In case you missed it, here’s what was on the blog this week, plus some related photos and links.
Sunday: My prestigious best dressed/wear what you want combo award for the Golden Globes went to Jane Fonda. I also noted several attendees wearing a shade of yellow that could be described as mustard or marigold. Two days later, Michelle Obama wore a similarly hued dress by Narciso Rodriguez to President Obama’s final State of the Union dress.
Another Michelle — Michelle Williams — still wins my prize for all-time best-dressed in that color. Then again, Michelle Williams isn’t repeatedly cited in Fifth Harmony’s 2014 song “Bo$$,” like Michelle Obama is.
Monday: Early in the morning, we found out that David Bowie died two days after his 69th birthday, and at first I was too shocked to say anything. Later, I composed myself enough to write about my teenage memories of the video for “Blue Jean,” the one time I saw Bowie perform live in 2001, and the 2013 Victoria and Albert “David Bowie Is” museum exhibit.
Tuesday: I took a look at some of Bowie’s more outrageous statements from the mid-1970s, when he was in the grips of a cocaine addiction so severe that he had hallucinations. (Here’s a fairly recent interview where he spoke about how bad that time was.) I included a lot of links in those last two posts, but with all that’s being written about Bowie, I keep finding more. As expected, Blackstar, the album Bowie put out on his birthday, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s chart. What’s interesting is that it is his first-ever No. 1 album in the U.S. Clearly, sales figures don’t tell the complete story of an artist’s impact!
Also interesting: Clips from a never-aired David Bowie 60 Minutes interview.
And I was glad to see that Paper magazine interviewed Joey Arias, who was one of the backup singers for Bowie’s 1979 Saturday Night Live performance. The other backup singer was Klaus Nomi — I wrote about him on New Year’s Eve. SNL paid tribute to Bowie last night by re-airing a 1979 clip.
Thursday: For Throwback Thursday, I found two photos from small jewelry sale I held 10 years ago. They how much my design aesthetic has changed over the years.
Friday: The Jewel of the Month for January is my latest engagement ring design. I’ve also got some good advice about how to wind up with the engagement ring of your dreams.
On Instagram, I shared photos from Jewelers of America’s recent Gem Awards. I’ve still got my outfit post on that night in the works.
– Turquoise skull ring and red velvet.
– Barbed wire ring modeled by Bernadette Mack.
– Duckface with Adornmentality’s Barbara Palumbo.
– Meeting jewelry designer Marla Aaron.
– My sexy male models.