Dainty Duds

Anyone who knows me is aware, I love me some costume jewelry.  Chunky necklaces and big bold earrings are always a go-to and anything with COLOR typically draws me in like a kid to a candy store.  But lately, I have been absolutely LOVING the layering trend: long dainty necklaces, mixed with short barely there necklaces and earrings that can (and have) slip through the cracks (or holes).  I have friends who have always rocked this style and I have always admired their ability to keep it simple (something I clearly struggle with).  A few simple gold necklaces are not only feminine but also sexy, in a nonchalant/not trying kind of way.  While you can find some fakey pieces at your local street corner vendor or costume jewelry store, buying real gold or silver can be the better investment for those timeless pieces you want to live in (think, no tarnishing or having the daily clasp battle – you know what I’m talking about).  Here are some of the best options I ran into during my hunt for the perfect dainty dud to get my new style off to the right start…

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Ah-mazing!  I want them all.  What do you all think?  Would you try the layering look?  I think the key is to do 2-3 at differing lengths with a similar chain.  It’s so fun to experiment and I am now dreaming about the Vale “Carrie necklace” (How can we forget the Petrovsky sparkler).

Have a great start to the week!



South of Main’s Holiday Gift Guide

I know this may be a little late in the game for all you overachievers out there but here is a Holiday gift guide from yours truly…

The man in your life

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L.L. Bean Slippers, Patagonia Vest, iPod amplifier, JamBox, Jack Black products, Beer & food calendar, Man candles, iPhone portable charger, J.Crew sweater

The woman in your life

For her

Dana Rebecca necklace, Illesteva sunglasses, La Mer lotion, iPod shuffle (with engraved message), LOVE paperweight, fur vest, earrings, Club Monaco clutch

Yo mamma

For mom

Monogrammed J.Crew PJs, Candle, Philosophy skin care, shopping list, coffee table book, Nora Fleming tray

Yo daddy

For Dad

Monogrammed golf balls, Leather coasters, beer-making kit, beef jerky of the month, Patagonia jacket, Monogrammed grill kit

Your bestie

For BFFs

InStyle subscription, Hair ties, BFF hats, earrings, monogrammed necklace, Gone Girl book, nautical makeup bag

Your I want to trump everyone else Yankee Swap gift

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Snood, Soul-Cycle gift card, survival kit, Brooklyn Slate board, Damn Good Advice book

Your in-laws

For in-laws

NY Food Basket, Cutting board, Monogrammed Bocce set, Engraved silver frames, Personalized sign

And there you have it folks!  Many of these gems you can buy online, which is music to the ears if you ask me!  I’ve about had it with crowds and long lines these days!  A few things to note here… the JamBox is probably the best gift you could give to anyone with an iPhone (aka everyone); I recently purchased Illesteva sunglasses and am absolutely obsessed, mostly because they make me look way cooler than I actually am; magazine subscriptions are a surprisingly cheap and thoughtful gift…that keeps on giving every month; I love the personalized city signs for anyone who wants to buy me a Christmas present.  Andddd…well, that’s it.

Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive weekend, for those of us finishing up last-minute holiday shopping!  Next year I promise to post my shopping guide earlier in the season – New Years resolution #1!

Keep it real.