When I saw this bracelet in a children's store in Paris, I bought it immediately. It was a bit of an impulse purchase at the register, but I thought it was so sweet and loved the idea that the inscribed "Amour" would remind me of G and my trip. Since it's adjustable, I hoped it would fit Sloan once we returned home. Turns out, I'm not great with sizing; it likely won't fit her for another few years. In the meantime, I've been wearing it on my wrist with my other bracelets and I think of her each time I look at it. I've also grown quite attached to it. I love how it's even aged in the few months since I've had it—it has tiny little nicks and the string has gone from a bright cherry red to one that's a faded pink. I've spent a substantial time tracking down the boutique and designer, but haven't been able to find either (let me know if you have any tips!), but I guess that makes the piece that much more special. I hope when I give it to her on her in a couple of years, she'll cherish it as much as I do and that it will serve as a reminder of the treasures she'll find one day along her own travels.
My first pieces of jewelry weren't particularly glamorous. I wore stick-on earrings for way longer than is appropriate, at which point I graduated to slap bracelets and candy necklaces. Junior high wasn't much better, with intricate anklets and stretchy chokers followed by puka ...read more