I was upstate New York visiting someone I had a relationship with and we were ready for bed. The lights were turned off and he was waiting for me in bed. I missed the experience of sleeping without any lights from the street reflecting into the window like it does in the city. He told me to undress and I did. I pressed hard on his chest with my hand, trying to figure out where to land on the bed. He felt my watch on my wrist and said, “Take it off. I want you to be completely bare.”

From this I learned that the man I want in my life will want to be with me for me, whether I’m wearing the latest trends or not and definitely whether I’m wearing earrings or not. There was a discussion on my Twitter Time Line recently among some of the women; it was about not being able to go out in the world without earrings. I can understand it somewhat but after hearing the words above I know that I’d rather be bare for my man.

                               Source: Black Girls Killing It
Handmade Jewelry made by Haitian Childen at Kreyol Fest 2012
I bought a beautiful handmade bracelet at Kreyol Fest in Brooklyn a few weekends ago and after wearing it a few days I realized that something seemed to smell fishy and funny on me. 

I thought maybe I messed up my laundry again and my clothes were starting to smell while I was bathed in sweat (this all happened at home). Lo and behold it was the bracelet, ugh I thought. How could this happen?

I do not in anyway want to discredit the people who made the jewelry because it was made my children in Haiti and I'm sure the earrings and the hair accessories will not have the same issue as the bracelet did or maybe I got a bad one. (If you're interested in purchasing any of them to help these kids please contact me and I'll give you the contact info of the lady who sells them). 

So how did I fix this? I rubbed oil along the inside and outside of the bracelet and it smelled much better. Another way to deal with smelly handmade jewelry is to probably not take it in the shower with you in the first place because the bracelet didn't smell bad until after water had touched it. Also be wary when washing your hands and push back the bracelet so it does not get wet.