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When you wish upon a bracelet...

Let me preface this blog by saying I can never claim to not be materialistic.  In fact, I am quite materialistic, like all good Americans!  Our family's goal is to try to moderate this so we can enjoy life without hurting others or ourselves (although despite our best efforts, sometimes we do...after, all, we're only human) for our love of stuff.  We call it doing the Stan Marsh.  Truth be told, I am unashamedly a bon vivant, but materialism is kind of like with wine:  I love wine, love love LOVE it (sorry to yell), but drinking wine every day all day would be unhealthy, and it would soon cease to be a delightful pleasure and instead become a defining force in my life.  Then people would call me a wino (instead of a lush).

Which brings me to this:

Have you ever seen something so awesome you just had to have it, and then committed many long hours of your life to the quest of procuring said item?  That's where I've been since the very beginning of Breaking Bad when, amidst the heart-pounding, anxiety-triggering drama of the meth world, I found myself enthralled with the silver on the arm of Mr. White's Albuquerque superwife Skyler.

Skyler (played by Deadwood's voluptuous Anna Gunn) is a woman wracked with challenges, a strong woman, an internalizing closet smoker whose overall sense of style, while punctuated with bosomy v-necks and ever-present asymmetrical cardigans and the occasional Boho New Mexico piece, screams "Knit Sale at Chico's."




Breaking Bad Season 1 Episode Photos


And yet she's a woman I can relate to as she juggles the commitments of being an emotionally ever-present wife and mother with the struggle of helping to provide monetarily for her family.  She does her best to look good, but has very real-world moments, as when she squeezes her preggy belly into this slightly outdated dress to support her husband at a swanky party:


Breaking Bad Season 1 Episode Photos

Skyler White's simple style reflects her sensibilities: soft, understated, with an inward focus on her family, which I can respect.  And she a few things going for her despite it, specifically that ample rack, red carpet Redken waves, and a signature bracelet that's to die for.

Breaking Bad Season 3 - Skyler White - breaking-bad photo

There it is again.  Skyler White wears this bracelet with everything, season after season.  It's an amazing liquid mesh bracelet, and I've been crazy over it for ages.

After many months of searching, I had almost given up hope when I suddenly came across a Breaking Bad thread dedicated entirely to this bracelet.  Hooray!  These people really did their homework.  They researched the costume director and tracked down the original designer.  It's true: everything is possible with the Internet!  I am so excited to say that this lovely 3-inch bracelet is on my wrist as we speak.  It's just like the cricket said...I wished upon a bracelet and my dream really did come true.  That is what he was talking about, right?

Sweet Justin had already given me the sweetest mother's day gift.  He made a five-star chicken fettucini alfredo for me and Mama Betsey, complete with the loveliest salad...mixed greens, cranberries, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and raspberry vinaigrette, served with a divine bruschetta...oh my!  And he brought me this single-stem lovely flower (seen here being swallowed by the chaos of my refrigerator magnets and my less-than-fabulous photography):


And then today, this pretty little package came in the mail.


Hmmm...what could it be?   I was so excited.  Arthur helped me unwrap...


And inside was this pretty little pouch...

And then...





Thank you, hubs!  Thank you, Arthur!  Happy mother's day, ladies.

19 comments:

Manuelfamily said...

Oh I totally love it. I want one to. Please tell me the secret shop where I may purchase this. PLEASE

Mrs. Owen of Yorktown said...

I am saying! It was love at first sight!

Mrs. Owen of Yorktown said...

Wait...then we'd have the Justin gypsies all over again. But for you, my dear, I am willing to take the chance.

J Owen said...

Breaking Bad rocks! So does that bracelet.

Amanda said...

Killer bracelet -- love it!

Heather said...

Can I ask where the bracelet is from? I found some online through amazon myself but am unsure if it's the same place as where you got your awesome one. I simply adore the bracelet Skylar wears in BB myself. It's to the point of lusting.

Mrs. Owen of Yorktown said...

Sure! Mine came from eBay...TandyWear is the name of the seller. The package was very nicely done and the bracelet is of good quality, but not high end if you were to hold it up to, say, a Hermes. In fact, someone had mentioned that Hermes makes one, but I haven't found it. I did find some really pretty ones that are slightly higher quality here:

http://www.studionouveau.com/index.cgi/cid390/nv=1|11/Liquid_Metal_Bracelets.htm

You will notice mine isn't JUST like Skyler's, but it's pretty close in its style.

Good luck, Heather! You should post a pic when you pick yours up.

so9n said...

If anyone here can point me to a bracelet that looks as close to skyler's as possible, I would be *really* grateful (though not as grateful as the friend I'll buy it for!).

PLEASE!

thanks.

Anonymous said...

That is a fantastic bracelet and a beautiful story. I know it will be a mother's day you will remember forever. I love life's special moments like that. They make all the rest worth it. ((hugs)) Kate O.

Mrs. Owen of Yorktown said...

so9n, I would search for ::liquid metal mesh::

Let us know if you find the exact one! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

karenOlwenDesigns will make you one that fits exactly in any width! She is a brilliant jewelry artist. And my sister :) You can find her on etsy and artfire.

KarenOlwenDesigns said...

Hello all - Just wanted to post a quick note letting you know that I make these bracelets - they are my most popular items in my shop - you can check them out if you like:

www.karenolwendesigns.etsy.com
www.karenolwendesigns.artfire.com

I make each one custom lenght for the customer. I had someone looking for this exactl bracelet that skyler wears - it's actually two of the bracelets worn together...:)

Here is some feedback from a customer:

"Even better than i hoped! Gorgeous and looks just like Skyler's on Breaking Bad. Great artist, super fast shipping, fantastic experience all around. Thank you!"

Madden said...

It is called Liquid silver and here is the link.
I got this bracelet 12 years ago and loved it so much I got them for my bridesmaids when I got married. It's been in my drawer for years and now I'm watchinng the show on Netflix. I am going to start wearing it again...it is seriously awesome.
http://www.liquidmetaljewelry.com/

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the link -- my wife is gonna flip over her valentine's day present this year!

Andrea said...

Skyler White is wearing two Flinging Arrows during the third season of Breaking Bad.
We originally thought she was wearing two other pieces, but after viewing the show, realized they are the Flinging Arrows! You can find them, stocked in every size, on http://www.liquidmetaljewelry.com Yay!

Kristi Roe Owen said...

Andrea, thank you for adding that to the discussion!!! Yay!!! Now we know where to get the real deal, which is amazing because since I posted the original link, my Internet bracelet has taken a serious thrashing in only the way that a Supermom's can. I Skyler White'd it and wore that thing everywhere. Ev.ry.Whar. (That's my Okie accent not translating very well to the webs, y'all). Now my magic bracelet wish-come-true is beginning to look a bit janked out. That's okay...I've got Mother's day and a bday coming up...maybe if I wish on another bracelet...just maybe...

loveling said...

I bought this exact bracelet over a decade ago from an Arden B. store for $20. Unfortunately I think it fell off and was lost after a few years of wearing it because the buttons just aren't that tight. Wish I still had it, it was my favorite bracelet, but not worth paying $100 for. I've also seen them at Target for $10, but in black. I think they are mass produced and distributed. I have seen the same bracelet in an Urban Outfitters catalog (but not for sale, just used for styling) and in several movies - Kirsten Dunst is wearing it in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

loveling said...

cheapy $20 version here

http://www.lulus.com/products/cuff-the-magic-beaded-silver-cuff/51363.html

Becky said...

Thank you all for these links.
How much do I love the internet. Who would have thought Googling "Skyler breaking bad bracelet" would actually GET me to the bracelet!

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