Each morning before I head out for work I make sure I’m put together. But not in your traditional sense.  I’m not concerned about my hair, my make up or my outfit.   My hair is usually wet from the shower after a run or hike and I let the curls do their thing. Make up is basic and takes seconds to apply. I throw on my comfortable  jeans, a top that is both casual and work appropriate and away I go.  But if I forget one piece of the basic accessory package I feel naked the rest of the day.  These are add-ons.  Not your favorite jeans or your kickass boots.   Not the necklace to match the earrings that match the color in your shirt.  These are old standbys no matter what you wear [okay, formal attire aside].

Watch – The Timex Ironman black and silver watch my husband gave me for Christmas.  Before that it was a green Timex Ironman, before that a blue and white Timex Ironman…you get the picture.  I hardly check the time during the day but there is something about strapping on a watch that makes me feel ready to go.  I love [and use] the chrono feature allowing me to clock any movement…yeah.  Somehow I feel faster or at least able to push myself no matter what I’m doing.

RoadID Bracelet – this is a new accessory and now I hate to even take it off in the shower. It’s comfortable, cool looking, and hell! It’s all about ME.  It reminds me that I hike, run and ride outside and need something like this.  I’m not a poser!  I really am the outdoor enthusiast I always wished I could be! Roar!  Oh yeah, and it’s purple.

Necklace – I received the coolest necklace for Christmas from my sister-in-law and I have yet to take it off.  A black Goretex cord and a simple, small, silver peace sign really says it all.  It’s what I strive for: strong, unobtrusive and peaceful.

Mascara – I get a little vain here! I can manage without any other make up but I need my mascara! If not I feel like I have tiny little eyes! I’m instantly tired and run down each time I look in the mirror.

And while footwear is more than the basic accessory, what I wear generally tells a lot about how I feel that day: Hiking boots to feel strong and remind myself to get back to earth.  Runners to give myself a lift and make me feel like I can get it all done. Flipflops to be relaxed and calm.  Black high-heel boots to give confidence and power… rarely do I give preference only to what matches.

Have you ever thought about what your accessories say about you? What they say to you?  What are your standbys and why?

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