Albert, have you seen Lady B around?
<squawk!> She’s piddling. <squawk!>
You really shouldn’t say that so loud.
<squawk!> No volume control! <squawk!>
Um hm. Anyway, I wanted to tell her that my post today is going to be pretty brief because I have a book manuscript due to my editor in about five minutes— Hey, wait, wow! I just noticed, you’re wearing a necklace.
<squawk!> My lady’s bracelet. <squawk!>
You filched a bracelet from Lady B’s jewelry box to wear to the ball today?
<squawk!> Prefer the term borrowed! <squawk!>
I’ll bet you do. It looks great, though. The diamonds glimmer in your feathers really beautifully. You sure do know how to accessorize.
<squawk!> Naturally handsome! <squawk!>
I’ll give you that. But honestly, I’m a little jealous. I wear glasses because I need them, but I’m not an avid accessorizor. And it’s not because I don’t like accessories, you see. It’s because I’m not a talented accessorizor. I wrinkle scarves hopelessly and I always mismatch necklaces with bracelets. I’ve even been known to wear black belts with brown shoes.
<squawk!> Fashion travesty! <squawk!>
Which is why I usually try to keep it simple. For me simple is safe. I often just don a pair of loop earrings, though lately I’ve been wearing teal plastic bracelets too. But I’d love to be able to accessorize decoratively like Lady B does. I adore her peacock gloves.
<squawk!> Not that bird again! <squawk!>
Oh, sorry. Have a lobster patty. Anyway, it’s so fun that you’re wearing jewelry today because I’ve been thinking about how a great accessory can be really useful for drawing attention when attention is particularly desired. Especially a strategically placed accessory.
<squawk!> Fashion and function. <squawk!>
Actually, I wasn’t thinking fashion. Or function. I was thinking more along the lines of seduction.
<squawk!> Now you’re talking! <squawk!>
Since seduction is most assuredly on the minds of the hero and heroine of my next book, When a Scot Loves a Lady, I’m so excited to reveal today — right here for the first time — the gorgeous cover!
I can’t deny it, Albert: I adore that necklace.
<squawk!> It directs the attention! <squawk!>
It’s definitely directing a certain Scottish lord’s attention. I love the gown too.
<squawk!> The Scot would prefer it gone! <squawk!>
That he would. But that, dear Albert, is a story for another day. February 28, 2012, to be precise. In the meantime, I’m glad I had the chance to chat accessories with you today. You really should wear jewels more often.
<squawk!> Rubies tomorrow. <squawk!>
In honor of my heroine’s necklace! Thanks, Albert. You’re a darling.
But what about our guests? Ladies and gentlemen, what is your favorite accessory to wear, and what do you usually wear with it? All accessories (including dukes, earls and other dashing gentlemen worn upon the arm) are admissible in the Ballroom.