Avant Garb: Accessor-Highs

Sometimes it’s the accessories that make the outfit. They can also be great attention getters.

The first thing that caught my eye about Sydney were her shoes. I knew I needed to share these gems with the world. These are some of the cutest, most versatile flats I have ever seen. She said she picked these up at Hello Addie in Federal Hill. They are Matisse, and she got them on sale for only $40! What a lucky find.
Sydney works in tech and she also enjoys teaching yoga. When I asked her to tell me a little bit more about her personal style, she told me she used to work in a very corporate environment, where heels, skirts or dress pants were required. “Since changing careers, I do feel as if my personal style is starting to develop and grow. I switch up my style A LOT. Some days, I really want to be casual and throw a flowy top on with jeans and cute sandals. Sometimes I want to be “J-LO” casual and throw on a velour jumpsuit. I love a good bohemian look as well,” she said. Her sunglasses are Ray-Ban, and are needed on this sunny afternoon in the park. I was also a huge fan of her loose-fitting button up by Japna. She said she picked this up at TJ Max for only $15 last weekend. This girl sounds like a bargain hunter to me! Her jeans are Hudson brand and she found them at South Moon Under. The fringed cut off bottoms of her jeans feel casual, trendy, and summer-ready.
Another part of Sydney’s look that really intrigued me was her mix of jewelry. She got her Buddha Beads at CorePower Yoga Studio in Federal Hill, and her Apple watch band was a gift from a friend. She’s collected rings from all over, with the white one her favorite. I love the mixture of silver and different styles. Overall, her look is fresh and feels perfect for these early days of beautiful weather.
Speaking of beautiful rings, this one on Carol Carter is a real key to her unique style…and her fashion passion. Carol loves turquoise jewelry and tries to buy as many shades of it as she can. In fact, she’s gone to Santa Fe, New Mexico to seek out local Native American artists to buy directly from them.
As far as the woman herself, I loved how Carol translated her love of turquoise the stone to adding more touches of the color to the outfit she was wearing when I met her at the Baltimore School for the Arts, where’s she’s a volunteer – and has been performing in its annual production of The Nutcracker for 10 years now. Carol has a very interesting fashion history. Her family actually has four generations of seamstresses, and her mother taught her to sew when she was only 11 years old. While she was in college, she made all of her own clothes. Carol described her look as a “PTG” – put together; something she threw together last minute.
Carol also loves jade. This bracelet is something she picked up on a trip to China.
Overall, you can tell Carol is not afraid to make bold statements with color, and I especially admire her ability to tie in older more vintage elements like the scarfs and vintage jewelry. I loved her nod to the 50’s with the Vera scarf on her hat – perfect for an event inside of the historical theatre.
Elizabeth Massing

One look at Elizabeth Massing and you see her fabulous sense of style and artistic self-expression. She combines old and new, classic and trendy, luxurious items and vintage steals.  “Fashion and what you wear should be a statement of who you are and how you feel. You shouldn’t be scared to take risks. It should be fun and make you feel good, no matter your budget or fashion experience,” she says. For Elizabeth, fashion is a way to tell her story.  “I like my stories full of fun and excitement, history and romance, and - from time to time - a little drama. Bold fabrics give me a thrill. Couture makes me swoon. Daring pairings are a magnetic force I cannot overcome,” says this B-more native. Elizabeth also loves to see the “stories” other people tell, which may come from her work in publishing and media as HR Director for The Agora Companies, where - she says - creativity and originality is always encouraged. Now, she’ll be relaying some of those stories to us in her column, “The Haute Find.”  “It’s about finding style on the street, in homes, and out-and-about. It’s an adventure looking for textures, fabrics, and how people add layers of details and interest to their wardrobe.” So, ramp it up, Baltimore. Maybe Elizabeth will be “telling” your story!