“I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit” ~Michael Kors
For as long as I can remember I have always LOVED shopping. It is my favorite thing to do and I honestly believe retail therapy is totally legit. Shopping is actually a huge de-stresser for me–I swear I can stop at any time…I think.
My name is Katie Kruisselbrink and I am a shopaholic. “Hi Katie.”
Okay, but in all seriousness, I really do love to shop and that is a passion that was actually given to me from my dad. Most girls get into trouble when they go shopping with their moms, and while I do absolutely love shopping with my mom, I do the most damage to my bank account when I’m with my dad. Like a typical guy, he doesn’t necessarily enjoy the actual act of going to the mall and buying things…actually I’m pretty sure he hates it, but what he has instilled in me is the importance of having the perfect outfit for every occasion–one that makes you look good and feel good. He is in business and knows that dressing confidently and professionally, while also adding your own unique flair that makes you stand out is a HUGE component of being successful and being remembered.
One thing he has taught me is that an outfit is never ever complete without the perfect accessories. Any time my mom, sister, or I have an event or function to go to he makes sure we not only get the outfit we need, but we also pick out the perfect shoes and accessories that tie the whole look together. I have no idea why he is so good at this–I guess it’s just from being in the business/retail world for so long that he just knows what to look for–but whatever the case, he has trained me well.
My absolute favorite pieces of jewelry to accessorize with are earrings and rings because they are located slightly further away from your actual clothing than a necklace or bracelet would be, so you can be a little more bold and dramatic with them, while still having the accent be subtle.
I am known to get a little crazy with my earring choices, I prefer them to be super bright and extra bold. They can literally take an outfit from daytime casual to nighttime fabulous with one simple earring switch. It’s amazing. I was thrilled when I found out tassle earrings were becoming super popular this year.
So here is a list of my favorite places to get the best accessories:
This is hands down one of my favorite places to order earrings from. The company was started by designer/entrepreneur Alex Golden in Texas. I buy all of my pieces online, but you can find her jewelry throughout multiple boutiques in Texas, as well as one in New Jersey and one in Connecticut.
They carry all types of jewelry, but the earrings have always been my favorite. There are so many different kinds–tassle earrings, beaded earrings, giant statement earrings, earrings made from metals. They are SO GORGEOUS. You can dress them up or down and wear them for pretty much anything–even the crazy bold ones. Anytime I wear mine out, I get loads of compliments. You cannot go wrong shopping here.
Okay if you say you’ve never heard of Kendra Scott you might be living under a rock. Seriously, this jewelry overall is the greatest and I am fully and completely obsessed. I break the bank every time I purchase something from here, but it is so worth it. Whether I’m buying for myself or someone else, Kendra Scott is my go-to spot for jewels.
I have also purchased countless items for my mom from here & have even gotten my boyfriend on board with buying his mom things from Kendra Scott. It’s a win/win for everyone.
Kendra Scott is definitely more on the higher scale side of jewelry, but it is amazing. They have quite a few simple pieces, but they also use bright colors and fun beads to create pieces that pop.
I am usually a gold person but I am in love with Kendra Scott’s antique silver & pyrite color mixes. They are gorgeous. You pretty much can’t go wrong with anything you buy, but these are my three current faves:
- The Alicia Adjustable Chain Bracelet in Antique Silver
- The Reya Stackable Ring Set (I LOVE it in both the gold and the pyrite color)
- The Danielle Statement Earrings in literally any color
Other places I love buying my jewelry:
(I could go into detail with all of these places but I’m trying to be better about not writing novels)
-Target (duh, target is the greatest place in the world)
-BaubleBar (love love love their earrings)
-Express (they always have great stuff)