New Toy — err, Accessory

This is probably one of the most brilliant bracelets — for me — of all time.
Why? 
5 simple answers:
1) “The Wizard of Oz” is my #1 fav film. 
2) I am a good witch…
3) …because I was born on Halloween, with all the witchy powers that “holiday” could instill in me.  
4) Black and ivory are THE hot color combo du jour for Spring 2012.
5) I wear black all the time, so it will match everything. 
Well, that last one’s sort of a no brainer and not really even totally true anymore.
But….
I recently received this witty wrist wrapping from my dear friend *m. And it was absolutely meant for me. Her friend Suzi, who owns the über-cool home decor shop, Collier West, kicked the bracelet in as her share of a clothing swappage hosted by *m a couple of weeks ago. I say absolutely meant for me because…. Wait for it. 
Look. At. The. Last. Picture. Below.
Under the crown are…

my initials. I actually thought *m had had it engraved for me! In reality, they are the initials of the artist/designer, who’s signature is in script inside the beautiful bangle:  Jessica Kagan Cushman. The Nantucket bracelets, for sale on her website, are like gorgeous scrimshaw pieces of wearable wisdom (like the popular platitude “Be Calm and Carry On”), which is what inspired her initially — scrimshaw ivory napkin rings. Even better than my initials matching hers is the fact that her logo is a griffin. A GRIFFIN. The very mythical creature I have been threatening to tattoo on my other, un-tatted wrist for a couple of years. And she writes on her accessories. And I’m a writer… LOL! Ahhh. Well, you get the picture. Synergy is so sexy and beguiling.

And now I suppose you’re going to ask me what the “J” stands for in MY name. All guesses welcome! Post a comment, below. The best guess wins. What, I’m not sure. But we’ll think of something magical!

Calling All Accessories for New York Fashion Week

To quote Patsy from the timeless Absolutely Fabulous series, “You can never have enough hats, gloves and shoes.” 
To ensure that we will always have a fresh supply of the newest and latest crop of seasonal accessories, my friends over at Product-n-Press and Style360 have teamed up with the Accessories Council for the debut next month during New York Fashion Week of the Accessory Lounge at the Metropolitan Pavilion. As of today, there are 3 spots left, says Jono Waks at Product-n-Press, who is currently recruiting brands to participate in the February 13-15th event being staged at the West 18th Street venue and showcasing 20 accessory designers to over 6,000 fashion week attendees.

Toms shoes hand painted by Allie Bailey, possibly
a new up-and-coming accessories designer

Accessories Council members receive up to a 50% discount, while new members get to buy into the Accessory Lounge at a super low discounted price. Contact Jono@Product-n-Press.com for additional details. The Accessory Lounge is a joint effort between Susan F. Sidor / Product-n-Press production in association with the Accessories Council and Style360. The producers say they intend to heavily promote the lounge to editors and reporters in advance of fashion week — there’s already a Twitter account @AccessoryLounge that’s now active — and editors + reporters will be invited to meet designers on site, while all participating brands will be included in all outgoing social media communications.
Accessories, darling, accessories. Yeah. Cheers! Thanks a lot!