Tag Archives: sterling

put your stamp on it.

maybe it’s my private school education + southern upbringing coming back to haunt me, but recently i’ve found myself doing a lot of monogramming…


the weekender

my weekender was a gift from my parents on a trip to italy, and ever since, it’s been my favorite piece of luggage. i don’t believe in checking bags [on a flight]…



after some research and thought, i decided having my initials laser engraved might be a better bet than having them printed or plain/foil stamped. the leather had already been treated, and was softening and getting a patina from my having used it, and i was afraid any other method wouldn’t last. only time will tell!


just received the larger stamped disc charm in the mail today…

ordered this charm from JLynn Creations – i added it to a sterling diamond charm necklace i already had, and, voila!


…and finally, my monogrammed canvas tote!

*all images property of gloria c. and imunlisted.wordpress.com


my sterling raven skull pendant necklace (antiqued silver finish) from skeletos finally arrived today – another amazing addition to my already burgeoning jewelry-cum-art collection.

thanks, mika s.!



*photos property of g.cheng, imunlisted.wordpress.com; unauthorized use strictly prohibited.


new amazing custom sterling owl talon faux gauge earrings courtesy of Lisette at Eilisain Jewelry.



*photos property of g.cheng, imunlisted.wordpress.com, & Lisette F. of Eilisain Jewelry; unauthorized use strictly prohibited.

nerdy, nerdy.

yup… pac-man.

"Pacman-esque Ring Series "by luckyduct.

*image property of lucyduct of etsy.com & rachelpfeffer.com.

dark winter days.

what is it about winter?

maybe it’s just me, but ever since the weather turned truly “wintry“, i’ve found myself wearing and buying a lot of black and other darkish accessories.

i recently bought a sterling skull ring and vintage celtic sterling armor ring. according to the seller of the latter, she’d bought it herself in scotland 10 years ago – while the mysterious past that accompanies most vintage items accounts for much of their charm, to know the history of one is just as charming. i also happened upon a pair of cut-out black suede lace-up wedges by deena & ozzy.

sterling skull ring & vintage celtic sterling armor ring.

deena & ozzy black suede wedge.

a few days ago, mandy and i were at the houston galleria, where we found ourselves ogling a girl’s accessories in neiman marcus – mandy had her eye on the girl’s black yves saint laurent “y” tote, and i was entranced by (and very jealous of) her asymetrically cut, distressed leather jacket. it reminded me immediately of rick owens‘ leather jacket from this f/w 2009 season. it retails for around $3,300.00 USD; the one pictured below [which is not mine] is currently for sale on ebay for $1,999.00 USD.

rick owens f/w 2009 leather jacket.

*center photo property of g.cheng & imunlisted.wordpress.com; all other photos property of their respective sellers.

vintage glamour & things for sale.

oops… i did it again.

literally. last week, i came across a beautiful blond mink stole (circa 1940’s-1950’s & monogrammed!) shoved in a rack amongst mussed and ruined vintage rabbit fur coats and disgusting, soiled faux furs on a circular rack in a local resale shop. i know i already have one in dark brown, but my eye was immediately drawn to it, like a magnet – it was practically begging to be saved from this horrible, horrible place, where devil-may-care teens with their brightly-colored plastic or unidentifiable metal content accessories, pyramid studded vinyl belts, too tight jeans, muffin-tops and visible ass cracks couldn’t tell a vintage treasure from vintage trash if their trendy jobs depended on it. oh, the nightmare! one young and very sweet, rail-thin employee ran his hand down the collar, and asked me, “do you think it’s real?” to prevent them from reconsidering the price and myself from lying, i answered his question with another, paired with a deceptively quizzical expression – “do you think it might be?” i think he offered that he thought it might be beaver. what a nice boy. if you do discover a mink you want to save, common retail for a vintage mink stole can run from $300-$500, and full-length coats can go as high as $4000, so use that as your gauge. (if you love fur like i do, buy vintage! recycle!) that same day, i also uncovered a vintage 80’s poured glass ring by givenchy, in a gorgeous amber hue. a good day. today was a good day too – i just bought a speedlight (dedicated flash) for my nikon d80; it should arrive in the mail the day before halloween!

also, i have an announcement: i am currently selling my Blackberry Curve 8310, and a huge sterling + garnet cocktail/statement ring from my jewelery collection on ebay. feel free to check them out, or point someone you think might be interested in their direction.

a sister stole.
a sister stole.
givenchy gripoix ring.
givenchy – 80’s bold.
let there be [more] light.
let there be (more) light.

*final image property of b&h.

back in bid-ness.

howdy doo-dee!

translation: “hello, how are you?” english; colloquial cartoonish southern-speak.

it’s been a while, and i apologize. as i stated before, my tri-city sweep was downgraded into an extended stay in austin, and an unexpected overnight layover in college station. thanks again to alex s., matt c., and jim for a) babysitting my couch, and b) letting me and jenga crash on it! (sorry again to jim’s uncle, who jenga greeted so warmly in the morning with growls…) of course, thanks also to andrew a., michelle, and jeff for keeping me company! finally, for those of you dying to know, david d. was not in austin, but i did meet up with him in college station, and he did love his shirt. sweet amateur success! sadly, i didn’t get to take clever photos as i had planned, but as usual, i did score some sweet…erm…swag (not a reference to flora).

my cup runneth over in retail luck lately – the post before last documented my being able to check off four potential pairs of shoes with the purchase of two, and this past weekend, i was able to check off several more wish list items in the same manner. recent purchase post: in austin, my biggest score was a brand-new-with-tags black lambskin a-line sheath dress. retail (a.k.a. what i did not pay): $150.00. i also landed a pair of barse sterling + turquoise earrings, and a smoky topaz sterling bracelet. back home in houston/sugar land, i nabbed two more sweet deals: 1) a vintage red silk dress with the most amazing pleated sleeves, and 2) my most recent ebay win, a native american sterling slave bracelet, with turquoise + coral accents. it just arrived today, and i was extremely pleased – i recently discovered slave bracelets, which are essentially a ring + bracelet combo, with chains connecting the two, usually with a decorative piece breaking up the chains in the middle. i’ve kept my eyes peeled on ebay for the last few months; these things run anywhere between $40.00 – $180.00 (not including shipping), depending on the size and intricacy. they are usually pricey due to the fact that most are handmade – obviously, one-of-a-kind pieces will run for more. of course, there are also peruvian slave bracelets, and gypsy slave bracelets – but the former are usually made of alpaca silver, which is lower-grade and lower-quality than standard 0.925 sterling, and the latter is also a cheaper, lighter-weight metal, and usually gold tone. in other words, if you are interested in getting your hands on one (pun!), i’d say the native american versions are more worth the coin.

in other news, i was unable to attend the summer-fest music festival going on in houston today and tomorrow – tickets are supposedly upwards of $20+/day now; should-woulda-coulda. damn. next year, next year. have fun without me, bryan, jim, and jaci (via twitter)

news that trumps all though, is that of my FINALLY receiving geena “the truth/honest abe” sisomphou’s long-awaited postcard from france. i felt more cultured the moment it was in my trembling hands. geen: it’s hanging on my wall! now all that’s left is to get yourself back here to the states…

short of wide, open spaces? come to texas! (but leave your silly city things...)

short of wide, open spaces? come to texas! (but leave your silly city things...)

my native american sterling slave bracelet.

my native american sterling slave bracelet.

vintage red silk dress - pleated sleeve detail.

vintage red silk dress - pleated sleeve detail.

greetings from mademoiselle geena!

greetings from mademoiselle geena!


…and feeling small.

sure, i have my creative spurts, and i’ve been told i have pretty good ideas once in a while, but when i find things like these, i think to myself, “who am i?!” – just a bump on a log in life compared to these brilliant minds.

*all images linked to original source.

zodiac baby necklace, "aquarius" - by Anomaly Jewelery

zodiac baby necklace, "Aquarius" - by anomaly jewelery

"teddy bear natural history" - by stephanie metz

"teddy bear natural history" - by stephanie metz

work by unknown artist - lifted from Litter

unknown artist - photo source: litter

work by unknown artist - courtesty of litter.

unknown artist - photo source: litter.