When I was in college I’d set my alarm to go off 15 minutes before class started, roll out of bed, throw on norts and an oversized tee (normally one that was a souvenir from a sorority or fraternity event), brush my teeth and slap on some eyeliner before walking – or driving if I felt extra lazy, which was most days – across the street to the design building. Given that all this happened in the span of 5 to 10 minutes it was important that everything was streamlined: from the clothes I wore to the makeup I applied. I wasn’t very far off from showing up to class in my pajamas, except for one thing – jewelry.
Every single day I’d put on the same bracelet, ring, earrings, and necklace (I actually slept in the necklace most nights) right before I walked out the door. These finishing touches were what made me feel like I had at least attempted to put an effort into my appearance.
These days I spend a bit more time on my routine, but my jewelry has for the most part remained the same. These essentials work regardless of what outfit I’m wearing or how formal of an event I am attending. I literally have to put zero thought into it, which is great when you’re juggling a full time job, freelance work, a thriving blog, running a social and philanthropic organization, having a social life, familial obligations, and chores. (Yes, this is my life.)
Here are the essentials that keep me looking polished and, in the words of my friend Sydney, super classy:
David Yurman 7mm Cable Classics Bracelet. I love this bracelet because it is both silver and gold, meaning that it goes with all my accessories and I’m never clashing my metals. Also, the cuff formation means it won’t slip off my wrist like bangles inevitably do.
David Yurman Cable Classics Cross Necklace with Diamond. If you’re going on a caribbean cruise anytime soon keep your eye out for jewelry stores carrying Yurman. You can get steep discounts on authentic pieces, just be sure you get the tag guaranteeing authenticity. I got this necklace in St. Martin and paid just a fraction of the price I would here in the US.
David Yurman Pearl Band Ring. Now, this ring is no longer available, but you can find a similar one here. I like that it’s a thinner size than most Yurman rings since my fingers are so thin that thick bands look really out of place and overwhelming. Once again, this is both silver and gold so it will go with anything. If you’re balking at the price tag, check ebay. I got my ring there for a great deal and it came with the statement of authenticity. Just be sure to check that the seller can provide proof of authenticity.
Eve’s Addiction Cable Hoop Earrings. Now, I really wanted these earrings from Yurman to round out my set. But, I couldn’t afford them. So I went with the next best thing and found a matching pair without the designer label. Eve’s Addiction is an online jewelry seller that specialized in “designer inspired” pieces. While their stock changes all the time, (they don’t have the ones I bought anymore) you can find ones like these that look almost exactly like a Yurman piece. Mine were the same except for the diamonds, I even wore them into a Yurman store and the manager offered to clean them for me because he believed they were authentic. Now that’s a deal!
So, that’s the rundown. Remember, it doesn’t have to be designer to be elegant, and it doesn’t have to be purchased directly from the designer in order to be authentic. So choose what’s important to you and run with it. The most important thing should be that you love the set. My only suggestion is that your daily items should be versatile and understated – nothing flashy or too colorful. That way you won’t even have to think about whether or not they “go” with your outfit.