Key to Happiness


We think of a key as an instrument of openings and closings. This small object, usually made of metal, can also symbolize mystery and curiosity. The key introduced in this post isn’t used to open my car, or my house, or any door for that matter, but instead it’s used to accessorize one of my favorite outfits.


Recently, I connected with Deena Saracino, who created the brand La Cle (which means Key in French). I love supporting fellow entrepreneurs and La Cle’s motto “look good, feel good, and do good with one single piece of jewelry” is a powerful phrase that speaks volumes.


         La Cle uses repurposed vintage keys, making each necklace unique. I chose a bronze key, not only because I love bronze jewelry but also because it signifies strength and energy. I wear this necklace every chance I get, not only because it’s a trendy piece but over time the color of your key fades, symbolizing the positive energy you absorb from the key.

For me, this necklace is not just a chain with a key; it represents strength and energy that I believe is the key to happiness (no pun intended).


As for the rest of my outfit, my colorful embroidered fringed kimono is from LF. I rarely shop at this store because it is just way to expensive. And though I love their unique and trendy clothes, I can’t justify spending over $200 for one item. Maybe if I win the lottery I can stock my closet with LF, but for right now the only time I shop at LF is during their yearly sidewalk sales. Their sidewalk sales never fail to impress with dresses, sweaters, jeans, shorts, and kimonos all under $50. This fringed number caught my eye. I love trying out new styles and this kimono totally channeled my inner “wild child”.



For this outfit all eyes are on my necklace and kimono. So I kept it simple with a black shift dress from Target. This dress has been getting a lot of use this summer because it’s so easy to style and looks great, especially with kimonos or statement necklaces.



Finally, I found myself a pair of platform shoes. I have been eyeing a platform styled shoe for quite a while now, but didn’t want to spend big bucks on a pair of shoes I wasn’t sure if I could pull off the look. Luckily, during a recent trip to Target I found these platform inspired shoes on sale for only $12. The only good thing about the end of summer is the end of season clearance sections at most stores. These shoes totally added more of that free spirit style to my look.


Since, I took these photos in the middle of the afternoon the summer sun was high in the sky, so of course I needed a pair of sunglasses. Today, I am featuring a new pair from The Loft that adds just the right pop of color.


Back to the title of my post. What’s my key to happiness? For me, my key to happiness is the love and support from family and friends, my doggie Griffin, my blog, my love of fashion, and this fabulous necklace and kimono.


Dress: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Kimono: LF (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Necklace: La Cle (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: The Loft (SIMILAR)


  1. August 4, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Cute outfit! Love the key necklace.

  2. August 4, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    Love that kimono! Some statement pieces are totally worth every penny 🙂

  3. Anna
    August 5, 2015 / 9:05 am

    this is such a gorgeous kimono! I love the bold colors of the flowers!


  4. August 5, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Love how fun and vibrant this is!

  5. August 5, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    lovely post!
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    Jess |

  6. August 6, 2015 / 9:03 am

    What a cute kimono!!

    xx Leah / Eat Pray Wear Love

  7. Lorna
    August 6, 2015 / 10:26 am

    Your kimono is amazing! I’m heavily into kimonos lately, LOVE them! The print on this one is gorgeous! And funnily enough, my boyfriend actually bought me a key with happiness written on it! Ha ha.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  8. August 6, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I love this necklace! Such a cool idea & I LOVE the kimono! Let me borrow it 😉

  9. August 7, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    I like that this key is a symbol of happiness for you. What a great thing to wear around your neck all the time. By the way, loving the print on the kimono. Such a fun, 70s vibe.


  10. August 7, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    Great outfit! the kimono is super cute 🙂


  11. August 7, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Love the fringe kimono!

  12. Amy Ann
    August 7, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    I love kimonos over dresses. It adds such a fun layer to any look!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  13. August 8, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    That kimono is fab, love the bright colours on it. The key necklace is really lovely too, love that they are all entirely unique
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

  14. August 9, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    The kimono is a must have! LOVE IT!

    ♥ Hope your new week is Ah-MAZING! ♥


  15. August 9, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    such a unique story behind that necklace!! i love that she uses vintage keys. it’d be fun to try and imagine what that used to unlock before it was repurposed! anyway, loving your whole look — that kimono is fab!

    xoxo, Elena Michelle

  16. August 10, 2015 / 10:15 am

    Love LF! The kimono looks great! Also, check out The Giving Keys… they do some really great things as well 😉 xox

  17. August 10, 2015 / 11:39 am

    I love your kimono! I just got a new floral one and excited to wear it soon 🙂

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  18. August 10, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    I used to have a key necklace–my husband gave me the key to the lock we put on that bridge in Paris. It’s since broken, but I loved that thing!! 🙂

    You look amazing!!

    Kelly | Kelly in the City

  19. August 11, 2015 / 11:10 am

    aww that’s a really beautiful kimono liv! makes me wanna have one x)

  20. August 16, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    I love the whole “key to happiness” theme and love that the necklaces are made out of recycled vintage keys! This whole outfit is so fun.

    xx Chelsea

  21. August 18, 2015 / 9:52 am

    I love this floral kimono, you look stunning!

  22. August 18, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    Remembering what makes you happy is so important! It keeps you strong and helps you remember what matters.

    I like how you used a start-up company that uses re-purposed vintage materials. It’s great to see more companies making materials like this a priority!

  23. August 18, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    Adorable kimono!

  24. August 19, 2015 / 9:08 am

    What a fun and cute outfit for summer. You look adorable as always!

  25. August 25, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    what a great purchase! love the print!

  26. August 31, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    Love this look on you girl! The way you mixed the black base with bright colors looks amazing. Have a lovely day! xx

    IMAN |

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