GOLD, GLITZY & GLAMOROUS GIFTS OF LOVE | There are meaningful moments and presents in every relationship. What’s your story… and will it be in your wedding?


First things first, because I can always rely on my parents to text me things that are equal parts wholly out of context and unintentionally hilarious…

↑My Mom texted (←seriously?  TEXTED isn’t a word yet, WordPress?) me that image to show me a little throwaway-if-he-pees-in-it bed they bought for him.  Because who knows?  Losing your balls could result in incontinence, really, I mean, anything’s possible.  Right?  No?  Anyway my face lost it over her decision to include the family’s stuffed puppy, Boots, for scale purposes.  (You might remember, Boots is the intermediary hold-over dog Honey brought home to me one day long ago to keep me company until we got a real life puppy.  Boots resides at his Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and serves to keep Bambino company on his occasional sleepovers there.  Here’s a flashback of how their now interminable bond began, in pictures:

↓ Playing, not effing

Awww :)  Still makes me smile to this day. :)

Ok, ANYWAYS, before I dive into today’s story, I have to say… yesterday was fun. :)  Now that might seem like a completely flighty statement, but when you consider the fact that over the last two days, BALLCHOP2011 turned into BALLSCHOPPED2011 for one Bambino McPuppyPants… well, you can imagine.  So I really want to thank you guys, all of you, for being so incredibly wonderful to make the effort to reassure me that everything would go swimmingly, and that he’d be the same ol’ PuppyPants to which we’ve all become accustomed, with the only different being that I will no longer have to maneuver around his then continually growing and therefore increasingly less adorable ballsac when grabbing a pic of him.  This is a relief.  Ok so in case you were wondering how he’s looking post-surgery:

By the way I’m giving him lots of kisses ON THE MOUTH from you guys.  No seriously.  We’re mouthing.

And now, today’s story FINALLY… and as an aside, I’d love to hear your lovely stories if you have some to share.  I love hearing stories of love.  I’m such a sap, I got it from my Dad.  We’re saps.  So stories, c’mon, bring ‘em. :)

It was a rainy day in October of 2009, and Honey and I were strolling the streets of Austin, TX during one leg of our week-long mini vacay.  I think we were heading to a Mexican restaurant that everyone swears by – I forget the name – what’s the name of that place? whatevs anyway it was amazing and I can’t wait to go back.  So we’re heading towards this bridge-like area and I see a little dress shop – called “Dress Shop” LOL – and I ask, “… can we, umm… can we go in there?”  He sighs (it’s like the umpteenth fashion diversion I’ve had that day), but of course, he graciously obliges.  We look around, and I fall in love with the place.

While I’m exploring my options, he comes over and says, “hey honey, what do you think of this necklace?”  I take one look at it and I’m dead.  But I’m shy about that stuff, so I tell him I think it’s really cute.  But he can usually tell when I think something is ‘really cute’ vs. me wanting it to be inside of jewelry box YESTERDAY.

Anyway, we end up leaving, me having bought a really cute navy dress that I still have today and think is ADORBS.  But… I didn’t leave with the necklace.  We start walking towards the bridge-like thingie and it starts to POUR.  After trying to brave it, we and the rest of the people hoofing it in the area start to search for cover.  We end up huddling under a tree canopy with some other couples.

I can’t remember his exact words, because I never remember ANYTHING IMPORTANT, so I’m slightly paraphrasing here, but anyway… He says to me (ok, I’m LITERALLY tearing up now as I write this no joke because I am a ridiculous), “honey, remember that necklace in that dress shop we looked at?”  I go, “yeeeaaah?”  “Well…” and he says some really nice stuff and takes out a beautifully wrapped little bag.

He secretly, while I was trying on my navy blue dress, bought the necklace.  I DIED.  From love for the piece of jewelry, but mostly from love for him and his unexpected sweetness that day.]

Do you have a story that touches your heart every time you think back on it?  And/or do you have a gift you were given one day, by someone important to you, that you cherish?

Now, I couldn’t track down my actual necklace to show it to you here – and I seriously need to clean the sucker, so I’m not going to share a dumb pic of it pre-prettified.   Anyway, instead I decided to gather up from the internets all of my absolute favorite pieces of gold jewelry for you guys.  Pieces that remind me of my own, and that I think and hope that you’ll love.  Let me know if we have similar style in the jewelry area of life.  I’d love to know…

First, I adore the Coral Series at Nervous System.  It touches me some deep, irresistible way that I can’t really explain.  Just WANT.

I’m also pretty obsessed with these Gemstone and Layered Brass Necklaces by The Vamoose…

I’ve also been FREAKING. OUT. over EmersonMade’s Gold Coins Necklaces.  I just – I DIE.

And here are some other bits and pieces I’ve been coveting…

Seafoam Double Strand by Anthropologie…

Coining Necklace by Anthropologie…

Golden Pinnate Necklace by Anthro…

P.S. -  I definitely don’t love EVERYTHING gold.  For example… DON’T YOU DARE. ↴

I’m just really starting to think it‘s kind of enough already.

P. P. S. – I had to wait like forever for Bam when I went to pick him up from the vet because they forgot about me.  For like, 25 minutes.  I was one of three people in the waiting room.   It was weird.  Anyway this guys was happening while I waited:

I don’t tend to enjoy the look of teeensy weeensy tiny whiny little pups, but I wanted this widdle guy to report to my lap IMMEDIATELY.  Also, since I’m an iphone newbie, when I took the photo it went “CLACLICK!!!!” because yours truly forgot that you have to turn the sound off if you want to be all stealth about it.  I didn’t make eye contact with that woman for even a SECOND after that happened.  Anyway yay picture gotten!

Ok, SO!  I know it’s like late late late afternoon on a Friday and you’re like dying to get out the door and get the eff home, BUT…

Do you have any meaningful pieces of jewelry, or anything especially meaningful for that matter?  And do you like the idea of spending the day rocking a bare neck, wrists and all the rest?  Or do you have a special piece of jewelry you think you might want to wear on your big day, or just in general love wearing?  Also, what’s your story?  I’d obviously love to hear it. :)

xoxo!  – Alison

Lead board, clockwise: EmersonMade’s Gold Coins Necklaces / Blingy blouse / Stephen Russell Gold & Amethyst necklace from around 1850 via Daily Dream Decor / Gemstone and Layered Brass Necklaces by The Vamoose / Golden Pinnate Necklace by Anthropologie

Label(s): Color, Green, Mr. McPuppyPants, White, {Fashion}

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  1. Shana MacDonald on June 24, 2011

    I has some serious obessive thoughts about the emerson gold coin necklace a few months back. I bought two and I wear them ALL the time! Buy one it’s totally worth it!

  2. Christine on June 24, 2011

    I’m wearing my mother’s pearls on my wedding day but I wear a necklace that my fiance gave me for my birthday a few years ago I love it, and I love him for getting it for me (I love him for MANY MANY more reasons than that, too…of course!)

    Glad Mr. Bambeens McPuppy is doing well. It’s clear from your picture that he didn’t miss you AT ALL ;0)

    Love the jewelry pieces that you posted. I don’t wear gold much at all because I’m so pale that gold doesn’t always flatter my skin tone, but I find it to be very beautiful on other people.

    Happy Friday Alison!

    P.S. I spoke to my photographer about doing The First Look at my wedding…I’m currently making some time arrangements for that…thanks again for introducing me to that concept. I can’t get it out of my head.

    Hey, do people usually play music while they photograph the first look? or is everything silent? This question is for anyone who reads this comment.


  3. Lena on June 24, 2011

    This is the sweetest damn story. I love it. John, on the other hand, is the guy who gifts gorgeous, expensive….wait for it…cutting boards. Although the bicycle with a big white bow in the back of his pick up on my first visit to Texas was pretty swoon worthy.

    And I have to thank you, darling, for those Bambino photos-exactly what I needed after a HELLISH start to Friday morning. John has agreed to as much booze as I can ask for-horray!

  4. Jessica Frey on June 24, 2011

    Awww…love when I hear love stories in my hometown of Austin! Heading back next week to photograph my brother’s wedding and now while I’m downtown I’ll have to find this “Dress Shop” sounds great!!

  5. Kristine G. on June 24, 2011

    First off, McPuppyPants and his bestie? A-freakin-dorable. Thanks for those pics. I have a soft spot for all things sentimental–and for family heirlooms of all kinds. I have my mom’s pearl and diamond necklace that I wear for all special occasions and I’m most likely wearing my great-grandmother’s necklace for my wedding!

  6. Mimi Tilton on June 24, 2011

    I hates to do it – but I YUVS the random ‘stache necklace. Wearable – notsomuch – Decoratable-absofreakinglutely. BTW did you know that Lute is Ice in Polish?

    Anyway – ZeeMcPuppino looks none the worse for wear. Know what he needs from Mommy? Yep, a gold-plated ‘stache necklace! He could ‘totes’ rock that look and prove to the ladies how he rolls now. Have a great, nug-filled weekend.

  7. Sondra Lee on June 24, 2011

    My hubby and I started dating in High School. I told him when we first got together that I didn’t want to say “I love you” until I actually was old enough to mean it – or until I really knew how I felt. We went from “I like you” to “I REALLY like you” to “I like you + 1″ to “I like you infinity plus one”. About a year later we finally confessed we LOVED each other, and it must have been true love because we got married after 8 years of being together. We grew up saying “I love you infinity plus one.” If I had a necklace, I would want a short simple gold chain with the infinity symbol that would remind me of the early years my husband and I were together. Makes me smile just thinking of these memories!!

  8. Emily on June 24, 2011

    Thanks for sharing such a lovely story about you and your beloved! It’s so fun to get glimpses into your life – uhhh not to stalkerish. I’m sure you get me. :) And I do have a special keepsake that I’m thinking of wearing for my wedding during the ceremony. It’s my grandmother’s brooch. It’s beautiful and I think it would be the perfect way to make her a part of our wedding.

    And I really don’t appreciate you including so much unbelievably GORGEOUS jewelry. My wallet will never forgive you!! :)

  9. thanks again for stopping by LLD today as our blogger unveiled :)

  10. The Perfect Palette on June 24, 2011

    First off, your story was SO sweet! Love it when the men in our lives get creative like that!! Secondly, I’m a huge fan of the EmersonMade’s Gold Coins Necklaces. I want one. I die!!

    xo, chrissy.

  11. Didi on June 24, 2011

    Your story made me all teary-eyed!!! Beautiful! Bonus points to your hubby! Hahaha 
    I have a story I would like ! 
    I moved to Portland in ’06 and I was lucky to have met my fiancee a few months after moving in. 
    He’s always so much fun to be around, and he’s super goofy! So, a few months after we started dating, I told him I was going back home for a couple weeks to finally get my greencard. He started saying things like, “oh no! That’s too long! I’m going to miss you”… “please don’t forget about me…” which I absolutely just attributed to him being silly. 
    It so happens that he picked me up before going to the airport, and takes me to the mall. He asks me to pick out something I can wear. I had just started looking when he asked me what I thought of a necklace. It was perfect! I loved it! He bought it for me! I put it on and he said it was so I wouldn’t forget him! Aww it still melts me heart to this day! I call it my forget-me-not necklace :) I practically wear it all the time! 
    I’ll tweet a picture of it :)

  12. I don’t have a great story to share, but I just had to say that that was the sweetest story! Awww…in the rain even! Love it!

  13. Elle on June 24, 2011


    Kind of lengthy -and not nearly as sweet as everyone else’s, but it still makes me tear up when I retell it.

    My sweetie is 100% German – perhaps, this means nothing to most of you. What this means to me: he is pretty stoic, practical and mostly unemotional. Very loving and very affectionate in his own ways – but NOT a PDA type of dude. He also takes his work very seriously. He’s an architect and works at a very competitive firm, so taking time off (especially considering he will be off for two weeks for honeymoon) is a no-go.

    About 6 months ago I decided to get a nose job must to sweetie’s chagrin. He supported it nonetheless, but told me he was flying bestie in because he was closing out his largest project to date. I didn’t think twice, was totally fine since I hadn’t seen bestie in a while PLUS she has had nose surgery too.

    Surgery day comes around – Bestie was going to be coming in while I was under. Long story short – Sweetie called off bestie to take care of me himself. He took a whole week off!!! (Really more like 1/2 days because he lap topped and cell phoned while I was in narcotic coma) He iced my nose, played board games, slept on the sofa, watched super girly movies (ex. Twilight) and rubbed my feet and hands to my hearts content.

    In my exuberance at learning I had him for a whole week I forgot to thank him for taking the time off. When I mentioned it – he scoffed. The next day when he returned to work there was this beautiful little letter on his pillow:

    I’m sorry that I am not around as much as I would like to be. Please know that I am always torn between lying next to you and watching you sleep and leaving for work. I work to make you proud and to provide a life for us without limitations. Taking care of you is a gift, and I am forever grateful that you chose me.
    This week has shown me that I need to be home more often. I promise over the next weeks I will change my schedule so that you realize that you are, and always will be my first priority.
    All my love.”

    And he did. :)

  14. EJ on June 24, 2011

    Awww…your story is so sweet! Your man sounds very romantic :-)

    I’m glad to see that Bambino is still his usual spunky self too.

    My special piece of jewelry is actually my engagement ring. Kind of a long story, but my mom started planning for my wedding the day I was born. In high school she began planting flowers in our backyard to use for my wedding bouquet. Unfortunately, she died of breast cancer shortly before I met my now fiance, but the day my fiance went to ask my dad for permission, he gave him my mom’s anniversary diamond ring. Now, every time I look at my left hand in anticipation of the wedding it reminds me of her. I hope when we’re married I can follow in her example and be the supportive and loving wife that she was. I plan to wear her original wedding band, a simple gold ring, on my right hand at the wedding to remind me where she started.

  15. Chantal on June 24, 2011

    I love hearing about the jewlery bride’s wear on their wedding day. I had an aunt give me a necklace that you add pearls to for special occassions so that by the time I was married, I had a beautiful pearl necklace that symbolized all the exciting moments of life that I could wear on my happiest day.

  16. Erin on June 24, 2011

    I got all teary-eyed at your story! So romantic and sweet!

    Also, please continue to insert Mr McPuppyPants in every post…it is LITERALLY something I look forward to in the day. He is sooo adorable!

    I would like to wear my mother’s cameo ring, that I have admired since I was a little girl…although I have not yet mustered up the courage to ask. She has already informed me I can wear her pearl earrings and necklace however, score!

    As for our “story” – I had been dating my fiance for 2 1/2 years & I certainly knew I loved him, I knew I wanted to marry him, I knew he was it for me. What I didn’t realize was how deep that love was, how real, and what it meant to literally be there for each other…even when the going gets tough. Not to get into overly long and boring deets here, last year this crazy lump shows up on my neck and is dangerously close to several vital arteries, etc. The process involving multiple trips to Dr’s, tests, and eventually a crazy intense surgery was nerve wracking to say the least. After I was home from the hospital and all bandaged up, looking like victim of the slasher, it was quite the adjustment. I had to sleep sitting up, I was on so many meds that had crazy side effects…all in all not a pleasant time. My mother (who had flown in to help) convinced me after a few days for us all to go out for dinner. I was not really jazzed about the idea…as again…the device around my neck came straight out of a horror film, but I did want out of the house. We went to a nearby chain restaurant, I requested a booth tucked in the back, and sat against the wall as not to draw attention to myself. HOWEVER…the woman seated at the table in front of us apparently learned manners in a back alley. She stared at me the ENTIRE TIME and to make matters worse kept talking to her husband about me and the crazy thing around my neck. And he actually TURNED AROUND several times to stare. Now I’m typically an extremely confident woman who cares not about what others think; but again it’d been a rough few weeks, I was coming down from a scare with cancer…the self confidence meter was a little low. I tried to hide how much it bothered me, but as we left the restaurant, lady still glaring I broke down in the parking lot. And when I say broke down…I mean like ugly cry with uncontrollable sobs…which made my incision hurt even worse. It was a mess. My fiance (boyfriend at that time) grabbed me, hugged me in his big-bear style way of hugging…and (I’m also suuuper paraphrasing) told me how beautiful I am not only inside but out. How his entire universe is centered around me and the relationship we have built, how this whole surgery scared the crap outta him and how much it killed him to see me in pain, and how insignificant people like the woman in the restaurant are nothing. He went on to say lots of other really sweet stuff, but I realize this comment has gone on much longer than I originally anticipated and you are a busy lady ;-)

  17. Madison on June 25, 2011

    Such a cute story and glad to see Bambino up and about as normal!

    I always wear my rings, the boy has brought me 3 (including engagement ring) but i can only wear 2 because i lost one. When we first got together we were only 15 and after a year of being together i saw a ring in a jewellery shop i fell in love with but i knew the boy wouldnt be able to afford it. However he was intent on getting it for me and went out and got a job and saved so he could buy it for me. It was the first peice of jewellery a boy had ever brought me.

    Then last year we were standing in a queue for a comedy gig and i was playing with my rings (stupidly) and dropped my ring…straight into a drain. I was so upset but i was so annoyed at myself as well, we had an argument in the queue because he told me off haha.

  18. Shaun David on June 27, 2011

    That is such a sweet story. You’re giving me ideas that my wife will love.

  19. Bia @ Brilliance on June 27, 2011

    Ooh, love those medallions.

    My dad bought me a silver ring with a single, square cut cubic zirconia for my birthday… it’s a really, really cheap piece, but I love it a lot. He left when I was really young and we don’t talk a lot, even after reconciling a few years ago. I guess I’m just really grateful that he cares enough for me to buy me a birthday present.

  20. Megan Powers on July 1, 2011

    I got the Anthro coining necklaces for my bridesmaids. Thank you! :)

  21. SimplyRemembered on August 3, 2011

    We are seeing a trend in Japanese Kanji Calligraphy pendants. A top seller is the Love At First Sight pendant. Gifts for bridesmaids include friend, love and family. They are available in silver and gold plated.


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