We all know that accessories have magic powers to transform very plain separates into complete outfits. I tend to collect accessories because I KNOW about this ancient magic, but sometimes feel intimidated by their transformative properties and ability, if not applied carefully, to act as a flashing light on an otherwise perfectly good outfit. What is that great rule of thumb (someone school me right now) about taking one thing off before leaving the house? The thing is, sometimes you JUST NEED a little something magical to make ordinary things work. For instance, a fitted gray sweater and a plain Dickies skirt (both second hand). Obviously the combo begs for a belt, check, and this season’s booties, check, and, OH I have been seeing scarves tied neatly at the neck and I really love the colors in this one, so a neckerchief, AND, my felt fedora. . . ? Too much? I guess if I had to take one thing off it would be the hat, But I really don’t want to. I have also really wanted to wear my glasses out. I just feel like you sort of have to dress around glasses since they make such a statement on their own. There are loads of really chic girls who are able to do this effortlessly, and I am always struck with awe at how WELL they do it. even here I feel like I am TRYING to look like a librarian or a secretary. Both really cool things to look like, but I don’t want to TRY to look like anything but me. Lastly, the penny loafers. I am actually REALLY into them. Maybe I am a little late catching this bus, but when I found them at my local Goodwill last week they finally seemed like a REALLY good idea.