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Tribal Treasures

Lanvin never disappoints with unique statement necklaces. Couture meets 'Out of Africa'

We have a few weeks left to squeeze out of our summer wardrobes until the days begin to magically fast-forward into Fall.  You know that dreaded feeling that stirs inside when you begin to see leaves change colour and the newstands populate with September issues.  It all happens so quickly.  While your heart anticipates the excitement of Fall fashions (because who doesn’t love wearing tights and new trends?), a part of you will lament that summer had “…only just begun.” (Sing to tune of Carpenters song).  It’s bittersweet, non?  

This August heralds the release of the much-anticipated Eat Pray Love movie, starring Julia Roberts.  The autobiography follows author Elizabeth Gilbert on her quest of self-discovery through Italy, Bali and India.  I am certain its effect on pop culture will be of the travel variety (ashrams and authentic Bali huts overlooking rice paddy fields instantly overbooked, etc) but will also ripple into fashion.  I think one of the easiest way to add a touch of the exotic to your wardrobe is to wear a tribal statement necklace

Louis Vuitton L'Ame de Voyage necklace, inspired by the curiosities and treasures found along Marc Jacobs many adventures.

Give them something to talk about. Lanvin statement necklace is very Medusa meets Snake Charmer. Photos courtesy Style.com

How to pull it off – When wearing these dramatic and highly unique pieces, it’s best to go simple or monochromatic with your outfit.  Earrings are unnecessary but if you feel truly naked, then studs or tiny drops will do.  You don’t want to be fashion overkill, do you?

Authentically Abroad – Part of going on a great adventure is bringing back souvenirs that you will treasure forever & ever.  There are boundless resources in Asia:  pearls, gold and semi-precious stones and places that can help you to design pieces.  Bring a photograph ripped out of a magazine to help explain the style you are looking for.  Make sure they are certified and competitively shop prices to ensure you are not being taken advantage of.  Local markets are also great for costume jewellery and semi-precious stones.  My best find was in a Thai market, a five pendant turquoise, silver and wood bead necklace from Damnoen Saduak.

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