My Favorite Accessories

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No good outfit is complete without accessories! My personal style is rather minimal with the clothing with a larger emphasis on the accessories. I have just about as many accessories as I do clothes! Here are just a few of my favorites that I rotate between regularly.

Floppy Hats

Hats are great for a multitude of reasons but I love them for their versatility. Depending on the style and color, you can style them to blend with all seasons throughout the year. They’re also great on second or third day hair. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Click here to read about how to take better care of your hair.)

Chunky Necklaces

My all-time favorite accessory to finish off an outfit is a big chunky necklace. Most of my necklaces are short and chunky because I find that they look the best with the majority of my wardrobe. I have cultivated a great group of neutral based necklaces that work with any outfit. Using basic tones of silver and gold are my favorite and add a subtle hint of glam to the outfit.

Bold Earrings

If I’m not wearing a chunky necklace, odds are that I’m wearing a pair of bold earrings. My favorite way to style bold earrings are with a scarf and an up-do. I love the simple statement earring look and think it’s an absolute classic.

Glam Wrist Accessories

Even with all the girly glam of the necklace and earring accessories up by your face, there is always room for more glam throughout your outfit in other areas. I love adding bracelets to outfits and many of the pieces I’m attracted to incorporate some element of glam. I think it’s a great way to tie all your accessories together and complete an outfit.

Leave me a comment below letting me know what your favorite accessory is!

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I’m interrupting your week with a surprise post because when deals are this good, you can’t waste them! Get this top from New York and Company for 30% off! It’s super cute and can be styled for the workplace or a dressed down for just lounging around. I got mine in the color “grand sapphire” and I LOVE it. I think I found my new color obsession. (Look out olive!) Lately, I have really been into accessorizing with gold accents but the silver zipper on this shirt has been pushing me out of my comfort zone; and, I’m kind of falling in love with silver accessories again! The bangle (which is also on sale) and earrings add a simple touch to the outfit without calling attention to themselves in any way. I wanted the deep blue shirt to pop! Check out the sales here!

How To : DIY Jewelry Holder / Coat Rack

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What better way to kick off this creative journey than to start with a super simple DIY that adds a beautiful custom accent to your home. If you live in a smaller home or an apartment, like I do, you know how difficult it is to come by decent counter space in a bathroom. I didn’t have adequate counter space for my necklace display so I began thinking of other methods of storing them. Many people overlook wall space as being used for storage, but it is something I rely on in my home. Arranging my bathroom wall as a gallery wall serves as something pleasing to look at while being functional. That being said, I turned to Pinterest to find inspiration. I quickly found a concept I enjoyed and began working on tweaking it to my taste.

Here is what I used to make this DIY necklace display system:

Many of these products I had floating around my kitchen or garage so the only items that needed to be purchased were the hooks ($15) and the picture hanging teeth ($5). So, this DIY costed me a total of $20! How amazing is that?! Plus it isn’t a time consuming process at all.

Here is what I did:

  • I created the DIY aged stain mixture and set that aside to mix together for a few days.
  • While the stain mixture was set aside for those few days, I took care of some of the busy work. I made sure to place my order on amazon for the hooks and picked up the picture hanging teeth. Also, make sure you measure your wall area and necklaces to see how big of a piece of wood you will need. Once I measured, I cut the wood down to the ideal size.
  • Once my stain mixture was ready, I painted one layer onto the piece of wood.
    • *Be sure you do this outside, preferably in a garage. The lovely smell of vinegar is rather potent!*
  • The next day I checked on the stain and gave it another coat to darken it to the shade I wanted.
  • Once completely dry I nailed in the picture hanging teeth to the back and screwed the hooks onto the front in the pattern I desired.
  • The last step is to hang it and ENJOY!!

I am obsessed with how this turned out and I appreciate it all the more because I did it myself. The price tag is definitely a plus too! 😉 Keep in mind that this DIY can be used for a variety of different purposes. I used mine for necklaces but also explore its uses as a coat rack, a decorative way to string picture frames from, etc. If you decide to try this out, let me know your results!

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