Thursday, April 26, 2012

An ode to Debbi.

Layered necklaces, stripes, and a big, happy smile.

Debbi, if you were sitting at your computer, blogging away, thinking, "If I could just know that I have helped one person... enriched one life.. added style to one wardrobe, it would all be worth it," then let me be the one to say, "You have, and thank you."

It's my first attempt at pattern mixing.

I'm only kind of kidding. You see, a while back Debbi at She Accessorizes Well published a post on wearing multiple necklaces. (read it here)  I read the post and although I don't actually remember what I thought at the time it was probably something like, "Hmmm, interesting... I don't really wear that kind of necklace though... " and clicked on to something else. But, unbeknownst to me, the seed was planted and the idea took root. I'm practically at the point now where if I'm only wearing a single necklace it feels like a bit of a fashion failure.

A recent $2.00 thrift store acquisition- this purse holds nothing but it's pretty.

The first time I posted about how much I was loving layering necklaces Debbi commented that she hadn't gotten a big response to her original post so she was worried it had been a waste of time. Today as I was getting dressed I realized that Debbi probably has no idea how happy layering necklaces makes me. And she should know. Because it is not a small thing that her post has been the inspiration for something that has lifted my spirits, made me feel more stylish, brought a smile to my face, and given me an excuse to wear more jewelry.

Sure, I know that we're not solving third world hunger, curing cancer, or performing other, undeniably life enriching, good deeds here. We're blogging about clothing and accessories. But layering necklaces makes me feel pretty good. Debbi's advice subtly enriches my life on an almost daily basis. And that's frankly, quite awesome, in my opinion. So, Debbi, here's to you! Your blogging has made a difference in my life and I'm grateful. Thank you. You do accessorize well. And now, so do I.

Perhaps this could be called remedial pattern mixing? Pattern mixing for dummies?


  1. Oh Margaret, you don't know how happy this post has made me!!! I mean really happy that I helped make you happier every day. I think your outfit today is fabulous. It is funny, but I wore something very similar early in my blogging days. We could almost be twins as far as the clothing! I like the belt you put with it.
    Thank you again so much for this post! I was sitting here tonight thinking about my surgery tomorrow and feeling apprehensive. This post was just so wonderful!

  2. It's true--that the community of bloggers does have this kind of far-reaching effect on others. what's great about this post is that you give credit where credit is due.

  3. I LOVE the mix of prints and that wee purse was a great find, especially for that price!

  4. Hi there! Your blog is new to me, but I like it already.

    Your style is developing in an attractive direction. Your post on 3/29 is especially noteworthy: the tips you picked up from commenters made your outfit much better. I've learned so much from feedback; it helps us grow. Glad to see you benefit, too.

  5. Been lurking for a bit on your blog! I too am loving the multiple necklace tactic! I saw your post and followed back to Debbie's site. Such fun!!

  6. It's true -- Debbi truly deserves a medal for her influence on all of us. (I've done posts on necklace-layering and bracelet-making, both inspired by Debbi). It's so much fun, isn't it?

  7. I love Debbie's blog too and read it often. I love this mix of black and white. I think it really works for you. This is a chic skirt on you, the volume of the hem area nicely balances out the rest of your proportions.

  8. Awww, what a sweet post. I love it.
    You did a great job on your pattern mixing. Love that little purse.

  9. Love this pattern mixing! Stripes with florals is one of my favorite combos.

    And I love that you thanked Debbi for her inspiration. It reminds me that I need to head over to 40plusstyle and give her some kudos.

    StyleNation is a warm, homey place :-)