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Bold Prints and Fringe

I mentioned closet workhorses the other day, and while I can sometimes be sensible, I can't resist a good print, unique detail, or some combination thereof. Even having purchased this top on Poshmark for far less than retail, know I still spent too much considering how much I will probably wear it. I think it might even be hard for me to make a case for three ways to style it, unless you count white, black, and blue jeans separately. (I tried it with shorts but it was too long.)

I will admit I am envious of minimalists. I feel anxious when I look at the things I buy that I clearly have no space for, but shopping makes me happy. I can easily spend hours browsing and perusing, and lets not forget my favorite thing to do, get something at a good discount.

Shopping used to be much harder, but the internet changed that. No longer confined to what was local and available, suddenly I could shop the world, and while I might now have to spend a disproportionate amount of time returning things, the pleasure of a package on my doorstep has yet to get old.

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Patchwork Top Dodo Bar Or via Poshmark
White Jeans Gap similar
 Ankle Strap Sandals Target
Black Straw Bag Zara similar
Gold Bar Earrings Argento Vivo via TJMaxx 
Gold Rectangle Chain Necklace Etsy

Half Moon Necklace c/o Happiness Boutique
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Cat Eye Sunglasses H&M


 

Layering Gold Necklaces

In their heyday, I was a statement necklace fiend. I latched on to all the trendy styles and for nearly half a decade my jewelry box overflowed with my expansive collection of bold and colorful baubles. But trends shifted, perhaps our necks had grown tired with all the excess weight, and understated gold necklaces, ideally layered in pairs of two or three, became the new statement.

Delicate pieces that once belonged to my Grandma became my new go-tos, and I realized the value of owning a timeless piece of jewelry made from materials meant to stand the test of time and not just until the next trend.

It will be a slow process, but a beautiful one, of acquiring jewelry I want to invest in, and once again, I must make mention of AUrate - priced without jaw dropping markups and made from high quality 14 and 18 karat gold, AUrate allows my desire to own 'forever jewelry' to become a little more attainable. The pieces are handcrafted in New York with only ethically sourced materials, and come with an amazing lifetime guarantee - that includes breaks, re-plating of vermeil pieces, and polishing scratches.

Statement necklaces may become trendy again, but I doubt I will regret the ones I've since donated to the thrift store, new designs will have replaced them. Delicate gold pieces, however, will always be in style. No matter how old, they are simply classic. This pearl necklace would have been a piece my Grandma could have worn just as easily as I wear it now. Granted, she probably wouldn't have layered it with another chain, but that is just a little way to take a timeless piece and style it on trend. Now I just need to get a nifty necklace layering clasp like this one to keep the chains from twisting together as I let my gold layers shine.

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Gingham Wrap Dress J.Crew
White Slides Ferragamo via Coco's on the Green
Round Rattan Bag Etsy
Gold Ball Earrings Kohl's
Simple Pearl Necklace c/o AUrate
Gold Chain Thrifted
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Signet Ring Sashi
Cat Eye Sunglasses H&M
Nail Color "Bed Rock & Roll" Essie



Thanks to Nakturnal for partnering with me on this post!

The Lingering Summer

I love golden hour in September. The light just feels a bit different, or perhaps it's just the knowledge that it's slipping away which makes me want to try and take advantage of it as much as I can.

In an attempt to make a sensible fall purchase, I picked up this ribbed sweater tank at Banana Republic. I would have gotten the white, but my size wasn't in stock. It's a very basic top. Exactly the kind of thing I'm convinced my closet should be full of when I'm not busy lusting after bold prints and fringe details. The truth is, I never know what is going to really be a closet workhorse until it is. While I was set on having this round bag three summers ago, I don't think I imagined just how frequently I'd reach for it, or how many outfits it would compliment. Plus I'm continually surprised at just how much I can tetris into it!

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Ribbed Sweater Top Banana Republic 
Paper Bag Waist Shorts Target 
Ankle Strap Sandals Target
Round Rattan Bag Etsy similar
Panama Hat J.Crew
Tear Earrings Etsy custom design via Bonanza Studio
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Signet Ring Sashi
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Bed Rock & Roll" Essie