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Fen Me! Your virtual fitting room


Some of you will know that I am a fan of The Young and the Restless, which I have been watching on and off for many, many years. I’d tell you how many years, but then you’d think I’m really, really old.

Anyway, being a computer programmer, as well as a jewelry maker and Young and the Restless fan, I watch with great interest whenever the show has a technology based storyline. Because ridiculous. Absolutely unrealistic accomplishments in record time. Remember how quickly Kevin developped Tag ‘N Grab? Fast. Ashley’s new Jabbot on the Go app went LIVE before we even heard them talk about it. Super fast. Now, we’ve got Phyllis Newman coming up with concepts for Lauren’s company, Fenmore’s, a department store. Yesterday, Phyllis introduced Lauren to the idea of a virtual fitting room – one where you can upload your own photo, and try on Fenmore’s clothes, virtually.

No doubt, Phyllis will have it all programmed and launched moments from now, but I took the opportunity last night and this morning to try my hand at SUPER SPEEDY WEB DEVELOPMENT.

So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce to you my prototype for Fen Me! (that’s my own name for it)… Fenmore’s new Virtual Dressing Room.

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Favourite earrings: lost and found and lost and…

my favourite earrings
My favourite earrings

I’ve got a favourite pair of sterling silver earrings that I keep losing. Over and over again. They’re my favourite earrings because they go with most of my casual wardrobe, can be seen from behind my thick dark hair, and they’re comfortable. I didn’t actually make these earrings – they were my favourites from long before I ever started making jewelry. And truth be told, I don’t think I’ve quite got the skill-set to make these myself. The hinged wires would be tricky to solder without melting. And the set of 5 itty bitty rings to attach the paddles to would really test my patience. They’d also be another soldering melting risk.

Lost and found and lost again

The first time I majorly lost one of them was about 5 or 6 years ago. It  had been missing for something like 2 years. I found it in the soil when I was pulling weeds in the garden. It must have fallen out of my ear when I was gardening.

When I found it, I was so excited. I probably posted about my glee on social media. But that glee was short lived – only a few months later, I lost it again. All I can remember was, at the time, I had put them in my purse for some reason. And it shouldn’t have been hard to figure out which purse since I’m a basic no-frills woman:  90% of the time I use one of two black purses. But it was not in those purses.  I think it was about a year or two ago that I lost it this time.

So guess what happened today? That’s right, I found the earring. It magically appeared on my bedroom floor, beside a purse I had used recently – a mega huge one I only use when I’m travelling.

But, was it actually the lost earring? Or was it the mate, just making an appearance in a look-what-the-cat-dragged-in sort of way? It took me 2 hours of searching to find the mate to prove that I now had a complete set. (Does that 2 hours count as another occurrence of an earring being lost?)

It’s a tarnished mess (actually, so is the other one) but that’s no problem – I’ve got lots of silver cleaning tips. And funny thing, until I took the photo, I never noticed that the one on the left actually has 6 paddles instead of 5.

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Judi Dench’s favourite necklace?


Do you have a favourite piece of jewelry, a favourite necklace perhaps, that you wear often? I was watching a video with Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch performing a bit of Shakespeare, and my eye was drawn to her necklace. I’ve always liked Judi’s style – she’s classy and understated. Anyway, back to the necklace… I googled to see what other jewelry she wears, and was struck by how many images I found of her wearing the same necklace, or combination of necklaces – she seems to have a few short chains that she likes to layer. The one I am talking about is the shorter one in this photo – it appears to be a double chain with a small focal open silver ring, with many very small silver discs dangling from the chain.

Is this Judi Dench's favourite necklace?
Judi Dench at the Olivier Awards in London in 2014.Credit Will Oliver/European Pressphoto Agency

So perhaps I have discovered that Judi Dench has a favourite necklace.

Go ahead and google “Judi Dench” images and you’ll see what I mean.

I have a favourite necklace that I wear with almost everything – providing the neckline of my top is suitable for it. It’s a sterling silver cable chain, with a darkened patina for an aged appearance. At the centre, there is a selection of pearls, crystals and stones in blue and grey, and a small textured dimensional heart charm. The necklace is about 18″ long, and works well with an open collared shirt, or a scoop neck or v-neck t-shirt. I find myself wearing it with white, black, grey, navy or red. It’s something I made, of course, and it’s nearly one of a kind – I did make another very similar to this, at the request of a customer who lives in another city – I’m pretty sure we’re not going to bump into each other wearing the same necklace.

my favourite necklace
My favourite necklace – I wear this all the time!

Do you have a favourite piece of jewelry that you wear often? Please leave a comment and tell me about it!