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 etsy.com 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.

4 comments:

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 (www.carrieanddanielle.com) 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.