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Scarves | Effortless Casual Elegance

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Scarves are a timeless multi-functional accessory. From headwraps to belts the only limitation to what you can do with a scarf is your imagination. 

Assorted lightweight colored scarves balled up on a white table The versatility of scarves cannot be denied. Here are just a few fun ideas:

  1. From Scarves To Neckties

    Long scarves work really well knotted like a necktie. I like to wear mine with knot midway down my chest. Here are tying instructions:

    • Drape scarf around your neck (one side longer than the other)
    • Cross the long end over the short end
    • Pull the long end behind the short end
    • Bring the long end around. It should be facing off to the opposite side
    • Pull the long end up under the loop around your neck
    • Pull the long end down through the knot at the front of the scarf
    • Tighten the knot by sliding it up the short end
  2. Scarves As Jewelry

    To create a necklace take a long lightweight scarf.

    • Fold the scarf in half and tie a knot in the center
    • Tie 2 more knots evenly spaced between the center knot and the ends on both sides
    • Tie the ends together behind your neck and you’ve got a knotted scarf necklace
    • To spice things up a bit you could add wooden beads
  3. Handbag Accessory Scarves

    To repurpose an old handbag or a clutch with a fold over flap, create a scarf purse strap.

    • Remove old strap
    • Fold the scarf lengthwise
    • Twist
    • Tie each end to the strap holder
    • For a clutch, tie scarf ends together and insert flap through the loop voilà purse strap
    • Just want to add a little zing to your bag? Tie a small colorful scarf where the bag and strap meet
  4. No Infinity Scarf? No problem

    • Take a long scarf
    • Tie the ends of the scarf together
    • Place the loop over your head
    • Let it hang as a singular loop
    • Twist and place the second loop over your head
  5. The Scarf Belt

    • Twist or fold scarf lengthwise
    • Tie around your waist
  6. The Loose Square Scarf

    • Fold oversized square scarf in half diagonally to create a triangle
    • Hold the upside-down folded triangle in front of you like a bib
    • Take the two ends along the fold and place under your chin
    • Cross the ends behind your neck
    • Bring the ends to the front and let them hang loose

Scarves with fringes, metallic threads, or other embellishments can really make your entire outfit pop. Have fun experimenting and don’t strive for perfection. Remember, effortless is the keyword.

Abby’s Corner Image Description:

Abby is sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar). Her laptop on her laps has a teal Abby logo on the cover. Atop her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone. Her white cane is propped up next to her.

Have a great weekend! ~Abby

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Guest Post: Angie Roberts

Check and Tartan prints are awash on the catwalk…

with a strong Scottish tartan influence, so why not be seen about town sporting one of these?

  • Style 1 is a typical green check with fragments of navy blue, yellow, and red, this a traditional tartan check.
  • Style 2 and my personal favourite, is an oversized cream background red check with lines of red, green, yellow, and blue criss-cross to form a chequered pattern.
  • Style 3 is a bold grey black and cream check with a fringe tassel trim. This is a fabulous statement scarf, worn with a black cocoon coat, you’ll be bang on trend this autumn and winter season.
  • Style 4 is a red and black check simple and stunning with a fringe tassel.

Search for Chequered scarves. Winter’s gonna be fun!

About The Author:

Angie Roberts is seated and holding her white cane in front of her. She is looking like a rock star in her fabulous oversized shades, a sheer black cover-up over a black flapper dress, and jewelry.

Angie, a fashionista from the UK, manages Abby’s Fashion Brigade, a gathering place for blind and visually impaired women to talk all things fashion. A young heart attack survivor, Angie says: “There is no positive in going blind, but there is positive in not giving up! Wear it the way YOU want, do it the way YOU like…never give up on your self.”

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Shoe Fly Shoe

Me Thinks I See…

Makeup Mondays: About Face Early detection saves lives
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Correction: On my images the wording at the bottom should say “when you feel good, you look good” not the other way around.

Today, I’m sitting at my computer, working my fingers to the bone, minding my own business when I thought I saw something. I was lazily snacking on some heavenly fresh pineapple and I could swear there was a fruit fly hovering about.

I don’t like to use the word hate because it seems so evil and I don’t mean evil in a spiritual way but evil as in psycho. Unfortunately there is no other word strong enough to express my intense dislike of bugs but when it comes to fruit flies and stink bugs I must draw the line in the sand and say I HATE these creatures.

Now you may be wondering ‘but Steph you can hardly see the side of a barn and yet you can see a tiny speck of a fruit fly?’ My response would be ‘ahh grasshopper, the ability to see fruit flies and stink bugs, is my super power’ or it could be my overactive imagination.

Nonetheless, just to be on the safe side there will be no more fresh fruit or veggies brought into my residence until I’m convinced the despicable vermin are gone.

Set #1 Fabulous Fall Flats Sole Society
Set #1
Sole Society

Backstory

There is a reason why fruit flies are so bothersome to me but I can’t get into that today. More recently though, I think it was 5 or so years ago, I had a fruit fly infestation that made my skin crawl. My approach to the situation was to do research to annihilate the insects. This is where my OCD trait comes in because I couldn’t focus on anything else and of course I had to share my misery with friends and close co-workers.

Though my friends and close co-workers thought I was on the brink of a nervous breakdown I was the one who laughed last. That’s right I found a way to rid my house of those nasty pests. Carefully following the instructions from my Google search I built my very own fruit fly-catcher and amazingly it worked.

Set #2 Simply Sensational Scarves Sole Society
Set #2
Sole Society

Moving Forward

So in preparation for today’s post I had an idea and I couldn’t wait to begin working on it (halfway through was when I was attacked by the fruit fly). As I was saying, I’m always thinking of different ways I can present content on the blog and today I created my very first template on www.polyvore.com.

Polyvore is a new way to discover and shop for things you love. Polyvore’s global community has created over 100 million collage-like “sets” that are shared across the web.” To summarize, I can find and store any online merchandise to my Polyvore account, then I can group those items and share them on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and my blog.

My first attempt at creating the templates was not perfect however in time I’m sure I’ll hone my template making skills.

Since today is Shoe Lovin’ Saturdays I wanted to share 3 sets, each containing 3 images of shoes, scarves and bags all of which I found at Sole Society. I intentionally selected colors that can be mixed and matched.

Set #3 Bodaciously Beautiful Bags  Sole Society
Set #3
Sole Society

Without further ado following are the descriptions of the contents within each set.

Set #1 Fabulous Fall Flats – These 3 images of the trendy Carmelle strappy round toe flats are perfect for fall with their criss-cross buckled straps and quarter-inch heels

  1. Crimson – Suede with suede straps and silver buckle
  2. Black – Leather with leather straps and gold buckle
  3. Dark Camel Multi – Leather, Haircalf with leather straps and gold buckle

Set #2 – Simply Sensational Scarves

  1. Berry Combo (dark brown, tan & light burgundy) are the colors in this Leopard-print infinity scarf – 69 inches long by 27 inches wide scarf with a lightweight, super soft feel
  2. Red Combo (red, burgundy, dark brown and cream) are the colors in this textured plaid scarf with lightly frayed edges – 23.5 inches wide by 74 inches long
  3. Cream (red, grey, black & cream) are the colors in this checkered infinity scarf – 27 inches wide by 38 inches long

Set #3 – Bodaciously Beautiful Bags (for each of these bags the color is first followed by the name of the bag then description.

  1. Berry – Trichelle vegan leather quilted clutch with quilted stitching, top zipper closure and a wristlet for easy carrying. 8.5 inches high by 11.5 inches wide
  2. Teal/Brown – Campbell reversible tassel tote with pouch, soft pebbled faux leather tote with shoulder straps, cool tassel detailing and a removable inside pouch (to hold your smaller essentials). 11 inches high by 18 inches wide by 5 inches deep. Inside pouch is 7 inches high by 10 inches wide
  3. Cognac – Cassidy vegan leather weekender bag with top handle, adjustable, detachable shoulder strap and removable luggage tag. Dust bag included. 10 10.5 inches high by 17 inches wide by 9 inches deep

I hope you like today’s selections. Have a wonderful weekend.

“I’d much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they’re the first to be rescued off sinking ships.” ~Gilda Radner

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How Do I Tie Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

6 Ways To Tie The Oblong Scarf

Hinge Patchwork Print Scarf. Bold patterns intensify the graphic appeal of a gauzy, fringe-trimmed scarf. 28 inches wide by 76 inches long. 100 percent wool. Colors are shades of teal and white.
Hinge Patchwork Print Scarf Nordstrom

I think I was in my mid to late 20’s when I wore my first oblong scarf. I bought it to go along with this navy lightweight knit sleeveless dress and matching sweater outfit. The scarf had several shades of blue including a navy identical to my outfit. I fell in love.

While I no longer have that first scarf I have since collected a number of scarves in different colors, shapes, textures and some even have embellishments.

Infinity scarves, like the name implies, have no end. These endless loop scarves, like their predecessors, come in differing lengths, colors, fabrics, and textures.

I really like warm cozy scarves however with the onset of ‘private summers’ I’d have to rip them off. I salute women who can wear them in the summer because I’d probably burst into flames.

How Do You Tie Or Wear An Oblong Scarf?

Scarves are an excellent accessory that can be worn with or in place of necklaces. And you can’t beat the versatility. I’m going to give you 6 ideas on how to wear/tie these beauties:

  1. Women's Fringed Infinity Scarf loose knit 100 percent acrylic with fringes. Coral colored. www.lifeisgood.com
    Women’s Fringed Infinity Scarf
    www.lifeisgood.com

    Drape the scarf around your neck and allow it to hang loose without tying.

  2. Drape scarf around your neck, take one end, cross over your body to flip the end over your shoulder, and allow it to hang loose without tying. You can also add a pretty brooch where the scarf overlaps.
  3. Drape the scarf around your neck and tie the ends in a loose single knot and allow it to hang loose.
  4. Hold the scarf lengthwise in front of you, bring it to your neck. Drape it over your shoulders so the ends drape down your back. This looks especially nice with a dress or a dressy pants suit.
  5. Hold the scarf lengthwise in front of you, bring it to your neck. Drape it over your shoulders then take each end and cross them in the back. Bring the ends to the front. You can leave the loop on your neck or pull it for slack to let it hang a little loose.
  6. Fold the scarf lengthwise, drape around your neck, take the loose ends and place them in the loop. You can leave the loop loose or pull the loose ends to bring it closer to your neck. If I have a long enough scarf I like to take one of the loose ends and fling it over one or both shoulders.

There are many ways to wear scarves and over the course of the next couple of weeks, I will share some interesting ways to use them that you might not have considered.