Maximize accessories to streamline your wardrobe

Bold bangle bracelets will change the look of your entire ensemble. For many of us, our chock-full closets are packed with clothing items that we seldom wear, but our daily rotation mostly consists of a few tried-and-true favorites.

Because it can be frustrating to cull through drawers of old sweatshirts and racks of jeans that you don’t wear, you might consider cultivating a more stream-lined wardrobe and using accessories like bright necklaces, bold earrings and bangle bracelets to vary your look.

For example, if you own 30 shirts but only really wear 10 of them get rid of the extra clutter and experiment with the tops that you like. Pairing a pearl necklace with a simple black button down creates a completely different look than if the shirt was paired with a colorful beaded necklace.

This approach also leaves you free to invest in accessories that you love, guilt free. A shirt could last a year but a well-made piece of jewelry can last a lifetime.

So what should you do with all of that extra storage space? Use your closet to display purses, necklaces, scarves and bracelets so that you can see all of your options as you get ready in the morning.

Sex and the City 2 boasts some serious bling

What does your jewelry say about your personality?When it comes to fashion, the ladies of Sex and the City haven’t disappointed us yet. And from the trailers circulating online, it looks like our favorite foursome will return to the big screen looking better than ever.

We love how the franchise has consistently used jewelry to express the characters’ personalities. Bear with us here: Prim and proper Charlotte is almost never without her pearls. Miranda, a successful attorney, is always sporting edgy earrings with her power suits. Carrie, whose search for self (and a significant other) is central to the show, usually wears her gold "Carrie" necklace, and Samantha, who perhaps of all the ladies most perfectly embodies the city, is usually parading around in architectural accessories like swanky deco bracelets and sculptural cuffs.

In the latest film, the girls look the same as always – only better. The sequel takes Carrie and company to Morocco for a lavish vacation), which of course gives them an excuse to pull out all of the fashion-stops. From turbans to chunky necklaces, Carrie just won’t quit.

Fans of the series can take inspiration from the characters and seek out signature pieces that fit with who their personality, which may garner some to say "That’s such a Samantha thing to wear."ADNFCR-2807-ID-19529440-ADNFCR

Layered necklaces are the perfect last minute Christmas gift

Layered necklaces are the perfect Christmas gift. If you still haven’t started Christmas shopping, now is probably a good time to panic. Anyone who has put the inevitable, stress-fueled spending spree off until now is either an adrenaline junkie or a masochist.

But, before you spend the evening frantically shopping, we have a recommendation for the ladies on your list: layered necklaces.

These trendy and elegant necklaces are extremely popular right now, but they have been around for a while, which means that they won’t be outdated faster than you can wrap them. And though they might be a last-minute gift, they don’t have that I-didn’t-know-what-to-get-you-so-here’s-a-lime-green-scarf vibe.

For young and hip girls, opt for a long, chunky layered necklace. Look for one in a unique or funky material, like rose-plated gold, bronze or copper, or search for a piece that combines silver and gold – not only do they look great, but they’ll match the rest of the recipient’s jewelry, too.

Women with conservative tastes might prefer a more subtle layered necklace. A few strands of silver or gold will be the perfect way to update their wardrobe. And a delicate accessory that dresses up a look is always appreciated.