Monthly Archives: January 2013

(re)Purposeful You-DIY accessory tricks

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring three accessories with you…which would you choose? For me, this answer is not difficult…I have a couple of accessory workhorses that I seem to wear all the time. Yesterday though I was struck by a sense of creative curiosity. I was looking for a way to repurpose my favorite accessories so I could wear them multiple ways without having to commit to a total re-haul.

I have come up with a few tips and tricks to repurpose your favorite baubles and trinkets. These techniques are super simple and will take you about 3 minutes to do.

Let’s get started, shall we?

First off is the old “earrings to necklace trick”. You will need:

  • chain necklace
  • earrings with posts and backs (one, two, or three sets will do!)

Slip one of your biggest earrings through the center of your chain and put on the earring back. Then put an earring of the next largest size on either side, and finish off by putting the smallest set on.

Voila…insta-statement necklace! Just take off the “pendants” when you want to wear your earrings normally again.


Second, let’s turn a bracelet into a necklace. You will need:

  • Thin chain necklace
  • Favorite bracelet

Simply loop and secure the thin chain through each end of the bracelet and you have a brand new necklace! You can wear it as is, or over a silk scarf.

Pretty neat, huh? Just unhook the thin chain necklace and your bracelet is wrist ready again.


Finally. transform your favorite scarf into a vest! It is so simple and only takes a few steps.

  • Fold scarf in half in a lengthwise, so it’s half the original length
  • Tie the top left corner and the top right corner together
  • Open it up
  • Put it on
  • Add a belt if you want for some waist definition.

How cute is that? When you need some neck warmth, just untie the ends!


With these fun tips and tricks, you can create some unique and one of a kind accessories.


Style. Study.Savvy

Pattern Play

Prints, patterns, and polka dots…oh my! Have you ever sifted through your closet looking for something new and fresh to wear, but  it all just seems a bit blah? Looking for a way to breathe some new life into your daily style? Fear this style slump no more because with a little bit of curiosity, bravery, and some style know-how you can become a master at mixing patterns.

Yes, you heard me right. This post is all about mixing prints! I will be the first one to admit that mixing prints can seem downright tricky. The overall look should be unique and interesting…yet it should not give off any “displaced circus clown” vibes. Mixed print outfits can also go from cute and quirky to “did she get dressed in the dark?”

Let’s try and keep this whole mixing prints thing simple with just a few basic suggestions.

1. Keep it subtle.

I love how my fabulous friend Lauren P. layered a neutral sequined printed tank under a cardigan, and then added a floral print scarf that picked up on the tank’s hue. With accents of each pattern showing, this combination is a smart and subdued way to capitalize on your closet’s offerings.

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2. Play with the scale.

Scale is the relative size of one object to another. As you can see in the example below, the polka dot print on the pants is much smaller in scale than the stripes of the sweater. Through optimization of large- and small-scale items, the sweater and pants do not compete with one another. Instead of visually sorting through jumble of stripes and dots, one will notice the stripes and then the dots, or vice versa. Add a bold pop of color in there for bonus points too!

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3. Match the colors, mix the prints.

With this sassy, classy, and retro outfit, the warm tones of the skirt and shirt make the outfit cohesive. The polka-dotted print is crisp and sharp, while the lines of the tweed skirt are a bit muddled. Because polka dots and tweed are decidedly feminine, these two prints are well suited to each other. Other options might include floral prints and soft stripes, plaid and and geometric prints, etc.

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Mixing prints isn’t so difficult now, is it? If there is one point to take away about this technique, it’s to make sure that the chosen prints aren’t fighting for attention against one another. Keep that in mind, and you should be good to go!



Going to the Emerald City

In case you haven’t heard, emerald is the color of 2013. Pantone, the color authority, describes Pantone 17-5641 Emerald as “Lively. Radiant. Lush…A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

(source: Astro Universal)

I can’t help but to think that emerald’s description serves as a bit of a suggestion for life in 2013. Perhaps 2013 will be a year to focus on living a balanced and harmonious life. In addition, basic color pyschology suggests that the color green invokes feelings of growth, relaxation, and rejuvenation…oh my! That being said, emerald green accents would make for a great addition to your work space.  If you can, try painting a bookshelf or cabinet in this lush color. Feelings of rejuvenation and growth will reflect in your work and you will be feeling like a brainiac in no time!


(source: European Paint Finishes)

DIY furniture refinishes not your thing? Just go ahead and incorporate this gem of a color into your wardrobe through small accents, like…


(Purse: Cambridge Satchel Company, Pumps: STEVEN by Steve Madden, Belt: Romwe, Earrings: Amrita Singh, Scarf: Abercrombie, Necklace: Amrita Singh

Perhaps you are bit more courageous and prefer to have your outfit pack a colorful punch.  Amp up your basic items such jeans, tunics, and sweaters in this bold hue to create a magically alluring effect.


(Pants: Karen Kane, Sweater: JK2, Tunic: ModCloth)

Surely, emerald green is the color that is bound to get your very fashionable heart racing this year.



Expect the Unexpected

Lately I have been obsessed with exploring Scott Schuman’s blog, The Sartorialist. Forget what you know about perfectly matched ensembles and open up your eyes to some seriously cool street fashion. Schuman “began The Sartorialist with the idea of creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life.” Schuman photographs real people on the streets, just the way they are. No fancy lighting, props, or gimmicks. Just the individual.

What I happen to love most about this refreshing take on capturing fashion is that every ensemble featured has inspired me to become more brave and curious with my outfit choices. I will be the first one to admit that I love to match and be perfectly coordinated at all times. Which has huge potential to lead to a boring and unmemorable look. Who wants to be boring and unmemorable?

I have collected a couple images of some outfits that I happen to love, that bring in a bit of the “unexpected element”. These two stylish ladies happen to be some of my close friends with amazing senses of style. So, let’s examine the unexpected and refreshing elements in their outfits.

First, let’s take a look at the fabulous Laura S.


This is an excellent example of mixing blacks and browns. The very neutral taupe color in the snakeskin printed pencil skirt lends itself well to bringing together the cognac colored leather jacket and the black pumps. With the leather and snakeskin, Laura could have tiptoed into the very edgy “biker at a bar” look, which while perfectly appropriate for the evenings and weekends does not translate into a business casual look on a Monday afternoon. The unexpected element of this outfit is the ever so classic and preppy gold-buckle pointy-toed black pumps. The addition of the shoes makes the whole outfit scream “Hey, I’m super fun and sassy…but I’m also responsible and know how to take care of some serious business.”

Clearly, Laura is a shining example of knowing when the right touch can bring an outfit to a whole different level.

Next is Claire B.

double button-upGold earrings. Chambray shirt. Cheetah print button-up. Red jeans. Riding boots. Gold bracelet. This is a lot of color and texture, but Claire pulls it off effortlessly. Claire could have easily just worn the chambray, or the cheetah print, and her look would have been stylish. The unexpected element of her outfit that really sets it off is her layering technique. A button-up shirt on top of a button-up shirt. How cool is that? I just love how the cheetah print peeks out of the chambray near the collar and down near her wrists.

Bravo to you Claire for your innovation!

Try something a little unexpected when you dress yourself next. It never hurts to be memorable, does it?



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