by Coco when I'm buckling her in the car seat). I usually wear a watch when I'm teaching (the clocks in some of my classrooms are unreliable), but that's Work Apparel only.
I like wearing rings, but I have to remove them to apply (and reapply) sunscreen, so even that gets tiresome (and sometimes near panic-inducing when I realize I'm not wearing my rings and forget for a moment that I put them in a pocket or billfold).
This summer, I'm simplifying jewelry to my wedding ring (and probably my engagement ring) and on my right hand, a ring stamped with "eliza" that David got me for Mother's Day (kind of like this one it's part of a stacked set with the other girls' names as well, but if I really want to keep it simple I'll just wear hers--the other girls have plenty of presence).
I didn't get my ears pierced until I was 21, and I love earrings, but since Zuzu was born, I rarely wear anything dangly unless maybe I'm getting dressed up for a special ocasion. I have a sweet pair of tiny diamonds that my great-aunt gave me as a shower gift for Eliza before she was born, but most days I wear a pair of small gold studs (sort of similar to these) because I like them but (unlike the little diamonds), I wouldn't be devastated if I lost one.
If I'm really feeling fancy, I'll put on a necklace with a thin chain and a small charm--I rotate through a gold chain with a coin charm David got for me when we went to Italy, a tiny silver anchor, and a rose gold "b" initial (similar to this) that I wear most often. I also have a necklace with three discs engraved with the girls' names, but it's weightier and clangier (drawing Coco's grabby attention), so I don't wear it as often. The others are so lightweight I can forget I have them on.
Wearing a little bit of jewelry makes me feel a little bit put together even when I have on cut off shorts and a baseball cap, and obviously I feel very sentimental about my rings. Freedom from accessorizing this summer seems like simple a way to streamline things. And when I find myself trying to keep track of hats, water bottles, sunscreen, chapstick, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, Baby Keya or Baby Onion or Baby Maria or whatever else, plus and an endless supply of snacks every single time we leave the house, I could use some simplification.
Am I just stating the obvious here, or have you found the secret to Doing It All while also wearing all the cute and trendy jewelry? Do you prefer your jewelry simple regardless of whether the rest of your life feels crazy? Do you not wear jewelry at all? Do you put it on even if you're just wearing yoga pants? Do you wear the same sentimental pieces every day or do you like to rotate? Do you wear statement pieces to punch up simple outfits? Do you have tassel earrings? (I'm a fan!)