December 29, 2011

this makes me happy | colorful, kooky accessories

If you know me (or even remotely know me from my blog) and my sense of style, you know that I love big, fun, crazy jewelry. The louder, shinier and sparklier, the better.

As I continue to scout the Kansas City area and its respective suburbs for fun shops, I’ve been feeding my addiction to all accessories colorful and kooky. On one recent adventure with my friend Laura, I hit up three local stores (you’ll see more about them in future posts for my “shop local” series) as well as national accessories chain store Charming Charlie for some arm and finger candy.

While I left all of these items at each store (I did buy a few other things, though!), I’ve been thinking about these ever since and wondering if I should return to snatch them up if they’re still available. Want to help keep my accessories addiction in check and tell me a yay or a nay on these funky jewels?

colorful peacock bracelet from inspire boutique olathe kansas

{I couldn't keep my eyes — or hands — off this colorful peacock bracelet from local shop Inspire Boutique.}

The No. 1 accessory that haunts my dreams is this colorful peacock bracelet from Inspire Boutique. It’s attention-grabbing and absolutely stunning; I’d wear it with all black or neutrals to really let this piece stand out. It was priced in the $40 range, which is expensive for costume jewelry, but the detailing on it is amazing. What do you think? Worth it?

gladiator ring charming charlie

{When I first spotted this ring, I thought it was ridiculous. I still do. But that's kind of why I like it.}

You know those gladiator sandals we’ve been rockin’ for the past few summers? This ring is the equivalent — finger gladiator. Just as the leather straps on your sandals that climb up your ankles protect you from…something…the armor of this ring from Charming Charlie protects your precious knuckles from flipping the bird to innocent bystanders something, too. I just don’t know what. But it doesn’t matter. Fashion doesn’t have to be functional, right? Especially when it’s accessories! But you tell me: love it or leave it? This ring was something like $10. Should I keep that cash for a rainy day (or Chipotle)?

turquoise green bracelet from inspire boutique olathe kansas

{I loved everything about this bracelet. The chunky jewels and vivid colors had me at first glance.}

It was really difficult to walk out of Inspire Boutique without this bracelet. I’m a huge fan of turquoise-greens and adore chunky jewelry. I don’t quite remember the pricepoint on this one, but it was more than I was willing to spend that day (in combination with the other ring I did buy), so I passed on it. This bracelet is a stretchy slip-on (even though it looks like a cuff) and was remarkably comfortable even though it had some weight to it. What do you think about this ocean-colored cuff-like find: sink or swim?

peacock ring charming charlie

{What's up with all the peacocks, and why are they catching my eye so much?}

So, peacocks, again. Except this time some feather-like texture is involved. This ring is just plain nuts, and I’ve had many peacock- and bird-hating friends tell me no, no, no! Are they right? Has this gone too far? It didn’t seem as crazy as the fuzzy owl ring I found…

I don’t need any of these accessories…but the fact that I’m still thinking about them makes me wonder if I can convince the teacher man to get one for me. :)

Which one do you like best and why? Or do you hate them all and think I should hold out for something a little less…weird? Tell me what you think in the comments section, and also, link me to some of your favorite accessories sites!

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  • Gina

    I love that you love kooky jewelry. When I see gaudy pieces like this I automatically think of you and how hard I know you would rock the look. :) Out of the four featured pieces I am digging that bracelet–a major accessory that I am really into right now. See you soon lil’ miss fashionista. <3

  • kimberlyloc

    @gina haha that’s me! i get it from my mama :) which bracelet do you prefer: the peacock of the turquoise? xo, see you tomorrow!

  • Susan

    I love that chunky turquoise bracelet! You should definitely not buy it so I can. :)

  • Gina

    The turqoise bracelet. :) See you tomorrow for sure!

  • kimberlyloc

    @susan ha! come shopping with me PLEASE :)

  • kimberlyloc

    @gina can’t wait! xo

  • kristina

    yes, yes, yes & yes!! i love all of these kim, esp. the first two because they’re so sparkly and fun!! great choices love!! p.s. lovin’ your manis too ;)
    xoxo, kristina

  • kimberlyloc

    @kristina thanks lady! they sure are bling rings + bracelets :) gotta make a decision, haha. xo

  • Kammy

    Statement pieces like the ones mentioned in the post are a great way to spice up any outfit. The pieces above remind me of those worn by the iconic Iris Apfel.

  • kimberlyloc

    @kammy agree! thanks for stopping by :)

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