salt and pepper to taste

details (clockwise): my hindi bangles and other intricate bracelets on a star candle holder, collection of dangling and chandelier earrings from college, cocktail rings by my big sister’s influence and our drawer full of bangles from all over. 
just like food needs salt and pepper to taste, i need at least one accessory in my outfit to make it complete. ever since i can remember, i have always loved accessories — from that small bow tie in kindergarten to the straw hat in elementary, scarves on my head in high school and huge dangling earrings in college to my bangles and rings now.
accessories for me pulls an outfit together – whether it be my layered bangles or long necklaces. i remember back in college, when my family and i discovered this street downtown selling raw materials for accessories like beads and wooden unpainted bangles. we went loco over it and bought so many as strings of beads cost only P5 – P50 per strand, depending on the quality.  we spent hours in our living room, making necklaces, bracelets or earrings and even my dad joined in on the fun. he’s a dentist and is good with the pliers (as he does braces) so we’d ask him to shape us wires which we then use to hook in beads then make them as dangling or drop earrings. 
my dad was even part of our ‘painted canvas bag’ business in college. we asked him to sew us canvas bags and my little sister and i would paint on them by the customer’s request. but — that’s another story..*wink*
how do you feel about accessories?

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  1. Iva says:

    OMG OMG!!! you have an incredible collection!! ITS ALL BEAUTIFUL!!

    Hope you had an awesome Earth Day #40! Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!


  2. Jing says:

    i'm jealous to death,gizelle!nisiga ako mata sa kanindot!i love all of them.

    your dad is really cool!

    p.s. di pa lagi nako mapost ang uban pics atong profile pic dai kay gipangita pa nako uban pics.haha


  3. Denise says:

    Accesories for me is like a cherry on top of an ice cream, or the ube and leche flan of a halo-halo. It is indeed a delightful thing to add in any outfit. it makes an outfit different and unique! I have a wide array of accessories too!plus I love making my own!and I love Quiapo for lots of cheap yet affordable accessories!:)


  4. julianne. says:

    you have some amazing pieces.
    so beautiful!<3


  5. superumi says:

    If I may say so, I hv a huge collection of accessories myself …. But I'm having problem of not utilising them. I tend to buy them but more as a deco for my room. I do wear them occasionally, but one at a time, like not mixing my bracelets together with othrs. U r my role model when it comes to accessories 🙂


  6. Toni says:

    wow Gizelle! i am amazed! you love a lovely collection!

    for me, I could never don way too many accessories as my mom wants us to wear the real stuff. its frustrating, actually. having seen your collection, I now want one of my own!

    oh and your dad is cute! sounds like he makes for a really great bestfriend-dad 🙂
    my dad is good with the pliers too. he loves making bonsai plants! haha! 🙂


  7. Psyche says:

    I love accessories! And I agree with you that accessories do make an outfit better (like shoes!). I admire your collections of accessories. =)


  8. Diya says:

    wow what an awesome collection of bangles!!! <3


  9. DaMnViXeN says:

    im sooo lazy when it comes to accessories, though i do have a small stash but I always cant seem to find time to put them on when i go out.. i love how u organize its artsy ^^

    The ViXeN's LaiR


  10. sharonlei says:

    Love all your accesories!! Lots of fun there. 🙂 speaking of salt and pepper.. I'm craving salt and pepper squid now.. ha ha! 🙂

    xx Love & Aloha

    **Stop by to enter my Hana Professional Flat Iron Giveaway


  11. Meream says:

    Love love love them! Can't get enough. And I'm always thinking of excuses to buy more. Haha


  12. april says:

    i feel naked if i go out of the house without a pair of earrings.. *winx*


  13. Robyn says:

    I love the title of this post. It made me laugh out loud. It's funny. I own tons of accessories, but I almost never wear more than one piece. I always feel weighed down. I usually have on a ring or two, or a necklace. I am extremely flustered by bracelets, even though I won many.


  14. projectvee says:

    your accessories are so beautiful 🙂 and yes, i feel the same way, it always pulls an outfit together!


  15. Awesome collection! Accessories are definitely a staple for every girl! 🙂 I realized how empty your look is when there's nothing to balance the outfit and I've learned that through seeing people who accessorize on a daily basis. I'm still getting the hang of it because I like how the accessories make the outfit 😀 Everything looks more put together even if it's a simple earring 😀 Awesome post!


  16. Raez says:

    can't go wrong with a bajillion rings and bracelets, that's my motto;)

    xx raez


  17. Molly says:

    Oh gosh this makes me reeeally wanna go shopping. So many chandelier earrings….my biggest weakness. LOVE this post, girl 😀


  18. Stephanie says:

    I love accessories! But sometimes I get lazy or I just forget to wear em… :/


  19. Natasha says:

    I am so jealous of your great collection! I love my accessories, though I don't have a lot but I agree completely. Badges and bracelets have always been my thing. xxx


  20. i love your cocktail rings! your accessories are so colorful!
    i think the same way, accessories make all the difference in an outfit!


  21. you have a great jewelry collection – i love all of the different colors! xx


  22. cherie says:

    wow my eyes popped at the pictures! i love accessories too, they brighten up any outfit 🙂


  23. i love how you organize your accessories. i wish i know how to accessorize or at least do it more often


  24. pensandlens says:

    DROOLING collections…I wish I can show mine but I just put some on a garage sale and some are left in Bangkok…I might start collecting again…when I get back!!!

    hollah me girl, don't have any contacts with you, I might be leaving by the end of this week I still have your giveaway win…

    Take Care



  25. Hillary says:

    You have such a wonderful collection! I recently realized that I don't wear very many accessories, and I'm actually trying to experiment with them a little more.

    Making jewelry with your dad sounds like so much fun!


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