Happy Boxing Day!
Martin and I took a few shots to share. This one is of me wearing my Wendy Brandes Barbara necklace (named for Wendy’s mother), a Christmas gift from Martin.
Here’s a close-up of the necklace from Wendy’s web site.
Here’s a close up of it on me.
For the record, camera shots of my face taken by others still totally freak me out. I don’t recognize the woman in the above photo and I told Martin if I were him I wouldn’t date her. He said well, that’s the face he sees and he thinks it’s beautiful.
This is the face I like.
I gave myself the beautiful Wendy Brandes rose quartz dewdrop earrings I’m wearing in all three photos.
Here’s a close up of the earrings from Wendy’s site.
And here’s a close up of the earrings on me.
In my n – 1 (where n = the immediately previous) post from eons ago, I promised to show Martin modeling his gorgeous corduroy vest.
Here’s my sweetie.
This is Martin’s latest vest creation. When he saw it, in the photo, he thought it made him look like a butler. The other day one of our four children mentioned something about it being reminiscent of German folklore outfits and that made me think of Geppetto even though he’s obviously Italian. Martin designed it himself based on vests he saw watching episodes of Foyle’s War.
I think it’s cool.
Martin is also wearing the beautiful Wendy Brandes cuff links she designed for her father. The cuff links are my Christmas gift to Martin.
Here’s a close up of the cuff links on Wendy’s site.
Here’s of close up of Martin wearing them.
You might wonder how we justified indulging in the above beautifulnesses.
Keeping within the spirit of being financially honest (as a former financial consultant) on this blog, my 30-second elevator speech version of the answer is that a) now that Martin’s kids have graduated from college there’s a massive reduction in cash outflows for education, b) we’re seriously risky investors (I promise to dedicate a post to this point before my next semester starts Jan 28, 2013), and c) Martin and I diligently monitor our cash flows, meaning that we carefully pick and choose what we can afford to splurge on.
In general, we don’t spend much on clothes. Here’s my closet.
In considering our discretionary spending situation this year, we prioritized family first, then all of the dedicated and extremely hard working musicians and designers we love, and then, finally, ourselves, on Wendy’s pieces, because we resonate with Wendy on many, many levels :).