9.14.2009

Goody Goody Gumdrops

I have never met a candy machine I didn’t adore. I know you haven’t either, dolls; no matter how much you argue the contrary. After all, how could you? They were our first taste into the world of illusion and surprise. We would slip a quarter into the little coin-sized slot, twist the shiny sterling handle, and watch as an unknown-colored sweet popped out of the little hidey hole and into our tiny outstretched palm. I always preferred machines like the Wizard. The standalone contraptions that sported neon tubes and lights that your prized piece of circular bubblegum would spiral through before reaching its final destination – your fist, then your mouth, respectively.

But times change, darlings; we grow up and are no longer not, per se, permitted to use the globe-shaped gum dispensers, but expected to be mature enough as to not see the point to. Perhaps I’m not mature then, kittens. Perhaps I’m destined to live a life of fairytale dreams; a Peter Pan existence of staying a youth forever; a desire to leave the real world for the childlike calm of Neverland, for I still adore them. Though not for the reasons one might think. I simply fancy the nostalgia they awaken in me, and the vintage flavor they add to any décor. Their contents, however, I could most certainly do without. In fact, I would be more than happy to replace the sweet confections locked within their polycarbonate profile for something a little more grown-up. Like a Gumball Ring from Rachel Leigh.

I am holding fast to the sentiments that have been drilled into my mind since I was a tiny tot, mes chéris…"If the shoe fits, wear it." I have come to realize that this notion is so accurate for many things in life – especially of the fashion variety; and in the case of the Gumball Ring? It is spot on.

Can you imagine the excitement that would course through your veins as you slide a simple little coin into a candy machine and have a Rachel Leigh original Gumball Ring in one of the four scrummy hues – raspberry, espresso, flamingo, or sky blue – fall into your hand? Ooh, I get chills just thinking about it, lovelies!

I truly can’t tell you if this is the type of reaction Ms. Leigh set out to invoke in her adoring fans, but it really makes no difference to me. I will forever gaze upon these trinkets with the same ferocity seen in a grade-schooler eyeing the last slice of sublime chocolate cake. And one day, when I’m off living in some grand abode, perhaps I will fulfill this infantile fantasy of mine, and fill each room with life-size candy machines filled to the brim with Gumball Rings, all for the benefit of my beloved, bauble-adoring guests.

Care for a goody goody gumdrop, kittens?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop for the pictures.
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45 comments

Keith said...

I always loved those candy machines. These are so beautiful. I hope your week has started off well. Take care. Cheers!

Jaime said...

Cute post- those rings are adorable! I like the espresso version on the Shop Bop site too :)

Jaime said...

Cute post- those rings are adorable! I like the espresso version on the Shop Bop site too :)

The Haute-Shopper said...

These are awesome! Although, mind you, I think if I started sporting one of these, I'd probably be nibbling at it way too much and chipping my tooth in the process ;-) I used to love gumball machines as well... or any machines that involved shoving pennies in and getting sweets or a toy in return... ahhh, the gold old days...

Leah said...

And don't forget to send invites so that we can all partake of those gumball rings. :-)

I'm excited to read the Twenties Girl. I'm reserving it for my plane ride two weeks from now.

Little Red said...

These rings are just fantastic! Gorgeous colors as well. I really want that blue one!

Leia said...

I couldn't possibly buy one of these rings. My mouth would water just *looking* at them! Positively delectable.

yiqin; said...

Ah o nice. Def statement rings.

ana said...

I love them specially the blue one... you always find the best things for girls :) Hope you had a great weekend

Taylor Sterling said...

Gorgeous rings. The blue is so pretty!!

Children of the 90s said...

Oh I love these! That's the only problem with fun fashion blogs...they always give me something to to covet!

Magdalena said...

Love your blog! Yes these are fantastic, makes me hungry :) Especially the blue one is pretty!

Style via Tia said...

I love these rings so so chic!

miriam said...

i want these so badly, the top one is in the same colour of a ring i got from my granny - and which i lost. but happiness has been restored now!

thanks, sweets : )

dearilou said...

Lovely blog! I don't have much internet time at the moment, but when I get a spare chance I will be back for sure. I am adding you to my fashionable links!
xoxo

meraldia said...

I adore rings! It is a must this season!

The Blonde Duck said...

If you can stay in a world of fairy tales, so can I. We shall wear one of these rings in a different color for every finger, yes?

Runaway Gallery said...

such an amazing turquoise ring

Sherin said...

Love the rings. My fingers could definitely do with one of those! That blue one is gorgeous.

E said...

Oh I love the turquoise one. And it's so pretty with the gold detail!

kpeach said...

Gorgeous rings-that blue is amazing. And thanks for the recommendation!

Melissa Blake said...

THANK YOU!!! You took me back to my childhood. Every time my mother would take my sister and me shopping, we'd beg for a gumball - she, of course, always relented and gave in. Great memories!

I just might have to buy that!

Savvy Gal said...

gum drop size cocktail ring makes such a statement.

Tawney--A Chichi Life said...

If gumballs always looked this good, I'd have one everyday. Love these rings.
-Tawney

Couture Carrie said...

Goody gumdrops, indeed! These baubles are delectable, darling!

xoxox,
CC

the southern hostess said...

These are stunning! Love them.

Dina's Days said...

Ah! I will be waiting for the invite for the gumball party. Thank you kindly. :)

Emily said...

i love these rings so very very much!

p.s. did you check out my previous posts -- because i awarded you with something!

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

VERY GOODY GOODY GUMDROPS!!!
XOXOXO
Libby
http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

Nina (Femme Rationale) said...

i still drop change on the candy machines! haha but i wish i could get one of these rings from the machines...they're gorgeous!

Marsey said...

OMG THEY'RE AMAZING! I want one! lol. The turquoise one is beautiful!!!

omg I'm dying right now! Great post!!

xoxo Marsey

Sam said...

Oh they make my mouth water!! Divine doesn't describe them!! Must go check out her shop! Thank you for the intro!!

Amelia said...

These are so cool! I love the color of the blue one.

Macaron Treats ♥♥ said...

Oh those rings are truly eye candy!! they are just so gorgeous, woah I must have one!!


xxx

janettaylor said...

I want these coctail rings. Beautiful!

XoXO

ONiC said...

the ring look so beautiful. bet theyre wayyy beautiful in real.

Kristin said...

Most definitely a pretty little bauble! Rachel Leigh makes the most kick arse jewelry!

Couture Cookie said...

Such beautiful eye candy... what's there not to love? I really like to wear this kind of rings on those occasions when you have to stick with a boring/plain wardrobe. :)

All Women Stalker said...

Erika, Erika, Erika. You are an awesome writer. The first sentence of this post could be the first sentence of a book. (I have a knack for finding possible great first sentences of novels. It's my thing. hehe)

-meream

we wear things said...

so kute!!

Patty Ann said...

looks like candy!
xxx

AlphaBetaChic.blogspot.com

Claudia said...

oooo soo pretty!

daisychain said...

ohhhh I adore these. I'm really in to rings at the moment.

Nicole Marie said...

love love love!

Miss A said...

I love the blue one... It would be just right with so many things I own... Thanks for passing it along!
xoxo

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