So, I’m thinking there are few better words to hear over the ‘phone when your OH calls you than “Oh, and I’ve bought you a present”. So imagine my surprise, when, stuck in the office in between Christmas and New Year, I hear those very words.
Cue much day dreaming about what the gift could be and not a lot of work getting done.
I dash home that evening and am greeted by the joyous sight of that perfectly yellow of all things, a Selfridges bag. And it’s SMALL. Swoon!
Excitement ramps up a number of gears when, on opening the bag, I am faced with the following.
Now, I’d just like to say, I’m not a designer bunny. I don’t own loads of designer clothes, I’ve never had an ‘It’ bag and I don’t have a single pair of Jimmy Choos or LouBoutins (sob). So this is a Big Deal to me.
But then, a slight tingle of fear runs down my spine. Buying jewellery for another person is always a bit tricksy. A woman’s jewellery is unlike clothing, shoes or handbags. It’s emotional. Jewellery can have sentimental value and be highly treasured even though it’s not strictly the wearer’s ‘style’. Women have different jewellery for different outfits, stages of life, occasions and or even just days of the week. So, just picking something of a similar style, colour or even the matching items is not always the right path to follow. Getting it right is hard!
So, in I go, about to explode with excitement but slightly anxious too. Luckily, I am not disappointed. The boy done good.
Phew, we like!
I like quite chunky jewellery and this bracelet suits me well. I love the gun-metal finish to the brass and the way the rough, dark chain emphasises the creamy whiteness of the feminine pearls. The addition of the black diamante instead of white (the seemingly more obvious choice) gives it the right balance of gothic glamour and girlishness.
The only downside is the fastening. I’m a big fan of a t-bar fastening, they’re usually simple, secure, less likely to break and I like the look of them (as long as they’re not really flimsy, in which case they are hateful).
Because the chain of the bracelet alternates large and small oval links, I thought this would mean fastening the bracelet to the desired length is relatively easy. And it is, but not if you want it to stay done up. The large link is slightly too big, the first time I wore the bracelet fastened thus, it fell off on the bus. Luckily I noticed before it hit the deck. So, I switched to fastening using one of the smaller links, although this made it a tad too big. Easier said than done! I am an expert of fastening bracelets with my ‘wrong’ hand, but this one can bring me to the edge of tears and eventually I send up a flare for help. Even though the t-bar is ever so slightly shorter on one side, it is still nigh on impossible to jiggle the whole thing into exactly the right alignment to get it through the link. A case of not playing about enough with something during product development maybe??
Anyway, all in all I’m delighted with my pressie for OH.
He’s set the bar high for 2012 though, heehee!
Let me know what you think.