This post is dedicated to the Accessory Sisters. You know who you are!
It’s a pretty great night after discovering the crossroads where gems and hoodies meet, and I am willing to bet that right now you too have drawstrings in your drawers waiting to be bejeweled…
It started very innocently, as most shopping traps do. Last March, our Ya-Ya Sisterhood kidnapped me to head to Silverton, Oregon for an awesome weekend to celebrate my 40th birthday, and my friend Lindy’s March birthday, at the Oregon Gardens Resort and Spa.
Back to the bling. One thing about our group, is that we love all jewelry no matter how small or inexpensive. However, we save a special place in our hearts for the best of the best, and to us that means Brighton. Which is why we have this tradition where everyone chips in money on our milestone 50th, and we go together to let the birthday girl shop for a Brighton purse. They surprised me, and I got to slide in a decade early and pick out mine on my 40th! The shop staff caught wind of what we were doing, popped the cork on a bottle of champagne they had in the back, and took this photo of us sporting our Brighton birthday bags.
It took about 45 seconds for me to find this amazing purse and it was love at first sight!
The girls stayed with me up until that point, but as soon as the match was made, they split faster than you can say “spring bling” to have a look around the shop. Which left me unattended with an incredible purse, a glass of bubbly, and an “attentive” sales team. I overheard another shopper say the beads were a good deal, so I started browsing that section and was encouraged to build a stack of bling for my new purse (pictured below).
Needless to say, when we made our way to the counter, I was surprised by the sticker shock of my thread of purse jewelry, but my girlfriends were proud. They have raised me to be living an “accessorized life!”
Much as I hate to admit it… I love those beads but I tipped the scale too far. The weight of this purse rivals my daughters middle school backpack of math and science books. After playing with different arrangements, three beads seems to be just magic for my purse. However, this creates a problem of what to do with four other amazing Brighton beads. Hmm…
I just happened to be holding on to a pretty blue top from J.C. Penny’s “Buy 1, Get One for a Penny” sale, that seemed to need a little extra punch to take it from ho-hum to style-worthy. Problem solved.
Image and top from JCPenney
I also put those Brighton beads on my favorite pink sweatshirt that needed a bit of a refresh.
Here are the easy steps:
Listen to your closet for any clothes that are already calling out to be accessorized. Sigh…if you don’t hear those voices, you’ll have to purchase a new hoodie for yourself or for Mom.
Here are a couple of good options:
Hooded Sweatshirt Jacket found here at HM.com
Sweater Knit Poncho from OldNavy.com
Choose two beautiful beads from Brighton’s treasure chest for Mother’s Day, or for yourself. Here are a few great options…
String a bead on to each drawstring as shown below, and tie your knot.
I figure a little “drawstring bling” never hurt anyone. Especially since a Brighton/Pandora bracelet, or a stack of purse beads, will easily set you back over a hundred dollars! Remember, don’t be a fool and wash your Brighton beads. They need to be removed before laundering. 🙂
Side note…I haven’t had as much time to blog as usual, which might have to do with the 5 million sports games/practices that my family is involved in this time of year. However, I love having this creative outlet and it is giving me lots of street cred with my kiddos, so I’ll continue to be “windlassing” as often as I can.
I hope this post is a good start to your day. I’m headed back to listen to my closet and see what else may be calling to be accessorized!
Cheers to You and Spring and Bling.
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