While Dustin was busy (I mean BUSY) on the physical installation of the current interiors, I went away with my family to the beaches and always perfect weather of Santa Barbara. Ever since I had my baby two years ago, Dustin has been the anchor of the boutique’s physical transformation. No longer are we alone painting until 4:00 am only to be back at work for the day at 10:00 am. This is partly a function of our growth (we can hire it out now) and the fact that I’m a mom and family time is sacred. Needless to say Dustin, Hitchcock Madrona’s co-owner and my cousin extraordinaire, was working ’round the clock for a solid week. Dustin managed a cast of painters, carpenters, videographers (yes, we filmed it!), and electricians who worked to bring our current concept to life. I am working on the blog post tracking Dustin’s inspirational road trip, as well as the new concept.
For now, here are some images of me off duty. Why is this interesting blog fodder? I thought it might be a good time to talk about the concept of “second skin jewelry”. This is a term I came up with to describe jewelry that you can live in comfortably. It stays on your body and becomes a part of you, like a second skin. A classic example would be the Cartier love bracelet. People wear those (they don’t come off easily) for years and years – remarkably, even decades. I love that concept!
Butterfly Beach. Men’s Gap shirt bought on sale and white shorts purchased at a consignment store.
Me and my baby!
We visited Underwood Family Farm in Somis, CA to play in the sandbox, feed some animals, and stock up on fresh food for our week. As you can see, I relied on my vintage red polka-dot bandana for easy mornings. Do I look authentic? Fooled you – I’m actually a city-girl-farm-poser. I am wearing a Target t-shirt and Double RL jeans (aka paid a lot of money for those holes!).
You can classify a piece as “second skin” jewelry if it fits one or more of these requirements. Can you 1) sleep with it on? 2) swiftly pass an airport metal detector? 3) shower, bathe or swim with it on? 4) wear it to the gym? All of these requirements can be met if the piece of jewelry is stylistically small and unobtrusive. It also needs to be made from genuine materials, such as gold, sterling silver, and precious stones. Precious stones usually rate high on the hardness scale and are quite tough.
Above are my second skin necklaces: Gold #2 by Code Lulu Frost (you can hardly see it in this photo) and gold, diamond and sterling silver heart by Hitchcock Madrona (see detail below).
Yellow gold filled bangle cuffs by hitchcock Madrona. Literally, I have not taken these off for months. We are sold out of the first shipment but more are on the way! Sterling silver, rose and yellow gold filled available.
Delicate 18K gold ring by hitchcock Madrona (middle finger). I am also wearing my faux diamond wedding ring I like to take traveling.
A new version of my heart necklace (from first NYC post) – I added a little diamond on the top left corner (when right-side-up) to symbolize the position of your heart.
Goats in the sky! It was amazing how the goats negotiate the 15 foot high ramps crisscrossing the farmyard.