9.24.2009

Pin Me!

Cocktail rings and hairpins; statement necklaces and scarves; bracelets that jingle jangle and earrings that dangle…accessories come in and out of my life through a virtual revolving door, embellishing each and every one of my ensembles and seemingly brightening the day of anyone who so much as glances upon them – me included. But my mess of marvels has always been lacking one sparkly specimen…pins. I can’t say whether I’ve simply never been interested in the sharp accents, or if I unpretentiously never spotted one that made me downright weak-kneed; but I’m leaning more towards the latter, since I have been completely smitten with the Charm School Brooch since the first moment I set eyes upon it.

Like a red badge of courage, the Charm School Brooch has an air of military mystique to its silhouette courtesy of a handful of charms (a gold medallion, chain link connector, chain drop, pearl and rhinestone, and silver key) that wave carelessly to and fro from the singular safety pin in which they are suspended from. While slight in stature, the mixed metal decoration is a bit of frippery that I simply can’t imagine being without. Why? Oh kitty cats, I can’t believe you even had to ask – because of its versatility, of course! Picture the scene:

Saturday night has arrived and you’ve managed to snag a dinner date with the cutie you locked eyes with on the subway less than a week ago. Your black blazer gives your dark wash skinny jeans an air of swank sophistication – just the look you were aiming for. But there’s a slight problem, it’s like a blank canvas, it needs something snazzy to spruce it up – the Charm School Brooch will do just the trick, and create an amazing conversation piece to boot!

Your new messenger bag is everything you’ve ever wanted – if only the canvas strap weren’t blasé to the tenth power, that is. A glittering trinket would make all the difference. Clip the Charm School Brooch on it, and let the charms swing and sway to their hearts content like a gaggle of giggling schoolgirls with every step you take.

Oopsie, the button just popped on the collar of your crisp white Oxford shirt. Please don’t panic doll, you have the Charm School Brooch in your midst. Slide it into the place of your former button and watch it twinkle in the sunlight about your throat like a stunning spotlight that strikes you and only you.

Obviously, there’s no reason not to…Pin me, darling!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to American Eagle for the pictures.
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44 comments

Leah said...

I'm not a fan of pins and brooches too. But this pin is fun. I was supposed to ask you what are your recommended uses of the pin? But you beat me to it. I love the idea of pinning it on your bag as an accent piece.

ana said...

It's so beautiful!! I love the tiny details of the key, the pear and the diamond... And it's from American Eagle... cool! Thanks for your nice comment :)
have a nice day

Keith said...

Wow. That's really cool. I had never seen it before you posted it. I hope you've been having a great week. The weekend is almost here.

Anika said...

I love accessories too. And recently a zipper, skull and charms brooch at one of our chain stores has been calling my name.

I hear you kiyd abd clear with the charm pin/brooch. Perfect :)

Jaime said...

Cute! I like how it has little charms, like a charm bracelet :)

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

lovely pins! and great tips to wear them! xo

Miss Neira said...

I think they're adorable!

gleenn said...

ah, pins and accesories. they never fail to make anything plain stand out.

thanks for your lovely comments. :)

miriam said...

pin me too, hun!

Lily G. said...

ooo, these are great. Pin me too!

Couture Carrie said...

Consider me pinned, darling! These are such a sweet alternative to a brooch!

xoxox,
CC

Taylor Sterling said...

I love these! Such a fun touch to any outfit!!

kpeach New York, NY said...

I cannot believe that's AE-so pretty...

yiqin; said...

I need to DIY something like that soon! So fierce.

Caramell said...

I'm meeting such a cutie tmrrw and I have nothing to pin up! xD
Quite a good idea- I can take a afety pin and put some small stuff on it ^^
pinned with passion for Cafe [Fashionista] ;*

Pixie July said...

All great ideas! Love the brooch, too - I remember my mum found me an old safety pin that somebody had strung with sequins and jewels and little Russian dolls in a market, and I wore it literally to pieces. So useful! Especially for holding falling-apart old dresses of my Grandma's together... oh dear...
xx
PS. In love with the grey cashmere Nordstrom wrap. Yum yum yum!

The Blonde Duck said...

I really like the last idea. I'm forever losing buttons...

Tawney--A Chichi Life said...

So cute! I definitely want one!
-Tawney

Sherin said...

Wow. Those are brilliant. Its such a creative accessory.

The Pink Tutu said...

Cute! These would be fun to pin on something and give it a little something extra.

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Great ideas!! I think I need to try it out and put it on my bag!! xxxoxxo

B a la Moda said...

Very cute. I used to do pins like this with vintage buttons and finds.

xoxo
B* a la Moda

All Women Stalker said...

I want one. Preferably with sewing-related charms. Hmm..I might just make me one...

-meream

nookie said...

I'm a big fan of pins and brooches ! Love this one and your ideas are great:)

Shopaholic said...

I like brooches. Never been sure how to wear them mind you.

this is pretty darn lovely!

E said...

I can't believe that's from American Eagle! I've been looking for something like that to put on a blazer!

Rina said...

cute safety pin will look gorgeous on black blazer!!! its perfect putfit! :)

KATIA said...

I love this idea, looks great :)

S.Elisabeth said...

Ah I love this, and the brooch is absolutely darling. I've been looking at AE jewelry lately, and have been really impressed!! The new necklaces, etc that are out now are so beautiful and dainty and girly!

clarewbrown said...

What a great alternative to a broach. I was never a big fan of pins and brooches till I saw coworker wearing them She looks so cute in them. I wanna mimic her look haha

Emily said...

wow this brooch is really cute! AE these days is impressing me :]

Damsels said...

this would definitely spice up a plain blazer or dress or messenger bag

Kristin said...

AE. Really? Wow.

Stephanie said...

I actually saw that pin at AE the other day, on sale. Didn't really think about getting it. But after reading your post, I kinda want to get it now. Thanks for your kind comments. :-)

Couture Cookie said...

I am charmed... I am just warming up to the whole concept of pins and brooches. This one is lovely. :)

Juliet said...

I've seen similar DIY's but not one on sale. I think it's cute, though I like better my vintage brooches.

juliet xxx

ONiC said...

i have some pins like that but i havent use them. i love the pins you have here tho, the detail is so cute and vintage somehow.

Mimi said...

that pin is so cute! i loved your story that went along with this post as well. story of my life... great post lady!! :) Happy Friday!

zupu said...

I love your writings dear and this brooch is so lovely!

meraldia said...

I am also a pinned person!
xxx

daisychain said...

I should have a go at making these, if I do, I'll send one your way

Little Red said...

Such a cute pin! I love the key charm that's on it.

la petite fashionista said...

this is presh! I want to get one of those military inspired pins to place on my boyfriend blazer- i think it'd be so cute!

janettaylor said...

I'm a huge pin/brooch fan. :-)

XoXo

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