This week I am a bit under the weather and can’t take the time to blog as much as I do. Typically on Wednesdays, I post on accessorizing different ways which include several looks that I create. I just didn’t have it in me to put effort into a post of this caliber.
Feeling a little bit better today, I grabbed my trusted reusable shopping bag and headed out to run some errands at a few stores nearby. With this bag in tow, I thought about what a lifesaver this little bag is and then started to think about all the accessories I own that I’d be lost without and would buy again if I needed to.
As you know I am a little (okay, a lot) accessories obsessed. However, I believe the same discernment needs to be taken when buying accessories as when buying clothes. I’m also practical to a fault, a total Capricorn trait. When you are discerning like I am, you find that the pieces you do buy will be worth their weight in gold. Yes, I do love accessories but I don’t have as many pieces as you probably think I do. This is because I know what my staples are and how to maximize each one of them. That said, I present to you my top 10 accessories I can’t live without and why. My hope is that you might see the value in some of them for yourself or might possibly come up with your own list of must-haves.
#1- My reusable shopping bag
This bag from Envirosax is something I use constantly. Living in Brooklyn, I walk a lot. I also work from home and try to get out at least once a day to run errands. This bag has basically become my around my neighborhood handbag because I don’t have the luxury of using the trunk of a car to stow things I pick up along the way. I like that this bag isn’t too precious and that I don’t need to worry about throwing a few groceries inside of it. What is also cool about the bag is that it folds up and snaps shut which means that it can be stored in a handbag and used when needed. Even if you don’t walk as much as I do, it’s not a bad idea to have a reusable shopping bag in your handbag in a pinch.
#2- Novelty gold earrings
I bought these earrings at a tiny little boutique and have loved them since. While they are basic gold, they get a lot of use because they are interesting. I think every woman needs a pair of gold (or silver, if that’s your thing) earrings in their wardrobe because they are so versatile. However, versatile does not have to mean boring. I like the way these pop anything I am wearing while still being basic. I wear them all the time.
#3- My green pashmina scarf
This photo was taken a few years ago at 4am at a diner in New Jersey after my 20th high school reunion because, after all, you can’t visit New Jersey without winding up at a diner at some point. I used this large green pashmina as a wrap for my reunion and after I changed into something more comfortable after the reunion I wrapped it around my neck and wore it with a grey top and jeans.
This scarf has an even longer history. I bought it the same year I met my husband which is 9 1/2 years ago. Since then I have used it constantly, from weddings to using it with my coats. I believe it is so versatile because it is green, an amazing shade that matches everything. Should this scarf ever wear out (it is starting to show signs of wear) I will replace it.
#4- My Birkenstock Gizehs
This is the exact pair of Birkenstock Gizehs I own, the bronze shade. Having owned the same pair for six years I can’t say my Gizehs look as clean and fresh as the ones in the photo. I love these shoes. Aside from the versatility of the color, they are so ridiculously comfortable. I would replace them in a heartbeat, which I probably should next year. Mine are starting to look really ratty, but they are broken in perfectly.
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#5- My yellow wedges
These yellow wedges called The Eternal Wedge from Naya are favorites of mine for a few reasons. First, the color. You might be surprised to learn that yellow is a fantastic accent color, especially for shoes because the color is nowhere near the face. I have worn these shoes to spice up a navy dress, just wore them last weekend with a brown and white printed dress and, despite the pop color, find plenty of things to wear with them. However, the number one reason I LOVE these shoes is the comfort. I have walked miles in them and my feet have been comfortable. I can stand for hours with clients without any pain. It’s almost hard to believe that a wedge could be comfortable, but these are. Unfortunately, Naya doesn’t stock this shoe any longer. I have to talk to them about that because, if they did, I would replace these shoes in a heartbeat if they gave out.