My latest post on Now Smell This is a review of two fragrances from Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s new Brilliant Collection, Jacinthe de Sapphir and Deco Diamonds. You can read it here.
Now we’re in the realm of pure fantasy.
I was doing some research for work and I found this image while I was reading about Paulding Farnham (1859-1927), the relatively unknown designer behind many of Tiffany & Company’s most exquisite jewelry of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Wouldn’t you love to wear a “lapel watch” that pinned to your dress or jacket, with its face half-concealed within enameled flower petals? especially when the flower is a wild rose? This beautiful item was exhibited at the 1889 Paris Exposition, and it’s now owned by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Just something to dream about on a gray and blustery day.
Image via Luxury Insider.
Sometimes, impulse purchases work out very well. One evening I was walking along Prince Street in SoHo, on my way to meet up with my husband at McNally Jackson, and I passed a street vendor selling hand-crafted leather accessories. I tried on this “wrap bracelet,” a narrow leather band that closes with a stainless steel “horseshoe.” It fit perfectly, and I bought it on the spot. I’ve worn it nearly every day over the past two months. It’s a little bit rock-and-roll and a little bit equestrian-inspired, so it travels easily from the East Village to the Upper East Side, and the leather has softened so that it seems to have been made just for my wrist.
If you’d like to see more pieces made by this artisan, visit the Grey56 shop on Etsy. Bonus: this line is made in NYC.
If you’re scent-obsessed, you’ve probably thought about ways to carry your perfume with you for travel or touch-ups. I’m a loyal user of small plastic atomizers like the ones sold by Accessories for Fragrances (cheap! unbreakable! lightweight!), but sometimes I’m tempted by jewelry created specifically to contain perfume.