I realised quite some time ago that spending money on a cute bangle is not a waste of money due to the fact I wear one with everything I wear, every single day – I’d probably wear one while exercising if I could! When I started at Avanti, all girls from the associated stores been Jessica Kagan Cushman resin bangles with cute sayings carved into them as a Christmas present. Needless to say, I loved them! However, they had all sold out from work and at the time it didn’t occur to me to buy one of the few remaining Sportsgirl rip-offs. A few weeks after I started working at Avanti, I purchased a cute ‘Amore’ bracelet from Tuba Rose in Cairns, late in 2010 I blogged about my newest silver word bangle and now I present you my two latest word bangles, plus a fake jade one.
Green With Envy in Flinders Lane in Melbourne – a fantastic little boutique that has some gorgeous stuff – sells JKC bangles for around $160 each. I ended up getting a cream one with ‘Fashion can be bought Style one must possess’ write around it. However, all of them are just gorgeous and I was extremely tempted to get a black bangle reading ‘Lions, tigers, bears – Oh my!’. Just around the corner in Centre Place is a little boutique called Scarlett & Sly where they happened to be having a sale. I picked up another plastic bangle reading ‘Love’ all around it for $20. The two bangles go great together and go with nearly every outfit I own. Definitely a great investment!
During my one day stop-over in Sydney on my way to Tasmania, I took a visit to down to Chinatown. Here I came across a lovely Chinese souvenir store jammed full of knick knacks. Nothing in the store costs more than $20 and majority was priced at $5. Considering an authentic, good quality and colour jade bangle or bracelet costs into the thousands, Mum decided to get us some decent coloured fakes. I never usually approve of fake products, however, a large number people have trouble telling real jade. So who would really know the difference? The woman who ran the store was quite the character; she told me I don’t wear my bangles properly and tried to convince me to buy a fake jade bangle smaller than the one I ended up buying. Apparently, soap and water are the way to get a “good fitting” bangle.
My fake jade bangle goes well with my current wardrobe that consists largely of nudes, blacks, khaki’s and paler colours and it was also handy for keeping my other bracelets on my hand when I slept on the plane – the Chinese woman was a little bit right; the bangles are close to slipping off if I let my hand go slack. But that’s something you just have to deal with when you can only buy ‘one size fits all’.