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Accessorizing Your Accessories – Part 2 Shoes!

 

Not many of us can boast of a Kardashian  shoe collection.  I personally don’t have the money or the space to truly indulge my love for shoes in that way.  But in keeping with my thoughts about adding options to the items you have, I want to talk more about accessorizing your accessories.  Not long ago I wrote about different ways to jazz up your every day bag (see http://www.silynrose.com/?p=1050).

To the untrained eye this may seem like just a row of shoes. But what I see here is opportunity.

To the untrained eye this may seem like just a row of shoes. But what I see here is opportunity.

Now it’s on to shoes.  Shoes are crucial to making an outfit look great. I am a huge fan of  pumps (especially pointy toe ones) and have them in multiple colors.

They can be great in their simple form. Check these out. A pair of Steve Madden suede green pumps, a pair of INC Concept pumps, a pair of black Miu Miu pumps, and two pairs of Aldo Stessy pumps, which are quickly becoming my favorites. (I even wrote a review on the Aldo site and asked them to please make the Stessy in orange. We’ll see what happens.)  A nice variety wouldn’t you say?

They look fine enough by themselves, but here’s where the accessorizing comes in. Shoe clips.  That’s right.  Grandma had it right.

Take a closer look. These are the same shoes adorned with shoe clips. Shoe clips are fairly inexpensive. I purchased a pair of four for $11.99 on Ebay

Take a closer look. These are the same shoes adorned with shoe clips. Shoe clips are fairly inexpensive. I purchased a pair of four for $11.99 on Ebay.

These little clips have the potential to add even more variety to your closet. I have added a shoe clip to each of these to give you a sense of how it works.

Below I have taken a closer shot and you can see where I have actually put the shoe clip on the side; they don’t have to placed in the front of the shoe.

A word of caution – don’t leave the clips on the shoes after you’ve worn them. You don’t want to risk damaging the shoes at all.

These green was suede pumps are dressed up with a simple rhinestone shoe clip.

These green suede pumps are dressed up with a simple rhinestone shoe clip.

There you have it. Another great way to accessorize your accessories, and extend the shoe options in your closet.

Try a clip on the side like you see here.

Try a clip on the side like you see here.



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.

 



The Art of Thrifting

Gone are the days when shopping at thrift stores was a reminders of poverty. “Thrifting” as I once heard it called a few years ago in California has become chic and it is environmentally friendly to boot. Lucky magazine just featured an article in its February 2014 magazine about one woman’s successful life of thrift store shopping.

One of the things I like most about shopping in thrift stores and second-hand stores is that you find yourself in many different stores all at once. I mean it is not far-fetched that you could go into a thrift store and come out with a modern Coach bag, a fabulous vintage satin dinner coat, a lesser-known name brand skirt, and a pair of perfectly broken in Frye boots. Some higher end second-hand stores like Crossroads Trading Co (numerous locations from coast to coast) have items on consignment; others like Beacon’s Closet (Manhattan and Brooklyn), have very nice purses, scarves, and bags all at very reasonable prices.

Now, as with many thrift stores, you have to be up for the challenge, and have a pocket-sized hand sanitizer in your purse. The clothing is color-coordinated and in row after row after row. But, flipping through the clothes is relaxing for me. And I always surprised when the woman in front of me passed of a fabulous blazer or unique silk skirt.

For fashionistas who are set in their ways and hesitant about trying new styles, going to thrift stores and buying items for fractions of the regular price gives you a great opportunity to try new things without feeling guilty and without a tremendous pinch on your wallet. It is also a great place to buy nice quality leather, snakeskin and metallic belts. If you have been in any store, you know that belts, even cheap looking ones, can be surprisingly expensive. I have gotten Coach belts, Donna Karan belts, and the kicker was a Cartier purchased for $20.00 (yes $20!!!) at Crossroads in Rockridge near Oakland, California. I eventually sold it on ebay ☺
Thrift stores are also great places to purchase accessories – bracelet for $8.00, or a woven leather choker, or cocktail rings can all be great steals at thrift stores.
If your aren’t one for shopping (gasp) or you don’t like going through rows and rows of stuff, go for something specific. You may be looking for a pencil skirt or a fitted blazer. If so, just go to those sections. It is worth the time and the effort.

If you are interested, go to the link – I shop, you shop and take a look at some items available to you on this site. Many were thrifted ☺ but I had to include shipping. Take a look, or get up and get out there. Feel free to check in with us and share your fabulous finds.