Accessorizing with Scarves + Fabulous Finds Under $30.00

By:  Staci Rutherford

Now that the brisk fall weather is here, I have finally pulled out and organized all my scarves, and am having so much fun coordinating and layering them with other accessories to stay warm and stylish.  I love scarves because, like handbags, you don’t have to try them on to determine whether they fit.  If you are looking for another easy way to update your wardrobe, shopping for a few scarves is a must!

Accessorizing with scarves will add visual interest to any outfit with little effort.  I rely on scarves to keep my work and weekend wardrobe fresh.  In this economy, I am all about looking good for less.  I also enjoy experimenting with some of the new trends each season, so I pick up scarves year round depending on what catches my eye.  Keep in mind that the scarves you choose should be a reflection of your personality.

There are so many options when it comes to scarves – plaid, ikat, animal prints, stripe, the list goes on and on.  My scarf collection consists of all my favorite colors, and the colors I tend to wear most often.  If I happen to come across a unique style like ruffles, fringe or sequin, it’s almost impossible for me to resist buying it!  Owning scarves of varying colors, materials and lengths add variety to your wardrobe.

Check out some of my fabulous finds under $30.00:

Cozy Colorblock Scarf, $29.95 at Gap.com

Lightweight Polka Dot Scarf, $14.94 at OldNavy.com

Southwest-Print Woven Scarf, $9.50 at CharlotteRusse.com

The Electromagnetic Scarf, $19.99 at ModCloth.com

AEO Ikat Loop Scarf, $19.50 at ae.com

Heritage 1981 plaid scarf, $5.90 at Forever21.com

Give Recycling a Leg Up!

By: Mary Pat Baldauf

This post combines three of my favorite things: recycling, weight loss via healthy living and Lexington Medical Center!

Now that it’s finally cooler, I’ve been unpacking my winter clothes. Because everything is now too big, I’ve had to make several piles: consign, donate, and share. Everything fits in those three piles except for those tights and panty hose I packed away; I mean, does anyone really want to wear secondhand hose?

That’s why I was thrilled to find out, quite by accident via Twitter, that you can now recycle panty hose! That’s right! No Nonsense recently announced the first pantyhose recycling program – a step toward a greener planet and one that most women can easily take.

You can’t toss your old hose in the recycling bin or take them to the recycling center, but it’s really pretty easy. First download a mailing label. Then round up your pantyhose, nylon knee highs and tights and box them up. (Yes, they’ll accept all brands.) Take your box to the nearest shipping location and send it on its way. Your old hose will eventually be turned into new things like park benches, playground equipment, carpets, ropes and even toys. Read all about the program here.

What does this have to do with Lexington Medical Center (LMC)? When it comes to health care, LMC takes the lead in environmental sustainability and stewardship. Here are just a few of the things LMC does for the environment:

  • Reduces emissions by employing a bicycle safety patrol
  • Promotes good air quality by allowing telecommuting for transcriptionists and other employees
  • Improves indoor air quality by using green cleaning products
  • Reduces land-filling by recycling everything from cardboard to cooking oil

Let’s take our cue from LMC and do what we can to create a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it’s recycling your pantyhose or making other good choices, it all adds up!

Update Your Fall Wardrobe with a New Bag

By: Staci Rutherford

Now that fall is here, it’s time to update our wardrobe.  The easiest way to revamp your wardrobe without breaking the bank is to invest in new accessories.  Accessories are the key to transforming those items in your closet that start to become drab over time.  Accessories include jewelry, hosiery, scarves, hats, handbags, and shoes.  They will instantly bring an outfit to life.

Before you begin shopping for new accessories, take an hour (or two) to assess what is already in your closet.  If there is anything that you have not worn within the last year, get rid of it!  There is no point in holding on to clothes and accessories that are not being put to good use.  Organize your unwanted items into three piles – one for the church/Salvation Army/Goodwill; another for friends and family; and a pile of your almost new/designer items that you don’t want to give away.  I’m using the term “designer” loosely.  Clothes don’t have to cost hundreds of dollars to be considered valuable.  That pile will go to a consignment store.  Consigning is a great way to earn extra money for clothes that you no longer wear.  I recommend Roundabout Consignments.

Once you sort through your fall wardrobe to determine what to keep, take note of the color palette, what may be missing, and challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone.  Now, let the shopping begin!  My top two favorite accessories are scarves and handbags, of course.  Since I am constantly scouring the Internet for great deals, I have compiled a list of fabulous fall handbags that are under $150.00.  I have chosen a few evenings bags, everyday bags, and casual bags that are both stylish, functional and versatile.

Market Sequin Clutch, $44.00 at whitehouseblackmarket.com

Jeweled Crossbody Bag, $98.00 at bananarepublic.com

Deux Lux Sequin Tote, $39.50 at ae.com

R&J Handbags by Romeo & Juliet Couture Luggage Satchel, $63.00 at lastcall.com

Steve Madden Yale Convertible Satchel, $118.00 at zappos.com

Striped Messenger, $32.80 at forever21.com

Ivanka Trump Grace Satchel, $125.00 at dillards.com

R&Em Zippy Bowler, $88.00 at macys.com

If you have any questions about how to accessorize or want to share a new handbag you purchased recently to update your fall wardrobe, email me anytime!