Accessorizing Made Easy

This outfit may look familiar to you because I posted it in my Spring Dress Series Collage. The Spring Dress Series collages (here, here and here) have been so helpful to me. I hope they have been helpful to you, too. When I was picking accessories for the collages, and when I am trying to decide what accessories to wear with an outfit, I try to mimic something that’s going on in the outfit.

J. Crew Earrings

This outfit is such a perfect example. As you can see, the lace cutout at the top of my dress matches the earring design almost perfectly!

J. Crew earrings

Then I mimicked the overall round shape of the earring with the round shape of the bag. I also liked how the earring had a bit of tan/skin tone color behind it. Once again, it mimicked the lace cutout in the dress and the tan color matched my bag.

There you have it! The easiest way to pick accessories is to mimic different attributes you see in the overall outfit, whether it be the color, shape or feel of the outfit! Now just imagine my outfit without the accessories. Kinda boring, huh? Accessories are worth it. They are the icing on the outfit cake. HA!

Outfit Links: Dress – Anthropologie Clutch – Tuckernuck Earrings – J. Crew Shoes – Soludos

Photos by: Traci Ling

10 Staples For The Spring

The links to the items in this picture are posted below, after “how I’m following the trend”.

Last week I was honored to share the stage with Free The Captives for a luncheon at the Junior League of Houston. I shared what I thought were the 10 staples for the spring, and I thought it would be helpful to share with you all, too. This way you can pinpoint the holes you have in your own wardrobe and avoid buying things you already have or don’t need. I also shared what was trending in each category, how I was choosing to follow the trend, and how trends are a choice. You don’t have to follow a trend if you don’t like it! Obviously! Ha!


Jeans (a blue pair and a white pair)- distressed jeanboyfriend jean – how I’m following the trend (here)

ShortsDenim cutoffs or distressed denim – how I’m following the trend (here)

Outerwear/Jacket(s)- Denim jackets – how I’m following the trend (here)

Tops- Statement sleeves, rufflesreinvented oxford, embroidery, shoulder play – how I’m following the trend (here)

Dresses- Cold shoulder, one shoulder, statement sleeves, embroidery/embellishment – how I’m following the trend (here)

Cover Up- Embellishment, embroidery, off the shoulder

Swimsuit- Ruffle, rainbow, embellishment, off the shoulder

Dressy Sandal- Minimalist sandal, blocked heel, espadrille wedge

Casual Sandal- Mules, slides, espadrilles, ankle wrap, embellished – how I’m following the trend (here and here)

Accessories- Statement earrings, straw bags, colorful bags – how I’m following the bag trend (here and here), how I’m following the earring trend (here and here)


At each place setting were quotes on style and fashion. The first quote received applause, and it warmed my heart. I knew I was in the company of kindred spirits. I started the talk with these two quotes because they seemed to sum up the gist of my style. I approach style from the inside out (based on my own personal struggles, brief synopsis here), and my style is practical.

I hope you find this information helpful. I tried to be brief and succinctly summarize my 40+ minute talk. EEEEEK! I guess I really do love to talk about clothes. I can’t help it!

Photos by: Traci Ling

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