Saturday, October 4, 2008

Make a Statement With Jewelry

Last time I checked it was 2008, but we are in the midst of a fashion flashback - circa 1980. No, shoulder pads have not resurfaced (although I gasped when I pulled a pair of stirrups from a rack at Macy's!) or neon-colored bandanas - thank goodness. Rather, bling-bling fortified. Statement jewelry is the IT factor this fall.

Ok, I know what you are thinking. This is probably not the time to flaunt your luxury d├ęcor given the current economy. People are losing their homes, college students can’t get student loans, and unemployment is rising. We should be conserving not spending.

I am by no means an economist (um, I barely passed Economics 101 and 102 my freshman year in college), but the economy has a life cycle of its own and we can choose to either respect it or steer it off course. I suggest we do the former.

Remember, life is about taking risks. And self-expression is the perfect place to start. So, inject some fun and humor into your daily attire and give people something to talk about.

Go easy. Choose one piece (take Coco Chanel's cue) - either a necklace, earrings, or bracelet - and create depth by layering necklaces, or wearing chandeler earrings, or chunky bracelets/wide cuffs. And make a louder statement by purchasing your item from a local jewelry designer. Here are a few of MSL’s favorites:

Ana Joa
CG Originals
Dancing Flamingos
Elaine Robnett Moore

Evelyn Brooks Designs
Kene Kae Jewelry
Nora Fischer Designs
Rachelle Celine

Statement jewelry is simply making your presence known. Reveal your personality – or maybe just a glimpse. You decide.

(And remember to wear your statement jewelry on Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 4th!)