Before I became a Stella & Dot stylist, my jewelry wardrobe was pretty simple: a necklace (often hand-made by local artisans,) earrings that complemented the necklace, and a ring my mom gave me. I also wore a lot of statement earrings, making it easy for me to get dressed for school in the morning. If I found a pair of earrings I really liked, I wore them every day. My teacher wardrobe consisted mainly of tops, sweater sets, pants, and cute shoes. Lots of cute shoes. I was happy with my clothes and accessories!
And then Stella & Dot came into my life.
I signed up to be a stylist in October 2010, and my jewelry wardrobe got a sparkly, colorful update. Everyone noticed and complimented me on my jewelry – at school, at church, at the grocery store, at restaurants; I couldn’t go anywhere wearing Stella & Dot and not get noticed! I experimented with my jewelry, wearing statement necklaces, bracelets, and cocktail rings for the first time. Decked out in Stella & Dot from head to fingers, I was a walking advertisement for my business. (Having a personal jewelry boutique in my office closet is soooooo much fun!)
I decided to retire from teaching that year and became self-employed, selling Stella & Dot and working as a homeschool teacher and private tutor. My homeschooling and tutoring jobs were pretty casual affairs; I wore workout clothes and flip-flops (much to my mother’s chagrin) and only dressed up when I had a trunk show.
After losing weight last spring, I needed some new clothes. My friend, Karen, told me about a local boutique that sells darling tops, tunics, and awesome tummy-controlled leggings, and I finally broke out of my sweater-set-and-pants rut! I love, love, love my new wardrobe, and I’m having so much fun creating different looks with my fabulous Stella & Dot jewels.
Here are three looks I rocked this week and why I chose the pieces I wore:
I’m wearing one of my favorite new Ivy Jane tunics from Marlo Miller Boutique in Houston. Like a lot of boutique brands, Ivy Jane only sells to store owners. You can see some of the line by clicking here. You can find Marlo on Facebook here. I love this tunic because it’s lightweight and the colors are perfect for fall. It’s so hard to dress in Houston this time of year because it’s not cold enough to bring out your sweaters and boots, but you feel silly wearing white jeans and sandals.
Our Kahlo Bib Necklace was inspired by Frida Kahlo, and the mixed metal is right on trend. I paired the necklace with the matching earrings – I think it’s fine to do that with this because my hair is long, and the colors are neutral. This necklace also looks great over solid colors like cobalt, emerald, and burgundy.
I love this top with the gorgeous peacock colors we’re seeing this season. I put on the gold Christina Link Necklace, thinking I would keep it simple since the top is so colorful and busy, but I added the Mae Necklace for contrasting color. I like the two necklaces together so much better! I finished the look with the Nancy Studs because I wanted the focus to be on the necklaces. When you wear a statement necklace, it draws the eye up to your face; gold and sparkles add shimmer and make your face look even more beautiful.
Let’s have an arm party! Layering bracelets is a great way to express your style. You can go neutral, like mine – love the mixed metals in this combination – or get crazy with color. Every bracelet needs a buddy, so mix and match them with bracelets in your current jewelry wardrobe for new, unique looks.
I absolutely loved my outfits this week. I felt young and vibrant in my Stella & Dot jewelry, which is always a good thing! Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry that makes you smile when you wear it? Do you experiment with different looks, or do you stick to the tried and true? Let me know in the comments!
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Disclosure: I am an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot. This post contains a link to my personal website. I receive commission from orders placed on my website.