When I was little my parents pulled me from a class from school, so every day for a few weeks they'd pick me up and take me to lunch and/or shopping. I remember nearly completing my hardback Nancy Drew collection one afternoon, and then another afternoon they bought me cubic zirconia earrings. I felt like a princess wearing those. When I got back to school, my classmate asked me if my earrings were real or fake.
I had no idea what he meant! So I asked my dad and he said, of course they're real...earrings. :)
That story sticks with me whenever I buy accessories now. I don't have the budget to buy "real" anything very often, but I don't think that's a bad thing. I think if you love something and it makes you feel like a million bucks, it's worth $9.99. ;)
I think it's important to develop a critical eye when it comes to costume jewelry, though. Too fake and it just looks cheap. Nothing I'm wearing today is "real" (with the exception of my wedding rings, of course), but it all has a classic, timeless look to it.
I don't have many accessories in my box, but the few I have I love. How do you go about buying accessories? Do you find specific things to work with specific outfits or do you just pick up what tickles your fancy and work it in as you can?
Do you only wear "real" jewelry or do you have costume pieces as well?
Top: Robbi & Nikki (archives), Pants: Gap (archives), Shoes: Nine West "Ponti", Watch: Michael Kors, Cuff: JCrew, Ring: Harolds, Lips: MAC "Morange"