A group of bridesmaids gathered around the bride at a bridesmaid luncheon. All had been told, “I’ll provide the jewelry as my appreciation to you”, so none of these fashionable ladies brought jewelry for tomorrow’s wedding. But, when the bride handed out the jewels, she explained that while the necklaces were just what she had hoped for, the earrings were, well, not exactly the gift that she wanted us to wear, at all. So, she explained, feel free to wear any earrings you would like tomorrow.
Tommorrow? But home, and this bridesmaid’s beautiful jewelry, is 5 states north! Quietly, we squeezed 4 bridesmaids and our two moms in her car, and sped off to a quaint store in the heart of Charlotte. Nervously, we walked in. How much more were we going to spend? And how would we ever find something “right”?
The Charlotte resident knew exactly what she was doing, and although we only walked in with the intention of buying 4 pairs of earrings, total, we walked out with bags and bags of goodies. I think my aunt topped the group buying nine new items. And thank goodness they told us about their website. Every one of us has since shopped online (or sent friends there to buy.)
Hand Picked has become my go-to place to find fashionable, classy costume jewelry. There’s an unbelieveable number of monogramming options available; I love this personalized mommy charm. Then there are the gorgeous watches–everything from antiqued to modern. And just in time for your event, you’ll find handbags and fashion jewelry.
But Hand Picked doesn’t stop with jewelry–check out their gift departments for baby and housewarming gifts.
Ladies, its time to swoon… I mean shop. If you can’t get to one of their southern shops, then shop online: www.behandpicked.com.

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