Before you Hit the Stores, Accessorize!

One of the best ways to extend your wardrobe and keep from over-shopping is to add new accessories to the classic pieces you already own. Each variation creates a new look and extends the life of the clothes you own. Not to mention having the chance to appreciate clothes that you may have overlooked. Before you hit the stores, accessorize!

Blouse, Michael Kors, assorted accessories

Photos by Kendra Olson

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Fall is the Time to Accessorize

Fall is time to accessorize!

Fall is the time to accessorize!

Fall is the time to accessorize and elevate your look. Seasonal outfits look better with plush accessories and heavier fabrics of the season like fringe and suede work well as added touches. I like to pull out my chocolate brown bead necklace in the fall for added texture to any and all of my outfits – from jeans and a sweater to a printed dress or skirt. I found this at my favorite consignment shop, where I often find one-of-a-kind treasures. Pull out your accessories and add lift to whatever you are wearing this fall.

Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom

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My Scarf of Stars and Stripes

Optimized-P1050661Optimized-P1050638Optimized-P1050650My perfect patriotic accessory isn’t a pair of shoes or a handbag or even a piece of jewelry: it is a scarf. I think scarves are widely underestimated; there are countless ways to wear them which makes them the most versatile of accessories. Around the neck, over the head, down the back, as a belt, or on the wrist – all versions work. I am wearing mine as a tie, under a crisp, white blazer – simple, easy, and colorful. I found it at a charming local boutique but vintage is just as special as new. Try shopping your closet and you may find your perfect scarf accessory waiting to be worn.

Wishing you a wonderful Fourth of July!

Shot on location in Chatham, New Jersey. Scarf, Bliss Clothing and Accessories; Blazer, Banana Republic.

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Once More, With Leopard

Optimized-P1050549Optimized-P1050547Need an extra lift? A hint of the unexpected? A touch of leopard is always a good idea and my favorite accessory. Belts, bags, or shoes, leopard is so versatile that it can replace any and all neutrals. And this print never goes out of style. These DVF leopard heels were a consignment-shop steal at $50. Check your closets now for leopard!

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Off the Cuff!

Double-cuff

Doubled

My favorite accessory of late? The cuff. Empowering, architectural, and very, very chic, think of the cuff as your personal power. Wear one, wear two, but rock the look now. Your jewelry box will thank you!

Photos by Sophie MacMillan; shot on location at Mondo Summit

 

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Oh, What a BABE!

Barbara 'Babe' Cushing Mortimer Paley , Vogue, 1946

Barbara ‘Babe’ Cushing Mortimer Paley , Vogue, 1946

Whatever she wore, she wore in a way you would never forget.” ~ Oscar de la Renta

I vaguely remember hearing her name, but I had no idea that there was such a Babe in American fashion history. Barbara “Babe” Paley (1915-1978) was a fashion influencer and true style icon; I began reading about her and her two sisters Minnie and Betsey Cushing in the book, “The Sisters,” by David Grafton. And then the flood gates of my mind opened and I couldn’t know enough about this statuesque socialite and much-loved personality. Born to wealth and prominence as the daughter of a Boston neurosurgeon, Babe and her two older sisters (under the guidance of their socially ambitious mother) made marrying- well their careers and gained further popularity in high society circles. It was here that Babe Paley with her striking good looks, bone structure, and model figure, entered the stratosphere of high style and became universally admired for her fashion sense. Continue reading

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Nautical necklace

Statement necklace

Statement necklace

Ahoy! Don’t you love this statement necklace … especially the anchor? I had been searching for nautical-inspired pieces. And when my friend Kim suggested it looked like vintage Tory Burch I knew I had something special. Statement necklaces are chic because they give a boost to everything, especially a plain white tee. Some may be more opulent than others but anything bold and over-sized with a pop of color will do. If you haven’t already purchased a statement necklace for the summer and transition to fall, do it now.

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Curl your toes!

Wearing OPI's "My paprika is healthier than yours" - quite a name!

Wearing OPI’s “My paprika is healthier than yours” – quite a name!

Feeling a little off? A bright pedicure is just the answer to curl your toes! I turned my day around with a new tangerine-toned pedicure paired with my Prabal Gurung for Target red sandals! Do it for yourself – you are worth it.

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Fringe!

Accessorizing: daytime

Accessorizing: daytime

Today was my day for wearing fringe: Lissus Fringe by Daniel Silverstein, 100%NY. A great accessory can add dimension and drama to your wardrobe, take you from day to night, from casual to dressy. And add a little whimsy.

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Accessorizing - evening

Accessorizing – evening

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Twirlers and dreamers

My conversation with my twirlers and dreamers – Gracie, Olivia, Maggie, Charlie, Zosia, and Natalie … Magic!

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