Alex And Ani
Love is one of the most powerful things, in our known world. Not only as an emotion, but what that can lead to - passion, inspiration, rebellion. Love can leave the most logical and resolute men and women stumbling in the ground, concussed by feelings and thoughts that overwhelm their own intuition. Love has saved strangers, built monuments and named the constellations.
When I was still living in Florida, my girlfriend, Keiko, was in the same city as me. At the time neither of us realized how much we truly cared about each other. We had both been friends for years and had become closer with each other than with anyone else. So, when she moved back to South Florida, before moving to New York, I felt the powers of love. I would find myself driving three hours every couple days, just to spend time with her. I’d stay with her family and show up with nothing more than a backpack filled with essentials and crash for a couple days. We’d spend every minute together and when I would have to leave to go to work, I’d still find myself hanging on and delaying that three hour drive as long as I could.
It’s only natural to remind the ones you love how you feel on certain benchmark days. It’s a big deal to make it through your first month as a couple, and to celebrate your first Thanksgiving or Christmas with someone you love. And to make it around to Valentine’s day, it always feels like a competition against the world to do better than the next guy.
I’ve partnered up with ALEX AND ANI this Valentine’s Day to share some of my favorite pieces from their collection and why it’s more than just an accessory.
I was asked to choose some pieces that really stood out to me, that I could give to Keiko. To this day, I’ll never say I truly know what she wants or likes - I think that’s the way it is for a lot of guys. But the spirit of Valentine’s Day is for all of us, and It’s about finding that piece of jewelry, or that gift, that speaks to You, for your partner.
The ALEX AND ANI collection is wonderful, to me, because of the quality and the thoughtfulness that went into it. Everything is American made, with a price point that won’t break your bank. The collection was also based with varying styles in mind, with more classic items that are perfect for the professional woman, and then their, more whimsical pieces that can be worn by a woman with an edge.
I really loved the Rose Quartz Chain Station necklace, for its beauty in simplicity, and the Heart and Arrow Ring Wraps for their playfulness. The Love Set of 3 bangles was also a great addition, since I felt that Keiko could wear it anywhere, with almost any outfit.
There is a lot of thought that goes into Valentine’s Day. I think this collection is a great way to simplify things and get something your partner will love. For everything else, good luck!