|Cape (Ginger 'n Spice); Pants (212 Collection, Kohls); Boots (Karen Scott, eBay); Bag (Kate Spade, Nordstrom Rack)|
In the depths of Winter (and this one in particular), I often find myself longing to live in warmer climes. But there is something about the change of seasons that is good for my soul, and I know I savor the first blooms of Spring more for having been without them. The same is true for the first "top-down" day of the year. Driving a convertible would be more practical if I lived in year round warm temperatures, but the unbridled joy of that first warm(ish) sunny day, wind in my hair, music blasting, is unbeatable.
Spring has been slow to arrive this year, teasing us with a warmer day only to dip back into the 30s twenty-four hours later. Unwilling to let the winter doldrums linger any longer, I put the heavy coats away and opted for a Tiffany blue cape. The bright robin's egg hue makes me think Spring while still warding off goose bumps.
The accents are a mix of higher, low end, and vintage jewelry - something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue isn't just for weddings! The 72 inch strand of pearls was a precious gift, but I like them even more accented with a $12 rhinestone brooch from Jo-Ann Fabric. The semi-precious deep blue topaz, sterling and gold ring coordinates with the aqua leather band on a $15 dollar watch from Steinmart, and the earrings are a vintage heirloom that belonged to my grandmother Dorothy.
Mixing high end pieces with bargain buys and vintage finds is one of my go to style tricks. It's an affordable way to extend your wardrobe and create looks that are completely unique. Wearing pieces in unexpected ways also adds interest, like a brooch worn as an asymmetrical pendant rather than in the traditional way. So savor Spring, and don't be afraid to embrace the highs and the lows!
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!