Right after I graduated from college I was completely fascinated by the then emerging world of e-commerce. If you've read my history then you know it all began with a pair of Uggs, while waiting on line at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (if not, that's a story for another day). From there I became an online selling machine, sourcing the latest and greatest in “as seen on” celebrity clothing and accessories. What most people don’t know is that the very beginning of my career started with an adorable home office in my basement. If we were in the Pinterest or Instagram era, it would have made for lots of shares and likes.

I used to wake up each morning, get showered and dressed, have breakfast and “go to work” for the day. It was a very structured routine for me, despite the fact that I was only two flights of stairs from my bed. What I didn’t know at that time, but found out years later, was that I was the running joke in my family. They thought it was hilarious that I would put on makeup, do my hair and wear nice shoes and jewelry to work in a home office. My parents would say, “Vanessa puts on her pearls to go to the basement” in reference to my large collection of statement necklaces. I was and still am a big believer in dressing the part and that obviously includes accessories (duh mom and dad!).


While my days of working in a basement are long gone, one thing has not changed – my necklaces! I don’t actually wear pearls, but the idea of "putting on my pearls" with most outfits is going strong. Even on some of my most casual days in t-shirts and plaids, I can often be seen sporting a statement necklace. Years later and a mom now, wearing a statement necklace when I'm dressed down is also one of my tricks to make me feel prettier, pulled together and more like my younger basement working self.

Here are my top 5 current picks for statement necklaces:

AuthorVanessa Antonelli