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Accessorize your accessories- Part I Handbags

My grandmother had quite a purse selection and she would change her bags to match her shoes especially when she was going out.   Not many women change their bags to match their shoes now-a-days. Most women have a few bags and often have what is called their “every day” bag.  But what happens when your every day bag starts to get a little boring? There are ways to  add style and fun – accessorize your handbag.

  1. The scarf
This Oscar de la Renta scarf matches perfectly with this Pour la Victoire overize bag. A match made in accessory heaven.

This Oscar de la Renta scarf matches perfectly with this Pour la Victoire oversize bag. A match made in accessory heaven.

The scarf is a very versatile accessory.  A cute brightly colored scarf can jazz up an every day bag and pull an outfit together.  The colors in the scarf can pull in the shoes or the earrings or even a head band to make your total look cohesive. A cute scarf tied on one or both of the straps can be very eye catching. Also, for handbags that have very darkly patina handles, wrapping them with a scarf is a great way to hide the darkened handles.

Many times leather handles darken because of the oils in the hands. Use a scarf to mask this little problem.

Many times leather handles darken because of the oils in the hands. Use a scarf to mask this little problem.

I heard a sales woman at the Louis Vuitton on 5th Ave explaining how scarves are a great way of protecting the handles. We needn’t pay hundreds of dollars for the scarf though. You can find great scarves at places like Target, Macy’s and of course your local thrift store where they are often sold in a bundle for a few bucks.

Wind all the way to the edge or let a little remain like you see here

Wind all the way to the edge or let a little remain like you see here

A word of caution with accessorizing your bag with a scarf, however.  The scarf must be proportional.  Don’t overwhelm a small bag with a large scarf or a large bag with a small scarf. The former gets lost, and the latter just looks silly.  See below the wrong and right size (unless oversize if what you’re going for…)

 

 

Wrong. This scarf is too large and it overwhelms the bag.

Wrong. This scarf is too large and it overwhelms the bag.

 

Just right.

Just right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Puff Accessory

Fendi’s Monster purse accessories costs over $800.  Some versions top $1000, but a furry little puff of color doesn’t have to break the bank. Along 125th in Harlem for example these little key chain puffs can be bought for $2 and the larger ones for $4.  It’s about adding a little extra pizzazz – color and fun.

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3. The Bling

These little keychains are great for adding sparkle.IMG_3515 They catch the sun and literally shine bright like a diamond. The charms just demonstrate that you are a girly girl who likes girly things.  I know this is not for everyone, but it’s a nice option for adding a little fun to an everyday bag.

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Many of you having a bag is good enough, accessorizing your handbag on occasion, however, is just fun and after all, fashion is about having fun.

 



Silynrose to the occasion

 

YSCDC-FashionShowThis past weekend, SilynRose interns represented the blog at the 3rd Reach for the Stars Fashion Show benefiting children with autism.  The event, held in Vallejo, California, sought to educate the community about autism and caring for children with special needs.  The event included speeches on various topics, vending booths, and a fashion show featuring children with special needs and their peers modeling the latest fashions.

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Silynrose interns

Silynrose raffled off two prizes: 1) Kate Spade ziparound wallet 2) a 1-hour, 2-outfit fashion/photo shoot.  The winners are in the photos below. We’re always up for an occasion to do good; thanks for allowing us being a part of this @YSCDC.

 

Winner of the Kate Spade ziparound wallet

Winner of the Kate Spade ziparound wallet

Winner of the styling session and photo shoot

Winner of the styling session and photo shoot



Spring hasn’t really sprung in NYC

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, I know. Spring apparently sprung a couple of months ago, but I have not yet even taken my spring clothes out of storage because the weather has been so random. We had a record for the most consecutive days of “below normal” weather here in New York City, and even as I write this, clouds are hovering ominously overhead. But, people still have to get dressed right? Why should those of you reading this from “Sunny California” or any other warm place suffer? You’re absolutely right!

So what’s new for spring and summer? Nothing is really new. I get hordes of magazines that are forced to reinvent themselves every month to stay relevant, but the truth is spring and summer are the times for floral prints, light flowy fabrics, and bright vibrant colors. We’ve always known this, and even if we didn’t, the department stores don’t give too many options besides those.

Now, according to the magazines, there seems to be a re-emergence of pale pinks and a renewed interest in anything denim (jean skirts, jean jumpers, jean shorts, and jean shirts) and jean on jean outfits are chic again. But really? Did denim ever go out of style – No. There has definitely been a change in cut of the jean – high rise, low rise…I think we are actually back to high rise or medium rise. Not many people could actually get away the super low rise jeans anyway. But I’m rambling.

Until I unpack my spring and summer duds from storage, I plan in the next week to do a few instillations on accessorizing your accessories. Stay tuned…, but until then the quote for today is,

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” —Harry Winston