Today, you're in for a treat! I enlisted the expertise of Lindsay Ryan, a fellow San Diego Mom and style blogger, to chat about accessory trends. As per usual with the two of us, our one topic of conversation led to several insights on the corporate world, motherhood, and navigating life.
While shopping at one of my favorite consignment stores, La Femme Chic several months ago, I met Lindsay. I saw this really stylish woman trying on a pair of leopard pumps. I thought she looked a bit like a style blogger I had been following on Instagram. I got up the courage to ask if she was Lindsay from Affordable Accessorized--and she was! Since then, our chance encounter has developed into a wonderful friendship.
As you may have guessed, I was thrilled to interview my dear friend. You can learn more about Lindsay over on her blog, Affordably Accessorized.
Can you tell me a little bit about your background and what inspired you to start Affordably Accessorized?
I have always loved to write, launching various blogs over the past decade or so, and because I spend my 9-to-5 in a very male-dominated industry -- I was especially craving a "girly" creative outlet. When I applied on a whim to cover Fashion Week San Diego 2015 for NBC San Diego, and very graciously was granted this opportunity, it really accelerated my desire to develop and pour into my own little "corner of the web."
Who are your top 3 personal style icons and why?
If I could borrow anyone's closet (and let's be honest, tiny body), that honor would go to blogger Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific. Her effortless skill at mixing prints and putting a whimsical spin on the classic, is #goals all over the place for me. Blake Lively is a close second, with her amazing, no-stylist-needed looks for both the sidewalk and red carpet. And while it may sound cheesy, I'm endlessly inspired by the style of my friends. From the way bohemian to perfectly preppy, I'm blessed to enjoy their wide sartorial range!
What is your favorite accessory at the moment?
I just can't get enough of beaded tassel earrings! My collection includes both colorful and metallic finds from Stein Mart, Charming Charlie (just spotted a pair of theirs on Hoda Kotb yesterday morning!), and Baublebar's Sugarfix line for Target.
What are your predictions for accessory trends for fall and winter 2017?
I'm so happy that accessories are enjoying a true moment in the spotlight right now. For an accessory enthusiast, there's no greater thrill than seeing an awards season spread devoted solely to the amazing jewelry and handbags worn *with* the gown. I think we're going to see accessories continue to push the envelope this season, whether it be through bold color, pop art-esque design or unique construction. More and more it appears people are turning to the accents to really set them apart and individualize their look.
Where are your three favorite places to shop?
Well, I am a mom with a heartbeat -- so Target, of course! There's also a Stein Mart on my way home, so I clock some quality time there as well. I am so inspired by the passion of small business owners, so I also try to actively support them. Some of my favorites are Big Imagination Design (leather feather earrings), Sundaze Originals (the best in beachy chic), Sweetly Striped and Reve Collective (affordable online boutiques for on-trend fashion).
If you had to choose to live with only one piece of jewelry to wear for the next year, which one would you choose?
Either my Kendra Scott rose gold druzy Elisa necklace, or stacked duo of dainty Love Tatum rings (I can't decide!). While I love my statement pieces, I live in these understated staples.
Can you tell me about a trend you're loving and then a trend you're completely over?
There might have been heart palpitations when I saw the September InStyle feature on maximalism. I'm totally digging wearing it ALL together -- leopard, florals, plaid, etc. As far as something I'm done with, maybe the 90s throwback? I feel like such a traitor to my generation saying this, but I'm ok with the chokers going back to high school. Crushed velvet can stay, though. I have a soft spot for crushed velvet.
Each time we've met up, you look amazing with great makeup and (of course) accessories. How do you manage to leave the house looking so great with three little ones?
I feel like I should be asking you this question! I'm always in awe of your put-togetherness. Oh gosh, mornings are the definition of "chaos." It really helps that Dad can take the kids to school on many days, giving me a few minutes after dressing everyone else, to actually think about a cute look. But when I'm winging it solo and everything hits the fan, an all-black uniform (3/4-length blouse and the Express Editor pants I'll die in) with killer accessories stashed in your purse, can fool most people. (And confession: I close my door at work and do my makeup! Shhh!)
What is the best advice you ever received?
I had called my mom when my oldest was about two, feeling anxious that I wasn't doing enough with my life to where she (my daughter) would be proud of me. My mom replied with, "Oh honey, she won't care about any of that. What she'll remember is that you took the time to have a tea party with her." I think it's easy to rush through our days, forgetting that this is the backdrop for memories our kids will have in 20 years (just as we do now with our own childhood experience). I'm no parenting superstar, but I try to make sure my kids know they are uniquely seen and unconditionally loved.
What else should people know about you?
I'm a proud native Houstonian (especially right now) and Baylor University alum, with a weakness for Chewy Chips Ahoy and severe need for God's Grace to get through each day.
Shop Fall Finds
Thank you again, Lindsay, for these thoughtful responses! I did a little shopping post-interview and rounded up a few amazing accessory finds that are all under $70. See links below.
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical fashion advice for women everywhere. Addicted to blazers since 2004.