One colour. Many textures.

In this case, the colour is brown, such a rich, warm netural. And the textures: wood, beads, leather and then some.


The wooden necklace is from a woman’s group church sale (those are the best for finding vintage pieces). And I hate to admit this, but I don’t remember where the other two are from (you know you have too many accessories when…).


The moral of the story is: I like how they all look together. You can get away with layering way more statement pieces when they’re all variations on a theme.


Like my suede vintage belt. 


And then I added a splash of red via my favourite eel skin purse with its perfectly 80’s gold chain.


I have quite a collection of eel skin, actually. It’s the softest, most beautiful texture in the world. So in that case, I’ve got many colours, one texture.

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  • Reply quelle July 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    love the layering of textures.. the detailing of the belt is my favourite.

  • Reply Melissa July 12, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    omg – where did you find my purse? I got rid of that in 1979!

  • Reply Kelsey July 12, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks Quelle! That belt was a Value Village treasure.

    Melissa — I always love to imagine the original owner of a vintage piece (a Dynasty diva? a Charlie’s Angel?). How hilarious if the original owner was you. And why on earth would you ever give something like that up? It amazes me that eel skin isn’t as popular as it once was.

  • Reply lisa July 13, 2009 at 10:08 am

    The purse is beautiful. Does eel skin scratch easily? I’m so clumsy with my things. =P

  • Reply Gerri Ward July 13, 2009 at 10:42 am

    OMG! What a beautiful treasure you’re wearing around your neck! I luv everything about the purse, its size, color, texture – it’s solely elegant !
    p.s. You look sooo fabulously chic!

  • Reply Liv July 13, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    So earthy and pretty – love all those necklaces and how they’re put together.

    And eel skin? Wow – i only ever thought of eels as food – you know, like bbq unagi sushi. They look pretty good as a purse too.

    Love the colour of that bag on you. Perfect.

  • Reply Kelsey July 14, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Lisa — I have yet to scratch mine and it’s definitely not because I treat it as precious.

    Gerri — thank youuuuuuu!

    Liv — all this talk about unagi makes me want sushi. I haven’t had any since I got back from Turkey so it’s been over a month. I’m in withdrawal.

  • Reply Larissa July 14, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I have two eel skin purses, both with long straps (my fav) and neither with scratches! I think I bought one for $3 at a church sale, they really are the best…

  • Reply Style Spy July 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Love the monochrome in different textures. Very nice.

  • Reply KiKi July 17, 2009 at 1:31 am

    someone gotta tell me where I can find of of fab eel skin purses lolzzz..
    never had on in that texture before but I can imagine how soft and delicate it feels.

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