New Year, New You, New Jewels

11:57 January 10, 2012 New Year, New You, New Jewels


By way of retrospective my inspiration, like many mothers, came from my child.

Sophie Rose Charm Collection began when my daughter was only 3 years old. It was shortly after 9/11. Living and working in NYC was fearful at that time. After drop off at nursery school, I would have a panic attack. Was it separation anxiety or real fear? I wanted my daughter close to me. So I created photo dog tags. I felt better wearing her around my neck, close to my heart. Call me sentimental . . . (or smother mother!)

Ten years later there’s a new normal. Sophie is 13, still my muse and my inspiration. There is a special wonder about her – as I know all mothers feel about their kids.

We are a far cry from the days of Bonpoint Peter Pan collared dresses and Mary Jane shoes  - how I loved those clothes. Yet I still enjoy (when she allows me) to style her with chic outfits and play dress-up.

At me.n.u it’s become an upper east side hang out for girls, tweens and in-betweens. Jewelry + clothes + a fun place to be.  Sophie and I are busy at work there. It’s been a year since we opened and it’s going well - busy and moving forward to a new normal.

In 2012 I wish you all a happy and healthy year, filled with many jeweled moments. 

pat billotti (not verified)
16 Jan 2012

Two Dolls, Kelly and Sophie

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