I approached my cluttered vanity area this morning and purposefully picked out my accessories. I settled on wearing my grandmother’s emerald bracelet (I wear it almost everyday), a floral bracelet I bought in San Francisco’s Chinatown on my last family trip and a funky geometric bracelet I snagged from one of my favorite online jewelry sites.
While I love shopping for sparkly things, I recently changed up my buying habits for these coveted items. I decided I want my accessories to have a meaning, to me. Specifically, I realized it’s the details that matter. Yes, sure, brand, quality and price are obvious factors I cannot overlook, but more importantly the pieces should reflect my personality made up of my daily adventures. It’s about the memories that wearing the beautiful object brings back that are truly meaningful.
On my family trip earlier this year, my mom made a passing comment about always buying jewelry while on vacation. I realized that’s exactly what I wanted to do. T-shirts and coffee mugs with big city names and logos are great; but that’s everyone’s memory of the place. Wearing my floral bracelet from San Francisco today reminds me of my failed, but fun attempts at haggling with Chinatown street vendors with my sister.
But it’s not only about where I buy my jewelry. It’s about the memories created while wearing different pieces. Wearing my grandmother’s emerald bracelet reminds me of my junior year in college when I lost one of the stones in my apartment. My crafty roommate at the time came to my rescue helping me find it and strategically place it back in its rightful place (it also helped that she’s a jeweler’s daughter).
The actual elements of the accessory also radiate their own significance. Wearing my funky geometric bracelet corresponds with my personality and love for sleek straight modern lines. I always liked geometry better than algebra in high school and often pick modern furnishings over classic.
When I look down and see my collection of arm candy while typing away on my laptop, I’m instantly reminded of my memories and adventures. These decorative choices represent me.
About the author: Mariam Shahab loves affordable fashion, caramel chocolate, creative innovation & odd numbers.She shares her thoughts as @MShahab on Twitter.