Charmed, I'm Sure

    If you read my post about the Billion Dollar Babes sample sale then you know that I really didn't need to buy any more goodies. But there was one shiny golden bauble that this New Yorker-who-just-moved-to-L.A. simply could not resist: Maya Brenner's Bi-coastal necklace.

Charmed, I'm Sure

A California girl who lived and met her husband in New York City,

Brenner wanted to create something to represent both sides of her life.

She'd already made a California necklace with a diamond that could move

along the coast, so it was a natural pairing. However, the designer

didn't think the shape of New York state was "cute enough," so she

picked the apple instead. We agree: it's much cuter. (Unfortunately California is flipped around in this picture so it looks a bit like New Jersey.)    And we're not the only ones who think so: the necklace (available in 14 karat gold and sterling silver) sold out at BDB and is a huge seller in - of all places - Japan. "I think there's a little fantasy within all of us about being bi-coastal - you know, having the house in Malibu and the apartment on Fifth Avenue," says Brenner. "It represents the American dream."     And it's much more affordable, too. (Sign up for her mailing list so you can snap it up at a sample sale instead of paying retail!)

photo by Lina Lecaro


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