Last summer, I was a seventeen year old determined to absorb New York City as much as I could within my two-month stay without breaking any laws.
Yes, that meant a lot of shopping was done. I spent an unreasonable amount of time scouring sample sales, vintage shops, department stores, and boutiques all over Manhattan and Brooklyn with only my subway map to keep me from getting lost. I also spent whole weekends in museums, from the Costume Institute to the American Museum of Natural History.
However, I am smacking myself on the head for overlooking the fantastic array of jewelry and accessories from the museum gift shops:
Why yes, I love pearls -- and Rembrandt, whose paintings apparently inspired these Baroque Pearl Earrings. Maybe a little "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Vermeer too. Just speculating.
Stainless steel necklace?! Delicate and sturdy are opposites but the two words totally apply to this Pop-Out Leaves Necklace.
No really, I need a new wallet -- and instead of another Kate Spade, why not support Dutch designer, Hester Van Eeghen, with this Sunset Wallet?
Two summers ago, I bought a $25 metal shoe bookmark from the Met Museum Store. Five weeks later, I lost it while visiting a seamstress with the fashion designer I was interning with. I will never foolishly spend $25 on a bookmark again (it wasn't a very good bookmark in the first place), but there are some seriously nice items for sale in these museums.
P.S. It's also nice to remember that the proceeds go to support the efforts of the respective museums. We all win in this case.