I have told you sweet readers repeatedly that as I am designing a room or painting a piece of furniture that I am drawn to things a bit unexpected. This goes for fashion as well.
The other thing you may not have known about be is my obsession with things that sparkle.
Bling Bling Bling you make my heart sing.
Most of my bling, though, is the costume kind.
Speaking of bling, this is my latest sparkling love.
iPhone case via Etsy - An evening "outfit" for my phone.
Actually my taste in fashion leans toward the tailored but I do like to mix in something unpredictable like an unusual color combination or a dramatic accessory and if it sparkles, well so much the better. You've seen the look, a sparkling, chunky, or colorful necklace with a tank top and jeans then paired with a tall red platformed heel.
It just works for me.
Well my obsessive love for bling and accessories has led to a bit of a jewelry organization conundrum.
Where to put it all?
Earlier this year I did a post on closet organization. I discovered a lot of ideas while perusing the internet that I would like to incorporate here but I still haven't gotten around to most of them yet except for this one.
I started out thinking I was going to pull together this grouping of silverware trays for longer necklaces
but then I decided my bigger problem was what to do with all of my chunky bangle bracelets. My solution? I painted a board with a graphic black and white design that fit the feel of my closet, added some cup hooks and voila,
A Bracelet Bar!
Now I am thinking that my jewelry infatuation may be a bit out of control because these are just my most frequent "go to" bracelets. There are more where these came from but at least this corrals some of my faves and keeps them within easy reach.
For all of you out there that are dreading the day your kiddos move out I should let you know it isn't all bad. There is an upside and that upside is that you find yourself with more closet and storage space.
True, I miss my babies but all this extra space IS wonderful.
When she comes to reclaim it for her own home I will have to come up with something else but until then I have tucked in some of those great drawer dividers that they always seem to have in stock at TJ Maxx. They work great for jewelry organization.
chunky necklaces (notice I even have a few spots for expansion now),
Lordy do I love pearls. Creamy white, grey or colored. I love them all. By themselves. layered together or mixed with gold chains.
In fact, these are two of my favorite pearl quotes from two of my favorite fashion icons.
Pearls are always appropriate
- Jackie Kennedy
A women needs ropes and ropes of pearls.
- Coco Chanel
A jewelry armoire is one of the best organizers a hoarder like me can invest in.
The doors can handle the longer hanging pieces so they don't get tangled
and the multiple drawers allow for organizing by metals, sets or colors.
If you are in the market for one of these standing jewelry armoires I would suggest not getting one with the spring loaded side doors like I have here. The springs eventually wear out and it is a bit of a struggle to get them open. Plus, you can't put your armoire in a corner because even if you have the side far enough from the wall to get the door open it is still hard to easily see what is inside. I wish I had gone with a style that has doors opening from the front and drawers are behind the doors like this.
I would also want one that goes all the way to the floor. Those carved or modern legs may be pretty but they cut down on the available jewelry space and the whole idea here is to maximize every inch for storage.
The longer necklaces that don't fit into my jewelry armoire or dresser end up here adorning
I even added more cup hooks to her skirt so she could hang on to a few
more trinkets for me.
Shorter necklaces can be hung inside this wall hanging jewelry cabinet. I covered the front of this piece with cork-board wrapped in fabric so I can even pin lighter weight necklaces to the outside of the cabinet too.
Favorite earrings hang from a fabulous marabou edged frame with notched acrylic earring strips. My mom bought this for me several years ago and I'm really glad that she did.
Thanks Mom. I so love this touch of glam in my closet.
The rest of my earrings have found a happy home in this easy-to-view hanging jewelry organizer also from TJ Maxx.
This little lovely is two sided so this side holds a lot of my brooches and larger earrings while the other side is home to my colored sparkles.
Okay, so it probably looks like I have a jewelry fetish and maybe I do. Maybe next year I will give up jewelry purchases for Lent. :D In my defense though, it always fits and if it goes out of style it always seems to come back around again.
Plus it is almost always less money than a new outfit.