7 Accessories to Replace the Statement Necklace

Those of you who know me know that I really bought into the statement necklace a few years ago. I even participated in that ever-famous Pinterest jewelry display hack.

Well, things have changed since I started blogging 5 years ago; statement necklaces are starting to ween themselves out only to be replaced by other accessories that have begun to steal the limelight lately.

These, days it would appear that there are so many more options we have that take on a sort of ‘minimalistic’ approach.

It’s crazy to think that just a couple of years ago, statement jewelry ruled the fashion world. Nowadays, it seems we’ve take a turn that reflects a more delicate, minimal style.

So, here are # accessories that can replace the ‘statement’ necklace when it comes to making a statement!

Delicate layered necklaces:

Keep it simple, keep it chic. This delicate triple-layered necklace, featuring a matte rectangle pendant and a circle chain pendant, is a gr...:

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It would seem that since the ‘boho’ fashion trend has taken hold of the sartorial world, delicate layered necklaces are everywhere! I love the mix-n-match factor that comes with this trend. This is one statement that works well with the minimalist look.

The bandana:

Free People Vintage Bandana:

Photo credit: Who What Wear

This is probably my favorite trend this year because it is so easy to wear! There are endless ways to tie this baby and several colors to choose from. This is definitely the easiest way to play upon the “cool girl” vibe when it comes to accessorizing. As you can tell–I’m a big fan.

The watch:

25 reasons you can (and should) mix gold and silver accessories // Edgy-chic arm party.:

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From Michael Kors to wooden watches, this year could easily be deemed ‘the year of the watch’. Often paired with stacked bangles, this trend is a classy way to make a statement.

Ring stacks:

Lauren Wolf knows how to build a mean ring stack. Not only does the designer dream up her own collection of stunning jewelry, like rough diamonds set in claw like 18k gold settings, she curates an insane selection of jewelry and objects, from other masterly peers, in her Oakland and Los Angeles:

Photo credit: Honestly WTF

A trend I’ve recently taken an interest in, the stacked rings most often come in howlite, turquoise, or sterling silver when seen on most fashionistas’ hands.

Pendant necklace:

Plaid Coat - Lemon Stripes:

Photo credit: Lemon Stripes 

Understated, yet classy–this coin pendant necklace seems to be popping up everywhere lately and it’s been on my radar for awhile!

Double-sided earring:

Vanilla and Camel | Hello Fashion:

Photo credit: Hello Fashion

From pearls to three pronged versions, these babies have replaced the statement earring AND necklace this year.

Wide brimmed hat:

Black wide brim hat, brown fur jacket, ripped skinny jeans, and black tall ankle boots:

Photo credit: Who What Wear 

Simple, casual, and bad-ass, this trend comes in many versions & colors.. Most often worn with ripped up jeans and ankle boots, it shows no signs of going away anytime soon!

 

What are your favorite accessories lately?

How to Hold Up Your Hustle: 9 Life-Changing Mantras to Read When You’re Feeling Discouraged

how to hold up your hustle: 9 life changing mantras to read when you're feeling discouraged

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In the interest of “starting fresh for the new year”, I’ve begun to reflect upon the things that may have affected my attitude lately. There are so many changes in my life this year (can’t wait to share them soon!), and unfortunately a few things have had to take a backseat while I figure out a few others.

Although I hate to sound as if I’ve started out by setting a tone of disdain, it has to be said that persevering toward one’s goals does come with moments of temporary setback.

I’ve been blogging now for almost 5 years and it hasn’t been an easy road. Lately, since I’ve turned 30, so many things around me have and will continue to change. When I started, Pop of Style in early 2011 (holy crap, has it been that long?), I was just 24 and working on a crappy laptop in the corner of my childhood bedroom in my parents’ home back in Erie, PA.

Looking back, I still can clearly remember that Christmas morning excitement I felt when I launched my first post: an article on the “5 Best Nail Polishes for Spring”. It was published on Blogger with a generic pink background and a ridiculous haphazardly handmade header in which I used a free image of a girl blowing a huge bubblegum bubble. Creative, huh? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

But…it was the first thing I made on my own that was completely birthed from my own creative conscience. I’d been mulling around the idea of starting a fashion blog since I’d found myself so inadvertently amused with People Style Watch in 2009. Hot off the college graduate press, my new communication/advertising degree acted as the angel on my shoulder coercing me into making such a ballsy move.

“What’s the worst that could happen?” I thought to myself. I was soon to find out all of the hard-learned lessons this question would render. But despite all the initial negativity and self-doubt I felt, I still wanted  yearned to come home, pop open that rickety laptop and type, research, & edit my evenings away.

It wasn’t until recently that I seemed to lose touch with my 24 year old self. Maybe in this case Carrie Bradshaw was right: “maybe [as we get older] pessimism is something we have to apply daily, like moisturizer.” Or maybe it’s just something that happens as we realize that with age, comes a paradigm shift in priorities.

This seems to ultimately be my trouble–the constant battle between thinking I’m the exact same person I was five years ago, and letting myself evolve. At times, I still struggle with self-loathing when I am not able to dedicate the same amount of time to the blog as I used to. I’m working on understanding myself well enough to develop a new way of prioritizing all my “big girl” responsibilities and still allowing myself enough time and opportunity to immerse myself in blogging while remembering why I started in the first place.

Several mantras have helped me lately in re-programming my attitude when things don’t seem to go quite as planned or if I start falling into the “lack of inspiration” rut.

Try remembering why you started your blog, project, or endeavor in the first place. Then reflect on that child-like sense of wonder, euphoria, and accomplishment you felt when you hit your first milestones. This has helped me to get back to my roots lately and so have the quotes below.

What others think of you is none of your business.

This have spurred one of the biggest “aha” moments for me this past year. I’m ridden with the curse of caring too often what others think of me. As long as you continue to hustle and do what works for you while staying true to your focus and passion, what other people think of you really is none of your concern.

People are out for themselves, not against you.

Equally as important, it is important to realize that people aren’t against you. They are simply pro-themselves. And why wouldn’t they be? People generally do not care/do not have time to worry about you and your feelings–they are out pursuing their dreams and engaging in the path that allows them to do so (which is exactly the same thing that you should be doing). A lesson we all need? Worry about yourself and what it takes to make you happy.

Sometimes, you just need to breathe and reboot.

Lately, this has become extremely important to me. It goes directly with the next statement listed in this series. I tend to dwell on the negative and I’m starting to realize that sometimes making yourself the priority is an absolute necessity. So, sit down for a second–watch that show, browse Pinterest, pour a glass of wine, go running, take the dog out for a walk–whatever it is that makes you calm and centered; do that. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Overthinking leads to negative thoughts.

Like I said before, I tend to have a habit on focusing on the negative rather than appreciating the positive. If you stop to think about it, there are countless things in this life to be thankful for and so many yet to come. Naturally, there will be some setbacks and dissapointments–sometimes more than you think you can withstand. But, taking the time to re-train your brain to reprocess negative thought patterns is worth the effort. Most of these scenarios you imagine will never come to fruition.

Be happy with what you have while working for what you want.

It’s far too easy to always have the next step in mind. The problem is [and we’ve heard this all before] the failure to appreciate the “now” will result in regret later. You are missing so many moments of laughter, happiness, positive introspection

There are people who would love to have your bad days.

I try to remind myself of this often. I’ve heard the phrase “if everyone threw all of their problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back” and I honestly believe this is true. When you are too close to the problem, it may seem larger because even just thinking about it tends to make it grow exponentially larger in your head. Everyone has some sort of struggle going on, focusing on the good is the only way to move forward.

Remember why you started.

Each project started had ambitious beginnings and often the ambition that the projects started with may become lessened as a result of setbacks, failures, and several other variables. But when I find myself feeling dissapointed or uninspired I try to remember back to those first few years when all I could think about were awesome story ideas and innovative new ways of accomplishing my goals. The essence of that vigor is still inside me and when I think back to those times and why I started, my focus starts to center again.

No is a full sentence.

Something I struggle with almost daily. I always feel a twinge of guilt when I have to say no to someone no matter what it’s about. However, it’s important to learn that this word is a full sentence in and of itself. You don’t owe anyone a full explanation if something cannot be done due to any reason that may involve your personal health or well-being.

Do less with more focus.

Focusing on too many projects at once never did anybody any good. Taking on less at any given time allows you to put all of your energy and focus into those few tasks to ensure that you are accomplishing them to the best of your ability.

 

It’s easy to start to lose your focus and inspiration sometimes, but repeating these to myself has helped me and I’ve been starting to do what I can to stay organized and focused on my goals. This year will be one for the books and I plan to make the most of it! I hope at least one of these will help you think deeper into the meaning behind whatever may have you losing your focus and it is my belief that with a little self introspection and attention to what makes you you; getting back on the horse will become something you look forward to :)

Here’s to 2016, let’s rock it ladies!

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Button Down Skirt & Stripes

black button down skirt

black button down skirt

black button down skirt

black button down skirt

black button down skirt

kia optima turbo

kia optima

kia optima

kia optima

Outfit: Similar black button down skirt | BB Dakota striped tee | Franco Sarto suede boots {similar here] | Express faux leather jacket

I’m loving the new minimalism way lately! It’s been so freeing trying to purge the excess clothing from my closet and live off the items that pair well with everything!

This black button down skirt is a recent purchase that I scored at TJ Maxx for about $12 in the clearance section, and I’ve surprised myself with just how much I have found to style it with.

Making an appearance in my winter wardrobe, this white bandana has been a staple accessory. More often than not, it’s been replacing my signature statement necklaces–and strangely I’m okay with that.

This week, I had the pleasure of trying out the new Kia Optima Turbo and while I wasn’t exactly sure what I was in store for–I was pleasantly surprised!

This baby had features that I had no idea even existed! The backup cam came fully equipped with options for a camera that also surrounded each side of the car. It also had an alert system for anytime you flirt too closely with the lines in the middle (or on the side) of the road.

With heated/cooling seats and a panoramic moonroof, I was obsessed with all the fun features! It drove like a dream too–the only issue I had was that I wish it was a bit better on gas mileage (25/gal average). Definitely not a dealbreaker though, and the amount of features (3 driving modes including a gas-saving “eco” mode!) definitely made up for it.

If you’re in the market, give this a test drive–I promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised.