Accessory Collection

After a major declutter of my accessories, I wanted to share parts of my collection. I’ve realized that I’m not really into statement rings or big earrings. I do love a statement necklace which I will be sharing entirely in this post. As for the rest of my collection, I’ll be picking and choosing a few of my favorite pieces. Be sure to click below for related posts:

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I love statement necklaces because you can take the simplest outfit and dress it up. As I get older, I’ve purchased more statement pieces from H&M opposed to Forever 21. The H&M style appeals to me more and I’ve found great option in store and on major clearance. Shopping for statement pieces from Forever 21 would have to be online opposed to in store due to more variety. I love the trinket necklaces that I have from Forever 21 and I kept hem more so as a collectible since I don’t wear them often.

As I expand and tweak my statement necklace collection, I prefer silver over gold and I like the layered chain look. My friend gifted me the silver and lime green H&M necklace for Christmas one year and as simple as it is, it’s one of my absolute favorites. The layered look is my favorite style.

I have a couple long necklaces which are good to pair with cardigans for a more simplistic look, but I prefer necklaces that stop right at the middle of my chest. An outfit goes to another level once you pair the right statement necklace with it. I like to wear mine with either a collared shirt of my new favorite look for the season, the turtle neck.

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Three of my favorite accessories aside from my necklaces would have to be my Gucci watch, my praying hands ring, and my silver charm bracelet. Each of these have  sentimental value to me.

My mother gifted me the praying hands ring when I was in high school and I was careless when I received it. I went outside in the snow with my ring on and I ended up stepping on it and it was too bent for me to wear. My grandmother took it for quite sometime and re-gifted it to me on my 21st birthday. On top of that she gifted a Gucci watch that was my mothers as well. Both gifts are priceless.

I graduated from high school in 2009 and the silver charm bracelet is reminiscent of that. The organization I was a part of in church gifted it to each other girls and it has our names and graduation years. I don’t wear it as often as I used to, but I still love it.

Below are links to few styles of necklaces that I’d like to add to my collection:

Declutter 101: Handbags & Accessories

My handbags and accessories are an area, similar to my pantry, that I’ve hesitated to declutter. I’ve had no problem getting rid of things in my closet, but when it coms to my handbags especially, it’s difficult. A lot of my jewelry from Forever 21, H&M, etc., has been accumulated over the years, but I don’t really wear it. The main purpose of this declutter was to keep what I absolutely loved, donate what I didn’t use, and to toss any broken jewelry that I had hoarded.

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Favorite Thrift Finds

I love watching thrifted videos on YouTube whether its fashion or home decor. I really enjoy YouTubers such as HouseofAqua who shows her amazing home decor finds and the gurus of thrifting, The Fashion Citizen. I first discovered The Fashion Citizen and while their hauls revolve around fashion, they’ve incorporated their home decor thrift finds as well. HouseofAqua has a mish mosh similar to The Fashion Citizen, but her style is more so towards home decor.

Depending on location there are better thrift options. Like the west coast has Savers. Here in the tri-state I see my thrifting options as limited, but in watching YouTube videos, knowing my style, and trying to get the most bang for my buck, I’ve found some great finds.

First up I wanted to share two tops. The first was my actual first amazing thrift find, a J. Crew polk a dot button-up. The second is three toned sweater from Talbots. The J. Crew button-up is one of my absolute favs. I love that I can dress it up and down. I’ve style it with boyfriend jeans and even with a navy suit. It’s become one of my favorite items in my closet. The three tone sweater is a new favorite and since it’s a XL I just wear it oversized. It works with jeans, leggings. I just love how cozy the sweater is and I can’t wait to find more ways to style it as it gets colder.

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Next up are a pair of booties that I absolutely love. My grandmother actually found these for me, yes brand new. When I’m unsure of what shoes to throw on, these work with so many outfits. With a pair of skinny jeans and the sweater that I showed above, that’s an outfit right there. At first I neglected these, but with Fall in full swing and Winter around the corner, they’ve become a fav.

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Lastly is this briefcase that my grandmother found for me as well and it’s amazing. I’ve had it for nearly a year and I wish I would’ve had something like this in college. When I’m on the go it easily fits my lap top, planner, notebook, and whatever else I throw in there. It’s so spacious and so classic.

I would love to go thrifting more, but in my area there’s not a lot of great thrifting options. For what I have thrifted I’m very pleased. Check out my previous thrift hauls below as well as links to similar styled items that I’ve featured below. Enjoy!

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Fashion Forward Friday [V.28]: Accumulated Fashion Haul

I’ve accumulated some new additions to my wardrobe while donating what I don’t wear. I have held on to clothes in hopes of wearing them, but that never happened. I just kept collecting, collecting, and collecting. It’s not that I don’t have the space, but I’d rather donate it and have it used than for it to just hang in my closet. As for my style, I really like neutrals with pops of color. I’ve also been into statement jewelry, and I can’t wait for fall so I can break out my knee high boots.

As for what I’ve added to my wardrobe although I’m into neutrals, I love printed pants. The easiest way for me to add a pop has been to wear all black and just accessorize, but I love printed bottoms as well. I featured a printed floral maxi (click HERE) in an outfit of the day, but having black and white printed bottoms leaves the print as not only the focal point, but the pop of color can be added easily as well.

I purchased a pair of palm tree shorts from Kohls (Apt. 9 Essentials) and they are by far the most comfortable shorts that I own. I was so tempted to buy them in every print and color that was available, but I refrained myself. They fit great and they are amazing quality. They can easily be dressed up or down. As for the two items I purchased from JustFab, one was a dress and the other a pair of printed pants. The dress I had purchased for a party, but I’ll be wearing it for my 24th birthday in October. As for the pants, I haven’t quite decided how I wanted to style them, but an outfit of the day will follow once I do. Links to items I could find are below.

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JustFab “Foldover Pleated Pant”
JustFab “Asymmetrical Knit Tank Dress”

IMG_2038Most recently from Kohls I purchased a pair of Levi jeans. They were a regular $40, but they were 80% off and an additional 20% of that price. With Kohls Cash I ended up paying under $4 for the jeans. They are a bit baggy as they are a size larger than what I usually buy. They also aren’t typically my style because they’re wide legged, but they were so cheap I couldn’t leave them behind. I plan to turn them into boyfriend jeans and add some distressing.

From the thrift store I was able to snag a few tops and a dress. I didn’t go in looking for anything in particular, I just wanted to see if anything caught my eye. I was able to find a plaid Gap shirt and a basic tee that can be styled with anything. I have a plaid shirt from Gap that I purchased 5 years ago and it’s one of my favorites in my entire wardrobe.

I also snagged a few Old Navy items. I found a nice white dress which I’ll end up wearing sometime next Summer. It has great knit detailing at the the top and it’s a maxi dress. I’m only 5’6, but it’s difficult for me to find maxi dresses. I like the dress to basically drag the ground, not stop at my ankles. I also found a pair of joggers that I’m still trying to figure out how to style. They reach my ankles, but I would wear them cropped.

Lastly, I found two tops that didn’t have the tag inside, but they look like they would be from Aeropostale. they are so cute, so flowy and every time I wear them I get major compliments. I try to stay away from white tops because I always drop something on my clothing, but thankfully this one has stay cleaned.

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Check out my previous thrift haul HERE. There are a few more items I’d like to add to my wardrobe for the fall/winter. A wish list post is coming soon!

Fashion Forward Friday [V.25]: Thrift Finds

I do not go thrifting as often as I would like simply because for one I don’t have the patience to look through everything and secondly there’s not many thrift stores in my area. I look at The Fashion Citizen YouTube videos and I look at what they find and I want to get out there and see what I could find, but when I plan I usually find nothing. I also love House of Aqua on YouTube as her home decor, even fashion finds, at the Goodwill and Salvation Army are amazing.  I took a spontaneous trip to a local thrift store and the Goodwill recently and I picked up three items all for a little over $20. I guess when I’m not looking I actually find some great pieces. First up I found a BRAND NEW pair of Eddie Bauer jeans that are a tall and loose fit. The Goodwill did not have a price tag on these, but I knew they couldn’t be too expensive. When looking online to see the price the jeans retail for $80. I paid $7.49. Score 1! eddiebauer Next up I continued to browse and came across a Ralph Lauren Sport denim shirt. Similar shirts retail for $70+. Goodwill had this priced for $7.99 so of course I had to buy it. I can’t wait to style it. Score 2! ralph Lastly, my friend and I headed to a local thrift store. It was very large and had a similar layout to that of a Forman Mills. I found a shirt as soon as I walked in from the brand Sonoma which can be purchased at Kohls. Kohls has similar styles priced at nearly $40. I paid $5.99. Score 3! sonoma I plan to take a thrift trip when I go to Atlanta this Summer, but I’ll still search around the ones in my area as well.

Fashion Forward Friday [V.23]: Heel Collection

I’ve posted my shoe bootie collection (click HERE for that post) and I wanted to share my heel collection. I have so many heels that I want to add to my collection so be sure to check that wish list out below as well. For my heels, it’s a growing collection and I’m starting to really get into heels. The ones that I own I’ve had for a while and I’ve downsized because at one point I had quite a bit. The ones I do own are not permanent in my collection minus a few pairs, but I’m content with what I have. Check out the slideshow below.

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Statement Necklace Collection

I have gone through phases of what I have liked to collect/accumulate and now I’m on the hunt for more statement necklaces. I have statement rings that I have given away because it’s just not my style. I have necklaces with different pendants that will be in a future post, plus there’s my statement earrings, and then a collection I love the most my necklaces. The collection includes Juicy Couture, Jewel Mint, Aldo, Forever 21, H&M, Charlotte Russe, Charming Charlie, Wet Seal, and the thrift store.

Check out my collection below, labeled with where they were purchased.

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