The Top 5 Accessories I Can’t Live Without

The Top 5 Accessories I Can’t Live Without

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


Accessories I can't live without

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

Accessories I can't live without

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


Accessories I can't live without

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

Accessories I can't live without

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.

Shop for Birkenstock Gizehs.  They come in every color under the sun

#5- My yellow wedges

Accesories I can't live without

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.

Author- Bridgette Raes 

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