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April 2014


My Diamond Earrings

Can I share a secret with you?

My diamonds are fake. Well, at least the ones in my ears are (usually).

I have several pairs of nice fine jewelry studs that I have enjoyed wearing over the years. I love studs – they are easy to wear, unobtrusive usually, and I wear a pair almost every day.

Anyway, about seven or so years ago, something very bad happened. I remember it all so clearly. I was out with friends at Dragon Bar (Bay Area residents feel free to judge away), and my hand brushed my right ear. And then I realized! There was no earring in it.

diamond studs

My hand quickly went up to my left ear, and then my heart sank – there was an earring in that lobe. Meaning that my right stud had fallen off, sometime during the night. Have you ever tried to look for a small item on the floor of a dark bar? I tried for about ten minutes, and then began the mourning process and ordered another round of drinks!

I complained to my mom, who was utterly unsympathetic as soon as she heard the words “…and I was at this place, you know, well a bar”. But she did pick me up a pair of cubic zirconia earrings at Nordstrom randomly a few months later – the Asian mother’s way of saying, Maybe you shouldn’t have nice things. And I love them! They’re a nice size, look good enough, and I never worry about losing them. And the best part? Under $50!

I would never buy a fake handbag, but fake diamond earrings are okay with me. How about you?

PS: I hope you never lose an earring as I did, but if you do, Tiffany will replace the missing piece for 50% of the total price, so very reasonable. Just sharing some knowledge I hope you never have to use!


I Am Love: The Wardrobe

Today’s post is the third in my wardrobe recap series, highlighting a movie that I hadn’t seen until readers recommended it – the Italian film I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton. It was a pleasure to watch this movie…


Weekend Update

Today’s sale PSA: a slew of classic Ray-Ban aviators (always my recommendation for someone looking for well priced, classic sunglasses), 25% off through Monday, the always chic J.Crew navy schoolboy blazer, now more than 50% off  (under $100) with…


Wardrobe Staple: The T-Shirt Dress

80+ temperatures are now here in my neck of the woods, and that means that I’ve put away most of my heavy sweaters into storage (aka the bottom of my husband’s closet) and brought out some of my favorite…


Travel: How To Book a Trip

Today I wanted to try my best and answer a question from a very nice reader, Florence, who sent me the following email: I’m contacting you to see if you could possibly share your thoughts on the process of…


Weekend Update

 Lately I’ve been sharing items that I’ve been adding to my shopping wishlist. This week however, I want to share something that I’ve owned for quite some time and really enjoy wearing. It’s this wonderful “Fiji” bracelet, by Monica Vinader, that…


My Oldest Bag – The Chanel Bowler

I’ve been asked a few times about some of the favorite bags I own, and I thought today I would start with one that is not only one of my favorites, but also the oldest in my closet: this…