Welcome to March’s How I Wear My, the 68th post in this long-running monthly fashion series!

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, Jill of Everything Just So and I thought it would be fun to focus March’s “How I Wear My” on any accessory or item of clothing that could be considered a Lucky Charm 🍀 whether you attribute actual luck to it, or it just brings you joy every time you wear it.

Let’s get right to it and see how March’s participants style their Lucky Charms, starting with my How I Wear My partner, Jill!

Jill of Everything Just So

“I consider this Hermès scarf a lucky find. The pattern is called ‘Faubourg by Night’ by Benoît-Pierre Emery and I found it several years ago in perfect condition at Ann’s Fabulous Finds. I love the pattern and the different tones of gray and beige on black, as well as the scarf’s contrast hem. I, of course, wore the scarf with my trusty L’Wren Scott sunglasses, which were another lucky find, this time from eBay.”

Malia of Style by Malia

“My Chanel Brooch is a success symbol to me. I set a goal for my business in 2016 and this was the reward for achieving it. Now every time I need a bit of courage in business I wear it.”

Yvonne of Funky Forty

“I love wearing bracelets as lucky charms. Often I wear my little Tiffany bracelet but recently whenever I wear yellow, I wear this favourite newish charm bracelet of mine made by my favourite jeweller here in Zurich.”

“I can’t wait until Spring and Summer really come as then I will be wearing my lucky bracelets matching to each outfit.”

Rena of It’s All Fine. Whatever Tickles the Fancy.

“My good luck charm in this outfit is my moto-style knit jacket that I bought some time last Spring. It hung in my closet for quite a while before I first wore it and now a week doesn’t go by without it being worn. While this jacket may not be a typical ‘lucky charm’, it does make be feel fairly invincible when I wear it so I consider it a wardrobe talisman.”

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

“There are certain pieces of jewelry that are so special to me and I wear them often. I have 2 Alex and Ani bracelets that my sons chose for me last Mother’s Day. I also have my ‘Lil Sis’ heart bracelet that my ‘Big Sis’ gave to me for Christmas a few years ago. Her matching ‘Big Sis’ bracelet has an open heart which fits my heart inside of it.

“I also love the powerful message that I get every time I am struggling and I look down at my Mantra Band that reminds ‘You Got This’. I purchased this bracelet and a matching one for my friend Amy when both of our husbands were deployed. And of course, my Jord watch which I acquired from one of the first blogger giveaways I ever won! And my locally-made silver cuffs which sport my blog tag lines ‘On the Edge’ and ‘Rediscover Your Edge’. I love that I can stack all of my special arm decor together!”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style

“The necklace I am always wearing and you often see it in my pictures. It is a gold necklace with a gold heart. I got it as a present from my boyfriend when we were together six months. This year we celebrate our 25th year together!”

Elizabeth of Midlife Eating Disorder

 “I did a quick head shot wearing my favorite piece, my pearl necklace. It marks the transition for me from boho hippie chick to a more sophisticated style. I guess I have finally grown up, admittedly not without a lot of kicking and screaming. I do like pearls against stark black and wish I could pull off a dramatic dark lipstick with it. Maybe next time but with sunglasses on!”

Ana of Mrs. American Made

“I have a special necklace from 7 or 8 years ago that my son picked out and bought for me from one of his teachers who makes jewelry. I thought it was super sweet of him and he chose the one with my birthstone.

“On the back clasp I attached a tiny gold key from my mother. I wore this necklace every day for many years, but a few years ago I started incorporating other ones into my looks, mostly for the blog. But this one is still the ‘special’ one. I have to add that I wear this with some gold tear-drop shaped earrings from my daughter 😉 not shown here.”

Nicole of High Latitude Style

“As a kid I was taught the fashion rule that green and blue cannot be worn together. Another one was not to wear red, white and blue together. Guess why? I love this lapis and malachite necklace that breaks the green and blue together rule. My husband designed it as a real surprise for Christmas in the early 90s. I like to wear it with pieces in similar colors.”

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen

“This unusual necklace was a gift from my mum-in-law when she visited Chile a few years ago.  She bought it at a local, traditional market, from a stall where they hand made the necklaces.  She doesn’t know what it’s made of but the caramel coloured stone is so beautifully smooth.  Buying jewellery for other people can be tricky as it’s such a personal thing but she thought it would be my style and she was spot on. It’s one of my favourite pieces and I wear it a great deal.  It’s the kind of necklace that you can wear with so many things – dressed up or down.”

Colette of Styled Comfort

“When I wear this brushed gold-colored long pendant I always think of my mother She will be 90 years old in April and gave this pendant to me a few months ago saying ‘isn’t this sort of necklace back in style again?’ Some things never go out of style. This pendant is around 40 years old and still looks great and stylish. Just like my mother :)”

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living & Style

“I am wearing a necklace that I have had for many years. It makes me think about all the times I have worn it and all the good luck I have had in my life. It is a one of a kind, made in a little boutique in a very small rural town near where I grew up. I wear it so much I am afraid I will wear it out.”

My Look

For my Lucky Charm look, I chose my black pashmina which has been with me for about 25 years.

I wear it almost daily when the weather is chilly and I will never board a plane without it. Despite having left it behind countless times – in movie theaters, restaurants, friends’ cars and homes – it always comes back to me somehow. I’d say that makes this useful item quite lucky!

I wore my black pashmina with flared jeans, a lilac flounce sleeve top, black choker, simple high-heeled black pumps and a Louis Vuitton clutch.

I hope my lucky pashmina and I can stick together for another few decades!

Thank you to all the stylish participants for sharing their stories about their Lucky Charms! See even more Lucky Charm looks on Jill’s blog, Everything Just So.

For April, we are taking Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 out for a spin! Please join us for “How I Wear My: Greenery,” 🌿showing ways in which you style the shade that Pantone describes as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green.”

Send photos to us at [email protected] by April 3, 2017, and be sure to include a description of your outfit, which we will use directly in our posts.

 

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TRANSITIONING INTO SPRING STYLES

Can you believe there are only a few more weeks until spring is officially here? I am excited about transitioning into spring styles! There are so many gorgeous clothes, shoes and accessories to pick from this season.

Here in Wine Country, we’re already experiencing the winter to spring transition. One day the forecast calls for a heavy wool coat, big scarf, tall boots and an umbrella and the next I’m contemplating short sleeves and sandals.

I’ve been itching to wear my new In Style Cropped Pants in the Dune color from Stella Carakasi. The weather finally let me scratch that itch, briefly, and I was able to style these beauties in two ways.

For my first look, I styled my new pants with a Stella Carakasi boatneck top, a cascading vest (Stella Carakasi from their 2015 Collection) and tall black boots.

Along the lines of culottes, these 100% Tencel pants have very wide legs with buttons down the sides. Here, I unbuttoned the last button to show my tall boots a little.

Along with side buttons and a partial elastic waistband, these pants also have pockets, which I love!

For accessories, I layered two necklaces – one from KayandStar and another I bought in Carmel last fall. It was gray and drizzly outside so I wore my black hat from Montecristi Panama Hats in Napa Valley to conceal my frizzy hair.

For my next look, I wore my Karen Klein Cinched Top with a Janet Harrer geode pendant necklace (similar) and Kate Spade bag (no longer available).

I love the way the top has a drape across the front, attaching to one sleeve and gathered at the shoulder.

I took a chance with the weather and wore sandals. These block heeled sandals go with everything and I am sure I will wear them often this spring and summer.

I realized while putting this post together, that not only am I wearing pieces from three Bay Area designers – Stella Carakasi, Karen Klein and Janet Harrer – but the majority of pieces I’m wearing are from female-owned businesses: the aforementioned three, plus Montecristi Panama Hats and KayandStar. I do love supporting women in business!

SPRING STYLE EVENT 

More than a fashion show, the Stella Carakasi Spring Style Event includes fabulous spring fashions from Stella’s 2017 Resort and Spring Collections, yummy noshes and beauty gift bags from Whole Foods Gilman in Berkeley, and a special guest: Novelist Alysia Helming, author of Protogenesis.

Learn more about this exciting event and secure your free ticket here. My stepdaughter, Tori, and I will be strutting our stuff on the runway. We hope to see you there!

 

REMINDER!

March’s “How I Wear My” is happening this week! March is the month of luck so with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we’re asking “How I Wear My” participants to style an outfit featuring their “Lucky Charm”.

It can be a piece of jewelry, clothing, or an accessory. Not superstitious? Send us an outfit that includes an item of clothing that brings you joy, recalls a fond memory, or just gives you a fabulous feeling every time you wear it.

Be sure to tell us a bit about why your item is a charmer. Photos due by the end of the day on March 6, 2017. Send them to us at [email protected]

 

Disclosure: I was given the Cinched Top by Karen Klein and the In Style Cropped Pants from Stella Carakasi. All opinions here are, as always, my own. 

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