“It’s an honor just to be nominated” is an awards-ceremony cliche, but it’s true! There are a lot of female jewelry designers, but I was one of only five nominated for a Women’s Jewelry Association Award of Excellence at the WJA’s gala dinner on Monday, and I am truly grateful for that.
Of course, it would have been an even greater honor to win, but there’s always next year, and I will do my best to get back on that short list. In the meantime, big congrats to Claudia Kretchmer of Steven Kretchmer Design for winning the 2016 award … and on her late father Steven’s birthday too!
I wore a 2010 Zang Toi dress that I’ve worn before.
Not only did I wear an “old” dress, but I paired it with the same shoes I wore previously.
What Wendy Wore
Dress: Zang Toi (2010, first worn here)
Shoes: Prada (2010)
Jewelry: My own designs (if you look hard, you can see my ankle bracelets)
Lip color: L.U.V. by Kat von D
Ribbon: All the nominees had one
My hair stylist friend Julie Matos of Warren-Tricomi created a colorful chignon for me with the help of a few small hairpieces.
The ‘do reminded me of a parfait, which made me happy, because everybody likes parfait!
As anticipated, I saw many of my Vegas Gems at the dinner. Whenever possible, I like to take a photo with me standing in between two of the tallest gems, Monica Stephenson of iDazzle (a 2015 award winner for editorial) and Barbara Palumbo of Adornmentality and What’s on Her Wrist (a 2016 nominee).
Barbara and I took one of our most glamorous duckface photos evah. (Check out Barbara’s caption.)
I’m jealous of Barbara for getting this highlarious photo op with jewelry expert Peggy Jo Donahue.
I did a more cutesy pose with MrB.
My other guests were my right-hand woman, Eryn Patton, and my designing friend, Stacy Lomman.
It was a fun night, though before the design award was handed out, I was so nervous I was breathless. Strangely, even after I knew this wasn’t my year, I was still breathless. In fact, I was breathless until I came home and took off that dress, which has a built-in corset. Whew!