Three Good Reasons NOT to Follow Fashion Advice

You can’t always trust fashion advice, so be careful when considering the source. Here’s why:

1) You think “It looks good on the mannequin. I’ll buy it!”

But, just because it looks good on the mannequin doesn’t mean it’s a winner for you. The retailers are enticing you to buy, by dressing up the mannequin, BUT you probably don’t look like that mannequin! Not many of us do. We have to take into account our own body type, coloring, face shape, facial features skin and hair qualities.

2) “My friend thinks it looks good on me.”

If she can see beyond her own style, coloring and body type, she may be right. Otherwise she could just be imposing her tastes and preferences onto you. Or maybe even unconsciously cloning you into a copy of herself. This is a hard one because, if you can’t see it for yourself, you’ll probably be tempted to follow her blindly. After all, she always looks great, doesn’t she? But you need an objective eye for this. If your own eyes aren’t objective and you don’t know for sure if your friend’s eyes are either, you might want to consider working with a professional who’s been trained to see objectively.

3)It’s in the fashion magazines.” Fashion magazines have two big limitations. They are:

a) Too generic. They can’t possibly cover all of the variables that make up your unique style or look. General guidelines can be somewhat helpful, but they don’t go far enough. Compare that to understanding exactly why something looks great on you, or not.

b) Too limited. They can only show what’s going to be available for that season which has been dictated by the designers. The designers don’t’ know YOU. They’re just playing out their own fantasies and preferences that don’t have anything to do with you. Well, unless you happen to get lucky on occasion!

Sometimes, it all feels too complicated. You may be tempted to just play it safe. So you stick with basics. You don’t know how to accessorize, so you don’t. But playing it safe often translates into boring.

On the other hand, you may throw caution to the winds and buy your clothes on the whim of the moment. You choose a passing fad, a trend that may be on its way out, a cute little something that doesn’t go with anything else in your closet. But, when you do that, too often you end up with a mishmash in your closet and never know what to wear.

Either way you never feel great in your clothes, and that’s a problem!

What to do?

1) Take the time to understand your style, your personal coloring, and your body type.

2) Learn what works best on you, and don’t buy anything unless you know it’s right.

3) If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of taking on that task and don’t feel you can do it successfully, consider getting professional help. Advice from an expert can keep you on the right track, stop you from making mistakes, and save you money in the long run.

Separate Your Bangles and Baubles With These Fantastic Jewelry Organizers

You may have one of the largest jewelry collections of all your friends, but if you cannot find the piece you want within 10 seconds, you will probably skip the accessories that day and just go with your usual baubles. You need to organize your bangles and baubles so you can quickly find the right piece in just the right color when you need it.

You will find that jewelry organizers can make the difference between an accomplished accessorizer and someone who grabs just any bracelet or earrings to finish your look. The organizer you need depends on the size of your collection.


Get started organizing your collection of jewelry by category. Put your rings together, earrings in one spot and your necklaces in another organizer. The smaller the collection, the easier it is to pick the right piece of jewelry. A leather ring box can hold up to 100 rings in one place. Each ring is tucked safely in the rows and stays dust free. Measuring just 9 inches by 9 inches, you can put all of your rings together and tuck the leather box safely inside a dresser drawer. In the morning, when you’re getting dressed, pull out the box and select the ring that goes with your outfit.

Another small jewelry organizer is a jewelry hanger. You will find that something this compact can actually store a good number of pieces. For less than ten dollars, this hanger will hold up to 28 pairs of earrings and 24 necklaces of any length. It literally is a hanger and can be hung up in the closet or hung over a hook on the back of a door.

An ingenious jewelry holder is one designed to keep your rings or necklaces safe while you shower. If you are one of those people who only takes your jewelry off when you bathe, this is the organizer for you. The large hook actually suctions tightly to the wall of your shower or tub. It has a large hook, ensuring your ring will not slip off. If you prefer to anchor it somewhere else, you can attach it to the mirrors by the sink and still have a safe anchor for your precious things.


A lot of women have a jewelry box to store precious jewelry, but how many have a family photo jewelry box to do the same thing? This cherry-finished jewelry box has a place for a 5-inch-by-7-inch family photograph on the outside of the lid. Engraved beneath the photograph is “Love Family Memories.”

Open up the box and you will find a mirror on the inside, a space that can also be used for a second photograph. There is a lift-out tray that has eight divided spaces, a ring tray and a longer tray for necklaces. Underneath the tray is one large compartment to store bigger pieces. Lined with ivory-colored suede fabric, this box will hold a medium-sized collection.

Jewelry Stax might be another solution for those with medium-sized collections. You can collect as many Jewelry Stax – or trays – as you need, depending on how much jewelry you have. The trays can either be stacked on top of the dresser or stored safely in a drawer to save space. You select the number and styles of trays you need to handle your collection. They are made of styrene with blue velvet liners. The sizes vary from five compartments to 9, 18 and 36-compartment trays. There are also trays designed to hold rings and another for necklaces.


Armoires are often the answer for those with a large jewelry collection. They hold the most jewelry and give you the opportunity to space it out so pieces do not become entangled.

An over-door mirror armoire is an interesting way to organize your jewelry. From the outside, it looks like a full-length, shatterproof mirror. But swing open the door, and you will find hooks for some 36 necklaces, slots for 48 earrings and trays to hold 96 rings. And that’s not all. There are another 12 compartments to hold those miscellaneous pieces like watches and bracelets. There is also a mirror on the inside, so you do not have to close the armoire to see how your jewelry looks on you. All of this is securely anchored over a bedroom or bathroom door. The wood frame measures 14 inches wide by 48 inches high by 4 inches deep.

If you are looking for something more permanent, consider a wall-mounted jewelry armoire. This beautiful resin-framed mirror hangs on any wall. It graces the room with a repetitive floral applique on the frame. Measuring a roomy 17 inches wide by 47 inches high and 5 inches deep, the armoire offers additional security with a lock and key. You can choose from oak or cherry finishes.

Without a doubt, a great jewelry organizer can make your life a lot simpler while keeping your jewelry rotation much more varied than usual. Find the perfect organizer for your collection now.

Musical Jewelry Boxes – Enjoying Music While Storing Your Jewelry in the Box

Musical jewelry boxes will always be in style. You really can’t go wrong in choosing one. For many centuries, musical jewelry boxes have been popular with people all over the world. In times past, royalty and people of the upper classes kept many of these antique jewelry boxes as a sign of their wealth and status. Musical jewelry boxes combine both the secure storage of your jewelry with the entertainment value of a music box. If you have an extensive collection of jewelry, you may want to consider adding a musical jewelry box to the boxes you already own. Besides collecting jewelry, you can collect jewelry boxes at the same time.

How to Choose a Box

Just because you want a musical jewelry box doesn’t mean it can’t also be modern. Today you can find lots of options that are much more modern than what we traditionally associate with an antique music box. Take a look offline and online to see the full range of available musical jewelry boxes. Take the time to see what designs are available and how well they fit in with your d├ęcor, your budget and your personal taste. You’re sure to find something that is appealing.

Choosing the Music

If classical music is not your favorite, there is no reason why you should choose it. With all the musical styles available, you should be able to choose whichever styles appeal to you. Just because you have more modern tastes does not mean you can’t have a musical jewelry box. In this day and age, you can find just about any type of music in a musical jewelry box, including gospel, rock, and country, or just about anything else that you may prefer. Sometimes for a little extra cash, you can choose the song you want and it can be installed into the jewelry box of your choice. Some musical jewelry boxes come with the ability to play more than one song as well, so you can have a variety of songs to listen to when you are choosing your jewelry for the day or are spending time cleaning your jewelry. Why not be entertained at the same time? By taking the time to look, you’ll find the perfect jewelry box design equipped with your favorite music.