I think it was Audrey Hepburn who once said, “You mustn’t be afraid to shine a little brighter.” This quote is one of my favorites because it goes hand-in-hand with personal style and so many other aspects of life. Whether it’s throwing a gorgeous cobalt blue bag on your shoulder to really give your outfit a bit of interest or a handwritten letter (extra points if it’s on monogrammed stationary), a little something extra is always appreciated.
That being said, I love accessories and how a clutch or structured bag can really add to an outfit. However, I don’t own very many because I tend to find one that I love and then use it every single day for a really long time. This gorgeous Adora Bag in “the soft” is the perfect tote bag and may have to replace the burgundy Express bag you’ve been seeing way too often. This Adora Bag is simple and versatile enough for a weekend getaway to Philly or D.C. but still appropriate for the office and to take along for a dinner date. It’s super high-quality and made with Italian leather – the softest I’ve ever felt. The pieces are handcrafted in Vinci, Italy and production is never outsourced to factories, which is one of my absolute favorite parts about the bag. Another perk? It can also can go from a square shape to a teardrop thanks to a hidden closure inside. Let’s just say that this bag really is something special.
I’ve really been down-sizing since the move and have narrowed down what’s in my closet and sent off all the pieces I haven’t worn in three months or more to Crossroads or the Salvation Army. I’ve got so much more room now for the pieces that I really love (like this Adora Bag, obviously) and I actually don’t miss having so many extra things that I never wore. I’ve got to say, it is so freeing to have less stuff to worry about. It means that there is more time for experiences. More space for friends when they come over. And less time spent worrying about the things that won’t matter a few years from now.
Here are my tips for shining a little brighter just like Audrey:
- Slick on red lipstick. I wear Viva Glam at least three times a week and have had the same tube for 6 months. A little goes a long way and it’s definitely my favorite.
- Ask someone how they’re doing and really listen. So often, we use “Hi, how are you?” as a greeting and walk away before we really hear an answer. I think there’s a part of us that doesn’t want to hear it or is doing it just to be polite. You’ll be shocked by how few people are genuinely asked about their day.
- Add a pop of color to your outfit. It doesn’t have to be neon yellow like my top – a bright blue can make you stand out just as much, especially in a sea of black on black (New Yorkers know what I’m talking about).
- Get rid of the stuff that doesn’t matter and make room for what does. This applies to both your closet and your life.