Saturday, September 17, 2011


                                 Hello All,

I have always loved what the word accessory (bag, hat, gloves, belts, and scarves) encompasses.  The perfect accessory can add the needed flair to an outfit that just hasn't quite come together.   An embroidered handbag can make you feel as if your painting day outfit is as full of sass as the ensemble that you wore the previous night out on the town.  You can flutter around as if you are wearing your favorite fifties frock, when in all actuality you're in paint splattered overalls.  Being a big fan of recycling, I usually begin my search at the local thrift shops.  You can usually find a treasure without breaking your budget.  I have had a lot of success in little hole-in-the-wall spots.  So don't let a shop that seems a little unorganized deter you!  You might just find your next dream bag there.

A belt is no longer just used to hold your pants or skirt up.  They can add a pleasant silhouette to an over sized dress or shirt.  Whether it's leather, metallic, tooled, snakeskin, or cloth it can instantly add some personality to whatever you are wearing without a second thought.  They can accent a high waist or provide one where it is needed, along with brightening up a monochromatic outfit.   What other part of your wardrobe can do that so easily!

When looking at a picture of a woman from the forties or fifties that is on her way out for a night on the town, to church, and/or any other special occasion she was always dressed to the nines.  What helped her achieve this was the use of matching hats and gloves.  Nowadays when trying to find a vintage hat that fits it is a little bit of a challenge.  If you find one that fits you well you should definitely buy it!  When trying to accomplish the look there are other options such as pillbox (which can be pinned on the side), suit hats with or without netting, and colorful bow adorned nets that fit any size head.  YEAH!!  Nothing says "Sassy" better than a side positioned fabulous hat!  Regarding gloves, they come in different variations and hold the same sizing issue.  But, if you can find the type that has a side slit and is cloth, you might just be in luck.  I have found that they seem to run larger.

Last but not least are scarves.  Women used to wear them to cover their hair and keep it in place.  They would also use them to accent the neck while providing a splash of color.  Not only can you use them in this way now, but you can also wear them as belts.  Oh the possibilities!

I could go one and on about these pieces of sunshine.  I am sure that you have noticed the absence of necklaces and shoes.  I cover them in later blogs individually.  After all, they are masterpieces unto themselves.

When deciding what accessories to add to your wardrobe do not be swayed by what is fancied by others.  Standing out is not a bad thing.  Finding your own inner GODDESS and LIGHT is even better.  Finding the right ones for you can help you with your own version of self expression.  Explore, try on, and have fun!  You are a walking miracle and you need to be comfortable in your own skin.  I know that adding some of these lovely goodies to your wardrobe can help you accomplish that.....

Til next time,


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