5 Must-Have Affordable Summer Accessories

 

Around the country, moms everywhere have retrieved the capris, T-shirts and sundresses from the depths of the closet. While you probably don’t want to go out and buy a whole new summer wardrobe, there are plenty of pretty and stylish accessories that will update your look.

Flowers in Hair

An easy and beautiful way to add a touch of summer to your outfit is by wearing flowers in your hair. For everyday errands like running to the supermarket or grabbing lunch with your kids, tuck a blossom from your garden behind your ear. If you are going to a fancier event like a wedding, or ladies day, check out the gorgeous floral hair accessories from FTD, like the Flowers ‘n’ Frills Hair Décor. This accessory is technically in the bridal section of the company’s website, but it can definitely be worn by anyone who is looking to add some color to her hairdo. Flowers like orange spray roses, pink hyacinth and mini green hydrangea are attached to an accent hair clip, which is easy to place in an up-do or braid.

A Lightweight Scarf

A terrific way to add some needed color to your outfit is with a lightweight and colorful scarf. Dress up your T-shirt and shorts by wrapping one around your neck. A bonus: a light scarf will keep the chill away in highly air-conditioned places like movie theaters and restaurants. You can also use colorful scarves as belts and as sarongs at the pool. When choosing summer scarves, steer clear of heavy materials and opt for cotton or silk.

Clements Ribiero Scarf used as a sarong

Clements Ribiero Scarf used as a sarong

Clip on a Cuff

Arm and ear cuffs are all the rage this summer according to InStyle. For the arm cuffs, you can either wear them dangling from your wrist or clinch them higher up on your arm. ShopBop sells a nice assortment of arm cuffs including a thin curved cuff that looks like a railroad spike. Floral cuffs are another great option that will dress up a sundress or even just a plain T-shirt and jeans. If you are bored with wearing the same old earrings every day, give your ears an updated summer look with ear cuffs; the clip on cuffs will make it look like you have multiple piercings.

Put on a Floppy Hat

When you are looking for an affordable and fun summertime accessory, look no further than a big floppy hat. The hat will keep the sun and its damaging UV rays off your face, and you can wear it to the pool, park or shops, quite literally anywhere. Nordstrom sells a nice selection of wide brim hats in a variety of colors. To make your hat look even more feminine, wrap one of your lightweight scarves around it, or on windy days at the beach use the scarf as a tie.

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Stack Friendship Bracelets

Relive your childhood and make some friendship bracelets with an adult twist. Instead of tying dozens of knots in thread, follow the instructions on The Craft and crochet some colorful bracelets. All that you need is embroidery thread and a small crochet hook. Once you have created some bracelets, stack them up on your wrists and voila — you will have added a dash of summertime fun to your arm.

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An evening at the races – a few styling tips

A few months ago I received a very exciting invitation – would I like to be a judge at the Wolverhampton Races Ladies Evening event taking place at Dunstall Park on September 6th. I must admit I felt really honoured to be asked, and under a little bit of pressure to sort my own outfit. The role of judge is to help pick the best dressed, to find the best hat on display, and to see who could give Carrie Bradshaw a run for her money in the best shoe department. My outfit is now sorted (a gorgeous Gina Bacconi dress that will be showcased on the blog next week), but I’ve been asked to share a few of my tips for getting your outfit right for an evening at the races.

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And we’re off!

First Tip – Colour!

If you really want to get noticed at the races, wearing a beautiful bright dress is a great way to go. One lady who always seems to look fabulous at race events, from Royal Ascot to the Derby and Goodwood, is the stunning soprano Katherine Jenkins.  Katherine often opts for a simple, but bright dress that she then tops with a truly great hat for a look that is chic and eye-catching. Coleen Rooney and Samantha Barks are ladies who also channel this look really well.

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Tip 2 – But Black and White is alright too.

One of the most iconic race day outfits of all time was the one created by Cecil Beaton, and worn by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. This stunning monochrome masterpiece made black and white perfect Ladies Day wear, and the look is one that appears again and again. Nicole Kidman paid homage to Audrey just last year at the Australian Derby Day.

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Tip 3 – Don’t forget the hat.

Ladies race events are one of the few occasions where you can rock a seriously big hat without looking too ostentatious (or silly, delete as applicable.) A gorgeous hat can be teamed with a simple dress for the ultimate in chic outfits. I think neat pillbox styles look best on shorter hairstyles, and a veil can add a touch of glamorous mystery – just look how amazing Thandie Newton looks in vintage style. But don’t worry if a hat isn’t your thing. Delta Goodrum looked stunning in her floral head-dress, and Kate and Pippa Middleton are twin queens of the fascinator.

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The Final Tip is all about those shoes…

My tip about shoes is simple. Wear them as high as you can, but make sure you can actually walk in them. Falling off your heels never looks glamorous, unless you’re Naomi Campbell, and the last thing you want to be on your special night is what Stanford Blatch described as ‘fashion roadkill’. That said, if there was ever an occasion to break out the Louboutins, it’s this one.

For ticket information about The Tile Choice Ladies evening, visit the Wolverhampton Racecourse Website here.

 

Accessorize – Hot picks for cold days

My gggggoooodddness it’s cold! (That was my teeth chattering by the way). We are expecting all sorts of snow, blizzards and sub-zero temperatures in the next few days. It’s enough to make you want to hibernate for the rest of winter. But, fear not, it’s not all bad news, especially on the fashion front.

Accessorize have so many products that are just perfect for the really cold weather in their appropriately named winter shop, these are the sort of accessories that are both cute (check out those earmuffs), and stylish (what could look more fabulous against a black coat than a leopard print brolly.) The Winter shop shows that cold weather and Arctic conditions do not mean that you need to forego your usual stylish looks, you may just need to add a little extra warmth to it.

But it is not all doom and gloom in the climate stakes. January is the turn of the year, the time we start to look forward to warmer days, to flowers and spring. And, with that in mind, Accessorize are also looking towards new season style, and the great thing is, because we are talking accessories, these are things you can’t start using and wearing right now, My eye is on the gorgeous coral, colour pop clutch bag – this would look so fantastic with a LBD.

Wavy Knit Ribbed Beanie £17.00 click to visit Accessorize

Luxe Fur Cuff Leather Glove £28.00 click to visit Accessorize

Leopard Spot Superslim £16.00 click to visit Accessorize

Plush Faux Fur Ear Muff £16.00 click to visit Accessorize

Turnover Cuff Long Pom Pom Wellies Was £28.00 | Now £14.00 click to visit Accessorize

Anna Scallop Edge Ballerinas £32.00 click to visit Accessorize

Lizzie Day Bag £30.00 click to visit Accessorize

Sayuri Statement Necklace £19.00 click to visit Accessorize

Rectangular PU Clutch £35.00 click to visit Accessorize