I'm into fashion, but to be totally honest with you, I’m not very good at accessories. Conventional wisdom says that accessories complete an outfit, but somehow when I try to incorporate them creatively I feel like I leap over the line into trying-too-hard territory.
I think part of the issue is that my taste in jewelry runs to the small and simple. Not TOO small, because I am not a particularly delicately proportioned person, but I’ve just never been a fan of gaudier, bulkier styles. For example, anything with pavé diamonds is my personal kryptonite.
So, instead of trying to keep up with the latest trends in jewelry on a daily basis, I usually wear a tightly edited set of simple, meaningful pieces. It's only when I have more time to think things through that I bust into my small collection of inherited treasures and costume jewelry.
I keep my jewelry in an undisclosed location, and it was becoming a serious pain to pull out my standby pieces at the beginning and end of every day - because, of course, I am an organizer and I hate leaving things just laying around. I started keeping them out on the bathroom counter, but that made me nervous - one false move and they'd go sliding down the sink drain, never to be heard from again. I am, it must be said, a clumsy person.
Fortunately, the right answer arrived in the form of a stocking stuffer this past Christmas: a fun little china dish my mom found. It's just the right size to keep my daily essentials, and looks cute out on my bathroom counter. After a couple of months of incorporating this jewelry dish into my daily routine, I definitely think it strikes the right balance between a strategy that works and a decorative addition to my space.
You can see the theme here: my daily jewelry has been picked for me by the people who love me most, and so these pieces mean even more to me than their aesthetic contribution to an outfit. When I put them on every morning, I'm reminded that I'm loved and cared for. Of course, I do love the look of these simple, classic pieces, otherwise I wouldn't be so happy wearing them all the time!
For me, having my skin care, hair care, makeup, and jewelry routines dialed in exactly where I want them means I have more space in my brain to put together the things I have fun with varying, like clothes and shoes. We all have those things we love doing and the things that stress us out - I recommend making a routine out of the latter so you can fully enjoy the former!