I recently had the opportunity to meet one of my jewelry favs. I wanted to attend the Anna Beck trunk show at Nordstrom at Tyson’s Corner last year but didn’t want to make the drive to be honest. When I saw the event posted again for 2018 on their social media I thought I would go this year. Back in November during a day of shopping which I of course turned into an impromptu happy hour I asked my BFF if she would go with me. She instantly said yes. Perfect, I thought, I’ll have a navigator. I’m much better as the driver. A few weeks later she ended up having to decline to attend a family friend’s celebration of life.
In the meantime, the wildfires were running rampant through California and quite a few jewelers were offering sales in support of people who lost everything, abandoned or displaced animals and the fire fighters battling the fires day after day. Anna Beck posted one day on IG that 100% of their sales that day were going to support some of the charities helping out. I text my husband and said I’m buying my Christmas gift because they are supporting this cause. I picked something out, entered me credit card and was excited to support and get something by a brand that I love. Win.WIN!
At this point I figured I wouldn’t go to the trunk show. I didn’t have a navigator and had just bought something. I had been planning a purchase at the trunk show from my husband for Christmas but since I made the purchase to support the fires I didn’t think I’d make a second one. And don’t even get me started on how early I’d have to get up to get there when it started at 10 am so I could ensure I’d get a decent parking spot since it is after all just before Christmas. Read as I am NOT a morning person. Like ever. Like really never ever.
After talking to my husband about it more I realized I would be really disappointed if I didn’t go. Miss meeting the designer and owner of Anna Beck because of a little drive by myself on the beltway (I’d almost rather stick a fork in my eye) or because of having to get up early on a Saturday (I’d almost rather stick a for in my eye). So all week I told myself I was going. I printed directions, painted my nails, picked out my jewelry and what I’d wear. Of course nails and jewels were most important! And of course I had to include some GOLD by Green pieces (moonstone and amethyst ring below).
The next morning I got up, got ready and hit the road. Of course I almost left the directions on the counter. And yes I’m not so old that I didn’t also plan to use my phone for directions, too, but typically the GPS lady and I don’t get along, so me by myself, I needed a printed set of directions. Which I never even looked at…..
I set off in the rain (ugh the RAIN) with my big coffee and a bottle of water. For at least 30 minutes I still questioned driving over there. My back instantly told me I had made the wrong decision and it just kept reminding me. I put on Christmas carols and drank my coffee. My BFF called me at some point and we talked for quite a while. It helped to pass the time. I still hadn’t made it to the Bay Bridge yet.
I turned up the Christmas carols, continued to drink my coffee and sang out loud. As I drove on the rain got so much worse. I white knuckled it onto the beltway, cursed (quite) a few people along the way, ‘Tis the Season after all, and continued on. About this time I started questioning how much longer. I’m like a man when I drive. I don’t want to stop until I am there and I want to make good time! But wow did I need a bathroom! And then boom – traffic! On a Saturday! In the pouring rain! COME ON!!!! I could still see red noting congestion on my phone along my travel path and I’m pretty sure I did three things at this point. I started praying for a bathroom and started shaking it off along with Taylor Swift (temporary station change from carols). Then I actually started to consider having to pull over on the side of the road – actual pit stop or not! Finally! My exit! I had a conversation with God at this point and begged that there would be a bathroom as soon as I exited. I must be on Santa’s nice list this year because as soon as I pulled off there was a gas station! Under normal circumstances I would never stop at a gas station and I try to avoid public bathrooms at all cost. I grabbed my wallet, jumped out of the car (locked it thank goodness) said out loud, “I will buy something if I have to!” Then I saw the sign for the bathroom pointing to the side of the building. PRAISE BE TO GOD! And it was empty and not bad for a Shell station. I don’t know if I’ve ever been happier to find a public bathroom. But I digress, ironically, Tyson’s Corner was literally, around the corner. I never would have made it though….
I made the turn in and saw Norstrom’s immediately on my left. Yes! Next I saw a parking garage practically attached to it. Even better! I pulled in knowing red lights meant the spots were taken and green meant spots were open down the long lines of spots. I found a spot close to the entrance and headed in.
I walked to the signage stating what was on what floor and saw I only had to go up one floor. I took the escalator and started to get excited. At the top I saw the jewelry section. I looked around and started perusing the area looking for the Anna Beck team. I walked around the entire section and thought – where?!!?! I started back near the escalator and realized they were right at the top near where I’d gotten off. GEEEEZ Mary….open your eyes! I kinda stalked the set up and checked out everyone behind the counter.
Par for the course I got a little star struck when I saw designer and owner of Anna Beck, Becky. She came out from behind the counter and I approached her and said, “Hi, I wanted to introduce myself I’m kind of a super fan.” Did I just say super fan. Oh GAWD Mary get yourself together! I have never been successful at talking to people who are either famous or that I don’t know but admire. Open mouth. Insert foot. THAT is what I’m good at.
Becky talked to me like we were friends. She asked where I was from and I told her Delaware and in particular Rehoboth Beach. She asked me how long it took me to get there. “About two and half hours,” I replied. ” You drove over two hours to come today?” I was like, “Ummmm yeah!” She was even familiar with Rehoboth because South Moon Under carries her collection. We also talked about Gypsy Teal in Bethany Beach as they also carry her pieces. I was so impressed that she knew both stores! I tried not to stare at her perfectly stacked and layered jewels. In my head I was thinking oh my God her jewelry is perfection just look at it! I wanted it all. We continued to talk and I told her how I loved her business model that gives back. I didn’t want to take up too much of her time as I know she was there to sell her jewelry and talk to customers. I said how nice it was to meet her and told her it was now time for me to shop!
I poked around, tried on rings – of course I tried on rings! I looked at the beautiful earrings, some of the necklaces and kept going back and forth along the counter to ensure I didn’t miss anything. I settled on a cuff bracelet that is part of her classic collection. An adorbs Nordstom’s sales associate checked me out. A co-worker of hers came over to talk to her and she looked at me and said, “I love your stacks, you’ve got a good eye. Want a part time job selling jewelry? It’s not a bad gig a lot of customers do it for the discount!” In my head I yelled brilliant! I pointed out that my ring and pendant were mine as I had started my own collection recently! I still had to tell Becky I was an aspiring designer. That was 50% of the point of going!
I thanked the girls for their help and headed on. Becky was busy helping others so I walked out into the mall. Good Lord it has been a long time since I have been in a mall. During the holidays. Sooooo many people. And even at a high end mall, sooooo many random outfits. Do people look at themselves when they leave the house?! I’m not going to lie I go to the grocery store or to walk the boardwalk without checking the mirror but I was kinda surprised by some of what I saw. I bought a few things (cursing the sales tax!) and got my lunch, an Auntie Anne’s pretzel with cheese reminiscing about working at the one on Rehoboth Avenue when I was a teenager. I loved that job! I walked back to Nordy’s and slowly approached Becky again. I apologized for interrupting and told her I just wanted to say thanks and it was really nice to meet her. She said, “Oh my gosh you’re still here!” Then she gave me a big hug. I was so happy I kept both feet on the floor and not in mouth this time. She told me about another trunk show in February in the area and said I should come. I told her I would if it wasn’t during our annual trip to Puerto Vallarta.
I got back in my car and headed home. I immediately heard my husband asking what she had to say about me starting my jewelry line. UGH I hadn’t told her. She was there to work and she was so kind in taking the time to talk to me and take a photo! I thought about what it would be like to some day have someone be that excited to meet me! The closest I have gotten to that was when I went shopping (ironically) at Gypsy Teal’s pre-holiday sale and one of the girls who checked me out said, “oh you’re the ring girl!” I literally almost fainted when I realized that she knew who I was from IG.
Becky was so gracious and I was so happy I braved the dreaded beltway, in the rain, almost having to make an unauthorized pit stop along the way! When you meet people you admire it’s really great when they are genuinely that same person you pegged them to be.
On the drive home I started thinking about writing this and the part of me who can’t take anything seriously started hearing a little Sir Mix A Lot in my head. Oh. My. God. Becky! Look at her jewels! Then a little Ice Cube….I really do have to say….it was a good day.
And even when it’s raining, don’t forget to always stay GOLDEN!
Mary Green #goldbygreen