Monthly Archives: February 2013

Sex and the City prequel “The Carrie Diaries” = meh.

So “The Carrie Diaries”, the supposed prequel to the wildly popular (and from a fashion standpoint – wildly influential) Sex and the City premiered in January on the CW. The series revolves around the 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw, played by AnnaSophia Robb, living in 1984 Connecticut.The reviews so far seem to be…not very good.

Anyone who’s been following our company knows we have a special relationship with SATC’s “Carrie” (What? You DON’T know that the original Carrie name necklace was our design?? Read more about it HERE)

carrie bradshaw
Aside from the obvious changes to Carrie’s back-story fans of the original show have been pointing out – changing her working-class roots to a much more upper-class upbringing in Connecticut for one – the overall feel of the show can basically be described as “just another teen soap, albeit filtered through 80’s-era music”. Or, as another TV critic so bluntly put it: “an inept spin off tha dishonors its source”, and “is mostly about one thing –  wanting to cash in on Sex and the City. Ouch.

carrie bradshaw - sarah jessica parker

Oh well, we will always love you Carrie – I guess we just won’t be watching your adolescence!

Not your grandma’s Monogram Initial Jewelry…well, it kind of is

Someone who’s not particularly a jewelry person asked me what the hot new thing in jewelry was these days. When I told her it was monogram initial jewelry she said, “like my grandma used to wear??”
Well, yeah.

Some history: Historically, a monogram was used as a royal signature. Romans and Greeks used them on coins to identify their rulers. Then, in the Middle Ages, artisans began to use them to sign their work. Victorian-period high-class persons adapted the monogram for personal use as a symbol of their place in society.
In the Victorian era, rules for monograms were quite simple: Female monograms had the first initial on the left, middle initial on the right, and last initial larger in the middle.Fancy Monogram Initials
And now, if you want to be “correct”, the rules are pretty much the same: First on the left, Last larger in the center, and Middle on the right.
Got it?

So why are they suddenly so popular now? Because they’re pretty and kind of fancy, but also very classic looking. It doesn’t hurt that celebs have been sporting monograms lately – but they’re not obnoxious (the jewelry, not the celebs)
Lauren Conrad monogram necklacets[1]

Actually, the monogram initial necklace is probably the hottest thing we make nowadays, with no sign of slowing down. By popular demand we started making earrings and ring styles as well, which monogram initial earringsblock monogram initial ring
is pretty funny because I can distinctly remember my parents selling tons of these cigar band style monogram rings in the late 70’s/early 80’s.

monogram initial ring
Eventually we stopped carrying them because no one knew what they were.
Now they do. Again.

Tell grandma.