This will be the first of a few posts like this because there was no way I could narrow down this topic to just 6 items. Recently, I was digging through my drawers and closets trying to “clear the clutter” like I discussed in my Closet Organization webisode. I stumbled upon several things that I had to take a good hard look at…things I’ve had for yeeeeeears! I do this every Spring and Fall. It’s almost like a game I play with myself. Should I chunk it? Keep it? Give to my sis or a close friend so it stays in the family? (my besties and I do that with items we really love) Donate it? Sell it on Ebay? Those items we have purchased wisely, which never go out of style, absolutely should keep their cherished spot in our wardrobe. Especially after selling so many of my beautiful designer things after I got married and finances were tight! There are some things I’m so happy I kept!
Here’s 6 timeless accessories I love:
1.Red Peep-Toe Slingbacks
These were the very first expensive pair of shoes I bought myself after I booked my first TV show here in LA. They are by Casadei and I always felt like a million bucks when I wore them. A great red pump with a timeless heel should be a staple in every fashionistas closet! So Old Hollywood!
2. Gold Bangle Bracelet
A classic gold bangle is the perfect add-on to any outfit…casual or dressy. A single bangle or a few stacked always adds that bit of “wow factor” without being over-the-top. I’ve been obsessed with arm candy since I was little. I rarely leave the house without throwing on a bracelet… or two!
3. Low-Slung Brown Leather Belt
This is probably one of the most talked about items in my webisodes. It is so versatile and can instantly hide the muffin top! Add it to a tunic, jeans or sundress to create the illusion of a longer waist and smaller hips. If you do not own one, I suggest running out and getting one ASAP!
4. Rhinestone Evening Earrings
Can you believe these were the earrings I wore to prom? I remember it like it was yesterday.. finding them at this chic boutique in Houston on Westheimer Rd. Back then, this was like shopping on Rodeo Drive for me! I don’t wear rhinestones much these days, but a girl never knows when she may need to pull them out!
5. Quilted Chain Bag
I just realized this is one of those items I mentioned that is from one of my besties, LeeAnne (make sure to check out her blog, LeeAnne Locken Loves>>> link on the right side of this blog) gave this to me at least 15 years ago. Chanel made the quilted chain handbag famous. There have been several knock offs and variations, but the authentic handbag was presented to the public in 1955 and will NEVER go out of style!
6. Statement Necklace
Whether it’s long and sleek or short and embellished, a fabulous statement necklace is always in. I think this one is technically vintage by the brand Trifari from the 70’s. Like the gold bangle, this is a piece you can throw on with just about any kind of top or dress for a bit of oomph.
What is one of your most coveted items that you hope to keep and maybe pass down to a daughter, niece or granddaughter?
So it’s the middle of May.. how amazing is your month going so far?
Please share and A-ha’s, breakthroughs or beautiful moments!
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As much as you may pray, meditate and seek methods to reduce your stress and stay balanced– life always has a way of knocking you on your toosh or making you feel like you’re teetering on a tightrope. Who feels me? Last week I got so sick of hearing myself whining and saying, “I’m so stressed…I’m so exhausted.” It was one of those moments when I had to pull myself over to the mirror and say to myself, “Tiff, get a grip. You control your schedule. You control how you ALLOW situations to effect you. You can control your attitude about it all. You have the power when you check all the texts and emails!” I told a friend I needed to go read my own blogs. Hmmmph. Isn’t it funny how we can easily give others advice? I also feel like I should add that stress-levels for us gals is always heightened during PMS. I’m not using it as an excuse….it’s just a biological fact. Ok, now that we are clear on all that….
There are so many factors that cause stress and it is different for everyone. Where you live, work pressures, financial difficulties, relationship pains, kids, world events and the list goes on and on. Living in LA, a city where I’m shocked anyone passed their driving tests and were allowed a license, is enough to give you an ulcer every time you get in your car! I was running a few errands the other day and this woman– who was in the wrong turning lane– had the audacity to flip me off while I was patiently allowing her to turn… even though she was in the wrong. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? My shoulders tensed and I gave her the evil eye and then decided to say a little prayer for her under my breath AFTER I visualized myself giving her back the same unladylike hand gesture she had given me. I kept my hands on the steering wheel, of course. Just normal daily interaction with people can stress you out. People seem to enjoy transferring their stress to you, but we can control what we allow to stick to us. Yes, easier said than done I know! This is why I try to remember to pray for protection and to be covered with the full armor of God plus be enveloped in white light every time I walk out the door. I don’t always remember and should put a note/affirmation by the door. (Ok, I’ll go do that as soon as I’m finished writing this blog!) I recommend you doing it too.
My point to this rant is YOU HAVE THE CONTROL. I realize we all feel powerless at times, but “feeling” powerless is even something we can control. Dig deeper. You always have the power. You always have the control. Take charge. Maybe you think you’ve lost the power and control, but you can regain it. Make the choice. You may never seem to achieve balance, but it’s about the constant effort to make the right choices for YOUR life and stop trying to keep up with your friends, neighbors and co-workers. Make the choice to step down off the tightrope. Everyone- especially women- loves to validate themselves with how “busy’ they are. Honestly- I’m beginning to hate that word and I’m trying to remove it from my vocab. Yes– life is busy and stressful, but life is also meant to be a beautiful experience.
THIS WEEK I WILL….
- Check in with myself.
- Be a warrior not a worrier.
- Put my phone on silent when I need to. Some peeps can wait!
- Stop + smell the roses.
- Not allow other people’s stress to stick to me.
- Regain control.
- Keep my plate manageable.
- Get more sleep.
- Be more assertive by saying no.
- Stop taking on too many projects.
Cheers to a week free of any rude encounters, evil eyes, perverted hand gestures, boundary breakers, one uppers or back talkers. HA!
YOU ARE IN CONTROL.
FIND YOUR ZEN.