Recently, I was approached by the lovely Tara to test drive a beautiful line of mama-friendly jewelry. After hesitating for -0.5 seconds, I said, “Well, absolutely I can do that!!” I’ve been looking for jewelry that I can wear with my ever-blossoming, rambunctious and little stinker of a monkey second-born daughter, who just turned 16 months. I have a 7-year-old daughter as well, who by this age has allowed me to wear my ever-growing collection of delicate and breakable little necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Since our second was born, I haven’t touched them.
Actually, that’s a lie. I did try to wear a couple of my delicate jewelry, and much to my chagrin and the little monkey’s amusement, one of my necklaces broke when she thought it was a really cool thing to tug and try to eat. I was not impressed. I thought my life was forever doomed to go bare-necked — or at least until the little one stops teething and starts appreciating the fine arts of beautiful breakable jewelry.
And then I was introduced to this whole new era of baby-friendly necklaces that can also be worn to work, play, and date nights with the husband who helped make these little monkies. In short, I was super stoked that I can wear necklaces that don’t look like they’re made for baby hands! This is great!
These subtle colors are so inviting. They match my more subtle clothing style. I’m not a very flashy person in general, so these colors fit me well. I am the type of girl who shines in earth tones and pastel colors. I even picked these necklaces up in the colors I ordered them — all completely by accident! It was like these were invented and made for me! I immediately wore the double layered one because it matched my outfit that day when I picked it up from Tara. Though I chose earth tones, Loulou Lollipop certainly has styles and colors for even the brightest color loving fashionista you know, right down to matching solid bracelets.
These necklaces have been so popular that I have worn them almost everyday to work, and everyday at home and on weekends. My babe also loves them. She thinks it’s hilarious that she is supposed to gnaw on them. She has two molars coming in, so she is feeling a bit more feisty lately in terms of choosing what should be in her mouth. When I excitedly told her that these necklaces are free to grab, touch, taste, gnaw — basically, she can go to town with them, she stared at me blankly and then gave me a big smile. Then she tried to put them in my mouth. Since then, for the last two weeks, every time I put one of them one, she would ask to be picked up, grab them, and attempt to put them in my mouth.
The monkey has caught on that life is as big a joke as you make it!
I have had two weeks to test drive these bad boys. I must say, I have never gotten so many compliments on my jewelry before. This is a different look than I am used to — I used to go for thin, subtle jewelry. And since this was no longer an option, I decided to jump out of my comfort zone and expand my horizons to become a more bedazzled self! I was given three beautiful necklaces to try, and they were such a pleasure to wear! At work, I got complimented about how my adventure to style-switching has paid off, and that I looked fabulous. Everyone was surprised when I told them that it is actually considered a “teething necklace.” I’ve managed to direct a few ladies to the online shop because they were so intrigued that they wanted to purchase a few of their own.
The only thing I would change about these necklaces is perhaps to have more beads strung around the entirety of the cord for a more complete look. I’d also probably go with shorder cord lengths, on my next order but I think that is more because of what I have been used to. This has been outside my comfort zone and I feel like I needed to be open to different necklace lengths. I know, I’m walking on the wild side.
And I loved it!!
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Helen Edwards is a 30-something warrior mama who is co-raising two warrior daughters. By day, she likes to believe she is a champion in promoting mental health and happiness by supervising a mental health program in the lower mainland. By night (though only metaphorically mostly), she is also the photographer and owner of Life After Dark Photography, which is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning photography company that specializes in women’s portraiture and boudoir. Living life on the edge of freedom and discovery, her family comes first, her passion for all people beautiful and all things creative follow closely behind.