Adorn: Hair Jewelry

Have you noticed the hair jewelry trend? I enjoy wearing jewelry on my neck, ears, and wrist as much as the next person, but it's pretty much status quo. That's why I really appreciate it when I see jewelry used in interesting ways. Why not take the look of a brooch, necklace, or pearls and rework it as a hair ornament? It's the ultimate feminine touch, and whether you're into ornate pieces or a more minimal look, you can find one that suits you. Here are a few I think are really pretty.

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So what do you think of hair jewelry?

1. Prada 2. LuLu Frost 3. Modcloth 4. J.Crew

5. Dolce & Gabana 6. Lanvin 7. Celine 8. Olivia Munn

9. Pearl Bobby Pins

Flea Market Fashion

A couple of weeks ago I came across a Made By Girl post entitled, Festival Fashion written by Carlinn of Superficialgirls. She featured a really cool compilation of hippie, bohemian pieces, and it got me thinking about other outdoorsy looks, like the ones I see at flea markets. I've been a flea marketer for years, and still get excited walking up and down the aisles hunting for that next bargain or treasure. But I've never really thought of a distinct flea market style. I think it may be because I've seen so many diverse styles at flea markets, from over-the-top vintage to Gothic to anything in between. And perhaps it's easier to associate a style with festivals because the look is so entrenched in a movement— hippie or counterculture, and flea-markets... not so much.  I perused the web to look for sites that feature stylish flea market looks, and found these hip ensembles:

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A lot of the flea market posts I came across also "talked" about wearing stylish, yet comfortable outfits such as flats and loose clothing. All good advise of course. But there are  some other specific issues I like to consider.  For instance, I may wear closed-toe flats that are easy to clean if I know I'm going to be walking along a dirt path, rather than a paved one. Or I may wear simple, form-fitting clothes if I think I'll be trying on a vintage dress over my clothes (because there's no dressing room). Or still, I may want to carry a cart or wagon so I don't have to truck around that great, life-size ceramic dog I've finally found after weeks of looking (... maybe that's just me, but you get what I'm saying). Oh, and don't forget that magnifying glass to inspect those delicate, vintage jewels. I could probably go on and on. But fret not, I've compiled a few key, stylish flea market pieces.

asos sun visor| alexander wang t-shirt dress|lulu frost silvertone necklace|

anthropologie magnifying glass| keds leather espadrilles|

anthropologie madrid tote bag| welcome companion wagon

Comfortable, right? I think the red leather Keds are adorable. I'm also one to add a dose of extravagance (like the Lulu Frost necklace) with my casual clothes. It feels so refreshingly out of place. What flea market looks do you like?

Made My Week: IFBCON 2013

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Independent Fashion Blogger Conference in NYC. Being new to this whole blogging thing, I thought it was important to get educated and learn more about the ins and outs of blogging. And I'm so glad I went! Of course it was very different than the psychology conferences I've attended. While psychology conferences are full of PowerPoint presentations, people in stuffy semi-professional attire, and sensible shoes, the blogging conference felt a lot more free-spirited, with individuals pushing the limits of their sartorial creativity. Something I can definitely get used to

 

But when I think more about it, there were also some similarities to the psychology conferences I've been to. Both types of conferences have rock stars. It's just that the rock stars in psychology are revered theorists and researchers, rather than uber fashion bloggers with thousands or even millions of loyal followers. Both types of conferences also address social-emotional issues. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the helpful, inspiring tips offered by some of the bloggers on the panel. Here are some of the tips that resonated with me:

1. Get out of your comfort zone and don't be afraid.

2. Be appreciative of where you are and you will grow.

3. Don't give in to the pressure to follow format.

4. There's no such thing as writer's block. The difference between someone who succeeds in writing and someone who doesn't is hard work and perseverance.

These tips can be applied to just about any life experience, don't you think?

I also got a chance to meet some interesting people like this gentleman right here, Mr. Beckford.

And fellow bloggers, Jen Dang from Skirt the Rules, Tracy Davis from The Right Shoes, and Courtney Starr from Girlavantgarde.com. These girls are all about sharing their personal style with their readers. Very cool.

I was particularly excited to meet and talk with Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost. She's a high-end jewelry designer who also collaborates with J-Crew. Her signature look is mixing vintage and modern, a girl after my own heart. These are some of the pieces I've coveted from her collection.

 DEMETER COLLAR $310.00 

SILVER TONE $790.00 

DECO BRACELET $340.00 

Lisa gave a talk at the conference that I found to be most inspiring. She spoke about her humble beginnings and the chances she took to forge her unique career path. Her reoccurring theme was success = opportunity + preparedness. I love that.

All in all I'm thankful that I got to experience something new. What new experiences have you had lately?

{images: Sarah Seung unless otherwise indicated}