So what would you do if your only New Year’s resolution was to fly to NYC and beat a rug with jewelry designer Marla Aaron…and then ten minutes after you post a tweet on Twitter declaring this statement, you get a message from the Editor in Chief of Town & Country magazine, Stellene Volandes, inviting you to the first ever Jewelry Awards from said magazine?! If that isn’t a sure sign from any and every god above, I don’t know what is! So I took it upon myself to book my trip and invite Marla to be my date for the night, naturally!
Once I landed in NYC, I put on my finest $45 dress and all the jewels I could get away with wearing without looking like I robbed a jewelry store, and hopped in an Uber. I was headed to see Marla’s new office space, which went from being her living room to a highly coveted spot in the Diamond District. Of course I had to play with her locks, touching and feeling each masterpiece (you haven’t felt craftsmanship until you’ve held these) and got some peeks into some future designs. The office visit wouldn’t be complete without rug beating, but since the infamous video of Marla beating a rug that she posted last year happened when her office was once her house, she obviously didn’t have her rug beater with her. So I got to sweep the floor instead, which was just as epic.
We headed over to Robert for a drink and walked to the Hearst building afterward for the Town & Country Jewelry Awards fun. Marla proved to not only be an awesome jewelry designer, but the best date ever, as we made ourselves around the event. It was great seeing so many familiar NYC faces, ones I don’t often get to see. Honoring some majorly esteemed individuals, brands and companies that night was just what I needed and so glad I made the trip.
Sometimes in life, you just gotta make an off-the-cusp move, otherwise I would have probably spent that night home in Nashville doing something boring. Cheers to unexpected dates, unplanned trips, and happy surprises! My New Year’s resolution, which started out as a funny quip, ended up teaching me a big lesson and was what I needed most for 2018.