Animal Instinct – bling, baubles + more

I absolutely loved seeing some of the animal-inspired bling from the 2010 haute joaillerie collections. There’s nothing I love more than the effect a nice statement piece can add to any outfit, and from the Bollywood-inspired creations at Dior to the clean yet always elegant pieces at Chanel, I’m quite enamored. Some of my favorites:

Diamond-laden brooch from Chanel

Love the serpent at the top of these Bollywood Dior earrings

Elephants are a personal favorite – heart what the elephant is holding in his trunk too! Van Cleef & Arpels

I saved the best for last!! This is heaven. Dior’s Rose Bagatelle ring

A girl can dream, right? Besides, just looking at those gems just makes the day seem brighter. I really am loving the whole animal vibe though, so in search for a more budget-friendly (or realistic!) price, I scoped out what Etsy had to offer, and found a few fab Etsy store with some animal bling. (I swear one of my new favorite things is to go on Etsy and just search through everything they have. Their offerings make Ebay look likes childs play – and I’m not a huge fan of the whole bidding thing anyways.) Dirty Rice is a great shop for unique pieces, with a dash of Southern fair. For an even lower price point, Forever21 never fails to deliver and with their most of their jewelry at ten dollars and under, it’s practically a steal. You do get what you pay for (in my experience at least) but it’s perfect for those specific pieces that will make a certain outfit go far for the night.

Dirty Rice crab claw earrings + necklace

Etsy alligator earrings + crab ring from here.

Forever21 insect ring, sparrow necklace, feather connector ring + owl necklace


A summer tradition: camping, with a twist

I like camping. I’ve probably been actual camping (not glamping… Glamour camping, a more mild and comfortable form of traditional, sleeping on hard ground camping) around 4 or 5 times to date. I’ve always had a pretty good time out there, minus the bugs, which of course are a part of being in nature. Unfortunately. I haven’t tried glamping yet, but after reading an older NY Times article about on of the ultimate glamping experiences at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and then looking at the pictures – well let’s just say I’d be up for that any day. Since I won’t be in Canada (British Columbia, more precisely) and I definitely am not looking to spend an upwards of 5k on a few days of glamping with comfy beds and Persian rugs, I found several of my own (nautical or preppy themed – no boring solid navy, green or khaki please) camping essentials. Of course, glamping at Clayoquot is still probably something I’d prefer to do, so that will have to go on the bucket list!

striped tent, marine life plates, pink grill, anchor sleeping bag, sailboat picnic cloth, polk dot water bottle

And my favorite… Keep Calm + Carry On crown chair. Perfect for around the fire, fixing some s’mores right?