This Christmas, my grandmother gave everyone something along with our regular gifts. My sister, a string of pearls that belonged to my great-grandmother. My father, a notebook that belonged to his grandfather. And so on.
My gift was a set of rhinestones from my grandmother’s youth. She knows I like to go out dancing, and she told me that when she used to go out, the fashion was to load up with as many sparkly things as possible. She also said that they were silly and that she wouldn’t feel bad if I got rid of them.
Honestly, I’m a bit of a magpie — sometimes I really adore bling. And the set is lovely! Plus, actual vintage rhinestones from my grandmother — no way am I going to abandon them.
But they’re a little sparkly, she’s right. A little old fashioned, a little girly. Nothing wrong with that, just a little off for my style.
I love the bracelet in particular. But how to jazz it up, add a little edge? Leather cuff with snaps!
Take some scrap leather, sew around the edges, attach some snaps, and I’m in love.’m not crazy about the leather cuff on its own, but I love the rhinestones worn over it.
I like to wear it with a chunky, comfy sweater.
I know leather and lace are put together so often it’s practically a cliche by now, but leather and rhinestones make me happy.
How do you mix soft and hard? Do you try, or do you think the contrast is just overworked at this point?