In New York City, real estate is a precious commodity. Tucked between drugstores and coffee shops, there are unmarked doors that lead to barren hallways. If you don’t know where you’re going, you could easily assume you’ve stumbled into an abandoned building, but in New York City, there are rarely vacancies.
Of a Kind, Suite 810
I walked toward the elevators, arrived on floor eight, and headed toward the hum of laughter and chatter. As I entered the Of a Kind headquarters, I bypassed the bag/coat check and bee lined straight for the studio.
Like many small businesses based in NYC, Of a Kind’s offices are quietly nestled in an unassuming high-rise. The one-day event, Edition Subtraction the Sequel, gave loyal followers a rare opportunity to peek inside the walls of the carefully curated online boutique.
The studio was buzzing with conversation and friends contemplating their potential purchases. I started with a cocktail from the pop-up bar before mingling with the crowd. As I strolled through the rows of tables decorated with select editions up to 75% off, I tried on custom-designed rings and admired hand-knit wares. Ultimately, I landed at the $50 and under table and found myself fixated on a Smiley Cuff by NYC-based designer Anna Sheffield of Bing Bang. I admit, I was in need of some extra smiles in my closet.
I continued to contemplate the cuff as I took a few more laps around the space, grabbed another vodka-lemonade, and engaged in casual chitchat with other patrons. I struck up a conversation with Of a Kind co-founder Erica Cerulo, and we commiserated over the screen that separates us from our customers. I thanked her for creating an opportunity to put a face to a name.
The event was winding down, so I tossed my empty cocktail cup and made my purchase. I walked toward the elevators, knowing that Of a Kind would soon close its doors and return to being just another well-kept secret behind an unmarked door in New York City.
I typically tend toward dainty jewelry. I have a petite frame and small stature, so I usually find myself feeling swallowed whole by bulky jewelry. Then, it seemed like chunky jewelry was beginning to take over – the bigger and bolder the better! Then, layering lots of delicate jewelry seemed to be on trend: stack rings, knuckle rings, charm necklaces, any and every light weight bauble in the jewelry box! Once the layering trend caught on, ladies started packing and stacking on multiple pieces of chunky jewelry – bangles piled elbow high! How’s a girl to know what to do with her collection of chunky and dainty jewelry? I realized the key is finding a balance.
The take away here is that tracking trends can become overwhelming and can ultimately confuse your sense of style. Jewelry is one of the easiest areas to play around in your wardrobe. You can mix metals, weights, and styles of jewelry, and despite the trend that happens to be the flavor of the week, you really can’t go wrong. However, I still believe in having some staple pieces of jewelry in your collection.
I’m a gold jewelry girl, and mixing metals is a style I’m still working on. So, my 4 jewelry essentials are featured in gold but would be great in rose gold, silver, or gunmetal too!
THE ESSENTIAL NECKLACE
Layering dainty necklaces is my go-to everyday look. However, my ESSENTIAL NECKLACE is a chunky statement necklace. Having this necklace in your collection gives you an instant outfit. Do the math!
Basic Black Dress + Statement Necklace = Instant Outfit
Simple Solid Tee + Statement Necklace = Complete Look
Crisp White Blouse + Statement Necklace = Done!
Shop a similar necklace by Dream Collective on Of a Kind here
THE ESSENTIAL BRACELET
I probably rely on my gold bangle too much. This is my ESSENTIAL BRACELET. With my small frame comes teeny, tiny wrists that almost never accommodate your average bangle, so once I find one that fits, I basically never take it off. I’m typically very active and expressive with my hands, so I only layer bracelets under special circumstances to avoid unnecessary banging and clanking. Work at a computer all day like me and sworn off bracelets? Bangles are easy to take on/off at the desk and are too big to lose. Fashion vs. Function dilemma solved!
Shop a similar bangle by Dannijo here
THE ESSENTIAL EARRING
You thought I was gonna say hoop or stud, right? Let’s rethink the essential earring. Sure, I hope you have a great hoop and a go-to stud in your jewelry collection, by my ESSENTIAL EARRING is the drop earring. Some necklines compete with a necklace, and you need an earring to be your anchor. A dainty drop earring is the perfect feminine focal point in such outfit occasions!
THE ESSENTIAL RINGS
Two rings (or three rings, or four rings) are better than one. Let’s be honest, the only ring that stands alone is an engagement ring. When it comes to any other rings, the more the merrier, but pairing them well is key. So, my ESSENTIAL RINGS include a balance of basic bands and easy to pair statement rings. Don’t forget the latest fashion: knuckle rings!
Shop similar bands and knuckle rings by Gorjana here
Shop similar statement rings by Dara Ettinger here
Photographed by Angie Webb of Suburbanite Photography
P.S. Angie has a giveaway going on now through Sunday, June 1 for a 90-minute session – enter here!
How many gift guides have you looked at this season? One? Five? Twenty? Twenty THOUSAND? Gift guides started as these helpful little lists, info graphics, and collages to help you generate gift ideas or find that perfect gift you’ve been hunting down for a good deal. Then, the trend caught on, and now every business, brand, and blogger thinks that they’re the authority on exactly what you need to get every single person in your life this season.
Unfortunately, as a blogger a gift guide seems to be a necessary evil. So, I’m giving you one with no particular rhyme, reason, or theme. Just 5 cool gift ideas I’ve happened upon this season categorized in the typical, cliche gift guide way.
P.S. Every gift is under $100!
FOR THE FIT
– 3 private 45-minute Pilates or yoga sessions via Skype, FaceTime or Google+
– Body assessment
– Customized routine created for you
FOR THE GIRL
FOR THE FOODIE
FOR THE QUIRKY
FOR THE NEW YEAR