Update: Congratulations to Lilly Gollihur for winning this giveaway! 

Spring is finally here! Anyone else happy about this?

To celebrate, we thought we’d put together a list of a few fun accessory ideas to help you transition into warmer weather. And at under $30 each—you might want to try them all!

Statement Necklace {$19}

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Whether you pair it with a crisp, white, collared shirt or wear it with a scoop neck blouse, this is an easy way to experiment with spring trends like neon hues and mixed metallics.

Tote {$25}

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And speaking of the neon trend, how do you ensure your neons look like the 21st century and not like 1985? I’m glad you asked. Right now, neons and neutrals are popping up everywhere together—and they make a great pair. If you’re hesitant, a tote bag is a great, inexpensive way to experiment with this trend, while also giving your dark leather winter handbag a break.

Nail Polish {$5-$8}

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Polished nails are in—I mean, really in. A nice manicure is an easy way to make any outfit more (wait for it) polished (I know. So bad.). While virtually every color is acceptable these days, here are a few guidelines:

  1. Before polishing, make sure your nails are clipped short—either gently rounded or square.
  2. If you would describe your style as trendy, go for a bright, fresh color.
  3. If you would describe your style as classic, wear a more understated shade.
  4. If you don’t want color on your nails, or just don’t have time to worry about mistakes, try a shiny, clear coat.
  5. 98% of the time, if you’re over 35, steer clear of shimmer or glitter polishes. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but typically, cream-finish formulas are universally flattering.

No-Show Liners {$6.50}

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When the weather gets warmer and you are ready for the sockless look, but not the sockless feel, these do the trick. I like to wear mine with ankle booties. Plus, the no-slip silicone at the back keeps them from slipping down and getting lost in your shoes.

Lightweight Scarf {$28}

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Drastic temperature changes can make spring’s transitional weather difficult to dress for. Layering is the answer! Wear a lightweight scarf to add a pop of color—and a layer of warmth—for chillier days.

So, why not a fun giveaway since it’s Friday? How about a $25 Target giftcard so you can go and buy whatever fun spring accessory you want?

Enter to win by leaving a comment with your name. And, just for fun, tell us about your favorite “current” accessory!

By entering today’s giveaway, you affirm and acknowledge LifeWay Christian Resource’s official promotion rules found hereToday’s giveaway starts at the posting time of this blog and ends next Tuesday (3/26/13) at 11:59 p.m. CST. You must be 18 to enter, and you may only enter once. The winner will be selected at random. For questions about the rules and regulations of this giveaway, please contact Bud Harlan at One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234-140.

These fun fashion-forward tips courtesy of Sarah Hobbs! Sarah is a graphic designer on the Adult Ministry Marketing team. No wonder she’s so trendy! Sarah spends her days creating art for marketing pieces related to LifeWay’s Marriage and Family brand.


  1. My current favorite accessory: I live in Florida where the state shoe is the flip flop! My new ones for spring are a pair by Vera Bradley with a yellow and gray foot bed and an animal print on the straps.

  2. Donna Dillahunty says:

    I would love to win this gift card. My favorite is a new emerald green purse given to me by my daughter.

  3. Trish McAllister says:

    I love fun earrings!!!

  4. I would love to win….thank you!!!!

    Probably right now my fun accessory would be my purse that I received as a Christmas gift!!!!

  5. This is great giveaway. Right now I think bracelets would be my fav. Thank you.

  6. Nightingale says:

    Shoes are my favorite accessory!

  7. Michelle Hill says:

    My must have accessory is my tote bag; too many things to take wherever I go every day.

  8. I would really like this. I am not very good at dressing fashionably, I often feel awkward. Thank you for your fashion tips!

  9. Mindy Morgan says:

    My current favorit accessory is the necklace my husband gave me for Christmas. I wear it all the time.

  10. Really like the cotton liners…great idea! Can’t go wrong with Target.

  11. My current favorite accessory? Scarves! I just love them. They’re extremely versatile in the many ways they can be worn and really can pull an outfit together. And since I get many of mine at Target (as well as my last purse), the gift certificate would be great!

  12. Current favorite accessory is a watch from my sons.

  13. Hope Jensen says:

    My favorite accessory right now are earrings from ManaOlana ATX, they go with everything! Happy Friday!

  14. Suzy Jameson says:

    I love scarves!!! and what beautiful accessories that you have posted!!!
    Spring is here in Michigan but only in the heart it’s a chilly 25* ! :)
    A must need for a pretty scarf to wear when I’m out and about! :)

    • Sarah Hobbs says:

      Thank, Suzy! And we feel your pain–Spring tricked us here in Nashville too. Right now it’s only 38 degrees, with a forecast of snow/rain!

  15. Teri Beamer says:

    I invested in a couple of statemnent necklaces when they were on clearance. Love them.

  16. andrea t. says:

    <3 Anything Girlie! <3
    'cause any season is a good reason to look good for "your" man…

  17. My favorite accessory is scarfs. They complete any outfit.

  18. Tammy H. says:

    It is absolutely flip flops and pearls, I’m not leaving home without ‘em! ;D

  19. April Willett says:

    I love scarfs!!! :)

  20. Betty Marschner says:

    Dear LifeWays!
    I am sure I will be one of the oldest gals entering this, but just becuz we are over the hill does not mean we 60+s don’t need to look fashionable!!!

  21. The necklace you featured was worn yesterday by one of our local news anchors!
    Jewelry and purses are my go to fashion statements.

  22. Hi! my name is Alisha AND my favorite thing to wear right now is scarves ..love them with hoop earrings and hair in a high ponytail :)

  23. Lilly Gollihur says:

    This is a fun idea, thanks. My favorite accessory currently is a cute white gold chain bracelet that has linked hearts. Girls are so much easier to shop for since we have so many wonderful accessories!

  24. Sarah Staples says:

    Right now I’m three weeks away from my due date with my first child. My baby belly may be my favorite spring “accessory” this year! I have not gone shopping for anything new and fun for quite a while. After he’s born, I think I may have to find some fun new sandals to wear this spring / summer!

  25. Cindy Jefferson says:

    Loving scarves!

  26. Cynthia Quiroga says:

    My name is Cynthia (or Cindy, ha), polishing my toenails is the closest to an accessory lately!.

    Blessings to you.

  27. Not too good at accessorizing. Thanks for the tips. Would like that win and accessory!

  28. Diana Gardner says:

    I love purses!

  29. Becky Phillips says:

    SCARVES, scarves and MORE scarves. I am planning our women’s retreat and just bought 80 scarves, one for each of them with a fun session on different ways to tie them!

  30. Anything with Celtic knots – fascinated by them

  31. My favorite accessory right now are scarves. I am looking forward to getting more spring and summer versions.

  32. Donalene Paynter says:

    I love scarves and shoes. Those two items can come together and complete any look!! O love the colors on the one shown above! Very Springy. Not looking for to this next storm on Sunday with 6-8 inches in the forcast.

  33. I love scarfs!!!

  34. Lisa Curtis says:

    Lisa Curtis, Jackson, MO
    My favorite accessory is a blue and white striped shirt I got at H & M. It is such a comfortable shirt and goes with so many of my current wardrobe.

  35. I’m not a huge accessory girl, usually scarves but in the fall, I’m thinking big floppy hat soon!

    • Sarah Hobbs says:

      Yes, Tari! That is a great Summer accessory idea–I love them paired with big sunglasses and a maxi dress!

  36. Janet Worthy says:

    Big sparly, dangling earrings!

  37. Norma Guillory says:

    I am dealing with hair loss due to a stem cell transplant/chemo and my favorite accessories right now are my hats. I love wearing them and have them in lots of colors, textures, etc.

  38. Leslie Deaton says:

    My favorite accessory is things to go around your neck – necklaces, scarves, or wraps.

  39. Vicky Kawamae says:

    I love dangling earrings! The longer the dangle, the more I love them!!!

  40. Debbie McClain says:

    My favorite fashion accessory is big, chunky necklaces!

  41. Valerie Rowe says:

    Always on the look out for new shoes!

  42. I’m Laurel, and I think I would say nail polish would be my favorite accessory, and my Lilla Rose Flexiclip b/c it’s starting to get warmer and sandals and hair pulled back will be a necessity! :-)

  43. I am looking forward to spring! My favorite accessory that I look forward to wearing are my coral colored dress sandals.

  44. My FAVORITE accessory is my bright, bright turquoise covered Kindle! I love bright colors and reading. I resisted getting the Kindle because I like books-but it was a gift and now I love it! I can take it everywhere and read while I’m waiting and waiting and waiting in lines.
    I would love to accessorize my outdated wardrobe! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Good luck to everyone.

  45. Julie Robbins says:

    My favorite accessory…sandals and a pedicure. too fun!!!

  46. I love my latest statement necklace and new spring scarf!

  47. I love jewelry and scarves right now. Scarves are an easy way to make an old outfit new!

  48. Dawn Laird says:

    My favorite accessory is my small cross necklace that my daughter gave me for Christmas. Looking forward to perhaps a new accessory for my birthday this weekend.

  49. Beth Davis says:

    I love my new bangle bracelets!

  50. My favorite: Chunky necklaces. I too enjoy the slip on shoes that fit in my purse. I have a pair of black ones that I pull out for those moments when my feet hurt.

  51. I would be hard-pressed to come up with one fav accessory, as I love them all! But from your list I really like the statement necklace, and my fav necklace is a cross necklace I just got for my birthday, and yes, I’m 60+ also! I already had a very nice cross necklace which said I’m a Christian, but this one is the emblem of my particular church, and I’m glad to let people know what kind of Christian I am. Of course, I’d love to win this contest.

    Blessings, KarenMO

  52. Meghan B says:

    Since my husband just bought me a jewelry amour, my favorite accessories are all the jewelry I already owned, but forgot about because it has all been hidden in boxes!

  53. A few months ago, I bought some earrings from a local crafter made from re-purposed red leather; they are definitely still a favorite!

  54. christina moore says:

    This will sound hokey, but my signature accessory is a smile. Except for my wedding ring & a cross ring given me more than 20 yrs ago, my smile is the only one I never leave home without.

  55. diane meece says:

    I like watches and bracelets.

  56. I live in Faeyetteville Arkansas and I love my red lace infinity scarf I got for Christmas. It’s perfect for Razorback red!!

  57. My favorite fashion find has to be my new rimless glasses. I have to wear glasses but at least they can be stylish!

  58. My favorite new accessory are my purple ballet shoes! thanks for the chance to win!

  59. I love all of those! I love polished nails. Fun!

  60. My current favorite fashion must have are my boots… spring warmth simply has not arrived here in West Virgina. The weather man says more snow is on the way Sunday or Monday. BRRRRR!!!!!!

  61. I love purple handbags and scarves….in need of some purple in my spring.

  62. My fav accessory is clip on decoration for my flip flop shoes!

  63. Hi! I’m Jamie Brown AKA JesusGurlwCurls, and my favorite accessories would have to be a pair of TOMS and my boyfriend cut style blue jeans from Old Navy. Perfect combination!

  64. Margaret says:

    I love bright dangly earrings! My favorite spring color is a vibrant peach.

  65. I love wearing scarves. I really have about 50 for any occasion. It’s my favorite by far.

  66. I’m living my new OPI polish that I out on yesterday. It’s blue and I’m enjoying it for a few days until I have to go with a French mani for a wedding I’m in next weekend.

  67. michele smith says:

    My favorite accessory for the Spring is a black laquered cuff bracelet with an assortment of silver crosses in different sizes embedded into the finish. I wish i could email a picture to you. A Target gift card would be nice but a Lifeway gift card would be awesome!

  68. Darla Jesser says:

    Bright floral scarf given to me by my daughter!

  69. Angie Miller says:

    My current favorite accessory is my 4 week old son! Who also comes with a cute, large tote bag that holds all my baby essentials plus a few of mom’s necessities.

    • Congratulations, Angie. Don’t forget about the spit-up accessory that most of us moms of newborns wear proudly on at least one of our shoulders!!

  70. My fav current accessory is my hat. Christina Patterson

  71. I love polished nails!

  72. I like the shoe inserts, being retired I seldom wear hose but those would be comfortable in closed shoes. I also love scarves.

  73. Melanie Stuart says:

    Love these tips and they are spot on!

  74. I love scarves but recently bought a hat that I just love.

  75. michelle parry says:

    I love gel manicures!!!

  76. Joanne Borchert says:

    Love these Spring “Must Haves”

  77. Doris Acker says:

    Thanks for these hints and the costs are reasonable, too. My favorite was the tote, using it as my purse and giving the black leather one a break. Oh, love that necklace, too! :)

  78. These are great ideas! Never knew about the socks.

  79. Cari Andreani says:

    Yay! My favority accesory is teh flowery scarf! They are so feminine and comfortable! Love it :)

  80. My current favorite accessory (actually it’s my all-time favorite) are the little wristwatches with interchangeable beaded bracelets. So inexpensive and I change them out to match my outfits.

  81. Michelle Baylerian says:

    Michelle Baylerian
    Don’t have a favorite accessory yet! Maybe the cross bracelet I just ordered :)

  82. My current fav accessory is a shellac manicure. I love how long they last & hold up against typing & dish washing! Love statement necklaces, too!

  83. Love the Hue “No Show Liners”!

  84. My favorite spring/summer accessory is the turquoise bracelet handed-down to me from my 75-year-old Mama. The woman had (and has) style!!

  85. Monique Jennings says:

    My favorite current accessory: my pearl earrings

  86. I love scarves. And in our wild and cool spring in the pacific northwest, they are functional too.

  87. Beth Bell says:

    What a fun thing for Spring. A gift card give-a-way. My favorite accessory right now is my bright pink purse with an accent black/white tie.

  88. Grace Nelson says:

    I am partial to scarves for their warmth and style….just plain fun the wear. Lately I am loving layering bracelets and necklaces for pulling an outfit together.

  89. My least favorite accessory right now is my winter coat. I’m soooo ready to get rid of it!

  90. Kathi Conn says:

    I love the necklace my daughter in law gave to me. You can attach new things to it, and she is always sending me a new attachment on mother’s day. I am going to the Springfield conference, and will hear Beth for the first time in person. I am a Beth Moore leader at our church with 3 other women, who will also be going to the conference. We call ourselves the W.W.W. (wild women for the word!!) I would love to get a new look before I go. Winter Blahs!!! Indiana weather is still cold.

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