IT’s ALl in the DEtails

Feel free to be a little cheeky
{although this In God We Trust necklace is probably not Nanna approved}
Having worked at ELLE Accessories for years, I have quite the shoe/bag/gem collection. But, my love of accessories started long before– while huddled over my Nanna’s jewelry box.
Always upon my request, my Nanna would tell me the stories behind her beautiful treasures: how one of her favorite necklaces was given to her by a college boyfriend as she stood on her sorority house steps, how the gorgeous blue beaded bracelet was her grandmother’s grandmother’s, and how the collection of brooches was something she started while visiting my aunt in Japan twenty years ago. It was during these stories that I learned how to really wear jewelry, what to look for when purchasing vintage pieces, and the importance in holding on to pieces (even Cracker Jack rings). I swear, when I hold my Nanna’s jewelry I can feel the past rushing back, and all of a sudden I find myself standing amidst my her memories. Beyond the glittery appeal, this is why I love jewelry.
Needless to say, I’ve picked up a thing or two on my recent travels to add to my Nanna’s collection (and mine). But in the meantime, here are some of her tips:
Lady-like earrings are a must
{hand-me-down clip-ons, above and below}
Mix old and new
{borrowed bangles and watch from grandma, Sillybandz, friendship bracelet from Costa Rica, Juicy Couture necklace worn as a bracelet}
Don’t be afraid of statement pieces
{this was a gift from Mesi Jilly herself}

WEdding BLiss

Porter Gray dress, Aldo “Fawson” heels, vintage clutch, vintage bangles, In God We Trust heart necklace, Zoe Chicco ring necklace

Andrew eloped in Vegas in January. With an Elvis priest and everything. But that isn’t stopping him from having a blow out wedding reception in New York. The Black Crowes are playing. Just about every cute boy I ever had a crush on in college is going to be there.

And so I give you the outfit that I’ve been pondering every since I wrote about it here. The shoes are killer tall but I swear they give me supermodel Miranda Kerr legs. And the dress is the perfect amount of baggy to cover up the fact that I’m without fail going to eat at least three pieces of cake.