MISSION: BE SPONTANEOUS
Shake your tambourine
Tambourine Man, it’s time to play a new song. And the
tune that has us grooving is called tambourine jewelry.
Whimsical and sculptural, these wearable art pieces by
up-and-coming designer Patricia Madeja combine
innovation, originality and technical precision. The
result is a look that is clean, kinetic and a sure-fire
Pearl Tambourine Ring (above) is
a handcrafted tiny sculpture. Ten pearls are caged
between highly polished bands of metal (available in
silver or 14K gold) and spin
freely on individual pins. Concerned about authenticity?
No worries. Each piece is signed by the designer,
ensuring that you are buying an original work of art.
You can partner this endearing ring with its sister
piece, the Silver Tambourine Cuff. Like the ring, this
handmade creation is a study in meticulous execution:
the spinning pearls are perfectly aligned within a
sterling silver cage. The black pearls show an
iridescent array of color with overtones of dark blue,
gray, green and gold. No two are alike, which only adds
to the unique appeal.
The musical motif pays homage to one
of the most ubiquitous and beloved percussion
instruments of all time. So get groovy with these modern
designs and remember to shake what your mama
Tambourine Ring, $400 (14K gold frame), $170 (sterling silver
frame), Patricia Madeja
Silver Tambourine Cuff,
$330. Guild.com, (877) 223-4600
—Judy Ann Olsen
Fabulous finds under $50
Triple Black Pearl Lariat
Necklace is pure elegance. The sliding design allows it to be
worn at different lengths for different looks,
which means it's sure to be a fitting accent
many of your outfits.
Treat Yourself: Triple Black Freshwater Pearl Lariat
Did you know?
getting dressed, the last thing you should put on
are your pearls. The reason? Pearls are also
very soft (2 ½ to 4 on the Moh’s scale of
hardness) and can be damaged by almost anything:
perfume, hairspray, even your body’s natural
oils. So, when getting ready to go out, save the
pearls for last—even after that
dab of eau de toilette.
Did you know?
how cultured black pearls gets their inimitable hues?
It's from dye or irradiation. They're not to be confused
with the ultra-luxe Tahitian black
pearls, which get their mysterious natural tones from the Pinctada Margaritifera, the black lipped oyster of the
Judy Ann Olsen is a noted jewelry expert
specializing in diamonds and couture. A graduate of the
Gemological Institute of America, Judy Ann is an accomplished metalsmith whose work has
been recognized by the Platinum Guild International.
She offers jewelry consultation for private clients.
MISSION: BE IMPULSIVE
Update you umbrella
With the fall
and winter rains onyour doorstep, it’s time to don a
pair of Wellingtons and lift those essential umbrellas to the skies. This year,
there are lots of new ways fight the seasonal gloom with a
quirky accessory that will match your individual style
and inject those rainy days with a touch of new-fangled
Hailing from the
city of eccentric designs and hardcore street fashion,
Satoko Kobayashi, owner of pare*umbrella, is a crusader
for the return of "the beautiful umbrella". With a
choice selection of playful Tokyo imports sold online
and in boutique shops, Kobayashi is convincing the world to give
dull black totes the flick. Take the
plunge and unleash your inner umbrella. Choose from
34 designs. Here are four of our faves:
looking for the sweet life are sure to bond with the
cheeky pastel polka-dots of Ice Cream Parlor, while the
cute cherries, ivory facade and charming frills of
Cherry Bon Bon will make any mademoiselle shout "Ooh la
Paradise, bohemian child meets nature lover with funky
white mushrooms shimmering on a bright orange backdrop
and finished with an au naturale chunky wooden handle.
City Girl is for
all you office gals and downtown shop-a-holics.
Multicolored thin stripes, a synthetic leather handle,
pretty lace trim and a snappy matching case mean this
piece can switch from stylish businesswear to elegant
accessory in a New York minute.
Treat yourself: pare*umbrellas, prices
range from $54 to $65,
Beat the rainy
depressing gray days of the season with a witty umbrella
from the Museum of Modern Art collection. Developed by
the legendary and unconventional designer Tibor Kalman,
founder of the world renowned design firm, M&Co, these
black nylon treasures hide a secret: they feature a beautiful
summer sky-scape on the inside, replacing your gray
skies for blue.
Opt for the
old-fashioned charm of the tall, wooden handled Sky
Umbrella or, if you prefer the more functional design of
an automatic open-close mechanism, the Sky Umbrella
Collapsible folds down to purse-sized perfection.
Sky Umbrella (standard), $48,
(888) 365-0056; Sky
convenience of a purse-sized umbrella? Then you'll love
of Lulu Guinness automatic umbrellas. Not
only are this British designer's 'brollies purse-sized
and feminine, they offer something extra for girls on
the go: they automatically fold up—and down—at
the touch of button! No more having to find a place to
put down your latte, groceries or kids just to close
your rain gear!
Choose from four
playful designs including white hearts, black hearts,
girls with beach balls and yellow roses.
Lulu Guinness umbrellas start at $16,
Ashford.com, (888) 274-3673
completely eco-friendly guys at Clean Air Gardening in
Texas, the Gustbuster is a high-quality umbrella for
that promises to provide protection from not one, but
three of nature's elements: rain, wind and the sun's
cancer-causing UVA and UVB rays, which every
health-savvy woman knows are still present on the
cloudiest of days.
How does the
Gustbuster work its multi-pronged magic? A combination
of shape and substance. This umbrellas boasts a
re-enforced frame and unique teardrop shaped vents,
which guard against the fiercest of winds and prevent
the ultimately embarrassing inside-out umbrella effect
during super-windy downpours. And its silver-gray exterior reflects
an impressive 96 percent of the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays.
That it also happens to be a stylish addition that will
match virtually any raincoat is merely an added bonus.
CleanAirGardening.com, (214) 363-5170
Hands down for
directly related to an octopus, you’ve likely discovered
that two hands are hardly ever enough. Whether carrying
more than one take-away coffee, handling groceries and
lively kids or just dealing with an out-of-commission
arm (wet or icy sidewalks often result in unpleasant
emergency room visits), it’s never easy to manage an
umbrella on top of it all.
Not to worry,
Leonards, which specializes in health and
support products, has just the prescription to offer—the
Hands-free Umbrella. Exactly as the name sounds,
this handy little number is attached to a special curved
that wraps over your shoulder and under your arm. Just
slip it on and you'll have both hands free to do
whatever you want while also getting the rain protection
$7.99 or two for $14.99,
DrLeonards.com, (800) 785-0880
Partners in rain
Your best friend
will be all wags and smiles when you step out together
sporting the blue plaid matching Pet and People Umbrella
pair. This set combines a classic automatic pop-up
umbrella for you and an ergonomic inverted umbrella with
a leash that attaches to your companion’s collar. It’s
perfect for devoted pet parents keen to keep those
daily walks on schedule, rain or shine.
already acquired your own prized umbrella, you can
a solitary pet ‘brolly from PetGadgets, an online shop
showcasing high tech products for furry friends.
Dry-Bones covers your pet with a clear rain shield—no
need to shake dry back at home.
Pet and People Umbrella, $26.98,
CoolStuffCheap.com, (888) 463-3332; Dry-Bones,
$19.99 (on sale for $9.99 as of November 1),
PetGadgets.com, (800) 642-2112
—Kiera Tara O'Brien
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