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Monday, July 28, 2014

If you love emojis and gold, I’ve got good news for you. Some of my most popular emoji single stud earrings — including the middle finger — are now being made in gold-plated silver and, for the moment, they’re available exclusively at Nylon Magazine’s online shop. Nylon did this awesome gif with four of the earrings for its newsletter:


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The emoji earrings are still available on my site in silver for $35 each and in 18K gold for $225 each. The gold-plated earrings, priced at $50 each, are great option for people who love the color gold but want to keep their purchases below $100. And the pieces, still have that touch of luxury that I like because the underlying metal is still silver instead of brass. You can’t go wrong with a precious metal!


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I’m a longtime fan of Nylon because it takes chances and stays cutting-edge — for instance, it featured my swear rings in 2012.


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That makes this collaboration a perfect fit. In addition to the middle finger emoji earring, #nylonshop is offering the gold-plated versions of the pill, okay sign, peace sign, punching fist, raised hand, sign of the horns, thumbs up and Vulcan salute emoji earrings. Also available: a gold-plated version of my “Screw U” earrings and the classic silver hashtag ring. I expect more styles to be available soon. You can follow Nylon on Twitter here and on Instagram here.

Emojis are truly the talk of the town lately. Yesterday’s New York Times Sunday Styles section had a story by Jessica Bennett under a headline declaring: “The Emoji Have Won the Battle of Words.” (Take this New York Times quiz to see how adept you are at translating entire emoji sentences.) And, Thursday, when I attended Katy Perry’s concert at Barclays Center, I was amused to see the smiling-poop and other emojis turned into giant balloons.


An earlier part of Katy’s show was Egyptian-themed — including dancing mummies and a life-size horse puppet in Pharaonic regalia.


Katy on the horse. Click to enlarge.

That got me thinking about Egyptian hieroglyphic writing, which I was fascinated by as a kid. That’s when the light bulb over my head clicked on.


Light bulb emoji.

No wonder I like emojis so much! In one way, they’re completely modern and the opposite of my love of history, which influences my luxury jewelry line. In another way, they’re a continuation of my interest in history: I used to dream of being fluent in hieroglyphs … and now I am!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Look who has joined my flat-faced animal family!


This is Purrkoy, an Exotic Shorthair kitteh from breeder Lynn Cooke of Callyn Cattery. My older kitteh, FitzRoy (aka #thecatinthebowl), who joined us in 2012, has quite a few Instagram cat friends who were from Lynn, so that’s how we found her and Purrkoy.

The name Purrkoy fits in with a theme we have going on here. It started with Henry the dog, a Pekingese rescued from the ASPCA in 2006. I named him after Henry VIII. Like the serially monogamous English king, Henry the dog is stocky, red-haired and possessed of a rather peevish expression.


The similarity is obvious, no?

When we got a ginger-haired cat in 2012, the name “FitzRoy” was the clear choice. FitzRoy (or Fitzroy) is an Anglo-Norman name that means “son of the king.” Several English monarchs gave it as a surname to their illegitimate children. Henry VIII’s only acknowledged  illegitimate child — his son with Bessie Blount — was named Henry FitzRoy.


This photo of FitzRoy in his beloved bowl has nearly 60,000 notes on Tumblr! Click to see.

One of my favorite Tudor anecdotes is about a small dog owned by Anne Boleyn, the second and most famous wife of Henry VIII. The much-loved pooch was named Purkoy, thought to be a variation of the French “pourquoi” or “why?,” appropriate for a breed with an inquiring expression/head tilt. The dog died by falling from a window (he might have been assassinated!) and people were so scared of Anne’s reaction that they went to Henry himself and made him break the bad news to his queen. The idea that the court was more frightened of Anne at that time than of the king, who was rapidly turning into a murderous tyrant, has always amused me, so I’ve kept the name “Purkoy” in the back of my mind for years. When I started looking for a new kitty I realized an extra “R” would make the name cat-appropriate AND it would rhyme with “FitzRoy.” Voila! Now we have Purrkoy.

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Meeting Purrkoy for the first time at Lynn’s house. Photo by Stacy Lomman.

Our Tibetan spaniel, Gigi, rescued in 2003, is the exception to the naming rule. She got her name from her original family. She had no training and recognized no commands, but she knew her name! Therefore, I didn’t change it. After I got her, by the way, I found out that her family had simultaneously re-homed her sister, Candy. Candy and Gigi? Were these dogs strippers in another life?

We are introducing Purrkoy to the household slowly. He’s living in the second bedroom for the moment. Gigi and Henry haven’t met him yet, but, judging by the special enthusiasm with which the increasingly incontinent Henry is creating puddles in new places, I’d say they know something is going on. FitzRoy and Purrkoy have had some supervised playtime, which the latter enjoyed very much. FitzRoy is still thinking it over.  At least Fitz won’t have to share the big orange bowl he likes to lounge in. Animal aunt Stacy Lomman thoughtfully got the kitten a baby-sized gray bowl of his own.


Big bowl and little bowl.

I was planning on having FitzRoy continue to be the Instagram spokesanimal for the whole group, but then I went ahead and made Purrkoy his own Instagram just in case. Here it is. And if you love kittehs, don’t forget to follow Fitz here. Henry and Gigi make guest appearances on that account.

Well, MrB just informed me that the kitty has woken up from his latest nap and is crying for some company. That must mean it’s time for more of this.

I could watch him play with that all day!

Friday, July 25, 2014

While brainstorming new additions to my vast collection of emoji-inspired jewelry designs, I came across the Rejected Emojis Tumblr. If Family Guy‘s Peter Griffin had been put in charge of new emoji, we would definitely have random-ass things like …

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… and …

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Check out the blog for other highlariously surreal emojis including the lightly salted kale chip and quiet sex.

(Thanks to Distractify for leading me to this blog!)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Last July 29, I attended the Women’s Jewelry Association Gala wearing, appropriately, all gold. I looked up that outfit post while contemplating what to wear to the 2014 WJA event, taking place next Monday. That’s when I realized that I always wore the same gold shoes with the same gold dress. Check it out!

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The dress is from my designing friend Stacy Lomman‘s Spring 2011 collection. I also got the Prada shoes that year. In the 2011 photo, I’m standing with my fellow Golden Girls Gang member Tina. In 2012, I wore the shoe/dress combo to a dinner that called for “festive” attire. And the 2013 photo was taken by MrB after WJA. Now that I look at these, I remember that I fretted in 2011 about whether the gold shoes with the gold dress was “too much.” I guess I got over that concern, because now I can’t think of any other shoes that I would wear with that dress.

Here’s another photo from WJA — courtesy jewelry blogger Monica Stephenson of iDazzle — with Monica and our fellow #VegasGem Barbara Palumbo.


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None of this helped me decide what to wear on Monday, but I enjoyed making my three-photo collage!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today is my SEVENTH blogversary!

I started this blog on July 23, 2007, by warning that I wouldn’t be blogging much. Two days later, I discovered Britney Spears had “borrowed” one of my rings without permission. I simply had to share that online, and after that, I was unstoppable.  Since then, I’ve written over 2,600 posts (and I’ve got 269 drafts of posts, which I really should sort through one of these days). I’ve also changed my URL, my company name, my blog motto and I certainly don’t use the MySpace account that I mentioned in my introduction.

Let’s all stand on a subway grate to celebrate!


Photo from 2009. Click for original post.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My designing friend Zang Toi says his lucky number is 13. I am going to adopt that policy, at least for a year, because today marks the 13th wedding anniversary for MrB and me. We’re traveling today, so we celebrated early, with friends, in the town of Fiskado on the Greek island of Kefalonia.


At Tassia Restaurant in Fiskado.

Thanks for putting up with me for all these years, MrB!

Click the wedding-cake photo for a few more pictures from 2001.


Monday, July 21, 2014

When I was hanging out with my designing friend Zang Toi on July 4th, I showed him some old pictures of us together. One of the photos was in this post from 2008 and, as I looked at it, I decided another picture in the same post captured one of my favorite fashion moments evah.

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In the picture, I’m wearing one of my most-loved Versace dresses — you know I’m a major fan of neon colors. I like how it’s fluttering in the breeze, but the image is still sharp.  You can’t beat the beautiful background, which is St. Tropez, where I was attending a wedding. (Zang designed the bride’s gown.) But the best part, for me, is the giant dog sleeping at my feet and what he did after the photo was taken. I didn’t know this dog at all. He was just hanging out with the guests, and we were never formally introduced. But, after he woke up from his nap, he strolled over to me and calmly ate the cocktail napkin I was holding. He was friendly about it, but determined. I’m generally against dogs eating cocktail napkins, but considering this dog’s size, I decided I wouldn’t argue with him.

Special dress + beautiful scenery + ginormous cocktail-napkin-eating dog = a “what I wore” photo to treasure.

I brought the same dress on vacation this month. I asked my designing friend Stacy Lomman how to transport a chiffon dress without carrying it in the cabin on a hanger like I did for St. Tropez. She advised me to roll it up like a “burrito.” I did, and put it in my carry-on bag and was very pleased with the results. I wore it twice in Greece: in Athens …


and in Kefalonia.


What Wendy Wore
Dress: Versace (I suspect this is from Spring 2003, which had a lot of neon.)
Shoes: Guiseppe Zanotti (2014)
Purse: Diane von Furstenberg (Possibly from 2008)
Jewelry: My own designs

A Jack Russell puppy friend, Irma, found the hem of the dress very compelling. She kept trying to catch it in her teeth.


She wasn’t that interested in taking a proper photo, but I got a good grip on her and made it happen.


Apparently, this dress has a certain animal magnetism. That’s definitely a plus!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Here’s what was on the blog this week:

Don’t forget that I’m offering a last chance to order one of my sterling silver Chicken on Nest necklaces. You have until August 7 to pre-order via Kickstarter. I won’t be doing this design again, so act now!


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Chicken necklace shown closed on left, open on right.

Friday, July 18, 2014

As legend has it, Cape Sounion in Greece is the spot where the Aegeus, the king of Athens, leaped to his death from a cliff. He was awaiting news of his son Theseus’s fight against the Minotaur, a vicious half-man/half-bull monster that lived in the Labrynith on the island of Crete. If Theseus was successful and killed the Minotaur, his ship was supposed to hoist a white sail on its way back. If he was killed by the Minotaur, the sail would be black. Theseus was successful, but he forgot about the white sail, so his father despaired and jumped. He wound up giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

The moral of this story: Attention to detail is everything!

There are no sad kings at Sounion now, but there is the ruin of an ancient temple of Poseidon, god of the sea. It’s a good place to go to watch the sun set.


Me and MrB at the temple of Poseidon.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

I have a new obsession: collages of the same outfit in different years. I’ve always shown the outfit photos on my blog, but last month I decided to make some into collages and now I can’t stop!

Here is my beloved Patrick Kelly leopard gown, from the late designer’s Fall/Winter 1989 collection, photographed in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. It appears I skipped 2012 and 2013! What was I thinking?

patrick kelly leopard collage

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And here’s the history of the photos, clockwise from left: The first time I wore the dress was in 2008, the day it arrived in the mail. (I bought it on eBay.) I really fell in love with this dress after the fact, when it landed on WWD’s “Disaster Area” page. It’s not every day that one gets on a worst-dressed page. I was so proud. No, really, I was! I was only sad that my name didn’t make it into print.

In 2009, I wore the dress to an Independent Fashion Bloggers fashion-week event, where it made a much better impression. The 2010 outing was to the Committee to Protect Journalists annual awards dinner. In 2011, the dress hit the big time and went to the Vanity Fair Oscars party.  And this year, I naturally chose it for the opening of a Patrick Kelly exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (The show, “Runway of Love,” will be on display until November 30, so, if you’re in the area, check it out.)

In my opinion, the only leopard outfit that can top my Kelly dress is Shania Twain’s head-to-toe spotted costume from her 1998 video for “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” I’ve always wanted Shania’s leopard coat with matching bra top, pants, boots, gloves and bag.

Screen cap.

“That Don’t Impress Me Much” screen cap.

My favorite part is the hood.


Shania’s video costume on display in Vegas. Photo courtesy Vice. Click for source.

I think unexpected hoods are very sex-ay, especially if you’re baring a lot of skin elsewhere.

Screen cap.

“That Don’t Impress Me Much” screen cap.

I’d wear this outfit in a hot second.

Another hooded outfit that I’ve long coveted is the baaaaarely-there white jumpsuit designed by Fee Doran, aka Mrs. Jones, for Kylie Minogue’s 2001 “Can’t Get You Outta My Head” video.


This outfit definitely helped make the song a hit.

If, by some stroke of good fortune, this jumpsuit came into my possession, I’d probably make some very minor alterations to the front.


I’d probably sew up the front just a teeny, tiny bit.

This has to be one of the kinkiest music-video outfits of all time. (I like the silver mini dress and black boots at the end of the video too.)

And now this song will be stuck in my head the rest of the day. Sing along with me! “La la la, la la la la la, la la la, la la la la la.”

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