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Winter Recap Part 3: Jewelry Favorites

March 11, 2011

Winter Recap Jewelry Favorites

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Jewelry makes for a finishing touch on an outfit.  It is a way to express personality and style.  And a necklace is an excellent way to draw attention to your face, which is where you want people to focus.

The necklaces above are a few of my favorites from this winter.

Why only necklaces?  Bracelets are great but uncomfortable with the keyboard on my laptop.  That said, a client once told me she opts for bracelets because they are a more child-friendly accessory.  And technically, my ears are pierced but I rarely wear earrings.

Jewelry recommendations:

  • Try jewelry on before you buy it.  Chances are you will have an immediate reaction of either loving or hating it.  If you have neither, definitely put it back on the rack.
  • I learned that jewelry is like lipstick.  It may look like too much (or too little) in a hand mirror so make sure to look at a full-length mirror for a “big picture” perspective.
  • If you want to wear all three – necklace, bracelet and earrings, my advice is to mix and match vs. matchy-match.  Surprise, surprise, right?

OK, let’s take a look at each necklace.

1) Casual

Casual Necklace

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My casual necklaces are typically for weekend.  I rarely go without a necklace and this is one I can pair with just about anything.  It is a long strand of dark purple stones that I stalked forever at Target until they finally went on clearance.

They can be dressed up by adding an additional strand of a pearl and metallic mix or a couple of strands of shiny metallic.  Or keep it casual with a matte metallic or a different strand of stones.

2) Dressy

Dressy Necklace

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If you have seen me around this winter, chances are very good you have seen me with this necklace.  I wear it several times a week because it literally goes with everything and immediately adds a special touch without too much bling.

Aside from the fact that it was a Christmas gift from my mom (thanks, Mom!) and purchased from my sister-in-law who sells Premier Designs, it really is an all time favorite.

3) Unique

Unique Necklace

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I fell in love with this necklace combo at the Edina Art Fair, when I was helping Infrared Studio’s Lauren Nicole with her booth.  It is antique Roman glass mixed with silver beads and the sea green color palette is incredibly beautiful.

An investment necklace like this one is a treasure and one that is exciting to wear because it is one-of-a-kind piece of art.  I have worn it for every day and for occasions because it’s that versatile.

4) Fun

Fun Necklace

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I was not planning to own a bauble necklace.  And then I came across this one at the WIN (Women in Networking) holiday accessories swap.  It is bold, shiny and graphic – perfect for a fun statement that can go from work to happy hour or party.

The simple color palette (black, white and dark silver) makes it versatile with different layering combinations and it easily draws attention up near my face.

Final note: these necklaces are all wearable year-round…they are just a few that I have been wearing this winter.

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Holiday Outfits Part 2 of 3: Work Day to Work Party

December 1, 2010

There’s Smart Casual and now we declare Smart Holiday – the outfit that can transition from work to party as is or with a simple change.  If your work party is a casual affair, remember that professionalism rules.

AVOID FORGETTABLE AND TOO MEMORABLE

If you want to stand out, the standard fare won’t do, nor will going overboard at work to look more festive for the party.  Consider the following:

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  • Boring. So you forgot about the party when you were getting dressed.  Make time to shop over the lunch hour and look for a sparkly necklace, top or shoe that will help you feel as festive as you will surely feel.
  • Dated. “Aww, cuuute” does not command respect.  Reserve these mementos for family affairs and opt for accessories that elevate your presence.
  • Tired. A nothing-special matchy-match outfit does not belong at the office or at the holiday party.  A more interesting outfit will help you differentiate yourself from your peers while networking up the chain of command.
  • Club-Bound. If you work in the entertainment industry, this *might* be appropriate office attire.  Then again, it will still look better in a celebrity-wanna-be-filled club on a reality TV show.  Your outfit should go from work to party without screaming I’M GOING TO A PARTY!
  • Goofy. At work, the Class Clown is great for culture but will not get as much respect when it comes to raises and promotions.  Leave the costumes in the closet until Halloween.

And now, outfit ideas that will ensure you’re ready for the big night, after a productive day.

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Consider these hard working looks for regular, Plus, Petite and men from left to right:

A mix of every day professional and evening can be exceedingly productive when done well.

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Holiday Outfits Part 1 of 3: Semi-Formal

November 30, 2010

There are numerous ways to make a memorable entrance at a semi-formal holiday party. This could include a work-related event at an elegant venue like a library, art museum or sit-down dinner or attending a fundraiser gala or ball.

AVOID “TOO MUCH”

Instead of solely relying on a dashing date, which we’re certainly not opposed to, try avoiding these common mistakes.

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  • Too sexy. In general, a little sexy is great but too much skin in tight fabric is too much.  If you are still working to perfect feeling sexy without looking like you’re ready to jump the next thing that walks by, err on the conservative side.
  • Too shiny/sparkly. Don’t get me wrong here.  We *love* sparkle!  But when it’s ALL we see, it can be a bit much.  When in doubt, throw a top layer over all that shine and sparkle to tone things down.
  • Too much going on. On the clothing design shows, we appreciate when the judges encourage the designers to simplify.  When there are ruffles AND sequins AND prints, it’s too much to process and we lose sight of you.
  • Too matronly or cheap. With some special occasion outfits, matronly and cheap-looking go hand-in-hand because they are overworked, tired styles and/or made out of fabric that will snag every time you sneeze.  Be conscious of hemlines (above the knee is perfect for cocktail parties) and opt for a modern style.
  • Too much holiday cheer. Overt holiday prints, jewelry and embellishments do not belong at semi-formal parties.  Period.

And now for outfit ideas that will beckon event photographers and have people talking all the way home…

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These ensembles – including looks for Plus, Petite & men – ooze sophistication.  From left to right:

Invest in one or a few of these pieces and you will be set for 2010 as well as many parties to come.

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