This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ben Bridge Jeweler. All opinions are 100% mine.

I didn’t pack my Ben Bridge jewelry. I wore three simple and elegant pieces straight on the plane to London and rarely took them off the entire trip. My daughter and I set off to see all things Harry Potter and, unlike the movies, there was no time for wardrobe changes.

She’d been looking forward to this trip for months and I designed it completely around her interests (with a few of mine sprinkled in, of course).

With (lots of) unfinished work looming and a tremendously busy schedule ahead, it was all I could do to get on the plane. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about being a mom, you just make it work even when it seems daunting. In fact, we were so busy that this is the only halfway-decent photo we took together during the entire trip.

See also: 20 Things I’d Do on a Dream Trip to London

British Airways business class from San Diego to London.

And then sometimes, vacations go awry. Like when you have to cancel your plans to visit the south of France because the flu hits your daughter. And, you’re so tired that you sleep in your jewelry but it’s so comfortable that you don’t even notice.

For me, clothes and jewelry have to fit into real life moments.

A morning at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity.

These Ben Bridge pieces traveled with us to three hotels in three totally different parts of London, proving that they are as versatile as we needed to be.

Ben Bridge fine jewelry easily fits into a busy mom's daily life.

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I chose these Ben Bridge pieces to try because:

  • They pair perfectly with my staple engagement ring, wedding band and diamond earrings that my husband gifted me after our daughter was born.
  • The company only purchases exceptional metals and gemstones, ethically sourced from their countries of origin, and works with the most accomplished artisans to create exclusive collections.
  • Ben Bridge Jeweler only carries pieces from select brands, similarly recognized for their level of craftsmanship.
  • They can take me from day to night. Meaning, they look just as good with jeans as they do a little black dress.
  • The weight is so minimal that they do not interfere with my normal routine.

Truthfully, I used to have a hard time with companion jewelry until a campaign with the Lisa Bridge Collection (really) helped break me of this. I’m not a fan of wearing jewelry that isn’t made from genuine metals and gemstones.

Illness aside, don’t you worry, we did a lot in almost two weeks in London from rowing boats in the rain in Hyde Park to shopping in Mayfair.

What's more London than a black cab and red phone booth?

Despite having lived for a few years in London before she was born, I found myself reliant on Google maps for sightseeing. Here I am, trying to figure out the best way to get from the Tower of London to Primark in Oxford Circus where there are loads of Harry Potter souvenirs to be had.

The Tower Bridge in London.

See how the bolo bracelet’s strands hang down? This is the feature that I get complimented on the most. The yellow gold bangle and white gold bolo bracelet paired well together because the diamonds on both are bezel cut. I highly suggest buying both and wearing them as stackable bracelets.

Ben Bridge diamond bolo bracelet and diamond bangle.
Brown's Hotel in London is one of my favorite hotels.

Black is what I pack and I like my jewelry to match whether it’s a drink in the hotel lounge or a dinner in the restaurant. And, I felt so much better simply by wearing just a bit more jewelry than I normally do. Because, I’m crazy tired in this photo and need all the help I can get appearance-wise sometimes.

See also: Why Brown’s Hotel Is One of London’s Most Family-Friendly

I’ve since worn all three pieces to a conference in Las Vegas and while running errands around La Jolla. They do make me feel more put-together, people compliment me on them constantly and they fit perfectly into my lifestyle.

If you’re in San Diego, pop in to Ben Bridge Jeweler at Westfield UTC or find a store near you.

Ben Bridge makes gorgeous, pieces with diamonds and genuine metals that travel well. I took three pieces to London and rarely took them off.
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Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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