Friday, October 26, 2012

When a Country Cousin Comes to Call . . .

 Another Nameless Necklace

Top: Mossimo, Target
Skirt: Strawbridge & Clothier
Shoes: Nine West, DSW
Bag: J. C. Penney's
Jacket: Hot Kiss, Marshalls

Top: Marshalls
Skirt: Kohl's
Boots: Alloy
Bag: Gifted
Hat: J. C. Penney's

Top: Mossimo, Target
Tank: Marshalls
Skirt: Kohl's
Shoes: Madden Girl, DSW
Bag: Kohl's
Belt: Mudd, J. C. Penney's

. . . she might wear something like this.  Although I usually prefer the flash of circusy ensembles, there are times when I want to look demure, like a heroine in a Nicholas Sparks novel.  There's something timeless about such picket fence fashion, a kind of innocence that makes you think of old photographs and spring walks into town.  Of course, I couldn't help but undercut all this sweetness and light with some edgily urban black.  Even storybook girls need something to silence the crickets.     

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Secret Garden Treasures

Cardigan: Target
Tank: Gap
Jeans: Candie's, Kohl's
Shoes: Material Girl, Macy's
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's

Top: Wet Seal
Jeans: Kohl's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Marshalls

Dress: Macy's
Shoes: Guess, DSW
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's
Pink necklace: B Fabulous

Shoes: DSW
Bag: Old Navy

These Pink Pearl Garden and Blue Pearl Garden necklaces have a secret - a secret compartment, that is.  They're lockets!  I didn't realize this until after I'd nabbed the pendants off of a Michaels clearance rack, but when I did, I thought, "that's nifty!"  Not to mention handy for keeping favorite photographs or trinkets or, heck, even M&Ms close.

Speaking of the unexpected, this (surprise! surprise!) Rainbow Rocks Necklace is a product of some leftover pearls and rhinestones.  Somewhere between retro and princess, it has that kind of rescued-from-the junk-box feel.  As well it should, originating from the bottom of my supply heap.  Which is far preferable to originating from the depths of some musty estate sale according to this princess.

And last but not least, we have the Fabulous Felt Blue Garden Necklace (garden names grew rampant in this post), which was inspired by the out-for-a-walk-to-pick-flowers sundress with which it's pictured.  I got it for $12 online from J. C. Penney's, beguiled as much by its simple, old-fashioned charm as by its price tag.  As I mentioned in a past post, I've decided to give the department store a second chance despite its coupon ban.  Me and JCP, we have history.  Which is precisely why I purchased two more creation-launching pieces this past weekend.  But more on that (much) later.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sparklies from Unlikely Sources

 The Necklace That Has No Name

Top: Rampage, Macy's
Jeans: Princess Vera, Kohl's
Purple wedges: Betseyville, Macy's
Appliqed tote: Betsey Johnson, gifted
Chartreuse sandals: BCBG, Marshalls
Metallic clutch: Candie's, Kohl's

Top: Kohl's
Skirt: Candie's, Kohl's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Wristlet: Nine West, Boscov's

Sweater: Kohl;s
Jeans: Candie's, Kohl's
Shoes: Alloy
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's

Well, not that unlikely.  After all, there are no candy wrappers or office supplies at play in this post's pieces. Just some cast-off bracelets (i.e., the fuchsia and chartreuse chains in the Necklace That Has No Name and the ring around the unicorn in the Hearts and Unicorns Necklace) and a perfectly lovely silk flower from Etsy's HennyTJ that I intended to use as wedding finery but instead nestled in the more everyday nest of - what else? - felt.  

My undisputed favorite of the group is the Necklace That Has No Name, so labeled because I see no need to saddle unEtsy-bound baubles with monikers.  It's probably the boldest (not to mention bulkiest) necklace I've ever made, and I'm torn between really, really wanting to wear it and quaking in fear that it'll break as soon as I put it on.  Which probably isn't the best thing to admit when one is in the (albeit avocational) business of selling one's jewelry, but then, I'm sure I've said worse.  

Changing tactics, I'm excited about all the print bottoms, especially jeans, in stores this season.  The old print top-solid bottom combo gets old after awhile, so the role reversal is especially fresh.  Not to mention that solid (or, as in the case of this striped sweater, less busily patterned) tops make for nice necklace backdrops.               

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Leopard and Lips

Sweater: Boscov's 
Skirt: Wet Seal
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Guess, Marshalls


Top: Kirna Zabete for Target
Leggings: Petite Sophistocate
Skirt: Kohl's
Shoes: Paris Hilton, Marshalls
Bag: Princess Vera, Kohl's
Scarf: Express


Top: Mossimo, Target
Skirt: Material Girl, Macy's
Shoes: Betseyville, Macy's
Bag: Cloud Nine, Ocean City boardwalk
Belt: Wet Seal
Scarf: Wet Seal

Kind of sounds like a 1980s hair band, huh?  A little wild, a little wanton.  Sort of like ". . . a little wild and a little strange, when you make a home out on the range," a la "Hey Dude," but then that's a post for another day (even if the scarf in the last outfit kind of looks like it belongs on a bank robber in a spaghetti western).

In honor of the age of excess, I went overboard with the rhinestones in this, my latest neck candy installment.  (Oh, and there's also a unicorn crammed in there at the end.  For an extra special note of nostalgic kitsch.)  Because, in the words of shoe designer extraordinaire Beverly Feldman, "too much is never enough."