Monday, September 07, 2009

Swooning Over: Lots and lots of chains

I've come to terms with the fact that I am stereotypically girly: I'm the first one to jump on pastel, rainbow-colored anything, I've got a marching band of Hello Kitties at my desk at work, and I still squeal with delight whenever I thumb through my Sailor Moon manga (that's "comic book" for you non-nerds). However, there's another part of me that wants to slap on holsters and raid some tombs like Lara Croft, wants to hang out with (and dress like, mostly) those vampires from "Underworld", and wants to nonironically dress up as one of Sylvia Ji's catrinas for Halloween.

Where, exactly, is the overlap, and how does this actually pan out in the day-to-day? Fortunately for me, it manifests itself in a recent obsession with super-feminine items coupled with cascading chains. Hurrah! Pieces like those picture on the left are the perfect meeting place of femininity and a harder edge, signaling not only a love of shiny things (mmm...metal...) but also a level of multi-facetedness in this somewhat ironic pairing.I decided I had to be a part of it, too, and made the Cotton Candy Purse (pictured above). It's super soft, with rhinestones and ric-rac, but that chain just sneaks up on you, all subtle-like. Check out more pictures or snag it for yourself at the Etsy shop, then check out the helpful image guide and matching links below for more cool items I'm craving.

1. Cotton Candy Purse, Explosive Kiwi (and available for sale and on sale at the shop!) 2. "Locked Heart" retro vintage multi-chain bracelet, by La Belle Savage 3. "Jessabella" triple chain in fleur, by RockLove 4. Style No. 6FCB01, from the Marquis & Camus Collection by Sarah Kang
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