It's been a breakthrough week. Since my sartorial breakdown a fortnight ago on the back of months wandering in the equivalent of post-Christmas sale changing room confusion I have found my way back to somewhere resembling me. And all it took was getting back to basics. And by basics I mean beads.
I think every girl at some point in her primary school education goes through a phase of making strings of basic bead jewellery. It was a hobby I never quite got done with and when I packed up my Bondi life to move to London in 2008 I had nothing short of two enormous plastic crates full of every imaginable bead in every imaginable colour, cut and material. Never mind metres of stringing leather, ribbon, broken chandelier pieces, feathers and all manner of other trinkets and ephemera courtesy of a dark moment in my life otherwise known as That Small Addiction To Ebay.
Since moving to London I've added to my collection - handmade fabric earrings from Mallorca, green bakelite earrings from a little antique shop on the Left Bank in Paris that Mum and I came across, art deco necklaces from LBB for Christmas. I love it all but strangely, mostly, it's remained artfully arranged on my dresser and only tentatively, conservatively, worn.
My beautiful, unique, sparkling engagement ring, with its diamonds and little rare green garnets (LBB's birthstone as it turns out and a sign of constancy - auspicious indeed) has oddly only confused things. The question being, how to wear such a grown up, important piece of jewellery and still find a way to keep my other baubles from early retirement? That has been the challenge. Especially, as a customer at an auction viewing 10 years ago observed as she spied me trying on an inordinately large, garish dress ring, I've never been a delicate sort of girl....
The answer, I've realised, is to just wear it. In the last week I've been out in (diamonds and) pearls (thank you Prince) and crystals, and large rings and big earrings and anything else I've felt like. Strings of green beads with strings of more green beads. My days now start not with questions about the weather or jackets - but about which piece of jewellery I want to exhibit and how I might curate an outfit around it.
There's little else happening here at the moment. It's cold and by 5pm it's dark and what's left of the leaves is a breathtaking mix of reds and yellows. It's beautiful despite the chill factor but I can't wait to replace the falling leaves with some crashing waves. It's six weeks until LBB and I will be back in Sydney and I can't wait. I have so many summer outfits to accessories, it's going to be fabulous.