Some girls are awesome at pulling off trendy, chunky baubles. I’m certainly not one of them. When it comes to jewelry, I stick to a few staples and layer other accessories as appropriate.

Silver has long been my go-to look. Not only do I love my silver jewelry staples, but each piece has a special meaning to me.

Kendall's Silver Jewelry Staples

Pi Beta Phi, Official Crest Ring; Swiss Army, Alliance Watch; Tiffany & Co., letter “K” pendant,

First is my Pi Phi Crest Ring. You’ll rarely (if ever) see me not wearing this ring. My mom gave it to me for Christmas several years ago and then again last year after I lost my first one. Looking at this ring reminds me of all the amazing friendships I’ve made through my involvement in the sorority over the years. It also reminds me to live the values of Pi Beta Phi: integrity, honor and respect, lifelong commitment, personal and intellectual growth, philanthropic service to others, and sincere friendship.

(While that’s special and all, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t secretly hope that someday I’ll have a cheeseball moment a la Legally Blonde 2 where a fellow Pi Phi recognizes the ring and we can do our secret handshake!)

My next silver jewelry staple is my Swiss Army watch. My mom and dad gave this to me as a gift last Christmas. Ever since I was a kid my dad has worn Swiss Army watches. I’ve always loved the look of their watches and was so excited to finally have my own. It’s waterproof and tough as can be, but still dainty and feminine. Exactly what I look for in a watch!

Lastly, but certainly not least, is my cursive K necklace. My cousin Katie gave this to me as a thank you gift for being a reader in her wedding. Katie and I not only share the same first initial, but also a friendship and sisterhood in Pi Phi. This necklace is so special to me and reminds me of Katie whenever I wear it. Plus, it’s so cute and it’s Tiffany’s — totally classic!

Kendall's Gold Jewelry Staples

Michael Kors, MK-5071 Gold Watch, Dogeared Wishbone Necklace

As it has become more trendy to wear gold jewelry recently, I decided I should pick up a few staples in this metal as well. I fell in love with the idea of the gold wishbone necklace after seeing Jennifer Aniston sport one in He’s Just Not That Into You. After lusting over it for almost a year, I was finally gifted this little treat. The wish bone is a symbol of luck and I always feel a little extra lucky when I wear it!

My Michael Kors watch is my most recent acquisition and I love it. I was a bit hesitant to try a larger face watch even though I know it’s trendy. I have small wrists and many boyfriend watches just look ridiculous on me. Luckily, my mom found this great style which is a bit bigger than I’m used to but still well proportioned.

I’m still searching for a ring to round out my gold collection. Let me know if you have any suggestions! And next time you see me around, check out my jewelry. I’ll likely be sporting one of the combos pictured above!

Do you have jewelry staples or do you have a different set of accessories for every outfit? Does any of the jewelry you wear have a special or significant meaning?

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Power Band

A couple of months ago when my mom was in town visiting I noticed a bright, white silicone bracelet adorning her wrist. Was it in support of a cause a la Livestrong, I asked. Nope, a neighbor kid gave it to her for helping her out with homework. “It is supposed to increase strength and flexibility” she explained. Disinterested and unimpressed by her lack of enthusiasm, I left it at that.

That was until last weekend when mom was back in town I was intrigued when I saw her still wearing the same bracelet. After a more rigorous questioning, this time, she instructed me to stand with my feet together and put my arms out so I was in a T position. “I’m going to push your arm down to your side. Try your hardest to keep it up,” she said. Yes, I’ve been slacking on the gym lately, but still I was surprised at how quickly she was able to defeat me. Next she slipped the bracelet off her wrist and onto mine. We repeated the same exercise. The results: incredible! I was much stronger than before.

We repeated it with a few other flexibility exercises and again I was wowed by the power of this magical little bracelet.

My mom explained that these bracelets were apparently “all the rage” with professional athletes and in Hollywood. So why hadn’t I heard of them?

Mom didn’t know the brand or manufacturer, so I ran a google search for “silicone strength flexibility” and PowerBalance.com came to the top. After a bit of research I learned that these $29.99 bands (which also come in neoprene and in the form of necklaces) are said to work by balancing the body’s energy with a small holographic disc that is on the band. Their site is loaded with all sorts of testimonials, (including some from some big name athletes like Lamar Odom & Shaq) but very little information about how the bands work.

The reviews on Amazon.com run the gamut. Some people swear by PB, others warn of scam. Some of the discussions are actually pretty heated which kinda makes me laugh. It costs $30. It’s a novelty. It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t work, right?

The only good article I could find about the bands (besides the robust Press section they have on their site which is mainly geared towards pictures with celebs sporting the bands) was this one from the San Francisco Chronicle. The article basically says that the bands have no medical merit and chalk the phenomenon up to the placebo effect.

Nonetheless, after seeing this puppy in action, I seriously want one. This begs the question: Does being a believer make me a fool? Tell me what you think in the comments, or keep reading to read the research I did on how to get the best deal on a PowerBand!

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When I was a little girl, I loved to play with Barbies. I was constantly rearranging the furniture in her “dream home,” but when it came to dressing the dolls, I was at a loss. I forced my little sister, Bailey, to assemble outfits and dress all my dolls.

Fifteen years later, not much has changed. As much as I enjoy fashion, I just can’t seem to put together outfits on my own. Two to three times a year I invite my sister on a shopping spree where she chooses and pairs my outfits for the season. Bailey, guess what?! You’re off the hook! {Well, sort of.}

Cara Morgan & Holly Hargrove, founders of PeacockPlume.com

This spring two of my friends from high school, Cara and Holly, launched at an online boutique called Peacock Plume that caters to the budget-minded, fashion clueless gals like myself. Not only do they have an adorable collection of dresses, tops, bottoms, accessories and handbags, but they’ve paired most of their outfits into complete looks! And the best part — every outfit (including shoes and sometimes even handbags} costs under $150!

Outfits from PeacockPlume.com

{Meet the Parents, Secret Garden, Backyard Bash}

My first order will include the adorable “Romp ‘n Roll” romper pictured above, the 100% silk “Royal Treatment Tank” and the Frill Seeker Clutch in black. (For only $50 I might have to invest in the white one too!) I’m also contemplating the Boot Scottin’ Boogey Dress as a Fourth of July outfit. What do you think? Yay or nay?

They have plenty more outfits, many perfect party dresses! {Yes, of course I would tie this back to entertaining!} Be sure to go and check out PeacockPlume.com and sign up for their email list. They’ve been known to send out coupon codes to their subscribers, so it’s totally worth it!

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