Earlier in my adult life (and for a brief period in my 40's when I thought a lady my age should be "classic"), I had the attitude that my jewelry had to be "real" (as in precious metals and natural gemstones), but was able to shake that mindset. I have accepted the fact that while I have tried to be that classic sort of person, I really am attracted to bling. So I decided not to fight it and let fashion jewelry into my life.
Some of the pieces I own were my grandmothers, other pieces came from vintage shops and estate sales. I've branched out and purchase on-line and sometimes in brick and mortar stores. Some pieces have been gifts.
Now that I work in a casual workplace, I could schlub around, but feel that one aspect of working in a non-conventional atmosphere is that you should feel free to be yourself. And myself sports bling.
This outfit came together based on my desire to wear the funky necklace. Once I decided on that, it was easier to pick the clothing. Most people decide what to wear based on clothing first and accessories second. Not me! I can be pretty sure no one will think me a copy-cat or is likely to tell me they have the same necklace. This is my little way of bringing a bit of opulence into my otherwise simple life.