The Gift That Keeps On Giving...

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I'm still recovering from the aftermath of more familial commotion than I'm used to dealing with for 99% of the year. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic time! I hope you all got a chance to over-indulge and relax as much as I did!

Of course, with this time of year comes gifting. The generosity of my family never ceases to amaze me. Giftcards (yessssssssss), donations in my name to save camels (I love camels!), the most epic stocking stuffers (including a very small rabbit with button eyes that, henceforth, will be named Claude), and so much more! So, thank you, family, for the wonderful gifts. 

And on that note, one gift in particular just tickled my fancy so much, it deserved a post in its honor. Now, you may recall me discussing the concept of widening my repertoire accessory-wise to bracelets. This may sound strange to most, but bracelets are a commitment that I've never made...and then these happened:

Husband Charles: 1, Bracelet-less Life: 0...Husband Charles is in the lead!

We were out window shopping in our beloved Manhattan with our close friends (holla, Elizabeth & Phil!) and happened into Michele Varian on Howard St. (go check them out if you're in the hood - the shop is dripping with gorgeousness) where this set was sitting and waiting for us. After some deliberation and opinions all around, Husband Charles decided that this was another gift he would get me for the holidays. I was, admittedly, nervous about where this kind of set would take me...what kind of doors it would open. What kind of exciting new experiences would be unlocked because of my newly adorned arm & finger.

I'd be lying if I said this set didn't speak to me on numerous levels:
  • This will pave the path to my dream of becoming an eccentric old lady that wears capes, bright red lipstick, and amazing costume jewelry
  • I'm an aries...and these are rams...
  • There are scales on the bracelet...I like scales...especially on dragons. The bracelet is made of dragon-rams. Dramgons? Dragams? Drams?
  • I've always wanted a statement ring to wear on my pointer finger to make pointing more dramatic. Pointing will become a much more serious affair.
  • I'm a geek and secretly dream of being an elf...and this satisfies some sort of deep-seated Elven fantasy much more than watching the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy (extended edition) ever will...except it's as if the Elves had tea with Edward Gorey and they decided to design some jewelry together...and this set was born. (Raaaambling!)
Whatever the case, I think I'm ready for a jewelry upgrade...and I'm not talking about prices or precious jewels or anything like that. What I'm talking about is continuing to find things that I feel connected to and thanks to my very generous husband who has a keen sense of who I am (or secretly wants me to be an Elven princess - which he totally does), I'm one step closer to feeling more like myself.

Undoubtedly, I'll be wearing this set almost every day for the rest of my life...and, ya know what? I'm absolutely fine with that idea. Looking down at my hands now, I almost feel like they're not my own and yet, the very obvious weight of these new baubles is very reassuring to me. My right wrist and left pointer finger are totally ready for 2013!

Here's to our future selves and the paths we pave...with ram heads! xo!

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