Oh those fashionable 80s
Growing up in the south during the 80s was a special time. Like, totally special and righteously tubular. The music was the best there ever was (and still is IMHO) and we predicted our future with a paper fortune-teller. There were no cell phones… If you weren’t lucky enough to have a landline phone in your room, you spent hours talking about nothing with the cord stretched from the kitchen to the bathroom.
There were 2 distinct fashion styles during the 80s – Preppy and punk. The Preppies were decked out in madras plaid, Polos and Members Only jackets and the punks were sporting parachute pants, ripped stockings and Doc Martens. Colors were neon, pastel (not together, please) or pitch black.
Girls were crimping and perming their hair and then pulling it all back either with ribbon wrapped barrettes or banana clips – both extremely painful for this girl with naturally curly hair. It didn’t matter what you put in your hair as long as it ended up being really, really big. “The higher the hair, the closer to God!!”
Mullets gave us the option to have “business up front, party in the back” and then there was the rat-tail. I cried like a baby the day my hairdresser “accidentally” cut my rat-tail off. Every time I drive by her house on my way to my moms, I think of that day. Yes.. I was a little bitter.
80s fashion was a hot mess and I loved every minute of it.
I collected as many Swatch watches as I could – the more colors, the better. I loved the big, giant earrings that you couldn’t get off soon enough because they were so heavy and the jelly craze went way past the shoes and straight up to our arms in the form of jelly bracelets.
But the jewelry that I remember the most from the 80s were the Add-a-Beads and pearl necklaces.
I remember when all the girls in middle school started showing up with their Add-a-Bead necklaces. The more beads on a girls necklace usually meant the more cash daddy had in the bank. I was so excited the Christmas that I finally got my own set under the tree. Add-a-beads were “every day” wear and the pearls were reserved or special occasions like graduation and prom and with rare exception, you borrowed them from your mom with the threat of death if something happened to them.
I didn’t get my own set of pearls until my wedding day and they were a gift from my parents. It was a special gift on a special day and I loved them. I kept them in my jewelry box and only wore them on special occasions (why do we reserve the most beautiful things for special days?!) for more than 16 years.
And then… they broke. I was crushed… they were so special to me both because of who they came from and what they represented. I have wanted to replace them with a new set but, with the cost of life and raising 3 kids, mama running out to buy a strand of pearls was way down on the list. In my mind, they cost thousands of dollars – a good way to think of it if you’re trying NOT to buy something.
But what if you’re in the market for pearls and you still don’t want to spend all the monies in your bank?? Look no further than Laguna Pearl . Laguna Pearl has a HUGE selection of pearls to choose from and in every price range to fit any budget. They have an incredible amount of designs and whether you are looking for earrings, a bracelet or a necklace, there is something for everyone.
I opted for a basic, classic strand.. very similar to what I had for my wedding. They arrived in a beautiful, padded box and just screamed “hey! I’m classy! Look at me!” because that’s what happens when you wear pearls… you’re instantly classy! If you’re like me, you have as much knowledge on the different types of pearls (there are many) as you do about molecular science. Lucky for us, Laguna Pearl has an entire education section where you can educate yourself before buying your next set.
Laguna Pearl was created as a result of the public demand for high quality pearl jewelry at competitive pricing. They offer a 60-day money back guarantee and your pearls come with a certificate of authenticity. I love, love, love mine and just like the Rooster’s mom’s china – I’m promising myself to wear my new pearls more often and celebrate the specialness of every day – not just Christmas and Thanksgiving!
Now it’s your turn! When did you get your first set of pearls?
This is a sponsored post. While I didn’t receive any money for the post, I did receive a beautiful set of pearls to review. Opinions are still my own. Those can’t be bought.