My everyday jewelry

Everyday jewelry: gold necklaces and earrings — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

When it comes to jewelry, I like to keep things simple. (You probably noticed that I don’t wear much jewelry.) I wear necklaces and earrings and don’t wear rings or bracelets (save for the random hair tie, of course, haha). Only occasionally will I wear a necklace and earrings in the same outfit. I tend to wear earrings more often than necklaces, usually because they don’t interfere with whatever style top I’m wearing on any given day.

I’ve been carefully curating my closet since I started my blog almost six (!) years ago, and I’ve discovered that I’m drawn to gold jewelry in particular. Out of my small jewelry collection, my everyday pieces consist of the three necklaces and three pairs of earrings I wear the most. (As always, you can click on each image below to see the original post.)


NECKLACES

 

INITIAL PENDANT

The Kate Spade ‘One in a Million’ initial pendant necklace was one of my very first Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases back in 2014. As of today, I’ve worn it 100 times, and the cost per wear is below 50 cents.

This necklace features my initial on one side (obviously) and ‘one in a million’ written on the other side, but I’ve only worn it with the initial side out. No part of it has tarnished in the five years I’ve owned it, which I’m thrilled about! It still looks brand new.

This necklace goes with anything and everything. I especially like pairing it with v-neck tops or crewneck sweaters.

 

TEXTURED BAR

Gorjana jewelry entered my radar a few years ago, and I was immediately drawn to the ‘Taner’ bar necklace. I love the slightly curved, textured bar; it’s simple yet still eye-catching. I purchased my necklace off of Poshmark to save a little bit of money.

I love pairing this necklace with high crewneck tops (like the shell to the right) and also under button-up shirts with the top button or two undone so you can see the gold peek out. The length is a little too short to wear with chunky knit sweaters. The only thing to note is that the necklace is very lightweight and tends to lay unevenly/off to one side, so I find myself adjusting it as the day goes.

 

INTERLOCKING RINGS

I find myself browsing Amour Vert often, and I came across the ‘Priscilla’ necklace by Shaya a couple of years ago. I ended up buying it with a coupon code (and spent more than I would have on the Gorjana necklace at full price, go figure…but this was made in the U.S.).

When I wear this necklace, I imagine the rings being Korri and me linked together, and it makes me happy. Sadly, my necklace has started tarnishing, which is a huge bummer. :( I thought it was gold filled. I may paint it with clear nail polish to prevent more tarnishing.

This necklace is slightly longer than the other two and goes the best with deep v-neck and high crewneck tops.


EARRINGS

 

PAVÉ STUDS

I purchased these small, simple pavé stud earrings from Madewell in spring 2016 and have worn them fairly constantly since then. I’ve worn them over 130 days so far, and their cost per wear is down to below 10 cents!

Not surprisingly, I wear these earrings with literally any outfit. They’re so tiny that they blend in easily and do not distract at all from whatever I’m wearing. (I’m scared I may lose them someday because they are so tiny!) I’ll usually throw them on when my outfit is feeling incomplete but when adding another layer or wearing a bolder pair of earrings isn’t the look I’m going for. I pack these earrings for almost all of my trips.

 

HAMMERED CIRCLES

A few months ago, I purchased a couple of pairs of earrings from ABLE, including this pair of hammered circle earrings. I’m absolutely thrilled with these earrings! They’re lightweight, simple, and an unexpected twist on the hoop trend. I love that the circles are just slightly imperfect with the hammered texture.

I find myself reaching for them constantly, and they’re already almost down to under $1 cost per wear, which is my goal for everything in my closet.

These earrings are subtle enough to wear with anything, but I especially love wearing them with my hair tied up so they can be seen.

 

DRUZY STUDS

These druzy stud earrings by Leslie Francesca were another Amour Vert purchase. I enjoy wearing them, but I was expecting them to look a little bit different. The whole earring features a gold overlay, so the “druzy” part doesn’t have sharp edges like a typical stone would, and it doesn’t look like a stone. The large backs also peek out below my earlobe.

Otherwise, I typically wear these earrings when I want something a little flashier than my pavé stud earrings (but not too flashy). They make a bolder statement without pulling the focus from the rest of the outfit.

This post was written in collaboration with Nakturnal.

The NOT-MY-STYLE List

The NOT-MY-STYLE List inspired by Into-Mind — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I was inspired by Into-Mind to write out everything that I don't consider to be my style. I really like this exercise because it's a fun, alternative way to define your style. If you have a hard time figuring out what exactly you do like, think about what you don't instead. If you're anything like me, you're probably quite opinionated about the things you don't like.

Even though you likely won't find me wearing any of these anytime soon (never say never!), I'm open to reconsidering some of these if you want to try changing my mind and share amazing examples of how they are worn well. ;)

NOT MY STYLE

  • Neon
  • Off-the-shoulder
  • Cold shoulder (shoulder cut-outs)
  • Bodycon
  • Halter tops
  • Flare denim
  • Culottes
  • Stilettos (4" or higher)
  • Extreme crop tops
  • Overalls
  • Sheer
  • Acid wash
  • Extremely destroyed denim
  • Open back
  • Ruched sides on tops/skirts/dresses
  • Chevron
  • Houndstooth
  • Large or lots of buckles on boots
  • Large waist belts (for now...)
  • Empire waists
  • Dropped waists
  • Cap sleeves
  • Large peasant sleeves
  • Most bohemian elements (i.e. long and flow-y tops/dresses)
  • Berets
  • Sandals with thong straps
  • Really intricate/busy patterns
  • Fringe
  • Tassels
  • Long-sleeved bell sleeves
  • Cut-off denim shorts with pockets showing
  • Giant chain statement necklaces
  • Extreme high-low hems
  • Very short shorts or Bermuda shorts
  • Hobo bags
  • Tunics
  • Turtlenecks/cowl necks
  • Dropped shoulders (especially if the garment is striped)
  • Midi skirts
  • d'Orsay flats (tried two pairs already)
  • Moccasins
  • Warm-weather scarves
  • Mules
  • Bracelets/watches/rings
  • Jumpsuits/rompers

It's pretty obvious that I haven't been into too many of the recent trends, haha! What do you think? Have you ever tried writing a NOT-MY-STYLE list? Is anything on here also on your NOT-MY-STYLE list?

Incorporating elements of different styles

How I incorporate elements of different styles into my own personal style -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

If I had to succinctly describe my style, I'd say it is classic, girly, and understated that errs on the side of minimalist. It really is SO hard for me to narrow it down, and that's because other than the broad definitions of "classic" and "girly", I enjoy elements from many different styles. Even though I don't identify as a full "prep", I enjoy wearing sweaters over collared blouses. Even though I don't consider myself bohemian in the least, I like the occasional bohemian garment. I love menswear-inspired looks, but I often don't feel like I can pull off a head-to-toe menswear look; however, I love wearing oxfords. Same goes for the "twee" style, which is one I identified more with a couple of years ago. Even though I don't dress in all ModCloth-esque garments anymore, there are still some pieces I can't seem to part with. I think that's the key of personal style: taking whatever elements strike your fancy and mixing them all together to create your own unique look. Below I broke down some of the pieces from different styles that help me create my own personal style. :)

Incorporating elements of bohemian into my style by adding a lacy dress and floppy hat -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

American Eagle Lace Panel Dress (similar; original outfit) / Leith Floppy Felt Hat (exact; original outfit)

Bohemian is probably the style I identify the least with. I've been in Free People, but I can never find an item I would wear or that could seamlessly weave into the rest of my wardrobe. That said, there have been a few bohemian items that caught my eye--two of them being this asymmetrical dress and this felt hat. I remember seeing this dress in American Eagle a couple of years ago and just falling in love. I don't wear it as much now (especially because it feels really short!), but it's so different from my other dresses and I love having the variety. The hat was something I didn't think was my style at all or that I could pull off, but I ended up loving it and am so glad I took a chance on it!

Incorporating elements of menswear into my style by adding a blazer and oxfords -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

J.Crew 'Schoolboy' Blazer (similar; original outfit) / Madewell 'Jess' Oxfords (exact; original outfit)

Menswear style is characterized primarily by crisp, clean tailoring and strong lines. Suits, blazers, button-up shirts, trousers, oxfords, and classic loafers all come to mind when I think of menswear. Even though I don't want to dress in this style all of the time (and have basically never worn an outfit consisting of entirely menswear-inspired pieces as described above), I really enjoy aspects of the style--especially the formality of a blazer in lieu of a cardigan and laced-up leather oxfords. I can add one or both pieces to an outfit to instantly make it feel more polished.

Incorporating elements of twee into my style by adding Peter Pan collars and polka dots -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

ModCloth 'Record Time' Dress (exact; original outfit) / ModCloth Skirt (similar; original outfit)

Isn't it crazy how much one's style can change in such a short amount of time? It was only two years ago that I adored and wore everything ModCloth had to offer. I was in a twee bubble. Last year, my style changed relatively rapidly and now I don't consider twee to be a large part of my personal style anymore. That said, you can pry my Peter Pan collars out of my cold, dead hands. ;) I can't help it; they're adorable. Also, I'm still not sick of this polka dot skirt. It's such a fun twist on a basic navy midi skirt and one I love to pull out every once in a while to mix things up!