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Embellishments: An easy way to update your wardrobe.

Interesting brooches can be found anywhere, especially!

Let’s talk about embellishments. An embellishment is anything that adds design interest to an item. Adding embellishments to your clothing and accessories is an easy way to update an old item without spending a lot of money.

The easiest embellishment is tying a satin scarf or ribbon around the handle of your purse. Tie the scarf or ribbon into a cute bow or simply tie a knot. The scarf or ribbon can be any texture, pattern, or color; the more interesting the better! The draping of the fabric will make that boring old purse look new and fresh. If you feel like going the extra mile match the scarf or ribbon to your daily outfit. For a sophisticated look go monochromatic. For example; tie a black ribbon on a black purse or tie a red scarf on a red bag.

A very simple embellishment is a wearing a pin or brooch. A decorative pin can be worn on sweaters, hats, coats, scarves, or purses. Brooches are sold at any clothing retailer and can be found in the jewelry section, for a less expensive brooch try stores such as Claires, The Icing, H&M, or Sears. If you like vintage items check out the jewelry counter at consignment shops, Goodwill, or Salvation Army. If you don’t want to spend any money give your relatives a call. Brooches and Pins were very popular in the 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s so your Great Aunt Mable or Nana Josephine are sure to have a variety of beautiful and interesting pins and brooches in their jewelry box.

Winter is officially here and it is freezing. Make your gloves a fabulous accessory rather than an essential. Here is what you will need; a pair of fabric gloves (the smoother the surface the better) a hot glue gun and rhinestones. Glue the rhinestones around the wrist of the glove so that it resembles a bracelet. If you feel really brave sew the rhinestones on for a more secure fit. This little touch of sparkle will brighten up any dreary winter day. (This would make a great snow day project!)

If sparkles aren’t your cup of tea here is another suggestion; manicured gloves! This is adorable for little girls or the young at heart. Go to your local craft store and buy a bottle of fabric paint (puff or non-puff). Place cardboard in between the glove's fingers so the paint doesn’t seep through, then just paint nails on the glove – done! Glitter paint makes the gloves look extra special. However if you are feeling adventurous try to create a French manicure. For this you will need a flesh colored paint and a white/cream paint. Paint the flesh color first, let dry, and then add the white stripe. If you aren’t the best artist trace your hand on a sheet of paper and use the outline as a practice sheet.

A coat, everyone has one. But not everyone will wear a pocket square in their breast pocket! This is a super simple way to add color to a basic coat. Take a scrap of fabric; an old handkerchief, doily, cloth napkin and place it in your breast pocket. This little bit of color will add a nice boost of color to your solid winter coat. Wear a similar colored scarf for extra pizzazz. Fold the fabric or casually place the fabric in the pocket. Wear it however you like.


  • Wear a cocktail ring over your gloves.
  • Layer necklaces over a coat.
  • Put on a shade of bright red lipstick.

Before you decide to buy a new shirt or purse take a moment to think about what you can do to make the items you already own more interesting.


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