“I’m Not a Jewelry Person”

“I’m just not normally a jewelry person, but this necklace is going to redefine who I am.” For a long time, this statement uttered by myself every time I stumbled across a gorgeous piece of jewelry rang true. But, as shown below, if you buy enough pieces to redefine you, you end up with a pretty solid jewelry collection, and I thought I’d show you mine.

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Obviously I have your classic dainty silver chain necklace, but I figured that was assumed and was therefore not needed in this post. I wanted to show you guys the pieces I choose when I really want to shift the vibe of an outfit. Statement pieces, if you will. With the exception of 3 manufactured pieces, all of these pieces of jewelry were collected either by me or for me, making them not only beautiful accessories but memories that come with me for the day whenever I wear them.

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I’m not a jewelry person, but…

I have an uncontrollable thirst for unique necklace designs. As shown, I’m a sucker for stones pieces that look worn. Two of the five necklaces shown actually are old, but can you guess which ones? Something about a nice stone gives a necklace just that little bit more authenticity (even if it’s a totally manufactured replica of the real thing). It shows that you put thought into pairing the piece with your look. You wouldn’t just throw a turquoise pendant over anything, would you?

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I’m not a jewelry person, so…

If I’m going to wear earrings, somebody from 10 miles away better be able to spot them (and like them). These two pairs of earrings are actually the only earrings I own. (I have one pair of fancier stud earrings but those are kept under lock and key by my much more responsible – and therefore less likely to lose them – mother). They’re not that versatile, so they only come out on certain occasions. In fact, I should probably check to see if my ears are even still pierced.

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Several other things to be noted:

-Two silver rings – bought on Pier 39 in 2012, and have never looked back. If there are any pieces on here that I swear by, it’s these bad boys. They go with anything and add a little bit of edge.

-Red leather bracelet – brought back from Italy by my parents (thanks mom + dad!!!). Worn all the time, especially if red doesn’t go with my outfit.

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Like Françoise Hardy

In my Her Campus McGill interview, I discuss the serious French influence I’ve embraced since moving to Montreal. The French attitude towards dressing is admirable for a multitude of reasons. The red lip paired with messy hair and no makeup exudes a sort of confidence that nobody else can seem to achieve.

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While the boyfriend jeans-blazer-heels look made famous by the French is unarguably cool, however, I’ve been more interested in classic, retro French looks. My preference for the past of course took Montreal’s French style inspiration and twisted it into a 60’s French attitude that I sometimes try to integrate into my outfits. I think my fondness for it comes from the tiny voice in my head that wants to add a bit of polish to every outfit I put on.  Processed with VSCOcam with j6 preset

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When my dog, Tucker, saw us taking pictures, he had to get in on the fun. He can be such a diva sometimes. (But he’s my favorite).

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For this winter look, I took a suede mini – very reminiscent of the 60’s – and paired it with a tailored Peacoat I stole from my mom’s closet. The flats and turtleneck, both classic French essentials, were thrown in for that extra Parisian flare. And if I’m being honest, the hat and socks are primarily for warmth. I can’t show a winter look that’s going to make you totally freeze!  Processed with VSCOcam with j6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j6 preset

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Her Campus McGill

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Yesterday I was lucky enough to be featured on Her Campus McGill! This is my first interview, ever, so needless to say I was pretty excited to see my face pop up on their homepage. I discuss my blog, my position as Director of Communications for the Fashion Business Uncovered Committee, my inspirations, and more!

Gabrielle Lee Gabauer for Her Campus McGill (HC McGill): For readers who don’t know, what exactly is FBU?

Megan Munroe (MM): FBU, or Fashion Business Uncovered, is a one-day long conference that aims to reveal the inner workings of the fashion industry, going beyond the glamorous models and fashion designers. Some stellar speakers we’ve featured in the past include Pierre Blondeau, the CFO of Chanel, and Anna Martini, the President of Group Dynamite.

HC McGill: Fashion is obviously a huge passion of yours, and you also have a super successful fashion blog, ‘theClosetCraze’. When did you start that up?

MM: I started theClosetCraze back in April of 2013, but back then it was just a Tumblr account and I wasn’t super serious about it. During the summer of 2014, I started putting more effort into my posts and began to see some growth!

To read more, check out the full article here.

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Me on the front page of something other than this blog!!!!

Home Picks

It’s safe to say that theClosetCraze is a fashion blog… Right? But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have style when it comes to my home. Having just moved into my first apartment this year, I thought I’d show you guys some things I have in my home that make it a little cozier and little more stylish.

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1. Crosley Record Player – This record player was given to me for Christmas and it’s probably my favorite thing ever. Sure, the sound quality isn’t amazing, but for certain records it just works. I have a grand total of two albums right now, but I’ll collect more! The way I see it, you either have to start with a bunch of albums and no player, or a player with no albums.

2. Maggie Boyd Ceramics Hanging Planter – I’m saving this goodie until my next apartment, where hopefully I’ll get more natural light, but I seriously don’t know if I can wait that long… Maybe I’ll buy a fake plant? Either way this planter is gorgeous and is going to add a ton of life to whatever room it’ll be put to use in.

3. Woodlot Candle – This coconut wax candle is seriously heaven. I think the scent I have is called “Cascadia,” and it’s a very masculine candle scent, which I love. According to my brother, it “smells like Vancouver,” which is cool, because I like my hometown very much. I don’t know why, but I’m really into masculine scented candles… Check P.F. Candle Co.’s “Teakwood and Tobacco” candle!

4. “Rumours,” by Fleetwood Mac; Vinyl – An excellent choice for my first vinyl record. I’m not going to do an album review, because all that needs to be said is that this album is one of the best.

5. Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap – It’s the 18-in-1 soap, and it smells like roses. This soap is actually miraculous. Made from all sorts of natural oils and other ingredients, it not only cleans but keeps you baby-soft! Or, if you want, you can use it to clean kitchen surfaces, your dog – just about anything.

6. 33 Acres Community Journal – Okay, you can’t buy this. But this zine-like publication by 33 Acres brewery needed to be included. Each issue of the small publication discusses several joys of life, and looks cool while doing it.

7. Rolling Stone; Keith Richards – This special edition of Rolling Stone curated all the best articles about the start guitarist of the Rolling Stones. It’s awesome, and I once spent an entire afternoon pouring over its pages. *Also a great conversation starter.*

8. Reversible Bamboo Candlestick Holder – A dual-sided candlestick holder.. Genius! This cute little holder has two sides, different thicknesses, for whatever candle you might be feeling that particular evening. It’s just really cute and really useful.