Thursday, January 14, 2010

Accessory Craze

Everyone who knows me knows how crazy I am about accessories. You might not believe it, but not even on a lazy Sunday spent indoors with my boyfriend and puppy will I ever skip the opportunity to pick out the perfect earrings, scarf and bracelet to go with my otherwise plain skinny jeans, cashmere sweater and riding boots (yes, I wear shoes indoors.... my argument is that the dog brings in so much dirt anyway that it does not matter). I don't know how many times I've seen my BF roll his eyes at me as we're on the way out, sort-of-remarking: "you're wearing your diamonds to the DINER?".

Oh yes, I certainly am - why?

Splurging on accessories is a phenomenal way of spoiling yourself with a nice purchase if you're on a budget, or (as in my case) if your significant other has put a shopping ban on you (!). Not only does a given amount of money often give you a little more bang for the buck when spent on accessories rather than fashion (at least if you're willing to scour Etsy and local designer markets, as I often do myself), but it is also so much easier to hide a little jewelry box in your purse when you get back home to your hubby, as opposed to a big showy shopping bag with a Chanel or Malandrino logo.... enough said.

I would like to take the opportunity to share some of my recent jewelry crushes! Please note that I have not accepted money, gifts or any kind of bribes to endorse any of the designers below... I just adore their work and felt like spreading some love.

Last week I went to Raleigh (more about my trip here) to work on a fashion shoot, and our stylist had borrowed tons and tons of jewelry from local designer Kerry Catherine. Now I realize it does not make sense at all to plug a boutique that I cannot even find the website for, but I was so blown away with her beautiful pieces, not to mention grateful that we got to use them for our shoot, that I just had to give her a shout-out. Kerry Catherine Jewelry is located on 1809 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC.... if you're ever around (storefront to the left)! You won't be disappointed.

Another designer whom I'm a big fan of is Alex Keller. Alex recycles vintage jewelry into unique one-of-a-kind pieces and she does it extremely well. The necklace in the image to the right has quickly become one of my signature pieces and I would probably purchase Alex's whole collection if I could find a sneaky way to hide it from my ever-suspicious boyfriend. :)

Furthermore, as some of you might know, I am a die-hard equestrian. My parents gave me my first (due to a few "incidents", it had one or two successors throughout the years) golden horse-pendant necklace on my ninth birthday, and needless to say it was one of my most loved belongings for many, many years. Sadly however, I have no idea of its whereabouts these days - I might have left it back home overseas when I moved to New York a couple of years ago (in 2003, more exactly). So what gives? A horse loving girl without a proper piece of horsie jewelry is a sad girl - but fortunately, my birthday is coming up next week, so I simply took things in my own hands and ordered these cute little white gold horseshoe studs (left) from LuShae. Let's hope they'll bring me lots of good luck in 2010!

Last but not least, speaking of my birthday, I got an email from Soixante Neuf the other day, that made me open my eyes a little wider. Apparently, us January birthday girls get 25 % off all of their jewelry! Now, I'm thinking this message should rather have been sent to my family and friends, especially since I am not supposed to spend a single dime on fashion or accessories until I have proven to my boyfriend that I know how to be financially responsible and not behave like a recklessly spoiled, rich bitch.... but what to do, what to do? If any of you need my home address for shipping (cough, cough), please by all means, let me know! I like the Lion Ring, the Peace Necklace and the Wavy Two-Tone Cuff, in case you need "inspiration".... ;)

Also, be sure to check out my other blog, New York City Snippets! No fashion, but lots of candid NYC footage - and, not to mention, daily updates!

XOXOXO

76 comments:

  1. Advance happy birthday M. I love accessories too... it definitely adds a twist and a dash of interest to a plain outfit. And pearls are on my list of things to have these days. Enjoy your birthday month, I always declare the whole month of April as my birthday month and I behave like a queen for a whole month. Hahaha!

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  2. Happy, Happy Birthday (in advance) my love!!

    Accessories are my BFF; I've said it time and time again, but it is the absolute truth. I feel naked without them. And yes, diamonds should be worn to the diner!! :)

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  3. What a great post! I really like what you have said here because I used to be one who saves my nicest accessories for fancy occasions, and then you end up wearing them only once in a while or hardly ever! I think it is important to adorn yourself in your favourite (and even expensive) accessories often as you have described here!

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  4. Love those horseshoe studs, darling M!
    Nice bday purchy!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  5. I'm still in hiding a bit, but as I peeked at my blog roll, your post title was way too enticing to resist! I LOVE accessories...I love jeans and tees and have little use in my life for much else in the way of wardrobe, so accessories are my way of having a little fun and staying updated. I am also a huge fan of Alex Keller! I think there was a pool of drool on the table while I perused their Etsy shop! Great post, Malin!

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  6. happy birthday in advance, darling! I could not agree more with you! wear your diamonds whenever you can! :))
    have a sweet day, xoxo

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  7. Great post!! Happy Early Birthday!!

    http://www.hottheels.blogspot.com

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  8. So happy to hear that I’m not the only one buying birthday presents for herself! Sadly I'm not an accessoires person but I really want to change my ways - so all your tips are highly appreciated. Sabine x P.S. Love your new blog!

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  9. Oh I couldn't agree more, as I sit typing in sweats, a tatty hoodie and huge statement necklace LOL! I just feel happy sitting in some over the top accessories, or sometimes its insane shoes. I've been insane buying accessories lately, but its so true they do transform all your old outfits. x

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  10. Wow the BF is really cracking down on you. Could it be warranted I wonder or is he just a control freak..... ;O) Glad you made it back and enjoyed some sunlight.

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  11. I love any accessory, especially jewellery! I love that Alex Keller necklace: its gorgeous.
    Happy Birthday for next week.

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  12. I'm still searching for my signature piece. I was given a white gold and diamond key necklace for xmas by the bf and I love it but it doesn't feel like me yet. HAve worn it to the supermarket and accidently to bed (SO tired!) but got told off both times in case I broke or lost it. So i argued what was the point of buying me it then? To hide in my undies drawer? :-)

    Think you must get the horse shoe studs...why shouldn't you? It's ya birthday (soon)

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  13. happy almost birthday! My husbands birthday is next week as well
    those earings are very cute! And that Alex Keller necklace is gorgeous!

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  14. Happy Birthday to you ! I cannot wait to see the pictures of which accessories you wore on the day ! I loved this post - I'd expect nothing less of you than to be dressed up for the diner !!!

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  15. great post dear, I loce accessories*°*°*

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  16. Great minds must think alike as I've ordered the horse shoe earrings from LuShae too!!

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  17. Happy Birthday CC! Love the fact that you wear diamonds to the diner!

    www.bagpoor.com

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  18. I love vintage jewelry.. don't make them like they used to.
    http://www.twolia.com/blogs/teacups-and-couture

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  19. Accessories are the perfect touch for an outfit. And wear those diamonds girl! Diner or gas station!

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  20. Wow...I just clicked on the link to Alex Keller and she is a great find. Thank you!

    Happy Birthday!!! :-)

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  21. I am also an accessories fanatic. My wardrobe is pretty basic - a lot of plain jeans & tees, but I love to add on scarves and jewelry. Great post!
    xx

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  22. I love accessories too ... even if they can create a hole in one's pocket! (That's the only sad part of it!)

    When is your birthday?!

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  23. Happy Birthday!!! I like you love my accessories! The make me feel so good! I wear them whenever I can! xo

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  24. Love the horshoe studs - those are Fab! :-)

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  25. I always forget to wear jewellery, I guess I'm not a natural accessoriser! But after reading this I think I'm going to make more of an effort to think about accessories now!

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  26. This is a great post, I really enjoyed it! I totally agree with you. I love the fact that you wear jewelry at home! I always wear earrings, always, even at home. I just feel naked without these!!

    xxxx

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  27. I SO agree-never save anything for a special occasion or rainy day xo

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  28. Happy birthday Dear ! I love your blog more and more !
    http://mimietnini.canalblog.com/

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  29. Happy Birthday!! :) Have fun jewelry shopping. It sounds fabulous. :)

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  30. Oh wow. I love the horseshoe studs!!

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  31. cute stuff, lovely blog!

    lovelove, M.
    http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

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  32. Happy Birthday! love those tiffany pearls!

    Missy
    For all things fashion:
    http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

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  33. who said you can't wear diamonds to the diner?! ;) happy almost birthday! & those jewels from the raleigh designer are so pretty!

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  34. happy birthday sweetie!

    accessories are the best,I think that a plain outfit can be gorgeous with the right accessories:)

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  35. My current obsession is: rings, I love them so badly!

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  36. happy birthday! and nice to know i'm not the only one with a shopping problem!

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  37. Ohhhh Happy Birthday. I have a thing for pearls, nothing beats them in my book! x

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  38. wonderful blog! love the post :)

    xAZD

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  39. Hey darling- I totally hear you on the hiding of things from significant others. The Mr. has no idea, until I do a new outfit post on my blog.. LOL! These are lovely finds, and I'm already a fan of Alex Keller's baubles! :) Have a wonderful weekend...

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  40. I heart Alex Keller too!! And I wear my pearls in my apt, so I am in complete agreement with you - dress for yourself,not just for an occasion!

    Speaking of, just scored 2 beautiful vintage Japanese beaded necklaces and love wearing them indoors and even while walking Midtown Pups, lol!!

    AND - HAPPY BIRTHDAY in advance, doll ;-) XOXO

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  41. Happy Birthday! I love that you wear diamonds to the diner. That sounds perfect to me. xo Mish

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  42. yes!!! more power to you for (a) understanding the importance and capabilities of accessories, (b) wearing diamonds to a diner, and (c) WEARING SHOES INDOORS! i love the accessories you shared, too. thanks soo sooo much for stopping by my blog, also! amen sister- you never learn from past mistakes, haha. and security just keeps getting worse and worse. last time, they had to check my bag because i had too many electronics- my mp3, headphones, computer, and a few CDs. really?

    http://steampunkdolls.blogspot.com/

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  43. Love this all!!

    xo, C.
    http://owl-wings.blogspot.com

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  44. accessories almost always make an outfit better. i need to find some good jewelry!! haha

    xx

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  45. ps - make sure to tell the BF about my shop for Valentines day :) hint hint!

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  46. Happy Birthday girl! Great post on such pretty pieces :)

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  47. Thanks for the birthday wishes and guess what!?

    Happy birthday! haha :) All the best!

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  48. P.S. Thanks for all your awesome comments, darling ~ hope your weekend is going fabulously :)

    xoxox,
    CC

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  49. ah i alwaaaaaays avoid wearing my expensive accessories due to fear of losing them and while i realize that may be excessive i have been traumatized by lost accessories in the past haha. but i do agree with what you're saying! and accessorizing can truly make or break the outfit

    myglitteringcreation.blogspot.com

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  50. Happy birthday and enjoy those accessories! I'm all about the finishing touch!

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  51. Haha I enjoy what you have to prove to your husband.
    Hmm I'm one of those people who absolutely adores jewelery and accessories, but is absolutely terrible at remembering to wear the accessories she's gotten. I have so many pretty trinkets, both expensive and inexpensive, that sit on my dresser collecting dust simply because I forget to put them on after I'm finished dressing. The same can be said for my perfume collection..!

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  52. happy birthday !! (in advance). accessories are a necessity - we can never have enough right? ;)

    xx lue

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  53. OMG, yay! I was so excited when you commented on my post and said you bought Alex's necklace. Her work is just fabulous isn't it??

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  54. Happy birthday!Love tiffany!

    Nuheila

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  55. I simply adore that necklace!!

    Im an accessories addict as well

    thanks so much for your lovely comment, i'm so glad you enjoyed reading it as much I as I enjoyed writing it and i'm glad it provoked a strong response in you - i completely agree with yourr views on plus size editorials so you're not alone =]

    Happy Birthday in advance dearest!!

    Stay safe and chic darling,
    English Rose x
    http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

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  56. love equestrian inspired jewelry xo

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  57. Happy Birthday! I love the ruffle shot around the neckline :D

    ♡,
    Jessica

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  58. i've always been obsessed with handbags, but only recently have i become enamored with long, beautiful necklaces!

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  59. I never even bother taking off most of my jewelry, so I usually go to bed wearing my earrings, a necklace and two rings. I don't do this with costume jewelry though... I"m pretty sure I'd get a rash from that. Initially I didn't know if I should wear my engagement ring every day, because it's so precious, but then I figured, what's the point of having it if you never wear it? So I totally understand why you'd wear your accessories all the time.

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  60. i wear my shoes indoors and accessorize on days when i'm at home. only if i'm really stressed do i strip off the jewels! :-D
    xox alison

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  61. Your jewellery finds are amazing.
    -Marz

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  62. awesome, thanks for sharing! i worked on a shoot last week that had AMAZING jewelry, i can't remember for the life of me what it all was but I know some of it was Dotted Loop, so so so rad, you should check it out.

    and HAAAAAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

    xo Niki

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  63. Lovely post! I also love Alex Keller!
    xoxo
    Giovanna
    ❉ ✿ ✿ ❉
    www.bohomarket.blogspot.com

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  64. AGREED.

    like any fashionista should know. . .accessories are your best friends that help complement any outfit that you have on!



    p.s. Feel free to enter the “Starving For Dior” contest on my blog!
    www.thestarvingstylist.com

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  65. happy happy birthday!! i need to learn to accessorize better!

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  66. I so agree accessories are a gal's BFF.

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  67. Happy Birthday! Have fun and buy lots of pretty thing, yes? ;)
    I love Alex K. jewelry too.
    Xx

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  68. "horsie jewelry" that's sounds strange in one way..but when you see that earings...fab darling ^.^
    kisses

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  69. Acessories are one of the greatest joys, but do you prefer more clothing or more acessories?
    XOXOX
    Libby
    http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

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  70. I also love accessories, those pearls are so great!

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  71. A birthday - SA-WEET! Hope you have an amazing one and get lots of lovely pressies - because that's what its all about, right - the pressies! :) seriously, though, those horseshoe earrings are awesome - i have been stalking a horseshoe necklace that i think is the sweetest. happy day, m!

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