How to Wear a Statement Necklace

DSC_0239One thing I love about summer is it really motivates me to get out and explore my own city.  It’s silly how often we just go to the places we know and love without checking out what else is available!  One weekend a bit ago, we went for a nice drive around the Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, and Bird Rock area.  We so wanted to go to Belmont Park but gave up after driving around a few square blocks for a half hour and unsuccessfully finding parking.  It was one of the first weekends of summer so I guess I can’t be too annoyed.

We ended up in the gorgeous Bird Rock area for brunch and a little beach exploring.  These photos were taken along the cliffs just between Bird Rock and La Jolla.  It’s definitely a great place to pack a picnic and chill to the sound of the waves.

I wore this amazing statement necklace that Tyler brought home for me after a trip with his family.  He picked it out all by himself!  Aren’t you impressed?!  I sure am.  It’s so perfectly me!  I don’t believe you have to wear statement necklaces against boring neutral palettes so I picked out a shirt that was full of similar colors instead.

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Necklace: Gift (Similar), Tank: BB Dakota (Similar & Similar), Hat: Bebe (Similar), Sunglasses: Dior (Similar), Jeans: Paige Denim, Shoes: Chanel (via Shop-hers.com), Bag: Kate Spade

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That Old Trusty Bag

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Now I’m going to tell you guys a little secret that might shock you fashionistas to the core.  I’m not a bag person.  There I said it!  I feel so much better.  Once you’ve recovered from the shock I’ll explain… go on… I’ll wait…

I love all aspects of fashion but, for some reason, bags never really were my thing.  If you want to talk about shoes, that’s a totally different story.  I mean, this blog is called Wandering in Heels after all.  Not Wandering with Louis.  I can see the appeal of carrying something beautiful with leather soft as butter but my bags get pretty used and abused!  Even my shoes seem to stay in better condition!

So I tend to have bags that stick with me for a long time.  The one shown here I’ve had for probably 10 years.  Currently, my two favorites are this beat up old Frye bag and a beat up old Coach cross body bag I found at the Goodwill.  They’re trusty, well constructed, and a few bumps and scratches give it character.  They just keep getting better with age.  Just like me!  I hope…

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Fun with Black & White

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My first look for 2014!  Man, it feels so weird to type 2014!  Today I decided to wear all black and white.  I’m always preaching my love for color but hey!  Why not mix it up a bit now and then?!  I actually purchased this skirt a while ago but it just sat in my closet because it’s kind of heavy and, according to the tag, is only to be spot cleaned with a wet cloth.  Didn’t notice that until I wore it… oops!  So it’s not exactly the kind of skirt you want to run around town all day in heat in, if you catch my drift.  Even though San Diego is still not participating in winter, at least it’s cooled down enough to think about adding more vaguely wintery clothes into the mix.  So… ta da!  My heavy skirt is making its first appearance.  I had some fun with today’s look by adding a bold black and white print top and some fuzzy puff heels!  Of course, I feel weird with zero color on so the red lip makes me feel more… me!

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Top: Chanel (Awesome Hand Me Down), Skirt: Calvin Klein (Similar), Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

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Hippy Chic Birthday Brunch

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My friend recently had a Hippy Chic themed birthday brunch in Ocean Beach.  Why don’t we do themed birthday parties anymore?!  It was really fun to get dressed up with a specific idea in mind.  The birthday girl even made us all flower headbands to wear at brunch.  Let’s bring back themed parties!!  This is my take on a modern hippy look.

 

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Hat: Vintage (via Bad Madge & Co), Sunglasses: Dior (old) Necklace: Cara (old), Shirt: Majestic (old), Skirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, Shoes: Sole Society

 

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History Happy Hour

Oh you know... just chillin' with my homies at the Saloon.

Oh you know… just chillin’ with my homies at the Saloon.

It's amazing how similar beer garden parties are today!  This image was from the late 1880s!

It’s amazing how similar beer garden parties are today! This image was from the late 1880s!

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San Diego Beer

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We were invited to attend The San Diego History Center’s History Happy Hour this past Friday and I’m so happy we were able to go!  It was such a blast!  There were about a dozen booths set up throughout the exhibit to taste beer created by home brew clubs from San Diego County.  This whole event was to promote the Bottled & Kegged exhibition that shows San Diego’s beer history.  I was surprised by how long craft beers have been produced in my home town!  Some of the images and fact were dated back to the 1880s!  This is a must see exhibit and the History Happy Hours are a fun way to do it!  Hope to see you at the next one on September 27th!

Dress: Bailey 44, Shoes: Sole Society, Necklace: Nordstrom BP, Bag: Kate Spade

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