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Monday, January 4, 2016

MrB and I held our New Year’s Eve dinner for friends at Narcissa, the restaurant at the Standard Hotel in the East Village. As planned, I wore a new-to-me, secondhand dress that I got because of its Klaus Nomi-esque shoulder pads and V-shaped sheer panel in the front. What Wendy Wore Dress: Brian Lichtenberg (purchased […]

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Happy 50th anniversary to my parents, GeorgeB and BarbaraB. We did a lot of our celebrating already, with a special ring … Video of the recent 50th anniversary engagement ring redesign! #jewelry #beplatinum #wedding #engagementring #anniversaryring #bridaljewelry #diamonds #diamondring #video A video posted by Wendy Brandes Jewelry PR (@wendybrandesjewelry) on Nov 3, 2015 at 11:47am […]

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Happy birthday to my gorgeous mother, BarbaraB! This Polaroid of her was taken in 1971. I remember that outfit! In other news, here is what was on the blog this week. Monday: A cat won a music contest. Wednesday: Faux ostrich feathers have trickled down in fashion. Thursday: I finally uploaded my photos from a […]

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Friday, October 2, 2015

I love to redesign old jewelry for customers and the mother of all redesign opportunities was literally handed to me in March. My gorgeous mother, BarbaraB, had to take off her engagement ring ahead of a minor medical procedure, only to find that it couldn’t be budged. The ring had to be cut off. BarbaraB […]

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Gladiator sandals really are the shoe of the moment. After writing about them in yesterday’s post, I spotted them in today’s New York Observer. This look is going to be wildly overdone this season, but I’m going to take advantage of its pervasiveness and stock up on styles so I have them to wear when […]

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

My mother’s father’s name was Sam Kay, but his three grandchildren knew him as Papa. During World War II — decades before he became Papa — he was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Texas. These photos were taken in 1942 or ’43. He’d married my grandmother Ruth — aka Nan — not […]

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I love redesigning old jewelry, especially engagement rings. A lot of my female customers didn’t have any input into their original rings. Others — like me — felt pressured to go with a style that was more traditional than what they truly wanted. Redesigning the old rings gives those wimmins a chance to express their […]

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I’m quite proud of this photo I took at the Weinstein Company’s Oscar viewing party. I was just trying to get a picture of MrB’s pearl cufflinks, but I managed to get a mini outfit photo. There you can see MrB’s Armani tux; Pucci bow tie; the Cartier watch I gave him for our wedding […]

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Friday, January 2, 2015

If you read this post about what I wore for New Year’s Eve in 1994 and 2004, you must have figured out that I was going to wear the red Versace dress from 2004 again. I can’t resist a 10-year fashion anniversary. What Wendy Wore for New Year’s Eve Dress: Versace (2004) Shoes: Prada (pre-2005) […]

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

As a big Beatles fan, I can never resist the opportunity to say “Twenty years ago today …” so here we go! My Throwback Thursday photo is, indeed, from 20 years ago today: Dec. 25, 1994. My family was celebrating my Dec. 23 birthday and my parents’ Dec. 26 anniversary. My father, GeorgeB, gave me […]

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