Did you know that the word “sequin” comes from the Venetian zecchino, which was a coin issued in 1284? When the currency died out, Venetian ladies would embroider their clothes with the old, pure gold coins. Thus, the Italians' obsession with bling began (plus, have Italian women always been stylish? I think the answer is a resounding, YES). I love a good excuse to slap on some sequins during the holidays. It's like a throwback to dance recitals, but without those hideous white tights. I'm thinking I'll have to incorporate some bling into my NYE ensemble.