July 23, 2014
Do you have a favorite type of jewelry to wear? Earrings? Necklaces? Bracelets? Rings? If I could only choose one style of jewelry to wear for the rest of my life, a statement necklace would be it…hands down. I generally wear only stud earrings…very rarely wear bracelets…and the only rings I wear are my engagement ring and wedding band. The thing is: I’ve accumulated quite a few statement necklaces over the years, and I need a statement necklace display for them.
statement necklace display
Years ago, my parents bought me a wonderful, tall jewelry box for all of my baubles. However, it matched the decor from my previous set of furniture, and with our bedroom makeover in progress, it isn’t going to stick around. Besides, the big statement necklace pieces I have very rarely are able to fit inside properly…go figure.
statement necklace display
The thing I love about statement necklaces is that they look very pretty when they are on display. Therefore, I’m hoping to eventually solve the conundrum I currently have by adding some trays to the top of the dresser to keep them looking organized and pretty. I’ve been searching high and low for clear lucite trays, as I think they would add the organization factor without distracting from the jewelry. Of course, because that is what I’m looking for I am having the hardest time finding them.
statement necklace display
In the meantime, I’m simply attempting to lay my statement necklace display out as if I DID have the trays already. The power of positive thinking…right? Perhaps I can will the lucite trays into my life somehow.
statement necklace display
On a side note: the majority of these necklaces are from T.J. Maxx – it probably doesn’t come as any surprise if you know me! If you haven’t perused their jewelry department, I definitely recommend you do so the next time you stop in. I have been able to score some darn awesome baubles for seriously affordable prices. These large statement necklaces normally run at prices over $100 (some have had original price tags at over $200), and I’ve never spent more than $50 on a piece. Score.

So – how do you store your statement jewelry pieces?

June 18, 2014

So…yesterday was my birthday. I’ve officially entered into the final year of my 20s. It’s crazy to think how fast time has gone by. Wasn’t I just turning 21 yesterday???

It’s been a little while since a style post has appeared on the site. Here’s the thing: the last month or so of school I was just…not feeling so awesome. I had hurt my hand, which benched me from lifting weights at the gym like I was used to. My gym routine got completely messed up. I wasn’t sure what to do with myself; I hate running, so taking that up as an option just wasn’t going to work. Trying out classes where there would be a lot of impact involved wasn’t going to work either; my back doesn’t take kindly to jumping around. Oh, the signs of getting older, don’t you love it?

turquoise dress outfit

Anyway, the stress of the last month of school paired with incredibly reduced gym time = I was not interested in anyone taking a photo of me. Thankfully, the end of school has meant that my mornings have now opened up, and I’m able to try some new things during the day…like taking some Pure Barre classes. I already feel 100% better. The classes are not easy, but I’m able to do most everything even when my hand flares up a bit. Hopefully this is something that will stick long term, since it is definitely something I’ve enjoyed these past two weeks!

statement necklace

Moving on to the outfit today. Even though my typical attire during the summertime is pretty much yoga pants and a tee shirt, it only seemed appropriate to get dressed up for a nice dinner for my birthday. Justin and I went to Sidebern’s over in Tampa for a really awesome tasting menu experience. So so good. Of course, it wouldn’t be an outfit of mine if it didn’t involve Marshalls (and T.J. Maxx too) from head to toe. Seriously. Even this statement necklace…which is one of my newest obsessions.  I absolutely love that I can put together a fun outfit like this and not spend an exorbitant amount of money….since we may or may not have spent a good deal on my birthday dinner instead….

Do you like to dress up for your birthday?

turquoise dress outfit

Printed dress: purchased at Marshalls // Statement necklace: Lydell NYC, purchased at T.J. Maxx // Studded handbag: MMS, purchased at T.J. Maxx (similar at DSW) // Heels: Betsey Johnson, purchased at Marshalls

 

 

May 12, 2014

You better believe I’m getting my walking shoes ready this week: BlogHer Food 2014 is approaching rapidly! I’m excited to attend again, as it has been a few years since I was able to make it happen.

floral tank and jeans outift

Here’s the thing about conferences: you want to look cute, but you also need to consider comfort. Conference halls can involve a lot of walking, so a comfortable pair of shoes are key. I’m seriously thinking about wearing these Skyscapes for my time in the conference halls: they’ve been so comfortable to wear so far!

floral tank and jeans outift
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April 28, 2014

I’m sure we have all experienced it at one point or another: hesitation. It can sometimes be hard to take a leap of faith, change your schedule, or simply try something new. When I was younger, I was all about calculating risk…and I didn’t take many at all. Now, I am no daredevil nowadays, but I’ve been learning to say “yes” to opportunities that pass my way. I try to keep an open mind to new experiences; you never know what amazing things could come your way!

floral print top outfit

When it comes to confidence in fashion, I would be lying if I said I always feel fearless. As much as I love testing out new trends, sometimes it can be scary to try out something out of the ordinary. That is one of the many reasons why I love Marshalls. Shopping at Marshalls definitely allows me to be more confident with my fashion choices. I can test out a new style in a designer brand at an unbelievable price. Since I never break the bank with my purchases, I always walk out of the store with a smile on my face.

floral print top outfit