Thursday, September 26, 2013

Summer to Fall Jewelry Haul (Francesca's, Light Years, Charming Charlie, Ross, Kohl's, Target, TJ MAXX, Macy's, Dillard's, Hand Picked, and Genealogy)

Brands such as Kate Spade, J. Crew, Henri Bendel, Stella and Dot are known in the fashion world for releasing hot designs, spreading like wildfire - "bubble" necklace, "bib" necklace, etc. Obviously, I would love to own such designer jewelry, but the prices seem slightly unreasonable for costume jewelry. I believe I have found some great alternative brands and boutiques that offer trendy and quality jewelry items within a reasonably affordable price range. If you are a fan of designer costume jewelry, I would recommend taking a look at the jewelry and accessories sold at boutiques such as Francesca's, Light Years, Hand Picked, and Genealogy. At times I find a nice selection of items at Charming Charlie's. However, I think Charming Charlie would be an option for someone who likes Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe jewelry, yet desires better quality and wider color-oriented selection. TJ Maxx and Ross carry original designer brands at very affordable, nearly clearance level prices, but their stock varies so I either find unique treasures or waste my time. Macy's and Dillard's are my least favorite places because the selection is sometimes too mature for my age and prices are too steep for my liking. Macy's and Dillard's rarely have sales. Last, but not the least, and my favorite two places are Target and Kohl's. Kohl's always has sales and additional coupons. 

During the last few months, I have purchased quite a few beautiful pieces of jewelry. I wanted to share these colorful discoveries with you all and provide a preview of the items and deals that are currently available at these stores. 

I am definitely not a fashion expert on the current trends by any means whatsoever, but I have had a passion for "dressing up" and "looking fancy" since I was a little tyke. My mom says that she would dress me up in several different outfits throughout the day. My mom has so many pictures of me posing in at random outdoor places, in front of rusty orange and crimson trees in the Autumn or blooming gardens in the Spring. I loved wearing gold jewelry at a very young age, middle to high-school, back when only "aunties" used to rock the gold bling bling. Not everyone will understand that! I was stacking bangles and bracelets, showing off my arm candy in 6th grade, while the "cool girl" Ms. Snooty Bottoms next to me worn her little hair tie on the wrist. 

Although I find many fashion trends enticing, I feel like I have always been a little late in the game. Also, I like an array of style and like to add a unique twist of my own. I cannot seem to categorize my sense of style because I like it all - the grudge look of flannel and plaid, the retro chic motorcycle jackets, the classy military jackets, shape flattering peplum, dark wash skinnies, sexy sheer button downs, high-waisted pencil skirts, pearls, hoops, gold, mixed metals, Audrey Hepburn sunglasses, etc. 

All of the jewelry items below are my current favorites. I have been wearing these pieces for the past few months. I adore the bright pop of color and glamour these add to my rather semi-casual outfits. Some day, one day, in the future, I would love to own the original Audrey Hepburn Ray-bans and a Louis Vuitton handbag. 

Make a Statement, Flirty, Classy, Bright, Ethnic 

Macy's $28 (sale price) 

TJ Maxx $30 (necklace); $20 (bracelet) 

TJ Maxx $30 (necklace); $20 (bracelet) 

Hand-Picked $18 (necklace); $15 (earrings) 

Mixing Metals, Statement Chunky and Chain Link Bracelets 

TJ MAXX $24.99 

Francesca's $19.99 

Francesca's $19.99 

Francesca's $14 

Charming Charlie $9.99 

Kohl's Sonoma under $10 

Golden and Delicate, Arm Candy for Stacking 

Top to Bottom: Mint Gold Chain Link Bracelet $8; Navy Filigree Gold $9.99; Love Tag Chain Link Bracelet $12 

Target $14
(This is truly my love, go-to, favorite of all my bracelets. It reminds me of the Tiffany's ball bracelet. I pair this with the gold ball studs by CHAPS from Kohl's pictured below.) 

Ross $9.99 

Light Years $8

Light Years $9 

Charming Charlie $10 

Colorful, Trendy, Gemstone, Danglers, Hoops, and Studs

Left to Right: Kohl's CHAPS Gold Studs (under $10), Francesca's Druzy Stone Circle Danglers ($12 each), Genealogy Turquoise Teardrops ($15), Kohl's Sonoma Antique Gold Leaf-like Danglers (about $4), Kohl's CHAPS Gold Hoops (under $10), Francesca's Colorful Fuchsia Blue Gemstone Danglers ($14). 

Charming Charlie $4.99 

Summer to Autumn Transition Colors, Cobalt Blue, Fuchsia  

$15 each / Buy 2 - Get $10 Off (I got the cobalt blue and black earrings [below] for $4 each on clearance.) 

Dillard's $15 each / Buy 2 - Get $10 Off 

Festive Glamorous Gold for the Holidays 

Francesca's $12

Francesca's $14

Kohl's Sonoma under $10 

Meijer $5.99 

Target $7.99

Warm and Cozy, Plum and Berry, Autumn  

Target $7.99 

Target $7.99 

Keep an eye out for sales at these stores. Francesca's occasionally has a BOGO (buy one, get one 50%) sale. Target recently had 20% off earrings and 10% off necklaces. Other than the typical 10-20% off, Target sometimes has a buy three for "x" price deal on its jewelry. Kohl's always sends out coupons and marks down its jewelry by 40-60% off retail price. I have never bought anything full price at Kohl's. 

I hope you all liked the jewelry collection displayed above. Thank you for stopping by, until next time! 

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  1. Such a fun post. Jewelry is like my second biggest addiction after makeup!

    1. Thanks. I like to do a few fashion oriented posts, every now and then, mixed w/ the product review. :) I'm always reluctant though bc bbloggers want to see makeup makeup makeup!

  2. CUTE HAUL! i love all the statement pieces!
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    -Jenna <3


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