I loved the look right from the start, a plain solid silver bangle, designed to be worn with a few beads that are kept on by stoppers. It comes in 4 sizes, XS, S, M, L but buyer beware, it is definitely a try before you buy as a lot of people have been surprised to find they needed an XS bangle!
|Image courtesy of trollbeads.com|
So what's stopped me?
Well first of all it was the price, £90 for the bangle on it's own, without stoppers.
This has been offset by some of the promotions from Trollbeads and retailers alike, firstly the buy a bangle get 2 free stoppers and more recently with the much coveted Aurora glass bead that's only officially available as a bangle set for £125. Either way it's still a significant investment. So, er, it was still the price that was putting me off. I also really wanted an Aurora bead but I wasn't prepared to buy a bangle set just to get one.
Back in March I tried on a friend's S bangle, and here I realised why I was never going to get a bangle, I'm quite sensitive about my wrists and putting the bangle on and off made me want to both vomit and faint at the same time, even blogging about it I'm making sure I'm semi-prone on the sofa! (Not that I blog standing up or anything but you get my point)
So what on earth possessed me to finally buy one, an XS bangle, at our recent Troll Date?
|Full Troll Meet Haul - stones, ooaks and finally a bangle!|
I'm still not 100% sure, probably because I really wanted one, maybe it was the generous discount Beaverbrooks gave us on the day, possibly because I managed to try on Alison's without fainting or vomiting... I still felt rather uncomfortable, but mainly I think I finally went for it because they look SO good, which is a great motivator for wanting to try and get past my phobic aversion to putting it on and taking it off again (it's absolutely fine whilst on).
I didn't want my new bangle to just become an overpriced bead display stand for my blog photos - so how should I overcome my fear and more importantly my phobic reaction?
I wore my bangle out on the Friday night of the troll meet, with one bead and my stacked pink combo for Alison, it wasn't pleasant putting it on... luckily when it came to taking it off I was so tired (and full of cocktails) plus I was already in bed!
|Friday's bangle - last day of May!|
Therein a desensitisation plan was born, for those of you who've never had the misfortune to suffer from these types of reactions, I salute you, for those of you who have/do, you may understand my wish to overcome this, or you may just think I'm slightly crazy in that if it makes me feel that bad why bother in the first place?
As I said before I really like the bangle, and seeing so many on our Troll Date in person just strengthened my resolve to give it a proper go. So my plan was simple, I'd try wearing it every day, and to help with the feelings it evoked I'd put it on and take it off in bed, therefore if I felt wobbly I would already be in a comfortable place!
I loved Saturday's combination, I wore it nestled in a twisted leather design with my new Summer Stones to show off to the girls on our night out.
|Saturday's bangle, hello June!|
I had a bit of a set back on the Sunday, so decided to give it a miss and try again on Monday!
The Aurora bead was the original reason I was tempted to try the bangle, however it was quite ironic that I bought the two separately on the same weekend!
It was a really sunny day on the Tuesday, I took this whilst I was sat in the garden after work, the Aurora bead is lovely regardless but incredibly pretty in the sunshine!
So what to wear tomorrow? I decided to try the bangle with 3 beads as I'd been wearing it with just one bead but I was feeling a bit braver about adding more.
This went well, and I've been getting a lot of good use out of my new ooak (unique) and time to use some of the new Summer Stones on here, 2 of my Rhyolites!
During the evening I tweeted a picture along with my snack for the evening, popcorn actually makes quite a good background... and my bangle was toasty warm when I put it back on!
After mastering 3 beads I decided to go for 5! For Thursday I just added some ambers to my existing combination, I was out walking the dog and it was sunny again so I took a photo - this photo makes me laugh as the shadow shows you exactly the weird things I do when taking photos!
So Friday... end of the week, what to wear? How about LOTS of Summer Stones!
|Friday's bracelet - Canadian Jade triple with Zebra Jasper and Dalmatian Jasper|
So I'd managed a week with the bangle bar one day, I'd tried 1, 3 and 5 bead combos and I'd not passed out or thrown up, so far so good. Wearing 5 beads certainly makes the bangle a lot fuller, and harder to pull apart when taking off and putting on, not that you can move it much as it's solid silver - but it is possible to make it a little easier as it will move apart very slightly.
In experimenting with ways to wear my bangle I'd also tried different ways to put it on and off, the least worst way for me is to put it on above my wrist, via the inside of my wrist sideways on, about an inch above the wrist bone, and then slide it into place whilst twisting the opening to the back and then down to sit on my wrist under the wrist bone. I can categorically say that my experiment in trying to put it on under the wrist bone was a disaster, I almost ended up with a bangle pierced hand... well I had to try everything!
After a week of solid wearing it was definitely getting a bit easier. So to celebrate the previous 7 days/ways of wearing my bangle, Day 8 saw me with a no.7 cake!
Tasty! What also happened on Day 8 was I received some new discounted beads , and not just the ones I was wearing that day from the Troll Date!
Finally I have a peacock and wasted no time the following day to showcase this on my bangle - Day 9!
So on Monday I decided to wear all 3 of my new new beads and let the train take the strain!
|My cream galaxy, teal tiger and peacock beads from the Small and Beautiful beads|
Friday and I wanted a change from the stones and new beads, back to some old favourites, 3 Organic Bubbles!
Saturday I came home to find a little parcel waiting for me, my new Luccicare bead, a magnificent fishy... guess what went straight on my bangle and is still there today?!
|My current incarnation of my bangle with my Luccicare fishy as the focal point|
And so my 2 week challenge comes to an end, after 2 weeks I'm now much more comfortable putting the bangle on and off, if I'm honest it still makes me a little green at times but it really has been worth putting the work in, so much so that over the last 2 weeks I've really had to struggle hard to not buy a 2nd bangle with another Aurora bead. This is still probably the best deal if you want the bangle and the Aurora!
The only reason I'm holding off is cash right now, it's still an expensive investment and I have been spending my 3rd tax refund ever since my Troll Date (my first two refunds have been spent on sensible household items, bah!), but I do need to keep some money back for a little special something I have planned for myself in July, but more about that nearer the time...
*phobically challenged is probably the more correct terminology, as I don't have anything physically wrong with my wrists - it's just not such a catchy title!