04 March 2008

Take Me Back...

...to the day we spent frivolously and ended up with lovely trinkets.

It was hard. We were in South Beach with BlueSuitGirl - a Labor Day Hurrah, chancing the hurricanes and staying at the adorable South Beach Deco Hotel Nash. Cafeteria, B.E.D., Delano (on a slow night - who're we kidding? we wouldn't have gotten in otherwise - so not cool enough), Nikki Beach...sigh.

Those were the nights. By day, it was a whirlwind of those odd little pseudo-Euro-Russian boutiques and fabulous little stores. BlueSuitGirl and I snapped up more than our share of bargains, including handmade sandals, silky tops, and jewelry. Especially the jewelry.

It was nearly the end of our trip, and just around the corner from the hotel was this sweet little shop full of baubles. Alexis Bittar, Tarina Tarantino (whose lucite beads I bought in NoLA, even longer ago), and Tova, to name a few. We spent nearly two hours in the store, trying on this and that, deciding, buying gifts, and gifting ourselves. In the end, we walked out with more for others than we did for ourselves (prettyinpink got a white leather heart cutout clutch for Christmas that year, and Mommy got a dainty little necklace of aquamarine and amathyst drops).

But then there was the necklace. Anymore, I can't remember whether it was Tova or Bittar, but the pale green stone and droplets cascading around it remind me of something a fairy would make. To wear to the most stylish places. (I'll try and remember to post a pic soon.)

Why write about this now? Well, even though it was years ago, Tova was collecting emails (I think they must have been the store owners, ultimately) for when they went online. And I just got an email this week - they're opening a sample store - unfortunately up in Montreal (just one more reason to visit the European city this side of the pond), but it reminded me of all of their great pieces. The DC area sports a couple of locations - one strange retailer (must be a parent company) on Wisconsin, and South Moon Under, but they do sell online, so snap up a reasonably priced piece or two to celebrate the almost spring weather.

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