Let’s Talk Accessories

Isn’t this an adorable way to store bracelets?!  It came up on my HGTV feed so I made a trip to the local thrift shop in search of teacups and saucers.  I’m a bracelet gal and here’s why. For years I tried to coordinate earrings, necklaces and bracelets, like you all do so well.  I just ended up looking like an 80’s Avon catalog ad. Super matchy, matchy.  Not super stylish.

I admire baubles on everyone else.  Like those of you (Hi Ann) who can wear the fabulous oversized necklace, own it and coordinate it flawlessly with other accessories.  Or those of you (and Hello Winnie) with the fun earrings that perfectly “go with” not “match” your outfit(my favorite advice/quote of Stacy London from What not to Wear).  Sister Janice and the scarves….don’t get me started! Let’s face it, all my friends and family, rock the accessory game that eludes me.

So, one day I decided to focus on one of the lesser intimidating accessories.  I chose bracelets.  They make that great sound when you wear multiples and I almost always wear multiples. You can go full gypsy and make it work! More is…more.  I did learn early on that the best way to wear multiples is to find a unifying element and then vary the other elements.  I may wear all metals but I’ll wear a variety including gold, silver and rose gold.  Yes, you can mix your metals!

I am also fortunate to have talented friends and family members that keep me in handmade bracelets!  My sister likes to use vintage costume jewelry pieces and glass or stone beads to make beautiful one of a kind bracelets.  My friend Meghan makes lovely bangles out of the sea glass she collects on her beach walks. And I’m waiting for my friend Lisa to finish her master’s degree so she can get back to making me unique vintage-style jewelry….priorities friend!

Here are some of my winter faves (I have different warm weather  faves):

The other accessory I want to talk about is the scarf.  I was so flummoxed by them that I actually asked my sister for one with a personal tutorial on how to wear it, for Christmas.  She obliged and now I am a convert. She often has a scarf casually (but perfectly) draped around her neck.  When I tried in the past (even using online tutorials) the results were anything but flattering.  They looked like I slept in them. One of my male friends even asked, “Is that a life-vest?”  Insert laughing emoji here.

Alas, here are a few tips from sis, if you are scarf shy like I WAS…

  • It’s all in the fabric.  You want a nice draping fabric that’s not too heavy or too light.
  • A looong rectangle is your easiest shape.
  • Avoid the infinity scarf if you want to minimize fullness.
  • A fabric that is printed on both sides is best.  If not just fold it in half width-wise before you start to tie.
  • Don’t get hung up on matching colors perfectly.  A scarf should complement what you’re wearing.
  • Bust out a print to add some interest.

Click on the photos/Gifs below and you will be scarf tying in a “Gif”y! My favorite is The Pretzel!

Oh and here is my take on the teacups!

So what is your favorite accessory and why?  Have any tips for me?