A Stylish Outfit With Zero Accessories

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Sometimes less is more on point.

I walked out the door dressed for church a couple weeks ago without a single accessory.

I tried to accessorize, even put on a necklace, it just seemed odd not to. I think sometimes we wear things because it’s “what you’re supposed to wear” or it’s our little routine – “I always wear a ____”. But I want to change that. When you box yourself in to what you think you’re supposed to wear, you begin to stop wearing things because you feel good in them and do it out of obligation or habit. Let’s only wear things that make us feel like our best, wearing only things we love and feel beautiful in.

It’s not always the case, (and don’t tell Dolly I said this) but sometimes an outfit doesn’t need embellishing.

So how do you know when an outfit doesn’t need embellishing? The best answer is, when jewelry doesn’t highlight anything.

Now if you could see my ears better, I would have added some studs (probably pink ones), but you can’t really see my ears through all my hair.

So if you don’t have this going on, remember even the smallest of earrings can make an impact, add polish and make you look purposeful. That’s always the goal – looking purposeful. Like you put time and effort into your look (without having to put lots of time/effort into your look), and it doesn’t require a pile of jewelry!

A bold patterned anything – sweater, jacket, top – help to give life and visual impact which means you can minimize the jewelry.

Remember you’re adding highlights with accessories, and a page that’s fully highlighted isn’t easy on the eyes.

Sweater is from J Crew (exact sweater link! Ha, that never happens) | jacket and jeans Express | shoes Target (all of which I’ve owned for years)

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Watch How to Wear One Simple Outfit (you own) 4 Different Ways

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Oh, oh it’s magic! Or just accessories…

Walking into Charming Charlie in West Town Mall for this segment makes my mouth water in excitement.

I get so excited putting different looks together because I believe it will help you next time you get stumped with what to wear. It’s amazing how different a basic outfit of a white shirt and jeans can look with a few simple switches of accessories!

 

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Styling Help: Maxi Skirt & Jacket

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For years I’ve tried to pull off a tulle skirt (as evidenced by this failed attempt in 2014). The thing with these skirts? You don’t want to look too young, too costume-y, too much like a ballerina or too little of a girl playing dress up (let’s be real, there’s a little bit of that look going on).

When I found this beautiful leather jacket, I knew I could balance out it’s short/tight look with a big ole’ skirt. Amazon for the win: Wedding Planning WDPL Women’s Long Tutu Tulle Skirt A Line Floor Length Skirts 

But what about accessories?

The neckline of this jacket rules out a necklace – it would be too hard/awkward looking to try to work one with the way the lapels fall. And since I was wearing my hair up and am currently obsessed with all things earrings – I knew I wanted something sparkly hanging off my lobes.

Enter: New York & Company in West Town Mall.

They really have fantastic accessories and they’re ALWAYS on sale. On the day I went shopping it was a buy one get TWO free sale. So I got these gorgeous earrings, the bracelet (pictured) and other gold bracelets for later use – all for right under $30. That’s a deal.

I’m proud of myself for venturing out of what could have been my comfort zone of silver jewelry and instead going for some rose gold. It was hard, and I almost changed it at the last minute, but that pop of pink against the navy and gray, really added something special to the whole look. And surprisingly I’ve already wanted to reach for all my jewelry a second time so I know it won’t go unused this spring/summer.

Thanks for hanging in the blog over the past week and a half – I was having behind the scenes technical hiccups that prevented me from being able to get in and add new posts. But we’re up and running again, so check back tomorrow for more content!

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Key Questions to Ask to Determine How to Accessorize Your Dress

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The difference between looking like Easter candy and Easter EYE candy.

So you found yourself an Easter dress, but you don’t know how to accessorize it? Let me help with that…

In browsing for my own Easter accessories, I came across a TON of jewelry that I wanted from New York & Co., so I’ve pulled all my ideas from there. (And if you’d like to donate to my accessories fund, just shoot me an email ;)

But before I show you what I found, we have to first ask a couple of key questions to figure out what accessories you need…

When wearing your dress/outfit, where is your eye drawn?

Is there an area in your look that needs balance?

Do see any blank spots about your outfit?

Maybe you’re wearing a solid color dress and you don’t know how to jazz it up. Girl, with that, the options are endless…

Think about sticking to a monochromatic look by adding a necklace of the same color as your dress. And talk about cool…I love the mix of beads and edge with this one…

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The heavy strands of this one makes it perfect for a neckline that’s just calling for “something.” This would work with an outfit that incorporates a smaller pattern, like small flowers, or any thing that includes this shade of pink.

 

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Maybe you’re going with a kimono this Easter? Pair it with a simple look underneath and then this fabulously layered necklace. It can go as high as choker status then layers all the way down to a tassel. Perfection.

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Here lately I’ve been all about statement earrings. In fact I’d like to clear out my whole earring collection and start over, but that’s probably not wise. I do adore the options New York & Co. has right now like these sparkly beauties that would pair perfectly with a cobalt blue dress or an intense fuchsia. Boom, these would really set off some visual fireworks.

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If you’ve decided to go with a floor length floral dress, these would dangle just perfectly above the neckline.

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Maybe you are going with something navy, or a solid shift dress and want to add some floral? I think it’s so chic to do a floral stud like these, but with your hair down and tucked behind your ears so you can show them off – or better yet, pin one side of your hair up so you really showcase one in the coolest way possible.

 

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I feel as if it would be a whole other post if I got into showing which bracelets I love. Just remember to let your jewelry echo itself. Don’t pair sweet floral earrings with something too edgy. And when all else fails, edit. In the case of jewelry, less is more. Most people don’t look at you and are startled by your lack of accessories, more often they’re startled by too many.

Above all, have fun with it! You want to be most comfortable and feeling like you are adequately representing yourself and your style, so even if that’s no jewelry at all, own it!

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Why Your Whole Body Needs These (Natural) Products

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Delicious smells, pronounceable ingredients.

Last year I lost some weight. Turns out carbs and sugar aren’t as good for your butt as kale and exercise is – DANG IT. In doing that, I took a hard look at what I eat and have made some changes. In the past, I’ve never been able to really think about ingredients or chemicals being bad for me, because ridding my life of them seemed overwhelming.

But once I saw how easily I could change how I eat, I started slowly taking a look at everything I was putting ON my body and not just in.

Which is why I’m super excited about Fresh Kale Bath Company. I first wrote about them here and am again writing about them simply out of a love for their products.

I’m currently using their lavender “Sleepy Time” lotion, pillow/body spray (same scent), their solid perfume (in Gold), and this, their facial moisturizer in “Silk”.

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I won’t bore you with all the ingredients, all though it wouldn’t be a bore, because there are so few in each one. I will tell you that they’re all recognizable and pronounceable. The knowledge of which makes lathering on this silky smooth lotion all the more relaxing.

It soaks in quickly, it leaves my skin feeling soft and it’s going to take me forever to finish that tiny bottle because a little goes a long way. All the benefits of a very expensive moisturizer without shelling out all the cash. This facial lotion was $20.

Recently I read that it’s the simpler products that really do your skin the most good, so I’m glad to have that peace of mind with these items from Fresh Kale. I’m also happy to support a family owned business! It’s a mother/daughter team that head this store up – and they make all their products in-store. Friends, IT DOESN’T GET FRESHER THAN THAT.

Do you skin a favor and stop in to see them.

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