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Accessories finish winter outfits beautifully

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Winter accessories have been getting my attention. Not only am I grabbing cold-weather accessories on a daily basis like hats and scarves, but I’m spotting clever accessories on women I run into.

Take Nancy, for instance. What a treat it was to meet her this week. It was my Viv day in San Anselmo. Viv’s mom was working in the girls’ store, SAX Consignment when I got a text: Mom, you have a fan in the store.

I LOVE meeting blog readers so Viv, my friend Debra, and I strolled to the store. (Debra’s in this post about women connecting over their love of accessories.)

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Meeting Nancy at SAX

Nancy takes back her earrings and I lust over her foxy pin

So here’s a funny thing. Nancy was consigning some accessories at SAX. The accessories were on the jewelry country getting ready to be checked in. I spotted a pair of her gorgeous bold earrings that were right up my alley. I slipped them on and they were not right for me. I asked Nancy to try them on. They looked GREAT on her. I told her I thought she should be wearing them. She made the executive decision to take them back. “Sorry, Caitlin,” she said.

She’d taken her sweater cardigan off in the store and when she put it back on I went crazy for her pin.

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She couldn’t remember the designer’s name but you could tell it was a high-quality piece. I let it slip that my kids call me Mommyfoxy and that I’m Grammafoxy to Viv. Caitlin is Caityfoxy. You get the picture. We are a family of foxes!

I love how bold it is and that color! What a great accessory to wear any time of year but especially right now.

(Nancy, I hope to see you again soon!)

Marj plays accessory tricks on us

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My friend Marj is an accessory lover. Last Sunday I was admiring her stunning, sparkly necklace gracing her cozy sweater in that luscious shade of green. What a beautiful seasonal accessory!

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I went in to take a closer look and that’s when she told me what she’d done. It started out as an Alexis Bittar necklace. Marj picked it up in Chicago last summer but had never worn it. It’s two semi-circles connected in the center so the semi-circles move individually.

But that Alexis Bittar necklace was only the delivery system for hanging a pin over it. Marj purchased the sparkly Christmas tree pin at a Christmas market in Germany. It looks perfectly framed against the necklace, doesn’t it? It gives the necklace more dimension, more oomph, more of a wow factor! Marj said, “And this is the first time I’ve worn the necklace.”

I guess it was just waiting for that Christmas tree pin!

Marj’s third piece: Is it a jacket or an accessory?

So check out the third piece she’s wearing. It’s by Per Se and has 3/4 length sleeves and no closures. It’s SO lightweight. It looks handwoven and the yarns are more like cotton, than wool. She’s getting no additional warmth from it, but she’s sure winning style points for it.

I hesitate to call it a jacket. It sits more in the scarf/shawl/accessory department. It looks handwoven and I love that the fringe is coming out of the seams. I said, “What would you call that piece?”

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We were both stumped. If I were designing clothes for women over 50 or 60 or 70, I’d use this pattern and create pieces like this in multiple patterns and fabrics. But I needed a word to describe it.

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“I think it’s an accessory jacket,” I said. “Oh, I love that term,” Marj said.

If I could describe it then I could tell all of you to search for something like this. With no extra weight but lots of style, it seems like a winning winter accessory to me.

Hair ornaments are perfect winter accessories

Hair ornaments are such a cool accessory especially because you don’t see them on everybody. I always feel a woman wearing a hair ornament is super cool.

Here’s my friend Elizabeth who is definitely super cool. I love this velvet bow headband she’s wearing. It brings attention right to her face.

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And I did my accessory happy dance over the earrings she wore as well.


They’re so fascinating. Elizabeth is a well-traveled woman and I imagine she may have picked them up on one of her trips outside of the U.S. And I love the way the black color details in her earring relate to the black color in her hairband.

Hair accessories are in the winter air

I wore one this week as well. You can read about the anatomy of that outfit here. Mine is less noticeable than Elizabeth’s because the contrast between hair and hair ornament is less. I relied on other accessories just in case the hair ornament wasn’t noticed. Elizabeth doesn’t have to be concerned about that. You see it right away.

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Scarves and hats are perfect winter accessories

As soon as the scarf weather hit, I realized how much I rely on them. I’ll be in them most days.

The day I met Nancy at SAX, I was wearing my rose felted hat from J.Jill (this year) and my J.Jill plaid/checked scarf from last year or the year before.

I was in my babysitting outfit. I love how the scarf and hat add color to my striped T-shirt, jean jacket and black knit pants. I’m sure Viv appreciated it.

Baby Viv wearing her San Francisco 49ers red scarf
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Brighten up a dreary day with winter accessories

Just to show you how versatile that scarf is, I wore it over my crinkle dress from Artful Home last year to the same party Elizabeth was at.

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Layering checks and plaid

One of the party guests said, “Did those two pieces come together?” Nope, they didn’t. But I loved the question. I hadn’t thought of this combination until that night, but I love the depth created by adding the red checked scarf as a shawl to the red plaid dress. Isn’t getting dressed just so much fun?

The dress is the Ainslie Dress by Lisa Bayne. Here’s how I styled it last year.

Baby as an accessory

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Yup, this little one is the best accessory ever

A couple of people have pointed out to me that Viv is definitely my best accessory ever. I’m seizing these moments when she’s attached to my outfits because she’ll find her feet on the floor soon enough.

What are your accessory plans for this month? We want to hear how you’re accessorizing your winter outfits. Please share your inspirations with us! And to our Aussie and New Zealand friends, tell us how you accessorize your summer outfits! Much love to you all.

XO

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14 Comments

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    Laurice Gilbert
    December 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Here in the New Zealand summer it’s sparkly accessories all the way! I went out to lunch with friends on Wednesday, got there too late to nab a space under the giant sun umbrella, and my sparkly kereru (native wood-pigeon) brooch did all the work of drawing attention to me, while sparkly earrings kept my face in focus. Good tricks learned from the Wisdom of Brenda.

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    Kathleen Adams
    December 12, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    I love red, & indulge that at Christmastime, in my home & in my outfits. I bought a red blazer in the fall at TJMaxx, it will be getting good use! Tomorrow I plan to wear a light teal jacket with a bright red cami under, with jeans, of course. My best accessories this time of year are a red bag and silver Christmas tree earrings that I’ve worn for many, many years!

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    Kathleen Adams
    December 12, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Almost forgot – I love to wear hats, wool wide brim in winter!

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    cindy
    December 13, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Forget the accessories all I could look at was Little Viv! She is growing up so fast and what a little doll she is! I know how much fun you are having grandma!

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    Jean
    December 13, 2019 at 6:08 am

    I’d call what Marj is wearing a shrug and I love it!

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    Janice
    December 13, 2019 at 8:09 am

    The beautiful fox brooch looks like a Lea Stein, a French designer.

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      Brenda
      December 19, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you, Janice! It is!!

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    Ramona Puckett
    December 13, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Baby Viv is the cutest ❤️

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    Elaine @ Following Augustine
    December 13, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I love Marj’s “accessory jacket” and her eye catching necklace! How creative! I’ve been trying to decide whether to cut my hair again or let it grow. Perhaps what I really need are some fun hair accessories. Scarves and hats are a must in our cold Canadian winter. It’s -20ºC (-4ºF) this morning!

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    Ruth Ann
    December 13, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    When I was younger, I loved to wear hair accessories. As I got older, I felt it was no longer appropriate to wear anything in my hair. I see you and others in your posts wear them, but I just can’t get over my hang-up. Help!

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    Annette
    December 14, 2019 at 4:43 am

    The red pin you mention is “The Famous Fox” by Lea Stein – the design is based on a fox fur, which is why it is draped like that. I collect her brooches (I also have a red fox) and flew from the UK to Italy a few months ago to see the first ever retrospective of her work at a jewellery museum in a small town in the north. I also met her at the launch – it was amazing! I have many of her pieces; many are inspired by the Art Deco period, and Deco is one of my style words!

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    Kathy
    December 14, 2019 at 6:20 am

    The baby is adorable! She is growing so fast. I love her scarf. Stylish as an infant! She really does complete your outfit as well as your family! I’m drawn to bracelets. I have worn one daily for the last 40 years and without one on, no outfit is complete. The tactile sensation of its movement on my arm keeps me centered. I’m not a hat or scarf person although I do wear both. Infinity scarves are so much material I feel like they are choking me. I hate hat hair! I would rather wear a coat with a hood! Oh the trials of winter…

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    Bobbie
    December 14, 2019 at 9:11 am

    I really liked this post but I clicked back to the post about your dress and it made me feel so good. I also loved a dress with a waist and have lost mine too. I always find that a dress doesn’t look too bad on standing up but when I sit down the waist migrates to under my boobs. Not a pretty look. I loved the dress you chose and as I was perusing web sites for fabric found a cool funky one and a great Marcy Tilton pattern from Vogue to have a wonderful dress. Thanks for letting me see that we have to dress the bodies we have rather than the one we used to have. Happy holidays.

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    Trinnie Q
    December 21, 2019 at 2:59 am

    My summer accessorising , consists of either a colourful light set of beads , or silver chain with something large and colourful on it, bead bangles , a light ring.
    Also, if it isn’t too hot, a very light third piece, usually what I call an over shirt, in a.colour, or print matching what I have on in some way. It is usually quite sheer,and generally made of cotton, or linen. I always wear a sun hat in summer., of which I own at least 4 , in different colours. otherwise the glorious sunshine here, monsters your skin…. Keep warm, all of you…p.s. Viv,is the winner in the accessory category, every time ! She is divine ! Sending belated love , from Oz

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