Beautiful Bow Necklace by Elle & V

Bow Necklace

Isn’t my bow necklace awesome? I got it a few weeks ago, when my friends Caroline and Sarah and I ventured up to NYC for some brunch, shopping, and much needed girl time.  We shopped at lots of places, But The Market NYC on Bleeker Street is one of my favorite places.

The Market NYC

The Market NYC is an indoor market filled with artists and their hand crafted works. Jewelry, apparel, fabrics, dolls and toys, beads and crafts, bath and body products, pottery, art, the variety is endless and every piece is unique. I found my new favorite piece of jewelry, and new favorite jewelry designer there.

The Market NYC

I was perusing the Market looking for something pretty and delicate I could wear every day when I came across Selah Michelle’s stand, Elle & V. Her stand had exactly what I was looking for. Selah describes her jewelry as a mix between chic and boho; dainty pieces that you can wear everyday and layer with other jewelry. It was just my style. There were such lovely pieces, including a bow bracelet. I loved the idea of a silver bow. It was simple and elegant, but I only wished it were a necklace rather than a bracelet. She offered to let me order a bow necklace online, or if I wanted to wait a minute she’d change the chain and make the bracelet a necklace right then and there.

I couldn’t walk away without the bow! It was just too pretty, so I chatted with Selah a bit while I waited. She is an absolute sweetheart. She didn’t try to pressure me into buying anything or try to get me to buy more than I wanted (I hate when people do that). She did answer my questions and talk to me about the market, the city, and things to do at the shore (my neck of the woods).

I found out that she is from California but went to school for jewelry design and gemology, bringing her to New York. She’s a graduate jeweler and diamond grader who received her diplomas from The Gemological Institute of America. All of Selah’s jewelry is  handmade made with 14k gold fill, vermeil and sterling silver. On her site, it states that “the high-end jewelry line is sprinkled with hints of inspiration from the designer’s travels through the markets of Morocco, the villages of Latin America, the mountains of New Zealand, and most recently the bountifully cultural streets of Manhattan.” I can definitely see the different influences in her work.


Her personal favorite pieces are the hammered bar necklace and the long druzy necklaces (worn together, of course). Her necklaces are perfect for layering, and for an indecisive person like me, it’s nice to layer all your favorite necklaces together! I wear my Elle & V necklace almost every day. The bow falls perfectly on my collar bone, and looks so pretty on. It really does go with anything! Sometimes I forget to take it off in the shower or before bed, but it hasn’t tarnished or broken and looks as beautiful as it was the day I got it.

Selfie for the sake of my bow!

Check out Selah’s website and online store at I can’t wait to shop some more for myself and for some beautiful gifts. I already know which pieces I want next…and which I’ll be hinting to Matt to get for me 😉

Congrats Graduates/NYC Visit

What a wonderful weekend; I am so lucky and blessed! I’d first like to congratulate all the graduates in my life. In grade school graduations, my niece Laila graduated kindergarten (wasn’t Laila a baby yesterday?) My niece Angelina graduated from her K-5 school, and she is becoming a beautiful little lady. My cousin Adam graduated from his K-8 school.  I can’t believe he is going into high school already! I can’t believe how much each of them has grown. They are each becoming such wonderful kids, and I’m excited to see how the new changes will make them even better people.

I also have been celebrating college graduations. My cousin Amanda now has her degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education and Psychology.  I don’t know that I’ve ever met a person who is so wonderful with kids like Amanda is. Children have a way with seeing the good in people, and they literally flock to Amanda. I think that speaks volumes of her character. My cousin Maria also graduated college, and she is now officially a Registered Nurse. I admire her so much for it. It’s one of the few things I wish I could do, but know I really never could. I’ve never met a nurse who wasn’t as strong and level-headed as she was sweet and compassionate, so I know she will be the perfect nurse to her patients. I am so proud of my nieces and cousins for all their accomplishments, and congratulate them and all the other graduates of 2013!


Sunday, we celebrated Adam & Amanda’s graduations, and on Saturday we got to enjoy Matt’s birthday gift to me:  tickets to The Phantom of the Opera. Before heading to the play we walked through Central Park and passed through Strawberry Fields to listen to a guitarist play “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” at the Imagine mosaic. Phantom was phenomenal , and afterwards we had dinner at Bubba Gump’s. (Forrest Gump is one of Matt’s favorite movies). It was nice to extend my birthday celebrations more than a month afterwards.

Friday was the summer solstice. “Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it.” I always think of this quote from Daisy in The Great Gatsby after every summer solstice. Every year it somehow slips my mind because I don’t judge the beginning of summer by any official calendar. The beginning of summer comes after I’ve seen the first firefly. If the fireflies, or lightning bugs as I sometimes call them, aren’t out, then it isn’t warm enough or muggy enough or happy enough to be really called summer.

Even though I never think to recognize the solstice, I do regret not taking advantage of the longest hours of sunlight. But not this year.  On Friday, I almost ran out of gas on the way to the train station, the train was late, and it stalled at one of the stops, but we finally made it to the city around noon. First order of events: straight  to Luke’s Lobster for lunch. Generally when I see lobster rolls elsewhere, lobster rolls are made up with mayonnaise based seafood salads, but not at Luke’s. Luke’s are made with butter, only a small swipe of mayo, and housed on thick, buttered toast.  They inspire me to try to recreate their lobster rolls, and hopefully I’ll have a recipe posted by the end of the summer.


Our hotel was directly across from The Museum of Natural History. I love museums and have never been to this one before. Going to a science museum with a scientist is something I think I take for granted. For the most part, Matt is able to explain many of the exhibits which, for me, is much more interesting than reading descriptions from a plaque.  After a while, each exhibit turns onto a quiz game.  We saw the T-Rex, Lucy, and gigantic gemstones. My favorite was the special exhibit on frogs. I love frogs. Their life cycle fascinates me, not to mention they’re freaking adorable. We added a third person to our party after visiting the gift shop. It was impossible to leave without a little Charles Darwin. Museum of Natural History 

We shifted from science to literature after the museum. It was 6pm, and still there was a very long line of people outside of Delacorte Theater waiting for standby Shakespeare in the Park tickets. Tickets are given out at 12, and standby tickets gamble only on people not showing up. We wandered around Turtle Pond and Belvedere Castle until we finally sat in Shakespeare Garden. The garden  made up of flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s works.  


After all our meandering thought the park, it was still light out. We walked over to Shake Shack for dinner, and we finished our shakes on a bench outside the Museum counting how many dogs passed by (24). As the final rays of sunlight hit, we finished our literary journey at The Dead Poet, a small place whose drink menu and decor is inspired by the great poets. I tried a Poe and a Frost. Both were pink and very sweet, but not bad. The bartender was nice and the poetry on the wall made me happy. On our walk back to the hotel I saw my first firefly of the year, and officially summer began.

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