Accessorize, much?

Oh, hi Mary Kate. Quick question… How do you manage to walk upright and not spill your coffee while carrying three times your body weight in accessories?

Okay. I am a jewelry and accessory maniac, but 10+ all at once? Ouch, my eyes.

It’s always been my personal preference to look effortlessly stylish and less gypsy-esque. Over the years, I’ve been acquainted with many ‘rules of thumb’ when it comes to accessorizing. As silly as some of these sound, they really do work!

  • I once heard a woman say that before you leave your house, stand in front of a mirror and do a little twirl. Whatever catches your eye in the mirror as your spinning (I warned you, didn’t I?) is making too much of a statement and you should take it off.
  • No matter where you’re headed, as you’re walking out the door remove one unnecessary item.
  • Accessories should never exceed the amount of seven. This includes glasses, bold nail polish, a wedding ring, and earrings count as two.

So there you have it. Simple, silly, and obvious tips to avoid looking like a gypsy. But hey, if head scarves and tambourines are your thing, by all means, work it.


My lovely friend Stephanie tagged me, so I guess I better cooperate!

There are 4 simple rules to this fun game of internet tag.

  • Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
  • Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog
  1. I met my sweet husband on Myspace. Don’t judge… we’re happy and in love and only slightly geeky. :)
  2. If there was such a thing as rehab for shoe addicts, I would commit myself.
  3. I really can’t handle rude people. I always have something smart to say back to them, but end up keeping my mouth shut… why would I want to sink to that level? (she says to convince herself…)
  4. Since we’re talking about pet peeves, I’ll name a few more: ending sentences with prepositions, unpainted toenails, when people slurp and don’t bother to blow their nose (Steph knows what I mean), when towels aren’t folded to my anal-retentive standard, and boys who wear girl pants.
  5. I love caffeine in the form of coffee or tea. Sodas aren’t my thing, but I’ll take a vanilla soy latte any time of the day!
  6. Road Rage is my middle name. If you’ve ever been in the car with me, you understand.
  7. I’m going to have a baby. Yay!

Now I tag…

Shea, Anna, Anna, Tara, Jordan, Becca, & Christa

Merci Beaucoup!

I recently celebrated my 22nd birthday and was blessed with very sweet and thoughtful gifts from my family and friends. It’s always been important to me to send thank-you notes, letting the giver know how I appreciate the time, thought, and money they generously spent on me.

I’ll admit that when I was younger, Mom would have to force me to sit down and write them all (it can be a tad overwhelming when you turn 18 and your entire church congregation attends your party), but now that I’m older I’ve found a few ways to enjoy it…

Don’t be lazy.

Emailed thank-yous aren’t nearly as personal as handwritten ones. That little bit of extra effort goes a long way in showing you are truly grateful.

Don’t procrastinate.

It’s best to write your notes as soon as you can. If you’re running behind, remember that it’s better to send a late note than nothing at all. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed with that huge list staring you down, break it up and write the notes on different days.

Don’t be boring.

Invest in some stationery, woman! These are pretty irresistible…

Target – Monogram Notecards

Tiny Prints – Pink Birds on a Branch

Wedding Paper Divas – Little Bird

Wedding Paper Divas – Modern Paisley

A thank you card is the perfect way to show appreciation for something a person has given. Remember that when someone receives a thank you note they feel stronger about that person’s character, they feel as if they’re important enough to you to be worth your time, and the bonus… you give them that all-too-rare, simple pleasure of opening an envelope that isn’t junk mail!

I also think it’s a fabulous idea to have plenty of extra cards in case of emergency. I keep a box of birthday, thank-you, anniversary, and even blank cards for those last minute uh-oh moments. If it happens, there’s no reason for anyone to know. ;)

For the Jewelry-Obsessed

I will be the first to admit I have a little obsession with jewelry… and by little, I mean monstrous. One trip to the mall will mean at least two long necklaces, a pair of dangling earrings, and the occasional huge statement ring. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? Wrong. My ever-growing collection has taken up residence in various drawers, bowls, and plastic baggies in a tangled, jumbled mess. Just this morning I reached in one of the piles, aiming for my triple layered, 18″ gold chain necklace, only to pull out 23 others. Spending three hours untangling them was not on my agenda – such a nightmare.

I found these adorable, functional jewelry stands at Urban Outfitters. They keep your delicate pieces neatly separated, while being decorative and stylish. These are such great little things, and much more practical than a dusty old drawer.

Little Birch Jewelry Stand

Earring Stand

Little Birdie Jewelry Stand

Delight! I love the Little Birch stand, but I just don’t think it’d do the job for me. The Little Birch Forest, perhaps?