Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Quote of the day (re: Wardrobe Therapy this week)

"A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika"

- Diana Vreeland

More on that theme later, or when I decide how I feel about it. I generally don't dislike my wardrobe but it is very basic. I like being able to add color with bags (we're talking burgundy batik elephants, not red leather) and scarves (I LOVE scarves, a very nice middle Eastern gentleman came very close to suckering me out of more money than I own recently just by draping me in gorgeous scarves and shoving me in front of mirrors). I want my jewelry to be able to function similarly when it is too hot to be swathed in scarves.

I need to stop picturing myself as the Sundance Catalog woman (I am much less earthy, I guess my style statement would be something in the neightborhood of earthy sporty preppy which is a complete contradiction which is why I haven't figured it out yet), and more of the woman.

These are gorgeous. I want to be the fancy person that wears them. I am not she. Or at least I don't have her budget.

I should probably go buy this right now. It still looks very dressy to me but, somewhat like my new bronze sandals (which I haven't worn since we've had a spate of storms and several inches of much-needed rain), I need to suck it up because it is totally my style and I should just channel Tim Gunn and "make it work".

I'll try to do a jewelry box post in the next few days. The earrings are pretty good but most of the necklaces are just too small. The tiny pendant on a thin silver chain isn't good for me. The only necklace I consistently get complimented on is a massive purple lampwork bead on the same damn tiny silver chain, but the bead is big enough to be visible, and that's what I need.


drwende said...

If it's totally your style, yes, you need to make it work. It's gorgeous.

One of the Big Difficulties is that all those one-note style books don't really capture individual style, which is much more complex.

scb said...

One of the beauties of Style Statements as envisioned by Carrie and Danielle ( is that they embrace contradictions wholeheartedly.

That necklace looks great! Go for it!

lorijo said...

I love the necklace too-

Anne (in Reno) said...

Yeah, I think I need to spend more time on etsy, they've got gorgeous stuff on there. Still thinking about the style statement, too.