Throwing on a pair of earrings before you head out the door can be a genius move. I have my jewelry organized and visible in my closet (I set it up like a boutique in there) but also keep a little bowl right on the kitchen counter with a few pieces in it as well. This is my mad-dash-out-the-door grab-it-and-go bowl. I know, lengthy title, but it's one of the best routines I've started.
Earrings have been used to adorn our lovely lobes since the dawn of time, well not that far back, but for a very, very long time. Men and women all over the world have embellished with earrings for centuries and for good reason. First of all, ear lobes are just asking for it, am I right? Secondly, wearing the right pair can frame your face, light it up a bit, and I have yet to meet someone who wouldn't welcome a little bit of that into their everyday look.
Earring obsession aside, take a look at the top 10 ear-candy shopping list. The hit list is a beautiful thing with every pick hitting at or under $100 so have at it. Click through to get all the details. Or just scroll, browse, find something similar in your closet that you can pull out when you get home, and start your own grab-it-and-go jewelry bowl. You can thank me later:
Shopping list sources: Kendra Scott Tamara Earring (www.zappos.com), Kate Spade New York Statement Chandelier Cluster Earrings (www.lordandtaylor.com), Gorjana Fatima Drop Earrings (www.zappos.com), Vince Camuto Kite Earrings (www.lordandtaylor.com), Gorjana Honeycomb Earrings (www.zappos.com), Oscar de la Renta Hammered Gold Plated Clip Earrings (www.nat-a-porter.com), Kristen Elspeth Bar Stud Earrings (www.shopbop.com), Giles & Brother Ceres Pyramid Hoop Earrings (www.bloomingdales.com), Tory Burch Tina Drop Earrings (www.toryburch.com), Loren Hope Petra Earrings in Teal/Mint (www.lorenhope.com)
I love to include a Zen Moment in these shopping list posts. Fashion, although an extension of who you are on the inside, mainly covers the outside part of the equation. Balance is tricky, I don't think we ever get there and I think that's a good thing. That little bit of instability keeps us always learning and evolving. Still I'll always attempt a little balance via quotes, images, and whatever else I can find that resonates to cover what's on the inside.
My intention in sharing these finds with you is simple: I hope wherever you're reading this, that you are inspired. To do what? Who knows. That part is up to you entirely.
Let's give it a try:
This is a big one for all of the self-employed, small business owners out there. I chose it because it's beyond relevant in my own life (it IS my life right now) and hit me like a ton of bricks. But the concept is a universal one.
When you come up with an 'impossible' idea (and we all do, we're all capable of this) it's easy to classify it as just that and stick it back into the never-going-to-happen box, or worse, the I'll-look-at-it-again-tomorrow (translation=never) box. This is when genuine support comes in handy. It takes a village.
You don't get an encourgaing, "you're on the right track, keep going!" from these ideas. There's no certainty, no clearly defined next step to take. That is up to you. This is the beautiful and ridiculous part of it all. And this is why it's so important to have your 'board.'
You get to pick and choose who is on your board of directors, so my advice that you didn't ask for is, choose wisely. Go with people who know more than you, who want to see you do well (genuinely), and who will give you honest feedback. It doesn't hurt to have a few on there that will come back to you with an, "everything is going to be ok," now and then either. It comes in handy.
With that kind of support, unimaginable things are realized. It's never as complicated as you think it is. But if you never try, you'll never know (another favorite line; thank you Coldplay).
The same holds true for fashion. We've all looked at a dress, top, [insert your drool-worthy item spotted in a store window, glossy mag, or e-catalog here], and thought, "there's no way I could pull that off." Well, I ask you, how do you know unless you try? It starts with believing and often times, it helps to have a good 'board' in your corner to keep that belief alive when doubt sinks in, because it will.
But doubt is the best. It's going to show you what you're really capable of. Things don't happen to you, they happen for you. I forget that ALL the time.
So, go ahead, try the dress on. Ask around about your 'not-so-impossible' idea. Give yourself a little credit here, you're stronger than you think (this is what my yoga teacher always tells me when I feel like I'm about to die in warrior 2; she's always right, I'll admit it).
Oh and one more thing, ladies, when you DO try the dress on and stand in front of the mirror, find something you like about yourself. Re-read that last sentence. Let it sink in. I know you'll find a lot of what you don't like, I get it, trust me. It's what we do, but it doesn't have to remain a pattern.
My challenge to you is to look at what you have, not what you don't. Focus on that and bring that feeling outside of the dressing room and into your life.
Again, you can thank me later.
Back to retail therapy...Keep the shopping momentum going strong and continue on to the StyleShaker Closet where our team edits down our top picks and lines them up along the virtual shelves every week. This is where you can really dig into whatever you happen to be looking for. It's the perfect shopping starting point:
While you're at it, keep the momentum going and get some more inspiration in: