MY EVERYDAY JEWELRY

Posted on May 19, 2016 in FASHION, STYLE

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In one of my most recent purges, I sorted through my jewelry and minimized to only things that I wear on a regular basis or pieces that help dress up my outfits when needed. I cut my necklace collection by about half, and I still have other items I need to sort through. In my sorting and purging, I’ve narrowed my everyday items down to a select few that consistently make the cut. These are the pieces that I reach for each and every day, and go with every outfit.

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Necklaces
My go-to necklaces are easy layering pieces that are casual enough for everyday, and can be worn together or on their own. The little bar necklace was a free gift I received from the stylists at Baublebar, and the longer necklace is actually a whistle pendant, and is one of the many items I have that my sister also has, but we can’t remember where we got it. #oops

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Bracelets
My sister has helped me get more into bracelets lately, and two of the three that I wear daily are from her. My bracelet game is all about reminders, and each of them has some special meaning.

The gold arrow bracelet is from my sister, and it sort of started my everyday bracelet collection. Arrows are something my siblings and I use as a sort of logo for our lives, a sort of Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow” vibe. I used a lot of arrows in my wedding, and if I ever get a tattoo, it will be a skinny arrow on my arm somewhere. I know arrows have become a more popular thing lately in design and home decor, but it’s been my thing for years, and this is a nice reminder to follow the path.

The little beaded bracelet with red beads is from 31bits, which I purchased this past Christmas season at a fundraising event. I bought one for my sister and cousin as a little yoga friendship bracelet. I really love 31bits because the jewelry is made by women in Uganda, now empowered, employed and able to rise above poverty.

The skinny little silver bracelet (one of two silver piece) says “I love who I am,” and I also bought one of these for my sister. We got these from our yoga studio, BrownDog Yoga, and it is a wonderful little reminder to practice self-love. I also really like how skinny this particular bracelet is.

My other silver piece is this Gypsy bracelet by Drunken Mermaid. Clearly, that goes with my aesthetic, and when I saw this piece a couple of years ago, I had to have it.

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The West Virginia “Native” bracelet is from my sister’s most recent trip to Lewisburg from Wolf Creek Gallery. She actually got herself one of these too in silver, and I am only just realizing that she and I literally have the same bracelets that are from each other. I love how it looks with my stack, and naturally, I love that it’s a little gold West Virginia.

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This rubber bracelet isn’t really jewelry, but I wear it every day. It has my cousin’s name on it, and it helps me remember him each day, keeping my memory of him at the forefront. After Corey died, a friend of his made these to raise money for Corey’s son, Coltyn, so I wear this for Corey, but also for Colty’s future.

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Earrings
I pretty much wear one pair of earrings all the time, and it is these sparkly ones from kate spade, gifted to me from my stylish mother-in-law.

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Rings
I have recently (almost) perfected my ring game, and these are my favorite contenders.

I wear this thick gold band that I’m pretty sure was my great-grandmother’s, but I really can’t be sure. It has been in my collection for a while now, but I just recently added it to my everyday wear.

The little triangle ring is also from Baublebar, and I love that it looks like a little mountain. It helps to remind me to blog and keep my dreams at the forefront.

I fell in love with midi rings last year, and these are my favorites. The little arrow one (fitting into my arrow theme!) is from Village Collection, and the little flower one is from Birds of a Feather.

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The only piece missing from my collection is this Mejuri evil eye ring that I have literally wanted for a year. I am also planning to create this jewelry storage from A Beautiful Mess that I think is perfect and sleek. Hopefully I can get on that this weekend or next, although it’s sunny for the first time in weeks, so I might want to work in my garden and go kayaking instead. Priorities, you know.

My jewelry has history. Its scuffed and scratched, but that’s the charm of it. My jewelry isn’t just to add to an outfit, I think my jewelry is an important part of my identity. Each piece either reminds me or something or someone, and it helps represent me as a person.

What type of jewelry do you wear consistently? Let me know in the comments! 

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5 Comments

  1. Jen
    May 19, 2016

    I love this post so much. I recently went through my jewelry thanks to your book recommendation by Marie Kondo.

    For me, jewelry was one of the easiest groups of items to determine if I felt joy. I found it was so easy to know exactly how I felt about a piece – some screamed at me to love and cherish them regardless of their scuffs and scratches. Others were a trendy, pristine reminder of bad fashion choices from my past. They don’t serve me.

    In the end, I have two bangles, both with history, my Wanderlust Snowshoe “Wander” bracelet I have worn every day for a year, some favorite crystals from Drunken Mermaid, and some simple gifted necklaces and earrings with a history of their own.

    Now if only the clothing portion were this easy…

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    • Kayla
      May 19, 2016

      That is so wonderful! My Drunken Mermaid crystals are my favorites, as well. Another person just commented and said her moonstone just feels right, which I totally understand. Good luck with the rest of your sorting! I recently tackled my bathroom/makeup/skincare stuff and it was a beast. Next up: books. Eek!

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  2. Meg @ Adventures in Verdance
    May 19, 2016

    I wear a moonstone ring every day. It’s supposed to do a bunch for me mentally and physically, but they are too lengthy to list here. Mostly? I just feel right wearing it.

    I also have a locket that I wear pretty frequently that says “Always” on the front, as a nod to Professor Snape. <3

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  3. Meg @ Adventures in Verdance
    May 19, 2016

    Ohhh, and I forgot my “Je suis prest” bracelet. It’s Old French for “I am ready.”

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    • Kayla
      May 19, 2016

      All of your pieces sound SO PERFECT. I love moonstone, too! I have a necklace from Drunken Mermaid, and I think you described the feeling of wearing a moonstone so perfectly…it just feels right. Also, LOVE anything Harry Potter related.

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