Old Friends Meet New Jewels

In an effort to convince you that I am not the No. 1 cause of climate change (5 new garments per year! 5 new garments per year!), I am showing you some really old things that I still wear all the time.

Behold, a cardigan purchased in 2005 and a tunic purchased in 2013.

Old friends!

Monumental Directrice celebrates her virtue

Human Directrice realizes that not being majority contributor to climate change will not result in ballads composed in her name; must do something more

You can’t always tell, can you, what will turn out to have the greatest longevity. If we could, I guess we’d know how it all ends.+

What makes these pieces great?

The cardigan is perfectly shaped and made of merino wool with just a hint of stretch fiber. It has worn, to borrow a phrase from my best friend’s mother, “like iron.” The tunic is big and boxy, but because the front is crisp poplin and the back is a cotton polyester open weave fabric, it arranges itself perfectly under a sweater or jacket that hits above the hip.

See how perfectly the tunic has arranged itself?

The tunic and sweater are doing all of the work here.

To keep up with my New Year’s Resolution, I did add a couple of pieces of fun jewelry.

The bracelet you can see in this shot. A brooch will come into view shortly.

Here’s a closer shot of the bracelet, which is 16 strands of long, glass tubes, strung on bright orange cords.

It has delicacy and movement. And it’s shiny!

If you are tempted and buy one for yourself, let me know. There is a small trick to putting it on with one hand.


Here’s a bigger shot.

The orange is a nice pop of color with these neutrals. It also coordinates with traffic flags (see one in the background), traffic cones, and high-visibility garments worn in a variety of hazardous occupations.

Perfect for duck-hunting, ground control at National Airport, and ad hoc traffic direction

I found this bracelet (and the brooch you haven’t yet seen) on a website called Please Do Not Enter, which describes itself as a “shopping experience” curated by two French collectors. Sounds good to me.

It’s a collection of interesting art, jewelry, and objets — reasonably priced.

Uncertain Directrice has no idea how she stumbled across these things++

On to the brooch!

It’s so much smaller than the ones I usually wear. Can you see it?

You may need to come closer.

The brooch!

A wide-eyed blob

This enamel brooch just made me laugh.


In order for the eyes to pop, I affixed a tiny piece of white paper to the back of this brooch.

Makes me smile every time I look at it

Ancient sweater: JCrew; Ancient tunic: Vince; Pants: Prana Halle 2; Brooch: Titlee Pin Bob Black; Bracelet: Ann Cox (here in white); Sneakers: Gola Coaster Rainbow Mule Plimsolls

Your Directrice

+ The Photographer and I watched White Noise last night. The main character and his wife discuss (not infrequently) their fears of death and their fears of outliving one another and in one of these conversations, he announces, “I’m tentatively scheduled to die.”  Which is his way of processing a toxic exposure that may (or may not) be the ultimate cause of his death which may be decades away. I keep laughing about this.

++ I know how I came to be there! I was looking for sellers of Tzuri Gueta jewelry in the United States. Tzuri Gueta will the subject of a post in coming weeks.

7 thoughts on “Old Friends Meet New Jewels”

  1. I love the addition of the white backing to the brooch–inspired! Made me giggle!

    I’m gonna have a hard time limiting myself to only 5 new things a year, since shopping is pretty much the only coping skill have right now for environmental calamity stress.

  2. 5 new things… so if I thrift it or inherit it, or someone gifts it to me, it doesn’t count, right? This is an excellent goal. Long live planet Earth.

  3. I have never thought that you were buying out the shops. Rather, that you have a genius for putting things together in a way that suits you. Plus it looks as though a lot of the things you buy are made from natural fibers. I greatly enjoyed visiting the jewelry site. It was a lot of fun to look through, although most of the items were waaaaaay beyond my budget. But the enameled brooches were not and are a lot of fun. While I liked Pin Bob, I ended up loving the saffron fish.


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