the sunday brief | back to basics | accessories

can you believe the ‘back to basics’ series is wrapping up this week? in january, we started with a closet cleanse to assess your current state of affairs with your closet essentials. then we navigated our way through wardrobe staples from tops to bottoms and outerwear. last but not least is accessories. in my humble opinion accessories is the key to stretch your wardrobe across all four seasons. better yet, they’re the icing on the cake and have nothing to do with our figure. and, most accessories last a lifetime (or until you decide to break up) so it’s safe to say they are investment pieces and worth every penny. these wardrobe essentials not only finish an outfit, they set the tone for your look. when you switch from a heel to a flat, crystal earrings to pearl studs or a casual hobo bag to a classically structured handbag you change the entire effect of the clothes you wear. how cool is that?! guess what? these extras are an easy way to add your personality to your wardrobe. but a girl has to start somewhere so i’ve rounded up the items that will give your closet a head start. after all, we’re talking about the ‘basics.’

statement necklace – pick the metal you love best. gold or silver. i happen to love pearls so naturally they’re included as a closet staple. but a gold, silver or pearl necklace can dress up a simple neckline much like a silk scarf.

bundled in black

bundled in black

spring rhaposody


statement bracelet – gold, silver or tortoiseshell bracelets are neutrals that you can add to any outfit. they are a timeless accent piece that works day or night. look for bangles, links or cuffs then add on to your heart’s content.

winter white, talbots boyfriend jeans, everlane chunky turtleneck, frye boots,



statement earring – find a pair of color to add a pop to your outfit. diamond or pearl studs make for great everyday earrings and will add sparkle or polish to your outfit. yes, even a tee and blue jeans can handle earrings.

white denim skirt for summer


handbag – start with a standard structured handbag in black or brown. a medium size, sturdy, top-handle leather bag will serve you well every day. for an in-depth look at handbags check out this blog post or  opens in a new windowvideo for more ideas.

suede and fall

dynamic duo

travel tunes


shoes – what woman doesn’t love shoes? at least I haven’t met one. black, brown or nude pumps belong in every closet. same holds true for flats. if you are looking for a shoe with height with comfort try a wedge. for more options take a peek at this opens in a new windowvideo or blog post.



sunglasses – sunglasses not only protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays but they are a statement accessory. start with tortoiseshell, black, or aviators then build your sunglass collection from there. favorite designer prada.

fridays with oscar

back to basics

reward style conference


silk scarf – scarves never go out of style. that’s right – never. think of a beautiful silk scarf as an investment piece. they also pull double duty as a belt or accessorize your handbag with one. favorite designer gucci or hermes.

tueday shoesday


summer style

rockin' robin


belts –  this accessory can turn your outfit from sloppy to sleek in an instant. keep multiple waist cinchers on hand – thin, medium and wide. wear your belt on your true waist, and you’ve created an hourglass silhouette. a low slung belt over jeans or a dress can be cool and casual. favorite designer opens in a new window ralph lauren.

ralph lauren velvet military blazer, ralph lauren bow tie blouse, nydj, talbots suede pumps

working stiff

gingham shirtdress



brooches – these old fashioned gems are a fresh way to add sparkle. a glamorous pin can enrich and enliven the most basic of clothes like a jean jacket or blazer. for more ideas on how to wear a brooch watch this opens in a new windowvideo. favorite designer opens in a new windowchanel.

jean jacket

a new day blazer, cable sweater, suede boots and skinny jeans

style formula


watch – this is one item that i faithfully wear every day. a high-quality, classic timepiece like a tank or a bracelet style – gold, leather strap, or stainless steel – will last a lifetime. 

southcott black henley dress

j.crew feather sleeve crewneck sweater, j.crew pleated satin stripe skirt, nine west suede pumps, rebecca minkoff leo envelope clutch


all right, ladies, that’s a wrap! i hope you enjoyed this series. let me know your thoughts in the comments. happy sunday.


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  1. Bobbie White wrote:

    Loved the “back to basics” Sunday edition. These classic additions to a wardrobe remain in style year-after-year. My Ralph Lauren belts are my favorite, too. Your look is always classy, preppy and sometimes picking up on the latest trend. I have shared your blog with several friends and now they,
    too, can’t wait to see the daily OOTD.

    Posted 2.18.18
  2. Crystal DosReis wrote:

    I love all your posts. I just started following you a bit ago and you have made a significant impact on how I shop for wardrobe pieces. I previously was not purchasing clothing that was as easily interchangeable. You have helped me reevaluate my closet and buy pieces that will stretch my wardrobe further. I love how you photograph your outfits using many of the same clothing pieces or accessories in different looks. I enjoy getting ideas from your various looks.
    I would love to know where you found your belt with the large oval silver buckle. I need a great belt for jeans and casual dresses.
    Thank you for giving this 46 year old getting close to be empty nester wife and mama the oomph to her wardrobe that she needed to give herself a confidence and style boost.

    Posted 2.18.18
  3. Vicki Packham wrote:

    Should brooches always be worn on the left side?

    Posted 2.18.18
  4. WOW Beth – I do not know how you do it but you manage to look impeccable every.single.time. You always have one or two accessories that bat a home run and then you also have wear things with a twist… I learn from each post 🙂
    Oh and I have been meaning to ask, maybe you have answered this already, but before going all grey did you dye your hair ?

    Posted 2.21.18

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