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La Petite Acadienne’s Fantasy Chrismakwanzikah

Friday, November 26th, 2010
By La Petite Acadienne

We all have wish lists, right?

There are wish lists, however, and there are wish lists. The former is compiled of things that you would love to receive, and that you might actually receive. (More on that tomorrow…)

The latter is pure and utter pie-in-the-sky fantasy, compiled of things that you would probably only receive if you grew up in the kind of house that has servants’ quarters.

I’m convinced that I really DO have a rich, childless auntie out there who is unbeknownst to me but who has followed my progress since infancy and is just waiting for the right moment to announce herself.

Well, darling auntie, if you’re thinking of popping up this holiday season and are wondering what the perfect little cadeau would be for your darling niece, look no further.

(Note to The Stonecutter: this list also applies to you, if we are someday unencumbered by that little thing called “reality”. Just letting you know.)

1. This gorgeous Giorgio Armani bag.

Dark-sage pleated leather? Well, okay…if you insist, I suppose I could live with it.

2. A black diamond ring.

I love the hammered gold on this ring, and the way that it gives the look of stacked rings without visually shortening the finger. Plus, black diamonds are just neat.

3. Purple Ferragamo flats

I own no purple shoes right now. That is just not right, because purple makes me happy, and pretty shoes make me happy, so pretty purple shoes would be like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for my feet  — everything I want, and nothing I don’t.

4. A housekeeper.

I can only pay you in Lego. Is that okay?

Being a working mom with a long commute, it always feels like we are falling behind on the housework, particularly where The Stonecutter works 50 hours a week AND has a side business on the go.  I’m pretty good at tidying and keeping things organized, but please, please do not look closely at my tile grout. I would luuuuurrrrve for someone to do those icky but necessary jobs for me, like cleaning out the fridge, scrubbing the tile, cleaning the light fixtures, and all of the other jobs that are on my “I’ll Get To It…Sometime” list.

5. A vintage Chanel charm bracelet.

I love charm bracelets. My mom had one (I have no idea what she’s done with it, however, and did not want to ask for fear of appearing grasping). This one is just lovely.

6. A new car

They see me rollin';, they hatin';...

My aforementioned long commute means that my vehicle has seen better days. I would love to have something bigger, to more easily accommodate the Gigantic Car-seat of Awesomeness, plus all of the other assorted detritus that comes with having a young toddler. I would also like to have some bells, whistles, fireworks, fripperies, and doo-dads.  I think the Lexus RX 450h (“h” for hybrid) would fit the bill rather nicely.

7. This

Sunset by Harry Winston, Padparadscha and Diamond Necklace

When I saw this necklace, I just had to write about it. Actually, first I had to regain consciousness and pick myself off the floor, where I had been laying in a puddle of my own drool. And THEN I had to write about it.

May you all have a very sparkly holiday season!




Monday, November 22nd, 2010
By La Petite Acadienne

Tonight I was rummaging through the box of jewelry that I no longer wear but that I hang on to for sentimental purposes, and I came across two class rings: my own from high school and my dad’s from university.

I don’t wear my dad’s, because it’s too big for even my thumbs. I hang onto it, though, as the Wee One might like to someday have his grandfather’s class ring.

I don’t wear my own, because I feel that I’ve outgrown it.  Not in size. In spirit.

It’s a simple design, rather girlie, with a faux garnet in the centre (my birthstone, which worked out well considering that red was our school colour.)

But is it the design that I’ve outgrown? Or do I just feel that I’ve outgrown it, due to the fact that I am a very different person from whom I was back in 1993?

Class rings, by the way, were thought to originate with the class of 1835 at West Point.  And according to etiquette, once you’ve graduated, you should wear your ring with the crest or insignia facing away from you, symbolizing that you’re entering the wider world outside of school.

I see some people my age walking around still wearing their class rings (usually they’re the ones wearing the uber-cool St. Francis Xavier University ring.)  I envy them their cool class ring, but also wonder if wearing your class ring is a way of hanging on to a younger, more carefree time, possibly preventing you from fully living in the here and now.

What are your thoughts on wearing your class ring? Do you wear yours? Why or why not? (And is yours as unspeakably nifty as the X-Ring?)



Great Women in Jewelry: Liz Taylor

Monday, November 15th, 2010
By La Petite Acadienne

When we think about women with jaw-droppingly enviable jewelry collections, La Liz is often the first to come to mind.

As generous as she is beautiful, Taylor hosted an auction of donated jewelry that raised over $240,000 for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. She even sold her diamond and emerald engagement ring from Richard Burton. Reportedly, Liz said,  “Please know that it is not easy for me to give it away. It is only my commitment to AIDS that persuaded me to let it go. My love is inside that ring forever.”

Some of the most impressive jewels in Dame Taylor’s jewelry collection include the 33 carat Krupp Diamond ring, the “La Peregrina” pearl (a Valentine present from Richard Burton, and once mistaken for a chew toy by Liz’s puppy), the “Taj Mahal”heart shaped yellow diamond necklace (another one of many jewelry gifts from Richard Burton, who really turned gift-giving into quite the art, didn’t he?), the Duchess of Windsor diamond brooch, the pear shaped 69 carat Taylor-Burton diamond and the Grand Duchess of Russia emeralds.

In her book, Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry, which is definitely one of the books on my must-have list, she says, “I’m fortunate to have some very important pieces of jewelry. I don’t believe I own any of the pieces. I believe that I am their custodian, here to enjoy them, to give them the best treatment in the world, to watch after their safety, and to love them.”

So, um, Liz…if you don’t believe you actually OWN any of those pieces, then I’m assuming you wouldn’t mind terribly if I borrowed some of it this weekend? Thanks. You’re a pal.



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