Gem Show






Tank top: lululemon, old, similar here; bra, Victoria’s Secret, here; jeans, Gap, here; button-down, Target, old, similar here; shoes, Converse, here; sunglasses, Burberry, old, similar here and here; watch, Michael Kors, here.

One of our absolute favorite, unique to Tucson annual events is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. It happens from late January through mid-February and is a compilation of more than 40 different shows from roadside bargain buys to wholesalers-only tents.  Suede and I prefer attending the main event downtown at the convention center — its dates conveniently fall near Valentine’s Day every year. It’s the perfect excuse to practice self-love and pick up unique jewelry at a smokin’ deal.

Now, the main show is not for the faint of heart. There are thousands of people, hundreds of booths and a decidedly diverse crowd. There are kids picking up $.50 rocks, mineral enthusiasts fawning over exhibits, dealers searching for flawless gems and folks like us: visiting each booth, not waiting to miss a thing and looking for that one piece that is so distinct you can’t leave without it. This year did not disappoint; I’ll share my loot later this week (yay). We rounded out the day with a mid-afternoon drink at Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant and a Valentine’s dinner of Pho at Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket.

So, how does one dress for a fun-filled holiday at the Gem Show? If you’re me, you dress for all contingencies: hot (the tank and shades), cool (the flannel), lots of walking (the chuck taylors), lots of sitting (the sexy boyfriend jeans), eating  & drinking (loose fitting clothing), and best of all, trying on lots of  jewelry (having jewelry on one side of my body, yes, earrings included). The pops of red are my tribute to Valentine’s Day…and love, of course.




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