Knowing What Accessories are Best For You

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I love accessories. They’re the icing on the cake of my outfits. Most of my wardrobe is simple and basic, nondescript. It’s the canvas I put accessory’s on.

I love hats, scarves, gloves, earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, shoes, handbags, special coats and interesting umbrellas. There’s more, but you get the idea.

After a lunch with some bloggers last week, several of us went shopping. Elizabeth, took us to one of her favorite accessory shops in the gift center. Beth, of Style at a Certain Age was unable to join us shopping, but was a delight to meet! These ladies are ALL fabulous!!

Knowing What Accessories are Best For You

I’ve always admired Elizabeth’s panache with jewelry. Her motto is to always add another piece, before leaving the house. I love it!  I love it on her and can’t wear it. I just can’t carry it off, authentically. And that’s how I know if something is right for me. My gut tells me.

Sandra, of Apart From My Art and Elizabeth found item after item they adored. The oohs and aahs were proof of their delight. They were like kids in a candy store. They’re both fans of Angela Caputi jewelry, from Florence.

Lisa of Amid Privilege knew to sit and watch. I should have done the same. 


Knowing What Accessories are Best For You


I ended up buying the simplest necklace I could find, and when I got home realized it will be “gifted” to someone. It’s just not me. What I admire on other women, isn’t always for me. It’s for me to admire, not wear. This shopping experience was a misfire.

I’m in a transition phase. A style change has been in the works with me for several months. I expose myself to many things and try them on to check my gut instinct.


Knowing What Accessories are Best For You

More flamboyant dressers wear multiples of many things at the same time. It works for them and some carry it off well. Most just look overwhelmed.

Few  women’s style recipe stays the same, their whole life. We morph, change and grow with new experiences. Our style does the same, or we end up in a style rut that doesn’t match our personality and lifestyle.


The secret is finding what works for you, and feels exactly just like you!

What is your accessory recipe?


Style your day beautifully,Jennifer

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  1. September 16, 2015 / 5:00 am

    What a fabulous group of ladies! Each one so gorgeous! I see a necklace I want! I really do not have a formula…Presently, I am really into necklaces. I like one standout piece per outfit.

    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      That’s close to my formula Pam. Being short and with soft coloring I go for a more subtle look.

  2. September 16, 2015 / 5:14 am

    Wow, that is a big collection and I love your tips Jennifer. Plus, you’re so right and I know what you mean about how some women can add on extra pieces and carry it off so well, while I don’t always feel like that. I had jars of costume jewelry I had to part with when I moved to Switzerland when I realized there were so many pieces I just never wore. Now, I’m a little more careful and find I actually just wear the same every day – a necklace and bracelet my husband gave me. I think it’s fun to wear accessories that mean something, but also I think I’m too lazy at the end of the night to take them off, so I just wear them daily. haha 🙂
    Hope to see you soon. Will you be at Adrienne’s event next Fri?


    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      I began collecting nice costume jewelry several years ago, but my collection is still pretty small and I’m very selective.
      I do plan to go to the event!
      Hope to see you there!

  3. Rebecca Hively
    September 16, 2015 / 5:35 am

    Interestingly, I don’t accessorize. I’ve never been one to like jewelry.

  4. September 16, 2015 / 5:51 am

    That “gut check” has become so important to me when trying on new styles. Even if everyone else is gushing, I try to listen to that voice that says whether something is “me.” Accessories… love them and try to wear judiciously. Because I’m short, I find it’s best to have one or two focal points on an outfit, otherwise I get buried.

    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2015 / 4:16 pm

      That’s my formula too Susan! And I’d rather own very special pieces, than boxes full of OK ones. Each to his own. I love the other look on some women!

  5. Leslie Haws
    September 16, 2015 / 10:13 am

    wow, do i relate! i bought a necklace a few weeks ago. when it arrived I realized it just wasn’t me. i sent it to Elizabeth (whom I’ve never met). Following her blog has been wonderful. i could just see it on HER, not me. i think i fantasize about wearing “statement” pieces and can’t pull it off. Many of my mistakes end up on my manniqin so i enjoy them everday…..but I must get back to reality!
    thanks for your posts. i enjoy them and save many of them.

    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Thank you Leslie! Elizabeth is one of those women who can pull anything off and look chic doing it! Lucky her.

  6. September 16, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Ah, it’s been so much fun to see the Internet wake of our lunch. I sat because, when I’m visually overwhelmed, it’s all I can do;). And I knew immediately that that great jewelry wasn’t for me. Just like it so was for Elizabeth and Sandra. I think your style is just that little more expressive than mine, so, I’m not surprised that for you it was a go either way moment. What a fun day.

    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Great fun to meet you!

  7. September 16, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    I am very short, and can quickly become overwhelmed by the jewelry I admire on others. Hence, I limit myself to a single necklace, bracelet (or at most 2 bracelets), and earrings (not necessarily matchy-matchy). I have found that this works best for me. I do so admire people who can wear several pieces and look great while doing so.

    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      If I wear multiples, they must be fine scaled because I go for a more elegant look. It’s just what I’m comfortable with!

  8. September 16, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    What is my recipe for ACCESSORIES you ask?
    I wear what I like……the BIGGER the BETTER.I am a TALL BIG WOMAN so I can do it..or at least I think I can!I would LOVE to WEAR more………..I just do not attend or GO to the RIGHT EVENTS!
    Then there was LESLIE’s BOX in my mailbox……..what a GIFT she gave me!The card down to the GIFT was such a TREAT and I was SO delighted by her GENEROSITY!I wore the necklace yesterday and received compliments from my dry cleaner to the aisles of SAFEWAY!
    Doesn’t get better then that to walk out of your HOME and have people STOP you with an OOH and an AAH!!!Does so much for one’s SELF-ESTEEM!!
    SMALL people ADD an item or TWO………..I believe YOU can do it!You have read you areNOT suppose too……….BUT TRY IT.YOU MAY LIKE IT!
    Then send me a PHOTO!

    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2015 / 4:21 pm

      Your honest critque of my turban still has me howling. And yes, you do carry this all off with great aplomb!!

  9. Sandra Sallin
    September 16, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    Oh Jennifer, what fun. Yes, Elizabeh and I went nuts over the Angela Caputi jewelry. Love it, some is over the top, but I am constantly complimented on it. Funny Elizabeth and I are like Mutt and Jeff. She is so tall and I’m kinda small. Yet we both adore the stuff. I love flamboyant jewelry. Usually wear very colorful bracelets on both wrists. Yes, I go by gut as to what to wear. Got to feel right.

    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Gut instinct is the best way! More women should trust it for themselves! So fun to meet you. Stay longer next time.

  10. September 18, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    I’ve always worn tailored clothes, no prints and have had a less is more attitude. As far as jewelry, I wore a watch, a ring and small earrings. My style has changed in the last year. Not only have I abandoned my business suits–Armani–in favor of more relaxed clothes–Brunello C–but I’ve started wearing statement necklaces. No one is more shocked than I am, and I’m loving the new look. xoxox, Brenda

  11. September 19, 2015 / 8:43 am

    Oooh! Well as I own a online jewellery boutique, my recipe is one big, bold beautiful piece and nothing more. If I wear a bold statement ring then that will be the only accessory I wear. I love big bold rings, small earrings and a big classic mens watch 😉
    I have always favoured quality over quantity so I don’t have lots and lots of pieces (despite owning a boutique). I am quite ruthless at pruning what I have down.
    You all looked gorgeous 🙂

  12. Wendy
    September 20, 2015 / 3:43 am

    Great post! I like me best in earrings (all kinds and don’t mind tiny and don’t mind over the top) and a single bracelet. I adore the wonderful large necklaces, but they do not like me and since I can’t commit they wear me rather than vice versa!

  13. September 20, 2015 / 7:46 am

    What fun to get together with these lovelies for lunch. You all look like you had a fabulous time, Jen. I know we spoke recently about our styles transitioning a bit. I’m feeling a pull towards more minimal simplicity, with a luxe feel, for fall. With a busy schedule I need unfussy pieces that just work and that I feel good in. I’m having such fun with the new fashion lines I’m adding to my Stylemindchic Boutique. It’s a huge endeavor but I love featuring up and coming designers from NYC and LA. That said, fall fashion has definitely been on my mind (and I’m ready for cooler temps!).

  14. September 22, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Leaning lightly Bohemian for Autumn 2015. Classic black skirts, trousers and jeans with bohemian soft non embellished silhouettes atop. Like you, I am taking a less is more approach to jewelry. I love the idea of tucking a jewel enhancer into a simple string of pearls, beads or the end of a chain. Minimal thin metal bracelets, with a statement watch.

    As soon as the reunion (on Saturday) passes, I am heading to the yarn shop to fashion a couple new scarves for Winter. I want to make them extra long for double wrapping.

    Tonight after work is “hair night”! I have not colored my hair since June. My stylist returned from NYC yesterday, where she studied with Vivienne MacKinder for a week. We waited for her return before she did my hair for the reunion. (Sarah saved for a year to attend the class.)

    I am sorry to be so late to your lovely blog features, Jen. Life’s journey has kept me from my blog and instagram routine for the past couple months. Mom is doing well. She will be able to attend a shower for her newest great grand child with me in a couple weeks.

    Gosh. I wrote you a letter!
    I wish you and your family well!

    P.S. It was so fun seeing you with other bloggers! Wow! Beautiful women! I must get to Cali one day!

    • September 22, 2015 / 7:35 am


      • September 22, 2015 / 7:36 am

        I’m out of here…
        ’til next visit!

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