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Summer Lovin'

It all started with my favorite fashion hippie, Nicole Richie. Years ago when she decided to part ways with Paris and become her own lady, we saw a gentler, tinier, more fashionable side of Mrs. Richie (er, Madden?). She wore head scarves and dangling necklaces to accent her bikinis. The jewelry/ swim suit combo can now be seen on celebs in nearly every summer edition papparazzo picture. So let's just be honest for a minute. I own an accessory boutique, I am a serious fan of fashion, and who doesn't love summer? But swim suits and bling on us everyday folk -- is it even possible? Indeed it is!

The key to this summer  trend, like with most things in life, is moderation. In everyday life I am sort of obssesed with arm candy; in summer accesorizing life, no one wants salt water trapped beneath a Michael Kors watch and 25 bangles. With that being said, tone it down a little ladies. Less is more when you're adding jewelry to your swim suit.

See how easy it is to add a little extra oomph to that two piece?

Another favorite of mine is adding length to the ultra simplistic beach look by throwing on a necklace or two. Layering different necklaces is an easy way to add to your look without going overboard. Chains and charms can create movement and length. Be sure to choose the right type of chain, one that won't leave a damp feeling that can be created by a heavy piece. See: Katie and Maryanne in subtle additions below

 

In essence, the trick to looking effortless is usually making the effort to look that way. A short and simple summary of how to accessorize like the stars without looking ridiculous can go a long way when summer is full of pool parties, beach days, vacations, and cookouts.

To find any of the pieces shown visit www.veritasboutique.com.

Photo credits: Jordan Ott (find her on facebook!)

 

Clogs, Fashion and Function

Clogs were a part of the “hippie” expression of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s and they are back!  Sighted on the runway of Louis Vuitton and Channel Spring 2010. They are styled with mini-skirts, jeans, shorts and    skinny or wide-legged pants.

This fall, you'll find clogs in multiple fabrics, prints as well as leather.

While they are all considered clogs, they have just as many differences as they do similarities. They range from a stiletto look to low and chunky.

If you're a short-legged woman, lengthen the look of your legs by wearing tights to match your clogs.

You won't have a hard time finding them this fall because they're everywhere and come in a wide price range.

I walked into the Marriot Hotel last week and there was Kelli McAnally, administrator with Round Rock ISD in her Dansko clogs. She told me she has twelve pair and they make her feet happy!!

Dansko Black Desert Snake

The question this season isn't whether you'll wear them or not, but rather which clog will YOU be wearing?