Elizabeth and I are doing a dual authored post for this jewelry line.  We kinda fought about who got to write it as we both LOVE this jewelry line SO MUCH.  So, after a lot of “really, you have too much on your plate, I’ll write this post.” or “Why don’t you take a day off and let me write this one, really, I’m good with that,” we both realized that neither one of us was budging on this one.  So, I get to start and Elizabeth gets to anchor this post and thus our writing partnership can continue!

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Liza:

Details:
GoodmanSpalding Trunk Show
2317 Woodmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN

October 24th 12-6PM
October 25th 2-7PM
October 28th 4-8PM

Elizabeth had told me how absolutely COOL this line was and how we HAD to write about Jennifer Goodman and Ann Spalding this past summer.  We decided to wait until they were having a trunk sale, but it’s been hard to keep this line under wraps.  I met up with these gals at Ann’s house about a month ago.  Based on Elizabeth’s praises, I was full of expectation.  I was not disappointed.  I was thrilled that Ann lives is this gorgeous house on Woodmont about which I’d always been curious.  As a former designer, Ann’s house is simply STUNNING and we will post about just her home at some point in the future.  It is obvious that she has a great eye and it is carried forth to the jewelry line.  Jennifer was actually the first one to start making jewelry, but after a fortunate trip that they shared with their music business husbands, they realized that they were destined for a partnership.  The collaborative effort is stunning.

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As I walked around Ann’s dining room table, they both told me about the antique pieces incorporated into their line and how the line is priced (it’s really very accessible with most earrings at $35!  Necklaces range from about $70 to $300 based on the value of the items used.)  I just kept staring and making incoherent sentences because I was really blown away.  I went to see this line with absolutely no intention of buying (that’s what makes this job so hard….I want to buy too much so I have to watch myself!)  But, I just couldn’t stand it, and it was my birthday, so I picked out my favorite necklace and I’ve been wearing it non stop ever since.  It’s so cool….take a look at the two ways I get to wear it:

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Jennifer and Ann are adorable and this line of jewelry makes me want to stop spending money on clothes and just accessorize.   It’s amazing and I hope you get the chance to go by if only to look.  I feel like a hip movie star in my necklace.  More people have stopped to ask me about it and you know how great that makes us all feel….Get yourself a conversation piece and go by this trunk show October 24-October 26th.  With the Holidays around the corner, you may just find that perfect gift for a dear friend and for yourself!  A lso, Spruce, in Brentwood (I promise we will write about this store soon; it is a total find) carries their line as well as Caldwell Collection (regular readers already know our love of Caldwell).

Elizabeth:

Details:
GoodmanSpalding Trunk Show
2317 Woodmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN

October 24th 12-6PM
October 25th 2-7PM
October 28th 4-8PM

Whew!  After that rave review, it’s hard to add much more, but of course, I will! It took me a month or so to land at Ann’s house on Woodmont with my friend Amy.  Amy kept saying, “You have to cover them in your blog; their jewelry is to die for.”  My obsession with jewelry started at a young age and has ramped up ever since.  I was the obnoxious kid that always played in my mother’s jewelry box, much to her dismay, trying on this earring and that.  My father loved jewelry also, and really thought it through when it came to special occasions.  He found some incredible pieces of jewelry for my mother and loved to buy her pearls.  With 5 daughters and a daughter-in-law, he even resorted to getting our neighbor, who traveled to the Orient on a regular basis, to buy us all matching pearl necklaces and bracelets….since he had an entire brood to outfit!  When we were dividing up my mother’s costume jewelry after her death, I still remembered where most of her jewels came from and who gave them to her.  Even the tacky pieces, like the large shell chokers or jeweled Christmas pins, gave me pause just because they were familiar.  My point is,  jewelry really does make a difference in our lives.

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With that bit of nostalgia, I must tell you NOT to miss Ann and Jennifer’s trunk show.  I, too (ha-ha), went with the intention of not buying, (ever wonder why Liza and I decided to write this blog?) and couldn’t resist.  What I loved most about their jewelry is its whimsical nature.  I bought a necklace, earrings and bracelet after about an hour of walking around the table in complete indecision because I loved it all.  My necklace is simple: it is a single strand of interlocking hammered loops.  With about a 40″ drop, it is the perfect length.  Even when I bought it, I secretly thought, “Will I really wear this or was this an impulse buy?”   Not the case.   What I realized is long necklaces, and especially silver ones, are incredibly versatile.  They look fantastic with a simple white blouse and gorgeous with a dramatic black dress.  As some of you may know,  these are two of my favorite wardrobe items.  Here’s a picture of my necklace against a dramatic black turtleneck!

My necklace goes with everything I own!

My necklace goes with everything I own!

My take on their art is they both have an eye for the unusual: putting interesting adornments together in a different way.  So many of their beads and baubles are from all over the world, you’ll never see it again on anyone.  PROMISE.

One other thing to note about the GoodmanSpalding girls is their graciousness.  They love their partnership and absolutely love what they do TOGETHER.  If you do want to go and window shop or table shop, as the case may be, DO IT.  You’ll feel absolutely no pressure to buy.

With the holidays around the corner, think about a gift worth remembering.

– Elizabeth

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