June 28, 2011

current favorites

last week after finishing a 6-week study abroad program in florence, liz & our 2 friends betsy & izzy came to visit me in londonwe basically spent an entire week shopping at markets, eating delicious food, wandering around london, sightseeing for hours, and finding the best croissants! i was so glad they were able to stop by on their way back home to the usa - london has really become my home away from home. 

throughout the busy week izzy literally snapped hundreds of photos. after looking at all of them, i realized this one {above} perfectly displays me and liz's 2 most coveted pieces right now: 1) a denim shirt to be worn as a jacket and 2) a bright necklace to throw on with any outfit.

liz's denim shirt (from target!) looks just as amazing thrown over her concert tee as it does with an ultra-girly dress.  it's the perfect soft layer to add some unexpected interest, and i'd have to estimate liz wears it nearly as much as i wear my new favorite necklace.

which brings me to this predicament. i'd been obsessed with the j.crew piece below for weeks -- i knew it would be a great pop of color in my otherwise neutral jewelry collection. but the $98 price tag quickly deterred an impulse buy...

isn't it lovely?

luckily, i found a strikingly similar necklace at the spitalfields market here in london  -- and i've already worn it to death. the seafoam color is perfect for mixing with other pastels (like the pale pink chiffon skirt i'm wearing) as well as bolder, brighter colors or soft neutrals, like the white polka-dot tee.  it's also great for layering with other necklaces; i love wearing mine with my favorite multi-strand gold chain or a tangle of tiny charm necklaces.

what's your favorite piece right now?

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