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'Stay Gold' Retro Jewelry Collection Draws Inspiration from The Golden Girls

Stacey Bowers

I'm turning 30 tomorrow, and while I know these BY FAR are not my golden years, I wanted to do something big to celebrate change, getting older and taking risks.

Last year, my husband (we got married days ago, that still sounds weird) and I bought our first house. Around that time I decided I hated minimalism and obsessively watched The Golden Girls (one of those things may have influenced the other). I took a style risk and painted the solid white house mint green and coral and filled it with tropical plants and rattan furniture and embraced the pink tile in the kitchen (you’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands).

Since I discovered Nine Inch Nails in about the 8th grade, I’ve worn almost exclusively solid dark colors. Designing a pink and green house inspired by Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom is a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiig shock to my system.

Naturally, this color adventure made me realize that most of my jewelry has also been monochromatic like the rest of my style. I decided to stop denying myself the pure joy and exhilaration that I get from looking at and decorating myself in big, bright, wild colors.

The Stay Gold Collection is a designer’s first immersion in color, with brass bases and stamped accents that stay true to the Bang-Up Betty style and the materials I love to work with.

Below are a few highlights from the Stay Gold Collection. See the full collection here. I hope you enjoy this limited, small-batch collection featuring retro and vintage pieces. Like these warm summer nights spent on the lanai, they’ll be gone soon.

Rose Necklace  and  Earrings  with Hammered Brass Accents, part of Bang-Up Betty's  retro collection of Golden Girls-inspired handmade jewelry

Rose Necklace and Earrings with Hammered Brass Accents, part of Bang-Up Betty's retro collection of Golden Girls-inspired handmade jewelry

Stay Gold Necklace , the signature piece in Bang-Up Betty’s newest  collection of retro jewelry inspired by The Golden Girls

Stay Gold Necklace, the signature piece in Bang-Up Betty’s newest collection of retro jewelry inspired by The Golden Girls

Special thanks to my brand-spanking-new hubby for taking these pictures on our little lanai.

The Badass Small Business Gift Guide

Stacey Bowers

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If you're like me and standing in line at big-box stores at 5 a.m. on Black Friday fills you with deep sadness and existential dread, you're likely still holiday shopping and looking for a much more fulfilling, joy-inducing way to complete your annual gifting. This gift guide checks two important boxes on my shopping requirements list: 1.) Everything here is either handmade or created by a small business run by badass people (I have met or interacted with all of them and can confirm this), and 2.) Everything on here is badass. 

 

Monstera Leaf Ceramic Tray by Mama Coyote  For the plant lady or Golden Girls fan in your life. Seriously, have you ever seen anything more beautiful than this?!   Get it here .

Monstera Leaf Ceramic Tray by Mama Coyote

For the plant lady or Golden Girls fan in your life. Seriously, have you ever seen anything more beautiful than this?!

Get it here.

Game of Thrones Inspired Cross Stitch by DrunkTrunk  For anyone who is on Team Tyrion or is a wise drunk.    Get it here.

Game of Thrones Inspired Cross Stitch by DrunkTrunk

For anyone who is on Team Tyrion or is a wise drunk. 

Get it here.

It's Not Drinking Alone If The Cat Is Home Candle by Let's Put A Bird On It  Speaking of drinking, this candle really hits the spot for cat ladies like me.    Get it here. 

It's Not Drinking Alone If The Cat Is Home Candle by Let's Put A Bird On It

Speaking of drinking, this candle really hits the spot for cat ladies like me. 

Get it here. 

Smash the Patriarchy Motel Key Tag by Bang-Up Betty  These are brand-spanking-new and great for men and women, because we should ALL be smashing the patriarchy.    Get it here.

Smash the Patriarchy Motel Key Tag by Bang-Up Betty

These are brand-spanking-new and great for men and women, because we should ALL be smashing the patriarchy. 

Get it here.

Big Bang Print by Jason Jones  Speaking of gifts you should DEFINITELY open in front of your relatives, this bubbly Jesus comes in print and t-shirt form and will make you feel blessed.    Get it here.

Big Bang Print by Jason Jones

Speaking of gifts you should DEFINITELY open in front of your relatives, this bubbly Jesus comes in print and t-shirt form and will make you feel blessed. 

Get it here.

Golden Snitch Stud Earrings by InkStandStudio  Everyone has a Harry Potter fan in their life. I got these for the lil Hermoine in mine.    Get them here.

Golden Snitch Stud Earrings by InkStandStudio

Everyone has a Harry Potter fan in their life. I got these for the lil Hermoine in mine. 

Get them here.

You're Super card by Power and Light Press  Be bold with your holiday cards and your friends might remember to get you a good gift ;-)    Get it here.

You're Super card by Power and Light Press

Be bold with your holiday cards and your friends might remember to get you a good gift ;-) 

Get it here.

Pouts Blocked Me Pin by The Outrage  Get them an early membership to the club we'll all eventually belong to.    Get it here.

Pouts Blocked Me Pin by The Outrage

Get them an early membership to the club we'll all eventually belong to. 

Get it here.

Drake Embroidery Hoop by YesStitchYes  For your newly single friend. I'm obsessed with everything YesStitchYes. She also stitched the Mary J. Blige hoop at the top of the page.    Get it here.

Drake Embroidery Hoop by YesStitchYes

For your newly single friend. I'm obsessed with everything YesStitchYes. She also stitched the Mary J. Blige hoop at the top of the page. 

Get it here.

Witchy Bitch Ouija Planchette Pin by Bang-Up Betty  For the witchy woman on your list. This gift is Krampus-approved.   Get it here.

Witchy Bitch Ouija Planchette Pin by Bang-Up Betty

For the witchy woman on your list. This gift is Krampus-approved.

Get it here.

Witch Balm by Crimson and Conjure  Speaking of witches, I just picked this up at the Wampus Wonderland and I'm under its spell.   Get it here.

Witch Balm by Crimson and Conjure

Speaking of witches, I just picked this up at the Wampus Wonderland and I'm under its spell.

Get it here.

Crybabies Trophy by Get Bullish  Applicable if they have kids or a terrible job.    Get it here.

Crybabies Trophy by Get Bullish

Applicable if they have kids or a terrible job. 

Get it here.

Holy Smokes Tank by AR T's  Light one up for the big guy's birthday.    Get it here.

Holy Smokes Tank by AR T's

Light one up for the big guy's birthday. 

Get it here.

Gay Holiday Button Party Pack  Everyone at the party is gonna fight over that snowflake button.    Get it here.

Gay Holiday Button Party Pack

Everyone at the party is gonna fight over that snowflake button. 

Get it here.

Krampus Long-Sleeved Glow-In-The-Dark Shirt by Big Bot Design  Keep the kids in line with the constant fear of Krampus.   Get it here.

Krampus Long-Sleeved Glow-In-The-Dark Shirt by Big Bot Design

Keep the kids in line with the constant fear of Krampus.

Get it here.

Get Shit Done Brass Bar Necklace by Bang-Up Betty  For the go-getter in your life.    Get it here.

Get Shit Done Brass Bar Necklace by Bang-Up Betty

For the go-getter in your life. 

Get it here.