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Make A Statement- Statement Necklaces
Fashion Fashion and Style

Make A Statement: Statement Necklaces

Statement jewelry is easily one of the hottest treds right now because of the ease in which these pieces allow us to pull an outfit together. Whether you”re looking at bling for your arms and hands, a chunky ankle bracelet or even something to wear in your hair, statement jewelry is one area you can’t go wrong in. In fact, one of the questions that I get asked about all the time is how to spice up an outfit using statement jewelry. Today, I am going to answer that question by spotlighting one of my favorite, affordable ways to do just that.


What’s so great about statement jewelry is that just about everyone carries it now. Target, Jcrew, Anthropologie, Amazon, major designers they’ve all gotten into the act making it affordable for everyone.  Not only can you find these beautiful pieces just about anywhere but you can get them on a budget and still look like a million bucks!

Here are two of my ways to wear them:

The T-shirt: This is one of my favorites. I love it because the look is clean and the statement necklace does exactly what it’s supposed to. I don’t care if it’s a crew neck or a v-neck t-shirt.  Statement necklaces look great. When pairing your necklace (or other  jewelry) with a tshirt, be sure you are using pieces that are low on the bling but high on style. One of my favorite, casual looks is a pair of denim shorts or capris with a neutral colored tee and major pops of color.

Over a simple white blouse: White blouses are my favorite (if you can keep them clean) and adding a statement necklace just sets it off beautifully. Here you can add some bling if you would like. Add a blazer or a chic cardigan and you look pulled together. This look is the epitome of business chic. Another fun way to spice up this look is to have your shoes that match your necklace.

So which necklaces should you choose? Here are three of my favorites that you absolutely cannot go wrong with:

Women Lady Fashion Crystal Leaves Rhinestone Statement Bib Necklace

Statement Necklace - Amazon 1


Two-Tone Painted Chain Necklace

Statement Necklace - Amazon 2


Rhinestone Crystal Reasin Flower Statement Fashion Necklace

Statement Necklace - Amazon 3


Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry? What’s your favorite way to pair amazing statement pieces with your favorite outfits?

Until next time,



Reinventing Yourself

Reinventing Yourself

Reinventing oneself is something that is pondered at least once in every lifetime. With comparison everywhere, it’s often difficult to not consider what you should or could be. But is that really the reason you want to create a new you? Of course it isn’t. In fact, it’s probably one of the worst reasons you could give yourself to inspire a little reinventing of who you are or who you want to become. As I mentioned in my previous post on comparison (link above), we can’t keep wanting things we either cannot have or longing for things to be different. But sometimes the very real reality is that we need to spend a little time soul searching and deciding if a little reinvention is right.

The point of this post is not to tell anyone what to do. It’s not to say that everyone needs to reinvent themselves. And it’s definitely not suggesting that without reinvention, you can’t be successful or happy. Instead, this post is more of a guideline and inspirational post sharing some of the things I changed in my life about myself and how I took some time to reevaluate who I was becoming before deciding that reinventing myself was something I needed.

Reinventing Myself Was Not The Easy Road

And by not easy I mean, the soul searching, every dirty detail exposed, harsh reality and truth I had to face – hard. There were two big areas I wanted to change when I really looked at my life and today I am sharing with you what they were and how I made just a few changes to reinvent me.

I was happy but not full of joy.

For many years I considered myself to be successful in all ways. I was relatively happy with my law career and I was happy with my family and friends. However when I decided that my life was lacking a few things and I was going to have to overhaul, I realized that I was not full of joy.   Practicing law did not bring me joy. I liked that I was making very good money but money wasn’t all that mattered to me. My relationships were good but not what I believed my “happily ever after” would be.  My faith was present but not deep.

This “joy deficit” was the first place I needed to target before I could fully become who I wanted to be. After realy looking at my goals for my life and noting where I was on the path to reaching them, I realized that there were people I would need to remove from my life (for various reasons) and that maybe the career I was in wasn’t really right for me. I also began a deeper walk in my faith which has not been easy but has been worth the effort.

I was fit but not healthy.

Now when I use the word “healthy” here I don’t mean that I was sickly or that I was in any way ill. Healthy means a myriad of things and in this particular case I mean that I was in a place where I considered myself physically fit  but that I was not setting myself up for health success down the road. Although I have never been (and in truth, likely will never be) a person who watches every calorie or how many times I hit the gym, I wanted to become at least a little more health conscious. When I really evaluated how I was taking care of myself,  I realized that starting yoga and continuing pilates would be beneficial to not just my body but also my mind. I also realized that I felt better choosing the “healthier” options when I ate and stopped using food as a crutch. By changing just a few things I was able to feel better about myself and even began to see the results in the mirror.

In the end, life is what you make it. You can read a thousand quotes about change or inspiration on Pinterest but until you decide to really look inside yourself, you may never know just what you can be. Not everyone needs to change their career to be happy, not everyone will benefit from taking a yoga class. But my goal here at YNS has always been to share my own experiences and that if I can help even one person, I have succeeded in making the world a happier place.

But what about you? Are you going through changes in your life? What has been the biggest help in reinventing yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments here and be sure to follow along on Twitter to get the latest in fashion, beauty, career and inspiration from!

Until next time,


Fashion Fashion and Style

The One Style Item I Cannot Live Without

Tanks aren’t something I have really touched on here on the YNS blog. I have talked a lot about style, fashion (yes, there’s a difference) and the various shops, items, etc. that I own and wear. As I was preparing for this post on using stripes in fashion I realized that I had yet to share my favorite piece of fashion with you all. Now, when I say “favorite” I mean favorite as in I wear these all the time and they compliment absolutely every look you could imagine. Trust me when I say that there are, quite literally, a hundred ways to wear this piece.

So what is it, you may be asking. Well folks it’s probably not what you think it is. The one piece of my wardrobe that gets the most wear and that I call my favorite is the Bordeaux Seamless Tank found here on Amazon! (The picture doesn’t do it justice.)

Bordeaux Tanks

So why do I love this simple tank so much? A few reasons:

1 | The fabric is the perfect weight (not flimsy), hold its shape, hugs you in and it’s as seamless as it looks. This means that no matter how you wear it, you’ll never see (or worse, feel) any seams along the front, back or sides. Seamless is a huge win because I am so not a fan of the unflattering lines left by any clothing item with obvious seams.

2 | The Bordeaux Tank comes in so many color options that you could wear a different tank every day for a year and never run out of options.

3 | There are just so many ways to wear this tank! The most obvious way is as the above photo shows, by itself paired with some shorts or pants for a casual chic look or you can dress it up under blazers, dusters or layered under a sheer top. This tank is seriously so universal that you will never want to own any others.

4 | When washing, they come out silky smooth; however, I recommend not putting it in the dryer as they do shrink. They dry quickly!

As you can see, I can’t speak highly enough of these tanks, I own them in every color and wear one practically every day!

Do you have a favorite tank or are you on the prowl looking to add this much needed fashion item to your own wardrobe? Leave me a comment here and share your own favorites so I can check them out too!







*Disclaimer: Some posts contain affiliate links. Though I may earn a small income should my readers choose to purchase through the links I share, all opinions, reviews and product evaluations are my own. – Patty

Fashion Fashion and Style

From Bland to Glam with just One Accessory

Scarves are one accessory no women should be without. Whether they are keeping you warm or taking your look from day to night, a scarf is the obvious choice for maximum style. Maximizing your fashion and style with one simple trick can save you loads of time but also ensure that you are passing off a polished and finished look.

If you have been coming around YNS for awhile, I am sure you’ve noticed that I like to include a scarf in my outfits or even just as photo props. I have so many that there is rarely a time I am lost for which one to pair with my daily outfits. I also have several that are “night only” scarves, meaning that I wear them to glam up my nightly ensemble.

Since I love scarves so much I thought I would put a spotlight on them today and show you a few different ways you can accessorize your look with just a simple scarf.

Way To Wear Scarves #1: To Keep You Warm

Way to wear scarves #1: to keep you warm

I love these looks because they are staying in style while not sacrificing their warmth to the fashion gods. It’s easy enough to match a thick wool scarf to any outfit in the fall or winter and still come out looking chic.

Way To Wear Scarves #2: As Clothing

Way to wear scarves #2 as clothing

I adore this idea simply because it’s unique and yet still manages to bring a major “POP” quality to your outfit. If you plan on trying this, however, I definitely recommend going with a scarf that I thick enough to not show through but also stylish enough to make you stand out.

Way To Wear Scarves #3: As An Accessory

way to wear scarves 3 as an accessory

Old Hollywood made this look classic and we all know that classic never goes out of style. How many celebs have we seen walking around using this 1940’s iconic look every day? Exactly! And there’s no reason you can’t dress like a boss and still have a splash of starlet glam too!

As you can see here, the possibility of how to go from bland to glam with just one accessory is endless.

How do you style your scarves? Do you have a style accessory that is used just to add some glam to your look? Leave me a comment here so I can get a look at your style too!


The Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe
Clothes Fashion and Style

The Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe

Wardrobes of any kind are a place that I could lose myself in with glee. Whether it’s full of cashmere or every day wears, there is something magical about a wardrobe.  Seeing fibers and patterns, pops of color just fill me with joy and I absolutely love a wardrobe that has been put together well.

Lately, capsule wardrobes are all over my Facebook feed, my Pinterest page and I am even seeing great posts on this minimalist approach to clothing on Twitter! While I do believe there is nothing quite as stunning to the eye as a wardrobe overflowing with fine fabrics in every style, the idea of a capsule wardrobe is growing on me. With that in mind, I thought today I would touch on some of the many benefits to owning a capsule wardrobe and even hand you some tools to start your own today!

3 Benefits To Capsule Wardrobes:

Benefits of capsule wardrobes on yns

1 | You never really run out of things to wear!

Honestly, it’s true. Although you would think that owning less would cause you too have less to wear, the reality is that you have more because you can create so many different outfits based around one top or one hat. Keeping this simple does it actually mean that you are limiting yourself. It means you will be able to use your imagination to expand what you already have.

2| You can mix and match everything you own and create a constant flow of outfits.

When you start the purge and decide to go minimalist you will be forced to find your personal style. Not only is your personal style a reflection of who you are but it is also a way of allowing your personality to shine through your clothes. If you are a person who doesn’t shy from color, consider pairing your wardrobe down to neutral tones and making them pop with lemon yellow wedges or a neon patterned scarf. The possibilities are endless when you start with a clean palette.

3 | Shopping expenses will go way down, allowing you to spend more on quality rather than over spend on quantity.

How many times have you sworn that you were not going to buy any new clothes this month and then wound up with around six new tops and four new pairs of pants – that you have not even worn! It happens to the best of us. The trick is to keep the above mentioned “personal style” in the front of your mind when you are out and about and have no intention to shop for yourself. This way you will never make another fashion buying mistake again and you will always look fashionable, in style and well put together.

With these three key benefits in mind, I have created a handy printable for you to use when deciding if a capsule wardrobe is right for you! Head on over here to print it out and get to work on creating the perfect capsule wardrobe to fit your life and style today!

Still not sure where to start? My Pinterest. Closets To Die For,  board can help get you inspired!

Now tell me: Have you seen all the capsule wardrobe goodness going around? What do you think? Leave me a comment to your own post (if you have one) or just leave your own thoughts below and let’s start a conversation about additional benefits to owning a capsule wardrobe!

See you soon!


Hey there! I’m Patty, a “recovered lawyer”/author/entrepreneur/brand ambassador. This site was created to help you get unstuck in any areas of life—fashion, career, business & life. I’m  thrilled you’re here as it helps to know you’re never alone and you’re never stuck. (Even though it sure feels that way sometimes doesn’t it?). So grab a cup of coffee and come on in!

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