Jewelry designer Pamela Love lost one of her favorite aquamarine earrings as a kid, which is why she’s mainly rocked mismatched earrings since. The experience is an example of how Love’s pieces and her style itself tells a story; the native New Yorker started making jewelry in her Brooklyn apartment in 2007. Love describes jewelry as a personal thing, as is her relationship with food, which is characterized by homemade pickles, matcha, avocado and lots of grapefruits (basically all the things that make one glow). Eat and wear your way through the world of Pamela Love; but remember, not all of this is edible…
From start to finish what would be your ideal food day?
A soy matcha latte, breakfast at Diner or Cafe Mogador in Williamsburg, lunch at Angelica’s Kitchen, and dinner at Dokebi in Williamsburg for amazing Korean. Or An Choi on the Lower East Side for great Vietnamese.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I drink a lot of green tea and a lot of lemon water. I try to avoid gluten whenever possible. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and try to get some form of exercise three times a week. I make sure to get a lot of healthy oils in my diet for my skin and hair, like avocado.
A beauty mainstay that hasn’t changed since your teen years…
Cold black tea on my eye lids when they are puffy. Either soaked into a washcloth or the teabags themselves.
What’s one piece of jewelry every woman should be wearing 24/7? Is there one?
I think it’s different for every woman. Jewelry is a very personal thing.
Can you remember your first piece of jewelry? What was it and why was it special?
A pair of gold and aquamarine earrings from my mother when I was about six. I lost one of the earrings immediately and was completely devastated. From then on I’ve always worn mismatched earrings, and I still wear that aquamarine one to this day.
The old Hollywood star you’d want to wear your jewelry…
When it comes to jewelry is there such a thing as ‘too much’?
Yes. There is definitely a line that you can cross where you go from looking eclectic to completely crazy. I’ve crossed that line a few times…
Advice to women deciding what jewelry to put on in the morning…
Wear what makes you feel happy and strong. Jewelry has the power to transform how you feel. Focus on how it makes you feel rather than what looks cool.
What’s a typical lunch like at your studio?
Your ideal breakfast…
Moroccan mint tea, halumi eggs or the country breakfast from Cafe Mogador.
What’s always in your bag?
Nuts or trail mix.
What are your go-to 4pm pick-me-ups?
I love grapefruits. I eat them constantly. It’s my favorite go-to snack. Otherwise, I grab a Granny Smith apple.
Five things you’re coveting right now…
What do you always put out at a dinner party when hosting? What do you always bring as a guest?
I love making pickles. I like to bring homemade pickles to BBQ’s and house parties. When hosting, I don’t really have something I always put out. It really depends on the season. I love making sangria and it’s great to put out in the summer time. In the fall, mulled wine.
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
I think New York City is the best city in the world for food! I don’t have to travel to far for a great meal. In Brooklyn, Little Dokebi, Dokebi, Diner, Marlow and Sons, Salt + Charcoal, Roberta’s, Frankies Spuntino, and Cafe Mogador. In Manhattan, The Breslin, Angelica’s Kitchen, An Choi, and Mission Chinese Food.
If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead who would be there? What would you cook or order in?
Neil Young, James Turrell, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Frida Kahlo. And since this is a fantasy I would order in buffalo wings, my favorite food as a kid. As a vegetarian, I crave them all the time…sometimes I even dream about them.