I Carry Your Heart With Me

I suppose that I developed some peculiar habits after my father’s recent passing. Like not being able to leave the house without one of his possessions.

A familiar ring on a chain around my neck. A tie clip secured to a small notepad. An extra mass card tucked into my wallet.

Just as I promised myself that I would shortly wean of this newfound urgency, life surreptitiously presented a solution (as it often does).  A gifted locket from Monica Rich Kosann arrived in the mail with incredibly uncanny timing. I’m still wrapping my head around the synchronicities of that day.


The whole family took interested in my new keepsake, with input on how best to carry my father’s memory.


A favorite quote from a poem read at my wedding took on new meaning, and a spot close to my heart, on the locket’s left side.  While an image of my dad, just as he always was, in a sharp suit, Borsalino fedora, and one of his many cameras around his neck, filled the other.

beautiful-quote-after-loss-of-a-loved-one-E.E. Cummings

i carry you heart with me (i carry it in my heart) – E.E. Cummings

I think with hope about the day that I may want to swap out the locket’s images to that of my children (and even grandchildren).  Unlike some of the pieces that I regularly wear, this timeless locket is one that I can see myself wearing many decades later.  I’m grateful to carry my father so close to my heart – and I know that someday when I give this locket to my daughter, it will bear the significance of familial memories and a legacy wrapped in hope and love.

Special thank you to Monica Rich Kosann Jewelry.  Shop her collection this Mother’s Day online, at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and other Fine Jewelers.


Treasured Jewelry – A Helen Ficalora {Giveaway}

With the birth of my children, my husband gifted me Helen Ficalora charms with my babies corresponding initials.  Small yellow gold discs that are timeless, elegant and incredibly treasured.  My charms are so much more than beautiful pieces of jewelry.  They contain memories of nursing babies clutching my necklace, and little ones learning the first letters of their names:

L is for Lucia.

A is for Adrian.

I am rarely without my Helen Ficalora necklace, a tangible treasure that carries incredible meaning.

Helen Ficalora Charm Necklace Reivew Giveaway

One of the things that I love most about Helen Ficalora’s distinguished jewelry collection is that her pieces are designed to complement each other.  I love the way that Helen layers her jewelry and hope to someday build upon my own collection.

Helen Ficalora alphabet charm

Helen Ficalora alphabet charms

Win It:

I’m  thrilled to be collaborating with Helen this Holiday Season to offer one MB reader a “starter necklace” which includes a Helen Ficalora  14K Alphabet charm of choice and 18″ 14K yellow gold fine chain ($280+ value).  

To enter, please visit the rafflecopter below.  All entries are verified, and a winner will be selected in one week.  Best of luck to all!

Also check out my MONSTROUS Ultimate Baby Registry Giveaway.

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I was not compensated for this post in anyway and am happy to offer a giveaway from one of my favorite jewelry designers.


Holiday Wishing with Fragments

I’ve been a jewelry lover ever since childhood.  My meaningful pieces are so much more than just beautiful adornments – they hold stories, and in many ways are conversations with the world around me.  The collection of earnings that adorns my daughter’s small ears evoke specific childhood memories filled with far-away relatives and celebrations. A treasured heirloom reminds me of stroking my mother’s hand in church as a little girl.  A special ring brings me back to a carefree time of living on an Island and having my husband (who was my boyfriend at the time) visit.  The charms that my husband gave me after the birth of my children are constantly around my neck because of their significance.  I believe that jewelry is often a tangible symbol of love that carries a rich history with memories attached.

Fragments Jewelry

1. Elizabeth Cole Turquoise Dagger Necklace // 2. LK Designs Neon Crystal Drop Earrings // 3. Kismet Star Hand Chain // 4. Mary Louise Designs Oxidized Horn Necklace // 5. Coralia Leets Cobalt Clover Drusy Bracelet // 6. Borgioni Budah and Lotus Chain Band // 7. Eddie Borgo Triangle Collar // 8. Dana Kellin 14K Griffon Earrings // 9. Kismet Geometric Diamond Ear Cuff // 10. Syna Amethyst Mogul Ring // 11. Mary Louise Designs Gold Triangle Mother of Pearl Bangle

With holiday wishes on the mind, I’m excited to share some of my favorite pieces from Fragments, a finely curated gallery of international fine and fashion jewelry.  The company has been recognized internationally for launching the careers of today’s most celebrated jewelry designers.  I’m lusting over so many statement pieces from ear cuffs to full finger rings and hand chains.  Have a look around at fragments.com or visit their Price Street store here in New York City – I’m sure you (or your loved one) will find an exquisite bauble that may some day carry its own legacy.

Thank you to Fragments for sponsoring this post.  As always, opinions are strictly my own.