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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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, a group of talented and creative Sonoma women decided to put together Valentine’s Day looks and include fashion and beauty ideas. Kelly Dolata of A Savvy Lifestyle asked me to join in the styling fun and of course I said yes, please!

A Savvy Lifestyle is a Wine Country lifestyle site, chock full of beautiful styling ideas, recommendations for local food, DIY projects, wine and travel, an events calendar and much more. Be sure to visit this beautiful blog. You are sure to be inspired!

Once the date was set for the shoot, I went right to work, carefully picking out my Valentine’s Day outfits. I chose outfits that I would wear on a date – day or night – and that fit my Wine Country lifestyle.

The morning of the shoot, I packed up my clothes and headed to the studio of Sonoma makeup artist, Beautycounter consultant and hairstylist Jenna Maze, who did my hair and makeup for the shoot.

We started by going through my outfits so Jenna could strategize my makeup and hair styles. Our friend and professional photographer Sarah Deragon of Sarah Deragon Photography took photos of the day from start to finish.

Jenna got right to work with my first look, which included a bright red tunic. Jenna decided this first makeup look would be my lightest. She would build from there, eventually ending up with a smokey eye and dark lip by the time we got to the final outfit.

Jenna used products from Beautycounter. This was my first experience with this well-known brand. I was excited to try it as I have heard so many great things about this makeup and skincare line, namely that it is verified by EWG which means I can feel good about using it.

For foundation, Jenna used two different shades of Tint Skin Foundation to match my skin tone: Linen and Sand. For my brown spots and under-eye circles, she applied the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen in Medium – 1. This concealer has a click brush, making application a breeze. I love the coverage both products gave me.

Jenna used the new Desert Sunrise Palatte on my cheeks and eyes, along with a navy blue liner and medium Brow Pencil. For my first outfit, she went with a red lip and applied Lip Sheer in Scarlet and Lip Gloss in Ruby. I loved my makeup look!

Once my hair and makeup were photo ready, we headed to Cornerstone Sonoma. We had a little cottage where I could change outfits, Jenna could freshen up and re-style my hair and makeup, and we could style gorgeous jewelry from BLACK & BROMSTAD to go with my looks. Lucky me!

BLACK & BROMSTAD, a personal jewelry concierge offering a high-level of customer service for luxury jewelry from high-end designers, brought a selection of pieces I could use to style my outfits. Kirsty Black and Nicole Bromstad have many years in the luxury jewelry and styling businesses. They teamed up to provide a specialized jewelry buying experience for their customers, offering personal consultations to help you find the pieces perfect for you or someone you love. To schedule an appointment, email Nicole at [email protected]. All the jewelry I am wearing is from BLACK & BROMSTAD.

Now for my Valentine’s Day outfits!

For my first look, I wore the most popular Valentine’s Day color, red!

I made my red high-low tunic the star of the show and styled it simply with black ponte leggings.

I wore black suede block-heel pumps with two delicate ankle straps (same shoe but in patent leather for spring) and carried my Louis Vuitton clutch.

Kirsty and Nicole suggested I wear a long gold necklace with a variety of gold, rose gold and diamond pendants along with some gorgeous diamond and gold earrings.

For my second look, we stopped by Chateau Sonoma at Cornerstone for a few photos. Chateau Sonoma is one of my very favorite Wine Country boutiques and has the most beautiful home decor, furniture, French antiques, home accessories and more. It’s my go-to when shopping for a special gift.

In this Valentine’s Day look, I bared a little bit of shoulder in a navy blue dress with shoulder cut-outs. I hope this trend sticks around for awhile because it’s an easy way to feel daring and playful without showing too much skin.

My Ralph Lauren Cold Shoulder dress is no longer available but I found one similar.

BLACK & BROMSTAD styled me with a Tahitian pearl necklace with a diamond-crusted closure. Such a gorgeous necklace!

For my third look, we stopped by Prohibition Spirits, a hip and fun distillery tasting room in Cornerstone Sonoma, to take some photos. I chose lace this time. Incorporating lace into your look for Valentine’s Day – for a casual daytime look or for a night time outfit – will add romance and femininity. I wore a black Lace top with bell sleeves with wide-legged jeans and black pumps.

BLACK & BROMSTAD chose large diamond hoops for me to wear so Jenna gave me a loose up-do to show them off. I also wore a delicate single diamond pendant necklace.

Jenna darkened my eye makeup a bit and added Lip Sheer in Twig, Lip Gloss in Fig.

My last look works for a romantic Valentine’s day picnic or a day spent exploring with my sweetheart. I wore a white Easy Going Sweater with a white camisole underneath and girlfriend jeans. For footwear, I went for flat and comfortable, yet stylish in a pair of gray suede booties. A playful ponytail styled by Jenna made my look fun and flirty.

My sweater had a swath of silver on it so I wore smaller diamond and platinum hoops with this final look.

Valentine’s Day is in winter after all, so a little extra layering is a must in Wine Country this time of year. This luxurious Peruvian Alpaca wool coat, with a shorter inside jacket and high neck, was just what I needed to stay warm.

With the high neck, Jenna thought a bun would be the best look. And who doesn’t love a good bun?

What a fun and fashionable day!

Thank you to Kelly and Emily of A Savvy Lifestyle, Sarah Deragon of Portraits to the People, Jenna Maze and Kirsty and Nicole of BLACK & BROMSTAD.

What a treat and an honor to collaborate with all of you!

What will you be wearing on Valentine’s Day?

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